Copyright Photo: Red Wings Airlines Boeing 777-21H ER VP-BMR (msn 29325) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 955074.
IrAero Airlines (Irkutsk) has retired and returned its last leased Boeing 777-200, ending an experiment with operating wide body aircraft.
The airline started operating the type in June 2018 and had 3 in service. The three were formerly operated by VIM Airlines.
The last revenue flight was operated by VP-BSJ on December 12, 2019 between Varadero, Cuba and Moscow (Domodedovo).
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): IrAero Airlines Boeing 777-21H ER VP-BLI (msn 27250) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 943628.
Emirates Airline (Dubai) back in December 2015 announced its fleet plans for 2016. In total, the airline announced it will retire 26 aircraft, including 12 Airbus A330-300s, 4 A340-300s, 1 A340-500, 6 Boeing 777-200mERs, 2 Boeing 777-300s and 1 Boeing 777-300 ER. The average age of the Emirates aircraft slated for retirement in 2016 will be 15.7 years, well-below the average industry retirement age of 25. In addition, 13 more aircraft will be retired in 2017 and another 13 will be retired in 2018.
As part of this plan, three aircraft types will be retired by the end of October 2016 from revenue service.
Above Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A340-313 A6-ERS (msn 139) DXB (Paul Denton). Image: 911100.
According to Airline Route, the last Airbus A340-300 (above) revenue service is currently scheduled as flight EK863 from Muscat to Dubai on October 29, 2016.
Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A330-243 A6-EKW (msn 316) (World Cup Germany 2006) LHR. Image: 924943.
The last Airbus A330-200 (above) revenue service is scheduled to be flight EK523 (Thiruvananthapuram – Dubai) and the last Boeing 777-200 ER (below) revenue flight is scheduled to operate as flight EK539 (Ahmedabad – Dubai) both on October 30, 2016.
Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-21H ER A6-EMI (msn 27250) (World Cup Germany 2006) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 900537.
After the retirements, Emirates will operate a simplified fleet of two basic aircraft types (Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777 which includes the 777-200 LR, -300 and -300 ER variations.