EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 05-09-09
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
Adria CRJ2 S5-AAD (7166) now sports a special scheme advertising Internet provider SIOL (see the Skyliner site for a photo).
Aegean B734 SX-BGR (25063) was ferried to Athens on 30/8 following a period of storage at Norwich. It is in basic scheme & without titles & was followed by sister ship SX-BGH (23866) in primer scheme on 3/9.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABAE (30877) was flown from Berlin/Tegel to Norwich on 1/9 for painting prior to return to the lessor.
Air Contractors ATR42 EI-SLA (149) was noted at Edinburgh on 31/8 in full Mistral Air scheme & was delivered to Rome/Fiumicino the same day. It is now operating domestic night mail runs.
Air India B772 VT-ALH (36307) set off on its delivery flight on 28/8 & was followed on 31/8 by B773 VT-ALQ (36315).
Andalus Lineas Aereas is to add a fourth EMB145 to its fleet. EI-EEK (145441 ex VH-SZH) was ferried from Alverca to Shannon on 31/8 prior to lease.
Arkefly returned Miami Air B738 N738MA (32799) to Pease, NH on 1/9 at the end of its summer lease.
AtlasJet A320 TC-OGK (0460) was ferried from Istanbul to Keflavik on 2/9 en route to the USA & return to the lessor. Also see under Tailwind.
Augsburg A/W took delivery of its fifth EMB195 on 29/8 when D-AEME (19000308) arrived at Munich. In common with its predecessors it wears Lufthansa Regional scheme. Three further examples are due for delivery this month.
Austrian A/L. See under Lufthansa.
BH Air A320 LZ-BHC (2540) was damaged in a tail strike on take-off from Verona on 1/9 while operating BGH5379 to Rome/Fiumicino. The aircraft returned safely to Verona, which was an intermediate stop en route from Hurghada.
Brit Air CRJ-100 F-GRJH (7162) left Morlaix on 28/8 on delivery to Air Uganda as 5X-UGD.
British A/W A318 G-EUNA (4007) has been crew training at Lyneham & Manston this week. It is due to perform a proving flight from London City to New York/JFK via Shannon on 8/9 as BAW9152C. The first revenue service from London City is planned to take place on 29/9 as BAW001. G-EUNB (4039) is due for delivery on 30/9. It is understood that B733 G-LGTE (24908) will be ferried to Goodyear, AZ, probably still UK registered, for modifications prior to going to WebJet as PR-WJT. B735 G-GFFH (27354) is due to operate its final revenue service on 8/9 as BAW2968 from Gatwick to Glasgow where it will undergo end of lease maintenance. It will then be flown to LHR for painting for Air Midwest of Nigeria. B752s G-BPEJ (25807) & G-BPEK (25808), both operated by Open Skies, are expected to join the French register next year. B772 G-YMMT (36518) was ferried from Cardiff to LHR on 1/9 as BAW9183 & then operated BAW27 to Hong Kong later that day. The airline accepted its first EMB170 in a ceremony at Sao Jose dos Campos on 3/9 & it was registered as G-LCYD (17000294) the same day. It was expected to leave Brazil on 4/9 as CFE001 on delivery to Edinburgh, with arrival there planned for 17.45 on 5/9. It will then be ferried to Exeter for modifications. Crew training will take place at Cambridge & the first revenue service is due to be from London City to Edinburgh as BAW8700 on 28/9. G-LCYE (17000296) is due to leave Brazil on 11/9 as CFE170P & should arrive at Edinburgh the following day. The next 3 are scheduled to follow this year with the final one arriving in January. The 5 EMB190s are due between March & June 2010.
Cargolux B744F LX-FCV (25866) has become N581UP with UPS & was delivered from Luxembourg to Bangor, ME as UPS9130 on 4/9. It will then continue on to Roswell, NM
Cathay Pacific Cargo B742F B-HVZ (23864) left Hong Kong on 31/8 bound for Anchorage, AK & then onward to Victorville, CA for storage.
CityJet. See under VLM.
Contactair continues to expand its fleet of Fk100s. B-12292 (11496) of Mandarin A/L arrived at Eindhoven on 31/8 for preparation for the airline. It is also expected to take delivery of former Aero Mongolia examples JU-8428 (11428) & JU-8452 (11352) before the end of this year & these are expected to be registered D-AFKC/D respectively.
DHL B763F G-DHLF (387806) joined the UK register on 2/9 & was ferried to Greensboro, NC the following day for winglet installation. G-DHLE (37805) is due to be delivered to East Midlands on 9/9.
EasyJet. Former easyJet B737 N243CL (30243 ex G-EZJF) left Stansted on 29/8 in full Aerolineas Argentinas colours en route to Gander.
EgyptAir B738 SU-GDA (35565) arrived at Cairo on delivery on 1/9.
EVA Air B773 B-16714 (33757) made its first flight on 1/9.
Flybe. See under Olympic Air.
FlyLAL Charters. See under Sky Europe.
Gulf Air is to sell the five A343s that it owns. It also has a further four on lease.
Jetran Air MD-82 YR-MDR (48092) returned to Bucharest/Otopeni on 2/9 after lease to Air Ivoire at Abidjan.
Korean Air B773 HL7783 (37644) left the USA on 31/8 on delivery to Seoul/Incheon.
LOT. Correcting last week's blog, the deliveries of EMB175s SP-LIG/H/I (17000283/288/290) were all delayed with SP-LII arriving at Warsaw on 2/9 carrying special 600th E-Jet stickers. Both SP-LIG/H are still in Brazil.
Lufthansa completed its takeover of Austrian A/L on 3/9.
Lufthansa Regional. See under Augsburg A/W.
Mistral Air. See under Air Contractors.
MK A/L B742F G-MKLA (23711) was registered on 3/9 & is due for delivery to the airline later this month. Originally with British A/W as G-BDXM, this aircraft has more recently been with Air Atlanta as TF-ATX.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NOH (36814) left Boeing Field on 3/9 on its delivery flight to Oslo.
Norwegian.se MD-83 SE-RDV (49574) left Stockholm/Arlanda on 4/9 for Keflavik on its delivery flight to Allegiant Air.
Olympic Air is still busily preparing for its launch on 1/10. The latest DHC-8 news is as follows:
SX-BIQ (361) was ferried from Bordeaux to Exeter on 1/9 & is expected to be delivered to Athens on or around 13/9.
SX-BIT (4148) was ferried back from Norwich to Birmingham on 30/8 still as G-JECV but now in full Olympic Air scheme.
SX-OBB (4268) was delivered to Birmingham as G-PTHB on 31/8 in an all white scheme & then ferried to Norwich on 3/9 for painting.
Olympic A/L will be liquidated on 30/9 & its services will be taken over by Olympic Air. The current airline's long-haul routes will be dropped & it will be interesting to see what will happen to the A343s. B734s SX-BKI (24704) & SX-BKN (26281) have both been painted all white prior to delivery to a new operator.
Open Skies. See under British A/W.
Primera Air B737 TF-JXG (28210) became OY-PSF & not OY-PSG as stated last week.
Qatar A/W B773 A7-BAF (37661) is currently scheduled to arrive at Doha on delivery on 29/9.
RAM B733F CN-ROX (24020) passed through Bombay on 31/8 on its delivery flight.
Singapore A/L has agreed a delay of 6 to 12 months in the delivery schedule for 8 of its A388s. It is believed that this delay was requested by the airline rather than being Airbus driven.
Sky Europe announced on 1/9 that it had ceased all operations with immediate effect. Three B737s were returned from Prague to the lessor on 2/9, with OM-NGG (34753) & OM-NGJ (37455) going to Budapest & OM-NGP (34760) to Chateauroux. B733s OM-CLA (24545) & OM-CLB (24246) were ferried from Bratislava to Budapest on 4/9 on return to the lessor. The two B735s on lease from FlyLAL Charters, LY-AWF (26707) & LY-AWG (26700), were flown from Bratislava to Vilnius on 3/9.
Skywings B752 SX-BTH (27204) left San Jose on 1/9 still as N410JR on delivery to Athens.
Tailwind has leased B734 TC-TLA (25107) to AtlasJet & the aircraft wears a hybrid scheme (see the Skyliner site for a photo).
TAP A320 CS-TNS (4021) made its first flight on 28/8 as F-WWDM & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder later in the day.
Tarom is to add blended winglets to its four B737s.
TNT A300F OO-TZD (247) left Liege as TAY975E on 4/9 routing via Keflavik & Bangor, ME for storage at Mojave, CA.
Turkmenistan A/L B737 EZ-A006 (37236) left the USA on its delivery flight on 31/8, routing via Goose Bay & Birmingham to Ashkhabad. The airline placed an order with Boeing this week for a further three B737s.
UPS. See under Cargolux.
VLM Fk50 OO-VLP (20209) is the second example to have been painted into CityJet scheme & it was returned from Norwich to Antwerp on 1/9.