Saturday, 29 February 2020

United Airlines resumes Washington Dulles - Dublin route

United Airlines Boeing 757-200
United Airlines has resumed operations on the Washington Dulles to Dublin route effective from 22 February operating four times weekly with Boeing 757-200 equipment.

The aircraft N14118 Boeing 757-224 MSN 27560 positioned Newark to Washington Dulles as UAL2755 to operate UAL126 to Dublin.

On 3rd December the carrier announced an order to purchase 50 new Airbus A321XLR aircraft, enabling the carrier to begin replacing and retiring its existing fleet of Boeing 757-200 aircraft and further meet the airline's operational needs by pairing the optimal aircraft with select transatlantic routes.

United expects to introduce the A321XLR into international service in 2024, will also allow United to explore serving additional destinations in Europe from its East Coast Newark/New York and Washington Dulles hubs.

United VP and chief commercial officer Andrew Nocella said "The new Airbus A321XLR aircraft is an ideal one-for-one replacement for the older, less-efficient aircraft currently operating between some of the most vital cities in our intercontinental network.  In addition to strengthening our ability to fly more efficiently, the A321XLR's range capabilities open potential new destinations to further develop our route network and provide customers with more options to travel the globe."

According to United’s October 2019 investor update, the airline is already in the process of retiring its 757 fleet, as it has already retired three of that aircraft type since the beginning of the year with another 73 still in service.

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Private Sky Ireland's largest business jet operator adds Global 5000 to growing fleet

EI-IIN Credit Irish Business Aviation Association 
Airlink Airways Ltd trading as Private Sky Ireland has added a Bombardier Global 5000 to its VIP & Executive Charter Fleet. The aircraft MSN 9445 registered EI-IIN callsign 'HYR95V' formerly VP-CKM was delivered Guernsey to Shannon on 26th February.

Today (Saturday 29 February) the aircraft departed Shannon to its new Moscow Vnukovo base.

Private Sky Director David Scully said "This Global 5000 addition to the AOC is an important & exciting step for us. The addition of this aircraft provides our customers with the ultimate long-range capability. It will be strategically located to serve customers in Eastern as well as Western Europe".

Private Sky operates from bases in Belfast City, Dublin Airport, London Stansted and Moscow Vnukovo, Shannon Airport operating and managing a fleet of Airbus A319CJ, Bombardier Challenger 850, Cessna 560XLs, Embraer Legacy 650, Global 5000, Global 6000, Global XRS, Gulfstream G450, Learjet 60s.

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Laudamotion adds 25th Airbus A320-200

Laudamotion Airbus A320-200
Laudamotion (Lauda) has taken delivery of its 25th Airbus A320-200 OE-LMJ according to German aviation website Skyliner Aviation formerly operated by Philippine Airlines as RP-C8618.

The aircraft was delivered 28-29th February Manila-Clark International-Bandaranaike International-Muscat International-Cairo International to its new home base in Vienna.

According to Planespotters the aircraft is leased is from GECAS.

In Summer 2020 the carrier's fleet is planned to grow to 38 Airbus A320 aircraft read here

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