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UK: At least 224 Boeing 737 MAX 8s owned or ordered by Irish firms

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Photograph: EPA/STR
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Photograph: EPA/STR

The relatively new aircraft type involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash is popular with Irish lessors –
Peter Hamilton

Ireland’s main aircraft lessors have had at least 224 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft delivered or are on order, figures compiled by The Irish Times show.

The relatively new aircraft type has recorded two fatal crashes since its entry into service, including that of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Lion Air flight 610.

Dublin-headquartered SMBC Aviation Capital appears to be the biggest owner of MAX 8s that operates out of the Republic, with five owned, three managed and about 110 committed. The company recently delivered one to Icelandair, and in December signed a deal with US budget carrier Southwest for 12 MAX 8s in a sale and leaseback agreement.

There are 13 Boeing 737 MAX 8s on the Irish aircraft register, the Irish Aviation Authority has said. It will not follow the lead of regulators in China, Ethiopia and Indonesia, all of whom ordered carriers to ground the 737 MAX model in the wake of the latest crash, which displayed similarities to the earlier Lion Air incident.

Norwegian Air has no current plans to withdraw its 737 MAX aircraft, and Ryanair has said it is reserving judgment on similar models it has ordered. The Irish airline is due to take delivery of 200 Boeing 737 MAX-8s out to 2024.

Some of the aircraft grounded by Chinese and Indonesian authorities include aircraft owned by Irish lessors including SMBC and Avolon.

In December, SMBC delivered the first MAX 8 from its order book to Chinese carrier Lucky Air, with three more to be delivered in the first and second quarter of this year.

In the summer of 2017, Avolon delivered two MAX 8 planes to Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air having originally delivered the world’s first MAX 8 to Malindo Air in May 2017.

Lion Air flight 610 crashed in October 2018, killing all passengers on board, but that specific plane was not owned by any Irish aircraft lessor.

In total, Avolon has agreed to firm orders for 55 MAX 8 aircraft, with options for an additional 20. Goshawk, meanwhile, owns 24 MAX 8s, while AerCap appears to hold five. However, it’s not clear whether AerCap has more on order. The lessor declined to comment.

Operations

Other entities which have operations in the Republic with MAX 8s include BBAM and GE Capital Aviation Services.

Fly Leasing has two Boeing 737 MAX 8s. The company’s chief executive, Colm Barrington, has been dealing with Ethiopian Airlines for more than 20 years.

“They’re a fantastic airline who I’ve recently used myself. We’ve had nothing but good experiences with them.”

Mr Barrington added that Fly Leasing has no more orders in for MAX 8s.

It is believed that the aircraft that crashed on Sunday was directly owned by the airline rather than leased.

US manufacturer Boeing has faced questions over the safety of the aircraft given the fact that two have been involved in fatal crashes despite its relatively recent introduction into airline fleets.

The company said in a statement that a technical team would be travelling to the crash site to provide assistance to the Ethiopian accident investigation bureau.

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US First Lady Melania Trump Flies Air Force One as POTUS Grounds Pelosi Plane Amid Shutdown

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at the end of an unannounced visit with U.S. troops in Iraq, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. December 27, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at the end of an unannounced visit with U.S. troops in Iraq, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. December 27, 2018

… and, The First Lady, Melania Trump, has not said a word for all of 2019 so far and people are concerned …

|AIWA! NO!|A recent report has suggested that Melania Trump has gone on a fun weekend getaway in Florida – something angry commenters say is funded by taxpayers’ dollars. The First Lady’s alleged trip comes at a time when nearly 800,000 federal workers have missed their paychecks due to Donald Trump’s fight over border funding with Democrats in the House.

Melania Trump reportedly boarded a government jet to fly to her husband’s private Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, hours after he cancelled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to visit Brussels and to US troops in Afghanistan due to the longest government shutdown in US history.

From left, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, speaks at a news conference on American labor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

© AP PHOTO / ANDREW HARNIKPelosi Asks Trump to Delay State of Union Address Until Shutdown Crisis Resolved

Politico’s Jake Sherman learned about the unannounced flight as he was listening to air traffic control, noting that a flight designated EXEC1F (a call-sign used to refer to an aircraft carrying the president’s family members, but not the president himself) was departing Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for Palm Beach, a Florida town several miles away from Mar-a-Lago.

According to The Washington Post’s estimates, which cite a 2016 Government Accountability Office report, a trip to Palm Beach could cost up to $3.6 million, including the cost of aircraft and coast guard protection.

Melania Trump had more luck with her travel plans than Nany Pelosi, who recently became speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Donald Trump postponed Pelosi’s scheduled seven-day trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan, citing the ongoing partial shutdown of US government agencies.

“We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate”, he said in a statement.

“I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the strong border security movement to end the shutdown. Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative.”

READ MORE: Ticket for Tat: Trump Axes Pelosi’s Foreign Trip After SOTU Snub

Donald Trump ordered to shut down part of US government agencies in December after the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives failed to satisfy his demand for $5.6 billion in border funding, including for his long-promised wall on the US-Mexico border.

Trump has repeatedly called on the Dems to come and negotiate an end to the shutdown, which has seen some 800,000 government employees affected by a lapse in funding, which is expected to continue until Trump signs a Senate-approved spending bill.

BRITISH Armature Photographer Spotted Air Force One On Trump Iraq Trip

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How UK-based amateur photographer revealed Trump’s not-so-secret trip to Iraq… | Daily Mail Online

How British amateur photographer revealed Trump’s not-so-secret trip to Iraq after spotting Air Force One flying over South Yorkshire with a zoom lens

  • Alan Meloy was peering up at the sky and took a picture of Air Force One
  • The airplane enthusiast spotted it was one of only two VC-25s in the world 
  • The VC-25 is a modified Boeing 747-200 and is used to fly the US President


JOE MIDDLETON FOR MAILONLINE, AIWA! NO!| An amateur photographer and aviation enthusiast managed to reveal Donald Trump‘s secret trip to Iraq.

Alan Meloy, from Sheffield, was peering up at the sky, from the front step of his home when he managed to photograph Air Force One. 

He told CNN: ‘I literally stepped out, and I could see a trail coming towards me and thought let’s have a look at what’s on the end of that.

Alan Meloy, from Sheffield, was peering up at the sky, from the front step of his home when he managed to photograph Air Force One (pictured)

Alan Meloy, from Sheffield, was peering up at the sky, from the front step of his home when he managed to photograph Air Force One (pictured)
A map showing the trajectory of the plane going from Joint Base Andrews to Ain Assad Air Base in Iraq

A map showing the trajectory of the plane going from Joint Base Andrews to Ain Assad Air Base in Iraq

The IT Project manager, said he was ‘amazed’ when the plane flew over and spotted it was one of only two VC-25s in the world, due to the distinct colour scheme.