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Kazakhstan's FlyArystan registers first aircraft in Ireland

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                                                                   Kazakhstan's FlyArystan a low-cost airline based in Almaty, Kazakhstan a wholly owned low cost subsidiary of Air Astana, has registered its first aircraft in Ireland. German aviation website Skyliner Aviation reported Friday 10th September P4-KBH Airbus A320-271N msn 7124 was re-registered as EI-KBH at Almaty International. FlyArystan operates a fleet of 10 Airbus A320 family aircraft with 9 Airbus A320ceo and 1 Airbus A320neo. Eight of the nine aircraft were transferred from Air Astana. The plan is in the first phase of growth to grow FlyArystan’s fleet to 15 aircraft by 2022 and orders have been placed for aircraft with both Boeing and Airbus. The airline carried 1.5 million passengers in 2020 with a load factor of 85% operating from bases in Atyrau and Nur-Sultan on 28 routes to 14 cities in Kazakhstan and expects to carry over 3 million passengers in 2021. Air Astana is a joint venture owned by the Samruk Kazyna

First Buzz Boeing 737-8200 delivered to Dublin Airport

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                                                                  Buzz a subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8200 SP-RZE msn 62323 on Friday 3rd September using callsign 'Magic Sun 82E'.  The aircraft touched down in Dublin Airport 2017 local for post delivery work prior to entry to service. On the afternoon of Wednesday 8th September the aircraft positioned from Dublin to Buzz's base in Warsaw Modlin with the aircraft remaining till 10th September before positioning to Krakow. The aircraft will be based in Warsaw Modlin enabling the carrier increase capacity on its most popular holiday destination. Buzz CEO Michał Kaczmarzyk said "We are pleased to receive the new "Gamechanger" straight from the Boeing factory in Seattle. It is the first aircraft of this type in Poland and one of 8 that will enter our fleet by the end of this year. All new planes will go to Polish bases in Warsaw-Modlin, Kraków and Wrocław."  Ryanair'

Transavia France returns to Paris Orly-Dublin route

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                                                    Transavia France has re-commenced its Paris Orly to Dublin route (TVF3728/29) from Friday 9th September operating twice weekly on Fridays and Sundays using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The first service was operated by F-HTVP Boeing 737-8AL msn 39060.  From 18th October the carrier will increase frequency to five times weekly and further increases to six times weekly from the 1st November to 21st November before reducing back to twice weekly till 12th December.  The carrier will vary frequencies on the route throughout December 2021 to March 2022.  The airline had planned to launch a new route from its Montpellier base to Dublin in Summer 2020 which was shelved due to the covid global pandemic.  The airline's objective calls for Transavia France to grow to around 60 aircraft in 2024. The company would source the additional 737-800s from the leasing market aircraft or buy them outright. Transavia France is a wholly-owned subsidiary of

My shift on 9/11 – Aidan McEnroe, Air Traffic Control Officer at Shannon Centre

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                                                                   The impact of the devastation caused in the USA on 11th September 2001 rippled across the Atlantic and Air Traffic Control Officer, Aidan McEnroe and his colleagues in the IAA Control Centre at Shannon quickly felt the impact. This team is responsible for managing the safe passage of over 1,000 aircraft that fly to and from the USA into Irish airspace as they head for their destinations in Ireland, UK, Europe and Asia. These flights usually arrive in Irish Airspace from 3am and their return flights start from 11 am. Aidan recalls that fateful day as an Air Traffic Control Officer on duty on 11 th September 2001. We always came back early from lunch to try and fit a quick game of snooker or to use the Internet. Lunch normally meant most of the team heading down to Shannon airport to dine in the airport terminal restaurant. The previous few hours at work were forgettable, but the remainder of the day is etched forever in