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Viscount c/n 289

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 289
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines


Ireland flag Ireland

This V.808 series Viscount was built for
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines as EI-AJI

It first flew on Monday, 13 May 1957 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 510 engines.


Photo of Viscount c/n 289
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines


Ireland flag Ireland

Its final owner/operator was
Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines as EI-AJI.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service by Aer Lingus and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland 31 October 1969. Broken up for scrap in May 1972.


Operational record
Photo of Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines Viscount EI-AJI

Country of Registration Ireland

May 1957 to May 1972

Aer Lingus - Irish Air Lines

EI-AJI - c/n 289 - a V.808 series Viscount
Ireland registered

2 March 1956
Aer Lingus placed an order for six V.808 aircraft.

13 May 1957
First flight at Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

21 May 1957
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

22 May 1957
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to Aer Lingus named as 'St Gall'.

It was fitted with Rolls-Royce Dart RDa6 Mark 510 engines, 70 seat configration and a fuel capacity of 1,940 imperial gallons.

26 June 1957
First entered service on the Dublin to London route.

26 January 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

29 January 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

17 February 1959
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'green top / white tail livery.
Aer Lingus
'green top / white tail Viscount' livery

circa 1960
Painted in the Aer Lingus 'green top / white tail' livery.

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'green top / white tail International' livery.
Aer Lingus
'Green Top White Tail
International' livery

24 September 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

17 October 1960
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

circa 1962
Painted in the Aer Lingus 'green top / white tail International' livery.

4 December 1962
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

7 November 1963
The Beatles pop group arrived at Collinstown Airport, Dublin from London at 12:15 PM to play an evening gig at the Adelphi Cinema.

Painted in the Aer Lingus 'green cheatline' livery.
Aer Lingus
'Green Cheat Linel' livery

circa 1964
Painted in the Aer Lingus 'green cheatline' livery.

10 November 1964
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

14 October 1965
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

21 January 1966
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

31 January 1966
Noted at Gatwick Airport, Surrey, England due to a London Airport (Heathrow) weather diversion.

Withdrawn from service and stored at Dublin, Ireland.
Stored at
Dublin, Ireland

31 October 1969
Withdrawn from service and stored at Collinstown Airport, Dublin, Ireland.

May 1972
Broken up for scrap.

FURTHER READING: Books about Aer Lingus



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