Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Emirates Airlines 2600th Boeing 777 flight to Dublin

Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-31H(ER)
This evenings Emirates 163 (A6-EGU) from Dubai to Dublin is the Two Thousand Six Hundredth Emirates flight to Dublin operated by a Boeing 777, since the 1st of May 2012. First flight flown by A6-EBC.

Emirates inaugurated the daily Dubai-Dublin flight in January 2012 with an Airbus A330-200 series with plans to upgrade to a Boeing 777 after at least a year of operation, however bookings were so good they upgraded to a daily Boeing 777-300ER after only four months of operations on the route.

Then on the 1st of September 2014, they increased the frequency to twice daily with Boeing 777-300ER’s, inaugurated with A6-EGN,  however five of the 2600 flights have been operated by Boeing 777-200LR’s.

At this point in time all bar 4 of the current Emirates Boeing 777-300ER’s have visited Dublin, in fact the route has seen 128 different Boeing 777’s land at Dublin. 124 different Boeing 777-300ER’s and 4 different Boeing 777-200LR’s.


1) None of the Early Emirates Standard Boeing 777-200’s or 300’s have been used on the Dublin route, ie the A6-EM srs.

2) I have taken A6-EPX as the latest Emirates Boeing 777-300ER to be delivered, A6-EPY and A6-EPZ are test flying in Seattle, pending delivery.

3) Emirates Boeing 777-300ER’s that have not visited A6-EPR.

4) Emirates Boeing 777-300 A6-EPV A6-EPW A6-EPX.

5) On the 21st December 2013, an additional flight was operated by A6-EBA, because of extra Christmas traffic, the flight number was EK3161/2.

6) 8 Aircraft have only visited Dublin once.

7) The most frequent visitor to Dublin has been A6-EGM, which has visited 60 times.


Andrew Stewart
Notam-Ireland Blogspot.ie

This article was first published on Irish Spotters Yahoo and has been republished with the kind permission of author Paul Looby.

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Free Lecture An Introduction to Aer Lingus – Guests, Growth and Gateway by CEO Stephen Kavanagh

Aer Lingus Airbus A320s 
Free Lecture An Introduction to Aer Lingus – Guests, Growth and Gateway by CEO Stephen Kavanagh

Date: Wednesday 11 January 2017

Speaker: Mr Stephen Kavanagh Aer Lingus CEO

Time: 8PM

Title: "An Introduction to Aer Lingus – Guests, Growth and Gateway"

Venue: Abbey Room, Wynn’s Hotel Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

Stephen has served 27 years at the airline starting his career as a check-in agent in 1988.

A member of the Aer Lingus Executive team since 2006, he served as CCO before being appointed CEO in 2015.

As CEO he guided the sale of the airline to IAG and has subsequently overseen its expansion and the development of its trans-Atlantic operations with launch of new routes to Hartford LAX, Newark and Miami to launch in September.

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 2 January

Aer Lingus Airbus A320 
 AerCap Celebrates the Delivery of the First Airbus A320NEO Aircraft to China Southern Airlines

AerCap Holdings N.V announced the delivery of the first Airbus A320neo on lease to China Southern Airlines, making the airline the first carrier in China to operate the aircraft type. The delivery took place at a ceremony in the Airbus delivery center in Hamburg. This is the first of twenty-four A320neo aircraft to deliver to China Southern Airlines by AerCap, delivering through 2019.

Aeroflot Group to lease ten Boeing 737-800s from SB Leasing Ireland

Russia's Aeroflot Group is set to lease ten additional CFM International-powered B737-800s from SB Leasing Ireland the minutes of a board meeting have revealed. The aircraft are due to be delivered in 2017 reports CH Aviation.

Arctic Aviation Assets closes financing of 2 x A320neo on lease to Hong Kong Express

Arctic Aviation Assets has successfully closed a term debt facility for two Airbus A320neo aircraft arranged by DVB Bank SE. The narrowbody aircraft are the first of twelve aircraft which will be delivered to Hong Kong Express from Airbus and placed on a long term operating leases. Hogan Lovells acted for Arctic Aviation Assets as lessor’s counsel while Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman represented DVB.

Avmax Purchased Dash 8 from Nordic Aviation Contractor Limited

Avmax announced it has recently purchased one Dash 8-103 msn 537 from Nordic Aviation Contractor (Ireland) Limited. This increases the Avmax Dash 8 portfolio to 50 owned aircraft.

Avolon delivers one B737-800 to Aerolineas Argentinas

Avolon announced the delivery of one Boeing B737-800 aircraft to Aerolineas Argentinas. This is the third Avolon aircraft on lease to Aerolineas Argentinas.

Avolon delivers one Boeing 737-800 to Malindo

Avolon announced the delivery of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Malindo. This is the fourth Avolon aircraft on lease to Malindo.

Avolon recognised with 3 accolades at Industry Awards

Avolon was honoured with 2 industry awards at the recent Aviation Industry Awards in Dublin. Avolon received the 2016 Aviation leasing Achievement award and  overall company of the year. Avolon’s CEO, Domhnal Slattery, also received an award for his outstanding contribution to the Aviation Industry.

FPG Amentum sells two Volaris A320s

FPG Amentum Ltd announced the sale of two Airbus A320-233s (MSNs 3524 and 3543). The aircraft were sold on behalf of one of FPG Amentum’s investor customers to an entity managed by Aircastle Advisor LLC. The aircraft are on lease to Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, SAPI de C.V. (‘Volaris’).

Goshawk deliver first of two A320neo aircraft to GoAir

Goshawk announced the acquisition of one Airbus 320neo aircraft on long- term lease to GoAir. The delivery is the first of a two-aircraft transaction from GoAir’s direct order with Airbus, with the second neo scheduled to deliver early in 2017. The aircraft is Goshawk’s sixth A320neo, which is in line with the lessor’s strategy of building a fleet of liquid, new technology aircraft
Intrepid Announces Delivery of New Boeing 777-300ER on Lease to Philippine Airlines
Intrepid Aviation announced the acquisition of a new B777-300ER aircraft from Boeing in Seattle and its delivery on long-term lease to Manila-based Philippine Airlines.

Intrepid Finances Second Boeing 777-300ER Delivery

Intrepid Aviation announced the financing of its second B777-300ER from its current orderbook. The aircraft delivered on December 12th and is on long-term lease to Philippine Airlines. The transaction was arranged by Natixis and financed by Natixis, Philippine National Bank, BOT Lease, NEC Capital and Far Eastern International Bank as Lenders.

Nord/LB and FPG Amentum enter into Cooperation 

FPG Amentum Ltd and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale announced that they are entering into commercial cooperation with FPG Amentum providing asset management to NORD/LB and the two parties developing joint industry research. To strengthen the cooperation NORD/LB is acquiring a minority stake in FPG Amentum.

Norwegian lessor Arctic Aviation Assets takes first Airbus A320neo

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s Dublin based lessor subsidiary Arctic Aviation Assets (AAA) has taken delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, the first of 70 A320neos the Norwegian has on order. The aircraft is the first of 12 A320neo's that will be leased to Hong Kong carrier HK Express.

Norwegian’s subsidiary Arctic Aviation Assets has completed sale and leaseback of three Boeing 737-800 and established a credit facility

Norwegian’s subsidiary Arctic Aviation Assets has completed sale and leaseback of three Boeing 737-800 aircraft delivered in the fourth quarter 2016. This covers all the remaining deliveries by Boeing in 2016. The three aircraft will be leased for a period of 10 years and will be operated by Norwegian. Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA has also established a credit facility of up to NOK 1 billion with DNB. The credit facility strengthen Norwegian’s liquidity buffer, and is part of the Groups financing strategy to ensure solid and flexible funding.

Santos Dumont: Delivery of the first A320neo to Hong Kong Express

Santos Dumont announced  the delivery of the first A320neo aircraft from Arctic Aviation Assets (AAA) to Hong Kong Express. This is the first of a large number of aircraft delivery stream Santos Dumont are managing for AAA and the first of 12 A320neos that will be leased by AAA to Hong Kong Express.

SMBC Aviation Capital signs five Airbus A320neo aircraft deal with SAS

SMBC Aviation Capital announced that it has concluded a deal with Scandinavian Airline, SAS, for five Airbus A320neo aircraft on Sale and Leaseback. This is the most significant deal that SMBC Aviation Capital has completed with the airline and is the company’s first Airbus A320neo to be placed in Europe.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 2 January

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS 
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-EFR Boeing 737-8AS c/n 7541 Ryanair Ferried Glasgow Prestwick-Bournemouth 15/12/16 for painting into Jelu Air colours prior return to SMBC Aviation Capital.

EI-EFV Boeing 737-8AS c/n 35017 Ukraine International Ferried East Midlands-Dublin 14/12/16 prior delivery.

EI-FJZ Boeing 737-8JP c/n 42082 Norwegian Air International Delivered Boeing Field-Oslo 20/12/16.

EI-FSG Airbus A330-243 c/n 326 Air Leisure parked at Ras Al Khaimah awaiting delivery ex A6-EKX.

EI-FSH Airbus A330-243 c/n 328 Air Leisure parked at Ras Al Khaimah awaiting delivery ex A6-EKY.

EI-FSI Airbus A330-243 c/n 392 Air Leisure parked at Ras Al Khaimah awaiting delivery ex A6-EKZ.

EI-IGU Boeing 737-73V c/n 32422 Air Italy Ferried Naples-St Athan 18/12/16 in Meridiana colours prior return to lessor.

EI-LSN Gulfstream G650 c/n 6092 Gainjet Ireland  Registered at Shannon 13/12/16 ex SX-GSB.

EI-UNU Boeing 777-312 c/n 28998 Vim Airlines Delivered Singapore-Kurumoch 15/12/16 for paint.

F-WTDS ATR72-212A(600) c/n 1342 Nordic Aviation Capital Ferried Toulouse-Blagnac-Toulouse-Francazal 15/12/16 for interim storage.

HA-KAD Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n 24917 ASL Airlines Hungary Delivered Shannon-Liège 12/12/16 ex N284AL.

N535NK Airbus A319-131 c/n 4403 Spirit Airlines Delivered Goodyear-Grissom 20/12/16 ex EI-FVC leased from CIT Leasing Corporation.

N536NK Airbus A319-131 c/n 4422 Spirit Airlines Registered 15/12/16  at Goodyear prior delivery from CIT Leasing Corporation ex EI-FVD.

N901AS Boeing 737-33A c/n 27469 AerSale Ferried Karachi-Bahrain-Heraklion-Brussels 13-14/12/16 ex AP-BLF.

PK-CRC Boeing 737-8Q8 c/n 35283 Sriwijaya Air Delivered Budapest-Ras Al Khaimah 18/12/16 ex EI-FHB.

SX-GSB  Gulfstream G650 c/n 6092 Gainjet  Delivered Athens-Shannon 11/12/16 for Gainjet Ireland.

VP-BAS Boeing 757-28A c/n 28161 Azur Air Ferried Antalya-Shannon-Bangor-Jacksonville 11-12/12/16 on return to lessor AerCap ex EI-ETS.

VP-BUS Boeing 737-8MC c/n 44435 Rossiya Airlines Delivered Kaunas-Moscow Vnukovo 12/12/16 ex EI-RUS.

ZS-XCH ATR72-201(F) c/n 108 Solenta Aviation Delivered Las Palmas-Port Bouet 17/12/16 in DHL colours ex EI-SLR.

2-RAJB Airbus A320-233 c/n 733 BBAM Aircraft Leasing Ferried St Athan-Keflavik-Bangor 16/12/16 ex UR-AJB.

2-TBXN Boeing 737-71B c/n 29370 AerCap Ferried Guangzhou-Tokyo Narita-Anchorage International-Paine Field 16-17/12/16 for Southwest Airlines ex B-5235.

5Y-KQT Boeing 777-2U8 c/n 33682 Kenya Airways Ferried Nairobi-Shannon 22/12/12 on return to lessor.

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