EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 05-12-09
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
With additional thanks this week to Mike Steer for his report from Boeing.
Adria B735 S5-AAM (25236) was ferried from Ljubljana to Kiev/Borispol on 4/11 on return to Ukraine international. It has taken up its old marks of UR-GAS, re-entering service on 27/11.
Aer Lingus. Having failed to reach agreement with staff & unions, the carrier is about to embark on a programme of compulsory redundancies, route cuts & fleet reduction.
Aeroflot A321 VQ-BEG (4116) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Moscow/Sheremetyevo as AFL8126 on 2/12. A333 VQ-BCU (1065) was delivered from Toulouse to Moscow/Sheremetyevo as AFL8258 on 3/12.
Aerologic's third & fourth B777Fs, D-AALC (36003) & D-AALD (36004), were reported on the line at Everett, WA on 2/12.
Air Berlin A320 D-ABFB (4128) was delivered from Toulouse to Berlin/Tegel as BER666P on 1/12. D-ABDJ (2865) was ferried from Munich to Cambridge on 1/12 to be painted all white.
Air Contractors ATR72 EI-SLK (395 ex N642AS) flew from Edinburgh to Paris/CDG as ABR01 on 30/11 following conversion.
Air Dolomiti ATR72 I-ADCC (662 ex D-ANFI) was ferried from Bordeaux to Verona on 28/11 after painting.
Air France A320 F-GKXZ/F-WWIZ (4137) was ferried from Finkenwerder back to Toulouse on 3/12.
Air France Cargo B777F F-GUOA arrived at Paris/CDG as AFR328V on 1/12 on delivery from Paine Field, WA following a period of storage. F-GUOD (32969) was noted at Everett, WA on 2/12 as N449BA. It has since been flown to Marana/Pinal Air Park all white for storage.
Air Italy B763 I-AIGG (28041) was ferried from Naples to Jeddah on 1/12 for Hajj operations.
Alitalia A320 EI-DTN (4143) made its first flight on 1/12 as F-WWBB in full Alitalia scheme & was ferried to Finkenwerder the same day. EI-DTK/F-WWBN (4075) & EI-DTL/F-WWDS (4108) remain parked at Toulouse in full Alitalia scheme.
Arik Air B738 5N-MJQ (38971) was noted at Boeing Field on 2/12. This will be the fourth to be delivered to the airline from an order for nineteen.
Astraeus B752s G-OJIB (24292) & G-STRX (25621) will return to Gatwick next month following their spell with Saudi Arabian A/L. The lease of G-STRY (28161) to BMI has been extended for a further 12 months to April 2011.
Augsburg A/W DH8D D-ADHT (4281) arrived at Munich on delivery from Canada on 2/12. It wears Lufthansa Regional scheme.
Avient MD-11F Z-BAV (48408 ex N408SH, HL7372, N988PG, PR-LGD), which had only been delivered to the carrier on 20/11, fell back onto the ground just past the end of the runway shortly after lifting off at Shanghai/Pudong on 28/11 & burst into flames. The aircraft was en route to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan &, sadly, three of the seven on board were killed. A second aircraft, currently registered N575SH (48410 ex HL7374, PR-LGE) is at Miami in full scheme, but whether it will be taken up now is unclear.
BA CityFlyer EMB170 G-LCYG (17000300) arrived at Exeter on delivery on 28/11 as CFE170P & positioned over to London City as CFE002P on 2/12.
Bangladesh Biman will soon receive its first leased B772. Former Singapore A/L example 9V-SRA (28513) made an acceptance flight painted all white at Singapore on 30/11.
BMI. See under Astraeus.
British A/W B744 G-BNLA (23908) left Cardiff on 30/11 as BAW9150 destined for storage at Victorville, CA.
Cargolux B748Fs LX-ACV (35806) & LX-ECV (35808) were noted at Everett, WA on 2/12.
Cathay Pacific B773s on the line at Everett, WA on 2/12 were B-KPM (36159), B-KPN (36165) & B-KPO (36160).
CCM A/L A320 F-HBEV (3952) was delivered from Toulouse to Madrid in primer scheme on 2/12 for cabin reconfiguration. This aircraft had been stored at Toulouse & was originally intended for Iberia. CCM A/L is also to receive A320 c/n 3882 & A319s c/n 3651 & 3744, all of which were not taken up by Iberia. The A320 is currently stored at Toulouse & the A319s at Finkenwerder.
China Southern Cargo B777Fs B-2073 (37311) & B-2075 (37312) both left Paine Field, WA on 2/12 on delivery to Tianjin.
Continental A/L B772 N78017 (31679) now wears Star alliance scheme.
CSA B734 OK-WGY (25839) has been leased to Danube Wings & was delivered from Prague to Poprad/Tatry on 1/12, entering service the same day.
Danube Wings. See under CSA.
EasyJet B737 G-EZJT (32415) was noted at Southend in full Aires Colombia scheme on 26/11. It is to become HK-4675 & should leave as such on delivery to Bogotá on either 4/12 or 5/12, routing via Santa Maria (Azores) & Santo Domingo. The latest A319, G-EZFR (4125), was delivered to Belfast on 3/12. G-EZFS (4129) is due to be delivered to Gatwick on 8/12, with G-EZFT (4132) going to Luton on 21/12. Catching up on some older news that I think I missed, former GB A/W A321 G-TTIC (1869) was flown back from Gatwick to Shannon as EZY1P on 1/10 for a further period of storage, while A320 G-TTOF (1918) was ferried from Gatwick to Shannon on 9/11 for storage, still in a hybrid easyJet/GB A/W scheme.
Emirates B773 A6-ECY (35595) was noted on the line at Everett, WA on 2/12.
Etihad A333 A6-AFA (1071) made its first flight on 2/12 as F-WWYP, wearing full Etihad scheme minus logo. B773 A6-ETF (39700) was noted at Everett, WA on 2/12 wearing N1794B.
Euro Atlantic has leased out three B763s for Hajj work. CS-TFT (26208) left Lisbon on 30/11 for Ilorin to operate for Med-View A/L. CS-TFS (25411) was ferried from Luxor to Jeddah on 1/12 on lease to Kabo Air, with CS-TLO (24318) flying from Lisbon to Mitiga the same day on lease to Libyan A/L.
Eurowings CRJ9 D-ACNI (15248) left Montreal/Mirabel on 4/12 on delivery to Nuremberg. It sports Lufthansa Regional scheme.
EVA Air B773s B-16715 (33757) & B-16716 (32642) were noted at Everett, WA on 2/12.
FedEx MD-10-30F N314FE (48312) left Venice as FDX9079 on 27/11 on return to Memphis, TN following MD-10 conversion. B777F N851FD (37722) is at Portland, OR for painting prior to delivery.
Flybe DH8D LN-WDU (4197) arrived back at Exeter on 28/11 in Flybe scheme & was restored as G-ECOC on 2/12.
Georgian A/W now has another B735 registered 4L-TGA (28055 ex PT-SSG, N101LF, B-2110). This replaces the previous B735 4L-TGA (25218 ex OO-SYE, UR-GAI, N218CT), which is now stored at Tblisi as N22YH. The new aircraft is a former OK Air example & entered service on 25/11.
Iberia. See under CCM A/L.
Korean Air has ordered eight B748s for delivery between 2013 & 2015. These are in addition to eight B748Fs already on order with deliveries due from late 2011 onwards.
Lufthansa Cityline EMB195 D-AEBD (19000324) arrived at Munich on delivery on 28/11.
Lufthansa Regional. See under Eurowings.
MEA ordered an A319 during November. The airline already operates three A320s, with a further five on order, & six A321s.
Moscovia A/L former SAS B738 VQ-BFU (30467 ex SE-DTN) was seen wearing its new registration & awaiting delivery at Stockholm/Arlanda on 1/12. SE-DTP (30468) will follow & was also noted at Stockholm/Arlanda on 1/12, but still carrying its Swedish registration, though by 3/12 was wearing VQ-BFR. Both aircraft are in full scheme & were returned to SAS in the spring after lease to Air Europa & had been in storage ever since.
Northwest B742 N623US (21705) was ferried Minneapolis/St Paul, MN on 25/11 for storage at Marana/Pinal Air Park, AZ. Two days later, N624US (21706) departed Colorado Springs, CO bound for the same destination.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NOI (36820) has been rolled out at Renton & should make its first flight shortly. LN-NOU (29674) was also noted on the line at Renton, WA on 2/12.
Olympic Air A320 SX-OAS (4094) was delivered from Bordeaux to Athens on 2/12 following painting.
Oman Air A333 A4O-DD (1063) left Toulouse on 30/11 on delivery to Muscat (date corrects last week's entry).
Qantas A388 VH-OQE (027) was ferried from Finkenwerder to Toulouse in full Qantas scheme as F-WWSY on 27/11.
Qatar A/W B772LRs on the line at Everett, WA on 2/12 were A7-BBD (36016), A7-BBE (36017) & A7-BBF (36018).
Ryanair B738s EI-EKA (35022), EI-EKB (38494), EI-EKC (38495), EI-EKD (35024) & EI-EKE (35023) were all noted on the line at Renton, WA on 2/12.
S7 A/L A320 VQ-BET (4150) made its first flight on 3/12 as F-WWBG & is in full scheme. Another A320, VQ-BES/F-WWIH (4032) remains undelivered at Toulouse.
SAS. See under Moscovia A/L.
SmartLynx A320 YL-BBC (0142) was ferried from Budapest to Shannon on 28/11 to be painted all white.
Sterling. Two more of the former airline's B737s are finding new homes with Asky A/L of Togo. OY-MRP (34401) was noted at Stockholm/Arlanda on 3/12 as ET-ANG & OY-MRR (34402) on the following day as ET-ANH. Both still wear full Sterling colours & are due for delivery next month.
TAP A320 CS-TNV (4145) made its first flight today as F-WWIY in full TAP scheme & was then ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder
Thomson A/W B763 G-OOBK left Gatwick on 29/11 as TOM9234 bound for Bangor, ME & then onward to Greensboro, NC for winglet fitting. G-OOBL (27393) left Greensboro, NC on 29/11 bound for Manchester, arriving there early on 30/11 as TOM9238 following winglet fitting. B738 G-FDZA (35134) re-entered service on 1/12 following the application of its special Christmas scheme.
Titan B752 G-ZAPU (26151) has been returned to the lessor & entered storage at Southend on 5/10. B763 G-POWD (30847) is due to leave Taipei on delivery to the UK on 18/12.
Trade Air swapped over the Fk100 leased to Petro Air on 1/12. 9A-BTD (11407) was ferried from Zagreb to Mitiga, with 9A-BTE (11416) then returning to Bratislava.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVL (37076) was noted on the line at Renton, WA on 2/12.
TUI A/L Belgium B738 OO-VAS (30285) was noted at Brussels on 2/12 wearing billboard CanJet titles prior to winter lease, with OO-JBG (35142) reported with similar titles the following day.
TUIfly B738 D-ATUG (34688) left Hannover on 2/12 en route to Canada on winter lease to CanJet.
UPS B763F N337UP (37858) was noted at Everett, WA on 2/12.
Wideroe. See under Flybe.