EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 12-09-09
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
Aer Arran ATR72 EI-REJ (126) was registered to Air Contractors on 27/8 & is now operating a nightly FedEx service from Birmingham to Paris/CDG.
Aeroflot A332 VQ-BBF (1045) was delivered to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 8/9.
Afriqiyah A332 5A-ONG (1024) was delivered from Toulouse to Tripoli on 8/9 & 5A-ONH (1043) made its first flight as F-WWKM on 7/9, but with an incorrect sticker showing F-WWKA applied.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABAE (30877) was ferried from Norwich to Munich on 8/9 in full Jeju Air Scheme. A320 D-ABDY (4013) was delivered from Toulouse to Berlin/Tegel as BER665P on 10/9.
Air Contractors. See under Aer Arann.
Air Dolomiti B463 I-ADJH (E3129) was restored to the UK register as G-BTXN on 8/9. It is currently stored at Southend.
Alitalia. Further attempts are to be made in the near future to dispose of the remaining aircraft that were withdrawn earlier this year. In case you want to catch up with any of them, they are believed to be currently stored at the following locations:
Brindisi - ATR72s I-ATRO, ATRQ, ATRR
Clermont-Ferrand - EMB145s I-EXMA, EXMB, EXMC, EXMD, EXME, EXMF, EXMG, EXMH, EXMI, EXML, EXMM, EXMO, EXMU
Cologne - ATR72s I-ATLR, ATMC, ATPA, ATPM, ATRS, ATSL, ATSM
Dothan, AL - MD-11F EI-UPA (& possibly EI-UPU)
Miami, FL - B763 EI-CRO (for Blue Panorama)
Milan/Malpensa - MD-82 I-DATL
Mojave, CA - MD-82s I-DAWC, DAWU
Rome/Fiumicino - EMB145 I-EXMN, MD-82s I-DACP, DACQ, DACX, DANL, DANM, DANP, DANV, DATA, DATB, DATD, DATF, DATH, DATJ, DATK, DATO, DATR, DAVR, DAVV, DAWB
It is reported that four of the ATR72s (I-ATRO/Q/R/S) have recently been purchased by Magellan Aviation Services.
Andalus Lineas Aereas EMB145 EC-LDB (145441 ex EI-EEK) was delivered to Malaga from Alverca on 10/9.
Astraeus A320 G-STRP (0136) was registered on 10/9. This is a former Clickair machine, EC-GRF, which is currently stored at Kemble & should be delivered to the airline next month.
Best Air MD-82 TC-TUA had returned to the airline by 5/9 following lease to Mahan Air.
BMI. See under British A/W.
British A/W. The EMB170 fleet got off to an unfortunate & rather inauspicious start. G-LCYD (17000294) set off from Sao Jose dos Campos on 4/9, reaching its first stop at Recife without incident. However, on take-off from Recife en route to Sal (Cape Verde), it suffered a bird strike, which punctured the left nose section as far back as the pressurised bulkhead. The aircraft landed safely at Recife & was then flown back to Sao Jose dos Campos at 10,000 feet for repairs. With these duly completed, it arrived at Exeter as CFE01P on delivery on 11/9. B735 G-GFFH (27354) flew its last revenue service on 10/9 as BAW2599 from Verona to Gatwick & was then ferried to Glasgow as BAW9254 early that evening. Talks between the airline & Lufthansa about a possible bid to buy BMI have reportedly taken place recently.
CargoItalia took delivery of MD-11F EI-UPE (48427) at Milan/Malpensa on 5/9 when it arrived from San Antonio, TX.
Cathay Pacific A343 B-HXO (128) left Hong Kong on 9/9 for storage at Victorville, CA.
Centralwings B734 SP-LLI (24706) became N916SK for SkyKing on 8/9 & left Warsaw n its delivery flight on 10/9.
Clickair. See under Astraeus.
CSA B734 OK-VGZ (24769) was ferried from Southend to Prague on 10/9 in Flair A/L scheme, though without titles.
DHL B763F G-DHLE (37805) left Greensboro, NC on 8/9 routing via New York/JFK, NY to East Midlands on delivery.
EasyJet A320 G-EZTO (4034) made its first flight on 2/9 as D-AVVH & was delivered to Paris/Orly as EZY8001 on 10/9. B737 G-EZJR (32413) was cancelled from the UK register on 9/9, becoming HL8207 for Eastar Jet the same day when it made an acceptance flight as such from Stansted. It then departed on its delivery flight on 11/9 routing via Dubai.
Egypt Air B738 SU-GDB (35567) arrived at Cairo as MSR9999 on delivery on 6/9.
Ethiopian A/L. See under Ryanair.
Eurowings B463 D-AEWP (E3165) was restored to the UK register as G-BSNR on 8/9. B462 D-AEWD (E2069) was ferried from Frankfurt to Exeter as DLH9920 on 9/9 on return to the lessor.
Finnair will retire three of its seven B752s next spring. It also intends to lease two EMB170s or EMB190s to FinnComm.
FinnComm. See under Finnair.
Flybe DHC-8 G-JECW (4152) was ferried from Birmingham to Norwich as BEE031M on 5/9 for painting into Olympic Air scheme, with whom it is to become SX-BIU.
I-Fly is a new Russian carrier who will soon be the recipient of B752 EI-DUC (26248), which was noted in their scheme at Norwich on 9/9.
KD Avia is expected to have its AOC revoked by Rosaviatsiya on 14/9. It has been in deep trouble since 1/9 when it stopped selling tickets citing the reason as the non-arrival of promised new funds. On 4/9, four of its B733s were impounded - EI-CHH (23177) at Paris/CDG, VP-BDB (23261) at Munich, VP-BJV (23507) at Dusseldorf & VP-BJY (23559) at Hannover. Since then, EI-CHH has been ferried to Lasham for storage on 8/9, with VP-BDB following it on 10/9 & VP-BJV on 11/9. In addition, EI-DMM (24092) & EI-DTY (25017) were ferried from Kaliningrad to Paris/CDG on 11/9, with the former then continuing to Chateauroux & the latter to Shannon.
KLM Cityhopper Fk100 PH-OFF (11274) was ferried from Amsterdam to Woensdrecht as KLM7151 for storage on 9/9. Fk70 PH-KZV (11556) has now been repainted from Air France scheme & was ferried to Maastricht from Amsterdam on 10/9 for further pre-delivery work.
Kolavia took delivery of A320 TC-KLA (2029) on 11/9 when it was ferried from Istanbul to Volgograd on 11/9. Originally with America West as N670AW, this aircraft then became VT-DKW with Air Deccan & N615SA with GECAS.
LOT is not ruling out a switch to Airbus as it discusses compensation options with Boeing over delays to the B787s that it has on order. Other possibilities include switching to B777s or overhauling its B767s.
Lufthansa. The airline has announced the following provisional delivery dates for Airbus aircraft.
A319 (c/ns not yet known)
D-AIBA 31/12/09, D-AIBB 28/02/10, D-AIBC 30/06/10, D-AIBD 30/09/10 D-AIBE 30/11/10
A320 (c/ns not yet known)
D-AIZA 30/11/09, D-AIZB 31/12/09, D-AIZC 31/01/10, D-AIZD 28/02/10, D-AIZE 31/03/10, D-AIZF 30/04/10, D-AIZG 31/05/10, D-AIZH 30/06/10, D-AIZI 31/08/10, D-AIZJ 30/09/10
D-AISV (4047) 30/09/09, D-AISW (4054) 31/10/09, D-AISX (4073) 31/10/09, D-AISZ (unknown) 30/11/09
D-AIMA (038) 31/03/10, D-AIMB (041) 30/04/10, D-AIMC (044) 31/05/10, D-AIMD (048) 30/06/10, D-AIME (061) 31/07/10, D-AIMF (066) 28/02/11, D-AIMG (069) 31/03/11, D-AIMH (070) 30/04/11, D-AIMI (072) 31/05/11, D-AIMJ (073) 30/06/11
Also see under British A/W.
Luzair took delivery of B763 CS-TQI (25221) at Lisbon on 10/9, when it arrived on delivery from Porto Alegre. The aircraft's long list of previous identities is B-16688, N770TA, G-BXOP, PH-AAM, SE-DZF, C-GGBK, 5R-MFF, PR-VAI, PT-MSS, N237W - a somewhat well used machine.
MAS B744 9M-MPI (27672) has become HZ-AWA1 with Alwafeer A/L & was noted in service on 10/9.
MCA A/L Fk100 SE-DUU (11286) was ferried from Stockholm/Arlanda to Maastricht as PEO9001 on 8/9 for painting prior to lease to Petro Air.
Olympic Air A319 SX-OAJ (3905) was ferried from Athens to Shannon as NOA007P on 6/9 for cabin reconfiguration. Originally built for Mexicana & to have been XA-MXR it still sported a Mexicana-specified interior. DHC-8 G-PTHB (4268) was cancelled from the UK register on 8/9, with the aircraft becoming SX-OBB & delivered from Norwich to Athens on 9/9. Also see under Flybe.
Olympic A/L B734 SX-BKN (26281) was registered to Nas Air as E3-NAZ on 11/9.
Oman Air A332 A4O-DB (1044) made its first flight as F-WWKA on 10/9 in full scheme.
Ryanair B738 EI-EFR (37541) arrived at Dublin as RYR800R on delivery on 5/9. EI-CSW (29935) completed an air test from Lasham on 11/9 as ET-ANB & is due to leave Lasham imminently on delivery to Ethiopian A/L at Addis-Ababa.
SAS will soon take delivery of CRJ-900 OY-KFK (15244). The aircraft was flown to Kiev/Borispol on 6/9 in SAS scheme but wearing C-GBSZ for a demo tour. MD-82 OY-KGZ (49381) was ferried from Stockholm/Arlanda to Lourdes as SAS9178 for storage on 24/8 & was followed by LN-ROW (49438) as SAS9198 on 8/9.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKJ (045) left Toulouse on 6/9 as SIA380 on delivery to Singapore/Changi. This is the airline's tenth A388. 9V-SKK (051) made its first flight in primer as F-WWAH on 10/9 & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day. This is due for delivery in December & will be the last for the airline until October 2010 following the recent delivery delays agreed with Airbus.
Surinam A/W is to replace its familiar B743, PZ-TCM (23508), with an ex Air France A343.
Swiftair ATR72 EC-JRP (446) returned to Madrid on 10/9 after lease to Maya Island Air.
S7 A/L B735 VP-BTF (25009) was registered to Apollo Aviation Capital Holding as N374RM back on 26/2 & has now become TU-TSC for Air Ivoire, with delivery from Chateauroux to Abidjan taking place on 11/9.
TAP A320 CS-TNS (4021) was delivered to Lisbon on 11/9.
Titan A/W. For the photographers, B752 G-ZAPU (26151) now carries additional "Pixie Lott" titles (see Skyliner for a photo).
Turkmenistan A/L B737 EZ-A008 (37237) routed through Birmingham on 11/9 on its delivery flight to Ashkhabad & was due to be followed by EZ-A009 (37235) the following day.
Ukraine International B738 UR-PSB (29654) left the USA as AUI6102 on delivery to Kiev/Borispol on 4/9.
UT Air continues to receive B735s formerly operated by Continental. The latest one is VP-BXR (27316 ex N69603), which arrived at Khanty-Mansiysk on delivery on 11/9. This takes the total number of former Continental machines in service to thirteen, with the following five expected to join the fleet:
VP-BVO (28916 ex N14655) & VP-BVQ (28915 ex N14654) due this year
VP-BXU (27318 ex N14605), VP-BXY (27328 ex N37615) & VP-BXZ (27329 ex N52616) due in 2010
Virgin Atlantic A346 G-VATL (376) flew its last revenue service on 5/9 as VIR4 from New York/JFK to LHR & was ferried to Lourdes as VIR813P for storage on 7/9.
Wideroe DHC-8 LN-WDG (4266) arrived at Bergen on delivery on 5/9.