EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 01-08-09
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
Aer Lingus A332 EI-EWR (330) was ferried back to Shannon from Bordeaux on 29/7 prior to delivery to Batavia.
Aeroflot is delaying delivery of two A320s & three A321s by up to two years. It also plans to lease three MD-11s from Boeing Capital as it withdraws its fleet of Il-86s.
Air Cargo Germany B744F D-ACGA (24311) flew its first service on 27/7 from Hahn to Tashkent.
Air India B772LR VT-ALG (36306) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Delhi on 28/7. The airline is negotiating with Boeing in a bid to cancel six of the ten B773s that is has on order.
Andalus Lineas Aereas EMB145 EC-LCP (145408) was delivered to Malaga on 28/7. Originally with LOT as SP-LGM, this aircraft then operated for SkyAirWorld as VH-SZF before being registered to GECAS as EI-EEJ.
Athens A/W. See under Denim Air.
Atlantic A/L former ATR42 G-IONA (017) was permanently withdrawn from use on 27/7 & is currently languishing at Edinburgh minus engines & cargo door.
Augsburg A/W EMB195 D-AEMC (19000300) arrived at Munich on delivery on 25/7. It sports Lufthansa Regional tail markings.
British A/W B772 G-YMMS (36517) was due to be ferried from Cardiff to Heathrow on 31/7, with service entry due on 1/8. G-YMMU (36519) is expected to leave Paine Field, WA bound for Cardiff on 1/8.
Cargo B A/L B744F OO-CBC (36784) was registered N384NC on 6/7 & left Amsterdam on 28/7 en route to Victorville, CA for storage. OO-CBD (36785) was also reregistered on 6/7, becoming N385NY & followed its sister ship to Victorville, CA on 31/7.
Carpatair Fk100 YR-FKA (11340) was ferried to Tripoli on 30/7 on lease to Petro Air.
Cathay Pacific A343 B-HXM (123) was ferried from Hong Kong to Victorville, CA for storage on 27/7.
Cathay Pacific Cargo B742F B-HVZ (23864) operated the airline's last B742F service from Shanghai/Pudong to Hong Kong on 28/7 & then entered storage.
Denim Air Fk50 PH-JXK (20233) left Maastricht on 26/7 en route to Libreville & lease to Nouvelles Air Affaires Gabon who will operate it on behalf of Shell Gabon. PH-JXN (20239) left Maastricht on 22/7 on wet-lease to Athens A/W.
DHL Air B763F G-DHLE (37805) made its first flight on 28/7. It is due for delivery in August along with sister ship G-DHLF (37806), with G-DHLG (37807) to follow in September.
Eagle Aviation Europe (formerly just Eagle Aviation) is adding B752 F-GTIP (25624) to its fleet & it was ferried from Macon, GA as N624AG, arriving at Nantes on 28/7. This was previously registered as XA-SIK, N801AM, TC-SNA, XA-ACA. The airline disposed of its previous three B752s (F-GTIB/D/Q) earlier this year & all are currently stored in the USA bearing US registrations.
EasyJet A320 G-EZTN (4006) made its first flight at Toulouse on 30/7 as F-WWDY & was then ferried to Finkenwerder the same day.
Emerald A/W. One of this former airline's ATPs found a new home on 27/7 when G-JEMD (2026) left Coventry on delivery to PT Derava at Jakarta & will be followed shortly by G-JEME (2027).
Emirates B773 A6-ECS (38980) left Paine Field on 29/7 on delivery to Dubai. This makes Emirates the world's biggest B777 operator with a fleet of 78 in service plus a further 28 on order.
Ethiopian A/L has announced that it has signed a MoU with Airbus for twelve A359s, with deliveries to begin in 2017 & another with Boeing for five B772LRs with deliveries starting from October 2010.
Eurowings B463 D-AEWB (E3183) was ferried from Frankfurt to Exeter on 26/7 on return to the lessor.
Finnair. See under World A/W.
Flybe DHC-8 G-ECOE (4212) was restored to the UK register on 30/7 following its spell with Wideroe as LN-WDV. It is now in full Olympic Air scheme prior to its next lease.
Flyglobespan B738s G-CEJO (29643) & G-CEJP (29646) are due to leave the fleet at the end of this summer & will be replaced by two new-build machines in time for the beginning of the 2010 summer season.
Hellas Aviation took delivery of former KLM Cityhopper Fk50s PH-KVE (20206) & PH-KVF (20207) at Athens on 31/7. The former will become SX-BRV, but the new registration for the latter is not yet known.
JAL retired its last B743 on 30/7.
KLM Cityhopper. See under Hellas Aviation.
Koral Blue A320 SU-KBC (2123 ex EC-ISI, EI-EDO) entered service with the airline on 24/7.
Korean Air B773 HL7783 (37644) made its first flight on 29/7.
Lufthansa A306 D-AIAS (553) has become EX-35010 with Kyrgyz Trans Avia & left Kiev/Borispol bound for Tehran, possibly for lease to Mahan Air.
Lufthansa Regional. See under Augsburg A/W.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-DYA (39162) made its first flight on 30/7.
Olympic Air/Pantheon A/W. The latest A319 news is as follows:
SX-OAJ (3905) ferried from Finkenwerder to Shannon in full Mexicana scheme on 24/7 for painting
SX-OAL (3252) in full scheme at Southend since 24/7 with M-ABCJ taped on
SX-OAN (1727) ferried from Dusseldorf to Shannon in basic Privatair scheme on 29/7 still as D-APAC for painting
SX-OAO (1880) ferried from Malta to Maastricht in basic Privatair scheme on 25/7 still as D-APAD for painting
Also see under Flybe.
Olympic A/L B734 SX-BKM (24709) was ferried from Athens to Manchester & then Keflavik on 29/7 on return to the lessor.
Primera Air MD-83 TF-JXC (49627) was registered to Skywings as SX-BTM at Athens on 24/7.
Qantas celebrated 50 years of jet operations on 29/7
Ryanair B738s EI-EFO (37539) & EI-EFP (37540) were delivered to Dublin on 25/7. This takes the total number of B738s delivered to the airline this year to 43 & the number currently in service to 199. Deliveries will restart in September.
Saga A/L took delivery of A333 B-HYH (407) at Istanbul on 31/7. The aircraft is currently all white & will join the Turkish register in due course.
Scot A/W Do328 G-BYMK (3069) was cancelled from the UK register on 30/7 as exported to the Philippines
Skywings is expected to take delivery of B752 SX-BTH (27204) in the fourth quarter of this year & it was noted at San Jose, Costa Rica on 28/7 being painted all white. This aircraft has an interesting history, having started life with FEAT as B-27007, after which it is thought to have spent a while with the CIA as N5579N operating out of Langley, VA before returning to FEAT as B-27007 once more & then passing to Angkor A/W as XU-AKB until it was purchased by Boeing Aircraft Co as N410JR. Also see under Primera Air.
Swiss International A333 HB-JHC (1029) was delivered from Toulouse to Zurich on 29/7.
THY has finalised an order for a further seven B773s, taking its total order to twelve. Deliveries are expected to start from October next year, with the last one arriving in 2013.
TNT A300F OO-TZC (210) was registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest as N2101R on 17/7 & left Bordeaux on 30/7 destined for storage at Mojave, CA.
TUIfly. See under Viking.
United A/L former B744 N185UA (25395) arrived at Pinal Airpark/Marana, AZ for storage on 22/7 & was followed on 30/7 by N192UA (26881).
Viking B733 SE-RHT (24962) & B738 SE-RHX (28592) are currently operating for TUIfly out of Stuttgart.
World A/W MD-11 N270WA (48449 ex OH-LGA) left Helsinki on 22/7 bound for Taipei, all white & devoid of titles.