EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 19-12-09
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
Next week's blog will be posted on Thursday (24/12) as I am sure that we will all have better things to do on Christmas Day. The next blog after that will posted on 8/1 as I expect there will be little news between Christmas & the New Year.
Aegean A320 SX-DGB (4165) made its first flight on 15/12 in full scheme as F-WWBX & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Aer Lingus will take delivery of A333 EI-ELA (1106) in April.
Aeroflot A332 VQ-BCV (1072) was delivered from Toulouse to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 10/12 & followed by A320 VQ-BEH (4133) on 14/12. A321 VQ-BEI (4148) made its first flight as D-AVZS on 15/12.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKH (37747) arrived at Berlin/Tegel on delivery on 15/12.
Air Comet. Not taken up by the airline, A332 F-WWKF (894) was ferried all white from Toulouse to Lourdes for storage on 17/12.
Air Contractors A300Fs OO-DIB (274) & OO-DIC (220) have reverted to their previous registrations of EI-DHL & EI-SAF. The former was noted as such at Leipzig on 17/12 still in basic DHL scheme, while the latter was reregistered on 16/12 & noted in service on 18/12.
Air France A320 F-GFKP (0133) left Paris/CDG as AFR382V on 14/12 bound for Sanford, FL & scrapping. F-GKXZ (4137) was delivered from Toulouse to Paris/CDG on 16/12. Also see under Regional.
Air Transat A313 C-GTSF (472) is unlikely to be seen on this side of the Atlantic for a while. Having completed a C check at Rio de Janeiro, it was undergoing a ground run on 13/12 when the aircraft jumped the chocks. It travelled across the tarmac & then across a road where both wings hit lamp standards, both engines impacted trees & the nosewheel became buried in soft ground. The Canadian TSB has confirmed that there is damage to the leading slats of both wings, the engine cowls, the main gear & probably the nosewheel.
AnadoluJet is due to take yet another B737. This is to be N343CT (34300 ex EI-DNC, XA-PLE), which is currently stored all white at Marana/Pinal Air Park, AZ. Another former Aeromexico machine, XA-LUN (34299 ex EI-DNB), is also expected to follow from storage at Marana.
BA Cityflyer EMB170 G-LCYH (17000302) was registered on 17/12 & is due to arrive at Exeter on delivery on 19/12.
BMI A332s G-WWBB (404) & G-WWBM (398) will be withdrawn from service on 10/1. Further disposals will be A320s G-MEDE (1194), G-MIDP (1732) & G-MIDR (1697) along with A321s G-MIDC (0835) & G-MIDL (1174).
British A/W. Correcting last week's blog, B752 G-CPEN (28666) was still in service, but was due to be stood down on 18/12.
Cathay Pacific B773 B-KPM (36159) left Paine Field, WA on 14/12 on delivery to Hong Kong.
Cityjet B462 EI-CNQ (E2031) was registered to Aerospace Trust Management as N66LN on 14/12 & left Norwich on 17/12 bound for Malta on its way to an operator in the Philippines. It is all white & devoid of titles.
Condor B753 D-ABOF (29013) returned to Frankfurt from Helsinki on 13/12 after winglet installation, with D-ABOI (29018) heading in the opposite direction on 16/12 for the same treatment.
Darwin A/L SAAB 2000 HB-IYD (59) was ferried from Lugano to Southend on 14/12 for repainting from Polet scheme.
Denim Air Fk100 PH-MJO (11293 ex HL7774) made an acceptance flight at Bratislava on 18/12 following overhaul & will, presumably, be delivered shortly.
DHL. See under Air Contractors.
EasyJet A320 G-EZTO (4034) was reregistered HB-JZR for easyJet Switzerland on 14/12.
Emirates A388 A6-EDF (007) left Finkenwerder on 12/12 as UAE7380 on its delivery flight to Dubai.
Etihad B773 A6-ETF (39700) left Paine Field, WA on 14/12 on delivery to Abu Dhabi.
Euro Atlantic B763 CS-TLO (24318) was ferried from Mitiga to Lisbon on 18/12 following Hajj lease to Libyan A/L.
Eurowings B462/3s restored to the UK register on 16/12 were D-AEWD (E2069) as G-UKLN, D-AEWM (E3125) as G-UKSC & D-AEWN (E3158) as G-UKRC. All three are stored at Southend.
FedEx B777F N851FD (37722) left Paine Field, WA on 11/12 on delivery to Memphis, TN.
Finnair A333 OH-LTS (1078) was ferried back to Toulouse on 11/12 as F-WWYU after painting into full scheme at Chateauroux. OH-LTR (1067) was delivered to Helsinki as FIN8961 on 17/12.
FinnComm A/L ATR72 OH-ATL (851) was delivered from Toulouse to Helsinki on 16/12.
Flyglobespan went into administration on 16/12 following a failed attempt to find a new investor. Based at Edinburgh, the airline was formed in 2002 & originally using Channel Express' AOC. Excluding aircraft leased from other carriers, the airline's fleet was (current locations in brackets):
G-CDEG B738 (33022) to Norwegian Air Shuttle as LN-KHD
G-CDKD B736 (28302 ex SE-DNT) to Eastar Jet as HL7781
G-CDKT B736 (28303 ex SE-DNU) to Midwest A/L as SU-MWC
G-CDPT B763 (29388 ex ZK-NCN) on lease to Nas Air
G-CDRA B736 (28304 ex SE-DNX) returned to SAS as SE-DNX
G-CDRB B736 (28305 ex SE-DOR) returned to SAS as SE-DOR
G-CEFG B763 (26264 ex ZK-NCH) current at date of collapse (Brize Norton)
G-CEJM B752 (26276 ex TF-FIK) to Mint A/W as EC-LBC
G-CEJO B738 (29643) current at date of collapse (Manchester)
G-CEJP B738 (29646) to Ethiopian A/L as ET-AMZ
G-CEOD B763 (30586 ex ZK-NCO) on lease to Nas Air
G-DLCH B738 (30040) current at date of collapse (Glasgow)
G-GSPN B733 (29267 ex D-ADBW) to Air Baltic as YL-BBS
G-MSJF B737 (30710) current at date of collapse (Edinburgh)
G-OTDA B733 (29266 ex D-ADBV) to Air Baltic as YL-BBR
G-SAAW B738 (32841) current at date of collapse (Glasgow)
G-SEFC B737 (30687) current at date of collapse (Southend)
G-SPNA B763 (27957 ex PH-BZA, C-GZNA, G-CZNA, N221LF) current at date of collapse (Shannon)
The airline had two B787s on order.
Hapag-Lloyd B738 D-AHFL (27985) left Hannover on 15/12 for Goose Bay & lease to CanJet until 15/04/10.
Hi-Fly A345 CS-TQL (894) was not taken up by the airline & was ferried from Toulouse to Lourdes on 14/12 as F-WWTH for further storage. Also see under Surinam A/W.
I-Fly B752 EI-DUA (26247) arrived at Moscow/Vnukovo on 15/12 on delivery from Miami, FL
KLM B737 PH-BGH (30369) left Boeing Field, WA on delivery to Amsterdam on 16/12.
KLM Cityhopper EMB190 PH-EZK (19000326) arrived at Amsterdam on delivery on 12/12. Fk50 PH-KXH (20249) was ferried from Maastricht to Southend as SXI919 on 11/12 for painting for Skywest A/L. It was due to leave Southend on its delivery flight on 18/12, still as PH-KXH, but this was delayed due to snow & the flight put back to later on 18/12 or 19/12. It should to become VH-FSL on arrival in Australia.
Livingston A332 I-LIVL (627) arrived back at Milan/Malpensa on 14/12 following lease to Kuwait A/W.
LOT B763 SP-LPG (26263) was ferried from Warsaw to New York/JFK as BW9051 on 15/12 for lease to Caribbean A/L.
Lufthansa A319 D-AIBA (4141) made its first flight as D-AVWG on 11/12.
Lufthansa Cityline EMB190 D-AECA (19000327) arrived at Munich on delivery on 16/12. CRJ2 D-ACHG (7439) has become 9XR-WA & left Cologne on 14/12 on delivery to Rwandair.
Luxair DH8D LX-LGE (4284) left Toronto on 18/12 on delivery to Luxembourg.
Monarch A306 G-MONS (556) was ferried from Cairo to Manchester on 14/12 as MSR999P following its lease to EgyptAir for Hajj duties & was followed on 16/12 by G-OJMR (605), also as MSR999P.
Nordic Aviation Capital ATR42 OY-EDE (614) was delivered all white from Toulouse to Billund on 11/12.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NOI (36820) made its first flight on 9/12, while LN-NOU (29674) was noted on the flightline at Renton, WA on 13/12 & made its first flight on 17/12.
Qantas A388 VH-OQE (027) is due for delivery before Christmas, while VH-OQF (029) was ferried from Finkenwerder to Toulouse as F-WWSA on 14/12 in full scheme & is due for delivery on 29/12.
Regional EMB170 F-HBXG (17000301) arrived at Clermont-Ferrand on delivery on 17/12. It wears Air France scheme.
Ryanair B738 EI-EKA (35022) made its first flight on 16/12. EI-EKB (38494) was rolled out at Renton, WA on 11/12 & made its first flight on 17/12 & EI-EKC (38495) was rolled out the same day. As expected, Ryanair has terminated its discussions with Boeing to purchase a further 200 B738s. It is, however, still expected to take delivery of a further 48 aircraft next year, 37 in 2011, and 27 in 2012.
SAA is to lease six new A332s from Aircastle with deliveries starting in 2011.
Saga A/L B738 TC-SGH (28068) returned to Istanbul on 16/12 following lease to Air Manas.
SAS B737 LN-RNU (34548) left Boeing Field on 11/12 on its delivery flight to Stockholm/Arlanda.
Surinam A/W A343 PZ-TCP (049 ex F-GLZG) left Amsterdam on 13/12 for demonstrations to the Surinam CAA. In the meantime, Air Tahiti Nui A343 F-OLOV (668) has taken over the service from Hi-Fly example CS-TQM (117).
TAP A320 CS-TNV (4145) was delivered to Lisbon on 18/12.
Thomas Cook B752 G-FCLA (27621) was cancelled from the UK register on 14/12. It has become C-FFLA again & left Abu Dhabi as SSV5905 on 15/12 en route to Manchester & Toronto for winter lease to Skyservice. G-FCLD (28718) was cancelled from the register on 16/12, has become C-FULD again & left Manchester for Toronto on winter lease to Skyservice on 18/12. A320 G-SUEW (1961) was also cancelled on 16/12, has become C-GUEW for winter lease to Skyservice & left Manchester en route Montreal as SSV9501 on 17/12. G-DHJZ (1965) was cancelled from the register on 17/12 & will presumably become C-FOJZ again for Skyservice.
Thomson A/W B752 G-OOBG (29942) was cancelled from the register on 14/12 for winter lease to Skyservice, with whom it has become C-FUBG & left Luton on 15/12 as SSV9305 en route to Saskatoon. G-CPEU (29941) was cancelled from the register on 16/12 & left Manchester on 17/12 for winter lease to Skyservice as C-FLEU.
THY is expected to lease Air India Express B738 VT-AXA (30296) for four years from February.
Titan A/W B763 G-POWD (30847) was registered yesterday & will be delivered shortly (probably to Stansted).
Transaero B772 EI-UNW (30214 ex N208UA) was delivered from Rome/Griffiss IAP, NY to St Petersburg on 17/12.
Transavia B738 PH-HZI (28380) left Amsterdam on 15/12 as TRA051 en route to Minneapolis/St Paul, MN for winter lease to Sun Country. PH-HZC (28375) followed on 17/12, also as TRA051.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVL (37076) was rolled out at Renton, WA on 16/12.
Turkuaz Air A321 TC-TCG (1905 ex 6Y-JMR, N361LF) was due to leave Miami, FL on 14/12 on delivery, routing via Gander & Cologne. A320 TC-TCH (2048 ex 6Y-JMK, N351LF) is expected to follow shortly.
Ukraine International B733 UR-GAL (24275) is to escape the scrapman after all & was due to be ferried from Kemble to Vilnius on 18/12 for maintenance.
Viking B738 SE-RHS (28617) left Shannon on 14/12 on wet-lease to Sunwing A/L.
XL A/W Germany B738 D-AXLD (35093) was reregistered on 10/12 after arrival in Canada on lease to Sunwing A/L & has become C-FYLD.