Showing posts from April 25, 2021

Aer Lingus Airbus A321LR EI-LRH Delivered

                                                                  Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX EI-LRH msn 10245 named "St Fechin / Féchín" was delivered Hamburg Finkenwerder to Dublin on 26th March. The aircraft is in 16 Aer Space business class and 168 economy class configuration and is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. Aer Lingus has a total of seven Airbus A321LR's in its fleet with a single A321LR to be delivered by May 2021 all leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The aircraft to due to be transferred to Aer Lingus (UK) subsidiary as G-EILH. The Airbus A321LR variant provides extended range for the A320neo Family’s longest fuselage version, able to fly routes of up to 4,000 nm by utilising extra fuel in three Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs). In 2023 Aer Lingus is to take delivery of 8 Airbus A321XLR's on order as part of larger IAG Group order. Image courtesy of Damian Bracken  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 25 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

ASL Airlines Ireland Phases out ATR42 Operations

                                                                   ASL Airlines Ireland has phased out the last remaining ATR42 with the departure of EI-FXD on the 7th April. EI-FXD was manufactured on 14th October 1991 and  joined Air Contractors, as it was called then, when she arrived in Dublin from San Antonio on 3rd July 2005.  The aircraft first scheduled flight was from Birmingham to Paris Charles De Gaulle on 7th July 2005. At 29.5 years, she has accumulated 35,730 hours and 38,898 landings. ASL Airlines Ireland operated a total of 5 ATR42s which where progressively replaced by larger ATR72F's on the FedEx contract. ASL Airlines Ireland operates a fleet of 32 aircraft including ATR72-200/500/600F, Airbus A300-600R(F), Airbus A330-300(P2F), Boeing 737-400(F), Boeing 737-800(BCF). Image courtesy of ASL Airlines Ireland  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 25 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

DHL Express Establishes New Cargo Operation At Cork Airport

                                                               Cork Airport welcomed the news that DHL Express is to establish new cargo operations from Cork to DHL Express' largest European hub in Leipzig, Germany. DHL Express will offer one of the most modern and efficient freighter services in the world, operated initially by a Boeing 767 aircraft five days per week using flight number CFG7160/1, Monday to Friday inclusive, before switching a Boeing 737-400F.   The inaugural service was operated by D-ABUD Boeing 767-330(ER) MSN 26983 on Monday 19th April. The aircraft operated a return passenger rotation from Frankfurt Main to Cancun 15th April before positioning to Leipzig on 18th in advance of launch of Cork Service. Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said “We are delighted to welcome the DHL Express Cargo Operations to Cork Airport. The changes arising from Covid-19 have provided us with the opportunity to diversify our business into new areas supporting cargo