Saturday, 29 August 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 29-08-15

                                                 
Aer Lingus Boeing 757-200 
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.

9Q-CKD Airbus A320-216 c/n 3412 Congo Airways In full colours Dublin 24/08/15 prior delivery but temporarily impounded ex EI-DSN.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

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

                                               
Delta Airlines Boeing 747-400 departs Shannon 
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 AN-225 in a scheduled stop for re-fueling and crew rest. 
  • In May at Irish Aviation Industry Awards Shannon won Aviation Sustainability & Environment Award.
  • Shannon hosted AAAE/IAAE North America/Europe Transatlantic Airport Conference "Airports and Tourism Industries Working Together" in Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick between 29th June-1st July.
  • On Wednesday 1st July Shannon hosted a range of Boeing types on ramp together 737-400, 757-200s, 767-200ER, 777-200ER, 787-8
  • As Boeing 747 aircraft are rare sight at Irish airports during first week of July Shannon handled five Boeing 747s from Atlas Air (-400), Delta Airlines (-400), Kalitta (-200), National (-400).
  • Almost 40,000 people attended Shannon Air Display to mark a key milestone in Irish aviation history – the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight at the airport.
  • It recorded record traffic growth on August Bank-holiday weekend with over 40,000 passengers using the airport up 20% on last year. 

    See promotion video for new series 'Inside Shannon'


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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Ireland's Growing Drone sector ready for take-off

                                                 

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 enforcement, regulation, data protection and privacy.

The IAA is working closely with the Irish RPAS industry to facilitate its growth. Ireland has taken a proactive role in this fast emerging area and is currently one of only six EU Member states that has legislation governing the use of RPAS. The vast majority of drones are being used by the hobbyist community as just 80 RPAS users have secured permission to fly from the IAA for commercial operations, such as aerial photography, site surveying or filming.

Speaking on safety regulation and legislation for RPAS operators in Ireland, Mr Ralph James, Director of Safety Regulation, IAA commented  "Ireland is already quite advanced in terms of RPAS legislation for civil use. There has been a significant increase in the availability of drones or RPAS in Ireland in recent times and we are keen to ensure that the general public understand how to operate drones in a safe and responsible manner.

Safety is the IAA’s number one priority and we want to highlight that there are rules in place to help ensure the safe operation of this evolving aviation technology. At the same time, Ireland is well placed to exploit this sector. We strongly support the expansion of the Irish RPAS industry and regulation will be essential to its success".

Captain Julie Garland, Chairperson, UAAI said "The UAAI aims to promote the safe and successful integration of unmanned aircraft into Irish airspace. Our organisation is dedicated to promoting RPAS with emphasis on safety, training and regulation.

We are really delighted with the support of the IAA as this industry has the potential to position Ireland as a global hub for drone development. We're also very pleased with the strong interest that Minister Donohoe has shown today as a sign of his support for helping to develop this sector as a worldwide centre of excellence for RPAS technology."

Any person who wishes to operate a RPAS for commercial purposes must obtain a permission to fly and an aerial work permit from the IAA, before commencing operations in Irish airspace.






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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 22-08-15

                                               
EI-REH ATR72 Stobart Air 
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 International Ferried Bangkok-Incheon International-Anchorage International-Roswell International 16-18/08/15 for AerSale.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Ethiopian Airlines growing contribution to Ireland's aviation industry

                                                 
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 
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 of lease returns to lessors for Boeing 767-300ER and MD11F aircraft.

Ethiopian has a strong relationship here with aircraft lessors AerCap, AWAS, GECAS leasing Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 757-200 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

In 2014 Ethiopian concluded an agreement with Dublin based aircraft lessor AWAS to purchase three new Boeing 737-800 delivered this Summer that the airline had previously ordered directly from the manufacturer, and then leased them back. As part of this agreement, AWAS also assisted Ethiopian with the fleet transition of two 767-300ER wide-body passenger aircraft.

The two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft where prepared for re-delivery to new lessees at Shannon Airport by Eirtech Aviation and Lufthansa Technik.

Aviation recruitment specialist CAE Parc Aviation is contracted to source flight crew for Ethiopian, next year a further eight aircraft will join it's fleet adding two Boeing 777F and six Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

In early August Ethiopian appointed Dublin-based company SynNeo to manage its marketing, public relations and social media. Carole Smith of SynNeo said "With the recent launch of the direct Boeing Dreamliner service from Dublin to Los Angeles and Dublin to Addis Ababa, along with plans to double their fleet by 2025, it is an exciting time to be working with Ethiopian and one I am truly looking forward to."

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Did you know 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners have visited Dublin Airport

                                               
ET-ASG Boeing 787 Ethiopian Airlines 
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 on it's book with 304 delivered to date with unfilled deliveries outstanding of 791 aircraft.

EI-LNB Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 35305 Norwegian Longhaul 25th August 2013 for tail painting with Eirtech Aviation.

EI-LND Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 35310 Norwegian Longhaul 25th March 2014 for tail painting with Eirtech Aviation.

EI-LNE Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 3476 Norwegian Longhaul 30th April 2014 for tail painting with Eirtech Aviation.

EI-LNG Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 35315 Norwegian Longhaul 24th June 2014 for tail painting.

EI-LNH Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 36526 Norwegian Longhaul 10th April 2015  for tail painting with Eirtech Aviation.

ET-AOO Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34743 Ethiopian Airlines 17th July Addis Abba-Dublin-Los Angeles service.

ET-AOP Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34744 Ethiopian Airlines  16th May Technical stop Addis Abba-Dublin-Toronto.

ET-AOQ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34745 Ethiopian Airlines 6th August Addis Abba-Dublin-Los Angeles service.

ET-AOR Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34746 Ethiopian Airlines 15th August Addis Abba-Dublin-Los Angeles service.

ET-AOS Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34747 Ethiopian Airlines 29th June Addis Abba-Dublin-Los Angeles service.

ET-AOT Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34748 Ethiopian Airlines 12th May Technical stop Addis Abba-Dublin-Washington Dulles.

ET-AOU Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34749 Ethiopian Airlines 19h May Technical stop Addis Abba-Dublin-Toronto.

ET-AOV Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34750 Ethiopian Airlines 17th August Addis Abba-Dublin-Los Angeles service.

ET-ARE Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34751 Ethiopian Airlines 19th May Technical stop Addis Abba-Dublin-Toronto.

ET-ARF Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34752 Ethiopian Airlines 13th May Technical stop Addis Abba-Dublin-Washington Dulles.

ET-ASG Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 36111 Ethiopian Airlines 20th March Ethiopian Airlines promotion visit.

ET-ASH Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 38754 Ethiopian Airlines 12th May Techinal stop Addis Abba-Dublin-Toronto.

ET-ASI Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 34758  Ethiopian Airlines 28th May Techinal stop Addis Abba-Dublin-Toronto.

G-TUII Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 37230 Thomson Airways  17th June TUI Group Irish travel trade promotion flight.

N787BX Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner c/n 40692 Boeing Dream Tour 25-27th January 2012.

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

IAG Takeover of Aer Lingus means more competition

                                                 

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 through it's Open Skies agreements and fifth freedom rights, gone are days of the only route to Canada was over London Heathrow and summer peak only services, now Dublin has year-round service to Toronto with Aer Lingus and Air Canada Rouge, additional new destinations have opened up to Halifax and St John's.

More significantly the Irish government's draft aviation policy has created new competition opportunities on the North Atlantic, with the launch of Ethiopian Airlines new Boeing 787 Dreamliner service between Addis Abba, Dublin and Los Angeles bringing a new dynamic.

Icelandic low fare carrier Wow Air introduced a new route between Dublin and Reykjavik on 2nd June, carrying 3,300 passengers in first month of operation with a load factor of 81pc with many passengers connecting onward's to Boston and Washington Dulles.

In the years ahead new technology aircraft Airbus A321NEO-LR and Boeing 737 MAX currently in development will create new point to point city pair opportunities between Ireland and North American. Danish low fare carrier Norwegian indicated interest in serving points between Ireland and US East Coast with Boeing 737 MAX.

As the North American market is dominated by airline alliances controlling 83% of total market share, intra alliance rivalry will intensify as they fight for greater market share. Major Low cost carriers have been hindered from entering this lucrative market due to ongoing regulatory issues and pricing in the current aircraft cycle is not yet attractive enough for an off-shot of an existing low fare carrier to enter the fray.

The International Consolidated Airlines Group is developing Barcelona El Prat airport into a European Hub in it's own right. IAG owned low-cost carrier Vueling Airlines serves 140 short- and medium-haul destinations, American Airlines operates daily services to Charlotte , New York JFK and Miami, Philadelphia and Qatar Airways is boosting Doha route capacity by 32.1 per cent.

The Irish government made the right decision to sell it's 25.1 per cent to IAG as Europe's airline industry continues to consolidate and evolve among five big carriers Air France-KLM, Easyjet, IAG, Lufthansa, and Ryanair competition will intensify as they battle for a larger share of Europe's market.

The Irish consumer will get a taste of growing rivalry this winter as Aer Lingus reinstates it's Liverpool service taking on Ryanair in it's own backyard and as Ryanair considerably increases frequencies from Dublin to Barcelona and Madrid taking on Aer Lingus and IAG carrier's Vueling and Iberia Express respectively.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 15-08-15

                                                 
EI-LNH Boeing 787 Norwegian 
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-Incheon International-Anchorage International-Roswell International 07-9/08/15 for AerSale.

TC-OCI Airbus A330-243 c/n 625 Onur Air Delivered Paya Lebar Airport-Istanbul 11/08/15 ex EI-FLB.

TC-OCJ Airbus A330-243 c/n 632 Onur Air Delivered Paya Lebar Airport-Istanbul 12/08/15 ex EI-FLC.

VT-SLC Boeing 737-9GJER c/n 34956 SpiceJet Delivered Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Delhi 12/08/15 ex N462DC leased from BBAM.

VT-SLD Boeing 737-9GJER c/n 34957 SpiceJet Delivered Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Delhi 08/08/15 ex 2-TSGC leased from BBAM.

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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 08-08-15

                                                 
Aer Lingus Regional ATR72-600 
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-Moscow VKO 28/07/15 after partial repaint.

ET-AQQ Boeing 737-860/W c/n 40970 Ethiopian Airlines Delivered Boeing Field-Washington Dulles-Dublin-Addis Abba 28-30/07/15 leased from AWAS.

LY-SPF Airbus A320-214 c/n 967 Small Planet Airlines Delivered Dublin-Vilnius 03/08/15 ex EI-FKG.

PR-GEI Boeing 737-76N/W c/n 34758 GOL Airlines Delivered Salgado Filho-Guarulhos International Airport 25/07/15 ex OE-IDZ.

VN-A060 Airbus A321-211 c/n 6696 VietJetAir Delivered Hamburg XFW-ALA-SGN 24/25-07/15 leased from AWAS.

VT-JGZ Boeing 737-76N/W c/n 35218 Jet Airways Ferried Chhatrapati Shivaji International-Izmir-Keflavik 29-30/07/15 on return to lessor.

9Q-CLU Airbus A320-216 c/n 3362 Congo Airways Delivered Dublin-Tangiers-N’Djili 29/07/15 ex EI-DSM.

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