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Ryanair takes delivery of a record six Boeing 737-800s this week

Irish budget Ryanair this week received a record six brand new Boeing 737-800's becoming the largest number delivered in a single week to the carrier under the terms of it's 2013 Boeing Contract to purchase the 183 new Boeing 737-800 over a five year period from fiscal 2015 to 2019 bringing it's fleet to 326 737-800 aircraft.

The transaction value of these six brand new 737-800s is $488.4 million based on Ryanair's 2015 annual report listing each aircraft at $78.5 million plus $2.9 million for buyer furnished equipment.

All new aircraft deliveries are fitted with new slime-line seats and Boeing Sky Interior offering bins that pivot up and out of the way, sculpted sidewalls and LED lighting in the cabin to give the appearance of a soft blue sky overhead as part of a series of initiatives rolled out in "Always Getting Better" programme.

EI-FOC Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS(WL) construction number 44714 First Flight 15 December 2015 Delivered Boeing Field to Dublin 26…

Irish Aircraft Leasing News 25-01-2016

The latest news on Ireland's aircraft leasing industry

AerCap Leased, Purchased and Sold 405 Aircraft in 2015

AerCap announced its transactions during the full year and fourth quarter 2015: Full Year 2015 Transactions Signed lease agreements for 276 aircraft. Purchased 46 new aircraft. Executed sale and part-out transactions for 83 aircraft and signed financing transactions for $7.3 billion.

AerCap plays down fears of price war over big jets

The head of one of the world's biggest aviation fleets played down the risk of a price war over big jets like the Boeing 777 on Tuesday, saying its U.S. manufacturer would rather sacrifice production than risk damaging its own portfolio. Aengus Kelly, chief executive of AerCap, the world's largest independent aircraft leasing company, told Reuters that Boeing would avoid reckless pricing of the current model in order to shield sales of the 777X, now in development.

Aercap CEO sees no slowdown in demand for new fuel-efficient planes

Aercap C…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 25-01-2016

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EI-FJD Boeing 737-8JP/W c/n 41143 Norwegian Air International Delivered Boeing Field-Oslo 20/01/16.

EI-OZM Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 722 ASL Airlines Ireland Delivered Istanbul-LEJ 20/01/16 ex HL7244.

EI-RUY Boeing 767-3Q8(ER) c/n 29387 AerCap Ferried Shannon-Frankfurt 20/01/16 in Transaero Airlines colours for cabin-config prior paint and prior delivery to Condor.

HL8055 Airbus A320-232 c/n 2732 Air Busan Delivered Shannon-Yekaterinburg-Koltsovo-Seoul Incheon 15/01/16 ex EI-FLZ.

HP-1923PST Boeing 737-36E(SF) c/n 25159 registered at Shannon 18/01/16 in full Mistral Air colours ex EI-DVA.

YL-LCL Airbus A320-214 c/n 533 smartLynx…

Experience Thomson's Boeing 787 Dreamliner Premium Club from Dublin to Cancun and Montego Bay

New for Summer 2016 Tour operator Falcon Holidays and Thomson, a member of TUI Group, announced that it would operate from Dublin to Cancun in Mexico, and to Montego Bay in Jamaica, offering a range of its exclusive holiday packages from June 2016. A Thomson Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used to operate the six week charter programme.

Thomson Airways operates a brand new fleet of 6 Boeing 787s less than 2 years seating 291 passengers 244 in economy and 47 in premium club with a further four larger Boeing 787-9's on orders.

Passengers can upgrade to Premium club from €259 return.

The key features include:

Before you travel: 23 kg luggage allowance & 10kg for children under 2

At the airport: Priority bag drop, fast track security and airport lounge access

In the Air: 38 Inch Seat Pitch, improved sears offering more comfort and a bigger recline

Plus on demand videos and TV channels,  music channels and games, complimentary glass of sparkling wine befofe take-off and four co…

Irish Aircraft Leasing News 18-01-2016

This weeks latest news on Ireland's aircraft leasing industry

Acumen Aviation Appoints Yibang Wang As Sr. Technical Manager- China

Acumen Aviation is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Yibang Wang as Sr. Technical Manager – China, as part of Acumen’s Technical and Asset Management team.

AerCap Executes First Placement of Ten 737 MAX 8s to Travel Service

AerCap announced that the company has executed the first placement of ten Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft from its order book. Leased to Travel Service, AerCap’s long-time customer and the Czech Republic’s biggest airline company, the aircraft are part of AerCap’s order of 100 737 MAXs placed in June 2015 with deliveries starting in 2019. AerCap is Boeing’s second largest lessor customer in the 737 MAX program.

Avolon chief executive takes up post in Hong Kong after HNA buyout

Domhnal Slattery, founder and chief executive of Avolon, the aircraft lessor, taken over by China’s HNA in a multi-billion US dollar deal, talks about his fir…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 18-01-2016

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-DYS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 37514 Jeju Air at Dublin 11/01/16 prior delivery.

EI-DYT Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33634 Jeju Air at Dublin 11/01/16 prior delivery.

EI-FLZ Airbus A320-232 c/n 2732 Accipiter Holdings Airtest at Shannon 12/01/16 in Air Busan colours.

M-ABIW Airbus A320-232 c/n 2359 Indigo Delivered Shannon-Istanbul Sabiha Gocken 10/01/15 arrived 26/10/15 ex SX-DGU on lease from CIT Aerospace.

SX-TZE Boeing 737-48E c/n 27632 BlueBird Airways Ferried Craiova-Keflavik 08/01/16 on return to lessor ex EI-DOV.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 08-01-2016

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-DUC Boeing 757-256 c/n 26248 I-Fly Ferried Moscow Vnukovo-Shannon 21/12/15 on return to lessor.

EI-FJB Boeing 737-8JP/W c/n 42081 Norwegian Air International Delivered Boeing Field-Copenhagen 21/12/15.

EI-FMK ATR72-212A(600) c/n 1297 Stobart Air (Construction number confirmed).

EI-FMR Boeing 767-304(ER) c/n 28042 Meridiana Delivered Shannon-Milan Malpensa 21/12/15 in all white colours plus titles ex VP-BOQ.

EI-FMS Boeing 737-9GJER c/n 34952 BBAM A/c Leasing Ferried Dublin-Woensdrecht  22/12/15 ex N396DC.

EI-FMW Airbus A320-232 c/n 5158 Air Via Registered at Shannon 19/12/15 ex LZ-MDR.

EI-RUY Boeing 767-3Q8(ER) c/n 29387 Ae…

Irish Aircraft Leasing News 08-01-2016

The latest news on Ireland's aircraft leasing industry

EJF Capital Sells Stake in Avolon Holdings Ltd

EJF Capital eliminated its stake in shares of Avolon Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:AVOL) during the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Finnair has entered into a memorandum of understanding on the sale and leaseback of two A350 aircraft

Finnair has entered into a memorandum of understanding with GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (“GECAS”), on the sale and leaseback of two Airbus A350 aircraft. The financing will cover Finnair’s 6th and 7th A350 deliveries, which are currently scheduled to enter the Finnair fleet in July 2016 and February 2017, respectively. The value of the transaction at present foreign exchange rates is approximately 265 million euro. The lease period is 12 years, and it includes extension options.

GE Capital Aviation Services Delivers Leased Airbus A320 to VivaColombia

GE Capital Aviation Services (GEC…

Ryanair Expands Dublin services for summer 2016

Irish budget carrier Ryanair has added two extra flights from Dublin to London Gatwick as part of its expanded Summer 2016 schedule having secured IAG remedy slots surrendered as part of Aer Lingus takeover. The Dublin to London route is the busiest in Europe.

The airline will increase its Dublin to London Gatwick service from 5 to 7 times daily from March, offering 18 daily return services to London airports Stansted (8 daily) and Luton (3 daily). Ryanair's Dublin Summer schedule will now feature 18 daily flights between Dublin and London.The Dublin Amsterdam route will have an extra flight and new route to Athens operates three times weekly and Vigo twice weekly.

In summer 2016 Ryanair will increase Dublin base fleet from 24 to 26 aircraft.

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Top 10 aircraft to visit Dublin Airport in 2015

On average Dublin Airport had 600 airlines and aircraft movements per day during 2015.

Here is my pick of the top 10 aircraft to visit during the year following non-scientific open Facebook straw poll of Dublin Aviation enthusiasts.

From the Airbus A350 to Air India Boeing 747-400 and Slovak Government Tulopev TU-154M Dublin has hosted interesting aircraft.

I will take a closer look at the 10 top aircraft to visit.

1. A little piece of Irish Aviation history was made on March 20 as Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-801 Dreamliner ET-ASG made a scheduled first visit to Dublin Airport, ahead of launch new direct services to Addis Abba and Los Angeles (LAX). Today Dublin is Ethiopian's European hub with transit 10 transatlantic flights per week to Toronto and Washington Dulles.

2. Irish aircraft lessor Aercap brought the Airbus 350 to Dublin on July 8 the 1st visit of the type F-WWYB Airbus A350-941(WXB) Airbus Industries arrived from Toulouse and went straight into Aer Lingus Hangar 6 …

Top 10 Irish Aviation news stories of 2015

This year the Irish Aviation industry saw a whirlwind of changes from the long-awaited IAG acquisition of Aer Lingus, the launch of Ireland's first National Aviation Policy, to AerCap consolidating leasing activities in Ireland and Ryanair celebrating it's 30th Birthday,some milestones to remind us just how far Ireland's aviation has come and why some of the best years are yet to come. Lets take a look back at the top 10 Irish Aviation news stories of 2015.

1. AerCap the world's largest aircraft lessor consolidated leasing business in Ireland,  announcing on 8 July following acquisition of ILFC, creating 100 new jobs in Dublin and Shannon in high end roles across various disciplines including Sales and Marketing, Aircraft Technical, Legal, Contracts Management, Finance and Treasury. AerCap has a fleet of 1,300 owned and managed aircraft and a further 470  aircraft on order, leased to 200 customers in 90 countries. The new Airbus A350-900 (XWB) was flown into Dublin fr…

Ryanair takes delivery of 24 new aircraft in calendar year 2015

Irish Budget carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of 24 new aircraft in calendar year increasing it's fleet to 321 aircraft net of aircraft returned to lessors.  On 11 November the carrier celebrated the delivery of it's 375th aircraft delivery EI-FIZ. Ryanair is the largest Next Generation 737-800 customer in the world having ordered more than 530 of the airplane type, also has more than 148 unfilled orders for 737-800s.

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 Boei…