N297MD departs Shannon on delivery to Andolu Jet
After a two week stopover in Shannon B737-752 N297MD was delivered to Istanbul Ataturk this afternoon. The aircraft is owned by GECAS and is reportedly going on lease to Andolu Jet, having arrived in Shannon from Howard Air Force base in Panama on October 15 last. Originally delivered to Aero Mexico as EI-DMX the aircraft became XA-MAY last year. In mid July of this year it was transferred to the US register and was originally due in Shannon from Howard at the end of the first week in October. However whilst en route from Bermuda to Shannon the aircraft developed a technical problem which necessitated a diversion to Halifax NS. Three days later it departed Halifax, arriving in Shanon on the Thursday afternoon. It had originally been reported that the aircraft would be transferred to the Turkish register whilst in Shannon but this never transpired to be the case. Pictured above N297MD piloted by a GECAS crew is seen during the take off roll on Shannon's R24 just before 14.00 utc this afternoon.