Saturday, 27 June 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 27-06-15

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300
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/

AP-BMD Airbus A320-232 c/n 2502  Shaheen Air International Delivered Indianapolis-Goose Bay-Dublin-Athens-Sharjah-Karachi 23-26/06/15 ex EI-EXK.

EI-DSY Airbus A320-216 c/n 3666 Air One ferried Rome Fiumicino-Manchester 22/06/15 for paint into Alitalia colours.

EI-FDL Airbus A320-232 c/n 2029 MetroJet Ferried Kaunas-Ostrava 23/06/15 after storage.

EI-FGP Embraer 190AR c/n 19000050 Borajet Airlines Ferried Norwich-Alverca 24/06/15 after paint.

EI-FKI Boeing 767-36N(ER) c/n 30841 GECAS  Airtest from Atlantic Aviation Group 19/06/15 in full euroAtlantic Airways colours.

EI-FKL Embraer 190LR c/n 19000067 Aldus Portfolio Leasing Ferried Alverca-Norwich 23/06/15 for painting ex JY-EMF.

EI-SEV Boeing 737-73S/W c/n 29078 Ryanair Ferried Glasgow-Prestwick-Maastricht 23/06/15 for painting.

EI-XLN Boeing 747-412 c/n 28029 Transaero Airlines Ferried Kurumoch International-Moscow Sheremetyevo 19/06/15 after pain into special tiger colours.

LN-LNE Boeing 787-8 c/n 34796 Norwegian Longhaul Re-registered and in service 17/06/15 Copenhagen-New York JFK-Copenhagen ex EI-LNE.

N167CR Boeing 757-2G5 c/n 26278 AerCap ferried Seletar-Guam-Honolulu-Goodyear 18/19-06/15 for PCF-conversion, for SF Airlines.

TC-SCL Boeing 737-8GJ/W c/n 39430 Sun Express Delivered Shannon-Antalya 24/06/15 in AnadoluJet colours ex EI-FGS.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

IAG carriers deploy Airbus A320 Sharklet fitted aircraft on Dublin routes

                                               
British Airways Airbus A320(S) 
International Airlines Group (IAG) parent company of British Airways, Iberia Express and Vueling Airlines whom operate services from London Heathrow, Madrid and Barcelona respectively, commenced using fuel-saving and performance-enhancing Sharklets on A320 Family airliners becoming an increasingly frequent sight in Irish skies.

British Airways operates A320 Family equipment on eight times daily Heathrow to Dublin services and since April when Sharklet modification programme commenced a number of flights have been operated by A320's with the wing-tip modification.

The modification initially involves 10 of the newest A320s in the airline’s fleet in sequence G-EUYO, G-EUYP and G-EUYR to G-EUYY, with ‘sharklet’ wing-tips under a fuel-efficiency programme.

                                       
 Iberia Express Airbus A320(S)

Iberia Express commenced in November 2014 installation of the sharklets on four Airbus A320's delivered in 2013 . The carrier deploys sharklet fitted aircraft longest routes to Canary Islands and Northern Europe, where the savings achieved by the sharklets are optimized.

Spanish carrier Vueling, the low cost platform for International Airlines Group (IAG) in 2013 became the first Spanish carrier to take delivery of new A320's fitted with Sharklets as part of IAG order of up to 220 aircraft in August 2013.

The Sharklet modification reinforces the wing structure and adding the Sharklet wingtip device. As part of the upgrade, the retrofit will lengthen the aircraft’s service life and thus maximize the operators’ return on investment for the Sharklet retrofit.

                                       
Vueling Airlines Airbus A320(S) 
The wing-tip devices improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn (saving 200,000 kg of fuel per aircraft per year) and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors (over 900 tonnes of CO2 per year, per aircraft), offering flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms

Sharklet are offered by Airbus as an option on new-build A320ceo Family aircraft, and they are standard on A320neo (new engine option) Family from October 2015.

                                       

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

Ireland leveraging its aviation experience to drive unprecedented growth

                                               
C-FFDK Bombardier CS300 
Ireland's position in the global aviation industry this week has been further cemented with a number of significant announcements this week , as an Island nation, we punch well above our weight when it comes to aviation.

A look back at this week's announcements shows why.....

Irish aircraft-leasing firms placed $11 Billion (€9.87bn) of orders at the Paris Airshow.

Tuesday 16th June: AerCap, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is formally headquartered in the Netherlands and managed from Dublin and Shannon, placed an order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in deal valued at $10.7 Billion at list prices.

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital under leadership of CEO Peter Barrett order 10 Boeing 737 MAX 8s in a deal worth $1.07 billion at list prices.

Irish based leasing firms Avolon, AerCap and SMBC Aviation Capital have ordered a total of 210 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and budget carrier Ryanair has 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200 on order plus 100 options.

Wednesday 17th June: Dublin Airport welcomed Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner for the first time to Ireland.  The visit was to celebrate the launch of two long-haul routes to Cancun (Mexico) and Montego Bay (Jamaica) direct from Dublin Airport during summer 2016 and to showcase the aircraft to the travel industry.

Thursday 18th June:Bombardier Aerospace CS300 commercial aircraft C-FFDK arrived at George Best Belfast City Airport following a thrilling world debut at the 2015 International Paris Air Show for a demonstration at Bombardier’s wing facility where the aircraft wings are manufactured and assembled.

Friday 19th June: International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) published it's Recommended Cash Offer for Aer Lingus Group plc.

Saturday 20th June: Dublin Airport welcomed Ethiopian Airlines new service three times weekly Boeing 787 service  from Addis Ababa to Dublin and on to Los Angeles. This is the first time the three continents of Africa, Europe and North America are directly connected with one airline through Dublin Airport.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 20-06-15

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A321-211 
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-EJY Airbus A330-223 c/n 970  Amentum Aircraft Leasing Ferried Amman-Athens-Lourdes 12/06/15 ex JY-AIE.

EI-FGP ERJ190AR c/n 19000050 Aldus Portfolio Leasing Ferried Alverca-Norwich 15/06/15 for painting ex JY-EME.

EI-FIN Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44701 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 12/06/15.

EI-FIO Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 61579 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 12/06/15.

LN-LNC Boeing 787-8 c/n 34795 Norwegian Longhaul re-registered and positioned Copenhagen-London Gatwick 15/06/15 ex EI-LNC.

N810QC Boeing 737-348(QC) c/n 23810 Met International Ferried Norwich-Vnukovo 12/06/15 for full freighter conversion, for Air Incheon ex EI-BUE.

OE-IAJ Boeing 737-476(SF) c/n 24440 TNT Airways Noted outside Atlantic Aviation Group hangar 11/06/15 in all white colours ex EI-STB.

TC-SCL Boeing 737-8GJ/W c/n 39430 AnadoluJet Turkish registration applied at Shannon 17/06/15 ex EI-FGS.

VP-BDL Airbus A320-232 c/n 2343 Ural Airlines Delivered Shannon-Koltsovo International Airport 12/06/15 ex M-ABIO.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Thomson Airways new routes from Dublin to Cancun and Montego Bay further enhance connectivity

                                                 
G-TUII Boeing 787-8 Thomson Airways 
Dublin Airport yesterday Wednesday 17th June welcomed Thomson Airways 787 Dreamliner for the first time to Ireland today.    

The visit was to celebrate the launch of two long-haul routes to Mexico and Jamaica direct from Dublin Airport during summer 2016 and to showcase the aircraft to the Irish travel industry.

daa Chief Executive Kevin Toland said Dublin Airport was delighted to welcome the Dreamliner aircraft and was pleased for Falcon, Thomson and Thomson Airways that it will enter service next summer, taking passengers from Ireland to Mexico and Jamaica.

Mr Toland added that the Dreamliner has created significant new opportunities for TUI’s brands in the Irish market. “Thomson’s decision to operate a Dreamliner from Dublin Airport brings additional choice into the market and we look forward to working with them to promote these new routes and to expand the company’s overall business at Dublin Airport.”

Chris Logan, Head of Ireland for Falcon and Thomson, said it was a special day to have the 787 Dreamliner touch down in Dublin only two years after Thomson Airways became the first UK airline to operate the revolutionary aircraft.

“It is even more special to have the aircraft flown in by Managing Director John Murphy with TUI Aviation’s Chief Operating Officer Chris Browne and Director of Engineering Jason Mahoney on board – all of Irish descent.”

He said Irish customers will be amazed at the unique look, feel and service of this fabulous new aircraft when the new routes begin next summer.

Falcon and Thomson will operate its new charter programme from Dublin with a Thomson Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which includes Premium Club. The service to Montego Bay will begin on June 12, 2016, while the new Cancun service begins on June 13. Each route will operate weekly for six weeks.

The addition of Mexico and Jamaica means that Dublin Airport will have 20 long-haul destinations next summer, with 17 destinations in the Americas and the Caribbean, two destinations in the Middle East and one destination in Africa.

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Norwegian Airlines transfer of Boeing 787s from Irish register continues as CEO makes fresh appeal for US DOT approval

                                                 
Image courtesy of Norwegian 
Danish budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle 'Norwegian Airlines' has transferred three Boeing 787s that are currently registered to the airline's Irish subsidiary – Norwegian Air International (NAI) Ltd – under a 12-month exemption onto Norwegian aircraft register.

According to Danish Newspaper Aftenposten, on Wednesday that Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos has now sent a letter to US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx asking once again for a decision on the airline’s traffic rights to US destinations.

Norwegian has been waiting 15 months for the license for Norwegian Air International (NAI)  to continue and expand its US flights, pending approval from US authorities.  The carrier's expansion would challenge immunized joint ventures on North Atlantic whom control more than 80 percent of market.

The airline planned to establish a third US base, either in Los Angeles or Oakland, and fresh expansion would demand additional hiring of US pilots and cabin crews.  Bjørn Kjos claimed Norwegian Airlines could contribute towards meeting US President Barack Obama’s goal of creating thousands of new jobs in the tourism industry.

German Aviation website detailed the transfer of EI-LND, EI-LNF, EI-LNG to Norwegian register.

LN-LND Boeing 787-8 c/n 35310 Norwegian Longhaul Re-registered and back in service Copenhagen-New York JFK-Copenhagen 03/06/15 ex EI-LND.

LN-LNF Boeing 787-8 c/n 35313 Norwegian Longhaul Re-registered and back in service Copenhagen-New York JFK-Copenhagen 03/06/15 ex EI-LNF.

LN-LNG Boeing 787-8 c/n 35314 Norwegian Longhaul re-registered and in service Copenhagen-New York JFK-Copenhagen 10/06/15 ex EI-LNG.

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 13-06-15

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300
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/

AP-BMC Airbus A320-232 c/n 2496 Shaheen Air International Delivered Dublin-Athens 08/06/15 ex EI-EWO.

EI-DSI Airbus A320-216 c/n 3213 Air Berlin Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Munich 15/06/15 to become D-ABZK.

EI-ECL Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 32655  Alrosa Air Delivered Budapest-Moscow Domodedovo 09/06/15 ex LN-NOP.

LN-LND Boeing 787-8 c/n 35310 Norwegian Longhaul Re-registered and back in service Copenhagen-New York JFK-Copenhagen 03/06/15 ex EI-LND.

LN-LNF Boeing 787-8 c/n 35313 Norwegian Longhaul Re-registered and back in service Copenhagen-New York JFK-Copenhagen 03/06/15 ex EI-LNF.

LN-LNG Boeing 787-8 c/n 35314 Norwegian Longhaul re-registered and in service Copenhagen-New York JFK-Copenhagen 10/06/15 ex EI-LNG.

N225AX Boeing 767-224(ER) c/n 30434 Omni Air Transport Boston-Shannon-Boston 08/06/15  to begin summer lease to Aer Lingus.

N872TM CRJ200 c/n 7356 GECAS Ferried Morlaix-Keflavik 08/06/15 ex 5X-UGE.

VP-BDL Airbus A320-232 c/n 2343 Ural Airlines registered at Shannon 08/06/15 ex M-ABIO.

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Ryanair adds extra flights on Dublin to Chania route to meet overwhelming demand

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS 
Ryanair is increasing frequency on Dublin to Chania route from twice weekly (Sundays/Wendsdays) to three times weekly , as a new Monday service is added on selected dates in June (15/22/29) and for month of August due to overwhelming demand, as part of carrier expanded summer scheduled from Chania.

Ryanair’s Chania summer schedule also includes two new routes to Glasgow and Manchester (29 routes in total), and increased frequencies to Athens from three to four daily and to Thessaloniki from one to two per day.

Chania is the second largest city on island of Crete, also spelled: Haniá , a place where different civilizations have flourished throughout the centuries, wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains and the elaborate churches.

                                       

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Thursday, 11 June 2015

DHL & Dublin Aerospace Plane Pull in aid of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie

                                               
Image courtesy of Aoibheann's Pink Tie 
On Friday 19th June at Dublin Airport a charity plane pull is to take place in in aid of Aoibheann’s Pink Tie. Staff from DHL and Dublin Aerospace will pull an Airbus A300-600R(F) to raise funds for Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.

The charity was set up in 2010 after the loss of Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann who passed away from Cancer aged 8 years old.  To learn more about Aoibheann’s Pink Tie visit their website and Facebook page 

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A major new study reveals Dublin Airport has the best airport WiFi in Europe

                                               
Dublin Airport 
Dublin Airport has the best airport WiFi in Europe, according to a major new study.

The study found that Dublin Airport had the fastest WiFi download speeds of any European airport and the third fastest in the world behind Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand and Chattanooga Airport in the United States.

The survey, which was conducted by users of the Rotten WiFi app and website, tested and evaluated the quality of WiFi services in more than 130 airports in 53 countries. The Top 10 airports in terms of the fastest download speeds features five airports in Europe, two in the US and three in Asia.

Dublin Airport has offered its customers unlimited free WiFi since September 2012, and was one of the first major European airports with free WiFi. “We are delighted that our free WiFi product has performed so well in this global study,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

“Our WiFi is free, fast and unlimited and this is really welcomed by our customers,” Mr Harrison added. “Unlike many free WiFi locations, Dublin Airport does not require a sign-up or login process and this makes our WiFi easy to use and hugely convenient for our customers,” Mr Harrison added.

“Travellers have a lot of time to kill while waiting for flights, even if they are on schedule,” said Lina Zaliauskiene of Rotten WiFi. “In such situations, public WiFi service could save the day, if it is fast, good quality, and, of course, secure,” she added. Rotten WiFi is a WiFi speed checking website and mobile application.

Dublin Airport provides free WiFi to customers in partnership with eircom.

                                                   

                                               

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Connectivity enhanced at Dublin Airport as four new services commence

                                                 
United Airlines Boeing 757-200
Dublin Airport will have almost two million extra seats available this summer, which is an 11% increase in capacity compared to last summer. This summer is set to be the busiest yet since passenger numbers reached their peak in 2008, according to Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison.

A total of 21 new routes/services, comprising 16 short-haul routes to continental Europe and five new long-haul routes will be added in 2015. This week four new services commenced to Chicago, Cardiff, Paris Orly and Keflavik, as Dublin Airport expands customer base adding two new customer airlines Transavia France and WOW Air.

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said "This is a significant year for Dublin Airport, as we celebrate 75 years connecting Ireland to the world. This year, passengers can choose from 167 scheduled destinations from Dublin Airport to 15 destinations in North America, 25 cities in the UK, 122 destinations in Continental Europe, 3 African destinations, and 2 destinations in the Middle East.".

Flybe commenced a new daily Cardiff service on Monday 1st June operated by an Embraer 195,will be double daily later in the summer.

Transavia France commenced a new daily service from/to Paris Orly on Monday 1st June using  Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

United Airlines launched a new daily Boeing 757-200 to Chicago O'Hare on Friday 5th June operating to 18th August and operates double daily to Newark to 24th September.

WOW Air launched a new service from/to Keflavik on Tuesday 2nd June operating twice weekly Tuesdays & Thursdays, an additional Saturday service will operate for peak season using Airbus A320/1 aircraft.

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Ryanair announces significant Spanish expansion as claws back market share

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
In the first four months of 2015, AENA the Spanish airport operator revealed Irish budget Ryanair added 1.14 million passengers, growing 17.8% to 7.53 million. During this period, the Irish airline has increased it lead over Vueling by more than 800,000 passengers.

The rising passenger numbers can be attributed to continuing success of its 'Always Getting Better' improvement programme, launched in late 2013 to improve customer services and new Business Plus and Family Extra services.

The Irish airline carried 1.54 million passengers to and from Madrid in the first four months of 2015, according to AENA figures. This represents growth of 34% in a year, due to increased frequencies on existing routes and new routes.

In May the carrier announced significant expansion across it's Spanish network at bases Alicante, Las Palmas, Malaga, Palma, Seville and Tenerife South for IATA Winter season 2015/6 commencing 25th October.

Alicante-Hamburg  x 3 weekly from 26th October.

Alicante-Newcastle x 3  weekly from 27th October.

Alicante-Rome Ciampino x 2 weekly from 25th October.

Berlin Schönefeld-Tenerife South x 3 weekly from 27th October.

Hamburg-Alicante x 3 weekly from 26th October.

Hamburg-Malaga x 3 weekly from 26th October.

Krakow-Girona x 2 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Krakow-Tenerife South x 2 weekly from 8th November.

Malta-Rome Ciampino x 5 weekly from 25th October.

Las Palmas-Bologna x 2 weekly from 9th November.

Las Palmas-Krakow x 2 weekly from 6th November.

Malaga-Berlin Schonefeld x 3 weekly from 28th October.

Malaga-Copenhagen x 3 weekly from 25th October.

Malaga-Hamburg x 3 weekly from 26th October.

Malaga-Palma x 3 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Malaga-Santaigo x 2 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Malaga-Warsaw Modlin x 2 weekly from 27th October.

Palma-Berlin Schönefeld x 3 weekly from 26th October.

Palma-Birmingham x 2 weekly from 26th October.

Palma-Malaga x 3 weekly from 26th October.

Rome Ciampino-Alicante x 2 weekly from 25th October.

Rome Ciampino-Malta x 5 weekly from 25th October.

Seville-London Gatwick x 3 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Seville- Rome Fiumicino x 1 daily from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Seville-Santander x 3 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Seville-Santiago de Compostela x 4 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Seville-Tenerife South x 2 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Tenerife South-Krakow x 2 weekly from 8th November.

Tenerife South-Treviso x 2 weekly from 26th October.

Tenerife South-Wroclaw x 1 weekly from 4th November.

Valencia-Trieste x 2 weekly from 25th October (extended from the summer program).

Verona-London Stansted x 3 weekly from 4th November.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 06-06-15

                                                 
EI-BYO ATR42 Aer Lingus Regional 
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-FGY Airbus A319-112 c/n 2891 Yaledell Ltd Ferried Istanbul-Dublin 29/05/15 ex B-6157.

EI-FIL Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44702 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 03/06/15.

EI-FIM Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 61576 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 05/06/15.

EI-FKJ Boeing 767-36N c/n 30853 Euro Atlantic Airways painted at Shannon 29/05/15 prior delivery to become CS-TKT ex ET-AME.

LY-ONJ Airbus A320-214 c/n 4203 Small Planet Airlines Positioned Kaunas-London Gatwick 29/05/15 ex EI-ONJ.

N240JT Boeing 737-4K5(F) c/n 24125 Jetran Ferried Tampa International Airport-Lakeland Linder Regional Airport 29/05/15 after freighter conversion ex EI-ETT.

SU-TCG Airbus A320-211 c/n 852 Almasria Universal Airlines Delivered Kaunas-Cairo 02/06/15 ex EI-FBV.

VP-BBL Boeing 747-45E(BDSF) c/n 27174 GECAS Delivered Teruel Airport-Griffiss International Airport  02/06/15 ex N852TM.

VQ-BUP Boeing 767-33A(ER) c/n 28043 Azur Air Delivered Shannon-Moscow Domodedovo 30/05/15 ex LZ-AWC/ET-ALC.

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Monday, 1 June 2015

21 years of Aer Lingus Airbus A330 ETOPS operations over the North Atlantic

                                               
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300

Today marks a milestone of 21st anniversary of the transformation of Aer Lingus North Atlantic services as on this day it began Airbus A330-301 daily separate Dublin and Shannon services to New York JFK.

Aer Lingus was first operator to inaugurate ETOPS (Extended Range performance twin-engine operations) operations over the North Atlantic with this model.

The Airbus A330-300 was formally launched by Airbus on 5 June, 1987, and flew for the first time more than five years later on November 2, 1992, powered by two GE engines. The first Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered A330-300 first flew on January 31, 1994.

The A330 was one of the first airliners to be designed entirely by computer aided design (CAD), European and US type certification for both types, powered by GE CF6-80E1 engines, was obtained also simultaneously on October 21, 1993.The A330-300  first delivery to launch customer Air Inter occurred in December 1993 with entry into service following nearly a month later in January 1994.

In April 1994 , the A330-301 (CF6-80E1A2 Engines) obtained ETOPS  Type Design Approval from the JAA with 120-minute diversion time, increasing to 180 minutes in February 1995. This was the first aircraft to receive early ETOPS approval worldwide. In May 1994,

The Airbus A330 was specifically built for high density domestic French routes for operation by Air Inter. Aer Lingus selected the aircraft to replace it's fleet of Boeing 747's. Mr Conor McCarthy, Chairman Dublin Aerospace and CEO PlaneConsult and former Aer Lingus Commuter CEO , managed Airbus A330 into the Aer Lingus fleet.

Under Conor's leadership the airline reached agreement with key suppliers Airbus, General Electric and aircraft lessor ILFC on the A330 which would be transformational in terms of operating economics, making the North Atlantic profitable with fuel burn 25% lower than Boeing 747 and 50% greater cargo capacity.

The first aircraft EI-SHN Airbus A330-301 was delivered 2nd May 1994 followed by EI-DUB on 11th May.  The introduction of Airbus A330 enabled the airline to retire it's Boeing 747 fleet after 25 years of service on 2nd October 1995.

To enable operations to US West Coast the airline announced in 1998 an order for an Airbus A330-200, the aircraft EI-LAX was delivered in May 1999 and a second Airbus A330-200 order was announced to increase frequency on the route, EI-EWR arrived in May 2000.

In July 2012 Aer Lingus Achieved One Million Flight Hours with General Electric  CF6-80E1 Engines on ETOPS operations.

Today Aer Lingus operates a fleet of eight Airbus A330's in a two class configuration on a growing North American network also on seasonal holiday routes to Faro and Malaga in summer season.

The A330 Family has five variations in service the A330-200, A330-300, A330-200F, ACJ330 and A330 MRTT with 1, 183 aircraft delivered and a backlog of 319 aircraft and two A330neo (new engine option) versions, which were launched in 2014.

                                                 

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