EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 28-11-09
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 A321 VQ-BEG (4116) made its first flight on 25/11 as D-AZAF. A320 VQ-BEH (4133) made its first flight on 24/11 in full scheme & wearing F-WWIS.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKH (37747) made its first flight on 25/11. A320 D-ABFB (4128) was ferried from Finkenwerder to Toulouse on 23/11. Also see under Belair.
Air Bridge Cargo. See under Air France Cargo.
Air France A320 F-GKXY (4105) was delivered from Toulouse to Paris/CDG as AFR390V on 25/11. F-GKXZ (4137) made its first flight on 25/11 as F-WWIZ & F-HEPA (4139) followed it on 26/11 as F-WWIX.
Air France Cargo B744F F-GIUB (33096) is now VQ-BFX & was delivered from Paris/CDG to Air Bridge Cargo at Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 27/11.
Air Mauritius A343 3B-NAV (094) has become EI-EHZ with AWAS & was noted all white at Brussels on 25/11.
American A/L B752 N174AA (31308), one of those used on transatlantic routes, now sports One World titles.
Arkefly B738 PH-TFC (35146) left Amsterdam as CJA9800 on 25/11 for winter lease to CanJet.
Augsburg A/W DHC-8 D-BDTM was ferried from Oberfaffenhoffen to Munich on 21/11 after painting into Nouvelle Air Affaires Gabon scheme. It is to become TR-CLB.
Austrian Arrows DH8D OE-LGK (4280) left Toronto on 27/11 all white on its delivery flight. The airline has a further three due for delivery next year.
BA Cityflyer EMB170 G-LCYG (17000300) is due at Exeter on delivery on 28/11.
Belair A320 HB-IOT (2991 ex D-ABDL) was ferried from Zurich to Eindhoven on 23/11 for painting all white for Azerbaijan A/L. HB-IOW (3055 ex D-ABDO) was registered at Dusseldorf on 20/11 & ferried from there to Zurich on 26/11 still in old Air Berlin scheme.
BMI is to reduce its mainline fleet by nine aircraft. This will see it handing back two of its three A332s when the leases expire in the first half of 2010.
British A/W. The former B735 G-GFFH (27354), now 5N-PVA, left LHR as BAW9267 on 26/11 on delivery to Lagos for Air Midwest.
Carpatair Fk100 YR-FKA (11340) was ferried from Timisoara to Tripoli on 21/11 on lease to Petro Air, with YR-FKB (11369) flying in the opposite direction on the same day at the end of its lease period. The airline will shortly add three former Malev Fk70s to its fleet. The first of these, YR-FMA (11564 ex HA-LMA), will be delivered in December, with YR-FMB (11565 ex HA-LMB) & YR-FMC (11569 ex HA-LMC) to follow in February & March.
Cathay Pacific B744 B-HKD (26548) was noted all white at Hong Kong on 21/11 prior to return to the lessor.
Condor B753 D-ABOE (29012) was ferried from Helsinki to Frankfurt on 23/11 after winglet fitting, with D-ABOH (30030) going in the opposite direction on the same day for similar treatment.
EasyJet B737 G-EZJB (30236) was cancelled from the UK register on 24/11 & became N385DF, leaving Southend on its ferry flight to Aerolineas Argentinas on 27/11 with whom it is to become LV-CBG. A319 G-EZFR (4125) made its first flight on 25/11 as D-AVWC & in full scheme.
Emirates B773 A6-ECX (38982) left Paine Field, WA on 25/11 on its delivery flight to Dubai. A345 A6-ERG (608), which suffered a tail strike at Melbourne on 20/3, made a test flight from Toulouse on 24/11 following repairs & left for Dubai the same day as UAE999. It had been ferried unpressurized from Melbourne to Toulouse between 19/6 & 22/6 & the repair cost was estimated at $80 million at that time.
Eurofly A332 I-EEZL has been reregistered EI-EZL & was ferried from Zurich to Milan/Malpensa as such on 27/11. Also see under Meridiana.
Euro Mediterranean B752 SU-BPY (24965) was registered N993FD on 19/11 & left Chateauroux on 22/11 routing via Shannon & Bangor, ME bound for Victorville, CA & freighter conversion for FedEx.
European Air Transport A300F OO-DLY (166) left Leipzig on 18/11 & routed via Brussels, Keflavik before arriving at Bangor, ME on 26/11 from where it will go to Sanford, FL for scrapping.
Eurowings B462 D-AJET (E2201) left Nuremberg on 24/11 heading for Glasgow & Keflavik on delivery to Star Peru.
EVA Air Cargo B744F B-16463 (27174) was ferried from Victorville, CA to Los Angeles, CA on 21/11 following storage.
FedEx B777F N853FD (37724) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Memphis, TN on 24/11. This is the second of thirty ordered by the airline.
Finnair A333 OH-LTS (1078) made its first flight on 23/11 as F-WWYU in primer scheme, but with Finnair tail markings. It was then ferried from Toulouse to Chateauroux on 27/11 for painting into full scheme.
Flybe. See under Wideroe.
Flyglobespan B738 G-CDEG (33022) was cancelled from the UK register on 25/11 & was delivered all white as LN-KHD from Lasham to Oslo as NAX8F for Norwegian Air Shuttle on 27/11.
Gulf Air is to sell five of its A343s as it changes strategy to concentrate of short-haul rather than long-haul routes. The airline is to shift its order book from wide-body to narrow-body aircraft & regional jets. How this will affect its orders for twenty A333s & twenty-four B788s is unclear.
Hapag-Lloyd B738 D-AHFK (27991) was ferried from Hannover to Maastricht on 24/11 for painting from Travel Service scheme to TUI yellow prior to winter lease to CanJet. D-AHFO (27987) left Hannover on 26/11 heading for Canada for operation by Hapag-Lloyd on behalf of CanJet until 03/05/10.
HiFly A343 CS-TQM (117) was ferried from Lisbon to Amsterdam as SLM3001 on 26/11 to operate for Surinam A/W (doubtless due to the debacle surrounding PZ-TCP (049)). It then operated SLM993 to Paramaribo on 27/11.
KLM B737 PH-BGK (38053) made its first flight on 25/11.
Lufthansa A306 D-AIAM (408) was ferried from Dresden to Kiev/Borispol on 25/11 in basic scheme & is possibly destined for Mahan Air.
Luxair B738 LX-LGT (28228 ex D-AHFN) was delivered from Hannover to Luxembourg as LGL1 on 24/11.
Malev. See under Carpatair.
Martinair B744F PH-MPR (24226) left storage at Marana/Pinal Park, AZ on 22/11, routing via Tucson, AZ & Barksdale, LA & arriving back at Amsterdam on 24/11.
Meridiana is to merge with Eurofly & the combined airline will be known as Meridiana Fly.
Mid East Jet A332 VP-CAC (1053) was ferried from Toulouse to Lourdes on 27/11 for interim storage.
Moscovia. See under SAS.
Norwegian Air Shuttle. One for the photographers to watch for is B733 LN-KKW (24213) which has had special UNICEF titles applied. Also see under Flyglobespan.
Oman Air A333 A4O-DD (1063) left Toulouse on 27/11 on delivery to Muscat.
Pronair MD-87 EC-KRV (49843) left Munich on 24/11 for Istanbul following a period of storage.
Pullmantur Air B744s EC-KQC (26549) & EC-KSM (27178) were ferried from Jeddah to Madrid for interim maintenance prior to operating the return Hajj flights for Garuda.
Ryanair B738 EI-EGC (38492) was delivered to Dublin on 21/11.
S7 A/L A312 VP-BSY (430) left Moscow/Domodedovo on 23/11 en route to Opa Locka, FL for scrapping & A313 VQ-BAH (475) left Hamburg all white on 25/11 for scrapping at Greenwood, MS.
SAS B737 LN-RNU (34548) made its first flight on 23/11. A343 LN-RKF (413) was ferried from Madrid to Lourdes for storage on 23/11. DHC-8 LN-RDD (4009) was ferried from Exeter to Stockholm/Skavsta as SAS9170 on 23/11 for further storage. B738 SE-DTN (30467) has become VQ-BDI for Moscovia & will be delivered from Stockholm/Arlanda in the near future.
Surinam A/W. See under HiFly.
Swiss A332 HB-IQJ (294), now registered VN-A372, left Zurich on 19/11 on delivery to Vietnam A/L at Hanoi.
THY has placed an order with Airbus for two A332Fs for delivery in late 2010.
Transavia B738 PH-HZA (28373), which has become ZS-ZWO, is now known to have been for Comair & it left Amsterdam on delivery on 22/11.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVB (32362) was ferried back to Prague from Singapore via Dubai on 23/11 following lease to Indochina A/L.
US A/W A332 N282AY (1069) left Toulouse on 25/11 as AWE9240 on delivery to Pittsburgh, PA. The airline is to delay the deliveries of 54 Airbus aircraft & the service entry of the A350 is to be postponed from 2015 to 2017.
Wideroe is due to return DH8D LN-WDU (4197) to Exeter on 28/11. It will be restored to Flybe as G-ECOC. This will be the last of the four aircraft leased from Flybe to be returned. Three more aircraft are on order for the airline, with LN-WDI (4286) scheduled to be delivered next month & followed by LN-WDJ (4290) in January & LN-WDK in 2011.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LPY (4109) made its first flight on 23/11 as D-AVVS.