EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 30-05-09
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
Aegean is to join the Star Alliance. This will bring the total membership to 29 airlines.
Air Austral B773 F-ONOU (35783) arrived at Reunion on delivery on 24/5.
Air Berlin DHC-8 D-ABQH (4256) left Toronto on 29/5 on delivery.
Air Caraibes A332 F-OPTP (240) was ferried from Zurich to Bordeaux via Toulouse on 25/5 for VIP conversion for the French Air Force.
Air Dolimiti B463 I-ADJI (E3149) was ferried from Verona to Exeter on 28/5 prior to return to the lessor.
Air Finland. See under Monarch.
Air France A321 F-GTAX (3930) made its maiden flight on 28/5 as D-AZAD.
Air One A320 EI-DTF (3906) was ferried from Norwich to Rome/Fiumicino on 26/5 after painting into Alitalia scheme. EI-DTG (3921) made its first flight at Toulouse on 25/5 as F-WWBK.
Alitalia B763 EI-DBP (26389) returned to Rome/Fiumicino on 26/5 following painting into Sky Team scheme at Tel Aviv. Also see under Air One.
Amapola Flyg has added former Skyways Fk50 SE-LIP (20147) to its fleet.
Arik Air A345 CS-TFX (912) was delivered from Toulouse to LHR on 29/5.
Astraeus B737 G-STRH (32737) has been painted into Trawel Air scheme at Southend & was noted there on 22/5 (see photo on the Skyliner site). It was ferried to Rome/Fiumicino on 26/5.
Athens A/W. See under Flybe.
BA CityFlyer B463 G-BXAR (E3298), which suffered a nosewheel collapse at London City Airport on 13/2, will not be returned to service. According to the airline, "the extent of the damage means the aircraft will be either written off by our insurance company, or the repairs will take so long to complete that this would coincide with the return of the aircraft at the end of its lease period".
BH Air A319 LZ-AOA (3139) was delivered to Sofia all white on 23/5 & was followed by LZ-AOB (3188) three days later.
Centralwings B733 SP-LMC (28668) left Warsaw on 29/5 bound for Opa Locka, FL & a new operator.
Cimber Sterling added OY-MRG (28010) to its fleet on 27/5 when it was ferried from Shannon to Copenhagen in full scheme. It joins other former Sterling examples OY-MRE/F/H/U with the airline.
Cityjet. See under VLM.
Condor B763 D-ABUA (26991) was ferried from Beijing to Frankfurt on 28/5 after winglet installation.
Denim Air Fk50 PH-KXX (20262) left Sorocaba, Brazil on delivery on 28/5 & is due to arrive at Maastricht on 30/5. It was previously with Ocean Air as PR-OAC.
DHL A300F OO-DLD was ferried from Dresden to Leipzig on 22/5 following a short period of storage.
EasyJet A319 G-EZFI (3888) was delivered to Liverpool on 27/5. A320 G-EZTF (3922) made its first flight on 27/5 as D-AVVG. B737 G-EZJM (30248) has become HL8204 for Eastar Jet. It made an acceptance flight from Stansted on 28/5 & was due to depart on delivery the following day. G-EZJN (30249) is with SRT at Stansted for winglet installation & will be going to Aires Colombia.
EuroAir MD-83 SX-BEU (49848) was registered to Pegasus Aviation as N848SH back on 23/2 & left Antalya as such on 29/5 bound for Keflavik & onward to Tucson, Az for storage.
Euro Aviation now has Fk50 5B-DCB (20230) in service. This was previously with Swe Fly as SE-LTS.
Flybe EMB145 G-ERJA (145229) made its last revenue flight on 23/5 & was ferried from Manchester to Exeter for storage the same day. G-ERJC (145253) performed its last revenue flight on 29/5 & was ferried to Exeter the same day. This was the last EMB145 in service with the airline. G-EMBM (145196) left Exeter on 26/5 bound for Alverca & is due to become SX-CMD with Athens A/W.
Flyglobespan B752 G-CEJM (26276) was cancelled from the UK register on 28/5 as exported to Spain. It is destined for Spanish start-up Mint A/W & was painted in their scheme at Abu Dhabi (see photo on the Skyliner site).
Girjet B742 EC-KEP (23652) was registered to Pegasus Aviation as N652AP on 21/5 & ferried from Goodyear, AZ to Guam via Phoenix, AZ on 28/5. It is then expected to continue its journey to Jakarta on 30/5.
Gulf Air A332 A9C-KG arrived at Bahrain in full scheme on 14/5. This aircraft was previously with MEA as F-OMEA. A9C-KI (532 ex F-OMEC) was also delivered on 24/5.
Hamburg International A319 D-AHIP (3895) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Friedrichshafen on 25/5, with D-AHIO (3872) being delivered to Baden Baden on 28/5. B737 D-AHIB (29083) was ferried from Berlin/Schonefeld to Shannon for painting on 29/5.
Hapag-Lloyd B738 D-AHLQ (32906) was ferried from Hannover to Eindhoven on 25/5 for painting for new Russian start-up NordStar.
HiFly A313 CS-TEX (565) was returned to the airline at Lisbon on 26/5 following lease to Oman Air. CS-TEI (495) is expected to follow shortly now that both the A332s leased from Jet A/W are in service.
Iberworld A320 EC-LAQ (3933) made its first flight from Toulouse on 27/5 wearing the test registration F-WWBU in full scheme & was ferried to Finkenwerder the same day. Also see under Nouvelair & Rossiya.
Jetairfly B738 OO-JAS (35144) was delivered from Hannover to Brussels on 28/5. This was formerly with TUIfly as D-AHXK.
KLM B773 PH-BVC (37582) left Paine Field on 28/5 on delivery to Amsterdam.
Korean Air B773 HL7782 (37643) was delivered to Seoul on 27/5
MEA A332 OD-MEC (996) was delivered from Toulouse to Beirut on 23/5 & entered service the following day. Also see under Gulf Air.
Monarch has been using Air Finland B752s OH-AFI (26330) & OH-AFJ (26269) since 20/5 & 21/5 respectively & BMI A321 G-MIDC (0835) since 20/5.
NordStar. See under Hapag-Lloyd.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NOG (35647) made its maiden flight on 27/5.
Nouvelair will shortly receive former Iberworld A320 EC-KEN (1597). It was noted at Madrid recently in full scheme & will be Tunisian registered before delivery.
Olympic A/L B734s SX-BKD (25362) & SX-BKE (25417) were ferried from Athens to Woensdrecht on 24/5 (for storage?).
Oman Air. See under HiFly.
RAM B738 CN-ROU (33069) arrived at Casablanca on delivery on 27/5
Rossiya A320 VQ-BDQ (1767 ex EC-KDD) was noted as such at Madrid on 25/5 prior to delivery. This is a former Iberworld aircraft & delivery is scheduled for 29/5.
Ryanair B738 EI-EFD (35011) was delivered to Dublin on 23/5.
S7 A/L is to join the OneWorld alliance & integration is due to start next month, with a view to it becoming a full member in 2010.
SAS Norge B735 LN-BUD (25794) was ferried from Oslo to Shannon on 29/5 on return to the lessor.
SATA A320 CS-TKO (3891) was delivered from Toulouse to Lisbon on 29/5.
Seagle Air will take delivery of former TAM A320 PT-MZM (0453). It was noted at Sao Paulo/Guarulhos in full Seagle Air scheme on 23/5 & will become OM-HLE.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKH (21) was delivered from Toulouse to Singapore on 28/5 (note: this is being delivered ahead of 9V-SKG).
Sky A/L B739 TC-SKP (36087) made its first flight on 28/5.
Sky Europe B733 OM-CLA (24245) arrived at Bratislava from Tucson, AZ on delivery on 27/5. This aircraft was previously with United as N341UA.
Skyways. See under Amapola Flyg.
Swe Fly. See under Euro Aviation.
TAP A320 CS-TNR (3883) was delivered from Toulouse to Lisbon on 29/5.
Thomas Cook A321 G-TCDA (2060) was registered on 23/5 & delivered from Istanbul to Manchester the following day. This was originally with MyTravel as G-JOEE & then, after a period of storage at Marana, AZ as N118CH, with THY as TC-JMG.
Thomson A/W B763 G-OOBM (27568) returned to Gatwick from Greensboro, NC on 24/5. It had departed to the USA on 4/5 ostensibly to have winglets fitted. However, it returned without said modification. One theory is that the wings were prepared for winglet installation, as Austrian A/L did with their first aircraft, prior to having them fitted at a later date. B752 G-BYAS (27238) flew it last revenue service on 15/5 & was ferried to Shannon the same day prior to return to the lessor. It is destined for FedEx as N925FD, while B752 G-BYAK (26267) performed its last revenue flight on 26/5 & was then ferried to Shannon the same day again on return to the lessor & is destined for FedEx as N924FD. The airline's next B738 will be G-FDZT & is due for delivery in August. A320 G-OOPW (1777) was ferried from Maastricht to Luton on 26/5 following painting into Ural A/L scheme & will become VQ-BCZ.
Titan A/W B752 G-ZAPU (26151) was ferried from Lasham to Stansted on 23/5. Despite reports to the contrary, it is still in service.
Travel Service now has B738 OK-TVJ (29351), which was previously C-FTAH with Sunwing. OK-TVC (30278) was returned to Prague on 24/5 following lease to Windrose Air.
TUIfly. See under Jetairfly.
Turkuaz Air A321 TC-TCE (0666 ex 6Y-JMD) was delivered from Shannon to Istanbul on 29/5.
UM Air MD-82 UR-CHY (53171 ex G-CEFP) was noted as such all white at Jakarta on 25/5.
US A/W has yet another B752 on the transatlantic route. N937UW (27245) made its first foray to Europe when it visited Birmingham on 23/5.
VLM. The VLM brand will disappear next year as it becomes integrated into CityJet.
White A320 CS-TQK (2204) was delivered to Lisbon on 27/5 & was formerly with Tiger A/W as 9V-TAA.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LPV (3927) made its first flight on 25/5 as F-WWBR & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder in full Wizz Air scheme the same day.
XL A/W France will shortly take delivery of former Volare A320 F-OHFR (0189). It made an acceptance flight from Chateauroux to Ostend & back on 27/5 in full XL A/W France scheme.