EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 06-06-09
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
Afriqiyiah A332 5A-ONG (1024) emerged from the paint shop at Toulouse on 28/5 in full scheme & wearing test registration F-WWYS.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABBO (30827) was ferried from Berlin/Tegel to Eindhoven on 1/6 for painting for Sun Express.
Air Caraibes A333 F-GOTO (1021) made it first flight on 2/6 as F-WWYN & in full scheme.
Air Comet A343 EC-KAJ (15) was ferried from Madrid to Bordeaux on 5/6 following a period of storage.
Air Express. See under MCA A/L.
Air France. It is with profound sadness that I have to record the so far unexplained disappearance of A332 F-GZCP (660) over the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris/CDG as AFR447 in the early hours of 1/6. B773s F-GZNE (37432) & F-GZNF (37433) both made their first flights on 2/6.
Air Italy. See under Bulgaria Air.
AtlasJet A332 TC-ETK (358) was ferried from Istanbul to Jeddah on 2/6 in full Saudi Arabian scheme.
BA Cityflyer has retired B463 G-BZAW (E3354). It made it last revenue flight on 29/5 & was ferried to Exeter the following day for checks prior to return to the lessor.
Belle Air A320 F-HBAE (0588) was noted in full scheme at Toulouse on 2/6 prior to lease to the airline. This was formerly with TACA & LACSA as N981LR. ATR72 F-WWEH (879) was rolled out at Toulouse on 2/6 in full scheme, but mispainted as F-WWHE.
BMI A321 G-MEDU (3926) is to have its delivery delayed one month until the end of June & will be displayed at the Paris Air Show as D-AZAB.
BMI Baby B733 G-TOYE (27455) is to be acquired by Jet2.
BMI Regional. See under Flybe.
British A/W B772 G-YMMS (36517) arrived at Cardiff on delivery on 30/5. G-YMMR (36516) was ferried across from Cardiff to LHR on 1/6 & entered service the following day. A318 G-EUNA (4007) is due for delivery on 27/8 & crew training will take place at Manston & Woodford. A320 G-EUYE (3912) was due for delivery to LHR from Toulouse on 5/6. The airline's last B733, G-LGTE (24908) is due to be withdrawn on 7/6, while G-LGTI (23925) passed to BA ownership on 28/5 & will be broken up at Southend over the next 3 months.
The first EMB170 is due to enter service on 28/9. Three aircraft will be based at London City & the other three at Edinburgh. The delivery schedule for these is:
G-LCYD (17000294) on 1/9
G-LCYE (17000296) on 8/9
G-LCYF (17000298) on 26/10
G-LCYG (17000300) on 23/11
G-LCYH (17000302) on 14/12
G-LCYI (17000???) on 25/1
The first five EMB190s will be G-LCYJ to LCYN, with deliveries expected between 25/3 & 21/6 next year.
Bulgaria Air has wet-leased B735 LZ-BOQ (26687) to Air Italy for the summer.
Centralwings B733 SP-LMC (28590) was noted at Warsaw in basic scheme on 1/6 prior to delivery to WebJet as PR-WJL.
Clickair A320 EC-GRG (0143) was ferried to Maastricht on 4/6 & is to be painted all white with MyAir titles.
Condor B763 D-ABUC (26992) was ferried from Frankfurt to Beijing on 25/5 for the fitting of winglets. Going in the opposite direction on 28/5 was D-ABUA (26991) now carrying winglets.
Danish Air Transport has been leasing Nordic A/W MD-87 SE-RBA (49403) & this was reregistered as OY-JRU on 4/6.
Eastern A/W Jetstream 41 G-CDYI (41019) was cancelled from the UK register on 2/6 as permanently withdrawn from use.
EasyJet B737 G-EZJN (30249) has had its winglets fitted & is currently inside the SRT hangar at Stansted in full Aires Colombia scheme & now carrying HK-4635. G-EZJM (30248) left Stansted on 30/5 as HL8204 on delivery to Eastar Jet. G-EZJO (30244) was noted at Southend in full Aires Colombia scheme on 2/6 & is to become HK-4641. A320 G-EZTF (3922) was delivered to Gatwick from Finkenwerder on 4/6.
Euro Atlantic is taking delivery of former Varig 763 PP-VTC (35411). Following a period of storage, it left Rio de Janeiro/Galeao on 5/6 bound for Lisbon.
Eurowings CRJ9 D-ACNC (15236) arrived at Nuremberg on delivery on 5/6 in full Lufthansa Regional scheme.
Flybe DHC-8s G-JECV (4148) & G-JECW (4152) are currently being offered for sale. EMB145s G-EMBI (145126) & G-EMBJ (145134) are due to go to BMI Regional, with the former expected to be delivered on 5/6. It appears that these are to be direct replacements for G-RJXN 9145336) & G-RJXO (145339), which are to be returned to the lessor. It is thought that G-RJXN may already have been withdrawn at Aberdeen on 3/6. DHC-8 G-ECOB (4185) was restored to the UK register on 3/6 following its lease to Wideroe as LN-WDT.
Flyglobespan B752 G-CEJM (26276) has now been registered EC-LBC with Mint A/W & was ferried from Abu Dhabi to Madrid on 29/5.
Gulf Air A332 A9C-KJ (992) was delivered from Toulouse to Bahrain on 5/6.
Hamburg International B737 D-AHIB (29083) was ferried from Berlin/Schonefeld to Shannon on 29/5 for painting for Lithuanian start-up Star1.
Hewa Bora A/W has wet-leased RAK A/W B752 A6-RKA (29311) for its services to Paris/CDG & Brussels.
HiFly A313 CS-TEI (495) was ferried back to Lisbon on 3/6 still in basic Oman Air scheme.
Iberworld. See under Nouvelair.
Jet2. See under BMI Baby.
Jet4you B738 CN-RPF (34691) was registered on 3/6 & delivered to the airline from Luton on 4/6. This was previously with Thomson A/W as G-FDZO.
KLM B734 PH-BDR (24514) was ferried from Amsterdam to Woensdrecht on 4/6 in basic scheme for storage.
LAN Cargo B773F N774LA (37710) left Boeing Field, WA on delivery on 29/5.
LOT took delivery of B763 SP-LPG (26263) when it was delivered to Warsaw from Atlanta on 5/6. Originally with KLM as PH-BZC, this then served with Zoom as C-GZNC & was recently registered to ILFC as N261LF. Meanwhile, B734 SP-LLC (27157) has been painted in an all gold scheme with a blue emblem on the tail to commemorate the end of communism in Poland 20 years ago.
Lufthansa Regional. See under Eurowings.
Malev DHC-8 HA-LQD (4063 ex OY-KCG) was delivered from Copenhagen to Budapest in basic SAS colours on 2/6 & is to be painted in a special scheme.
Martinair Cargo B744F PH-MPS (24066) left Amsterdam on 4/6 for storage at Pinal Air Park/Marana, AZ.
MCA A/L is a new operator that has taken over Air Express. One of the former airline's Fk100s, SE-DUU (11286), has already appeared in the new airline's scheme (see photo on the Skyliner site).
Mint A/W. See under Flyglobespan.
MyAir. See under Clickair.
Nordic A/W. See under Danish Air Transport.
NordStar B738 VQ-BDO (32906) was ferried from Eindhoven to Hannover after painting, still as D-AHLQ. VQ-BDN (32905 ex D-AHLP) is still at Hannover awaiting delivery. Both aircraft were formerly with Hapag-Lloyd/TUIfly.
Nouvelair A320 TS-INP (1597) was noted at Madrid on 2/6 awaiting delivery. This was formerly with Iberworld as EC-KEN.
Oman Air. See under HiFly.
Pegasus B738s TC-AAP (32736) & TC-API (32732) were returned to Istanbul on 31/5 & 1/6 respectively following wet-lease to Bangladesh Biman.
Rossiya A320 VQ-BDQ (1767 ex EC-KDD) was delivered from Madrid to St Petersburg on 29/5. A319 VQ-BAS (1863) was due to depart Montreal 5/6 en route to St Petersburg on delivery. This was previously with Frontier as N913FR. Expected later this month is VQ-BAV (1743 ex N907FR).
Ryanair B738s EI-EFF (35016) & EI-EFG (35014) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 30/5.
SAS B738 LN-RRH (34546) left Paine Field, WA on delivery to Oslo on 2/6. Also see under Malev.
Scanderbeg Air is now operating between the USA & Albania using B762 N712AX (23307) leased from Sky King. Originally delivered to Qantas as VH-EAM, this aircraft was then used by CAAC/Air China as B-2551. It had been intended for ABX Air at one time, hence the current registration.
Seagle Air A320 OM-HLE (0453 ex PT-MZM) arrived at Bratislava on delivery on 5/6.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKG (17) left Toulouse on 4/6 on delivery to Singapore.
Sky A/L B739 TC-SKN (36086) arrived at Antalya on delivery on 4/6. This is the first of 3 B739s on order & joins 2 A321s, 5 B734s & a B738 with the airline.
Star1. See under Hamburg International.
Sterling. Another of the former airline's aircraft finding a new home is B737 OY-MRI (28014), which became TS-IEA with Tunisair & has now been leased to Mauritania A/W.
Sun Express. See under Air Berlin.
Swiftair ATR72 EC-JDX (234) was noted in full Maya Island Air scheme at Madrid on 3/6 & will be wet-leased to the Belize carrier along with EC-JRP (446) & EC-KAE (192).
Tarom ATR72 YR-ATI (867) left Toulouse on delivery to Bucharest on 5/6.
Thomas Cook A320 G-TCAD (2114) was noted in full scheme but without registration at Madrid prior to delivery on 2/6. This aircraft was formerly with Vueling as EC-JDO.
Thomson A/W A320 G-OOPW (1777) was registered as VQ-BCZ for Ural A/L on 3/6. Also see under Jet4you.
Transaero B738 EI-EDZ (27980) was delivered from Hannover to Moscow/Domodedovo on 4/6. This was previously with Hapag-Lloyd/TUIfly as D-AHFF.
TUIfly. See under NordStar & Transaero.
Tunisair. See under Sterling.
United is understood to be about to ask both Airbus & Boeing to submit competing bids for up to 150 new aircraft. It is believed that these would be for aircraft of B757 size upwards (the airline has about 220 B747/757/767/777 in its fleet). United already has 25 A332s & 22 A350s on order from Airbus.
Ural A/L. See under Thomson A/W.
US A/W A332 N279AY (1011) left Toulouse on 3/6 on delivery to Mobile, AL.
Volare. See under XL A/W France.
Vueling. See under Thomas Cook.
West Air Europe B462QT SE-DRN (E2113) will shortly be delivered to Nusantara Air Charter, with whom it will become PK-JKC.
Wideroe. See under Flybe.
Wizz Air A320 F-WWBD (3947) was noted at Toulouse in full scheme on 2/6 (to be HA-LPW?).
XL A/W France A320 F-GTHL (0189 ex F-OHFR) was delivered to Paris/CDG from Chateauroux on 3/6. This aircraft was previously with Volare.