EI-EZR delivered to Meridiana Fly
It was second time round in an Irish registration when Airbus A320-214 msn 1198 dropped into Shannon this afternoon. Now wearing EI-EZR the aircraft was built in 2000 and delivered to Volare as EI-CUK. Volare’s fortunes were in a constant state of flux and the aircraft was reregistered I-PEKP in 2002 with Volareweb, a subsequent reinvention of the original brand following bankruptcy. In 2003 the aircraft went Stateside when it was acquired by USA 3000 as N267AV, a changeover which was effected in Dublin whilst the aircraft was receiving a check at the SR Technics facility.
At the end of February 2010, a “new” Italian airline was formed with the merger of eurofly and Meridiana. The airline is called Meridiana Fly and as of now the aircraft are keeping their original liveries. Today’s expectation of a new livery landing on our shores when EI-EZR arrived were dashed however. It turned out to be “yet-another-white-airliner-in-an-Irish-registration”.
Pictured above, EI-EZR is seen performing a 180 on R06 after arrival from Goose Bay. After refuelling the aircraft departed for Milan. The hex code for EI-EZR is 4CAC7F.