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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