Courtesy: Michael Kelly 

On the morning Monday 2nd September N151LF Boeing 737-448 construction 25736 Tajik Air arrived in Shannon Airport on delivery flight routing Goodyear-Denver-St John’s-Shannon-Sofia.

The aircraft is to take up registration EY-753 to be leased from ILFC, will be used to replace two Boeing 737-500s that were recently returned to Lithuania’s AviaAM Leasing.

The Central Asian carrier currently operates a mixture of Western, Russian and Chinese aircraft types namely Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200s, two Tu-154Ms, various An-24s and An-26s and an MA-60.

The has an Irish affiliation being formerly EI-BXK Boeing 737-448 Aer Lingus . The Boeing customer designation for Aer Lingus is “48”. The aircraft’s maiden flight was on 13th April 1992 delivered ten days later on 23rd April to Aer Lingus. In winter 1994, 1995, 1998,1999 and 2000 was sub-leased to Ryan International on counter cyclical winter seasons.

The aircraft was returned to ILFC in May 2005 and subsequently leased to Aerosvit until November 2012 when it stored in Tel Aviv, prior to be flown to Goodyear for storage taking up marks N151LF.

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