Saturday, 30 May 2015

Ryanair takes delivery of 15 Boeing 737-800s with a further 6 to be delivered in Summer 2015

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of 15 Boeing 737-800s since September 2014 of aircraft purchased under Boeing contracts for 183 aircraft with the balance of aircraft to be delivered on a phased basis over a five year period.

The new aircraft will enable the airline to open more routes and additional frequencies on existing routes for summer 2015.

As of 30th May 2015 , 15 Boeing 737-800 aircraft where delivered, eleven during fiscal year ended 31 March 2015, and four since fiscal year 2016 commenced 31st March , with a further six by end of July and 28 aircraft between September 2015 and March 2016.

Ryanair operates the largest all-Boeing fleet in Europe, with more than 313 737-800s in service. It is also the biggest customer for the aircraft type, ordering more than 530 737-800s throughout its history.

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

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

EI-FEG Boeing 737-8AS/WL c/n 44688 Delivered 14th September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

EI-FIE Boeing 737-8AS/WL c/n 44695 Delivered 12th March 2015

EI-FIF Boeing 737-8AS/WL c/n 44696 Delivered 28th March 2015

EI-FIG Boeing 737-8AS/WL c/n 44698 Delivered 3rd April 2015

EI-FIH Boeing 737-8AS/WL c/n 44697 Delivered 21st April 2015

EI-FIJ Boeing 737-8AS/WL c/n 44699 Delivered 1st May 2015

EI-FIK Boeing 737-8AS/WL c/n 44700 Delivered 11th May 2015

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How Boeing's 787 is Opening New Markets from Dublin Airport

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 
The past decade has been characterized by rapid globalization and technological innovation. As more people travel for business, tourism, and pleasure, there is an increased need airlines develop their networks, thus creating new business opportunities.

One aircraft that has been instrumental in the growth of the global air transport industry is the Boeing 787.  Due to its size and amazing fuel efficiency, the 787 makes it possible to directly connect new small to medium city pairs with 7,850 nautical mile range.

Since introduction to service in 2011, the Boeing 787 was developed primarily to replace older aircraft, and more importantly open up new point to point routes, by-passing traditional hubs.  Over 250 aircraft have been delivered to date with a further 1,100 of the type on order.

Marty Bentrott, vice president of sales, marketing and in-service support for the 787 said "Our strategy has been to design and build an airplane that will take passengers where they want to go, when they want to go, without intermediate stops; do it efficiently while providing the utmost comfort to passengers."

Dublin Airport is benefit from Boeing's 787 technological innovation as Ethiopian Airlines’ new route from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Dublin, and onto Los Angeles commences on 20th June operating  three times weekly. Ireland granted Ethiopian what are termed fifth freedom rights, enabling the airline to sell tickets on all sectors of the new Addis Ababa to Los Angeles route.

Michael Yohannes, Irish Area Manager for Ethiopian’s Airlines said the airline was looking forward to launching its new routes from Dublin to LA and Dublin to Addis Ababa in June. “We’re already seeing strong demand for these services in the Irish market,” Mr Yohannes added.

In addition to scheduled service, Ethiopian Airlines commenced a three times weekly Boeing 787 technical stop in Dublin on Addis Abba to Toronto route on 10th May last.

Tour operator Falcon Holidays and Thomson, a member of TUI GROUP, will operate direct non-stop flights from Dublin to Cancun in Mexico, and to Montego Bay in Jamaica from June 2016 for a six week charter series, with a Thomson Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which includes Premium Club.

The addition of new Boeing 787 routes to Mexico and Jamaica means enhances Dublin Airport position as a long-haul hub serving 20 long-haul destinations in Summer 2016, with 17 destinations in the Americas and the Caribbean, two destinations in the Middle East and one destination in Africa.

In the years ahead Boeing's 787 will become an increasingly feature at Dublin Airport connecting more destinations from Dublin on existing routes and new routes. American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER's operated on Dublin to Chicago, will exit as new Boeing 787s get delivered .

In 2012 Etihad Airways announced Dublin will be one of seven Etihad Airways destinations served by the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner – along with Frankfurt, Istanbul, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Nagoya, when deliveries of the aircraft commenced in the last quarter of 2014.

The Irish Times reported in July 2014 Norwegian Air Shuttle was considering launching Dublin to Bangkok service using Boeing 787's.


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Norwegian Transfers first Boeing 787 from Irish to Norwegian Register

The low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has transferred the first of eight Boeing 787-8s from the Irish to Norwegian register. German Aviation Website Skyliner Aviation reported EI-LNB c/n 35305 was re-registered as LN-LNB yesterday Friday 29th May in Copenhagen and operated to New York JFK.

The aircraft are currently registered to the airline's Irish subsidiary – Norwegian Air International (NAI) Ltd – under a 12-month exemption to expire on 16th June, ongoing delays to its US application for a foreign air carrier permit are forcing Norwegian to transfer eight Boeing 787s from Irish to home-country.

Norwegian was granted an Operating License and Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) on 12th February 2014. It established operations in Dublin for several reasons including access to future traffic rights to and from the EU, Ireland was a Cape Town Convention signatory and Ireland ranked as one of the highest ranked civil aviation authorities in the world, and cluster of leasing companies and MRO companies.

The future of managerial and mandatory regulatory functions carried out in Dublin is unclear as 787's transfer, the company's 40 staff are based in Collinstown House, Dublin Airport, the company has been considering launching a direct service from Dublin to Bangkok.

In the first quarter of 2016, Norwegian will take delivery of two 787-9's on lease from MG Aviation, larger than the 787-8 that Norwegian currently operates on its long-haul routes, with commitments to grow fleet to 17 aircraft by 2018.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 30-05-15

Ryanair Boeing 737-800s at Dublin 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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

EI-DSF Airbus A320-216 c/n 3080 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Ostrava 26/05/15 for painting into Air Berlin colours as D-ABZN.

EI-DTJ Airbus A320-216 c/n 3978 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Ostrava 23/05/15 for painting into special colours.

EI-FGS Boeing 37-8GJ/W c/n 39430 AWAS Airtest from Lufthansa Technik 27/05/15 in AnadoluJet colours.

LY-LTF  Embraer ERJ-175LR c/n 17000017 Air Lituanica Ferried  Vilnius-Shannon 24/05/15 on return to ECC Leasing Ltd (Embraer Asset Management).

LZ-AWC Boeing 767-33A(ER) c/n 28043 AWAS Airtest from Lufthansa Technik 26/05/15 in Azur Air colours.

M-ABIO Airbus A320-232 c/n 2343 CIT Aerospace  Rolled out of Eirtech Aviation Shannon 24/05/15 in Ural Airlines colours.

N861TM Boeing 767-324(ER)/W c/n 27393 GECAS Ferried Shannon-Pinal Airpark 26/05/15 in basic First Choice Airways colours ex G-OOBL.

TC-DCG Airbus A320-216 c/n 6597 Pegasus Airlines Delivered Toulouse-Ostrava-Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen 21-25/05/15 leased from Avolon.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

First Etihad Airways Airbus A330-200 in new livery operates to Dublin Airport

A6-EYD Airbus A330-243 Etihad Airways 
A6-EYD Pictured above landing at Dublin Airport courtesy of Tom O'Connor.

This morning Etihad Airways ETD041/48 from Abu Dhabi was operated by A6-EYD Airbus A330-243 (MSN 658) became it's first aircraft to visit Dublin Airport in new livery. The aircraft operated it's first service to Manchester last Tuesday 19th May following overhaul and repaint at Etihad Airways Engineering.

Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said "The striking new livery also continues our commitment to breaking from convention and doing things differently. This is a real divergence from the norms of traditional airline livery design and will stand out in the sky and at every airport we fly to."

The new livery was created by leading brand consultants Landor Associates in partnership with Etihad Airways, the new livery is inspired by traditional Emirati design patterns, the landscapes of the desert and the geometric shapes found in the modern architecture of Abu Dhabi.

Named 'Facets of Abu Dhabi' uses a colour palette which reflects the varying hues of the landscape of the UAE, from the darker sands of Liwa to the lighter colours seen in the Northern Emirates.

Etihad Airways fleet of more than 100 aircraft, as well as those to be delivered, will be painted in the new livery during the next three years. Etihad Airways will take delivery of seven wide-bodied aircraft in 2015 – four Airbus A380s and three Boeing 787-9s and seven narrow-bodied aircraft – one Airbus A320 and six Airbus A321s.


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NetJets Europe Bombardier Challenger 350 visits Dublin Airport

CS-CHA Bombardier Challenger 350 NetJets Europe
Today Sunday 24th May an Bombardier Challenger 350 visited Dublin Airport. The aircraft CS-CHA of NetJets Europe touched down at 1205 local from Farnbourgh.

This week the aircraft made its public debut with NetJets at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE 2015) in Geneva, Switzerland. Another three of the type are to be delivered to NetJets Europe this year.

The aircraft, CS-CHA Challenger 350 construction number 20544 was delivered to NetJets Europe Cascais Portugal, home-base, via Glasgow at the end of April. It has been doing crew familiarization flights since including one to Dublin on 13th May.

NetJets chairman and CEO Jordan Hansel said "We’re particularly proud of what we’ve achieved with our Signature Series jets at NetJets. All of the cabin materials you see on-board the Challenger 350 aircraft are hand-selected by our design team.

This is complemented with iPads on-board each aircraft that feature pre-loaded entertainment content, along with a Blu-ray player and HD monitors. Additionally, our Signature Series Challenger 350 jets in Europe will have in-flight entertainment available later this year, which helps set us apart further from the competition."

The Challenger 350 carries eight passengers with a range of 3,200 nautical miles (5,926 km)  at a cruise speed of Mach 0.80.

It's newly derived engines offering increased power and lower emissions, the Challenger 350 aircraft now has the fastest time-to-climb in business , impressively the Challenger 350 business jet can directly climb to an impressive 43,000 feet (13,106 m) altitude.


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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Aer Lingus 8th Airbus A330 EI-EWR Enters Service

Image courtesy of Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus 8th Airbus A330 registered EI-EWR named "St Thomas" leased from AerCap entered service on Thursday 21st May operating EIN139 from Dublin to Boston after an extensive cabin modification programme and installation of new 'Flat Bed' business class seats at Sabena Technics in Bordeaux.

EI-EWR Airbus A330-202 construction number 330 was originally delivered to Aer Lingus on 9th May 2000 named "St Laurence O Toole/Lorcan O Tuathai" ex test registration F-WWKV until end of lease in 2009, as a result of global economic crisis when long-haul routes to Los Angeles and San Francisco where terminated with aircraft returned to lessor ILFC.

The aircraft was cancelled from Irish register on 13th August 2009 to Batavia as PK-YVI. On 19th March 2013 it was re-registered to Calliope Ltd and cancelled to 26th August same year to Air Asia X as 9M-XAD.

On 29th January 2015 it was re-registered as EI-EWR and changed ownership from Calliope Ltd to Aer Lingus Ltd on 24th March 2015.

The addition of an eight aircraft during the summer 2015 season will allow the commencement of a new four times per week service between Dublin and Washington, as well as an increase in frequency on the Dublin to Orlando route from three to four services per week and an increase in frequency on the Dublin to San Francisco route from five services per week to daily.

In Summer 2015 Aer Lingus long-haul will operate a core fleet of eight A330s and three B757s, Aer Lingus will also deploy a  Omni Air International Boeing 767-200ER on an ACMI contract during the peak 12 weeks operating from Shannon to Boston.

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Irish Commerical Aircraft Update 23-05-15

Aer Lingus Regional ATR72-500
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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

C-FEAK Boeing 737-86Q/W c/n 30292 Sunwing Airlines in new colours Ferried Toronto Pearson International Airport-Belfast International 19/05/15 on summer-lease to Thomson Airways.

C-FPPH Boeing 737-81D/W c/n 39440 Sunwing Airlines Ferried Toronto Pearson International Airport-Dublin 20/05/15 on summer-lease to Thomson Airways.

EI-RUR Boeing 737-8MC/W c/n 44435 Transaero Airlines Ferried Bratislava-Masstricht 19/05/15 in new colours for partial repaint.

G-CINP Airbus A330-223 c/n 353 Apollo Aviation Management Ferried St Athan-Lisbon 18/05/15 ex VT-IWA.

G-CINR Airbus A330-223 c/n 362 Apollo Aviation Management Ferried St Athan-Lisbon 18/05/15 ex VT-IWB.

M-ABIL Airbus A320-232 c/n 2334 CIT Aerospace painted at Shannon in all white colours 19/05/15 Aegean Airlines lease not taken up ex 5B-DCL.

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Ryanair increases frequencies on 12 routes from Dublin Airport this winter season

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Irish budget carrier Ryanair is to increase frequencies on 12 routes from Dublin for Winter 2015/6 season, commencing 26th October on a mix of business and leisure routes.

Ryanair will operate a six times weekly service to Alicante, a daily service to Faro and Malaga, Barcelona will increase from two to three times daily, Berlin Schonefeld will operate nine times weekly, Madrid increases from tweleve times weekly to eighteen times weekly, five flights per week to Tenerife South and eight times weekly between Dublin and Warsaw Modlin.

In response to strong customer demand Ryanair will increase frequencies to Birmingham from four to six times daily and Manchester from five to six times daily, and Liverpool from three to four times daily and London Gatwick from five to six times daily.

The airline will also operate two new services to Copenhagen and Lublin next winter as well as extending its Venice Treviso service to a year-round service.

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South Aer FBO announces new Cork Airport facility underlining their long term commitment

Image courtsey of Global FBO Consult  
South Aer FBO continues to develop their Cork International Airport operation, underlining their long term commitment to the airport.

Managing Director Pat Forde announced established FBO has acquired a new, modern and excellently located facility at Compass House, next to the ramp. “We have also purchased new GSE, including air stairs (suitable for ACJ/BBJ), GPU, Potable Water and Lav Carts and diesel tug. Our front of house and ground operations staff have been supplied with newly designed uniforms and branded name badges, adding to our corporate image.

“We currently handle in excess of 77% of the BizAv traffic at Cork International & are the airport’s only dedicated BizAv facility. We believe our position as a family run FBO gives us the edge & allows us to provide the highest level of personal service our clients can expect anywhere. But we are standing still.

I feel the time is right for South Aer to look at upping our game, extending to our existing clients an even better experience & offering new services while identifying new revenue streams for our business”

Cork International is the natural gateway to Ireland’s entire South & Midlands region for destination traffic as well as sitting smack bang under the North Atlantic tracks for tech stop traffic. Operating 24 hours a day with ILS CAT 2B, Fire CAT 7 (8 & 9 on request), No Slots, EU Point of Entry, Quick Turnaround & BizAv friendly airport.

Cork is ideal start point on Wild Atlantic Way which features some of the world’s finest Golf Links & Courses, Lake, River & Sea Angling, fabulous restaurants, high end shopping, historic sites & stunning country side.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Jet Assist Ltd announces plans for new $4.1 million Hangar and FBO Project at Belfast International Airport

Image courtesy of Jet Assist Ltd 
Jet Assist Ltd  today announced at the 15th EBACE 2015 in Geneva that they have submitted an in-depth proposal to begin the process of building a New State-of-the-Art 44,000ft2 Aircraft Hangar and a 22,000ft2 Office Accommodation at Belfast International Airport.

The Hangar will be a distinctive two-door design allowing access for aircraft in from either side of the Hangar. This design allows aircraft to be parked through either door reducing the requirement for aircraft towing to reach alternative aircraft.

The main Hangar is big enough to hold a Boeing 767-300 aircraft and at the same time house Flying School Aircraft and Light to medium Jets or Turboprops.

The Hangar is to incorporate a full FBO facility, which will include Office Accommodation, Boardrooms, Lounges, Kitchens, Crew Rest/Sleeping Accommodation, Bathrooms / Showers and facilities for a Flying School operation. The facility will also have its own dedicated Aircraft Apron and VIP Security Screening Suite.

Speaking at EBACE 2015 in Geneva Mr Ian Morrow, CEO of Jet Assist Ltd said “We have decided after much thought to embark on this journey to grow and expand our presence at Belfast International Airport, as the foremost handling agent located there; also that we might grow our based customers, the Northern Irish Charter market and the Tech Stop market.

Northern Ireland is an economy that is currently seeing business growth and with the coming of reduced corporation tax infrastructure is very important to ensure that growth continues. Without infrastructure such as this facility Northern Ireland will not be set up to deal with the influx of companies wishing to set up business there. This hangar is a view to a future not just of Northern Ireland but of Jet Assist Ltd and its planned growth model”

This new facility will elevate them to a level never experienced in Ireland for the VIP and Business traveller. Jet Assist is a branded World Fuel Ascent FBO and is the preferred handler for most of the major trip support companies.

The date for the completion of the facility is to be Summer 2017 (subject to final approval and planning permission), this will allow time to source the correct contractors and individuals required to ensure that the project is a success.

Mr Ian Morrow also said "We are already receiving interest in customers basing aircraft in Belfast even if they are living in Dublin or Mainland UK. This is due to the extremely competitive rates for Parking and Landing at the Airport and also the support that Belfast International is providing.

Our service is about Style & Elegance combined with Speed, Efficiency & Discretion. The Jet Assist Operations Team can provide a tailored quote upon request to fulfil your VVIP or Tech Stop requirements at Belfast/EGAA and also discuss at length how this new project can benefit your operation".

Further to this announcement further investment in staffing at the current facility to include additional staff in Operations & Refuelling and also Sales/Marketing to be based in the United States.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Irish Aviation Authority and Shannon's IASC partner to launch new Irish “EJ” corporate aircraft register

Image Courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace 
A new Irish aircraft register targeted at corporate and business jets has been unveiled. The “EJ” register is administered by the Irish Aviation Authority, with Shannon Airport’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) as a preferred marketing and support partner.

The new register offers the benefits of a gold-standard onshore EASA jurisdiction and is designed for full compliance with current and forthcoming EASA regulations including Part NCC. The new registration marks consist of “EJ-“ plus four letters, allowing for a wider range of personalised registrations.

Working with industry-leading tax and legal partners, Shannon Airport’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) offers a cost-effective one-stop shop for aircraft owners, operators and financiers seeking to benefit from the advantages of the EJ register.

Shannon, with its tax-efficient Free Zone, is designated by the Irish Government as the national Centre of Excellence for Corporate and Business Aviation and is already a major transit stop for corporate aircraft and the only airport outside the Americas offering US CBP pre-clearance to corporate aircraft passengers.

Tony Merrigan, Head of Customer Relations at the Irish Aviation Authority said "The EJ register draws on Ireland’s superb reputation in aviation regulation and air finance, and IASC at Shannon is ideally qualified to provide a seamless support service to ensure the EJ register’s success."

Patrick Edmond, Managing Director of IASC at Shannon said "Ireland already has a worldwide reputation as a leading airfinance jurisdiction, and the Irish Aviation Authority is a world-leading regulator. The EJ register combines these strengths for the corporate aviation space and delivers an onshore EASA register which is guaranteed fully compliant with Part NCC. it’s truly the new gold standard.

And with our best-in-class partners, Shannon is the obvious choice for ensuring fast and tax-efficient EJ registration. We will be showcasing the new EJ register at the European Business and Corporate Aviation Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva from May 19-21."

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Dublin-Weston Executive Airport reports second year of bizav growth

Director of Operations David P Scully
Dublin-Weston Executive Airport is reporting its second year of business aviation growth since being taken over by the Conneely civil engineering group.

Director of Operations and Commercial Manager, Dave Scully sites increased traffic connected to Ireland’s extensive equine industry and new multi-national industry inward investment being the main drivers

Mr. Scully also says that a number of aerial survey companies have chosen the airport as a base for their operations. Attractive Jet A-1 prices, low cost, secure hangarage, ease of access and zero traffic congestion all coming together to make Dublin-Weston a highly  attractive package. These very same factors are attracting increased numbers of private and corporate operators to the facility.

Dublin-Weston has three large, modern, secure, heated hangars and these have found favour with a number of clients requiring short or long term aircraft storage and is located just eight miles from the capital's city center.

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Ryanair accelerates Berlin Schönefeld-Cologne route launch and adds new routes in Berlin and Hamburg

EI-FIJ Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair 
Irish budget carrier Ryanair, has announced it's new Berlin Schönefeld to Cologne route will start on 3rd September, due to the large demand , two months earlier than planned with a frequency of five times daily using 189 seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The Berlin to Cologne route is extremely lucrative route currently served by Air Berlin and Lufthansa and Germanwings plans to start route on 3rd October. Speaking to German Aviation website Ryanair's Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs said "Air Berlin will soon reduce frequencies".

The budget carrier uses "Triangulation" to exploit opportunities for continued growth by connecting airports within its existing route network. To this effect it announced further expansion at it's Berlin Schönefeld base with the announcement of a new connection to Tenerife South, operating three times weekly.

In Hamburg the carrier announced two new connections to Alicante and Malaga both operating three times weekly, from 26th October and expects to carry 220, 000 passengers per annum. From Hamburg it's serving Portuguese leisure market with two routes to Lisbon and Porto.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 16-05-15

Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-61 
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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

EI-CSG Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29922  MIAT Mongolian Airlines Ferried Chinggis Khaan International Airport-Moscow Sheremetyevo -Berlin Tegel-Prague 12/05/15 on summer-lease to Travel Service.

EI-DEO Airbus A320-214 c/n 2486 Aer Lingus Departed Eirtech Aviation Shannon to Dublin 09/05/15 in Special Official Carrier of the Irish Rugby Team colours arrived 29/04/15.

EI-EXJ Boeing 717-200 c/n 55176 Volotea Airlines In Service Helsinki-Nantes-Prague 13/14-05/15 after winter storage.

EI-FGS Boeing 737-8GJ/W c/n 39430 Sun Express/AnadoluJet painted at Shannon 08/05/15 to become TC-SCL.

EI-FIK Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44700 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 11/05/15.

EI-FKI Boeing 767-36N(ER) c/n 30841 GECAS  Rolled out of Eirtech Aviation Shannon 10/04/15 in full euroAtlantic Airways colours and towed to Atlantic Aviation Group hangar.

EI-FKJ Boeing 767-36N c/n 30853 Euro Atlantic Airways Registered at Shannon 12/05/15 in Nordwind colours prior delivery to become CS-TKT.

G-JZHD Boeing 737-808/W c/n 34706 Jet2 Delivered Bournemouth-Leeds/Bradford 07/05/15 in Jet2 holidays colours ex EI-RUP.

OY-JRZ Airbus A320-233 c/n 2102 Danish Air Transport Registered 12/05/15 and Delivered Teruel Airport-East Midlands for painting ex EI-FGO.

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 09-05-15

EI-FIJ Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair 

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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

EI-DSH Airbus A320-216 c/n 3178 Air Berlin Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Dusseldorf 06/05/15 to become D-ABZL.

EI-FIJ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44699 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 01/05/15.

EI-FKI Boeing 767-36N c/n 30841 GECAS registered Shannon 06/05/15 for Euro Atlantic Airways as CS-TKS ex 5Y-KQY.

EI-RUR Boeing 737-8MC/W c/n 44355 Transaero Airlines Delivered Boeing Field-Keflavik-Bratislava 30/04/15.

EI-SLO ATR42-320(F) c/n 121 Air Contractors positioned Shannon-Venice 03/05/15 after paint into hybrid colours ex HB-AFD.

EI-XLZ Boeing 747-444 c/n 29119 Transaero Airlines Ferried Melbourne, Florida-Moscow Domodedovo 02/05/15 after interim storage.

HB-AFD ATR42-320(F) c/n 121 Farnair Ferried Cologne-Shannon 23/04/15 for Air Contractors as EI-SLO.

N278KA Boeing 737-73S/W c/n 29078 Killick Aerospace Ferried Shannon-Glasgow Prestwick 05/05/15 for Ryanair, for crew training purposes ex HK-4627.

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Ryanair focuses growth on primary airports as 44 new routes announced in April

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Ryanair opened it's 71st European base at Ponta Delgada and 4th Portuguese base with 1 based Boeing 737-800 operating three routes to to London Stansted (1 x weekly), Lisbon (2 x daily) and Porto (1 x daily) on 1st April, as the airline continues to develop its network offering from many primary airports across Europe to support business as well as leisure demand, tapping into large and profitable core city catchments.  Of 44 routes announced in April 26 have been converted to year round services.

In the month of April expansion for winter 2015/6 season at Athens, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Rome bases and extension of four routes from Dublin serving primary airports to a year-round basis. The carrier continues to focus on Italian market for growth through new domestic and international connections with 20 new routes announced.

The carrier continues to add new routes at secondary airports Edinburgh to Frankfurt Hahn, Krakow to Barcelona Girona  and Palmero to Memmingen.

Mr Michael O’Leary told interviewer David Learmount that the only out-of-bounds airports for Ryanair in Europe are London Heathow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Frankfurt Main, because they are too expensive and inefficient and says the carrier “will be at all the others within five years”.

Athens-Berlin Schönefeld 1 x daily from 27th October
Athens-Bratislava 3 x weekly (Extension from summer programme)
Athens-Budapest 4 x weekly (Extension from summer programme)
Athens-Santorini 2 x daily (Extension from summer programme)
Athens-Warsaw Modlin 1 x daily (Extension from summer programme)
Bologna-Berlin Schonefeld 1 x daily from 27th October
Bologna-Burchaest x 4 weekly from 23rd October
Bologna-Cagliari 1 x daily from 25th October
Bucharest-Bologna x 5 weekly from 25th October
Bucharest-Milan Bergamo x 9 weekly from 25th October
Bucharest-Rome Ciampino x 13 weekly from 25th October
Copenhagen-Alicante x 4 weekly from 25th October
Copenhagen-Budapest x 1 daily from 25th October
Copenhagen-Malaga x 3 weekly from 25th October
Dublin-Brussels-Zaventem x 21 weekly (extended from the winter program)
Dublin-Cologne x 1 daily (extended from the winter program)
Dublin-Copenhagen x 1 daily (extended from the winter program)
Dublin-Glasgow International x 3 daily (extended from the winter program)
East Midlands-Malta x 2 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Edinburgh-Frankfurt Hahn x 2 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer  program)
Edinburgh-Santander x 2 weekly from 25th October (extended from the winter program)
Glasgow International-Berlin Schonefeld x 4 weekly from 28th October
Kaunas-Malta  x 2 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Krakow-Girona x 2 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Oslo Rygge - Szczecin x 2 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Palmero-Berlin Schönefeld x 2 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Palmero-Memmingen x 2 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Palermo-Paris Beauvais x 2 weekly from 20th October
Palmero-Turin x 1 daily (extended from the summer program)
Palmero-Verona x 1 daily (extended from the summer program)
Rome Ciampino-Berlin Schonefeld x 2 daily from 25th October
Rome Ciampino-Burchasest x 13 weekly from 25th October
Rome Ciampino-Copenhagen x 1 daily from 2nd September
Rome Ciampino-Rabat x 3 weekly from 27th October
Rome Fiumicino-Bari x 1 daily (extended from the summer program)
Rome Fiumicino-Brindisi x 1 daily (extended from the summer program)
Rome Fiumicino-Comiso x 6 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Rome Fiumicino-Marseille x 1 daily (extended from the summer program)
Rome Fiumicino-Seville x 6 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Verona-Brussels (Zaventem) x 4 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Verona-Palermo x 6 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Vilnius-Frankfurt Hahn x 4 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Vilnius-Madrid x 4 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Warsaw Modlin-Malaga x 2 weekly from 27th October

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 02-05-15

Dublin Airport Terminal 2 
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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

CP-2554 Boeing 737-3Q8 c/n 26303 Boliviana de Aviación Ferried Jorge Wilstermann International-Tocumen-Tucson-Goodyear 24/25-04/15 on return to lessor ex EI-ELS.

EI-DEO Airbus A320-214 c/n 2486 Virgin Little Red Ferried Dublin-Shannon 29/04/15 for repainting to Eirtech Aviation.

EI-FIJ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44699 Ryanair First Flight 26/04/15.

EI-STA Boeing 737-31S c/n 29057 Air Contractors Ferried London Southend-Dublin 30/04/15 after repainting.

LY-LCL Airbus A320-214 c/n 533 smartLynx Airlines Ferried Woensdrecht-Birmingham 28/04/15 on summer-lease to Thomas Cook Airlines ex EI-DDL.

LY-VEL Airbus A320-232 c/n 1998 Avion Express Ferried Barcelona-Paderborn/lippstadt 25/04/15 on summer lease to Condor ex EI-EUB.

M-ABIO Airbus A320-232 c/n 2343 CIT Aerospace in Cyprus Airways Ferried Madrid-Shannon 25/04/15 for painting into Avion Express as LY-VEK.

SX-BHT Airbus A321-211 c/n 666 Air Moldova Ferried Ostrava-Chisinau 29/04/15 on new wet-lease ex EI-ESI.

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