Aer Turas Teoranta (from the Irish meaning Air Journey) was an Irish airline and later a freight operator based in Dublin, Ireland, from 1962 until May 2003.

Aer Turas
Commenced operations1962 (1962)
Ceased operationsApril 2003 (2003-04)
HubsDublin Airport, Dublin
Parent companyAer Lingus
Aer Turas Douglas DC-4 freighter at Liverpool (Speke) Airport in 1967
Aer Turas Douglas DC-8 freighter aircraft at Dublin Airport in 1993.

History edit

Aer Turas started operations in 1962 as an air taxi service from Ireland to the UK with a single de Havilland Dragon Rapide.[1] They soon began to focus on freight rather than passenger operations and were quite successful for many years. In the 1980s Aer Lingus acquired a majority shareholding in Aer Turas. However, a decade later, soaring insurance costs, increased competition and the turbulence following the September 11th terrorist attacks in the USA all contributed to an overall operating loss and ultimately resulted in the company going into receivership.

Fleet edit

Aer Turas Douglas DC-7CF freighter at Liverpool Airport in 1969

The airline began operations with a single de Havilland Dragon Rapide. Soon they expanded the fleet with Douglas DC-3, DC-4, DC-7, DC-8-63, Bristol 170 and Canadair CL44 aircraft. Of the two remaining DC-8 aircraft, EI-CGO was sold to First International Airlines and EI-BNA was to be broken up for spares.

The last aircraft acquired for the fleet was passenger configured EI-CNN (formerly G-BAAA & VR-HHV) a Lockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar 1 (cn 193K-1024) which had been delivered new to the Court Line, based at London Luton Airport, in February 1973. It was returned to Lockheed when Court Line ceased trading. In 1977 it became VR-HHV with Cathay Pacific and flew for them for 2 decades. Then to EI-CNN with Aer Turas working for TBG, Kampuchea and Air Scandic before being stored in 1998 at Abu Dhabi (AUH) pending a C-Check which never happened and was ultimately scrapped in 2006. This was a historically significant aircraft in that it was the first wide-body in Europe with a charter operator and revolutionised the European aviation industry.

Aircraft operated edit

Aer Turas Douglas DC8 at Dublin Airport in 1993.

Accidents and incidents edit

  • 12 June 1967: An incident occurred at 6.58 pm, when a plane hit the ground, struck a railing and careened into an office at the south east corner of Dublin airport, bursting into flames. The two pilots, Gordon Willis and Percy S Maynard, were killed.[2] This was the first fatal crash at Dublin Airport.

References edit

  1. ^ "LIFE AND TIMES OF AER TURAS". 18 May 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2023.
  2. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Bristol 170 Freighter 31E EI-APM Dublin Airport (DUB)". Retrieved 21 November 2023.

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