EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 23-05-09
The information in this blog comes from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, both of which are very highly recommended.
Jethro/UK & Ireland Airline Fleet Listings
Aeroflot A332 VQ-BBE (1014) made its maiden flight on 19/5 wearing test registration F-WWKU. This is the third aircraft of an order for ten for the airline. A320 VQ-BCM (3923) also made its first flight the same day as F-WWBN & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the following day.
Aer Lingus A332 EI-EWR (330) was withdrawn from service on 12/5 & ferried from Dublin to Filton the same day for painting white prior to return to the lessor. Also see under Vladivostok Avia.
AeroLogic B777F D-AALA (36001) set off from Paine Field, WA on 12/5 on its delivery flight to Leipzig.
Aerosvit B734 UR-VVJ (24474) became N474EA back on 6/4 & left Nimes, France on a ferry flight to Keflavik & onwards to the USA on 11/5, arriving at Oklahoma/Will Rogers the following day.
Air Asia X will soon take delivery of a second A343. The former C-GDVZ was noted at Singapore on 15/5 fully painted in Oakland Raiders scheme.
Air Baltic received Air Iceland Fk50 TF-JMN (20223) at Riga on 13/5 on summer lease & returned TF-JMS (20244) to Air Iceland at Reykjavik the following day.
Air Berlin A319 D-ABGD (2335) was ferried from Dusseldorf to East Midlands on 15/5, where it was painted in full Belle Air scheme prior to return to the lessor & returned to Dusseldorf on 21/5. It is to become ZA-ARA.
Air Comet A310 EC-GOT (455) left Madrid on 15/5 bound for Tarbes & an appointment with the scrapman.
Air Dolimiti B463 I-ADJF (E3193) was ferried from Exeter to Southend on 12/5 for painting for Astra A/L & was delivered to Thessaloniki as SX-DIX on 20/5. I-ADJI (E3149) flew its last service on 18/4 & will be ferried to Exeter shortly.
Air Europa B738 EC-JEX (32659) left Palma on 13/5 as PK-GEQ on delivery to Garuda.
Air Iceland. See under Air Baltic.
Air One A320 EI-DTF (3906) was delivered from Toulouse to Norwich on 22/5 all white & for painting into Alitalia scheme.
Air Southwest is leasing Eastern A/W SAAB 2000 G-CDKB (32) short-term to cover for a sick DHC-8 & it was ferried from Newquay to Norwich on 15/5 for painting.
Air Transat will be adding a further A333 to its fleet, namely former Dragonair machine B-HYE (177).
Air Volga CRJ-200s VP-BMR (7192) arrived at Stockholm/Arlanda on 11/5 for pre-delivery work & was followed on 19/5 by VP-BMN (7179). These were previously with Independence & United Express as N623BR & N620BR. A further six are expected before year-end. Presumably these will replace the airline's current fleet of two Tu-134As, three Yak-42s & a Yak-40.
Alitalia. See under Air One.
AndoluJet. See under THY.
Armavia will be the first recipient of a Sukhoi Superjet 100, with delivery expected later this year. The manufacturer has received 98 orders for the Superjet so far.
Astra A/L. See under Air Dolimiti.
Athens A/W is leasing Medavia DHC-8 9H-AFD (458) for the summer & it was ferried from Malta to Athens on 11/5
Atlas Jet took delivery of A332 TC-ETK (358) on 12/5, when it was ferried from Madrid to Istanbul in Saudi Arabian scheme. This machine was formerly I-EEZA with Eurofly.
Belle Air. See under Air Berlin.
BH Air A319 LZ-AOA (3139) was ferried from Dinard to Ahlhorn on 19/5, with LZ-AOB (3188) following the next day.
Blue Wings A320 D-ANNB (1240) was ferried from Dusseldorf to Athens on 21/5 on lease to Olympic.
BremenFly B734 D-ABRE (27826) flew its first service on 20/5 from Bremen to Istanbul.
British A/W B752 G-CPEL (24398) flew its last revenue service on 19/5. The airline will ground eight B744s & its remaining B752s from winter 2009.
Cathay Pacific Cargo B744F B-KAI (27217) was ferried from Los Angeles, CA to Victorville, CA on 13/5 for storage.
Delta A/L B772LR N708DN (39524) made its first flight on 13/5.
Denim Air Fk50 PH-JXN (20239) was flown from Maastricht to Tripoli on 15/5 on lease to Petro Air. PH-JXK (20233) was ferried from Maastricht to Palma on 21/5 en route to Arik Air on lease.
Eastern A/W. See under Air Southwest.
EasyJet B737 G-EZJP (32412) flew its last revenue service on 15/5 from Zurich to Luton. It was then ferried to Southend later the same day & is believed destined for Eastar Jet. B737 G-EZJM (30248) made at test flight from Southend on 22/5 in Eastar Jet scheme & will become HL8204. G-EZJN (30249) was due to be ferried from Southend to Stansted on 22/5 & is destined for Aires Colombia. A320 G-EZTD (3909) was delivered to Gatwick from Finkenwerder on 15/5 & G-EZTE (3913) to Manchester on 19/5. The next three A320 deliveries are all scheduled for Gatwick & are expected to arrive from Finkenwerder as follows - G-EZTF (3922) on 4/6, G-EZTG (3946) on 17/6 & G-EZTH (3953) on 19/6.
Efly B463 9H-ELE (E3209) was registered on 13/5 & was noted at Exeter wearing Manson scheme prior to delivery. This was formerly with Flybe as G-JEBG.
El Al B738 4X-EKJ (35486) arrived at Tel Aviv on delivery on 21/5.
Emirates Cargo B777F A6-EFE (35607) first flew on 20/5.
Eurofly. See under Atlas Jet.
Eurowings B463 D-AEWO (E3162) was ferried from Nuremberg to Exeter on 6/5 on return to the lessor. The airline took delivery of its second CRJ-900, D-ACNB (15230), at Nuremberg on 15/5.
Finnair A333 OH-LTO (1013) was delivered from Toulouse to Helsinki on 15/5.
Flightline former MD-83 G-FLTL (49790) was ferried from Southend to Istanbul on 20/5 all white for a C check prior to delivery to United A/W of Bangladesh.
Flybe EMB145 G-EMBX (145573) was registered to Aircraft Solutions ERJ 145 on 11/5. DHC-8 G-ECOT (4251) was delivered to Birmingham on 22/5. Also see under Efly. G-ECOB (4185) was ferried from Eindhoven to Birmingham on 21/5 in full Flybe scheme, but still carrying LN-WDT.
FlyLAL Charters has wet-leased B752 LY-FLA (27203) to SCAT & it was delivered to Shimkent in full scheme on 22/5. Sister ship LY-FLG (27237) was ferried from Vilnius to Norwich on 19/5 for painting (for whom?).
Futura. See under Hola & Travel Service.
Hola now has B734 EC-LAV (24352), which was previously with Futura as EC-KTM. It was ferried from Palma to Casablanca on 21/5 all white on lease to RAM.
Iberia A320 EC-HQM was noted at Madrid on 18/5 in full Ural A/L scheme & will be delivered as VQ-BCY.
Icelandair B763 TF-FIB (25365) completed its period of lease to Travel Service on 13/5 & was promptly despatched from Prague to Kano the same day on wet-lease to Kabo Air.
Jet4you. See under Thomson A/W.
Jetairfly. See under TUIfly.
Jetran Air has wet-leased MD-82s YR-MDK (49139) & YR-MDS (48098) to Air Ivoire & they were ferried to Abidjan on 8/5 & 5/5 respectively.
Karthago A/L B733 TS-IEF (26309) will be going to WebJet next month as PR-WJP.
KLM B773 PH-BVC (37582) made its first flight on 11/5.
Livingstone. See under XL A/W France.
Malev DHC-8 HA-LQD (4063) was noted at Copenhagen in basic SAS scheme on 19/5 awaiting delivery. This was previously registered OY-KCG.
Medavia. See under Athens A/W.
MK A/L B742F G-MKGA (21650) was ferried from Ostend to Kemble on 11/5 for storage.
Montenegro A/L EMB195 4O-AOB (19000283) arrived at Podgorica today on 22/5. This is the second of three ordered by the airline, with the remaining machine due for delivery in October.
Moscovia A/L B737 VQ-BDI (28497) transitted through Prestwick on 19/5 on its delivery flight. This was previously with Sterling as OY-MRO.
Niki took delivery of its first of five planned EMB190s with the arrival of OE-IHA (19000285) at Vienna on 15/5.
Norwegian.se MD-82 SE-RFD (53244) left Stockholm/Arlanda on 15/5 en route to Keflavik on its delivery flight to Allegiant.
Olympic. See under Blue Wings.
Oman Air now has a second A332 in service & VT-JWD (751) was noted at Muscat in full scheme on 14/5.
Onur Air took delivery of A320 TC-OBD (455) at Istanbul on 17/5. This was originally with America West as N638AW, before being operated by Go Air as VT-WAA.
Primera B738 TF-JXF (33419) was reregistered as OY-PSC to Primera Air Scandinavia on 22/5, while TF-JXD (30688) will become OY-PSA & TF-JXE (30722) OY-PSB later this month
Privatair is to take delivery of B738s, D-APBC (33016) & D-APBD (33021) after cabin reconfiguration in the USA. These two machines were previously with Sun Country as N807SY & N808SY respectively.
RAM B738 CN-ROU (33069) made its first flight on 15/5. Also see under Hola.
Ryanair B738 EI-EFC (35015) was delivered to Dublin on 15/5 & EI-EFE (37533) on 20/5. EI-EFF (35016) made its maiden flight on 14/5, followed by EI-EFG (35014) on 17/5, EI-EFH (35012) on 20/5 & EI-EFI (35013) on 21/5. The next few deliveries are scheduled to be as follows:
EI-EFD (35011) had been due 20/5, but revised date not known
EI-EFF (35016) & EI-EFG (35014) on 30/5
EI-EFH (35012) on 6/6
EI-EFI (35013) on 12/6
EI-EFJ (37534) on 19/6
EI-EFK (37535) on 27/6
EI-EFL (37536) & EI-EFM (37537) on 1/7
EI-EFN (37538), EI-EFO (37538) & EI-EFP (37540) during July
These will be followed by c/ns 37541/2 during September.
EI-CSQ (29930) became PK-GEO for Garuda & left Lasham on its delivery flight on 21/5.
S7 A/L added A320 VQ-BDF (3880) to its fleet on 13/5 when it was delivered from Toulouse to Novosibirsk.
Saga A/L is expected to take delivery of Dragonair A333 B-HYH (407). It was noted all white at Hong Kong on 15/5.
SAS B738 LN-RRH (34546) made its maiden flight on 20/5.
SAS Norge B735 LN-BUE (27627) was ferried from Prague to Lasham on 13/5 on return to the lessor.
SATA DHC-8s CS-TRB (476) & CS-TRC (480) were delivered to Ponta Delgado as C-FXBX & C-FXBZ on 15/5. These are series 200 machines & were originally delivered to Horizon as N345PH & N347PH respectively. The airline has four series 400 aircraft on order for delivery early next year & these will be registered CS-TRD to DRG.
SCAT. See under FlyLAL Charters.
Sky A/L B739 TC-SKN (36086) made its first flight on 11/5.
Sky Europe B737 OM-NGD (32674) became OK-GCA & was then ferried from Ostrava to Chateauroux on 14/5, where it will be painted for Aerolineas Argentinas & will become LV-BZA.
SmartLynx B763 YL-LCY (24952) was flown from Kano to Manston on 14/5 after lease to Kabo A/L & then ferried to Shannon on 19/5 for painting into SBA A/L (formerly Santa Barbara A/L) scheme.
Southern Air B742F N748SA (21110) was ferried from Miami, FL to Mojave, CA on 17/5 for storage.
Sterling. Another of the defunct airline's aircraft found a new home on 22/5, when B737 HK-4627 (29078 ex OY-MLW) set off from Shannon on delivery to Bogotá for Aires Colombia. A further ex Sterling B737, OY-MRR (34402) was ferried from Berlin/Schonefeld to Stockholm/Arlanda on 18/5 & will presumably soon find a new operator. Also see under Moscovia A/L.
Swiss International A332 HB-JHB (1018) made its first flight on 19/5 wearing test registration F-WWYJ. A332 HB-IQP (366) was still present as such at Zurich in full Vietnam A/L scheme on 17/5.
Swiftair MD-83 EC-JUG (49847) was ferried from Madrid to Khartoum on 16/5 for UN duties. This was followed by MD-87 EC-KSF (53207) on 22/5.
Thomson A/W B752 G-BYAX (28834) left Kelowna on 13/5 on return to the airline following the installation of winglets. A320 G-OOPW (1777) was ferried from Luton to Maastricht for painting for Ural A/L scheme. B733 G-THOF (26314) was painted as A6-PHH for AVE.com by 19/5, though it is still current on the UK register. It is currently at Shannon all white awaiting delivery. B738 G-FDZO (34691) flew its last revenue service on 14/5 & will be going to Jet4you.
THY B734 TC-JET (26077) has been withdrawn from service & was noted all white at Istanbul on 15/5. It is thought to be for AndoluJet.
Titan A/W B752 G-ZAPU (26151) was withdrawn from service back on 19/4 & was flown from Southend to Lasham for storage the following day.
Travel Service. B738 OK-TVA (32243) returned to Prague on 13/5 after lease to Indochina A/L. Sunwing A/L B738 C-FTDW (34704) arrived at Warsaw on 14/5 on summer lease to the airline & will remain Warsaw based. A further Sunwing aircraft, C-FTAH (29351), was flown from Norwich to Budapest on 18/5 after painting into Travel Service scheme. B738 OK-TVK (32740) was delivered from Shannon to Prague on 22/5. This aircraft was previously with Futura as N977RY. Also see under Icelandair.
TUIfly B737 D-AHXK (35144) was ferried from Hannover to Maastricht recently for painting into Jetairfly scheme & will become OO-JAS.
Ural A/L. See under Iberia & Thomson A/W.
Viking A/L B738 C-FYLC (33029) arrived at Manchester on 12/5 on summer lease from Sunwing A/L.
Vladivostok Avia A333 VQ-BCW (70) was delivered from Shannon to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 15/5. As a reminder, this was previously with Aer Lingus as EI-CRK.
Wideroe. See under Flybe.
XL A/W France will soon take delivery of A320 F-GTHL (163). This was previously with Livingstone as I-LINH.