EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 06-02-10
Adria A320 S5-AAB (0113), which left the fleet on Christmas Eve, is now known to have become XY-AGI with Myanmar Airways International.
Aeroflot. See under Rossiya.
Air Astana. See under VLM.
Air Baltic B735 YL-BBG (24919) was noted back in service on 29/1 all white & without titles following a period of storage.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABBP (29641) was ferried from Norwich to Munich all white on 2/2 prior to return to the lessor. Also see under Belair.
Air China A333 B-6512 (1087) made its first flight on 3/2 as F-WWKD & in full Air China scheme.
Air Contractors now also have A300Fs EI-OZE (152 ex OO-DLC) & EI-OZG (208 ex OO-DLG). Both were registered at Leipzig on 1/2 & remain in DHL scheme. In addition, EI-OZA (148 ex OO-DIF) was restored to the Irish register on 3/2. Restorations in March will be EI-EAA (150 ex OO-DLV), EI-EAB (199 ex OO-DLW) & EI-EAE (095 ex OO-DLR), while a new registration will be EI-OZI (219 ex OO-DLZ). The A300F fleet will then look like this.
EI-DHL (274 ex F-GDVC, N235EA, N14977, N227KW, PH-SFM, EI-DHL, OO-DIB)
EI-EAA (150 ex SU-BCC, F-QQGT, EI-EAA, OO-DLV)
EI-EAB (199 ex SU-BDF, EP-SFB, F-WHPQ, F-WQFO, EI-EAB, OO-DLW)
EI-EAC (250 ex N970C, N10970, EI-EAC, OO-DLT)
EI-EAD (289 ex N972C, N13972, EI-EAD, OO-DLU)
EI-EAE (095 ex 9M-MHC, N226KW, EI-EAE, OO-DLR, EC-JHO, OO-DLR)
EI-OZA (148 ex SX-BEG, F-GOZA, EI-OZA, OO-DIF)
EI-OZB (184 ex SX-BEH, F-GOZB, EI-OZB, OO-DIH)
EI-OZC (189 ex SX-BEI, F-GOZC, EI-OZC, OO-DIJ)
EI-OZD (236 ex N207PA, N222KW, OO-DLE)
EI-OZE (152 ex F-GBNP, N221EA, OO-DLC)
EI-OZF (259 ex F-GBNZ, N232EA, N72990, SE-DSG, AP-BFG, OB-1634, TC-ALG, N865PA, OO-DLD)
EI-OZG (208 ex N212PA, SX-BAY, F-WHPJ, F-OHPN, N212PA, OO-DLG)
EI-OZH (234 ex N206PA, F-OHPA, N206PA, OO-DLI)
EI-SAF (220 ex F-GBNY, N231EA, N74989, SE-DSF, N860PA, PH-SFL, EI-SAF, OO-DIC)
Air Europa B738 EC-IYI (30194) was ferried from Palma to Norwich on 3/2 for painting (to be disposed of?).
Air France A388 F-HPJB (040) made a test flight from Finkenwerder as F-WWSE on 2/2, but had to divert to Toulouse. It returned to Finkenwerder the following day.
Alitalia A321 I-BIXJ (0959) was noted wearing EI-IXJ under the wing at LHR on 1/2. Is the entire fleet to be reregistered? A320 EI-DTL (4108) will probably not be delivered any time soon, as it is now in storage condition at Toulouse, in full scheme & still as F-WWDS.
BA Cityflyer E170 G-LCYI (17000305) arrived at Exeter on delivery on 31/1. It was then ferried to London City as CFE01P on 3/2 for service entry & made its first revenue flight the following day as CFE96E to Edinburgh.
Belair A320 HB-IOP (4187) made its first flight on 1/2 in full Air Berlin scheme as D-AVVY.
Blue Air. See under Smartwings.
Blue Wings A320 D-ANNF (1650) was ferried from Dusseldorf to Lourdes on 5/2 for further storage.
BoraJet ATR72 TC-YAB (588) was delivered from Monchengladbach to Istanbul n 3/2 still in Alitalia Express scheme.
Brussels A/L B734 OO-VEJ (24271) left Brussels on 1/2 bound for Goodyear, AZ via Keflavik & Milwaukee, WI on return to the lessor.
Carpatair. See under Malev.
Condor B753 D-ABOB (29017) was ferried from Frankfurt to Helsinki on 2/2 for winglet fitting. D-ABON (29023) returned to Frankfurt on 5/2 following winglet fitting at Helsinki.
Denim Air Fk50s returning to Maastricht following lease to Arik Air have been PH-KXM (20252) on 30/1 & PH-JXJ (20232) on 1/2.
DHL. See under Air Contractors.
EasyJet A320 G-EZTR (4179) was ferried from Dinard to Finkenwerder as D-AVVX on 1/2. B737 G-EZJS (32414) left Southend on 4/2 as F-GZTC on delivery to Europe Airpost at Nimes. It is all white & devoid of titles. G-EZJX (32419) flew its last revenue service on 4/2 from as EZY106N from Berlin/Schonefeld & was ferried to Southend the following day. This is also destined for Europe Airpost & will become F-GZTD.
Emirates A388 A6-EDL (046) made its first flight on 29/1 as F-WWAG in primer but with Emirates tail markings & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder on 5/2.
Euro Atlantic Cargo B763F CS-TLZ (24086) was delivered from Tel Aviv to Lisbon on 4/2 following freighter conversion.
Europe Airpost. See under easyJet.
Finnair MD-11 OH-LGF (48766) was ferried from Helsinki to Singapore/Paya Lebar for storage on 27/1. The carrier has postponed retirement of its last MD-11 to 22/2 & the final scheduled flight from Delhi to Helsinki will be operated by the airline's last active MD-11, OH-LGG (48753), though it will also operate a charter from Helsinki to Vancouver & back between 28/3 & 1/4. Disposition of the remainder of the fleet is as follows.
OH-LGA (48449) to N270WA with World A/W
OH-LGB (48450) stored at Helsinki
OH-LGC (48512) to N512SU & stored at Singapore/Paya Lebar
OH-LGD (48513) stored at Helsinki
OH-LGE (48780) to N588BC then ET-AND with Ethiopian A/L Cargo
Flyglobespan B738 G-CEJO (29643) was registered to Wilmington Trust on 29/1 & ferried from Dublin to Shannon on 1/2.
Freebird A320 TC-FBH (4207) was ferried back from Finkenwerder to Toulouse on 3/2 as F-WWBP.
Hellas Jet temporarily ceased operations on 17/1 & its two A320s were ferried to storage as follows.
SX-BVK (0088) from Athens to Istanbul on 1/2
SX-BVL (0087) from Athens to Chateauroux on 2/2
It is understood that operations will restart with SX-BVK after it has completed a D check & that a further A320 will be added.
Iberia will be taking another A319 in the near future. D-AVWZ (3744), which had been cocooned at Finkenwerder for some months, was noted test flying on 3/2 & 4/2 & then became EC-LEI before flying in primer from Finkenwerder to Madrid for painting on 5/2. A320 EC-HQG (1379) is to become VQ-BFM for Vladivostok Avia & is scheduled for delivery from Madrid late this month.
JAL has started to retire its B744s, with the following being ferried to the USA for storage.
JA8073 (24425) from Haneda to Victorville, CA on 1/2
JA8080 (24886) from Haneda to Victorville, CA on 1/2
JA8914 (26360) from Narita to Victorville, CA on 2/2
KLM Cityhopper F100 PH-OFL (11444) was ferried from Amsterdam to Woensdrecht on 1/2 on return to the lessor. Also returning to the lessor was Fk50 PH-LXT (20279), which was ferried from Amsterdam to Norwich on 3/2.
Lufthansa A388 D-AIMB (041) was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder on 3/2 as F-WWAF in primer scheme, but with Lufthansa tail markings. A319 D-AIBB (4182) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Frankfurt on 5/2.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ2 D-ACJD was ferried from Amsterdam to Cologne on 3/2 after painting into UT Air scheme & is to become VQ-BGO.
Malev Fk70 HA-LMC was ferried from Budapest to Norwich on 3/2 for painting into Carpatair scheme & will become YR-KMC.
EI-EHZ A343 (094), formerly with Air Mauritius as 3B-NAV & now registered to AWAS, was ferried from storage at Brussels to Istanbul on 3/2.
F-WJKO A319CJ (3994), originally intended for TMT Aviation as 9H-ERO & currently parked at Toulouse, will now go the Qatar Amiri Flight.
G-BZAW B463 (E3354) with Cobham Aviation Services was cancelled from the UK register on 3/2 as exported to Australia.
G-THFC EMB135BJ (14500954) of London Executive Aviation is a reregistration from G-RRAZ, with the new registration standing for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
M-FAHD B727 (19254 ex VH-TJD, N8043B, N10XY, N682G, VP-BAB) of Prime Air Corp was ferried from Cairo to Perpignan for maintenance on 31/1, before continuing to Keflavik & the USA on 5/2.
N473CT B733 (23774 ex OO-SDY, D-ADIE, N774CT, F-GRNF, EC-JQX, G-CFOD) registered to CIT Aerospace was ferried from Bournemouth to Leeds/Bradford on 2/2, returning to Bournemouth later in the day following demo flights. The aircraft is now in a 48-seat VIP layout.
OE-ILV CRJ850 (8082) for VistaJet arrived at Munich on delivery on 5/2.
VP-CVW A319CJ (4024) was delivered to VW Air Services on 1/2. It still requires cabin outfitting, after which it is expected to replace VP-CVX (1212).
VQ-BOS B737BBJ2 (35792 ex N737GQ) was delivered to Bayham Holdings via Stansted on 4/2. It left Kelly Field, TX on 1/2 & was reregistered from N737GQ en route at Bradley, CT.
Olympic Air A320 SX-OAU (4193) was delivered from Toulouse to Athens on 3/2, with SX-OAT (4190) following on 5/2.
Olympic A/L B733 SX-BLC (26303) was ferried from Athens to Shannon on behalf of ILFC on 2/2, all white but with Olympic titles.
Onur Air A321 TC-OBF (0963) was delivered from Shannon to Istanbul on 31/1. The carrier is to acquire three A333s in time for the summer season.
Pullmantur Air B744 EC-KSM (27178) left Singapore on 3/2 on its way back to Madrid following Hajj operations with Garuda & a D check.
Rossiya. A recent report in the Russian press states that Rossiya & Aeroflot are to merge later this year.
Ryanair B738 EI-EKL (38498) made its first fight on 2/2, followed by EI-EKM (38499) on 3/2 & EI-EKN (35026) was noted on the flightline at Renton, WA the same day.
SATA DH8D CS-TRD (4291) left Toronto on 2/2 on delivery.
Smartwings B735 OK-SWU (26703) was ferried from Prague to Cluj on 3/2 on wet-lease to Blue Air.
Spanair MD83 EC-GOM (49579) left Palma on 3/2 bound for Recife via Dakar on lease to Andes Líneas Aéreas.
Swiss International A332s HB-JHF (1089) & HB-JHG (1101) were both noted at Toulouse on 1/2 in full scheme as F-WWKI & F-WWYI respectively. HB-JHF/F-WWKI made its first flight on 3/2.
THY has reached agreement with Boeing for ten B738s & ten B739s to be delivered between 2011 & 2014. It also has taken options on a further fifteen B737s for delivery from 2013 to 2015.
Transavia B738 PH-HSW (37160) has become 9Y-TJR for winter lease to Caribbean A/L & left Amsterdam on 1/2 bound for Port of Spain via Santa Maria (Azores).
Travel Service B738 OK-TVM (37077) arrived at Prague on delivery on 4/2.
Turkmenistan A/L B733 EZ-A001 (26855) was ferried from Prague to Turkmanbashi after a period of storage.
United A/W has added a second MD-83 to its fleet, S2-AEH (49937 ex G-COES, EI-CMM, VP-BGH, HK-4410, N30010, N983JJ, YR-MDT, YR-HBA) on lease from Medallion Air.
UPS B763F N337UP (37858) left Paine Field, WA on 2/2 on delivery to Louisville, KY.
US A/W A332 N285AY (1100) was noted at Toulouse on 1/2 as F-WWYF in full scheme.
UT Air. See under Lufthansa Cityline.
Viking A/L B733 SE-RHV (28567) had been transferred to subsidiary Viking Hellas A/L by 5/2.
Vladivostok Avia. See under Iberia.
VLM Fk50 OO-VLT (20237) was ferried from Norwich to Antwerp on 29/1 after painting into Air Astana scheme & will become P4-RAS.