Saturday, 27 May 2017

Aer Lingus adds 11th Airbus A330 to growing North American fleet

Image courtesy of Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus added a 11th Airbus A330 to it's growing North American fleet.  The new Airbus A330-302 aircraft, named Saint Carthage, registration EI-GAJ, was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Tuesday 23 May as 'Shamrock 991' touching down at 2144 local.

The aircraft has a total capacity of 313 seats, which is made up of 30 business class seats and 283 economy seats.

EI-GAJ made its first commercial voyage on Wednesday 24 May as EIN109 from Dublin to New York JFK.

The Airbus A330-300 has an average list price of $259.0 million according to the latest figures released by Airbus in January taking into account the materials and commodities prices.

This summer Aer Lingus will operate it's largest ever transatlantic schedule flying to 11 North American destinations, with a total of 2.5 million transatlantic seats.

The airline will increase frequency on Los Angeles service to a daily flight for the peak season, Dublin to Orlando will increase to four times per week, and Chicago will also increase to a double-daily service.

A new three time weekly service from Dublin to Miami commences on 1 September.

Aer Lingus is to due receive a second new Airbus A330-300 in December as part of order announced last year at Farnborough Air Show.

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Bombardier CSeries CS300 aircraft lands in Dublin Airport

Bomabardier CSSeries 300
The fist visit to Dublin Airport of the new Bombardier CSeries CS300 aircraft took place on Wednesday 24 May when C-FFDO c/n 55002 callsign BBA508 operated from Montreal to Dublin as part of it's 120 minute ETOPS (Extended Twin Operations) certification process.  The aircraft returned to Montreal the next day.

The Bombardier CSeries CS300 aircraft C-FFDK CS300 c/n 55001 visited Belfast City in July 2015 to celebrate Northern Ireland’s contribution to the success of the C Series programme at Bombardier’s wing facility.

Bombardier has made investment of £520 million in Belfast on the research, design, manufacture and assembly of the C Series aircraft wings in it's purpose-built 600,000 square feet facility using innovative carbon-fibre composite technology, enabling both material and aircraft weight savings, contributing significantly to the C Series airliner’s game-changing economic and environmental credentials.

Swiss International the launch operator for the smaller CS100, became the first operator of the type into Dublin, will become the first airline to operate both variants of the CSeries when the CS300 enters service from Geneva.

Twelve C Series aircraft have been delivered by Bombardier so far, nine of which have been delivered to SWISS. Three CS300 aircraft are currently in operations with airBaltic.

C-FFDO image courtesy of @Elevationair

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