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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 29-08-15

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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-FBF Airbus A321-231 c/n 1060 Apollo Aviation Group Air Test at Sofia 22/08/15 ex B-6285.

EI-FHJ Boeing 737-8JP/W c/n 42069 Norwegian Air International Delivered Boeing Field-Oslo 20/08/15.

EI-STI Boeing 737-476(F) c/n 24435 ASL Airlines Ferried Dublin-Shannon 28/08/15 after painting.

JY-JRG Airbus A320-212 c/n 814 Royal Falcon Air Services Positioned Amman -RGW 19/08/15 on wet-lease to Fly Baghdad ex EI-DJH.

TC-OCI Airbus A330-243 c/n 645 Onur Air Positioned Istanbul-Jeddah 22/08/15 on wet-lease to Saudi ex EI-FLB.

TC-OCJ Airbus A330-243 c/n 632 Onur Air Positioned Istanbul-Jeddah 27/08/15 on wet-lease to Saudi ex EI-FLC.

RTÉ One to aire new six part factual series 'Inside Shannon'

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In a brand new factual series RTÉ One will be airing 'Inside Shannon' in six 30 minute episodes starting next Thursday 3rd September as part of it's new autumn schedule featuring 50 new shows.

Shannon Airport is an icon in international aviation, home to the longest runway in Ireland, Europe’s first transatlantic route and the world’s first ever Duty Free, but in recent years have been tough at the airport with a huge decline in passenger numbers as fallout from 2008 global economic crisis.

Now Independent Shannon has a new boss Neil Pakey and he’s making changes.  But with big ideas comes hard work and the staff are faced with the challenge of reviving Shannon’s fortunes while dealing with the day-to-day demands of an international airport.  With unprecedented access, this series, filmed over a year, will give viewers a unique insight into life inside the airport.

Shannon Airport key milestones this summer:
In April Shannon hosted World's largest aircraft the Antonov …

Ireland's Growing Drone sector ready for take-off

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Yesterday Friday 21st August I was invited to inaugural open day of  'Meet the Drones’ showcase event at Weston Airport hosted by the Unmanned Aircraft Association of Ireland (UAAI). The UAAI has evolved as a result of this significant growth and aims to act as an intermediary between commercial RPAS operators and pilots.

It's estimated that there are 4,000 drones already in use in Ireland.  The sector is growing at a significant rate, with international attention focusing on Ireland as a present and future leader in the commercial drone industry.

The event sponsored by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and attended by stakeholders including Mr. Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, the IAA, the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, industry suppliers and the public.

The event showcased the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) industry in Ireland – more commonly known as ‘drones’ – and highlighted safety requirements, new developments in enforcemen…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 22-08-15

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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-DSN Airbus A320-216 c/n 3295 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 14/08/15 for paint, for Congo Airways.

EI-EJI Airbus A330-202 c/n 1218 Alitalia In Service Abu Dhabi-Rome Fiumicino 20/08/15 after paint into new colours.

EI-EJJ Airbus A330-202 c/n 1225 Alitalia In service Rome Fiumicino-Abu Dhabi 19/08/15 for painting into new colours.

EI-LED Airbus A321-211 c/n 6726 Transaero Airlines Delivered Hamburg Finkenwerder-Belgrade-Moscow Vnukovo 14-17/08/15.

F-WWYR Airbus A330-343 c/n 1624 CIT Aerospace Ferried Toulouse-Teruel Airport 13/08/15 in Skymark colours for interim storage.

HS-TAX Airbus A300-622R c/n 785 Thai Interna…

Ethiopian Airlines growing contribution to Ireland's aviation industry

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Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) 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 is significantly expanding business with Irish aviation suppliers in aircraft leasing, digital marketing and recruitment.

On 10th May Ethiopian moved it's European Technical Transit hub for 10 weekly flights from Rome Fiumicino to Dublin with a daily Boeing 777 flight from Addis Ababa to Washington DC and three times weekly Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Addis Ababa to Toronto.

The airline commenced fifth freedom right services between Addis Abba, Dublin and Los Angeles on 19th June three times weekly using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, connecting three continents, the addition of Dublin, the airline’s 11th European city and Los Angeles, its 4th point in the Americas.

Additional Ethiopian is using Dublin Airport as a transit stop for new Boeing 737-800 deliveries from the United States and for end o…

Did you know 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners have visited Dublin Airport

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Did you know that 19 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft have visited Dublin Airport since the first aircraft N787BX on Boeing Dream Tour back in January 2012. Today Dublin has a three times weekly Boeing 787 Dreamliner service with Ethiopian Airlines operating Addis Abba to Dublin and onwards to Los Angeles.

In Summer 2016 Thomson Airways will launch a new charter programme from Dublin to Cancun and Montego Bay for in-house brands Falcon Holidays and Thomson.

It's anticipated American Airlines and Eithad Airways will commence Boeing 787 Dreamliner services to Dublin in coming years as they refresh their fleets.

Last month Boeing reached another program milestone when it delivered the 300th Dreamliner. According to Boeing , nearly 55 million passengers have flown on 787s across the globe. That’s 294,000 revenue departures, 1.5 million revenue flight hours and 659 million revenue miles flown, saving airlines 2.5 billion pounds of fuel.

Boeing has 1,095 Boeing 787 Dreamliners orders o…

IAG Takeover of Aer Lingus means more competition

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I read with interest "Dogfight in the skies: the two men changing the face of aviation" published by Irish Independent on Saturday 26th July.  I disagree with many of the points raised, as IAG's imminent takeover of Aer Lingus far from diminishing competition is certain to raise competition bar increase connectivity which is a win-win for consumers. Competition keeps everybody on their toes and innovate.

The reality is British Airways retrenched from UK regional points to focus on London Heathrow many years ago , it never operated Transatlantic services from Belfast for example. The market has evolved considerably Aer Lingus Regional operated by Stobart Air connects majority of UK regional cities to Dublin Airport fare more than London Heathrow. Therein lies the advantage IAG could leverage traffic flows over Aer Lingus Dublin's hub to the benefit of Aer Lingus and wider Irish economy.

The Irish government's aviation policy is enabling competition to flurish thr…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 15-08-15

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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-DSJ Airbus A320-216 c/n 3295 Air Berlin Delivered Dublin-Munich 12/08/15 to become D-ABZJ.

EI-DSN Airbus A320-216 c/n 3412 Alitalia to be ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 13/08/15 for paint, for Congo Airways.

EI-FGR Airbus A319-131 c/n 2308 Fastjet Ferried Loudres-Montpelier 04/08/15 prior delivery to become 5H-.

EI-FBH Airbus A321-231 c/n 1293 Aeroflight Services Ferried Sofia-Muscat-Yangon-Clark International 06/07-08/15 prior delivery to ? ex B-6030.

EI-STI Boeing 737-476(F) c/n 24435 ASL Airlines Delivered Dothan-Bangor-Keflavik-Dublin 07/08-08/15 ex N938NZ.

HS-TAY Airbus A300-622R c/n 867 Thai Airways Ferried Bangkok-In…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 08-08-15

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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/

A6-LIW RJ70 c/n 1267 Presidential Flight Authority Ferried Kemble-Cranfield 28/07/15  for Formula 1 ex EI-CPL.

EI-DSJ Airbus A320-216 c/n 3295 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 25/07/15-03/08/15 for painting into Air Berlin colours.

EI-FBH Airbus A321-231 c/n 1293 Aeroflight Services Ferried Sofia-Muscat 06/08/15 on delivery ex B-6300.

EI-FKJ Boeing 767-36N c/n 30853 EuroAtlantic Airways Delivered Shannon-Lisbon 06/08/15 ex 5Y-KQZ.

EI-IMI Airbus A319-112 c/n 1745 Alitalia In Service Naples-Milan Linate 02/08/15 after paint into new colours.

EI-VKO Airbus A321-211 c/n 6678 Transaero Airlines Onward Delivery Bratislava-Mos…