Ryanair granted Russia flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Ireland, Russia, Western Europe | Posted on 25-11-2013

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RyanairRyanair has been granted access to fly to Russia from its Dublin base, following the likes of easyJet which started flying from the UK this year.

Flights are likely to start in March 2014, flying from Dublin to both Moscow and St. Petersburg using Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The Moscow airport to be used has not yet been decided, although Vnukovo is a firm favourite amongst experts.

WestJet starting flights to Ireland

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Canada, Ireland, North America, Western Europe | Posted on 18-11-2013

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Westjet 737-MAX7 ArtworkWestJet will open its first transatlantic route from next summer, linking Toronto with Dublin in Ireland.

The route will operate daily between 15 June and 4 October, with a stop in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

A Boeing 737-700 will be used on the route.

FlightFest coming to central Dublin

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Ireland, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 21-08-2013

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Aer Lingus A320If you’re in Dublin on 15th September you’re in for a treat. Head down to the River Liffey in the centre of the city and you will enjoy FlightFest, “a once-in- a-lifetime, international fly past.”

More than 30 aircraft will take part in the show running along the river at low level for all below to enjoy.

A large section of the quays will be pedestrianised, with many family attractions and festivities available, contributing to a carnival atmosphere that will showcase Irish aviation. Large commercial aircraft from Ireland and abroad will fly past, including:
Airbus A320 (Aer Lingus ‘Retro’)
Airbus A321 (Aer Lingus)
Airbus A300 (Air Contractors)
Airbus A330 (Aer Lingus)
Airbus A340 (Etihad)
Airbus A380 (British Airways) aircraft.
ATR 42 (Aer Lingus Regional)
ATR 72 (Air Contractors)
Avro RJ85 (CityJet)
Boeing 737-800 (Ryanair)
dH Dragon Rapide (Aer Lingus)
L100 Hercules (Air Contractors and RAF)

The Irish Air Corps, and the Royal Air Force will also participate and spectators will enjoy a variety of helicopters and historic aircraft, including the B-17 Flying Fortress, Catalina, Hawker Hunter and Vulcan Bomber.

The show starts mid-afternoon. Exact times and more details can be found at http://flightfest.ie/

Thomson 787 entry into service details

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Spotting News, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 24-05-2013

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With Thomson set to take delivery of their first Boeing 787 Dreamliner very soon (and become the first UK customer for the type), I thought I’d share some details on when they will be arriving, and where you can see them flying.

G-TUIA will be delivered to Manchester on 31st May at 1100
G-TUIB will be delivered to Manchester on 1st June at 0650
G-TUIC will be delivered to Manchester on 14th June at 0650

A staff proving flight will take place from Manchester to London Gatwick on 13th June

Line training will be undertaken at a variety of regional airports, including Cardiff, Doncaster Sheffield, Newquay, Prestwick, Shannon, and also Hanover in Germany.

The first revenue flight will take place on 21st June, from Gatwick to Mahon (Menorca) and back.

The first long haul services will begin from Gatwick and Manchester on 8th July (see our Boeing 787 Routes page)

All subject to change, naturally

 

This information is credit to John Dyer, via Mark Howard

Ryanair orders 175 new Boeing 737-800s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Ireland, Miscellaneous Spotting, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 19-03-2013

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s massive Lion Air Airbus order, Ryanair has come up trumps with its own record order (for a European airline) for 175 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Ryanair currently operates 305 Boeing 737-800s on routes from its bases across Europe, offering low fares.

The new aircraft will partially replace older examples in the fleet, but mainly allow the fleet and route network to grow.

Ryanair CEO, Michale O’Leary, said: “Ryanair is pleased to sign this agreement with Boeing to purchase 175 new 737-800 jets, which will expand our fleet to over 400 units, creating over 3,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers, while allowing us to grow our low-cost airline service by about 5 percent per annum over the next several years and take our traffic to 100 million passengers by March 2019.”

So spotters in Europe will have some more numbers to crunch as deliveries arrive until 2018. Ryanair continues to evaluate the benefits of Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft which enters service in 2017.

Aer Arann plans growth

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Ireland, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 12-02-2013

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Aer Lingus Regional

Aer Arann, of the Republic of Ireland, has announced it intends to grow and become one of Europe’s top regional airlines.

It will extend its agreement to operate Aer Lingus Regional flights to 2022, following a growth in passenger numbers on the flights of 16% over the past two years.

For these flights, its aircraft wear Aer Lingus colours and operate links mainly from Dublin to the UK. Two new services will be added to the franchise, from Dublin to both Birmingham and Manchester. Frequencies will also increase on routes to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Eight new ATR 72-600 aircraft are expected to be delivered between May and Summer 2014, replacing older ATR 72-200s operated by the airline.

Aer Arann has undergone significant restructuring since it got close to financial bankruptcy. It has closed a number of routes, and sees this expansion of services with Aer Lingus to signify a brighter future for the airline.

Interim CEO of Aer Arann, Steve Brogan, says: ”Our extended franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to 2022 gives us a firm foundation for growth, and the fleet renewal programme allows us to enhance the passenger offering further.”

Virgin teams up with Aer Lingus for UK domestic flights

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Heathrow, Ireland, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 10-12-2012

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Aer Lingus A320Virgin Atlantic has announced it is to use Aer Lingus as a source of aircraft and crew for its upcoming UK domestic flight schedule.

The airline will use four Airbus A320s operated by the Irish airline to provide 24 daily flights in and out of London Heathrow airport. The slots for these flights were acquired following the takeover of bmi British Midland by IAG’s British Airways earlier this year.

Flights will operate from Heathrow’s Terminal 1 to Aberdeen (3x daily), Edinburgh (6x daily), and Manchester (3x daily), starting on 31 March, 2013.

The deal with Aer Lingus will initially last three years, and there has been no indication whether Virgin aims to eventually source its own aircraft, or add more destinations to its domestic network.

Dreamliner Tour continues

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Azerbaijan, Chile, Eastern Europe, Ireland, Miscellaneous Spotting, Russia, South America, Spain, Spotting News, Turkey, Western Europe | Posted on 22-03-2012

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Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner World Tour continues with a bunch of new dates and airports over the next couple of weeks.

You can see the aircraft at the following destinations:

26-31 March – Santiago, Chile (including display at FIDAE Air Show)
1-2 April – Shannon, Ireland for maintenance
2-3 April – Baku, Azerbaijan
3-6 April – Moscow, Russia
6-11 April – Istanbul, Turkey
11-13 April – Madrid, Spain

The aircraft will be visiting airline customers, supply customers and demonstrating to potential customers.

Boeing 787 World Tour Continues

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Ireland, North America, Spotting News, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 13-01-2012

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Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner World Tour continues, with new destinations and dates announced.

The aircraft used is ZA003, and is fitted out to best show off the interior possibilities to airline customers it visits.

The new dates are:

20-23 January – Wichita, KS
23-25 January – Rockford, IL
25-27 January – Dublin, Ireland
27-30 January – Huntsville, AL

Keep an eye out here for more dates as they become known!

Dublin Pier D Spotting

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Ireland, Western Europe | Posted on 06-08-2008

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I had the brief chance to experience Dublin’s new Pier D last weekend as I passed through on my stag do. Not much spotting was done, naturally, but I can at least report on the opportunities from here.

The pier is very bright and airy, and has big windows along its length on both sides. You can see most of the airfield and movements from it, although aircraft parked at parts of piers A, B and C are obscured.

The glass is clean enough for photographs.