EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 26-12-09
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
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The next blog will be posted on 8/1.
Aer Arann will take delivery of former Air Wales ATR42 EI-EHH (196 ex G-SSEA). It was cancelled from the UK register on 22/12 & allocated the Irish registration the same day. The aircraft had been in storage at Guernsey & Billund since the demise of Air Wales in April 2006.
Aeroflot A321 VQ-BEI (4148) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 23/12.
AeroLogic B777F D-AALC (36003) left Paine Field, WA on 23/12 on delivery to Leipzig. D-AALD (36004) is due for delivery next week.
Air Berlin A320s D-ABDI (2853) & D-ABDJ (2865) were ferried from Dusseldorf to Shannon on 23/12 for painting into Azerbaijan A/L scheme, with D-ABDH (2846) & HB-IOT (2991) to follow shortly.
Air Comet is the latest airline casualty, having gone into administration on 21/12 & been declared bankrupt. At the time of their demise, their fleet was:
EC-KBM A320 (0426 ex C-FNNA) stored Perpignan
EC-KCF A343 (013 ex G-VBUS)
EC-KHU A343 (007 ex F-GLZB, EC-JIS)
EC-KIK A320 (0662 ex VH-HYT, F-WQSE, ER-AXW, N662AR)
EC-KJG A320 (0342 ex C-FMJK)
EC-KUO A332 (943)
EC-KVS A332 (962)
EC-KXB A332 (970)
EC-KYC A332 (979)
With the exception of the A320 stored at Perpignan, the entire fleet is currently stored or parked at Madrid.
Air Contractors are due another ATR72. N643AS (413) is expected to arrive at Edinburgh on 24/12 in Delta A/L scheme & will join the Irish register in due course. It left Kinston, NC on 16/12 routing via Ottawa, Iqaluit & Shannon. EI-SLL (387 ex N641AS) was registered on 23/12 following conversion at Edinburgh.
Air Dolomiti ATR72 I-ADCE (668 ex D-ANFL) was ferried from Verona to Dinard on 20/12 for painting.
Air France A320 F-HEPA (4139) was delivered from Toulouse to Paris/CDG as AFR371V on 21/12.
Air Italy B763 I-AIGJ (28039 ex G-OBYA, D-AGYA, G-OBYA, F-GLOV, N769NA) left New York/JFK on 18/12 on delivery to Verona.
Astraeus B737 G-STRH (32737) was ferried from Manchester to Southend as AEU007P on 24/12 following painting into Cimber Air colours. B752 G-STRW (24543) was due to be ferried from LHR to Lasham on 24/12 for parking, but had to divert to Bournemouth due to ice on the taxiways at Lasham.
Athens A/W. See under Bulgaria Air.
Atlant-Soyuz. Following a period of storage, former Ryanair B738 VQ-BCH (32780 ex EI-CSZ) left Chateauroux on 23/12 on delivery to Moscow/Vnukovo.
Aurela B752 LY-SKR (30233) is now operating for Scanway.dk out of Copenhagen, having replaced the intended Flyglobespan B763 G-SPNA (27957)
Azerbaijan A/L. See under Air Berlin.
BA Cityflyer B463 G-BZAT (E3320) will be ferried from Kemble to Southend in the next few days.
Bluewings A320 D-ANNB (1240) left Dusseldorf for Kabul on 19/12 for lease to Safi A/W. It is currently replacing A343 YA-TTB (015) & B762 YA-AQS (23745), both of which are on overhaul at Frankfurt.
Bulgaria Air ATR42 LZ-ATR (151) was ferried back from Athens to Sofia on 24/12 following lease to Athens A/W.
Cathay Pacific Cargo B744F B-KAF (26547) left storage at Victorville, CA on 19/12 destined for Xiamen, where it will be repainted from Dragonair scheme prior to returning to service next month.
CCM A/L A320 F-HBEV (3952) was ferried from Madrid to Toulouse & then to Ajaccio as CCM951 on 18/12 after painting into full scheme.
EasyJet A319 G-EZFT (4132) was delivered to Luton on 21/12. A320 G-EZTP (4157) made its first flight on 22/12 as D-AVVN.
Emirates A388 A6-EDG (023) left Finkenwerder on 23/12 on delivery to Dubai.
Etihad A/W A333 A6-AFA (1071) was delivered from Toulouse to Abu Dhabi on 23/12.
Euro Atlantic A/W B763 CS-TFS (25411) was ferried back from Lagos to Lisbon on 24/12 following Hajj lease to Med-View A/L.
Eurolot. See under LOT.
Flyglobespan B738 G-CEJO (29643) was ferried from Manchester to Dublin on 23/12 on behalf of CIT Aerospace.
FlyLAL Charters B733 LY-FLD (24664) has been leased to Tafa Air & has been operating a daily service to Dortmund & Friedrichshafen from Pristina since 18/12.
Gestair Cargo DC-8-73CF EC-IGZ (46133) flew its last service on 24/12 & is now for sale at Madrid.
Gulf Air A343 A9C-LC (040) was ferried from Bahrain to Sanford, FL on 13/12 for scrapping & was followed on 20/12 by A9C-LB (039). It is believed that A9C-LD (097) will follow in late December.
Icelandair B763 TF-FIB (25365) left Kano on 20/12 routing via Luxembourg & arriving at Prague on 24/12 for lease to Travel Service following its lease to Kabo Air. It is without titles & still in basic Icelandair scheme.
KLM B734 PH-BDU (24857) left Amsterdam as 5A-MAB on 24/12 in full Buraq Air Transport scheme on delivery to Tripoli.
LOT EMB175 SP-LIK (17000303) arrived at Warsaw on delivery on 23/12 & will be operated by Eurolot.
Lufthansa A319 D-AIBA (4141) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Munich on 23/12.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ2 D-ACHH (7449) has become 9XR-WB & left Cologne on 21/12 on delivery to Rwandair.
MAS signed a MoU with Airbus this week for fifteen A333s, with options for a further ten. Deliveries are scheduled to take place between 2011 & 2016.
Moscovia A/L now has both of its former SAS B738s. VQ-BFU (30467 ex SE-DTN) was in service by 20/12, while VQ-BFR (30468 ex SE-DTP) left Stockholm/Arlanda on 20/12 on delivery to Moscow/Domodedovo.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NOI (36820) left Boeing Field, WA on 21/12 on delivery to Oslo
Nouvelair A320 TS-INA (1121) was ferried from Toulouse to Tripoli on 19/12 following its lease to Afriqiyah.
Onur Air MD-83 TC-OAS (53465) has become UR-CHM for Khors Air & was delivered from Istanbul to Kiev/Borispol on 19/12.
Qantas A388 VH-OQE (027) left Toulouse on 19/12 as QFA6022 bound for Sydney via Singapore on delivery.
Qatar A/W B772LR A7-BBE (36017) left Paine Field, WA on delivery to Doha on 22/12
Ryanair B738s EI-EKD (35024) & EI-EKE (35023) were both noted on the flightline at Renton, WA on 18/12. EI-EKC (38495) made its first flight on 21/12. Some delivery information regarding the next twenty-two B738s due for delivery in quarter 1 next year.
15/1 EI-EKA (35022) & EI-EKB (38494)
20/1 EI-EKC (38495)
22/1 EI-EKE (35023)
23/1 EI-EKD (35024)
26/1 EI-EKF (35025)
29/1 EI-EKG (35021) & EI-EKH (38493)
Deliveries in February are expected to be EI-EKI (38496), EI-EKJ (38497), EI-EKK (38500), EI-EKL (38498), EI-EKM (38499) & EI-EKN (35026)
Deliveries in March should be EI-EKO (35027), EI-EKP (35028), EI-EKR (38503), EI-EKS (38504), EI-EKT (38505), EI-EKV (38507), EI-EKW (38506) & EI-EKX (35030)
Also see under Atlant-Soyuz.
S7 A/L A320s VQ-BES (4032) & VQ-BET (4150) left Toulouse on 19/12 as SBI1994 & SBI1996 respectively on delivery to Novosibirsk.
SAS. See under Moscovia A/L.
Surinam A/W A343 PZ-TCB (049) left Amsterdam on 13/12 destined for Paramaribo for acceptance by the Surinam CAA. It returned to Amsterdam on 18/12 & entered revenue service on 20/12.
Swiss International A332 HB-JHE (1084) made its first flight on 21/12 as F-WWKE & in full scheme.
Thai A/W A333s HS-TEQ (1037), HS-TER (1060) & HS-TES (1074) were all due to be ferried from Toulouse to Bordeaux on 24/12 for interim storage.
Thomas Cook A320 G-DHJZ (1965) is confirmed as having become C-FOJZ again & left Manchester bound for Montreal as SSV9507 on 18/12 for winter lease to Skyservice.
Thomson A/W A320 G-OOPP (1571) has become C-GTDG again for winter lease to Skyservice & left Manchester for Toronto as SSV9301 on 19/12.
Titan A/W B763 G-POWD (30847) arrived at Stansted as AWC767 on 21/12 on delivery.
Travel Service. See under Icelandair.
Wideroe DHC-8 LN-WIU (368 ex C-GDNG, N981HA, C-FZKQ) arrived at Bodo on delivery on 21/12.
Windjet will soon take delivery of A320 EI-ELG (0877 ex B-HSH), which was noted at Hong Kong on 20/12.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LPZ (4174) made its first flight on 21/12 as F-WWDU in full scheme & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.