One of four Airbus A330-200 aircraft in the Aer Lingus fleet, EI-EWR was photographed here while plane spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in July 2, 2017. This A330 started life in the Aer Lingus fleet, left to fly for Batavia and AirAsia X before returning to the fold in 2015.
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EI-EWR took its first flight on April 4, 2000 and was delivered to Aer Lingus on May 9, 2000. Originally, the Airbus A330-200 was named Lorcan O Tuathail. In May, 2009, the aircraft was put into storage.
Batavia Airlines took the airplane on August 24, 2009, registered PK-YVI. The airline ceased operations on January 31, 2013. Batavia was founded in 2002 and was headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. At the time of the airline’s demise, there was a fleet of 34 aircraft flying to 48 destinations. The largest in the fleet was the Airbus A330-200.
On August 26, 2013, EI-EWR was transferred to the AirAsia X fleet, registered 9M-XAD. The airline was founded in 2007 as FlyAsianXpress and is headquartered at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. Currently, the airline has a fleet of 31 aircraft flying to 22 destinations. EI-EWR left the AirAsia X fleet in October, 2014.
On March 28, 2015, the Airbus A330-200 returned to Aer Lingus. The aircraft is now named Tomas. Currently, the airplane is configured for a total maximum of 273 passengers with 21 seats in business class and 252 more in economy.
On February 12, 2010, while flying for Batavia, the airplane was performing a domestic flight in Indonesia from Jakarta to Manado. The crew reported hydraulics problems 20 minutes into the flight. The aircraft returned to Jakarta and landed safely before shutting down on the runway. The crappy part for passengers was there were just 140 on the flight, leaving lots of room on the A330. However, the replacement plane was a Boeing 737-300 which would have been quite crammed.
The shortened version of the Airbus A330-300, the A330-200 first entered service in 1998 with Korean Air. The length is 59 metres or 193 feet, 16 feet shorter than the -300 model. The wingspan is more than the length at 60 metres or 198 feet, a dimension shared with the longer -300 version. At the tail, the aircraft stands 17 metres or 57 feet in height, actually about two feet taller than the -300.
The flight range for the -200 is longer, too. This model can fly 13,450 kilometres. This is considerably longer than the -300’s range of 11,750 KM.
Aer Lingus was founded and commenced operations in 1936. The airline is headquartered at Dublin Airport (DUB) and is now owned by International Airlines Group, the same group that owns British Airways.
The airline has a fleet of 47 aircraft flying to 91 destinations worldwide. The largest in the fleet is the Airbus A330-300 and the fleet is filled exclusively with Airbus models. On order are Airbus A321LR and Airbus A350-900 aircraft.