EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 11-07-09
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-Nord took delivery of former British A/W B735 VP-BKU (25789 ex G-GFFB) on 10/7 when it was delivered from Dinard to Archangelsk.
Air Canada B773 C-FIVS (35784) was delivered to Vancouver on 8/7. It is painted in a special "Vancouver 2010" scheme.
Air Contractors took delivery of former Danu Oro Transportas ATR72 LY-PTK (324) at Edinburgh on 5/7. It is to become EI-SLJ. The airline is expected to receive a further two ATR72s during the next few weeks.
Air Kosova. See under Pronair.
Alitalia A320 EI-DTJ (3978) made its first flight as F-WWIX at Toulouse in full scheme on 6/7 & was ferried to Finkenwerder the same day.
Athens A/W. See under Flybe.
Atlas Blue B734 CN-RMF (24807) has been repainted into RAM scheme, but with small Atlas Blue stickers.
AtlasJet took delivery of former Eurofly A332 TC-ETL (364 ex I-EEZB) at Istanbul on 8/7, when it was ferried from Zurich in full Saudi Arabian scheme.
Austrian Arrows has announced that it will dispose of its fleet of thirteen CRJ-200s next year. Some DHC-8-300s will also go & will be replaced by further DHC-8-400s.
Avia Nova is a new Russian airline, which took delivery of A320 EI-EEI (0661) at Moscow/Vnukovo on 10/7. This aircraft was originally with Aero Lloyd as D-ALAD & then America West/US A/W as N603AW. It is also due to take delivery of A320 EI-EEL (0543), which was first with Constellation & Virgin Express as OO-COH, before operating with America West/US A/W as N605AW.
Blue Air has entered into negotiations with Boeing for ten B738/739s. This is in addition to the two B738s & three B739s that the airline agreed to purchase last year.
Blue Islands is due to lease ATR42 G-DRFC (007) from the end of July. This will represent a significant jump in individual aircraft capacity over the existing fleet of five Jetstreams, one Islander, three Trislanders & a Do328.
BMI former A320 G-MIDZ (0934) was cancelled from the UK register on 3/7 & has N934BV assigned.
British A/W is deferring delivery of its A380s with some later ones now due to enter service two years later than originally planned. It has also announced that it will ground an additional three B744s in winter 2010. The airline's first A318, G-EUNA (4007) will be delivered to Gatwick on 28/8 for modifications. Crew training will start on 1/9 & the first revenue service from London City will take place on 29/9. Also see under Aeroflot-Nord.
Cathay Pacific Cargo B744F B-HKX (26557) was delivered from Xiamen to Hong Kong on 6/7 following freighter conversion. It was previously with Singapore A/L as 9V-SPL.
Contactair Fk100 D-AFKF (11470) was delivered from Woensdrecht to Saarbrucken on 8/7, still wearing PH-MJK & in Star Alliance scheme.
Danu Oro Transportas. See under Air Contractors.
EasyJet B737 G-EZJO (30244) was cancelled from the UK register on 7/7 & left Stansted the same day on delivery to Aires Colombia as HK-4641.
The next three A320 deliveries (all from Finkenwerder) are scheduled to be as follows:
G-EZTI (3975) to Gatwick on 14/7
G-EZTJ (3979) to Paris/Orly on 17/7
G-EZTK (3991) to Gatwick on 24/7
Euro Atlantic has wet-leased B763 CS-TLO (24318) to RAM & it was ferried from Lisbon to Casablanca on 10/7.
Eurofly. See under AtlasJet.
Eurowings CRJ-900 D-ACND (15238) is due to arrive at Nuremberg on delivery on 11/7.
Flybe DHC-8 G-FLBA (4253) was delivered to Birmingham on 4/7 & was followed by G-FLBB (4255) on 7/7. G-FLBC (4257) is due for delivery on 12/7 & G-FLBD (4259) on 27/7. EMB145 G-EMBM (145196) was ferried from Norwich to Exeter on 4/7 following painting in Athens A/W scheme. The UK registration was cancelled on 9/7 & SX-CMD allotted the same day.
FlyLAL Charters. See under Hola.
Garuda. The Indonesian government claims that the EU is about to lift the ban on four of its airlines, including Garuda who says it will restart European services in 2010.
Hamburg International. See under Pantheon A/W.
Hola B734 EC-LAV (24352) arrived at Moscow/Vnukovo on 2/7 on lease to FlyLAL Charters.
Lufthansa Italia A319 D-AILL (0689) was returned to the parent company on 28/6.
MAT Macedonian A/L B735 Z3-AAH (25249) was ferried from Belgrade to Skopje on 4/7 after having been in storage since 14/5.
Olympic Air. See under Pantheon A/W.
Olympic A/L has renewed its lease on B734 SX-BKE (25417) & it was ferried from Woensdrecht to Athens on 8/7.
Pantheon A/W A319s SX-OAF (3895) & SX-OAG (3950) were ferried from Hamburg to Norwich for painting on 8/7. Both were in Hamburg International scheme & had originally been intended to enter service as D-AHIP & D-AHIQ respectively. A further A319, SX-OAK (3317), was reregistered from M-ABCK at Southend on 9/7. This was originally intended for Mandala A/L as PK-RMF before joining the Manx register. These A319s are on a three-year lease & will be operated under the name Olympic Air.
Pegasus B738 TC-AAR (28624) was reregistered from EI-DGZ at Shannon on 6/7 & delivered to Istanbul on 9/7. It is reportedly still in Futura colours.
Primera Air B738 TF-JXH (28618) was reregistered OY-PSD on 3/7.
Pronair MD-87 EC-KRV (49843) was leased to Air Kosova at the beginning of the month following ten weeks storage.
RAM. See under Atlas Blue & Euro Atlantic.
RAM Express ATR72 CN-COA (441) was delivered to the airline at Casablanca on 10/7. The aircraft was previously with CityFlyer Express as G-BWTL & Aer Arann as EI-REA. The next ATR72 for the airline is expected to be CN-COB (444), which was previously with Aurigny as G-BWDA.
Rossiya A320 VQ-BBM (1578) will be out of service for a while, having suffered substantial damage in a tail strike on 7/7 when landing at St Petersburg at the end of a flight from Hurghada.
Ryanair B738 EI-EFN (37538) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 9/7. The provisional schedule for the next few B738 deliveries is:
EI-EFO (37539) 25/7
EI-EFP (37540) 25/7
EI-EFR (37541) week 1 of September 09
EI-EFS (37542) week 2 of September 09
EI-EFT (37543) week 2 of September 09
EI-EFV (35017), EI-EFW (35018), EI-EFX (35019), EI-EFY (35020), EI-EFZ (38489), EI-EGA (38490), EI-EGB (38491) & EI-EGC (38492) all November 09
SAS received its seventh CRJ-900 on 8/7 with the arrival of OY-KFG (15237) at Copenhagen. B738 LN-RRJ (34547) arrived at Stockholm/Arlanda on delivery on 10/7.
SAS Norge B735 LN-BRO (24647) was ferried from Alesund to Shannon on 6/7 for painting all white, prior (I assume) to return to the lessor.
Singapore A/L now has nine A388s in service following the departure of 9V-SKI (34) from Toulouse on 6/7 on its delivery flight.
Solid Air CRJ-200 PH-AAG (7763) was due to arrive at Eindhoven on delivery from Sussex County, DE on 9/7. This aircraft was previously with Comair as N492CA.
Swiss International A333 HB-JHD (1026) was ferried from Chateauroux to Toulouse on 7/7 in full scheme & still as F-WWYY.
TAAG Angola has been removed from the EU list of blacklisted airlines.
Thomson A/W B752 G-BYAE (26964) was cancelled from the UK register on 3/7 & has N964BV assigned.
Turkuaz Air A321 TC-TCF (0775) made a test flight from Shannon on 4/7 in full scheme, though still carrying 6Y-JME. This aircraft was originally G-BXNP with Airworld & Flying Colours.
Viking prospective B733 SE-RHV (28567) arrived at Southend on 6/7 as PK-GGU. B738 SE-RHX (28592 ex TC-IAJ, CN-RNN, EC-IEN, N975RY, EI-DJT) was delivered from Shannon to Gatwick on 10/7.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LPX (3968) was delivered from Toulouse to Budapest on 10/7.
Yemenia has stated that it may reconsider the MoU that it signed with Airbus for ten A350s following the manufacturer's failure to show the carrier "moral & media support" after the recent A310 crash.