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Published on May 13th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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More End-of-the-Road Arrivals in Knock

Ireland West Airport Knock had another unusual arrival this morning with the final flight of a former Qatar Airways Airbus A330, A7-AEA (c/n 623). The aircraft is a 2004 built machine and had spent its entire working life with Qatar Airways. The aircraft will join a growing number of aircraft that will receive the end of life treatment by Eirtrade Aviation. The aircraft had flown in direct from Doha in just over seven hours, arriving shortly after 09.30am. It already had the airline markings removed prior to its arrival.

Eirtrade has been working at Knock for several years now and in recent months several former Iberia and IndiGo Airlines Airbus A320’s have arrived to be parted out. The aircraft will have its engines and other reusable parts taken from the aircraft before the bulldozer breaks up the airframe. The most notable arrival for this work was the Air France Airbus A380 which arrived in February 2020. This airframe was completely dismantled and all evidence of the aircraft had been removed by February of this year. Reports that more Airbus A380’s were to be dismantled at Knock, but no more have yet arrived.

Prior to the arrival of the Qatar A330, an Iberia A320 EC-LUD arrived on the morning of 26th April for parting out. This had arrived the day after the latest Indigo Airlines A320, VT-IHQ that had arrived from India via Istanbul. It is understood that Eirtrade has been successful with their planning application to build a hanger at the airport capable of holding an aircraft up to the size of an Airbus A380. Work is expected to start in the months ahead.

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