EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 04-07-09
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 A320 VQ-BCN (3954) was delivered to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 1/7.
Aeroflot-Don B734 VQ-BAO (25114) arrived at Rostov on delivery on 1/7 & was previously operated by Alaska A/L as N783AS.
Air Berlin B737 D-ABBN (30293) was ferried from Oberfaffenhoffen to Munich after painting in Yakutia A/L scheme, with whom it will become VQ-BEO. B738 D-ABAO (28069) was delivered all white from Munich to Istanbul on 2/7 as TC-SGI for Saga A/L.
Air Canada B773 C-FIVS (35784) made its first flight on 27/6.
Air Finland. See under Astraeus.
Air France B773 F-GZNG (32968) arrived at Paris/CDG on delivery on 30/6.
Air France Regional EMB170 F-HBXE (17000286) arrived at Clermont-Ferrand on delivery on 1/7.
Air India B773 VT-ALO (36313) made its first flight on 30/6.
Air Seychelles. See under Malev.
Alitalia A320 EI-DTG (3921) was delivered from Toulouse to Rome/Fiumicino on 2/7. This is one of the aircraft ordered & operated by Air One.
Arkefly received Miami Air B738 N738MA at Amsterdam on 30/6 on summer lease from Miami Air.
Astraeus is leasing former Zoom B752 C-GTSN (24543) from 8/7 to 14/9 to operate charters on behalf of Monarch (replacing an Air Finland B752).
Belavia has a further two B733s that have escaped my notice until now.
EW-282PA (26321 ex N17386, G-BZZJ, N641LF, B-5024)
EW-283PA (26333 ex HB-IIF, TU-TAJ, N661LF, D4-CBN, N661LF, B-2604)
BMI A320 G-MIDZ (0934) has been registered to Aerco Ltd & left East Midlands on 30/6 destined for Goodyear, AZ.
British A/W Cityflyer B463 G-BZAW (E3354) was ferried from Exeter to Norwich on 30/6 for painting, presumably for a new operator.
Cargo B A/L was due to move its base from Brussels to Liege on 1/7, but ceased operations instead. B744F OO-CBC (36784) was ferried from Liege to Amsterdam on 29/6 & OO-CBD (36785) from Brussels to Amsterdam the same day. Both are being returned to Nippon Cargo. B742Fs OO-CBA (24158) & OO-CBB (22545) were both already in store, the former at Brussels in damaged condition.
Clickair A320 EC-GRI (0177) left Madrid on 27/6 en route to Keflavik & the USA on return to the lessor.
Danu Oro Transportas. See under Meridiana.
EasyJet A320 G-EZTJ (3979) made its first flight from Finkenwerder on 29/6 wearing the test registration D-AVVO & was followed by G-EZTI (3975) on 2/7 as D-AVVN. B737 G-EZJP (32412) was cancelled from the UK register on 1/7, becoming HL8205 for Eastar Jet & departing Stansted on delivery on 3/7.
Emerald A/W HS748 G-SOEI (1689) was cancelled from the UK register on 29/6 as exported to the USA.
Emirates B773 A6-ECR (35592) arrived at Dubai on delivery on 27/6.
FinnComm ATR72s OH-ATK (848) & OH-ATL were noted at Toulouse in full scheme on 29/6 as F-WWEN/U respectively. Flightline MD-83 G-FLTL (49790) was cancelled from the UK register on 30/6 & has become S2-AEU with United A/W.
Freebird A320 TC-FBJ (0580) was delivered from Dusseldorf to Istanbul on 3/7. The aircraft is ex D-ALAC, D-ARFC, EC-JRX, N580CG.
Hamburg International A319 D-AHIP (3895) was ferried from Friedrichshafen to Hamburg on 1/7 following a period of storage, while D-AHIQ (3950) was flown from Finkenwerder to Hamburg on 3/7. Both are to be painted in Olympic A/W scheme for operations by Pantheon.
Izmir A/L A320 TC-IZA (2118) arrived at Istanbul on delivery on 30/6. This aircraft was formerly with TACA as N488TA.
KD Avia. See under Seagle Air.
Lufthansa has retired its remaining A300-600 aircraft, with the last service being flown on 1/7 by D-AIAM (408) from Rome/Fiumicino to Frankfurt. The current disposition (with thanks also to ATDB) of the fleet is believed to be as follows:
D-AIAH (380) stored at Dresden (ferried from FRA on 2/7 as "Cowboy1")
D-AIAI (391) broken up at Lasham 08/08
D-AIAK (401) stored at Dresden
D-AIAL (405) stored at Hamburg since 02/05/09
D-AIAM (408) stored at Dresden (ferried from FRA on 2/7 as "Cowboy2")
D-AIAN (411) at Kiev/Borispol for Mahan Air since 04/09
D-AIAP (414) at Kiev/Borispol for Mahan Air since 26/06/09
D-AIAR (546) at Kiev/Borispol for Mahan Air since 07/05/09
D-AIAS (557) stored at Dresden since 25/10/08
D-AIAT (618) stored at Hamburg since 02/05/09
D-AIAU (623) stored at Dresden (ferried from FRA on 2/7 as "Cowboy3")
D-AIAW (764) to Onur Air as TC-OAO 12/05/05
D-AIAX (773) stored at Dresden (ferried from FRA on 3/7)
D-AIAY (608) at Kiev/Borispol for Mahan Air since 04/09
D-AIAZ (701) stored at Dresden (ferried from FRA on 3/7)
Lufthansa Italia A319 D-AILH (0641) has been returned to the parent company.
Malev B763 HA-LHC (28884) was ferried from Filton to Budapest on 2/7 after painting into Air Seychelles scheme.
Martinair B763 PH-MCG (24428) was noted in basic scheme at Amsterdam prior to return to the lessor.
Martinair Cargo B744F PH-MPR (24226) left Amsterdam for San Francisco on 29/6 & was then ferried down to Pinal Air Park/Marana, AZ for storage. This was the last B744F in service with the airline.
Meridiana received ATR42 LY-ARI (12A) at Cagliari on 30/6 on wet-lease from Danu Oro Transportas.
Monarch. See under Astraeus.
Olympic A/W has renewed its lease on B734 SX-BKD (25362) & it was ferried from Woensdrecht to Athens on 1/7. Also see under Hamburg International.
Privatair B738 D-APBC (33016) was delivered to Dusseldorf on 30/6 following cabin reconfiguration in the USA.
RAM should shortly receive a further B763 as N768MT (30008) was ferried from Lake City, FL to Greensboro in full scheme on 1/7. The aircraft is currently registered to GECAS & was previously with Alitalia as EI-CRL. This may turn out to be a replacement for B763 CN-RNT (30843), which received substantial damage in a hard landing at New York/JFK on 20/4.
Ryanair B738 EI-EFN (37358) made its first flight on 27/6. EI-EFL (37534) & EI-EFM (37535) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 1/7. EI-CSW (29935) was ferried from Norwich to Lasham on 30/6 in full Ethiopian A/L scheme & is expected to become ET-ANB.
Saga A/L B734 TC-SGD (25773) has been leased to Air Algerie again & was delivered to Algiers on 27/6 & was followed by the next day by A313 TC-SGB (562), which had just returned from lease to Ariana Afghan, having been replaced by TC-SGC (519). Also see under Air Berlin.
SAS MD-87 LN-RMU (53340) was flown from Stockholm/Arlanda to Shannon on 2/7 for painting, possibly for a new operator.
Seagle Air is due to take delivery of former KD Avia B733 OM-HLX (24011 ex EI-DOM) on 5/7, when it is expected to fly from Lasham to Bratislava.
Sky Europe B737 OM-NGN (34759) was impounded at Paris/Orly on 22/6.
Strategic A/L is to receive a second French registered A320 as F-GTSR (0436) was noted on a test flight at Toulouse on 30/6. This aircraft was originally F-GJVY, then G-BXAT, F-GJVU, OO-TCL, N436BV. F-GSTS is now understood to be MSN 0420 & was previously registered N486GX, F-GJVX, OO-TCM, N420BV. Both aircraft were recently with Thomas Cook Belgium & had been intended for Aerolineas Argentinas.
Swiss International A333 HB-JHC (1029) made its first flight at Toulouse on 25/6 as F-WWKE.
THY delivered A313s YA-CAQ & YA-CAV to Ariana Afghan A/L at Kabul on 30/6 & 27/6. Though unconfirmed, the aircraft are thought to be the former TC-JDA (496) & TC-JDB (497) respectively. TC-JJA is the new registration for leased Jet A/W B773 VT-JED (35160) & it was noted in service as such on 30/6.
Thomson A/W B752 G-BYAE (26964) left Shannon on 29/6 destined for Bangor, ME. It was withdrawn from service on 3/4 & ferried to Shannon the following day - another one for FedEx?
TNT A/W A300F OO-TZA (155) left Bordeaux on 1/7 routing via Keflavik & Bangor, ME for onward storage at Mojave, CA.
Transavia B738 PH-ZOM (29677) was delivered to Amsterdam on 1/7 & was followed the next day by PH-HSA (34171).
Ural A/L A320 VQ-BDM (2187) arrived at Ekaterinburg on delivery on 1/7. The aircraft was previously with USA 3000 as N269AV.
Viking B738 SE-RHX was noted in full scheme at Shannon on 2/7, but still wearing EI-DJT.
Windjet A320 F-GJVC (0204) was ferried from Orly to Chateauroux on 27/6 on return to the lessor.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LPX (3968) made its first flight at Toulouse on 26/6 as F-WWIN & was ferried to Finkenwerder the same day.
Yakutia A/L. See under Air Berlin.
Yemenia. Another sad event to record is the crash into the sea of A313 7O-ADJ (535) on approach to Moroni Hahaia, Comores on 30/6. There was only one survivor among the 153 on board.