Air Mekong to start opertions with 4 CRJ-900
Air Mekong is to enter the domestic Vietnamese market in October of this year with 4 Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft. Utah based SkyWest is to take a minority shareholding in the new operation. All four aircraft previously operated with Italian operator MyAir which collapsed in July 2009. Three of the aircraft have been painted in Shannon by Eirtech Aviation and the fourth arrived in Dublin yesterday, June 25 where it will be also be painted by Eiretch Aviation.
EI-DUY (msn 15112) , pictured above was the first aircraft to be painted at the Eirtech Aviation facility in Shannon. It arrived from Exeter on May 25 and along with EI-DUU was painted all white in anticipation of a lease to SkyWest who operate 24 CRJ-900 aircraft as Delta Connection. This lease apparently fell through and both were subsequently painted in Air Mekong colours. EI-DUY departed again for Exeter on June 15.
EI-DUU (msn 15102) was the second CRJ-900X to arrive in Shannon for painting with Eirtech Aviation. The aircraft, pictured above arrived on June 1 with basic MyAir colours but with the tail logo of Uruguayan operator Pluna, an existing CRJ-900 operator with a fleet of 8 aircraft. It departed for Exeter in Air Mekong colours on June 14.
CRJ 900X registered EI-DUM (msn 15103) arrived from Exeter on June 15 in full MyAir colours, pictured above. It departed again in full Air Mekong colours on June 22, returning to Exeter. Paul Morris captured the departure, pictured below.
The fourth and final aircraft to be painted in Air Mekong colours will be CRJ-900 registered EI-DUX (msn 15111). It arrived in Dublin, yesterday evening, June 25 where it will be painted in the Eirtech Aviation paintshop in Hangar 3. Derek Gannon pictured EI-DUX, below on arrival in Dublin, it too still wearing full MyAir colours.