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SAS Airlines increases Irish leased fleet

                                                 
SAS Airlines Airbus A320Neo
SAS Airlines has increased it's leased Irish fleet in a number of transactions with Cityjet, SMBC Aviation. The carrier added two new CRJ900LR aircraft EI-FPN, serial 15433 and EI-FPO, serial 15434 operated by CityJet (Ireland).

According to Skyliner aviation OY-KFB CRJ900 c/n 15211 was ferried  Masstricht to -Copenhagen on 10 June by Cityjet in SAS Airlines colours on transfer, later became ES-ACK registered on 20 July to Nordica.

SAS also acquired a Airbus A320neo, aircraft SE-ROC serial 7723 on lease from SMBC Aviation.

Dublin based SMBC Aviation Capital has announced that it has delivered an Airbus A320neo aircraft SE-ROD serial 7755 to SAS Airlines on sale and leaseback.

This is the fourth of a five aircraft deal, originally announced in December 2016. The fifth and final aircraft is scheduled for delivery in February 2018.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Aer Lingus Airbus A320 EI-GAM Delivered

                                                   
EI-GAM Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 c/n 3823 EI-GAM was delivered Ostrava - Dublin as EIN997 on Wednesday 14 June. The aircraft is named "St Brona".

The 2009 vintage machine was new to Aeroflot as VQ-BBB.

According to open source data website Flightradar 24 the aircraft entered service on Friday 16 June operating EIN156 Dublin – London Heathrow.

Aer Lingus operates a fleet of 38 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.

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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

                                                   
Image courtesy of AAG 
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

                                                 
Image courtesy of Aer Lingus 
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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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Airbus A350-1000 Ireland overflights

                                               
Image courtesy of Airbus 
The Airbus A350-1000 has conducted thee flights into Irish Airspace over the last few months as part of it's test and certification programme. The type is on track to reach Type Certification followed by Entry Into Service in second half of 2017.

The A350-1000 completed successfully its first and unique “Early Long Flight” with 310 passengers on board, including 10 Airbus Flight Test crew members and 13 Virgin Atlantic cabin crew.

Test aircraft F-WXLV Airbus A350-1041 c/n 065 took off from and landed in Toulouse on May 11th after a 12 hours flight. The Early Long Flight allows Airbus to assess cabin environment and systems in-flight and optimize cabin procedures to ensure full maturity at Entry Into Service for its customers.

According to open source Flight tracking website Flightradar24 playback shows the aircraft overflew the vicinity of Cork, Dublin and Shannon.

On 3 May Airbus’ A350-1000 test aircraft F-WWXL MSN071 has completed fuel system and engine tests in Cardiff, Wales between 3 and 4 May as part of its type certification flight test campaign.

The objective of the test was to simulate operational conditions in hot countries and check how global fuel management system and engines behave with hot fuel (over 43°C).

According to data from open source flight tracking website the aircraft operated in  a long circuit pattern over the Southern Irish Sea.

On 26 February F-WWXL Airbus A350-1041 callsign 'Airbus AIB353' transited Irish Airspace after undergoning rigorous ground and flight tests in the extreme operating conditions of Iqaluit, Canada.

The aircraft successfully completed five days of intensive testing at an outside air temperature (OAT) that fluctuated between -28 degrees and -37 degrees Celsius.

International Airlines Group (IAG) parent company of Aer Lingus has ordered 18 Airbus A350-1000 plus 18 option which will be used to partially to replace British Airways fleet of 30 Boeing 747-400 aircraft between 2017 and 2023.

IAG negotiated commercial terms and production slots for an additional batch of aircraft that would be allocated to its Iberia division.  In 2018 Iberia will receive the first of 16 Airbus A350-900 aircraft ordered.

Willie Walsh, IAG's chief executive, said "The A350-1000 will bring many benefits to our fleet. Its size and range will be an excellent fit for our existing network and, with lower unit costs, there is an opportunity to operate a new range of destinations profitably."

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Ryanair adds seven brand new 737-800 aircraft in April increasing fleet to 391

                                                 
EI-DCL Boeing 737-8AS Ryamair 
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair added seven brand new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet in April increasing fleet to 391 aircraft. The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

EI-FZI Boeing 737-800 c/n 44782 Delivered 18 April

EI-FZJ Boeing 737-800 c/n 44788 Delivered 12 April

EI-FZK  Boeing 737-800 c/n 44783 Delivered 19 April

EI-FZL Boeing 737-800 c/n 44784 Delivered 20 April

EI-FZM  Boeing 737-800 c/n 44785 Delivered 22 April

EI-FZN Boeing 737-800 c/n 44786 Delivered 25 April

EI-FZO Boeing 737-800 c/n 44787 Delivered 27 April

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

CityJet Takes Delivery of its Fifth Sukhoi Superjet 100

                                                 
Cityjet Superjet 100
Irish airline CityJet took delivery of its fifth Sukhoi Superjet 100, from an order for fifteen aircraft that the airline placed in October 2015.

Vladislav Masalov, SCAC President said "After performing its first commercial flight on SSJ100 in June 2016, CityJet became the first European operator of this aircraft type. We are delighted to see another Sukhoi Superjet 100 to join the airline’s fleet and we are planning to deliver three SSJ100 more by the end of 2017 to support CityJet plans for development."

The  airline operates the aircraft on charter services and on wet lease services on behalf of other airlines, where it provides the aircraft, crews and maintenance services for customer airlines.

The latest aircraft, registered EI-FWE, will be operated by CityJet on behalf of Brussels Airlines as part of a wet-lease agreement and is the third aircraft of this type operating for the Belgian airline.
The CityJet aircraft are delivered in a 98-seat configuration with an exclusive Pininfarina interior developed by the Italian design-bureau.

 The SSJ100 features five-abreast seating with a 32 inch seat pitch and the passenger cabin’s height of more than 2 meters to provide comfort on the flight.

A further three Sukhoi Superjet 100 are to be delivered to Cityjet by end of year.

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Former Aer Lingus A320 Delivered to Allegiant Air

                                                   
N233NV Airbus A320-214 Allegiant Air 
Former Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-EZV c/n 2001 was delivered Dublin-Bangor-Goodyear on Wednesday 3 Mas N233NV to Allegiant Air.

According to open source data website Planespotters.net N233NV is a 2001 vintage aircraft orginally operated by Eurofly and Merdiana as I-EEZG. Then returned to GECAS in 2013 prior lease to Aer Lingus wet-lease operation with Virgin Little Red.

N233NV Picture courtesy of @elevatioair

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Aer Lingus Airbus A320 EI-GAL Delivered

                                                   
EI-GAL Airbus A320-214 
Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 c/n 3789 EI-GAL was delivered Ostrava - Dublin as EIN997 on Friday 5 May. The 2009 vintage machine was new to Aeroflot as VQ-BAZ.

According to open source data website Flightradar 24 the aircraft operated it's first revenue service Dublin-Amsterdam on Saturday 6 May as EIN604.

Aer Lingus operates a fleet of 37 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft and is to take delivery of EI-GAM Airbus A320-214.

EI-GAL image courtesy of @elevationair

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

More than 130,000 passengers connected through Dublin Airport in April

                                                 
Dublin Airport  
A record 2.5 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in April, a 12% increase on the same period last year. The performance was boosted by the timing of Easter.

The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination increased by 52% with more than 130,000 passengers connecting through Dublin Airport last month.

Domestic traffic rose by 16% with almost 8,700 passengers travelling on domestic routes in April.

International traffic, predominantly to the Middle East, increased by 20% with over 69,000 passengers travelling to and from these destinations in April as Etihad Airways increased frequency to double daily to Abu Dhabi.

Passenger volumes to and from Continental Europe increased by 13% with almost 1.3 million passengers travelling this route sector in April.

Transatlantic passenger volumes grew by 34% with almost 263,000 passengers travelling to and from North America in April.

UK traffic increased by 5% as almost 851,000 passengers travelled to and from the UK last month.

More than 8.3 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first four months of this year, which is a 7% increase over the same period last year.

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Dublin Airport connecting traffic soars by 66% in March

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800s Dublin Airport 
The number of passengers using Dublin as a gateway to connect to another destination increased by 66% with over 51,000 passengers connecting through Dublin in March as the fastest growing market segment.

The number of passengers on domestic routes to Donegal and Kerry declined by 11%, as almost 7,000 passengers travelled.

Passenger traffic to the Middle East declined by 7% with almost 60,000 passengers travelling last month.

UK traffic remained static when compared to last year with almost 854,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 2% with almost 1.1 million passengers travelling to European destinations.

North America traffic grew by 14% with over 207,000 passengers travelling on transatlantic routes reflecting start of summer schedule and St Patrick festival traffic as US Carriers increased aircraft capacity.

More than 5.8 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first three months of the year, representing a 5% increase, or an extra 260,000 passengers, compared to the same period last year.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

SWISS introduces state of the art technology Bombardier CS100 on Dublin route

                                                 
Image courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace 
Today Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) introduced the state of the art technology Bombardier C Series 100 on it's Geneva to Dublin route (SWR410/1) operated by HB-JBG c/n 5001 setting industry benchmarks in terms of comfort, operating economics and environmental terms.

By the end of 2018 SWISS’s Geneva-based fleet will consist solely of Bombardier C Series aircraft: one CS100 and seven CS300s superseding the seven Airbus A320s that are currently based there.

On 22 March Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) announced that is to convert five more Bombardier CSeries 100s to the larger CS300.

Bombardier's CS100 which is part-built in Belfast with design and manufacture of the advanced composite wings for the CS100 and CS300 commercial aircraft.

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Norwegian adds new route from Stockholm to Dublin for Summer 2017

                                                 
Norwegian Air International Boeing 737-800
Norwegian has announced it's starting a new route from Stockholm to Dublin on 9 June operating twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, as part of wider expansion at Stockholm with 500 weekly departures operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said "We are delighted to be able to offer travelers from Stockholm even more direct routes to popular destinations in Europe. The fact that we in addition to the new routes to Dublin, Lisbon and Zagreb also expand the number of flights to many destinations gives our passengers even more choice."

The addition of Stockholm sees Norwegian operating four scheduled services from Dublin for Summer 2017. Copenhagen – Dublin routes retain the previous pattern of three per week frequeny while capacity increases significantly on Oslo route by 50% operating 6 times weekly.

On 3 February the airline's Copenhagen – Dublin route was transferred to Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International.

The Helsinki-Dublin route is operated by Norwegian Air International at a twice weekly frequency.

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Aer Lingus signs for Air Lease Corporation Airbus A321NEO-LR Leases

                                                 
Image courtesy of Airbus 
Air Lease Corporation on 7 March announced long term lease agreements with Aer Lingus for seven new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft to operate on transatlantic and other routes. The aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

Deliveries of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2019Q2 with three deliveries in 2019 and four deliveries in 2020, for Boeing 757 replacement and new growth opportunities. IAG added smaller U.S. airports are keen to attract flights with competitive fees.

Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation said "The lease of the A321neo LR aircraft from ALC is the culmination of a long relationship with Aer Lingus. We have seen their long range fleet evolve from Boeing 747s to Airbus A330s to now Airbus A321s.

We take great pride in extending our relationship with Aer Lingus. The A321neo LR aircraft leased from ALC will allow Aer Lingus to eventually replace four Boeing 757s, and add more non-stop routes and frequencies to U.S. and Canadian cities."

IAG CEO Willie Walsh in an Bloomberg interview added "We’ll be looking to utilize that aircraft right across our network. There’s an opportunity to consider quite a number of destinations that we wouldn’t believe possible with the wide-body larger aircraft.”

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New routes for Dublin Airport Summer 2017

                                               
Dublin Airport Terminal 1 
Dublin-Boston (Delta Airlines) x 7 weekly Boeing 757-200 effective 26 May

Dublin-Doha (Qatar Airways) x 7 weekly Boeing 787-8 (1st Flight 12 June Airbus A350-900) effective 12 June

Dublin-Ibiza (British Airways Cityflier) x 2 weekly Embraer 190 effective 1 May.

Dublin-Miami (Aer Lingus) x 3 weekly Airbus A330-200 effective 1 September.

Dublin-Munich (Transavia) x 3 weekly Boeing 737-800 effective 26 March.

Dublin-Providence (Norwegian Air International)l x 4 weekly Boeing 737 MAX effective 1 July.

Dublin-Stockholm Arlanda (Norwegian) x 2 weekly Boeing 737-800 effective 9 June

Dublin-Spilt (Aer Lingus) x 2 weekly Airbus A320 effective effective 27 May.

Dublin-Stewart International (Norwegian Air International) x 7 weekly Boeing 737 MAX effective 1 July.

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Ryanair adds 22 new Boeing 737-800s in Q4 reaches milestone delivery of 450th aircraft

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair added 22 brand new Boeing 737-800 in FY17Q4 from 1 January to 31 March completing deliveries for the current financial year. As usual all 22 aircraft where delivered to Dublin for post delivery modifications prior to entry to service across it's route network.

On 21 March a significant milestone was achieved as Boeing  and Ryanair celebrated the delivery of the airline's 450th Next-Generation 737-800. This milestone has been reached in less than two decades, with the Irish low-cost carrier taking an average delivery of 25 737-800s per year since 1999.

In this period Ryanair returned to lessors or sold 70 Boeing 737-800 aircraft hence current fleet in service is 384 units.

Ryanair's Chief Operations Officer, Mick Hickey said "Ryanair is proud to partner with Boeing and has operated an all-Boeing fleet since 1994. r current order of 737-800s and the 737-MAX 200 'Gamechanger' will allow us to grow our fleet to 585 aircraft and our passenger numbers to 200 million per annum by 2024, maintaining our position as Europe's largest, and greenest and cleanest airline."

EI-FTK Boeing 737-800 c/n 44761 Delivered 19 January

EI-FTL Boeing 737-800 c/n 44762 Delivered 19 January

EI-FTM Boeing 737-800 c/n 44762 Delivered 25 January

EI-FTN Boeing 737-800 c/n 44764 Delivered 26 January

EI-FTO Boeing 737-800 c/n 44764 Delivered 28 January

EI-FTP Boeing 737-800 c/n 44766 Delivered 31 January

EI-FTR Boeing 737-800 c/n 44767 Delivered 31 January

EI-FTS Boeing 737-800 c/n 44768 Delivered 6 February

EI-FTT Boeing 737-800 c/n 44769 Delivered 20 February

EI-FTT Boeing 737-800 c/n 44770 Delivered 16 February

EI-FTW Boeing 737-800 c/n 44771 Delivered 20 February

EI-FTY Boeing 737-800 c/n 44772 Delivered 23 February

EI-FTZ Boeing 737-800 c/n 44772 Delivered 24 February

EI-FZA  Boeing 737-800 c/n 44774 Delivered 28 February

EI-FZB Boeing 737-800 c/n 44775 Delivered 12 March

EI-FZC Boeing 737-800 c/n 44776 Delivered 14 March

EI-FZD Boeing 737-800 c/n 44777 Delivered 29 March

EI-FZE Boeing 737-800 c/n 44778 Delivered 29 March

EI-FZF Boeing 737-800 c/n 44779 Delivered 20 March

EI-FZG Boeing 737-800 c/n 44780 Delivered 24 March

EI-FZH Boeing 737-800 c/n 44781 Delivered 30 March

Ryanair has 80 unfilled orders for 737-800s, Ryanair is also the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200, with 100 unfilled orders.

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Ryanair adds 8 brand new 737-800 aircraft in March increasing fleet to 384

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair added eight brand new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet in March increasing fleet to 384 aircraft , completing deliveries for Q4 and FY2017 . The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

EI-FZB Boeing 737-800 c/n 44775 Delivered 12 March

EI-FZC Boeing 737-800 c/n 44776 Delivered 14 March

EI-FZD Boeing 737-800 c/n 44777 Delivered 29 March

EI-FZE Boeing 737-800 c/n 44778 Delivered 29 March

EI-FZF Boeing 737-800 c/n 44779 Delivered 20 March

EI-FZG Boeing 737-800 c/n 44780 Delivered 24 March

EI-FZH Boeing 737-800 c/n 44781 Delivered 30 March

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Ryanair expands fleet by 7 new aircraft in February

                                                 
Boeing 737-800 
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair added seven brand new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet in February.

The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

EI-FTS Boeing 737-800 c/n 44768 Delivered 6 February

EI-FTT Boeing 737-800 c/n 44769 Delivered 20 February

EI-FTT Boeing 737-800 c/n 44770 Delivered 16 February

EI-FTW Boeing 737-800 c/n 44771 Delivered 20 February

EI-FTY Boeing 737-800 c/n 44772 Delivered 23 February

EI-FTZ Boeing 737-800 c/n 44772 Delivered 24 February

EI-FZA  Boeing 737-800 c/n 44774 Delivered 28 February

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Ryanair adds 7 new Boeing 737-800 to fleet in January

                                                 
Boeing 737-800 Ryanair 
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair added seven brand new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet in January.

These aircraft no longer carry Boeing customer designation AS for Ryanair,Boeing will no longer use customer codes on the 737, 747, 767, 777 lines bringing them in alignment with the 737 MAX and 787 lines.

These changes have already been made on the FAA Certificates. The changes are effective for each respective Production Line.

The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

EI-FTK Boeing 737-800 c/n 44761 Delivered 19 January

EI-FTL Boeing 737-800 c/n 44762 Delivered 19 January

EI-FTM Boeing 737-800 c/n 44762 Delivered 25 January

EI-FTN Boeing 737-800 c/n 44764 Delivered 26 January

EI-FTO Boeing 737-800 c/n 44764 Delivered 28 January

EI-FTP Boeing 737-800 c/n 44766 Delivered 31 January

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Dublin Airport connecting traffic soars by 81%

                                                 
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The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination increased by 81% as more 59,000 passengers connected through the airport last month  as almost 1.8 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport in February, a  4% increase over the same month last year.

Almost 7,000 passengers traveled on domestic routes last month up 9% versus prior year.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 4% with more than 852,000 passengers travelling to and from European destinations.

Passenger volumes to and from North America grew by 28% with almost 127,000 passengers travelling on this sector in February.

Traffic to and from the Middle East, grew by 10% with over 55,000 passengers travelling on these routes.

UK traffic remained static when compared to last year with 750,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain in February.

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Air Arabia Maroc announces new Dublin route

                                                 
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Air Arabia Maroc is to launch a new twice weekly service from Agadir to Dublin from 4 October, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as part of the call for expressions of interest.

Launched in 2016 by the ONMT, Air Arabia, will set up a new base in Agadir with a program of 14 rotations per week, serving Germany, Great Britain, France, Ireland and the Scandinavian countries, offering 125,000 seats annually.

In a statement to the MAP, the Regional Tourism Council said that "The efforts of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), the wilaya of the Souss Massa region, to increase the number of seats for a number of years, on the airlines, point to point, between the airport of Agadir Al Massira and the major European cities have finally resulted in the setting up of a plane based in Agadir from October 2017."

Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL) responsible for slots at Dublin Airport has published its Start of Season report for summer 2017 listing Air Arabia Maroc as new service to Agadir,

Air Arabia Maroc operates a fleet of 4 Airbus A320s with a further two on order.

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Dublin Airport Launches No Drone Zone

                                                 
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Dublin Airport has launched a safety awareness campaign specifically aimed at drone users.

To protect the airfield, signage has been mounted on the airport’s perimeter fence indicating that Dublin Airport is a No Drone Zone and highlighting that it is illegal to operate a drone in the vicinity of the airport.

"Safeguarding the airfield at Dublin Airport is a key priority for us," said Dublin Airport’s Chief Police Officer, Pat Bracken. "Drones are becoming an increasingly popular way to film the countryside, however, they can cause serious damage to an aircraft," he added.

"We have been working with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to keep the airfield safe from drones and signs have now been mounted on the airport’s perimeter fence to ensure we keep Dublin Airport a No Drone Zone," Mr Bracken said.

Drones are forbidden from the airport and the airport vicinity due to the risk of a drone colliding with an aircraft or being ingested into the aircraft’s engine.

The IAA’s Director of Safety Regulation Ralph James said it very much welcomed this development at Dublin Airport. "It’s essential that the general public understand that drone activity is prohibited from taking place within the vicinity of an aerodrome for safety reasons,"

Mr James added "There have been a couple of incidents of people using drones close to Dublin Airport, which have disrupted operations and drone users need to be aware of the rules for the safe operation of drones."

All drones over 1kg must be registered with the IAA through its website www.iaa.ie/general-aviation/drones. The IAA encourages drone operators to familiarise themselves with the rules for drone operations to ensure that they operate their drone in a safe and responsible manner.

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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Global Trek Aviation welcomes last production Gulfstream G150 to Belfast

Gulfstream G150 
The last production Gulfstream G150, serial number 326, still in basic primer, made a night stop with Global Trek Aviation FBO at Belfast International Airport this week enroute from the manufacturing plant in Tel Aviv to the Gulfstream Completions Center at Love Field, Dallas, Texas.  
“Both the G150 and the larger G280 have been regular tech stop visitors with GTA our Operations team here are sorry to say goodbye to the popular mid-size business jet transits.  However, they plan to be on hand for further visits of the ever successful and sleek super mid size G280” said Gordon Bingham, GTA General Manager.
Developed as an improved version of the highly successful G100 corporate jet with wider and longer cabin and uprated engines the G150 was the first business jet to be certified by the FAA for Stage 4, the industry’s most stringent noise standards.
Airframe #326 is expected to be delivered to the customer mid 2017 following interior fitting out, exterior painting and final flight trials.
Pilot in command for the delivery flight Captain Tal Avital, a G150 test pilot, said “The G150 is a joy to fly, is always reliable and offers a great passenger experience.”

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

DCU Masters student launches survey exploring effectiveness of Flight Time Limitations

DCU Masters student launches survey to explore the effectiveness of the current Flight Time Limitations on safety and fatigue in commercial aviation in Europe.

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Daily thousands of commercial flights and the lives of countless passengers are heavily dependent upon the implementation of safety regulations to protect the public’s interest. As part of these safety regulations, several amendments have been made to the hours and rest periods in which flight crew can operate to combat fatigue. The 18th of February 2016 marked the date in which all air operators in Europe must have transitioned to the new Flight Time limitations rules (Reg 83/2014). These amendments take into consideration a paradigm shift in the industry, recognising through scientific research, the cause and consequences of fatigue and their effect on commercial aviation.  It was no longer satisfactory to merely comply with the new rules, airlines now had to establish fatigue risk management to identify their own fatigue related risks and act to mitigate them accordingly. Under the new EU Occurrence reporting regulation (Reg. 376/2014), fatigue reporting is no longer a choice but an obligation (ECA,2016). This statement relies heavily upon the principle of ‘Just culture’ and a sound safety reporting culture within an airline (Helmreich, 2000). These principles are built on the premise that a culture and system must be established in which a crew member can freely report, in fact be encouraged to report any concerns they have relating to safety in a confidential manner without fear of reprisal (ECA, 2015). As part of the FTL rules, all operators must train their crew in fatigue management, and mitigate their own operational risk relating to fatigue and this must be encompassed into their safety management systems.
The researcher believes, that crew which operate daily within these rules i.e.: cabin crew and pilots, can and should be given an opportunity to rate, in their opinion the effectiveness of these regulations, to highlight areas of effectiveness, or areas which can be improved by the regulatory body and or their operator. As part of the implementation of FTL subpart, EASA are committed to conducting a continuous review of the effectiveness of the new provision. The researcher believes studies like this one can aid in assessing the regulations effectiveness.

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Researchers background:  Sinead Whiston
The researcher is a master’s student studying Aviation Leadership and Management in Dublin City University (DCU). This research is part of her master’s thesis. Sinead has several years’ experience in the aviation industry as cabin crew for several airlines. She went back into education and studied an Honours degree in Psychology in All Hallows, were her final year’s thesis explored, “The impact of stress and fatigue on pilot performance”. Sinead has experience in an airlines Safety Management System and the implementation of Fatigue Risk Management. Sinead quotes: “The purpose of this research is to explore the effectiveness of the rules surrounding Flight Time Limitations. The merging of scientific principles to rostering and safety systems is a complex process, all of which is embedded in an airlines culture. This survey hopes to gain data on ways to improve the implementation of fatigue risk in safety systems, by giving the voice back to crew to highlight ways in which this can be done”.
The survey takes approximately between 10-15 minutes to complete. All participants are anonymous and confidentiality is pivotal to this research. No data will be disclosed to any operator.
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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Dublin based Global FBO Consult Receives IBAC IS-BAH I3SA recognition

                                               

Global FBO Consult has received I3SA recognition as an International Standards Support Services Affiliate to the IS-BAH program.

IBAC launched IS-BAH, the International Standard – Business Aviation Handling in May 2014 at EBACE.

The National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) successful Safety 1st Ground Audit program was incorporated into the new standard, setting a new and higher standard for Safety Management Systems and best practices throughout the business aviation ground support industry.

The standard was developed at the urging of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). Day-to-day operation of the standard and audit processes is managed by IBAC.

Global FBO Consults Senior Consultant Joe McDermott said "The IS-BAH program offers a solid, achievable SMS platform designed for our industry & if combined with a robust training system such as Safety 1st, the total package can deliver a safe, efficient & cost effective operating environment for Ground Ops & aircraft operators alike"

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Global FBO Consult offer a range of support services worldwide for FBO, BAHA & airports.

With a background of 30+ years in the aviation industry & over 10 years in the bizav sector, including with some of the market leaders, Global FBO can offer experience based guidance, aimed at supporting the growth of FBO & BAHA businesses.

They have successfully completed client support tasks in Bahrain, France, Ireland, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, the UAE, United Kingdom & USA.

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