EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 20-02-10
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
PLEASE NOTE - NEXT WEEK'S BLOG WILL BE POSTED ON THURSDAY 25/2 & IT WILL BE MY LAST ONE FOR FOUR WEEKS AS I AM OFF ON MY TRAVELS AGAIN.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKJ (37749) arrived at Berlin/Tegel on delivery on 17/2. D-ABBH (32919) was ferried from Dusseldorf to Norwich on 15/2 for painting, presumably for a new operator.
Air One. See under Volare.
Alitalia. See under Volare.
Arik Air A332 F-WJKL (1002) was noted at Chateauroux on 8/2 in full scheme awaiting delivery. Following a period of storage, B738 5N-MJQ (38971) left Boeing Field, WA on 17/2 routing to Lagos via Shannon.
Astraeus. See under British A/W.
Athens A/W has once again leased DHC-8 9H-AFD (458) from MedAvia & it was noted in full scheme at Malta on 15/2 before positioning to Athens on 17/2.
BA Cityflyer B463 G-BZAZ (E3369) flew its last revenue service on 18/2 from London City to Edinburgh & was then ferried to Kemble on 19/2 as CFE001P on return to the lessor.
Bangladesh Biman. See under Euro Atlantic.
BoraJet ATR72 TC-YAC (701) was delivered from Mönchengladbach to Istanbul on 13/2 still in Alitalia Express scheme.
British A/W B752 G-CPEL (24398) was ferried from Heathrow to Gatwick as BAW9250 on 16/2 for storage in Hangar 6 & G-BPEC (24992) is due to follow on 28/2. A320 G-EUYG (4238) was noted in full scheme at Toulouse on 16/2. B735 G-GFFI (27425) was due to be ferried from Glasgow to LHR on 18/2 for painting all white, but this has been deferred until a later date. It is no longer expected to join Astraeus. B744 G-BNLD (23911) operated its last revenue service on 6/2 as BAW242 from Mexico City to LHR & was ferried to Cardiff the same day as BAW9170. It left Cardiff on 18/2 as BAW9151 for storage at Victorville, CA.
Brussels A/L. The "new" A319, F-OHJX (1086), will revert to its old markings as OO-SSC.
Carpatair. See under Malev.
City A/L. See under SAS.
Cyprus A/W A320 5B-DCH (2359 ex N674AW) arrived at Larnaca on delivery on 13/2. Brand new example 5B-DCG (4197) was delivered from Toulouse to Larnaca on 17/2.
Danu Oro Transportas ATR42 LY-DAT (445) was delivered from St Brieuc to Kaunus on 13/2.
EasyJet A320 G-EZTS (4196) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Paris/Orly as EZY8005 on 18/2. G-EZTV (4234) made its first flight on 15/2 as F-WWBZ & was then ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder in full easyJet scheme. G-EZTU (4233) made its first flight on 16/2 as F-WWBV in full scheme & was then also ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder. B737 G-EZJW (32418) is to be retired shortly & is expected to be ferried from Luton to Southend on 22/2.
Enter Air is a new Polish carrier, which will shortly take delivery of two former Asiana A/L B734s, SP-ENA (26299 ex HL7527) & SP-ENB (26320 ex HL7592), on three-year leases. The former should be delivered next month, with the latter to follow in April. Reports suggest that a third machine will also be acquired.
Euro Atlantic is to acquire B772 9V-SRB (28998) in March & it will be Portuguese registered before becoming the second aircraft leased to Bangladesh Biman
European Air Transport A300F OO-DLR (095) left Brussels on 12/2 for storage at Roswell, NM. This had been expected to take up the registration EI-EAE again.
FedEx A312F N446FE (224) was ferried from Oakland, CA to Marana, AZ for storage on 16/2. MD10F N567FE (46994) was ferried from Los Angeles, CA to Victorville, CA for storage on 17/2.
Finnair A333 OH-LTT (1088) made its first flight on 17/2 as F-WWKH in full Finnair scheme.
Hapag-Lloyd will cease using its two specially marked Kreuzfahrten B738s, D-AHLK (35143) & D-ATUF (34687), on its cruise charter flights, replacing them with a DC Aviation A319CJ, which will carry no special markings. Both B738s will be repainted into standard TUI yellow scheme. D-AHFB (27982) has been painted in a special VW Sharan scheme (see Skyliner for a photo).
Hellas Jet A320 SX-BVK (0088) was ferried from Istanbul to Santa Maria via Lisbon on 18/2 on the first leg of its return journey to the lessor.
Hola ceased operations on 16/2 due, apparently, to an unresolved financial dispute with Gadair. The carrier has used the following (with thanks to Alexandre/ATDB):
EC-IEZ B733 (23628 ex N167AW) to HI-864 (see EC-LCS below)
EC-IFV B733 (23626 ex N165AW) to Futura as EC-JJV
EC-IOR B733 (24449 ex CS-TID, LY-BAG) to AWAS as N449AN
EC-ISY B752 (26241 ex EC-422, EC-FUB, EC-618, N26ND) to Privilege Style
EC-JQX B733 (23774 ex OO-SDY, D-ADIE, N774CT, F-GRNF) to CIT Aerospace as (G-CFOD)/N473CT
EC-JRT B752 (24772 ex G-BRJF, EC-432, EC-EVD, I-BRJF, C-GNXB, C-GTSJ, N88AM, OM-DGK, N772AB) to Gadair
EC-JSS B734 (24128 ex D-AHLO, SP-KEN, TC-MNI) unused, to AerCap as N728CF
EC-JTV B733 (24027 ex F-GFUD, EC-IZM, N270AW) back to AWAS as N270AW
EC-KBO B734 (23870 ex G-OBMG, OK-TVR, EC-JQA) to AerGo as N870AG
EC-KHI B733 (24026 ex F-GFUC, G-MONT, F-GHVM, SE-RCR) to AWAS as N240AN
EC-LAV B734 (24352 ex TF-FIA, OO-RMV, EC-IVR, PK-MDM, EC-KTM) stored
EC-LCS B733 (23628 ex N167AW, EC-IEZ, HI-864, EC-JSL, HI-864) stored at Palma
Iberia A343 EC-GQK (197) was ferried from Madrid to Chateauroux on 17/2 for storage.
Jet2. The expected B763 is to be former Varig machine PR-VAN (27427 ex F-GHGL, 3B-NAZ, S7-AAB, S7-RGS, N427SB, JA767E, N801PG). It is currently at Abu Dhabi & is due for delivery in April, with service entry in May. The carrier may obtain a second example from the same source.
KLM B737 PH-BGI (30364) left Boeing Field, WA on delivery to Amsterdam on 16/2. Adding to last week, B734 PH-BDY (24959) was registered to WFBN as N959PR on 9/2 & left Woensdrecht on 18/2 bound for Goodyear, AZ routing via Keflavik, Goose Bay &, Minneapolis/St Paul, MN.
KLM Cityhopper Fk50 PH-LXP (20276) was ferried from Norwich to Maastricht on 15/2 for painting prior to delivery to a new operator. Fk100 PH-OFL (11444) has not been returned to the lessor after all, but was ferried back from Woensdrecht to Amsterdam on 19/2 following a spot of maintenance & is to be returned to service. Other Fk100s that are due to remain in service for this summer at least are PH-OFM (11475), PH-OFN (11477), PH-OFO (11462) & PH-OFP (11472).
Lufthansa A320 D-AIZD (4191) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Frankfurt as DLH8952 on 18/2. A388 D-AIMC (044) was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder on 17/2 as F-WWAJ.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ2 D-ACJD (7135) left Cologne on 17/2 bound for Toronto & routing via Keflavik & Goose Bay in full UT Air scheme. The carrier is to withdraw all thirteen of its RJ85s between March this year & 2011 & BAe Systems has announced that it intends to offer these to Russian airlines as potential replacements for older, less reliable & more fuel-hungry types such as the Tu-134 & Yak-42.
Malev Fk70 HA-LMC (11569) returned from Norwich to Budapest on 9/2 after painting into Carpatair scheme. HA-LMB (11565) has become YR-KMB & was delivered from Budapest to Carpatair at Timisoara on 16/2.
MedAvia. See under Athens A/W.
A7-MBK A320CJ (4170) was delivered to the Qatar Amiri Flight on 27/1
F-GTIP B752 (25624) of ILFC had its ferry fight from Luton to Lasham delayed from 12/2 to 15/2.
VP-BJX B733 (23557) was another delayed ferry flight, not making it to Kemble until 17/2.
VP-BOQ B735 (27153 ex LN-BRZ, B-2592, N153BV) registered to AerCap left Dinard on 18/2 heading for Moramba (Madagascar). It still wears the colours of Aeroflot-Nord (now Nordavia).
VP-CKS A318CJ (3238) of National Air Service was delivered from Woensdrecht to Riyadh on 19/2 following cabin outfitting.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NOT (37816) made its first flight on 17/2, with LN-DYC (39164) following on 18/2. B733 LN-KKF (24326), which had been stored at Southend since arriving there as NAX33L on 3/1, performed test flights on 11/2 as NAX73T & on 18/2 as NAX3T & was then ferried to Shannon on 19/2 as NAX56F.
Ryanair B738 update below.
EI-EKJ (38497) arrived at Dublin on delivery 13/2
EI-EKL (38498) arrived at Dublin on delivery 18/2
EI-EKM (38499) arrived at Dublin on delivery 19/2
EI-EKO (35027) made its first flight 18/2
EI-EKP (35028) on the Renton flightline 16/2
EI-EKR (38503) on the Renton flightline 17/2
EI-EKS (38504) on the Renton flightline 18/2
SAS MD87 SE-DIU (53011) was ferried from Gothenburg to Shannon on 15/2 & is due for City A/L, with whom it will join SE-DIP (53010). MD82 SE-DME (53366) was ferried from storage at Lourdes to Oslo on 19/2 prior to delivery to Allegiant Air.
Swiftair ATR72 EC-JDX (234) left Madrid on 17/2 for Wau (Sudan), routing via Benghazi & Khartoum, with EC-JRP (446) following it the next day. Both aircraft wear UN markings.
TAM A332 PT-MVT (1118) made its first flight on 17/2 as F-WWKS in primer but with TAM tail markings.
Thomas Cook A320 G-GTDL (0476) reportedly operated its last revenue service on 9/2 as TCX94DY from Malta to Manchester. It will, however, now be retained for the summer season as a standby aircraft & will operate regular services on Mondays from Manchester, being used as cover for the rest of the time. G-BYTH (0429) left Paphos on 14/2 on its last revenue service as TCX347L though didn't actually arrive at Manchester until the early hours of 15/2. It is expected to be returned to Orix next month. A333 OY-VKI (357) will be leased from the Scandinavian subsidiary from May & will be used to satisfy any extra requirements that may arise prior to taking up its planned programme between late June & September.
Thomson A/W B752 G-OOBC (33098) left Greensboro, NC on 18/2 as TOM9232 bound for Manchester following winglet fitting.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVN (29643 ex G-CEJO) was delivered from Shannon to Prague on 16/2.
Turkuaz A/L A320 TC-TCH (2048 ex 6Y-JMK, N351LF) arrived at Istanbul on delivery from Miami on 18/2.
UT Air. See under Lufthansa Cityline.
Volare A320 I-WEBA (3138) was ferried from Manchester to Rome/Fiumicino on 17/2 after painting into Air One (rather than Alitalia, as previously thought) scheme.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LWB (4246) was noted at Toulouse as F-WWDR on 16/2 in primer but with Wizz tail colours.