Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Aer Lingus Airbus A320 EI-DEO Operates Final Virgin Little Red Manchester Service

                                                 
Virgin Little Red Airbus A320 
Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214  c/n 2486 EI-DEO operated the final Virgin Atlantic Little Red London Heathrow – Manchester service VIR3045 on Saturday 28th March.

The aircraft then positioned Manchester to Dublin as VIR879 for re-configuration and painting prior entry into service with Aer Lingus this summer season.

Flights between London Heathrow and Edinburgh and Aberdeen will continue throughout summer 2015, operated on its behalf by Aer Lingus, with the final flights on 26th September 2015.

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 28-03-15

                                                 
Cork Airport 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-EZL Airbus A330-223 c/n 802 Orbest titles applied at Dublin 26/03/15.

EI-EZS Airbus A320-232 c/n 1823 smartLynx Airlines at Dublin 21/03/15 in all white colours prior delivery to become YL-LCP.

EI-EZT Airbus A320-232 c/n 1896  smartLynx Estonia painted in full colours Dublin 19/03/15 prior delivery to become ES-SAM.

EI-FGX Boeing 737-3Q8(F) c/n 28054 Mistral Air Delivered Tampa International Airport-Bangor-Keflavik-Rome Fiumicino 24/25-03/15 ex N54AU.

LY-VEL Airbus A320-232 c/n 1998 Avion Express positioned Budapest-Barcelona 25/03/15 on wet-lease to Vueling Airlines ex EI-EUB.

YL-LCP Airbus A320-232 c/n 1823 smartLynx Airlines Delivered Dublin-Riga 24/03/15 ex EI-EZS.

VP-BQG Boeing 737-46J c/n  27171 Globus/S7 Airlines Ferried Moscow Domodedovo-Shannon 23/03/15 on return to lessor ex EI-DGL.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Irish Aviation history made as Ethiopian 787 Flies into Dublin Airport ahead of new direct flights

                                                 
ET-ASG Boeing 787-8 Ethiopian Airlines 
A little piece of Irish Aviation history was made yesterday (Friday 20th March) as Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-ASG made a scheduled first visit to Dublin Airport.  In October 2014 the largest airline in Africa announced that it would commence three times weekly flights direct from Dublin to Addis Ababa and Dublin direct to Los Angeles on the Dreamliner 787.

ET-ASG Boeing 787-8 is the latest addition to Ethiopian's growing fleet of 787s with eleven in service and a further two on order, the aircraft was delivered on 1st February and is leased from Shanon based AerCap.

Dreamliner B787 Flight Number touched down at Dublin Airport on a short visit ahead of its inaugural flight to Los Angeles on June 20th next. Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Tewolde Gebremariam travelled on the aircraft from London Heathrow with crew and a number of African journalists and were welcomed by Kevin Toland, Chief Executive, of the Dublin Airport Authority.

This is the first time a Dreamliner 787 has made a scheduled stop in Dublin Airport.

The ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner offers unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers especially for long haul routes with its unique features such as greatly reduced noise, higher cabin air humidity, biggest windows in the sky and spacious cabin interior.

These new flights commencing on 20th June will be the only direct services connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States, following Ireland’s move to grant Ethiopian fifth freedom rights, enabling the airline to sell tickets on all sectors of the new Addis Ababa to LA route.

Passengers from Ireland and Los Angeles will be able to enjoy seamless and convenient connectivity options thanks to Ethiopian’s extensive network in Africa, spanning 49 destinations. Similarly, as the flights will be the only direct service between Dublin and Los Angeles, the Irish and U.S. travelling public between the two cities will greatly benefit from the opening of the route.

Welcoming the arrival of Ethiopian’s Dreamliner to Dublin, daa Chief Executive Kevin Toland said “Ethiopian’s Dublin route will be the only direct service connecting Africa with Ireland and the west coast of the US. The new service will reconnect Dublin with Los Angeles and bring unrivalled connectivity in Africa, opening up opportunities from its Addis Ababa hub to almost 50 African destinations.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the inaugural direct flight from Addis Ababa on June 20,” he added.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe welcomed The Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner B787 into Dublin Airport for the first time: ‘This is a very exciting day for Dublin airport and for Irish tourism.

“I very much look forward to the start of Ethiopian Airlines’ new Addis Ababa-Los Angeles service via Dublin Airport in June, using the very impressive Dreamliner. The new routes will strengthen Ireland’s connectivity to the west coast of the United States and will provide the first direct link to Ethiopia and other points in Africa and beyond from the Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa hub, offering additional choice and convenience for passengers.”

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group said "We are proud to be the first airline to link Africa and Ireland and bring the ultra-modern 787 aircraft to Dublin airport. I wish to thank the Government of Ireland and the airport authority for their tremendous support, which has enabled the start of our flight in June. Our flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will play a critical role in the expansion of trade, tourism and investment between the fast growing continent of Africa and Ireland".

With the addition of Dublin, the airline’s 11th European city and Los Angeles, its fourth point in the Americas, Ethiopian’s international network will cover 85 destinations across 5 continents.

                                         

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 21-03-15

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A320 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-DSR Airbus A320-214 c/n 3502 Air Berlin Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 17/03/15 to become D-ABZC.

EI-DSR Airbus A320-216 c/n 3502 Air Berlin Delivered Dublin-Dusseldorf 18/03/15 to become D-ABZC.

EI-EZT Airbus A320-232 c/n 1896 GECAS rolled out Dublin 17/03/15 in smartLynx Estonia colurs.

EI-FDM Airbus A320-232 c/n 2077  MetroJet Ferried Kaunas-Ostrava 12/03/15 after storage.

ES-SAL Airbus A320-214 c/n 566  smartLynx Estonia Ferried Tallin-Antalya 12/03/15 on wet-lease to Corendon Air ex EI-ERV.

HK-5125-X Airbus A320-214 c/n 1370 Viva Colombia Delivered Mexico City-Bogotá 12/03/15 ex EI-FGM.

VP-BFA Boeing 737-804/W c/n 28231 Aircastle Ferried Budapest-Dublin 20/03/15 for painting.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Ryanair launches new Dublin to Copenhagen service growing primary airport network

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair today operated it's inaugural service from Dublin to Copenhagen operating daily with a Boeing 737-800 competing head to head against three carriers Aer Lingus five times weekly, Norwegian Air Shuttle twice weekly and SAS Airlines daily service.

Copenhagen becomes it's first primary airport to be served in Scandinavian market and fourth primary airport to be added to it's Dublin scheduled since last September, adding to Brussels Zaventem, Cologne and Glasgow International as part of it's “Always Getting Better” customer programme, increasing its appeal to business passengers.

The budget carrier estimates 50% of it's growth will come from primary airports over the next five years.

On 29th October last the airline announced Copenhagen as it's 70th European base initially with one based aircraft operating to London Luton, Milan Bergamo and Warsaw Modlin, adding a further three aircraft from September next.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary on Q3 results added "Our New Routes team are meeting with existing and new airports to finalise allocations of our growing fleet for the winter 2015 schedule.  As many primary airports suffer capacity and traffic cuts from Europe’s flag carriers, the growth incentives being offered to Ryanair continue to improve".

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Ryanair's 10th brand new Boeing 737-800 enters service

                                                 
EI-FIE Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair 
EI-FIE Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair construction number 44695 pictured above by Essie Josie arriving Dublin Airport on delivery Friday 13th March.

With this delivery the Irish low-cost carrier now has 307 aircraft in service.

This morning Irish budget carrier Ryanair's 10th brand new Boeing 737-8AS registered EI-FIE entered revenue service this morning operating RYR7256/7 to and from Madrid, later operating two sectors RYR1986/7 to and from Nates and RYR1958/9 to and from Nice.

The 737-800 is the best-selling version of the highly successful Next-Generation 737 family, the most reliable and technologically advanced airplanes in the single-aisle market. Ryanair operates the largest all-Boeing fleet in Europe with more than 300 737-800s in service and is the biggest customer for the airplane type, ordering more than 530 throughout its history.

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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner to visit Dublin Friday 20th March 2015

                                                             
Ethiopian Boeing 787 Image courtesy of Boeing 
This Friday 20th March an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner is to make an promotion visit to Dublin for the Irish travel industry,  ahead of the carrier commencing  services from Dublin to Addis Ababa and Los Angeles on 20th June. Dublin will become the 11th European city to be served by the carrier.

ETH700/1 will be operated as an once-off  flight to and from London Heathrow arriving in Dublin 1325 local and departing 1625 local.

The airline will operate to Addis Ababa and Los Angeles three times a week with the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers. Ethiopian Airlines operates a fleet of 11 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and has a further two on order.

The airline is the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa.  In 2014, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in revenue and profit.  The carrier pioneered the introduction of the Boeing 787 in Africa and is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading airline group in Africa.

Ethiopian fleet operates a fleet of 72 aircraft including the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier DHC8-400's.

                                     

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 14-03-15

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800s 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-OZJ Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 770 Air Contractors ferried from Leipzig-Belfast International-Dublin 06-7/03/15 for painting for Air Hong Kong & is to become B-LDN.

EI-OZJ Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 770 Air Contractors painted into Air Hong Kong colours ferried Dublin-Bahrain-Hong Kong 13/14-03/15 to become B-LDN.

EC-MEG Airbus A320-214 c/n 1439 Iberia Express Delivered Woensdrecht-Madrid 06/05/15 ex EI-CWU.

EC-MEH Airbus A320-214 c/n 1450 Iberia Express Delivered Woensdrecht-Madrid 06/05/15 ex EI-CWV.

EI-FIE Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44695 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 12/03/15.

EI-LNH Boeing 787-8 c/n 36526 Norwegian Long-Haul First Flight 08/03/15.

OE-IAL Airbus A320-212 c/n 1299 GECAS Ferried Toulouse-Dublin 06/03/14 ex F-GTAI.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Ryanair takes delivery of nine Boeing 737-800's increasing fleet to 306 aircraft

                                                 
EI-FIB Boeing 737-8AS
EI-FIB Boeing 737-8AS seen here departing Dublin Airport on 15th February 2015.

Irish budget carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of fist batch of nine Boeing 737-800s of 175 ordered in 2013, increasing it's fleet to 306 aircraft, a further two aircraft are expected to be delivered by end of financial year to 31st of March 2014.

The carrier will take delivery of a total of 20 new Boeing 737s between September 2014 and July 2015, which will enable the airline to open more routes and additional frequencies on existing routes for Summer 2015.

To meet demand in April 2014 it ordered five additional aircraft , 4 of which will be delivered in early Summer 2015, with the 5th in February 2016, in a deal which increases Ryanair’s order book from 175 to 180 new Boeing aircraft.

This week Ryanair announced the purchase of three additional Boeing 737-800s, for delivery in early 2016, bringing its total order to 183 737NGs. Boeing previously listed as unidentified Ryanair's order for three Boeing 737s.

EI-FEE Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44686 Delivered 9th September 2014.

EI-FEF Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44687 Delivered 26th September 2014.

EI-FEG Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44689 Delivered 14th October 2014.

EI-FEH Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44689 Delivered 16th October 2014.

EI-FEI Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44690 Delivered 6th November 2014.

EI-FIA Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44691 Delivered 2nd February 2015.

EI-FIB Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44692 Delivered 2nd February 2015.

EI-FIC Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44693 Delivered 23rd February 2015.

EI-FID Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44694 Delivered 27th February 2015.

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

GA Telesis UK Airbus A321s Re-Delivered through Dublin

                                               
EI-IXI Airbus A321-112
EI-IXI Airbus A321 in basic Alitalia retro colors pictured above courtesy of Paul Doyle.

On 20th November last  GA Telesis (UK) Ltd, a GA Telesis, LLC company (GA Telesis) announced it has purchased six (6) Airbus A321s (CFM56-5B) formely operated by Alitalia. According to Planespotters.net these aircraft were withdrawn from service and stored at Rome Fiumicino in 2013 and 2014.

GA Telesis first aircraft, construction number 434, was delivered through Dublin last November and the remaining aircraft were delivered through February 2015 and subsequently re-marketed by the GA Telesis Asset Transaction Group (ATG).

The first aircraft was delivered to Kemble, United Kingdom, were it entered the GA Telesis dis-assembly production line. The engines will be overhauled by GA Telesis Engine Services Ltd (GATES) in Helsinki, Finland.

The parts removed from the aircraft will be repaired by the OEMs, GA Telesis Component Repair Group Southeast, and GA Telesis Composite Repair Group before being distributed by GA Telesis part sales operations globally.

According to German website Skyliner Aviation the aircraft where re-delivered as follows:

EI-IXI Airbus A321-112 c/n 494 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Kemble 12-13/01/15 in basic retro colours ex I-BIXI.

EI-IXD Airbus A321-112 c/n 532 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Tel Aviv 15-16/12/14 in basic colours ex I-BIXD.

EI-IXG Airbus A321-112 c/n 516 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Kemble 26/27-11/14 in basic colours ex I-BIXG.

EI-IXU Airbus A321-112 c/n 434 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Kemble 11-13/11/14 in basic colours ex I-BIXU.

EI-IXF Airbus A321-112 c/n 515 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Kemble 25-26/02/15 in basic colours ex I-BIXF.

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New routes for Dublin Airport For Summer 2015

                                                 
Dublin Airport 
This summer Dublin Airport adds new carriers Ethiopian Airlines, Transavia France, Vueling Airlines, Wow Air to scheduled.

Dublin-Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Airlines) x 3 weekly from 16th June 2015.

Dublin-Agadir (Aer Lingus) x 1 weekly from 28th March 2015.

Dublin-Barcelona (Vueling Airlines) x 4-6 weekly from 31st March 2015.

Dublin-Bournemouth (Flybe) x 4 weekly from 18th May 2015.

Dublin-Cardiff (Flybe) x 2 daily from 1st June 2015.

Dublin-Chicago O'Hare (United Airlines) x 1 daily (4th June-17th August 2015).

Dublin-Copenhagen (Ryanair) x 1 daily from 18th March 2015,

Dublin-Doncaster (Aer Lingus Regional) x 5 weekly from 29th May 2015.

Dublin-East Midlands (Aer Lingus Regional) x 2 daily from 2nd April 2015.

Dublin-Geneva (Swiss International) x 4 weekly from 26th June 2015.

Dublin-Gothenburg (SAS Airlines) x 1-3 weekly from 4th April-31st October 2015.

Dublin-Halifax (Europe Airpost) x 1 weekly from 9th July to 11th September 2015

Dublin-Helsinki (Finnair) x 6 weekly effective 30th March 2015.

Dublin-Los Angeles (Ethiopian Airlines)  x 3 weekly from 16th June 2015.

Dublin-Nates (Aer Lingus) x 3 weekly from 2nd May-12th September 2015.

Dublin-Newquay (Aer Lingus Regional) x 5 weekly from 1st May 2015.

Dublin-Reykjavik (Wow Air) x 2 weekly from 2nd June 2015.

Dublin-Paris CDG (Europe Airpost) x 2 weekly from 9th July to 11th September 2015

Dublin-Paris Orly (Transavia France) x 1 daily from 1st June 2015.

Dublin-Washington Dulles (Aer Lingus) x 4 weekly from 1st May-16th October 2015.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th March 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 07-03-15

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A321 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-DSS Airbus A320-216 c/n 3515 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 17/02/15 in full Air Berlin colours to become D-ABZB.

EI-EZT Airbus A320-232 c/n 1896 Merdiana Ferried Olbia-Dublin 24/02/15 on return to lessor.

EI-EYO Airbus A330-243 c/n 494  Azul Linhas Aéreas Ferried Bordeaux-Lake Charles 24/02/15 in all white colours to become PR-AIU.

EI-FGM Airbus A320-214 c/n 1370 Viva Colombia at Mexico City 11/02/15 prior delivery to become XA-.

EI-FHA Boeing 737-8JP/W c/n 39012 Norwegian Air Norway Registered and positioned Olso-London Gatwick 17/02/15 ex LN-DYY.

EI-FHH Boeing 737-8FZ/W c/n 31713 Norwegian Air Norway registered 26/02/15 and positioned Oslo-London Gatwick ex LN-NOV.

EI-FHI Boeing 737-8JP/W c/n 39024 Norwegian Air Norway Registered and positioned Olso-London Gatwick 17/02/15 ex LN-NGM.

EI-FIC Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44693 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 24/02/15.

EI-FID Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44694 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 27/02/15.

EI-IXF Airbus A321-112 c/n 515 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Kembe 25-26/02/15 in basic colours.

EI-XLH Boeing 747-446 c/n  27650 Transaero Airlines Ferried Moscow Domodedovo-Melbourne, Florida  11/02/15 for interim storage.

EI-XLK Boeing 747-446 c/n  29950 Transaero Airlines Ferried Moscow Domodedovo-Melbourne, Florida 11/02/15 for interim storage.

LN-NOQ Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 32658 Norwegian Air Shuttle Ferried Budapest-Bournemouth 14/02/15 for paint, for Alrosa Air ex EI-ECM.

N867TM Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 41260 GECAS Ferried Singapore-Guangdong 15/02/15 ex VT-SZF.

N868TM Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 41261 GECAS Ferried Singapore-Guangdong 15/02/15 ex VT-SZH.

VT-JLA Boeing 737-7Q8 c/n 30037 JetKonnect Ferried Bombay-Antalya-Keflavik 12/02/15 on return to lessor ex EI-DZC.

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