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Iberia's EC-JQZ substitutes for normal A320 at Dublin
Fri, Mar 26 2010 8:24 PM

For the most part Iberia utilize A320 aircraft on its Dublin services but occassionaly a substitution is used, as happened this afternoon. Airbus A321 registered EC-JQZ, (msn 2736) was pictured above by Michael Kelly, about to roll on departure.

Farnair's HB-AFL at Dublin
Fri, Mar 26 2010 8:18 PM

Farnair Europe are not a regualr visitor to Dublin so today's visit by ATR71-102 registered HB-AFL was notable. The aircraft is msn 222 and was built in 1991, having been acquired by Farnair in 2006 from its previous operator Corse Mediteranee with whom it was registered F-GKPF. Michael Kelly caught HB-AFL, above prior to departure, after a one hour turnaround.

BBJ N800KS at Dublin
Fri, Mar 26 2010 8:09 PM

Boeing 737 BBJ registered N800KS was a visitor to Dublin this afternoon. The aircraft is msn 30782 and was built in 2000. Pictured above, N800KS, which is operated by Clay Lacy Aviation is seen shorty after its arrival.

B767 N183AQ finally departs Shannon - but for Miami
Fri, Mar 26 2010 5:00 PM

Although they named it "Faith", even that wasn't enough in the end. Last December Nigerian operator Bellview Airlines intended to take delivery of B767-3P6, msn 24496 as 5N-BVA but that was something which never happened. As A9C-GK, the aircraft had spent a considerable amount of time in Dublin and was one of the last aircraft which passed through SR Technics hands before they shut up shop. On November 3 last the aircraft arrived in Shannon as N183AQ, still in the basic old colour scheme of Gulf Air. On November 16 the aircraft emerged from the Lufthansa paint hangar as 5N-BVA, marks which were covered over shortly after. Two test flights were performed in late November and the deadline for Bellview's second life came and went with N183AQ parked on Taxiway 7 at Shannon. This morning the aircraft departed Shannon, ferried by Southern Cross as flight SXA 724, Miami bound, still showing flight number GFA 9200 on its transponder.

Pictured above, N183AQ is seen on Twy 7 at Shannon on March 1st last

Aer Lingus to release FY 2009 results on March 30.
Fri, Mar 26 2010 4:37 PM

Aer Lingus has announced that the company's preliminary financial results for the 12 months ended December 31st 2009 will be released at 7.00 am on Tuesday next, March 30. Following the recent rejection cabin crew of Aer Lingus "Project Greenfield" the company deferred the initial release of the results since the numbers had to be rehashed.

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Air Contractors B737-300 EI-STA in Europe Airpost colours
Fri, Mar 26 2010 4:16 PM

A new face on the Irish holiday charter scene this summer will be the ASL Aviation Group, aka Air Contractors, parent of Europe Airpost. The first aircraft allocated to the series is B737-31S, msn 29057. The aircraft is now registered EI-STA but is familiar to many as the former Thomson machine G-THOG. Ken Meegan pictured EI-STA lining up this morning for departure off R28 at DUB on a route proving flight as ABR01, routing Dublin - Lourdes - Dublin.

N561SM in Air Italy colours
Fri, Mar 26 2010 4:02 PM

Parc Aviation's B737-36N registered N561SM (msn 28561) emerged briefly from the Eirtech Aviation paint hangar in Shannon this afternoon in Air Italy colours. The aircraft (all white) arrived in Shannon from Ankara on December 2 last following handback to the lessor from China Eastern with whom it had been registered B-2978. Prior to entering the Eirtech hangar, N561SM was fitted with winglets by Air Atlanta Aero Engineering in Shannon who are carrying out the pre lease checks on the aircraft. Sister ship N562SM, also currently in Shannon is also destined for lease to Air Italy. Following the departure of Aer Arann ATR72 EI-REP to Dublin, N561SM re-entered the Eirtech hangar. The aircraft is currently devoid of registration marks but the FAA web site shows N561SM as still current. 

Ebay's Gulfstream 550 N159JA at Shannon
Fri, Mar 26 2010 3:42 PM

Pictured on arrival at Shannon this morning was Ebay's Gulfstream 550 registered N159JA. The aircraft is msn 5062 and is a 2004 build. The aircraft completed a fuel stop before departing on the 9 hr 41 min hop to San Jose, CA where the company is headquartered.

4th and final Aer Arann ATR, EI-REP rolled out in Aer Lingus Regional colours
Fri, Mar 26 2010 3:35 PM

The fourth and final Aer Arann ATR72 to wear Aer Lingus Regional colours was rolled out from the Eirtech Aviation paint hangar at Shannon Airport this afternoon. The aircraft is registered EI-REP, msn 797  and now named "St. Finnian". Shortly before 3pm the aircraft departed Shannon for Dublin as the REA 100M. Pictured above the aircraft is pictured on climb out off R06. Pictured below EI-REP was captured by Michael Kelly landing in Dublin after the short ferry flight.

JCB1 - G-JCBB in Cork
Wed, Mar 24 2010 9:20 PM

Paul Daly captured Sir Anthony Bamford's runaround - Gulfstream 550 registered G-JCBB (msn 5186) on a visit to Cork yesterday. The aircraft made two trips from East Midlands airport. G-JCBB is the latest in the JCB line, its predecessor being G-JCBC, also a Gulfstream 550 (msn 5060) which was replaced during 2009.

Heliswiss at Cork with Super Puma HB-XVY
Wed, Mar 24 2010 7:08 PM

Cork airport has had its share of large heicopter types over the year, mostly related to offshore work or SAR, but today it had a visitor on a rather more unusual mission. Heliswiss International's AS332C1 Super Puma registered HB-XVY (msn 2033) arrived from Birmingham this morning. After refueling, the craft departed for its task to lift a digital antenna onto a mountain top along the Cork-Kerry border. After completing the lift the helicopter departed for Cherbourg from where it is expected to position to Paris on Monday next before returning to Birmingham. Pictured above and below by Paul Daly, HB-XVY is seen during its visit to Cork Airport. 

Unruly Dublin bound passenger fined €22,000
Wed, Mar 24 2010 5:04 PM

A resident of California has been fined almost €22,000 after he caused a US Airways Dublin bound flight to divert to Gander, NL. The March 18 flight AWE 722 operated by B757-200 registered N939UW was en route Philadelphia to Dublin when flight crew reported an unruly male passenger. On landing, Charles Dalton, age 40 was arrested by the RCMP and subsequently charged with one count of mishief, three counts of assault and one count under Canada's Aeronautics Act. Canadian police reported that he had consumed a mixture of sleeping pills and alcohol prior to his arrest.

On Monday, Dalton appeared in court in Gander where he was sentenced to time served in jail since his arrest for the assualt charge. He was also ordered to pay almost €11,000 to US Airways, €3,000 to Allied Aviation the Gander based aircraft handler and fined €7,300 under the Aeronautics Act. 

Omni Air's N531AX in new colours
Wed, Mar 24 2010 11:23 AM

Oklahoma based Omni Air International has commenced the process of repainting its Dc10 aircraft in the carrier's latest colours. The first aircraft to undergo the transformation is Dc10-30 registered N531AX (msn 48316). The aircraft positioned to Shannon last night, arriving at approximately 18:40 utc and was pictured this morning on stand 30.

G-HPPY in Dublin
Tue, Mar 23 2010 11:36 PM

TAG Aviation UK's Learjet 45 registered G-HPPY was a Dublin visitor yesterday, caught on departure by Michael Kelly. The aircraft, msn 45-2102 was delivered to TAG in 2008.

Galaxy OE-HAS in Dublin
Tue, Mar 23 2010 9:28 PM

The Gulfstream 200 Galaxy is an infrequent visitor to Dublin. Today, Austrian operator Majestic Executive Aviation visited the capital with its example, OE-HAS. The aircraft is msn 206 and was ferried Tel Aviv to Shannon on August 13 2008 on its way to the Gulfstream Completion Center at Dallas Love Field.

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