Saturday, 8 December 2018

Dublin's Boeing 787 Dreamliner Hat Trick

                                               
Boeing 787-10 Image courtesy of Boeing 
In Summer 2019 Dublin Airport will have services operated by all three variants of the Boeing 787-8, 787-9, 787-10 Dreamliner in a historic first.

John Schubert Boeing Commercial Airplanes Managing Director, marketing Asia Pacific and India said “New routes have opened up due to the 787’s right size and game-changing technology and economics; this has allowed airlines to open up services,” (Routesonline March 2016).

Four carriers American Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, TUI will operate the Boeing 787-8 on routes to Chicago and Addis Ababa via Madrid, Doha, Cancun and Montego Bay respectively.

Three carriers American Airlines, Etihad Airways and Westjet will operate the 787-9 to Dublin. American Airlines will operate a new route from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) ) daily service will run from 6 June to 28 September 2019 exploiting the range capability for a new 'spoke' from its Dallas/Forth Worth Hub.

Etihad Airways is to introduce the 787-9 on four weekly services from 31 March 2019 as the carrier increases to Abu Dhabi.

Westjet will launch a new route to Calgary operating three times weekly.

United Airlines will operate its latest B787-10 Dreamliner on its Dublin-New York/Newark route commencing on 23 May 2019 replacing Boeing 777-200 aircraft.  United President Scott Kirby said "They're a phenomenal European airplane".

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EI-GXM Boeing 737-800 Delivered to Ryanair

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of EI-GXM Boeing 737-800 construction number 44858. The aircraft was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 29 November as 'Ryanair 800M'.

According to Flightradar24 the aircraft operated its first revenue service on Sunday 2 December as RYR5772 to Glasgow International vv.

The carrier is to due take delivery of its final Boeing 737-800 EI-GXN Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 44856 before Christmas before the carrier commences new delivery stream of Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft in March/April 2019 with the first five aircraft.

Website Planespotters.net reports the registrations have been allocated for the first three aircraft EI-HAT MSN 65076, EI-HAV MSN 5077, EI-HAW MSN 65078.

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Ryanair fleet grows to 452 Boeing 737-800 aircraft

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair fleet Boeing 737-800 has grown to 452 aircraft with the delivery of two brand new 737-800 aircraft this week. 

I understand the carrier is due to take delivery of a further two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft in the coming weeks completing its order book which commenced in March 1998 .

Ryanair is the largest global operator of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. A total of 567 aircraft have been delivered net of disposals including lease returns of 115 aircraft.

EI-GXK Boeing 737-800 MSN 44860 Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 14 November.

EI-GXL Boeing 737-800 MSN 44857 Delivered Boeing Field to Dublin 16 November.

Separately the carrier transferred a further two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to sister carrier Ryanair Sun headquarted in Warsaw.

SP-RSM MSN 44791 positioned London Stansted to Warsaw Modlin 15 November ex EI-FZX.

SP-RSR MSN 44799 positioned London Stansted to Warsaw Modin 15 November ex EI-GDB.

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Fourth Boeing 737 MAX 8 for Ethiopian Airlines delivered through Dublin Airport

                                               

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the fourth of 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft on order.

ET-AVJ Boeing 737 MAX 8 MSN 62450 'Ethiopian 9201' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 15 November arriving in Dublin 16 November at 0631 local. The aircraft departed Dublin 2131 local arriving Addis Ababa next day.

The first aircraft ET-AVM was delivered through Dublin on 1st July , the second aircraft  ET-AVL MSN 62447 was delivered on 30th August, the third ET-AVI Boeing 737-8 MAX MSN 62448 on 24th September.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said "We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing's single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years. As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, Ethiopian has been pioneering latest-technology aircraft into Africa throughout its 72-year history. In line with the airline's growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer."

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Ryanair fleet expands to 449 Boeing 737-800 aircraft

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair fleet expands to 449 Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the delivery of EI-GXJ MSN 44859 from Boeing Field to Dublin on 8 November.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar24 the aircraft entered revenue service on Saturday 10 November operating from Dublin to Bristol vv as RYR504/5.

The annual US SEC Annual 20F filing reveals some interesting data on Ryanair's Boeing 737-800 operations for the FY18 to 31 March. The fleet operated 725,044 sectors with average Daily flight hour utilization of 9.13 hours with 34 team members per aircraft.

The Boeing 737-MAX-200 aircraft could impact the residual value of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft could be reduced when it enters production, currently expected to be in Spring 2019. The Boeing 737-800 has a useful life of 23 years from date of manufacture.

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Ryanair Sun embarks on ambitious fleet expansion

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair's Polish subsidiary Ryanair Sun is planning ambitious fleet expansion increasing from 5 to 16 aircraft this winter and 23 in Summer 2019 with 15 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be transferred from the parent Irish AOC joining the single aircraft SP-RSA currently on the Polish AOC.

Ryanair Sun will dedicate 10 Boeing 737-800 to charter and 15 to scheduled operations.
The carrier will gradually roll out scheduled services from Ryanair's Polish bases in Gdansk, Katowice and Warsaw Modlin, Wroclaw, Krakow and Poznan.

The carrier registered strong growth carrying 700,000 passengers in Summer 18 season and is currently negotiating a wider charter programme for Summer 2019 with Poland’s leading tour operators.

According to Skyliner Aviation three aircraft transferred this week:

SP-RSN Boeing 737-800 c/n 44798 Ryanair Sun Ferried London Stansted-Poznan 08/11/18 on transfer ex EI-FZY.

SP-RSO Boeing 737-800 c/n 44796 Ryanair Sun Ferried London Stansted-Poznan 07/11/18 on transfer ex EI-FZZ.

SP-RSP Boeing 737-800 c/n 44797 Ryanair Sun Ferried London Stansted-Poznan 08/11/18 on transfer ex EI-GDA.

Credit to John Dyer NLSPOT Yahoo list further transfers are due to be:

SP-RSB (44832/6934 ex EI-GJV)
SP-RSC (44843/6945 ex EI-GJW)
SP-RSD (44845/6957 ex EI-GJX)
SP-RSE (44839/6959 ex EI-GJY)
SP-RSF (44840/6964 ex EI-GJZ)
SP-RSG (44841/6967 ex EI-GSA)
SP-RSH (44842/6971 ex EI-GSB)
SP-RSI (44844/6977 ex EI-GSC)
SP-RSK (44847/7137 ex EI-GSD)
SP-RSL (44850/7141 ex EI-GSF)
SP-RSM (44791/6418 ex EI-FZX)
SP-RSR (44799/6601 ex EI-GDB)

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Aer Lingus to maximize Airbus A321LR opportunities

                                                 
Image courtsey of Airbus 
Aer Lingus mission statement "Our mission is to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic. Enabled by a profitable and sustainable short-haul network…Supported by a guest focused, brand and digitally enabled value proposition…Delivering above average returns on invested capital for our IAG shareholders".

Speaking at IAG Capital Market Day on Friday 2 November Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh outlined a strategy to maximize the opportunities presented by the new Airbus A321LR aircraft.

The first three new Airbus A321LR aircraft will be delivered in 2019 as the carrier plans ambitious expansion to grow the fleet to 14 units by 2023. A futher 5 will be delivered in 2020 and 4 in 2021 and 1 each in 2022 and 2023.  The leased Boeing 757-200s will be phased out in 2020.

A key feature of the new A321LR will be unlocking new city pair opportunities with new engine technology enabling the carrier to insulate against rising fuel costs. The aircraft will enable cost efficient fleet growth as the A321LR can operate inbound across the Atlantic to Dublin, and then on to European destinations. Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh added “This growth is CASK-efficient growth".

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 2 October concurrent certification for the Airbus A321neo to operate with up to three additional center fuel tanks, allowing it to fly up to 4,000 nautical miles with 206 passengers.

Corresponding ETOPS authorization enables up to 180 minutes of single-engine diversion time, a sufficient standard for performing any transatlantic route, according to Airbus.

According to reports Airbus expects to deliver the first A321LR by the end of the year to  Arkia, which became the de facto launch customer when, according to the manufacturer,  Primera Air (Ceased Operations 2 October) deferred delivery of two from lease company AerCap.

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Boeing commences production of first Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX 200

                                                 
Image courtesy of Boeing 
A tweet by Woodys Aeroimages on 31 October revealed Boeing commenced production of the first Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX 200 with the wing/body join position in final assembly. It will become the first airline to operate the MAX 200 after it takes delivery of the first five aircraft in March and April next year.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said "The Max 200 aircraft, the game changer, have 4 percent more seats [compared with its 189-seat Boeing 737-800s] and a 16 percent lower fuel consumption per seat. These will drive very significant unit cost gains for us over the next five or six years."

The carrier plans to take delivery of 42 aircraft between August 2019 and March 2020. The MAX 200 will account for approximately 10% of their fleet in the fiscal year through March 2020.

In Ryanair's annual SEC 20F file the airline stated "The new aircraft will be used on new and existing routes to grow Ryanair’s business.

The basic price (equivalent to a standard list price for an aircraft of this type) for each of the Boeing 737-MAX-200 series aircraft is approximately US$102 million and the basic price will be increased for certain "buyer-furnished" equipment, amounting to approximately US$1.6 million per new aircraft, which Ryanair has asked Boeing to purchase and install on each of the new aircraft".

The SEC Filing further added "Boeing has granted Ryanair certain price concessions as part of the 2014 Boeing Contract. As a result, the "effective price" (the purchase price of the new aircraft net of discounts received from Boeing) of each new aircraft will be significantly below the basic price mentioned above. The effective price applies to all new aircraft due for delivery from Spring 2019."

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Sunday, 28 October 2018

63 weekly flights between Dublin and Frankfurt Main in winter 2018/19

                                                 
Aer Lingus A320 at Frankfurt Main 
Today Sunday 28 October the IATA Winter Scheduled commenced with a significant increase in capacity on the Dublin to Frankfurt Main route with passengers having a choice of three carriers operating Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and Ryanair.

With increased seat capacity estimated weekly seats available is 20,920.

Aer Lingus will operate 17 weekly rotations with the addition of 3 new weekly rotations on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays operated by Airbus A320 aircraft. The inaugural service was operated by EI-CVA.

Lufthansa will be operate 34 weekly rotations with the addition of a fifh daily frequency DLH984/5 operated by Airbus A320 aircraft  The inaugural service was operated by D-AIUD.

Ryanair will operate 12 weekly rotations operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  The inaugural service RYR381/380 was operated by EI-EBY.

Yesterday Ryanair operated it's final service on the Dublin-Frankfurt Hahn which had been operating four time weekly as the carrier increasingly focuses growth on primary airports.

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Automatic Appoints Acumen for EASA CAMO Transition Project

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Acumen Aviation Joins Hong Kong Aircraft Leasing and Aviation Finance Association (HKALA)

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EI-GXI Boeing 737-800 Delivered to Ryanair

                                                 
EI-GXI Boeing 737-800 
EI-GXI Boeing 737-800 MSN 44851 was delivered to Ryanair 23 October arriving in Dublin from Boeing Field as 'Ryanair 800I' arriving 1814 local. The delivery of EI-GXI increases their fleet total to 451 aircraft

The aircraft operated its first revenue service on 25 October as RYR3100 to Amsterdam departing Dublin 0717 local according to Flightradar24.com.

I understand that a  further five aircraft are due for delivery EI-GXJ, EI-GXK, EI-GXL, EI-GXM, EI-GXN in November and December. These aircraft will complete Ryanair's Boeing 737-800 delivery programme which commenced in 1998.

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Ryanair's first Boeing 737 MAX 200 to be registered as EI-HAT

                                               
Image courtesy of Boeing 
According to industry sources Ryanair's first Boeing 737 MAX 200 'Gamechanger' aircraft due for delivery in March 2019 is to be registered as EI-HAT. The Boeing 737 MAX Production blog lists the aircraft as line number 312 and line number 7285.

Boeing developed the 737 MAX 200 in response to the needs of the fast growing low-cost sector, which is forecasted to account for 35 percent of single-aisle airline capacity by 2033.

Ryanair is the launch customer for 737 MAX 200 with an order placed for 100 in a contract valued at $11 billion at list prices plus 100 options placed in September 2014.

At the Paris Air Show 2017 Ryanair placed an order for an additional 10 Boeing 737 MAX 200 increasing it's commitment to 110 firm orders and 100 options.

In April Boeing and Ryanair finalized an order for 25 additional 737 MAX 200 aircraft increasing its commitment to 135 aircraft. The $3 billion order, at current list prices, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

The aircraft will be fitted with 197 economy class seats 4% more than the 737-800 with the airframe is 2.2 meters longer than the A320neo. The aircraft will be configured with Boeing Sky Interior,  LED lighting and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins delivering 16% lower fuel consumption per seat than today's Next-Generation 737s.

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Icelandair commences Boeing 737 MAX 8 service on Dublin route

                                               
Image courtesy of Icelandair 
Icelandair has introduced the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Keflavik to Dublin route effective from Tuesday 16 October replacing Boeing 757-200 operating three times weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with a fourth frequency to be added from 29 October day to be confirmed.

The inaugural service was operated by TF-ICE c/n 44353 which was delivered  March 4 2018.  The aircraft is named "Jökullsárlón".

Icelandair's new Boeing 737 MAX features 160 seats, of which 16 are in the Saga Business Class in a 2-2 layout and 144 in a 3-3 Economy Class configuration with Boeing Sky interior and customized LED lighting with larger overhead bins.

Icelandair placed an order for 16 737 MAXs in 2013, including the MAX 8 and larger MAX 9 models for delivery between 2018 and 2022.The carrier is to introduce the 737 MAX 9 on Dublin 3 times weekly from October 2019 according to Airline Route presumably replacing Boeing 757-200.

Icelandair CEO & President Björgólfur Jóhannsson said "The arrival of the new aircraft represents a milestone, the start of the renewal of our fleet which is an exciting undertaking for Icelandair. The MAX will be an excellent addition to our fleet of Boeing 757's and 767's and increase both flexibility and capacity for the growth of our network, through added frequencies and new destinations."

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

ASL Airlines Boeing 737-300 EI-STA completes Aer Lingus wet-lease operation

                                               
EI-STA Boeing 737-31S ASL Airlines 
ASL Airlines (Ireland) Boeing 737-31S EI-STA c/n 240097 has completed its summer wet-lease operation to Aer Lingus from Belfast City Airport. On Sunday 7 October the aircraft operated its final Aer Lingus revenue service was EIN949 From Malaga to Belfast City (BHD).

The aircraft positioned Belfast City (BHD) to Shannon on Monday 8 October as ABR001P.

The aircraft first revenue service with ASL Airlines on 12 October as ABR490 was a charter from Shannon to Exeter with the Munster team returning the next day.

On Sunday 14 October operated a Dublin to Toulouse charter as ABR490.

The aircraft had been tasked for the summer season to operate daily rotations to Faro (EIN72/3) and Malaga (EIN948/9) enabling Aer Lingus to redeploy the based Airbus A320 to Dublin enabling the carrier operate increased frequency on existing routes.

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Ryanair adds a record six Boeing 737-800 aircraft in 27 hour period as fleet to grows to 450

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
On weekend of 28 September Irish budget carrier Ryanair took delivery of a record six brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft over a 27 hour period. This created considerable social media attention praticulary with the delivery of the four aircraft on the night of Saturday 29 September.

In September the carrier added a total of eight brand new Boeing 737-800s growing its fleet to a total of 450 aircraft.

Boeing tweeted on 1 October a picture of the four new Boeing 737-800s departing within minutes of each other. See tweet here.

The carrier commenced a new registration sequence with EI-GXG and EI-GXH.

Deliveries:

EI-GSF Boeing 737-800 c/n 44850 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 14/09/18.

EI-GSG Boeing 737-800 c/n 44849 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 22/09/18.

EI-GSI Boeing 737-800 c/n 44848 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 28/09/18.

EI-GSJ Boeing 737-800 c/n 44854 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 28/09/18.

EI-GSH Boeing 737-800 c/n 44846 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/09/18.

EI-GSK Boeing 737-800 c/n 44855 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/09/18.

EI-GXG Boeing 737-800 c/n 44853 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/09/18.

EI-GXH Boeing 737-800 c/n 44852 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/09/18.

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Turkish Airlines introduces Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Dublin route

                                                 
Image courtesy of Boeing 
Turkish Airlines has introduced the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 on their Istanbul to Dublin route with TC-LCF operating the inaugural service THY1976/1977 (THY4KM/6DG) on 2 October with aircraft operating the same sector on 12 October.

According to Airline Route the aircraft was due enter service on the route effective from 28 October operating THY1976/1977 daily.

The aircraft is configured in 16 business class seats and 135 economy class seats.The aircraft has new Boeing Sky Interior, LED lightning and larger overhead bins and is powered by technological advanced LEAP-1B engines with the aircraft 14% more fuel efficient than today’s most efficient NGs.

The carrier has selected Rockwell Collins’ MiQ business class seats for the 737 MAX 8 fleet.

The seat includes a four-way adjustable headrest and leg rest. The seat also provides a large console for passenger storage. The aisle seats feature level access in which the aisle-side armrest retracts downwards to allow passengers extra width in the seat, as well as enabling them to swing their knees into the aisle so window-seat passengers may move in and out of the row.

In 2013 Turkish Airlines finalized a firm order for 40 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 9s and 20 Boeing  737-800 aircraft. The order, originally announced as a commitment in April 2013, also included options for an additional 25 737 MAX 8s which has been exercised and is the largest Boeing order by value in Turkish Airlines’ history.

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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Ethiopian Airlines delivers third Boeing 737 Max 8 through Dublin Airport

                                               
Image courtesy of Boeing 
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the third of 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft on order.

ET-AVI Boeing 737-8 MAX MSN 62448 Ethiopian departed Seattle 23 September arriving into Dublin 24 September before continuing onto Ethiopian’s home base in Addis Ababa arriving 25 August.

The first aircraft ET-AVM was delivered through Dublin on 1st July and second aircraft  ET-AVL MSN 62447 was delivered on 30th August.

Ethiopian said the new variant consumes 15% less fuel compared to its current 737-700/800 fleet.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said "We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing's single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years. As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, Ethiopian has been pioneering latest-technology aircraft into Africa throughout its 72-year history. In line with the airline's growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer."

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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Laudamotion to operate new weekly Dublin-Innsbruck winter service

                                               
Image courtesy of Laudamotion 
Laudamotion currently operates a sole route between Innsbruck and Palma which commenced from 3 June operating twice weekly. In Winter 2018-2019 Lauda is planning significant expansion at Innsbruck with the launch of three new routes to Dublin, Dusseldorf and London Stansted to stimulate the inbound ski market.

The new Dublin-Innsbruck service will operate weekly on Saturdays effective from 8th December 2018 to 30 March 2019 using Airbus A320 equipment.

OE351 Departs Innsbruck 1315 arrives Dublin 1440
OE350 Departs Dublin 1515 arrives Innsbruck 1845.

Laudamotion launched flight operations in the spring operating a fleet of 19 aircraft and will carry over 5 million passengers in 2019. Laudamotion announced 29 August that it would double its Airbus fleet from 9 to 18 aircraft in Summer 2019 following the completion of Ryanair’s purchase of 75% shareholding in Laudamotion GmbH.

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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Swiss International to introduce Airbus A220-300 on Dublin-Zurich route

                                                 
Airbus A220-300
Swiss International Air Lines AG is to to introduce Airbus A220-300 (Fomerly CS300) on the daily Dublin-Zurich service effective Tuesday 30 October for IATA Winter season although Airbus A320 family aircraft operate on certain dates according to the airline's online booking engine (OBE).

Currently Swiss International operates the Airbus A220-300 on Dublin-Geneva route.

Bombardier Belfast has facilitated research, design, manufacture and assembly of the Airbus A220 family series wings including all flight control surfaces and high-lift systems. The primary structural components of the wings will be produced using the unique Resin Transfer Infusion (RTI) process that has been developed by Bombardier Aerospace Belfast engineers.

The innovative carbon-fibre composite technology, developed in Belfast to produce the wings, enables both material and aircraft weight savings, contributing significantly to the  Airbus A220 family game-changing economics and environmental credentials.

SWR400 departs Zurich 0910 arrives Dublin 1030
SWR401 departs Dublin 1105 arrives Zurich 1405

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Aer Lingus makes seasonal return on Dublin-Warsaw Route

                                               
Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 
International Airlines Group (IAG) carrier Aer Lingus suspended its four times weekly Dublin-Warsaw Chopin route in January 2018, but it is to reinstate the route for the high demand Christmas travel season

The service will operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays effective from 12 December 2018  to 5 January 2019 using Airbus A320 equipment.

According to Aer Lingus online booking engine schedule is as follows:

EIN362 departs Dublin 1445 arrives Warsaw Chopin 1835
EIN363 departs Warsaw Chopin 2010 arrives Dublin 2210

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Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 17 September

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 17 September:

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Former Aer Lingus Boeing 737-500 returns to Ireland in new guise

                                                 
Credit @Elevationair 
A former Aer Lingus Boeing 737-500 returned Ireland this summer operating charters to Cork Airport and Dublin Airport in a new guise. The aircraft registered 9H-MAC Boeing 737-548 MSN 24968 to Malta Charter specialist Maleth Aero.

The aircraft was delivered to Aer Lingus as EI-BXG in January 1991 and was re-registered as EI-CDC in June 1991. Aer Lingus restructured it's fleet in 2004 on Airbus A320/321 platform and subsequently retired its Boeing 737-400/500 fleet from service.

EI-CDC was sold in 2005 becoming YL-BBH with Air Baltic.

Between 2005 and 2013 the aircraft was operated by Air Baltic, AeroSvit (UR-AAK) and Ukraine International (UR-GBE).

In 2015 the aircraft underwent a VIP conversion and was registered as G-UMAR to Opel Investments and in June 2017 was registered as 9H-MAC to Maleth Aero.

9H-MAC Cork Airport 8-10 August

9H-MAC Dublin Airport 31 July & 5 August & 10-11 September

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Ethiopian Airlines delivers second Boeing 737 Max 8 through Dublin Airport

                                               
Credit @Elevationair 
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the second of 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft on order.

The Max 8 registered ET-AVL MSN 62447 departed Seattle on 28 August on delivery flight to Dublin and onto Ethiopian’s home base in Addis Ababa arriving 30 August.

In Ethiopian's configuration, its 737 MAX 8 will seat 160 passengers.

Marty Bentrott, Boeing Sales vice president for Middle East, Turkey, Russia, Central Asia & Africa said "Ethiopian Airlines continues to fly at the forefront of Africa's commercial aviation industry by operating the most advanced airplanes. We are honored by Ethiopian's continuing confidence in Boeing airplanes and we look forward to growing our five-decade long partnership."

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said "We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing's single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years. As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, Ethiopian has been pioneering latest-technology aircraft into Africa throughout its 72-year history. In line with the airline's growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer."

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Brussels Airlines to operate Geneva to Dublin service on behalf of Swiss International

                                                               
Brussels Airlines Airbus A319 image credit to Travelux 
Lufthansa Group carrier Brussels Airlines is to operate a new weekly service on the Geneva to Dublin route on behalf of sister carrier Swiss International Airlines according to data from Swiss International online booking engine.

On Saturdays effective from 19 January 2019 till 30 March 2019 using Airbus A319 equipment in lieu of Airbus A220-300 to cater for peak season ski demand on the route.


  • SWR410 departs Geneva 1145 arriving Dublin 1245 
  • SWR411 departs Dublin 1330 arriving Geneva 1635


The Lufthansa Group is the third largest carrier group at Dublin Airport and currently has up to 68 weekly departures from Dublin Airport to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Munich and Zurich.

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Ryanair re-commences Boeing 737-800 deliveries

                                                 
EI-GSD Boeing 737-800 Ryanair 
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has re-commenced it's Boeing 737-800 delivery programe after a summer break with the delivery of EI-GSD Boeing 737-800 construction number 44847 from Boeing Field to Dublin on 1st September.

Following post delivery modifications the aircraft entered revenue service the next day (2 September) operating RYR174/5 to and from Newcastle according to Flightradar24.

The carrier took delivery of a second Boeing 737-800 EI-GSF on Friday 14 September according to Flightradar24 data the aircraft has yet to enter revenue service.

On Thursday 13 September Boeing tweeted an image of 5 Boeing 737-800s currently on the production line for Ryanair.

According to various sources a further three aircraft are due for delivery this month namely EI-GSH, EI-GSI and EI-GSJ are due for delivery this month.  In October EI-GSK and EI-GSL and a new registration sequence will commence with EI-GXG, EI-GXH and EI-GXI.

Image above courtesy of Sean Flynn.

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Monday, 27 August 2018

Sunday, 19 August 2018

100th Boeing 787 Dreamliner Visits Dublin Airport

                                                 
Hanian Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 
Over 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft have visited Dublin Airport according to Dublin Movements blog. The 100th Boeing 787 visit went to Hanian Airlines with B-1546 a 787-9 on Saturday 14 July.

Boeing has 1,387 orders for the Boeing 787 with 716 delivered and 671 unfiled as of the end of July. Irish aircraft lessors AerCap, Avolon, GECAS have taken delivery of the aircraft and Norwegian Air International had eight Boeing 787-8 on Irish register from year 2015 to 2017.

In 2012 Etihad Airways announced Dublin as one of the first routes for operation for Boeing 787-9 in 2014 however the type service never materialized to date as route is  served by Airbus A330-200 twice daily from January 2019 a daily Boeing 777-300ER service.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer recently said "The Dreamliner is fast becoming our flagship long-haul aircraft and as more join the fleet, we will continue to look at upgrading existing routes offering ground-breaking cabin interiors that have set a benchmark for high service levels in the region and across the world.”

The Boeing 787 has progressively opened up city pair opportunities from Dublin exploiting its economics and range. Ethiopian Airlines launched new routes to Addis Abba and Los Angeles in 2015.

In Summer 16 Thomson Airways launched a new seasonal services to Cancun and Montego Bay. In June 2017 Qatar Airways launched a daily service to Doha and American Airlines to Chicago O'Hare (Replacing Boeing 767-300).  On 5 May 2017 Dublin saw its first corporate Boeing 787 with Chinese carrier DeerJet, the aircraft was registered 2-DEER.

In June Hanian Airlines commenced Beijing – Dublin – Edinburgh – Beijing and Beijing – Edinburgh – Dublin – Beijing services using Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft further enhancing global connectivity from Dublin.

Lufthansa Technik Shannon announced a €3 million investment to add Boeing 787 capability. The aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider will modify existing aircraft hangars to accommodate the Dreamliner becoming the first Irish MRO facility to handle the aircraft.

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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Cityjet adds two former Cimber Air CRJ900LR aircraft to growing fleet

                                                 
EI-FPA Bombardier CRJ-900LR Cityjet 
Irish regional carrier Cityjet has added two former Cimber Air Bombardier CRJ-900LR aircraft following maintenance and C Checks further rowing wet-lease operations.

The aircraft will be leased to Cityjet by part-owner and leasing company, Falko. The two CRJs will be used by Cityjet as part of its current operation with SAS.

EI-GEA Bombardier CRJ900 c/n 15224 was registered to Cityjet on 6 April and was ferried Ljubljana tpp Copenhagen  on 13 April . The aircraft was formerly registered as OY-KFE and operated its first flight to Dublin as SAS4603 from Oslo Gardermoen on July 8.

Last Friday 27 July the second aircraft EI-GEB Candair CRJ900 c/n 15231 ex OY-KFF positioned Ljubljana to Stockholm as BCY041P to commence wet-lease to SAS Airlines.

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SAS Airlines (Ireland) takes delivery of seventh Airbus A320NEO

                                                 

SAS Airlines Ireland Airbus A320NEO 
SAS Airlines (Ireland) has taken delivery of it's seventh Airbus A32NEO. The aircraft EI-SIG  Airbus A320-251N c/n 8333 on 26 August to Stockholm Arlanda from Airbus in Hamburg Finkenwerder.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar24 EI-SIG operated it's first revenue service as SAS533 from Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow the next day (27 July).

According to DigitalAirliners.com a further two Airbus A320NEO aircraft are in production for SAS Airlines (Ireland) D-AUBQ Airbus A320-251N c/n 8350 to be registered as EI-SIG upon delivery and D-AVVP Airbus A320-251N c/n 8404 to be registered as EI-SII.

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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Bombardier CRJ900 demonstrator visits Dublin for Cityjet

                                                 
Image courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace
On the afternoon of Thursday 19 July C-GIAU Bombardier CRJ900 c/n 15243 Bombardier Aerospace touched at Dublin Airport in full Delta Connection (ASA - Atlantic Southeast Airlines) colours from the Farnbourgh Air Show to demonstrate its new Atmosphere cabin to Cityjet.

Delta Air Lines is the launch customer for the new Atmosphere cabin having signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft in a contract valued at US$961 million at list price with first aircraft schedule for delivery in later this year.

The Atmosphere cabin has a number of unique features a wider entrance for easy boarding, Full LED lighting with option of mood lighting , redesigned overhead bins provide an additional 4.5” of shoulder space, new translucent business/economy class divider,  larger windows increasing natural light. The cabin is enabled for in-flight connectivity and in-seat power. The CRJ Series is the first and only regional aircraft to offer a PRM (Passenger with Reduced Mobility) lavatory option.

Cityjet operates a fleet of 23 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft on wet-lease to SAS Airlines and is to acquire a further six aircraft to enable the carrier to expand its growing wet-leasing operation.

This week Air Nostrum and CityJet have announced the signing of a heads of terms with the aim to bring about closer co-operation between the two airlines under the umbrella of a new holding company.  Air Nostrum operates a fleet of 40 CRJ family and Cityjet 23 CRJ900 aircraft which will give the combined group greater efficiencies , purchasing power and scale.

Bombardier Aerospace Belfast designs and manufactures the complete centre fuselage for the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft and engine nachelles and wing components for the CRJ900 aircraft.  Every 10 seconds a CRJ900 takes off somehere across the globe.

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Stobart Air places first Embraer 195 on Irish Registry

                                                 
EI-GGC Embraer 195 Stobart Air 
Irish regional carrier Stobart Air has placed its first Embraer 195 on the Irish aircraft registry. The aircraft EI-GGC Embraer 195LR c/n 19000213 Stobart Air ex G-FBEN was registered on 18 June and Delivered Exeter International to it's London Southend base on 19 June on wet-lease from Flybe. The aircraft operated its first revenue service the next day from London Southend to Dublin.

The carrier is to add a further four Embraer 195LR to the fleet currently in service with Flybe according to website Planespotters.net The aircraft are to be registered EI-GGA c/n 19000184 ex G-FBEL, EI-GGB c/n 19000204 ex G-FBEM, G-FBEF c/n 19000104 and G-FBEH c/n 19000128.

Stobart Air has a partnership with Flybe which will see Stobart Air operate services to Europe.  As part of a five-year deal, Stobart Air will operate Flybe-branded aircraft on six European routes from London Southend Airport and operates two ATR72-500 aircraft on wet-lease to Flybe from Isle of Man base to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Acumen Appoints Donal Lowry as Head of Asset Management

Acumen Appoints Donal Lowry as Head of Asset Management: http://bit.ly/2ucbNBh

New Asian routes key enablers of Dublin Airport June growth

                                                 
B-1549 Boeing 787-900 Hanian Airlines 
The introduction of direct flights to Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific which commenced four times weekly from 2 June using Airbus A350-900 aircraft and new Hanian Airlines Beijing service  commenced on 12 June operating four times weekly initially using Airbus A330-300 aircraft was reflected in the latest Dublin Airport June passenger figures, with other international traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East ,North Africa and Asia Pacific region, growing by almost 28% to almost 92,000 passengers.

Tourism Ireland estimates that about 70,000 Chinese visitors came to the island of Ireland last year, up from 60,000 visitors in 2016. China is the world’s largest outbound travel market, and one of the fastest-growing, with trips from China predicted to grow to 200 million per year by 2020.

Last year 120,000 passengers travelled between Ireland and mainland China.  With about a quarter of those people per year travelling between Dublin and Beijing.  Ireland was the largest travel market in Europe for Chinese traffic that did not have a non-stop flight prior to the launch by Hanian Airlines on 12 June.

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Renting WiFi: The next big thing for ancillary revenue to the travel & hospitality sector?

                                               
Renting WiFi:  the next big thing for ancillary revenue to the travel & hospitality sector?

Ireland’s travel industry has seen a remarkable growth for the past 8 years and it is predicted to further increase in the coming years. Only within the first 5 months of this year January - May, the overseas arrivals were 7.6% higher than the previous year, with North America being the top performer.

This summer we also have seen new routes opening to the long-haul markets such as Dublin-Seattle operated by Aer Lingus, Dublin-Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific and Dublin -Beijing route by Hainan Airlines.

Niall Gibson, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Tourism Ireland’s campaigns are now in full swing around the world. Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue in 2018 to €6 billion for the island of Ireland.”

With more tourists visiting Ireland, the demand for hotel rooms has also increased. According to JLL’ s recent report, this year the hotel industry is predicted to increase the room supply to 6% with investment building new hotels across the country worth of €500 million in 2018 alone.

It is clear that the hospitality industry experiences a positive look but in order to further continue its positive growth the industry needs to stay competitive for ways of improving a tourist’s experience which will ultimately bring them back to Ireland in the years to come.                                           

Ancillary revenue – Thinking beyond rooms

Ancillary revenue proves to be a strong driving force for improving customer experience to the global airline industry, with a generated value of over $50 billion in 2016.

The hospitality industry such as hotels and other accommodations need to adopt ways of improving their revenue streams similar to the airlines by strategically partnering with 3rd party service providers, which could further improve a visitor’s experience while at the destination.
       
Why renting wifi is the next big thing!? 
                                            


Tourists nowadays are hooked to their mobile phones and when landing at their destination, their first instinct is to connect to WiFi.

Ireland is great at offering public hotspots to almost everywhere including airports, hotels or public transports. Although it can be a convenient way of staying connected, there is a lot of friction that users still experience such as:  low speeds, lack of security, lack of reliability and often at times annoying ads.

Andreea Slabutu, WiFicandy Founder & MD said "Renting WiFi should be an add-on value service which hotels, airlines and travel agencies should provide to their customers as part of the booking process. Many local car rental providers have already spotted its value and implemented the ‘Rent WiFi’ option to replace GPS and I can tell you that they love it. Connectivity is part of the travel experience and those who want to stay competitive should expand their product/service offering". 

WiFicandy’s unique value is that it offers convenience of being able to stay connected anytime and anywhere while outdoors, enhancing a visitor’s travel experience beyond the premises of a hotel, restaurant or airport. 

Security, fast speeds, ability to connect multiple devices at once, unlimited data and the peace of mind of not worrying about roaming fees are additional benefits that come with renting wifi.  

My mission is to build local relationship with the travel and hospitality industry and enable them to generate revenue streams, while enhancing a visitor’s travel experience at the destination, which will in return help to convert visitors into repeat customers. 

Some countries already lead in implementing this solution. The tourism body in France, Comite Regionale du Tourisme, is a great example of working with their respective local wifi rental provider to offer seamless connectivity to their visitors by allowing them to rent wifi from the local Tourism Information Points across the country. This is something that I would really like to tender with Failte Ireland once someone sees the opportunity I see, especially now with the new routes to the Asian market and the increase of long-haul visitors.”

                                           

Contact details:

Andreea Slabutu - WiFicandy Founder & Managing Director

hello@wificandy.ie

www.wificandy.ie

About:

Andreea has worked in the wifi rental sector for over 4 years where she has built extensive knowledge of the market. She is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for travel, technology and innovative solutions. Her ambition is to turn WiFicandy into a software solution that enables seamless connectivity for the travel market.

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 9 July

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 9 July: http://bit.ly/2KHsGOu

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER painted into FIFA World Cup 2022 livery at Dublin

                                               
A7-BAX Boeing 777-3DZER
Qatar Airways A7-BAX Boeing 777-3DZER construction number 41790 , which has been under painting at Dublin since 23rd June, positioned Dublin-Doha this morning as QTR3252 departing at 1107 local from runway 28. The aircraft has been repainted into a Special FIFA World Cup 2022 livery.

This is the second Boeing 777 to be painted into football colours at Dublin. In 2014 A7-BAE Boeing 777-3DZ(ER) construction number 36104 was painted into FC Barcelona colors.

In November 2013 Eirtech was awarded a seven-year contract for exterior repainting of 74 of Qatar Airline’s wide and narrow body aircraft fleet,  including 49 Boeing 777s together with a number of A330s and A320s at it's painting facilities in Dublin, Ostrava, Rome and Shannon airports.

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EI-FYG Boeing 737 MAX 8 Norwegian arrives in Dublin

                                                 
EI-FYG Boeing 737 MAX 8 
This morning EI-FYG Boeing 737 MAX 8 c/n 42831 Norwegian Air International operated its first service to Dublin as the IBK1762 from Newburgh arriving 0820 local.

According to open source flight data source Flightradar24.com the aircraft operated its first North American service on 5th July from Edinburgh to Providence and subsequently operated services to Belfast International and Shannon Airport.

The aircraft was delivered Boeing Field direct to Shannon Airport on 16th May for post delivery modifications and on completion on 22nd May was ferried to Helsinki.

Norwegian Air International operates a fleet of 8 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with a further 92 on order.

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

EI-FWG Superjet 100-95B Cityjet Delivered on lease to Brussels Airlines

                                               
Credit @Elevationair 
Brussels Airlines commenced operations of fourth Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) on 29 June operating it's first flight as SN2047 from Brussels to Birmingham.

The fourth SSJ 100 in the Belgian airline’s fleet (and the eighth for CityJet) is the aircraft with registration EI-FWG (MSN 95157) ex I-PDVX test registration. The aircraft was ferried to Brussels directly from Venice where the aircraft was customized by Russo-Italian joint venture SuperJet International.

The aircraft is flown under an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) lease with CityJet crews providing a full Brussels Airlines in-flight product.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100B-100, an upgraded version of the SSJ100 regional jetliner which is capable of taking off from short runways, with the use of an increased traction engine with a basic maximum take-off weight, optimized avionics software and aircraft wing mechanization control systems, which together reduce the required take-off and landing distance of the aircraft.

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The first of 30 Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft fuel stops in Dublin Airport

                                               
Credit Brian Griffin 
The first Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 was delivered Boeing Field direct to Dublin on Sunday 1 July. The aircraft registered ET-AVM using callsign ETH9201 touched down on Dublin's runway 28 at exactly 1900 hours local parking on the West Apron on a fuel route en-route to Addis Ababa.

A large number of aviation enthusiasts where present whom had been anticipating it's arrival  on Flightradar24 from early morning.

Ethiopian Airline announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8s on 21 September 2014. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s.

On June 21 2017 at the Paris Air Show , the airline announced an order for 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, exercising purchase rights from 2014 order, completing the largest ever order for the 737 MAX in Africa. Ethiopian now has firm orders for 30 737 MAX 8s.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said "The 737 MAX will form a key component of our strategic roadmap, vision 2025, enhancing our single-aisle fleet and keeping us at the forefront of African aviation. This is a continuation of the longstanding and commendable business partnership we had established with Boeing.”

Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said "This is a historic order for Boeing and our partner Ethiopian, once again positioning the carrier at the heart of African aerospace innovation with the acquisition of the 737 MAX. Throughout the years, Ethiopian has consistently led the way in introducing new airplane types to passengers across Africa and today’s record order signals its commitment to continue that tradition.

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