Sunday, 16 June 2019

First EJ Registered corporate aircraft touches down in Dublin Airport

                                               
EJ-CORE Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 
History was made at Dublin Airport with the first visit of an Irish registered EJ aircraft as EJ-CORE Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 MSN 14501072 formerly G-RHMS operated by GainJet Ireland Ltd arrived from Shannon as GJI65R at 1442 local.

The “EJ” a new Irish aircraft register targeted at corporate and business jets with a maximum take-off weight over 5700 kg are eligible for registration on the EJ register, is administered by the Irish Aviation Authority, with Shannon Airport’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) as a preferred marketing and support partner with gold-standard onshore EASA jurisdiction and is designed for full compliance with current and forthcoming EASA regulations including Part NCC.

The “EJ” Registration format consists of EJ plus four letters (for example, EJ-IASC), which allows for significant flexibility form personalised registrations. In addition, an assigned registration mark can be transferred to another aircraft owned by the same owner, if desired according to IASC.

The first aircraft to be placed on the EJ register was EJ-IOBN received its certificate of registration on Friday 12th October, an Embraer ERJ 190-100 ECJ, MSN 19000632 ex N730MM and is operated by Gainjet Ireland.

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Ryanair's newly formed subsidiary Malta Air operates first service to Dublin

                                               
9H-QAA Boeing 737-800 Malta Air 
Ryanair's newly formed Malta based subsidiary Malta Air operated its first service to Dublin Airport just days after the announcement on its launch. Today Sunday 16 June 9H-QAA operated RYR648E from Bordeaux arriving 1252 local and departing as RYR6485 at 1430 local in Ryanair colours.

On 11th June Ryanair announced it has agreed to purchase Malta Air, a Maltese start up airline, into which Ryanair will move and grow its Malta based fleet of 6 Boeing 737 aircraft initially increasing to 10 aircraft, which will be branded in Malta Air colours by Summer 2020 to grow its already sizable presence in Malta , and access non-EU markets (North Africa) from Malta.

The carrier this week transitioned two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to the Maltese register 9H-QAA MSN 44782 ex EI-FZI and 9H-QAB MSN 44792 ex EI-FZR.

Ryanair based aircraft from France, Italy and Germany onto the Malta AOC which will allow these crews to pay their income taxes locally in France, Italy and Germany instead of Ireland.

This week the carrier opened a new base at Bordeaux Airport with three based aircraft operating 37 with 86 weekly flights delivering 1.4 million passengers per annum and in Marseille with two based aircraft operating 47 routes with 155 weekly flights delivering 2.6 million passengers per annum with a third aircraft to be added next winter and a new route to Dublin operating three times weekly from 10 May 2020.

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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Aer Lingus Rebrands EI-CVB Airbus A320 ahead of summer season

                                                 
Image courtesy of Esther Rowley 
Aer Lingus has rebranded EI-CVB Airbus A320 ahead of the busy summer season. The aircraft positioned Dublin to Shannon on 21st April for painting into new brand colours returning Dublin a week later on 28 April.

Interestingly according to playback on Flightradar24 the aircraft while en-route to Shannon under a sortie with Irish Air Corps PC 9 formation over the Midlands presumably in connection with this year's Bray Air Show.

On 17th January Aer Lingus unveiled a refreshed brand with updated logo and new aircraft livery, reflecting the airline’s position as a modern and contemporary Irish brand that competes on the international stage. The new brand identity supports Aer Lingus’ ambition to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic.

The carrier has rebranded two Airbus A320's EI-CVA and EI-CVB and two Airbus A330-300's EI-EDY and EI-ELA.  The carrier is to take delivery of it's first Airbus A321LR EI-LRA in new brand colours this summer, the fleet rebrand is to be completed by 2021.

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American Airlines further increases Dublin Airport connectivity with new Dallas Fort Worth route

                                               
Image courtesy of Brian Griffin 
American Airlines further increased Dublin Airport connectivity with the launch of Ireland’s first direct flight to Dallas, which is American’s largest hub for connecting traffic.

American operates more than 900 daily flights at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, which now has 9,000 one-stop connections more than any other hub in the world.

The airline started service from DFW to 23 new markets and increased service to more than 80 existing markets. This growth marks the airline’s largest expansion at DFW in more than a decade.

Vasu Raja, American Airline’s Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning said "We’re making the world a smaller and more connected place by connecting small communities like Harlingen, Texas, to global cities like Dublin and Munich, while also bringing citizens of the world to the beauty of Glacier National Park via Kalispell, Montana, and California’s Wine Country with service to Santa Rosa, California."

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said "Dallas is an excellent addition to the existing route network from Dublin Airport and we are thrilled that American Airlines will be serving this market with a daily summer service. This is the first time Ireland and Texas have been connected with a direct flight and the new service will help meet the increased demand for travel between both markets. We will be working closely with American Airlines in order to promote this new service on both sides of the Atlantic."

The new route will operate daily until September 28, will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The flight departs Dallas at 20.35 and arriving in Dublin at 11.40 the following day. The return flight will depart Dublin at 13.40, arriving in Dallas at 17.45.

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Sunday, 2 June 2019

A new era in Western Canada connectivity as Westjet launches Calgary-Dublin route

                                                 
Image courtesy of @elevationair 
 A new era in connectivity began today with historic access between Western Canada and Ireland as Westjet launched its new Calgary-Dublin route. C-GRUP Boeing 787-9 MSN 64975 WJA6 touched down Dublin 1136 local. The return sector WJA5 departed to Calgary at 1526 local.

The new service operates three times weekly on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays till 7 October then reduces to twice weekly till end of season on 20 October.

The launch of international scheduled service between Calgary and London (Gatwick), Paris and Dublin will support 650 full-time jobs and $100 million in total economic output. The three new flights from the UK and Western Europe are expected to eventually bring up to 185,000 visitors to Calgary on a yearly basis, helping the development of Canada's fastest growing sectors of the Canadian tourism industry, Indigenous tourism.

Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney said "Today's inaugural Calgary-Dublin flight from Alberta-born and bred WestJet is a declaration of confidence in the economic future of our province, and more proof that we are open for business and ready to take on the world."

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said "We have forged a strong bond and friendship with WestJet and we are delighted to welcome its new direct service between Calgary and Dublin Airport. It's a great honour that WestJet has chosen Dublin Airport as part of its first group of airports to be served with its new Dreamliner aircraft. We wish WestJet every success with its new route and we will continue to work closely with them to promote the new service."

WestJet Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen said "With the launch of our third transatlantic Dreamliner flight, WestJet adds to our exceptional growth into and out of Calgary , where we remain the airline with the most destinations and departures."

The Boeing 787-9 aircraft carry 320  in a three-class cabin configuration including the airline's newly revealed Business cabin featuring 16 private pods with lie-flat seats, an upscale Premium cabin and an updated Economy cabin.

The airline has made a significant investment in its Calgary Base operating 67 routes and recently announced a$50 million investment in the 125,000-square-foot hangar is in addition to the airline's announcement that it will be the first Canadian airline to base its first three Boeing 787-9 aircraft there. Both investments are expected to generate significant economic output and support thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Alberta.WestJet remains the carrier with the most destinations, seats and departures out of YYC.

WestJet has been operating flights to Dublin from St John's since 2014. This year the route was switched to a new seasonal to Halifax operated by Boeing 737-700.

The carrier took delivery of three of 10 Boeing 787-9 on order. The base locations and routes for the remaining seven aircraft have not yet been announced. It has options for an additional 10 aircraft to arrive between 2020 and 2024.

View Westjet Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Cabin Tour Video

                                         
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Cathay Pacific celebrates the first anniversary of Hong Kong-Dublin route

                                               
B-LRU Airbus A350-900 Cathay Pacific 
Since its launch 2nd June 2018, nearly 80,000 passengers have travelled and two million kilos of freight with Cathay Pacific on the Hong Kong-Dublin route which operates four times weekly using Airbus A350-900 aircraft. 

The Dublin route is timed for maximum connections from Hong Kong with strong passenger flows to Bali (Indonesia), Fuzhou (China) , Cebu and Manila (Philippines) and Sydney (Australia).

Cathay Pacific Regional Head of Marketing & Sales Europe, Edward Fotheringham, said: “We are thrilled to see that in just one year, nearly 80,000 passenger trips have been made, and 2 million kilos of freight carried from Dublin to Hong Kong and beyond. On behalf of Cathay Pacific’s team and our newly-appointed Account Manager Dublin, Fiona Noonan, we would like to thank our passengers and trade partners for their encouraging and continued support.”

“Most of all, we look forward to further growing bilateral trade and tourism relationships between Ireland and the Far East. It remains our top priority to make this relative new addition in our ever-expanding network a continued commercial success.”

Cathay Pacific has unveiled a new brand promise "Move Beyond" – a call to action to move people forward in life, through our airline’s ability to connect them to meaningful people, places and experiences.

View Cathay Pacific – Move Beyond video


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Saturday, 1 June 2019

Aer Lingus further expands wet-leased RJ85 operation with CityJet to Paris CDG

                                                 
EI-RJD RJ85 Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus has further expanded its wet-leased RJ85 operation with CityJet to operate a weekly Dublin-Paris return service EIN528/529 on Saturday evenings with effect from 1st June. 

One of the two leased Cityjet RJ85's is now fully tasked on Saturdays operating EIN282/3 to and from London City, EIN272/3 to and from Birmingham and EIN528/9 to and from Paris CDG.

Aer Lingus is maximizing RJ85 capacity when London City is closed between 1300 hours on Saturday till 1230 on Sundays to minimise noise impact on local residents.

With the expansion of the Aer Lingus wet-lease services. Cityjet is now uniquely positioned as an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) carrier to both Aer Lingus and Air France on the Paris CDG route.

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Friday, 31 May 2019

Emirates Airlines resumes double daily service to Dublin following completion of DXB runway programme

                                               
Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-31H(ER) 
Emirates Airlines has resumed a full double daily Boeing 777-300(ER) service on the Dublin route following completion of a 45-day refurbishment programme of the southern runway 30L at Dubai International Airport (DXB) to boost capacity, infrastructure and safety levels of the runway.

A6-EPY Emirates Boeing 777-31H(ER) MSN 42344 operating UAE230 aircraft from Seattle was the first to touch down on re-surfaced runway at 1756 local on Thursday evening.

On the 1st September will mark fifth anniversary of going double daily on the Dublin-Dubai route.

Emirates carries a number of Irish products onboard for premium passengers including Butlers Chocolates, Gahan Beef, Keogh’s Crisps, Killowen Yogurt and VOYA.

The airline carried more than 442,000 passengers on its Dublin to Dubai route last year, an increase of 2 per cent, and transported close to 10,000 tonnes of Irish exports in 2018.

View DXB's Southern Runway Rehabilitation - Final part: The engineering project video.



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Saturday, 25 May 2019

United Airlines Introduces Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on Dublin-New York/Newark Route

                                               
Picture courtesy of Esther Rowley 
United Airlines has introduced the latest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft on its service between Dublin and its New York/Newark hub, with effect from 23rd May.

The first service UAL23/22 was operated by N16009 Boeing 787-10 MSN 40938. The aircraft first flight on 17th April and delivered on 27th April Charleston to Washington - Dulles International (KIAD).

Dublin is one six routes from United Airlines Newark hub to receive 787-10 service joining Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt , Paris CDG and Tel Aviv.

Over the last 20 years United Airlines has operated Boeing 757-200(ER), Boeing 767-200(ER), Boeing 767-300(ER), Boeing 767-40(ER), Boeing 777-200(ER), Boeing 777-300(ER) on the Dublin-New York/Newark route.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said, “United Airlines has been operating at Dublin Airport for almost 21 years and I want to acknowledge its commitment to Dublin and New York/Newark during that time.  We are delighted to welcome the airline’s introduction of the 787-10 Dreamliner on its Dublin to New York/Newark service which is further testament of United’s commitment to the route and its customers.”

Martina Coogan, United’s Country Manager Sales Ireland said "We are delighted to introduce the 787-10 Dreamliner to our nonstop Dublin-New York/Newark service and are confident that our customers in Ireland will notice a real difference when they step on board this state-of-the-art aircraft, which features both our new United Polaris business class and United Premium Plus seats. Introducing this new aircraft on our Dublin-New York/Newark service underpins our commitment to the Irish market."

United was the first North American airline to take delivery of the 787-10 and is the first airline in the world to have the entire family of Boeing’s 787-8, 787-9 and 787-10 Dreamliners in its fleet. The airline has 14 Boeing 787-10 aircraft on order and has taken delivery of 9 aircraft to date.

The Boeing 787-10 features 44 United Polaris business class seats, 21 United Premium Plus seats, 54 Economy Plus seats and 199 standard Economy seats. The aircraft is powered by two General Electric GENX-1B76 engines.                                     

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Cityjet RJ85's begin a new life in Canada as fire fighting aircraft

                                               
Cityjet RJ85 
Europe's leading regional carrier Cityjet based in Dublin, Ireland, operating a fleet of Avro and Bombardier aircraft on wet lease services across the continent Europe has scaled back its British Avro RJ85 fleet with the disposal of three aircraft leaving 10 units in the fleet.

Over the last couple of months the carrier has disposed of three RJ85 aircraft to Aero-Flite (US) and Conair Aviation Ltd (Canada) . Aero-Flite based in Spokane, Washington and its Canadian subsidiary Conair Aviation Ltd  based in Abbotsford, British Columbia has been in the Aerial Firefighting since 1963 and 1969 respectively has operated Boeing B-17s, C-54 and DC-4s, CL-215s, Viking CL-415 and Avro RJ85.

Conair can reconfigure RJ85 aircraft for use in aerial firefighting holding supplemental type certificates (STC) for modification of aircraft into aerial firefighting role.

Aero-Flite and Conair Aviation stated the RJ85 has capabilities that are well suited to fire fighting with excellent slow speed flight characteristics and true airspeeds in excess of 300 knots.

The ability to do quick turnarounds and strong performance at the fire with its excellent maneuverability, high rate of climb and turning performance. The RJ85 can deliver 11,355 litres or 3,000 US gallons at maximum tank capacity.

According to German Aviation Skyliner Aviation lists the Cityjet RJ85 aircraft that were ferried to Canada.

EI-RJX RJ85 MSN 2372 Cityjet Delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Kangerlussuaq-Iqaluit-Churchill-Abbotsford on 21 April to become N403AC Aero-Flite.  This aircraft was painted in "Leinster Rugby" special colours.

EI-RJT RJ85 MSN 2366 Cityjet Ferried Dublin-Keflavik on 21 May on delivery to Aero-Flite.

EI-RJH RJ85 MSN 2345 Cityjet Ferried Dublin-Reykjavik-Kangerlussuaq-Iqaluit on 16 February.



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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Aer Lingus milestone of 25 years Airbus A330 operations

                                               
Image courtesy of Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus has reached a milestone with 25 years of Airbus A330 operations on 7th May 2019. In the fleet only three other aircraft types exceeded 25 years service the BAC One-Eleven achieving 25 1⁄2 years, the Boeing 737 (all variants) 36 1⁄2 years and the Boeing 707/720 25 3⁄4 years (Irish Air Letter May 2019).

On 17th September 1993 F-WWKD Airbus A330-301 Air Inter visited Dublin Airport on demonstration to Aer Lingus.

The Airbus A330 was specifically built to meet the requirements of Air Inter whom placed an order for 15 aircraft plus 15 options for high density domestic French routes.

After an extensive evaluation of aircraft economics and market opportunities Aer Lingus selected the Airbus A330-300 aircraft to replace it's fleet of Boeing 747's. Mr Conor McCarthy, Chairman Dublin Aerospace and CEO PlaneConsult and former Aer Lingus Commuter CEO , managed the introduction of the Airbus A330 into the fleet enabling retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet.

Under Conor's leadership Aer Lingus reached agreement with key suppliers on the Airbus A330 programme Airbus, General Electric and aircraft lessor ILFC on the A330 which would be transformational in terms of operating economics, making the North Atlantic profitable with fuel burn 25% lower than Boeing 747 and 50% greater cargo capacity.

Interestingly F-WWKP MSN 55 callsign 'AIB 055' visited Dublin in full Aer Lingus colours prior delivery as EI-DUB on familiarization sortie.

The first aircraft EI-SHN Airbus A330-301 was delivered 2nd May 1994 followed by EI-DUB on 11th May.  EI-SHN entered commercial service on 7th May operating EIN152 on Dublin to London Heathrow route. Over subsequent weeks the two aircraft EI-DUB and EI-SHN where operating proving flights on European and London Heathrow routes prior to introduction of Transatlantic  services with the type.

The first transatlantic service took place on 16th May 1994 when EI-SHN operated flight EIN105 Shannon-Dublin-JFK. the A330 entered full service on 1st June 1994 with two aircraft, EI-SHN and EI-DUB, operating daily services on the Shannon-JFK and Dublin-JFK routes (Irish Air Letter May 2019).

Two years after Air Inter became the launch customer for the Airbus A330 the carrier stated the aircraft was no longer suitable for domestic flights and the market which have had changed between the order time and the deliver time with the introduction of European Open Skies and entry of low cost carriers.

The changed market conditions for Air Inter whom parked the aircraft presented Aer Lingus with an opportunity to acquire F-GMDD Airbus A330-303 MSN 059 which was delivered in March 1997 as EI-ORD.

A fifth Airbus A330-301 allocated for allocated on the production line for Air Inter as F-GMDE MSN 086 was delivered to Aer Lingus as EI-JFK on 11th July 1995. This specific aircraft was an opportunistic acquisition and was delivered in basic configuration.

Aer Lingus painted the aircraft in "Vacations Ireland" colours to operate Belfast International-Shannon-New York JFK seasonal summer services in 1995 and 1996 before reconfiguration to standard Airbus A330 layout.

According to Planespotters.net Aer Lingus has operated 18 Airbus A330 airframes in its fleet between 1994 and 2018 including current and historic aircraft.

A330 Current Fleet

EI-DAA Airbus A330-302 MSN 397 "St Keeva"
EI-DUO Airbus A330-202 MSN 841  "St Columba"
EI-DUZ Airbus A330-302 MSN 847 "St Aoife"
EI-EAV Airbus A330-302 MSN 985 "St Ronan"
EI-EDY Airbus A330-302 MSN 1025 "St Munchin"
EI-ELA Airbus A330-302 MSN 1106 "St Patrick"
EI-EWR Airbus A330-202 MSN 330 "St Thomas"
EI-FNG Airbus A330-303 MSN 1742 "St Colmcille"
EI-FNH Airbus A330-303 MSN 1744 "St Laurence O'Toole"
EI-GAJ Airbus A330-302 MSN 1791 "St Carthage"
EI-GCF Airbus A330-302 MSN 1817  "St Aengus"
EI-GEY Airbus A330-202 MSN 441 "St Brendan"
EI-LAX Airbus A330-202 MSN 269 "St Mella"

A330 Historic Fleet

EI-CRK Airbus A330-301 MSN 070 "St Brigid"
EI-DUB Airbus A330-301 MSN 055  "St Patrick"
EI-JFK  Airbus A330-301 MSN 086  "St Colmcille"
EI-ORD Airbus A330-301 MSN 059  "St Maeve"
EI-SHN Airbus A330-301 MSN 054  "St Flannan"

Speaking at IAG Capital Market Day November 2019 former Aer Lingus CEO and current director Stephen Kavanagh said the airline plans to grow its A330 fleet from 13 to 16 aircraft by 2023 with two Airbus A330-300s due for delivery this winter and a further two in 2022.

Stephen Kavanagh said the A330 platform would “transition” to the -300 rather than the -200 providing additional seats at “close to zero incremental costs”.

The Airbus A330-300 will remain the mainstay of Aer Lingus operations for many years with the aircraft offering very attractive operating costs per seat with the versatility to cover all ranges from short-haul to long-haul.

Thanks to Alan Dwyer and Damian Bracken for inputs into this article.

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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Air Baltic extends new Riga-Dublin route year round

                                               
Image courtesy of Latvia Embassy Ireland Facebook page 
Air Baltic whom re-launched its Riga to Dublin route (BTI661/662) four times weekly (Mondays,Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) with effect from 31 March using Airbus A220-300 aircraft announced 15th May that due high demand and positive feedback its extending the service year-round.

The inaugural Riga to Dublin on 31st March was operated by YL-CSL Airbus A220-300 in Latvia's 100th anniversary Livery.

Air Baltic previously service the Riga to Dublin market between 2004 and 2011 and in 2012 using a mix of Boeing 737-300 & 500 and occasional Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic “Taking into consideration the high demand and positive feedback about the launch of the Riga–Dublin route for the summer season 2019, we are delighted to announce that Dublin will also complement our winter route map. Now our passengers will be able to travel between the both cities year-round for very attractive prices in the economy or our full-service business class on the new and comfortable Airbus A220-300 aircraft.”

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from its Riga hub offering convenient connections to its network spanning Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

The Latvian Embassy Dublin held a collaboration workshop on 2nd May to celebrate the launch of Air Baltic's Riga to Dublin route and to promote tourism in Latvia.

The Latvian Embassy in Ireland took part in the cultural day on 6th May with a information stand, which presented the opening of Air Baltic direct flight Riga - Dublin and the wide range of tourism opportunities in Latvia.

The carrier operated three former Aer Lingus Boeing 737-548 aircraft YL-BBF MSN 2488 ex EI-CDA, YL-BBG MSN 24919 ex EI-CDB, YL-BBH MSN 24968 ex EI-CDC.

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Aer Lingus expands wet-leased RJ85 operation with CityJet to Birmingham

                                               
EI-RJD RJ85 Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus has expanded its wet-leased RJ85 operation with CityJet to operate a weekly Dublin-Birmingham return service on Saturdays EIN272/273 and Sundays EIN276/277. The RJ85 service will operate from 4th May to 28th September.

Aer Lingus its utilizing the RJ85 capacity when London City is closed between 1300 hours on Saturday till 1230 on Sundays to minimise noise impact on local residents.

The RJ85 will free up Aer Lingus Airbus A320 aircraft to be re-deployed on longer leisure route.

CityJet provides two Avro RJ85 aircraft (EI-RJD MSN 2334 & EI-RJI MSN 2346) , crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) to Aer Lingus for the purpose of operating the Dublin-London City route.

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Saturday, 11 May 2019

Dublin Airport connecting traffic grows to 2.1 million passengers

                                                 
#Dubhub
DAA's 2018 annual report revealed the number of connecting passengers at Dublin Airport increased by 18% to 2.1 million, as the airport continues to expand its role as a major gateway between Europe and North America.

To cater for increasing increasing numbers last the airport opened a new €16 million facility built adjacent to Pier 4 close to Terminal 2 enabling a fold increase in connecting passengers. The number of passengers transferring at Dublin Airport has increased from 550,000 in 2013 to 2.1 million in 2018.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said "Dublin Airport has many advantages as a gateway between Europe and North America for transferring passengers. Our location is perfect, we have strong transatlantic, short-haul and Middle Eastern connectivity and US preclearance provides passengers travelling to the United States with a wonderful product that allows them to arrive as domestic passengers in the States."

The Dublin Airport hub model is critically important for the airport and carriers as additional transfer passengers underpin the viability of existing routes and increase capacity and encourage new market entrants.

The spikes into #Dubhub will increase this year as six new routes are added to Calgary, Dallas-Forth Worth, Halifax, Minneapolis-St Paul Shenzhen and Toronto-Hamilton and 17 new short-haul routes to Aalborg, Bordeaux, Bodrum, Bournemouth, Cagliari, Dubrovnik, Gothenburg, Kyiv, Lisbon, London-Southend, Lourdes, Milan/Malpensa, Riga, Thessaloniki, and Split.

Aer Lingus pending entry to joint the IAG North American Joint-Venture and ongoing negotiations with Ryanair to feed Aer Lingus North American network in due course will further enhance and strengthen Dublin's North American Hub position with increased traffic flows.

In Summer 2020 Aer Lingus launches a new route from Dublin to Montreal with new Airbus A321Neo-LR aircraft. This service will be timed to maximize connections to 20 European and UK cities and six french cities including Bordeaux,  Lyon,Nantes, Nice , Paris CDG and Toulouse. 

Dublin Airport is the sixth largest airport in Europe for flight connections to North America, and is drawing significant transfer traffic flows from Britain and continental Europe.

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Up to 66 daily flights to and from Dublin Airport to North America for summer peak

                                               
Dublin Airport Hub 
During the peak summer season in 2019 Dublin Airport will have 66 flights per day to and from 18 cities in the United States and 6 Canadian destinations with 464 weekly flights. This year Aer Lingus will launch Minneapolis-St. Paul , American Airlines Dallas/Forth Worth, Norwegian Airlines Toronto Hamilton, Westjet Calgary and Halifax .

Air Canada's low cost subsidiary Air Canada Rouge is to make a brief return to the Dublin Airport market between 25 May and 15 June.  Rouge will operate Montreal (ACA818/819) three times weekly and Vancouver (ACA862/3) four times weekly using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft pending delivery of Air Canada Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

The former Singapore Airlines/TAP Air Portugal Airbus A330-300 aircraft will be introduced on Dublin to Montreal and Vancouver routes effect from 15 June.

Aer Lingus planned new Airbus A321Neo-LR service to Hartford (Bradley International) is due to commence from 2nd August replacing wet-leased ASL operated Boeing 757-200 on the route.

Dublin's North American growth is being  constrained by delays to Aer Lingus A321Neo-LR deliveries which has resulted in the launch of new route to Montreal being deferred to Summer 2020 and revised schedules on existing North American routes.

The global ground of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from 15th March has forced Norwegian to operate a reduced scheduled at Dublin this summer using a leased Evelope! Airbus A330-300 and Providence and Toronto Hamilton operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Minneapolis-St Paul   Aer Lingus x 4 Weekly Boeing 757-200 from 4th July
Calgary                    Westjet x  3 Weekly Boeing 787-9 from 3rd June
Dallas-Fort Worth      American Airlines x daily Boeing 787-9 from 1st June
Halifax                      Westjet  x 6 times weekly Boeing 737-700 from 1st May
Toronto-Hamilton     Norwegian x 4 Weekly Boeing 737-800 from 31st March

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

Vueling Airlines commences ad-hoc Airbus A320neo services on Barcelona-Dublin route

                                               
EC-NAY Airbus A320-271N @Dublin Airport 
Vueling Airlines has commenced ad-hoc Airbus A320neo services on its Barcelona to Dublin with two aircraft visiting to date.

The first A320neo to visit was EC-NAE Airbus A320-271N MSN 8467 on 1st April with the second visit on Easter Sunday on Easter Sunday 23 April with EC-NAY Airbus A320-271N MSN 8601.

Vueling Airlines is the second carrier within the International Airlines Group (IAG) to operate Airbus A320neo family aircraft to Dublin after British Airways commencing operations with the type on 28 March. Aer Lingus is to due receive its first Airbus A321Neo-LR EI-LRA this summer.

International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. (IAG) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Pratt & Whitney for the PurePower Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engine to power 47 Vueling's firm Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

Chris Calio, Pratt & Whitney president, Commercial Engines said "Pratt & Whitney appreciates IAG's faith in the GTF engine, which has demonstrated its promised fuel burn savings, emissions, and reduction in noise footprint".

See Video New family fares & A320 NEO Aircraft

Credit to Damian Bracken for image

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

First visit of ET-ATG Boeing 787 Ethiopian Airlines to Dublin

                                               
ET-ATG Boeing 787-8 Star Alliance colours 
The first visit of Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registered ET-ATG to Dublin Airport took place on Monday 22 April in recently painted Star Alliance colours.

The aircraft MSN 38464 test registration N10187 first flight was 3 May 2017 and delivered on 29 June powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines. The aircraft was originally built for LAN Airlines and subsequently Lion Air but not never taken up.

Ethiopian Airlines operates a fleet of 23 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with 19 787-8 and 4 787-9 series aircraft.

The carrier currently operates Addis Ababa-Madrid-Dublin route (ETH712/713) four times weekly (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.  Routesonline website reported from GDS data from 16 June the airline will switch to the larger capacity 787-9 on the route.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 23 April

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Ethiopian Airlines Secures 5th Freedom Rights for Dublin to Madrid route

                                               
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 
Ethiopian Airlines announced on its dedicated Irish facebook page Ethiopian Airlines Ireland today 24 April that the carrier secured fifth freedom rights for the Dublin to Madrid route effective from Sunday 2nd June.

What is a fifth freedom right?. ICAO states "The Fifth Freedom Right is the right or privilege, in respect of scheduled international air services, granted by one State to another State to put down and to take on, in the territory of the first State, traffic coming from or destined to a third State."

The carrier currently operates Addis Ababa-Madrid-Dublin route (ETH712/713) four times weekly (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun) operated by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.  Routesonline website reported from GDS data from 16 June the airline will switch to the larger capacity 787-9 on the route.

The Dublin-Madrid is quiet competitive served by three carriers Aer Lingus 14 times weekly, Iberia Express up to 14 times weekly for summer peak and Ryanair 21 times weekly.

In June 2015, Ethiopian Airlines first entered the Irish marketplace and was the first airline to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner out of Dublin operating four-times weekly direct service from Dublin to LA and Dublin to Addis Ababa.  The carrier ceased operating the route on 14th December.

The carrier moved its European Hub from Rome Fiumicino to Dublin on 10 May 2015 with up to 15 weekly transit flights routing Addis Ababa-Dublin-Chicago O'Hare (ETH510) fives times weekly served by Boeing 787 aircraft and Addis Ababa-Dublin-Washington Dulles (ETH500) daily served by Boeing 777-300ER and Addis Ababa-Dublin-Toronto (ETH502) served by Boeing 777-200LR/787-8 aircraft.

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Saturday, 20 April 2019

Acumen Aviation To Attend Engine Leasing Trading and Finance Europe Conference

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Ryanair Sun fleet grows to 20 Boeing 737-800 aircraft

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair Sun, a standalone business unit of the Ryanair Group started operating for leading Polish tour-operators in summer 2018 with a fleet of 5 aircraft. 

The carrier's fleet has grown from 17 to 20 aircraft following the transfer of a further three aircraft from parent company Ryanair DAC. 

A further five aircraft are to be added in due course growing fleet to 25 aircraft in summer 2019.
Ryanair Sun CEO Michał Kaczmarzyk said "Following a successful year of growth for Ryanair Sun, we are delighted that our planes will have a new and unique branding as we launch Buzz. Our goal is to offer services at the highest level to both customers and tour-operators. Buzz will continue to operate scheduled and charter flights, with our fleet growing to 25 aircraft by summer 2019.”
Next Autumn Ryanair Sun fleet will be re-branded as Buzz with its own website and app operating on a Polish Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).

Ryanair Holdings Group comprises of four airlines Ryanair DAC, Laudamotion and Ryanair UK and Ryanair Sun.

EI-FZA MSN 44774 to SP-RSQ Ferried Frankfurt Hahn to Wroclaw 2 April on delivery.

EI-FZB MSN 44775 to SP-RST & Ferried Frankfurt Hahn to Wroclaw 2 April on delivery.

EI-FZC MSN 44776 to SP-RSU & Ferried Frankfurt Hahn to Warsaw Modlin 2 April on delivery.

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Friday, 19 April 2019

Etihad Airways introduces Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Dublin

                                               
Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 
Etihad Airways has introduced the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Dublin route ahead of schedule utilizing both variants of the type -9 and -10 in lieu of its daily EY41/42 Boeing 777-300ER service.  The 787 Dreamliner is fast becoming the backbone of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier's long-haul fleet.

For the summer peak season Etihad will operate four additional Boeing 787-9 services between 27 June to 15 September featuring 28 Business Class flat-bed seats and 271 Economy Class seats.

Originally Dublin was to be one of the first Etihad 787 routes when announced in 2012 Dublin along with Frankfurt, Istanbul, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Nagoya – when deliveries of the aircraft begin in the last quarter of 2014. However Etihad's equity partnership with Air Berlin saw the carrier focus 787 capacity into the German market serving Air Berlin's primary hub in Dusseldorf.

In a statement issued in 2017 the carrier said "With a further 61 Dreamliners due to be delivered over the next few years, the 787s will become Etihad Airways’ flagship long-haul aircraft".

The airline has taken delivery of 28 of 71 Boeing 787 aircraft on order. The airline will continue to take delivery of aircraft until they reach their agreed revised figure.

The airline is the midst of a fleet re-structuring programme with the carrier gradually phasing out its Airbus A330-200 and Airbus A330-300 aircraft . On the 10 January the carrier cancelled an order for 10 Airbus A320neo aircraft planned for Air Serbia.

On 14 February the carrier significant reduced orders worth $21.4 billion at list prices prices for future Airbus and Boeing orders.  The carrier cut its order for Boeing 777-9 aircraft to 6 jets from 25, while cancelling delivery of 42 Airbus A350 , leaving it with 20.

Etihad said in a statement "This will enable the airline to further progress its transformation and adjust to its new operating model. The airline can now concentrate on the phased introduction of new aircraft types, enabling an efficient rationalization of its fleet, and building a network that connects Abu Dhabi to the world".

Aer Lingus has a code-share partnership on routes to Abu Dhabi and beyond and from Dublin on domestic, European and US routes.

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Minimal disruption on Emirates Airlines route to Dublin as DXB runway work commences

                                                 
Boeing 777-300ER image courtesy of Emirates Airlines 
Dubai Airports has confirmed a 45-day closure of the southern runway at Dubai International Airport
(DXB) from 16 April to 30 May for an extensive upgrade to boost capacity, infrastructure and safety levels of the runway.

In January, Emirates Airlines said a significant number of its flights will be impacted by this closure. They have grounded 48 aircraft and reduced 25% of the flights operated by the airline during this 45-day period.

The Dublin route will have minimal disruption in this period as service is reduced slightly from 14 to 11 times weekly with EK161/162 closed for bookings three days weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Emirates carried more than 442,000 passengers on its twice daily Boeing 777-300ER Dublin to Dubai route last year, an increase of 2% and transported close to 10,000 tonnes of Irish exports during 2018. Emirates Holidays launched in Ireland last May in direct response to increasing demand for holiday options in Dubai and the growth in the number of people from Ireland choosing Dubai and other United Arab Emirates destinations.

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ASL Airlines Boeing 737-300 commences Aer Lingus summer lease

                                                 
EI-STA Boeing 737-31S Credit Sean Flynn
Aer Lingus commenced it's wet-lease of EI-STA Boeing 737-31S MSN 24097  from ASL Airlines (Ireland) (Air Contractors) from Belfast City. The aircraft positioned from Dublin to Belfast City as EIN990P at 1630 hours local on Sunday 14 April two weeks ahead of last year's start on 1 May.

The aircraft is tasked with two 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.

ASL Airlines has partnered with Aer Lingus since 2014 operating four Boeing 757-200s on wet-lease with two based in Dublin operating selective services on Hartford, Philadelphia and Washington Dulles routes and two in Shannon operating Boston and New York routes. 

This summer the 757 deployed on Hartford will be redeployed to new route Minneapolis-St. Paul upon the entry to service of first Aer Lingus Airbus A321LR.

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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Etihad Airways leapfrogs United Airlines to operate first Boeing 787-10 service to Dublin

                                                 
A6-BMA 787-10 image courtesy of @elevationair 
Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways became the first carrier to operate the new Boeing 787-10 the stretched variant of the Dreamliner to Dublin leapfrogging United Airlines 787-10 service schedule to commence on 23 May from Newark. Etihad operated the 787-10 in lieu of the usual Boeing 777-300ER on the route.

airlineroute tweeted on 31 March "ETIHAD 787-10 Dreamliner to serve Dublin from 01APR19 to 04APR19, last-minute changes possible".

Dublin Movements blog reported four of out of five 787-10's visiting A6-BMA 31 March, A6-BMC 1st April, A6-BMC 2nd April, A6-BMA 3rd April, A6-BME 4th April, A6-BMB 14th April.
The carrier operates the Boeing 787-10 in a two class layout with 336 seats 32 Business Studios and 304 Economy Smart.  The airline has 41 Boeing 787-9s on order of which 30 have been delivered and 30 787-10s, of which five have been delivered.

Boeing has a total order book for 173 787-10 aircraft of which 23 have been to delivered with one to ANA Airlines, five to Etihad Airways, nine to Singapore Airlines and seven to United Airlines with 151 Unfilled deliveries.

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British Airways introduces Airbus A320Neo family aircraft on Dublin route

                                               
Airbus A320Neo image courtesy Brian Griffin 
International Airlines Group (IAG) carrier British Airways has commenced Airbus A320/321Neo operations on its London Heathrow to Dublin route with effect from 28 March ahead of start of official IATA Summer schedule on 31 March.

G-TTND Airbus A320-251N MSN 8308 operated the first service to Dublin as BAW85Q.  The aircraft's first flight was 27th June 18 and delivered Toulouse to London Heathrow on 26h July 18.

British Airways currently has 14 Airbus A320NEO Family in service 10 x A320NEO and and 4 x 321NEO powered by CFM LEAP 1A engines. The airline has total orders for 25 Airbus A320Neo's and 10 Airbus A321Neo's.

The A320neo Family will offer up to 20% in fuel burn savings per seat by 2020, two tonnes of additional payload, 500 nautical miles of more range, lower operating costs, along with a nearly 50% reduction in engine noise and NOx emissions 50% below the current industry standard.  A key contributor to the NEO’s performance is the aircraft Sharklets. These 2.4-metre-tall wingtip devices are standard on NEO aircraft, and result in up to 4% reduced fuel burn over longer sectors, corresponding to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of around 900 tonnes per aircraft.

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Stobart Air opens Dublin Embraer 195 base

                                                 
EI-GGA Embraer 195 Stobart Air 
Stobart Air is one of Europe’s leading franchise, ACMI and charter aviation specialists has  opened a new Embraer 195 base at Dublin Airport with effect from start of IATA Summer season on 31 March. Stobart has based two aircraft to support operating up to eight flights per day on behalf of KLM Airlines, including Dublin to Amsterdam route.

According to open source flight tracking website Flightradar24.com the Dublin based aircraft operates the first KLM service to Amsterdam KLM932 departing at 0555. Then usually operates a sector to Norwich and Oslo before returning back to Dublin KLM939 at 2235 hours.

According to industry sources an second Embraer 195 will be based in Dublin to operate as an stand-by aircraft for KLM Airlines contract.

EI-GGA Embraer 195LR MSN 19000184 and EI-GGB Embraer 195LR MSN 19000204 are both operated in all white colours.

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Stobart Air Retires ATR72-500 Fleet

                                               
Image courtesy of Sean Flynn
Stobart Air one of Europe’s leading franchise, ACMI and charter aviation specialists has retired the ATR72-500 aircraft from its fleet following the cessation of Flybe Isle of Man contract on 31 March where the carrier had been operating services to Birmingham and Manchester. Flybe brought the Isle of Man base in-house using its own DHC8-400 aircraft.

According to John Dwyer NLSPOT List EI-REL MSN 748 operated it's last Flybe service on 16 March and was ferried to Monchengladbach , Germany on 17 March. It's sistershop EI-REM MSN 760 operated its last Flybe service on 30 March and was ferried to Monchengladbach on 31 March.

Aer Arann the predecessor to Stobart Air placed an order for 10 ATR72-500 series in 2006 in a contract valued at over $180 million, is the single largest aircraft investment by a private Irish passenger airline and the third largest in Irish aviation history at the time.

To mark the introduction of the ATR72-500 to the fleet a special colour scheme was commissioned by Aer Arann. Inspired by Celtic rings, or triskels, from the ancient monuments at Newgrange in County Meath. Clusters of triskels signify pulses to communicate the human and personal touch. The colour scheme incorporates refreshed and updated corporate colours. Silver and gold have been added into the palette to bring in a celebratory theme giving the aircraft a really distinctive look.
                                           
Image of courtesy of @elevationair
In 2009 Stobart Air received UK CAA ATR72-500 certification for the airport’s steep approach into London City, the approach path to which demands a 5.5° glideslope.

Stobart Air operates a fleet of 19 ATR42/72 and Embraer 195 aircraft from bases at Amsterdam, Cork, Dublin, London City, London Southend on behalf of Aer Lingus Regional, British Airways Cityflier, Flybe and KLM Airlines and operates Public Service Obligation (PSO) routes from Dublin to Donegal and Kerry, under Aer Lingus Regional brand.

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Sunday, 24 March 2019

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Cityjet ferries Sukhoi SSJ100 fleet to Shannon for storage

                                                 
Cityjet Sukho SSJ100
CityJet is a leading ACMI/Wet lease specialist which provides aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance to a number of major European airlines with headquarters in Swords, Dublin operating a fleet of 25 Bombardier CRJ900 and 13 RJ85 operating from bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.

The carrier has ferried its last Sukhoi SSJ100 EI-FWB which had been in storage in Dublin Airport to Shannon Airport  on Friday 22 March joining another four aircraft already in storage.

EI-FWA Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN 95102) CityJet arrived from Dublin 27 February in basic colours with titles removed.

EI-FWB Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN 95108) CityJet arrived from Dublin 22 March  in basic colours with titles removed.

EI-FWD Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN 95105) arrived from Brussels 3 December  in Brussels Airlines colours on return to Cityjet.

EI-FWE Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN  95117) arrived from Dublin 14 December in basic Brussels Airlines colours after return to Cityjet.

EI-FWF Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN 95118) arrived from Dublin 30/1/19 in basic Brussels Airlines colours after return to Cityjet.

Separately Air Nostrum announced changes its structure with creation of new entities as it prepares to merge with CityJet pending EU merger approval in a strategy that will create "the largest regional aviation group in Europe".

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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Air Canada Rouge makes brief return to Dublin market pending A330 deliveries

                                               
Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER 
Air Canada's low cost subsidiary Air Canada Rouge is to make a brief return to the Dublin Airport market between 25 May and 15 June.  Rouge will operate Montreal (ACA818/819) three times weekly and Vancouver (ACA862/3) four times weekly using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft pending delivery of Air Canada Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

Air Canada will take delivery of four former Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300's being phased out of service by TAP-Air Portugal and will take up registrations C-GEFA (MSN 939) ,C-GEGC (MSN 940), C-GEGI (MSN 941) , C-GEGP(MSN 942) have been reserved by Air Canada.

The aircraft will be operated in Singapore Airlines configuration and interiors with 30 business class and 255 economy seats before being refurbished by Air Canada next winter.

The former Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 aircraft will be introduced on Dublin to Montreal and Vancouver routes effect from 15 June.

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Monday, 18 March 2019

First Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives in Shannon for Maintenance

                                                 
Boeing 787-9 Image courtesy of Virgin Atlantic 
The first Boeing 787 arrived in Shannon for maintenance with Lufthansa Technik is Virgin Atlantic's G-VPSY Boeing 787-9 construction number 37973 named 'Miss Moneypenny' which arrived on 13 March 2019. Lufthansa Technik announced in July 2017 that it was expanding capabilities for Boeing 787 base maintenance with a €3 million investment.

Lufthansa Technik Shannon CEO Pat Shine said "The Boeing 787 is one of the most technically-advanced airplanes in the sky and we will offer leading-edge, specialist services, minimizing the time that the aircraft is out of service, which is what our customers demand."

Virgin Atlantic has a fleet of 17 Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Boeing has 1,400 orders for the Boeing 787 with 110 orders added last year and is planning to increase production from 12 to 14 aircraft per month (168 per year)  split between Everett, Washington, and North Charleston, South Carolina.

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G-RUKA Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair UK enters revenue service

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS 
The first aircraft for Ryanair UK was registered G-RUKA Boeing 737-8AS MSN 44867 on 20 December to Ryanair UK at Enterprise House at London Stanted was formerly registered as EI-FEF.
According to flight tracking website Flightradar24.com the aircraft completed at test flight at London Stansted on 9 March.

On the 12 March the aircraft operated its first revenue service  from London Stansted to Nice vv as RYR1874/1875.  The next day 13 March the aircraft operated its first service to Ireland as RYR702/3 to and from Kerry.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Gainjet Ireland adds Gulfstream G650ER to growing fleet

                                                 
Image courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace 
Shannon based Gainjet Ireland  has grown its fleet substantially in the last six months adding two Boeing 737 Business Jets (BBJ's) , Embraer Lineage 1000 , Global 6000 and a Gulfstream G650ER for a total of seven aircraft.

EJ-ADMI construction number 6171 was registered on 30th November formerly N2437, N671GA.
The Gulfstream G650ER has a range of 7,500 nm or 14 hour flight range, Mach 0.925 max operating speed powered by Rolls-Royce BR725A1-12 engines.

The aircraft has a 51,000ft maximum cruise altitude seating up a maximum of 19 passengers or 10 sleeping beds.

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Laudamotion increases Dublin to Vienna frequency for Winter 2019

                                                 
OE-IHH Airbus A320-232 Laudamotion 
Ryanair's fully owned Austria subsidiary Laudamotion is to increase frequency on its Vienna to Dublin route from daily to nine times weekly for Winter 2019/2020 season with effect from 1 November.  Two additional sectors have been added on Mondays and Fridays according to Ryanair's online booking engine.

From Friday 1 November an extra rotation has been added to the scheduled LDM1342 departing Vienna at 1550 arriving Dublin 1750 and LDM1341 departs Dublin at 1830 arriving Vienna at 2215.

From Monday 4 November an extra rotation has been added to the scheduled LDM1342 departs Vienna at 0655 arriving Dublin at 0855 and LDM1341 departs Dublin at 0945 arriving Vienna at 1330.

The carrier operates a daily Vienna using Airbus A320 aircraft.

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Sunday, 3 March 2019

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Private Sky Adds Gulfstream 550 EI-EGO to fleet

                                               
Image courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace 
Shannon headquartered Airlink Airways Limited trading as Private Sky has added a Gulfstream 550 to its fleet.  The aircraft registered EI-EGO was delivered London Stansted to Shannon on 14 February was formerly registered as M-UGIC.

The G550 has the efficiency to fly 6,750 nautical miles/12,501 kilometers and is capable of operating out of short-field, high-altitude airports carrying up to 19 passengers with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.885.

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Gainjet Ireland Adds Global 5000 to fleet

                                                 
Image courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace 
The latest addition to the Gainjet Ireland fleet Global 5000 T7-STK arrived in Shannon on Friday 28 February from Biggin Hill. According to reports the aircraft is to be re-registered as EJ-SAID.

The Global 5000 has a range of 5,200 nautical miles carrying up to 16 passengers with a high cruise speed of Mach .88 with a maximum operating height of 51,000ft.

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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Laudamotion in talks to acquire Airbus A320neo, expands Palma Base

                                                 
Laudamotion Airbus A321-200
According to a report by the German aviation website "Airliners.de" Laudamotion CEO Andreas Gruber now said that the central to the airlines growth plans is the Airbus A320neo.  The website quoted Gruber as saying "As soon as new planes are available, we want to have new ones."

In the last few weeks Laudamotion CEO Andreas Gruber and Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary held discussions with the aircraft manufacturer in Toulouse. Gruber points out discussions was about the future of the Germania order for 25 Airbus A320neo aircraft "As an Airbus operator, we naturally also have contact with the manufacturer" he stated.

Laudamotion will add a further five new routes in the key German-Palma market following the collapse of Germania with the launch of Palma to Dresden, Erfurt, Rostock, Friedrichshafen and Nuremberg. The carrier is basing a total of four Airbus A320 aircraft in Palma in Summer 2019.

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