EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 19-09-09
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
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO BLOG NEXT WEEK OR THE WEEK AFTER AS I WILL BE OUT OF THE COUNTRY. I HOPE TO CATCH UP THE FOLLOWING WEEK.
Adria A320 S5-AAC (0114) was noted all white at Ljubljana on 15/9 & is to be sold to a Philippine operator.
Aegean B734 SX-BGH (23866) departed Athens on 17/9 in primer scheme on return to the lessor in the USA, routing via Prestwick & Keflavik.
Aeroflot Cargo has disposed of B733F VP-BCN (23500) to Safair & it set off on its delivery flight on 17/9 routing from Ostrava via Cairo.
Air Asia X A333 9M-XXC (1048) made its first flight as F-WWKI on 14/9. 9M-XXD (1066) is due to be delivered in November & 9M-XXE (1075) in December, with a further 21 to follow by the end of 2014.
Air Berlin A320 D-ABDZ made its first flight on 11/9 as F-WWII & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Air Dolomiti B463 I-ADJJ (E3155) was ferried from Verona to Exeter on 14/9 on return to the lessor. This was the airline's last B463. Disposition of the fleet is as follows:
I-ADJF (E3193) to Astra A/L as SE-DIX
I-ADJG (E3169) restored as G-BSNS & stored at Kemble
I-ADJH (E3129) restored as G-BTXN & stored at Southend
I-ADJI (E3149) stored at Exeter
I-ADJJ (E3155) stored at Exeter
Air France A320 F-GFKO (0129) left Paris/Charles de Gaulle as AFR382V on 15/9 bound for Miami, FL & then to Opa Locka, FL, probably for scrapping. The airline is due to take delivery of its first A388, F-HPJA (033), at Finkenwerder on 30/10.
Air India B773 VT-ALR (36316) made its first flight on 15/9.
Alitalia ATR72 I-ATSL (592) has been sold to Air Bagan & is currently at Kuala Lumpur for painting.
Armavia. See under Lufthansa Cityline.
AustroJet DHC-8 OE-HWG (289) was ferried from Linz to Athens on 18/9, having been in store since 2/4, & is another one for Olympic Air.
British A/W B733 G-LGTE (24908) was handed back to the owner on 13/8, but didn't leave Gatwick until 15/9. It departed as BAW9150P bound for Goodyear, AZ routing via Keflavik & Bangor, ME & will eventually go to WebJet as PR-WJT. B744 G-BNLG (24049) flew its last revenue service on 11/9 as BAW154 from Cairo to LHR & left LHR as BAW9185E on 15/9 for Victorville, CA. It is thought to be the first of six BA B744s that will be put into storage in the near future. EMB170 G-LCYD (17000294) performed a proving flight from London City to Edinburgh & back as CFE170T/171T on 18/9. G-LCYE (17000296) was due to leave Brazil as CFE002D on 18/9 & is expected to arrive at Exeter at lunchtime on 20/9.
CityJet B462 EI-DEW (E3142) has become D-ALIN for WDL & was delivered from Norwich to Cologne as WDL511F on 18/9.
Condor B763 D-ABUD (26983) was ferried from Frankfurt to Beijing on 1/9 for winglet fitting, while D-ABUB (26987) flew in the opposite direction on 4/9 now sporting winglets.
Contact Air Fk100 D-AFKE (11505), operating as DLH288 from Berlin/Tegel to Stuttgart on 14/9, landed at its destination with its main gear up. The crew had received an unsafe gear indication but, despite 90 minutes troubleshooting, had been unable to lower the gear. I am glad to report that there were no significant injuries among the eighty-two passengers & five crew. The aircraft had been in service with the airline for just four days. See http://avherald.com/h?article=41fbf5b9&opt=0 for further information & photos.
CSA B734 OK-VGZ (24769) is to become C-FLEN when delivered to Flair A/L.
Denim Air is moving into the jet age with the addition of Fk100 PH-LNE (11322), which made an acceptance flight from Woensdrecht on 16/9. Originally registered to GECAS as PH-LNE, this aircraft was delivered to TAM as PT-MRD. It was then allocated F-WLLD for AerCap, before moving on to Girjet & Spanair as EC-JDN.
EasyJet B737 G-EZJA (30235) operated its last revenue service on 13/9 as EZY219Y from Vienna to Luton. It was then ferried to Southend later the same day as EZY8001 where it will be prepared for Aerolineas Argentinas. A319 G-EZFJ (4040) made its first flight at Finkenwerder as D-AVYM on 11/9 & was delivered to Gatwick as EZY8001 on 18/9.
Egypt Air B738 SU-GDC (35564) made its first flight on 14/9 & was followed on 16/9 by SU-GDE (35569).
Emirates B773 A6-ECU (35593) made its first flight on 17/9.
Etihad. See under Hi-Fly.
Eurowings B463 D-AEWB (E3183) was ferried from Exeter to Southend on 15/9 for further storage. CRJ-900 D-ACNF (15243) was delivered to Nuremberg in Lufthansa Regional scheme on 18/9.
Flightline. This former airline's B462 G-FLTB (E2024) was cancelled from the UK register on 11/9 & left Southend on 14/9 on delivery to the Bolivian A/F, with whom it is to become FAB104.
Flybe DHC-8 G-JECW (4152) was ferried from Norwich to Exeter on 12/9 after painting into Olympic Air scheme. It was cancelled from the UK register on 14/9 & was ferried to Athens on 15/9 as SX-BIU. Also see under Wideroe.
Hi-Fly has acquired A343 CS-TQM (117 ex A6-EYC) from Etihad & it was delivered to Lisbon on 18/9. The aircraft had been in store at Abu Dhabi.
JAL B773 JA741J (36128) was delivered to Tokyo/Narita on 17/9. As part of a cost-cutting exercise that will see 6,800 jobs go at the airline & 21 international & 29 domestic routes cut, JAL is expected to park 10 B744s.
JAT will reportedly place an order with Boeing in the near future for up to 5 B737NGs.
KD Avia. B733s EI-DMN (23411), VP-BBG (23543) & VP-BBH (23546) were ferried from Kaliningrad to Paris/CDG on 12/9 & VP-BJY (23559) was flown from Hannover to Lasham for storage on 13/9. EI-DMN then left Paris/CDG on 18/9 bound for the USA on return to the lessor.
KLM Cityhopper Fk100 PH-KZV (11556) was ferried from Maastricht to Amsterdam on 10/9 & entered service as KLM1847 to Vienna the following day. Meanwhile, PH-KZS (11540), the last of the recent batch to be delivered, was ferried from Woensdrecht to Amsterdam on 17/9 for painting prior to service entry.
Kolavia CRJ-850 RA-67218 (8074) was delivered from Kemble to Moscow/Domodedovo on 18/9.
Lufthansa has transferred A319 D-AILH (0641) to its Italian subsidiary.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ-200 D-ACJI (7282) was ferried from Cologne to Amsterdam on 9/9 for painting for Armavia as EK-20014.
Lufthansa Italia. See under Lufthansa.
Lufthansa Regional. See under Eurowings.
MK A/L is hopefully looking at an upturn in business as B742F G-MKEA (22237) was ferried from Bristol/Filton to Ostend on 12/9 as BGB747 following a period of storage. It then proceeded to Tashkent routing via Istanbul.
Olympic Air continues gear up prior to its 1/10 launch. Recent movements have included:
A319 SX-OAJ (3905) was ferried back from Shannon to Athens on 11/9 following cabin modifications. M-ABCL (3142 ex HS-PGS) was delivered to Southend on 16/9 in Bangkok A/W scheme & will become Greek registered.
A320s SX-OAQ (3748) & SX-OAR (3812) were delivered from Dinard to Athens on 18/9
DHC-8 SX-BIQ (361) was ferried from Exeter to Norwich on 16/9 for painting.
Also see under AustroJet, Flybe & Wideroe.
Oman Air A332 A4O-DA (1038) was delivered to Muscat as OMA20 on 15/9.
Qantas is making reductions in the size of its long-haul fleet, with B744 VH-OED (25126) ferrying from Los Angeles, CA to Victorville, CA for storage on 14/9 & followed by B763 VH-OGD (24407) from Sydney to the same destination on 16/9.
Qatar A/W B773 A7-BAF (37661) made its first flight on 16/9.
Ryanair B738 EI-CSW (29935) left Lasham for Addis Ababa on 13/9 as ET-ANB on its delivery flight as ETH9201 to Ethiopian A/L. EI-EFS (37542) & EI-EFT (37543) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 12/9.
SAS MD-82 LN-ROO (53366) is the latest to wend one its way to Lourdes for storage & it was ferried there from Copenhagen as SAS9178 on 16/9. DHC-8 LN-RDB (4018) was ferried from storage at Copenhagen to Eindhoven on 17/9 for painting for a new operator.
S7 A/L A320 VQ-BES (4032) was ferried from Finkenwerder to Toulouse as F-WWIH on 15/9.
Sky Europe B737s OM-NGN (34759) & OM-NGP (34760) were registered to the Bank of Scotland on 14/9 as G-GCFV & G-CGFW respectively. The former had been impounded at Paris/Orly on 26/6, while the latter had been ferried to Chateauroux on 12/9.
Swiss International A332 HB-IQG (275) had become VN-A271 at Zurich by 13/9, when it was noted in full scheme. HB-IQK (299) was also noted in full Vietnam scheme at Zurich on 15/9.
US A/W A332 N281AY (1041) left Toulouse on 12/9 as AWE9240 on delivery to Mobile, AL.
Viking A/L MD-82 SE-RDI (49631) had the registration SX-SMS & Viking Hellas Aviation titles applied at Athens on 17/9.
Virgin Atlantic. B744 G-VAST (28757) left Gatwick bound for Xiamen as VIR813P on 11/9 for a D-check.
WDL. See under CityJet.
Wideroe DHC-8 LN-WDW (4216) was ferried from Oslo/Torp to Eindhoven as WIF9149 on 18/9 for painting into Olympic Air scheme. It will be restored as G-ECOF before going on lease to Olympic Air.