Saturday, 27 July 2019

Aer Lingus receives first Airbus A321NEO-LR aircraft

Image courtesy of Conor O'Flaherty 

Aer Lingus 26th July received the first of fourteen Airbus A321NEO-LR ordered with a further three aircraft to be delivered by year end. The aircraft EI-LRA MSN 8887 was delivered Hamburg Finkenwerder to Dublin as 'Shamrock 2395' touching in Dublin at 2116 local then proceeded to Hangar 6 for post delivery modifications.

Aer Lingus’ A321LR will feature 16 lie-flat Business Class seats  produced by Irish seat maker Thompson and customised by London’s Factory Design to include more personal storage and space in the seat zone and and 168 Economy Class seats. The aircraft is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines.

Aer Lingus A321LR will be operated on the Dublin-Hartford route at its entry into service scheduled 2nd August.

Aer Lingus becomes the fifth operator of the A321LR joining Air Transat, Arkia Airlines, Azores Airlines and TAP-Air Portugal.  The Blue Swan Daily stated "The A321neoLR certainly has the potential to change the market and open up significantly more thinner medium and long haul point to point markets" ( February 2018).

The A321LR is a member of the A320neo Family, with over 6,500 orders by more than 100 customers. It delivers 30% fuel savings and nearly 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous-generation competitor aircraft. With a range of up to 4,000nm (7,400km) the A321LR is the unrivalled long-range route opener and for increasing frequencies on existing city pairs.

Aer Lingus operates 52 Airbus aircraft with 34 Airbus A320, 3 Airbus A321, 1 Airbus A321NEO-LR and 5 Airbus A330-200 and 8 Airbus A330-300 in its fleet.

IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling, placed an order at the Paris Air Show for 14 A321XLRs, including eight for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus which will launch in 2023 and will have a range of 5,400 miles, giving it 15% more range than the A321LR.

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

FedEx introduces Boeing 767-300F on Dublin-London-Paris CDG route

Image courtesy of Fedex 
Fedex has introduced the Boeing 767-300F the first in Europe on its five times weekly Dublin-London Stansted-Paris CDG route increasing capacity by 16% carrying up to 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of cargo and reducing fuel fuel consumption by around 9% combined with increased capacity reducing emissions by 21% per pound.

The aircraft registered N109FE Boeing 767-3S2F(ER) MSN 42710 named 'Stephanie' positioned Paris CDG to Dublin as 'FDX9008' on Monday 1st July to commence operations replacing the based N685FE Airbus A300-600R(F) which departed the previous day.

Eser Sezek, managing director, Ireland Operations, said: “We’re very excited about the introduction of the new Boeing 767F on the Dublin-London-Paris route.  Modernising our fleet with cleaner, quieter, and more efficient aircraft is a top priority for FedEx Express and this new freighter represents another exciting milestone in this process. The increased capacity of the Boeing 767F will also offer Irish customers who export, greater opportunity to ship their goods to both the UK and mainland Europe,”

“At our Dublin hub we are absolutely committed to providing exceptional service to customers whilst minimizing the impact of our operations on the local area. This new aircraft, in addition to the B777 aircraft we already operate, will provide excellent service reliability.”

FedEx operates a total fleet of 447 aircraft with 75 Boeing 767F in the fleet with a further 57 scheduled for delivery to 2025.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Cityjet wet leases EI-RJU RJ85 to Lufthansa

Cityjet RJ85 
CityJet a leading ACMI/Wet lease specialist which provides aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance to a number of major European airlines has added Lufthansa as a new ACMI customer.

On 18th July EI-RJU RJ85 MSN positioned Dublin to Frankfurt Main as 'Lufthansa 9914'.

The next day the aircraft commenced Lufthansa services operating a mix of domestic and international routes to Leipzig, Brussels and Milan Malpensa.

Cityjet operates a fleet of 38 aircraft 28 Bombardier CRJ900 and 10 RJ85 operating from bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.

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Friday, 19 July 2019

Some enhanced features are added to SPARTA

Some enhanced features are added to SPARTA:  

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 15 July

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 15 July

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 15 July

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 15 July

Check out the new features of SPARTA

Check out the new features of SPARTA:

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 8 July

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 8 July

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 8 July

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 8 July:

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 1 July

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 1 July:

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 1 July

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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Lufthansa commences new weekly Frankfurt-Dublin Airbus A340-300 service

Image courtesy of Brian Griffin 
Lufthansa commenced operating a weekly Frankfurt-Dublin Airbus A340-300 service operating mid morning DLH978/979 on Wednesdays from 3rd July till 30th October.

The inaugural service was operated by D-AIGS Airbus A340-313X MSN 297 named "Bergisch-Gladbach"  which was delivered to Lufthansa on 13th October 1999.

This is the first schedule Airbus A340-300 service to Dublin since TAP-Air Portugal operated a weekly service to Faro in the mid 1990s.

In a statement to Aerotelegraph website Lufthansa said "Operational reasons have prompted us to temporarily replace the usual A320 on these routes with A340. The use of long-haul aircraft from 1 July to the end of October helps to prevent especially flight cancellations during the summer."

The aircraft Airbus A340-300/600 will operate on a few selected flights with high demand from Frankfurt to Cairo (CAI), Dublin (DUB), Lisbon (LIS), Vienna (VIE).

On 13th March Lufthansa announced a $12 Billion order at list prices with Airbus and Boeing for 20 Airbus A350-900 and 20 Boeing 787-9 aircraft to replace four engined aircraft (Airbus A340-300/600/Boeing 747-400/800) between late 2022 and 2027.  The carrier added "Lufthansa Group has negotiated a significant price reduction".

The airline operates a fleet of 15 Airbus A340-300 aircraft seating 283 passengers in a three class layout 18 flat-bed seats in Business Class, 19 reclining seats in Premium Economy, and 261 standard seats in Economy Class powered by four CFM56-5C4 engines.

According to Lufthansa Group Capital Markets Day presentation, by 2025, the Group plans to retire the Airbus A340-300 from its fleet carriers.

CEO and Chairman of Lufthansa Group Carsten Spohr said "By replacing four-engine planes with new models, we are laying a sustainable foundation for our future in the long run. In addition to the cost-effectiveness of the A350 and B787, the significantly lower CO2 emissions of this new generation of long-haul aircraft was also a decisive factor in our investment decision. Our responsibility for the environment is becoming more and more important as a criterion for our decisions."

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Air Canada introduces former Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300s on Dublin routes

Image courtesy of Air Canada Airbus A330-343X at Dublin
 Air Canada has introduced former Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 aircraft in acquired via TAP Air Portugal on routes from Dublin to Montreal and Vancouver replacing Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300(ER) aircraft.  The aircraft are painted in Air Canada's revised livery.

C-GEFA Airbus A330-343X MSN 939 ex 9V-STD/CS-TOU operated its first service to Dublin on Sunday 30th June operating ACA818/863.

C-GEGC Airbus A330-343X MSN 940 ex 9V-STE/CS-TOV operated its first service to Dublin on Thursday 4th July operating ACA862/819.

For the summer season the aircraft will be operated in a two cabin premium economy and economy class. The aircraft C-GEFA (MSN 939) ,C-GEGC (MSN 940), C-GEGI (MSN 941) , C-GEGP(MSN 942) will be reconfigured at end of season into standard three class cabin configuration.

The acquisition of the former Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300 aircraft will enable the carrier transfer its six remaining Boeing 767-300 in its fleet to Air Canada Rouge.

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