Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Rwandair fourth Boeing 737-800 delivered through Shannon Airport

9XR-WR Boeing 737-800
RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, took delivery of it's fourth brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The aircraft registered 9XR-WR Boeing 737-800 construction number  41357 was delivered Boeing Field-Gander-Shannon-Athens-Kigali between 26 and 28 May.

The aircraft delivery is part of the lease agreement signed in December 2015 between RwandAir and Aircraft Lease Corporation.

The new aircraft will enable the carrier to launch new destinations in Africa such as Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali), and Dakar (Senegal).

RwandAir CEO Chance Ndagano said "This aircraft will be RwandAir’s fourth of its type. It comes to enable new connections on the continent and beyond, as the airline continues to foster economic exchange between Rwanda and the rest of the world."

9XR-WR Image courtesy of Joe Henney.

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Atlantic Aviation Group appoint new Non-Executive Director

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Shannon based aviation company Atlantic Aviation Group have this week announced the appointment of Cathal Kilmartin as a non-executive Director at the company.

“We are delighted to have someone of Cathal’s considerable experience joining our team,” said Patrick Jordan, Atlantic Aviation Group Executive Chairman.

“His extensive knowledge of the aviation industry will play a big role in guiding our company growth plans into the future.”

Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Kilmartin said, “I am delighted to have joined Atlantic Aviation Group as a non-executive Director. I was attracted by the ambition of the company and I look forward to working with the team to develop these plans in the future.”

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Ryanair adds seven brand new 737-800 aircraft in May increasing fleet to 398

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS 
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair added seven brand new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet in May increasing fleet to  398 aircraft. The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

EI-FZP Boeing 737-800 c/n 44790 Delivered 6 May

EI-FZR Boeing 737-800 c/n 44792 Delivered 10 May

EI-FZS Boeing 737-800 c/n 44789 Delivered 16 May

EI-FZT Boeing 737-800 c/n 44793 Delivered 16 May

EI-FZV Boeing 737-800 c/n 44794 Delivered 18 May

EI-FZW Boeing 737-800 c/n 44795 Delivered 19 May

EI-FZX Boeing 737-800 c/n 44791 Delivered 26 May

In FY2018 the carrier is to take delivery of 50 brand new 737-800 aircraft and is scheduled to return three aircraft to lessors for a net fleet increase of 47 aircraft.

Ryanair's deliveries will re-commence in September. The construction numbers allocated for Ryanair's autumn and winter deliveries courtsey of NLSPOT Spotters List.

September 17 – 44800, 44796, 44797, 44799

October 17 - 44802, 44803, 44801, 44804, 44805

November 17 – 44809, 44806, 44810, 44807, 44808

January 18 – 44813, 44812, 44811, 44815, 44816, 44814, 44817

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Boeing delivers first 737-800 with short field performance package to Ryanair

EI-FZX Boeing 737-800 
Boeing yesterday (Saturday 27 May) delivered to Ryanair the first 737-800 with enhanced short runway landing and takeoff capabilities according to a post on Dublin Spotters Facebook Group.

The aircraft registered EI-FZX c/n 44791 callsign 'Ryanair 800X' touched down in Dublin at 1526 local after a direct flight from Boeing Field.

Ryanair's full year results are scheduled to be released next Tuesday 30 May when further details may become available how the carrier will deploy the 737-800 SFP across it's network.

The 737 design enhancements allow operators to fly increased payload in and out of airports with runways less than 5,000 feet long.

The design enhancements include a two-position tail skid that enables reduced approach speeds, sealed leading-edge slats that provide increased lift during takeoff, and increased flight spoiler deflection on the ground that improves takeoff and landing performance.

The short-field performance changes were developed in 2004 in response to Brazilian airline GOL's needs at Santos Dumont airstrip in Rio de Janeiro. The 4,300-foot runway is short compared to other runways and could not accommodate larger aircraft at higher approach speeds with full payloads.

The short-field design package is an option on the 737-600, -700 and -800 and is standard equipment for the 737-900ER.

 The enhancements increase payload capability for landing up to 8,000 pounds and increase payload capability for takeoff up to 2,000 pounds on the 737-800.

Short Runway Package Technical Aspects:
  • A winglet lift credit, achieved through additional winglet testing, that allows the use of lower landing-approach speeds
  • Takeoff performance improvements such as using sealed leading-edge slats on all takeoff flap positions, which allows the airplane to climb up and away more rapidly on shorter runways.
  • A reduced idle thrust transition delay between approach- and ground-idle speeds, which improves stopping distances and increases field-length-limited landing weight.
  • Increased flight-spoiler deflection from 30 degrees to 60 degrees, which aids brake performance when landing.
  • A two-position tailskid at the rear of the aircraft. The tailskid protects longerbodied 737-800s against inadvertent tailstrikes during landing, which allows higher aircraft approach attitudes and lower landing speeds.
EI-FZX Boeing 737-800 Image courtesy of Michael Kelly

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Aer Lingus adds 11th Airbus A330 to growing North American fleet

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Aer Lingus added a 11th Airbus A330 to it's growing North American fleet.  The new Airbus A330-302 aircraft, named Saint Carthage, registration EI-GAJ, was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Tuesday 23 May as 'Shamrock 991' touching down at 2144 local.

The aircraft has a total capacity of 313 seats, which is made up of 30 business class seats and 283 economy seats.

EI-GAJ made its first commercial voyage on Wednesday 24 May as EIN109 from Dublin to New York JFK.

The Airbus A330-300 has an average list price of $259.0 million according to the latest figures released by Airbus in January taking into account the materials and commodities prices.

This summer Aer Lingus will operate it's largest ever transatlantic schedule flying to 11 North American destinations, with a total of 2.5 million transatlantic seats.

The airline will increase frequency on Los Angeles service to a daily flight for the peak season, Dublin to Orlando will increase to four times per week, and Chicago will also increase to a double-daily service.

A new three time weekly service from Dublin to Miami commences on 1 September.

Aer Lingus is to due receive a second new Airbus A330-300 in December as part of order announced last year at Farnborough Air Show.

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Bombardier CSeries CS300 aircraft lands in Dublin Airport

Bomabardier CSSeries 300
The fist visit to Dublin Airport of the new Bombardier CSeries CS300 aircraft took place on Wednesday 24 May when C-FFDO c/n 55002 callsign BBA508 operated from Montreal to Dublin as part of it's 120 minute ETOPS (Extended Twin Operations) certification process.  The aircraft returned to Montreal the next day.

The Bombardier CSeries CS300 aircraft C-FFDK CS300 c/n 55001 visited Belfast City in July 2015 to celebrate Northern Ireland’s contribution to the success of the C Series programme at Bombardier’s wing facility.

Bombardier has made investment of £520 million in Belfast on the research, design, manufacture and assembly of the C Series aircraft wings in it's purpose-built 600,000 square feet facility using innovative carbon-fibre composite technology, enabling both material and aircraft weight savings, contributing significantly to the C Series airliner’s game-changing economic and environmental credentials.

Swiss International the launch operator for the smaller CS100, became the first operator of the type into Dublin, will become the first airline to operate both variants of the CSeries when the CS300 enters service from Geneva.

Twelve C Series aircraft have been delivered by Bombardier so far, nine of which have been delivered to SWISS. Three CS300 aircraft are currently in operations with airBaltic.

C-FFDO image courtesy of @Elevationair

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