EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 27-03-10
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
Drewski/737NG Line Number list
A rather longer section than usual as I try to catch up with the events of the past month.
Adria. The airline's two A319s will be S5-AAP (4282) & S5-AAR (4301) & both are due for delivery in May.
Aer Lingus A333 EI-ELA (1106) made its first flight on 11/3 as F-WWYH in full scheme.
Aeroflot A333 VQ-BEL (1103) made its first flight on 9/3 as F-WWYR in primer but with Aeroflot tail marks. MD-11 VQ-BFH was noted in full scheme at Paya Lebar on 27/2. Its previous identity is currently unknown.
Afriqiyah A320 5A-ONJ (4203) was delivered from Toulouse to Tripoli on 19/3. 5A-ONK (4330) is due to follow in June, with two more expected in 2011, two in 2012 & three in 2013.
Air Berlin A320 D-ABDT (3422) was reregistered as HB-IOQ at Dusseldorf on 15/3 & is for Belair. A319 D-ABGG (3202) has also been transferred to Belair & was registered HB-IOY on 23/3, positioning from Dusseldorf to Zurich on 25/3. B738 D-ABAT (29120) was ferried from Paderborn to Norwich on 22/3 for painting prior to return to the lessor. D-ABAU (29121) is for Corendon Air as TC-TJH. The airline has cut its B787 order to 15 aircraft plus 5 options. Also see under Blue Air.
Air Cargo Germany is to add a further two B744Fs to its fleet, increasing its total of the type to four aircraft. These will be former Martinair machines from storage at Marana, AZ & the first of these, PH-MPQ (24975), was ferried from there to Seattle, WA on 25/3.
Air Comet. See under Non-airline & Royal Jordanian.
Air Contractors. See under Thomson A/W
Air Europa B738 EC-JKZ (34251) has become TC-SNL for Sun Express & was delivered from Palma to Antalya on 1/3. EC-IVV (28323) will shortly be delivered to German Sky A/L (see Skyliner for photo). EMB195 EC-LCQ (19000303) arrived at Palma on delivery on 20/3 & was followed by EC-LEK (19000344) on 26/3. A further five E195s are expected before the end of this year.
Air France B777F F-GUOA (32967) has become N880FD & left Paris/CDG on 17/3 all white & bound for Memphis, TN & FedEx. F-GUOD (32969) has not been taken up by the airline & was ferried from Marana, AZ to Paine Field, WA as N449BA prior to delivery to FedEx. A388 F-HPJD (049) was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder as F-WWAL on 26/2. A320 F-HEPB (4241) made its first flight on 4/3 as F-WWDK & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day, returning to Toulouse on 12/3. A321 F-GTAY (4251) made its first flight on 18/3 as D-AZAG in full scheme & is due to be delivered to Paris/CDG on 29/3.
Air Italy is to take delivery of B733 N561SM (28561 ex B-2978) from GECAS. It is currently at Shannon. N562SM (28562 ex B-2979) should follow next month.
Air Moldova will shortly take delivery of E190 ER-LCB (19000325).
Air Nostrum has added former Denim Air DHC-8 EC-LFH (586 ex PH-DXA) to its fleet & it had entered service by 16/3, still in Arik Air scheme.
Air Slovakia B752 OM-ASG (24544) left Milan/Orio Al Serio for Miami, FL on 12/3 on return to ILFC.
Alitalia A320s EI-DTN (4143) & EI-DTO (4152) were delivered from Toulouse to Rome/Fiumicino on 25/3. EI-EIB (4249) made its first flight on 16/3 as F-WWDX & in full scheme.
Astraeus B752 G-STRX (25621) has been on lease to AeroSur since 26/2.
Avia Nova A320 EI-ELD (1918) was delivered from Shannon to Moscow/Vnukovo on 4/3. This was previously with easyJet as G-TTOF.
Aviastar Tu204 RA-64011 (1450741364011) crashed 1km short of the runway while landing at Moscow/Domodedovo on 22/3 on a flight from Hurghada. Happily, there were no fatalities among the nine on board, though some received severe injuries.
BA Cityflyer E190 G-LCYJ (1900033) arrived at Exeter on delivery on 6/3. B463 G-BZAY (E3368) flew its last revenue service on 12/3 & was ferried from Edinburgh to Kemble on 13/3 prior to return to the lessor. G-BXAS (E3301) was ferried from Kemble to Southend on 19/3 as CFE01P, all white prior to delivery to a new operator.
Bangladesh Biman A310 S2-AFT (642 ex HB-IPM, A4O-OD, N642KS, EC-IPT, N301LF) arrived at Dhaka on delivery from Miami, FL on 29/3.
Belair. See under Air Berlin.
Binter Canarias ATR72 EC-LFA (902) was delivered from Toulouse to Las Palmas on 5/3.
Blue Air took delivery of former Air Berlin B738 YR-BID (29641 ex D-ABBP) at Bucharest on 26/2 when it arrived from Munich.
Blue Wings A320 D-ANNF (1650) now registered to Parc Aviation was ferried from storage at Lourdes to Keflavik on 25/3.
Brit Air CRJ9 F-HDTB (10563) arrived at Morlaix on 11/3 on delivery from Tucson, AZ wearing the test registration F-WDTB.
British A/W B733 G-LGTF (24450) was ferried from Chateauroux to Bangor, ME via Shannon on 6/3 all white. B735 G-GFFI (27425) is to become ES-ABP with Estonian Air & will be delivered from LHR around the middle of next week.
B752 G-BPEC (24882) was ferried from LHR to Gatwick for further storage on 28/2. G-CPEM (28665) is due to be retired from service on 26/4, with G-CPEO (28667), G-CPER (29113) & G-CPES (29114) following in May, while G-CPET (29115) is to remain in use until late October.
A320 G-EUYG (4238) was delivered from Toulouse to LHR on 18/3 as BAW9253. The remaining A320s are scheduled for delivery as follows:
G-EUYH (4265) Apr 2010, G-EUYI (4306) May 2010, G-EUYJ (4555) October 2010, G-EUYK January 2011, G-EUYL June 2011, G-EUYM August 2011 & G-EUYN January 2012.
B773 G-STBA (40524) is due for delivery to Cardiff in July, with service entry expected in August. The provisional schedule for the next five deliveries is:
G-STBB (39286) July 2010, G-STBC (39287) September 2010, G-STBD August 2011, G-STBE November 2011 & G-STBF February 2012.
Also see under Open Skies.
Cathay Pacific B773 B-KPQ (36162) made its first flight on 25/3.
China Cargo A/L B777F B-2077 (37713) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Beijing on 24/3. This joins B-2076 (37711), which was delivered last month & will be followed by two more next year & a further two in 2012.
City A/L MD87 SE-DIU (53011) was ferried from Shannon to Stockholm/Arlanda on 17/3 after painting.
Corendon Air. See under Air Berlin.
CSA B734 OK-FGS (28478) was ferried from Prague to Norwich on 14/3 for painting prior to return to the lessor. OK-FGR (28477) was ferried from Prague to Chateauroux on 23/3 prior to lease to a new operator.
Dalia Air EMB135BJ CN-MBP (14501117) arrived at Casablanca on delivery on 20/3.
Delta B772LR N709DN (40559) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Atlanta, GA on 23/3 & was followed by N710DN (40560) on 24/3.
Denim Air Fk50 PH-LMT (20192) entered the paint shop at Maastricht on 22/3 to be repainted from Denim Air scheme to all white. DHC8 PH-DMX (574) was noted parked at Valencia on 15/3 still in Arik Air scheme. Also see under Air Nostrum.
Eastern A/W JS41 G-MAJK (41070) became SX-SEB for Sky Express on 11/3 & left Hull on delivery to Heraklion the following day.
EasyJet A320 deliveries have been:
G-EZTT (4219) from Finkenwerder to Gatwick 16/3
G-EZTU (4233) from Finkenwerder to Paris/Orly 2/3
G-EZTV (4234) from Toulouse to Gatwick 5/3
G-EZTW (4250) made its first flight on 17/3 as F-WWIF & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day
B737 movements have been:
G-EZJU (32416) was cancelled from the UK register on 5/3 & has become HK4682 for Aires Colombia
G-EZJV (32417) has become HL8215 for Eastar Jet & left Stansted for Dubai on 12/3 on the first leg of its delivery flight
G-EZJW (32418) was ferried from Southend to Norwich 26/2
G-EZJX (32419), currently parked at Southend, is to go to THY
G-EZJY (32420) flew its last revenue service 28/2 & was ferried from Luton to Dublin 1/3 & then to Southend 21/3 for preparation for THY.
A319 G-EZIA (2420) was reregistered as HB-JZT on 19/3 for the Swiss subsidiary's ever-growing fleet.
A320 G-TTOG (1969) was flown from Gatwick to Shannon as EZY8001 on 14/3. At present, it is unclear whether this was for maintenance or at end of lease. It is, however, understood that this will be the next aircraft to leave the fleet.
Also see under Avia Nova.
Egypt Air B773 SU-GDL (38284) left Paine Field, WA on 9/3 on delivery to Cairo. This is the first of six being leased from GECAS, with three more to be delivered this year & the other two in 2011.
Enter Air B734 SP-ENA (26320 ex HL7592) left Singapore/Seletar on 15/3 on delivery to Warsaw. SP-ENB (26299 ex HL7527) is currently at Seletar & is due for delivery next month.
Estonian Air has acquired a "new" B735. ES-ABO was noted in service on 24/3, but its pedigree is currently unknown. Also see under British A/W for another "new" one.
Europe Airpost. See under Thomson A/W.
Eurowings CRJ9 D-ACNL (15252) left Montreal/Mirabel on 5/3 on delivery to Nuremberg. B462 D-AEWF (E2184) was ferried from Nuremberg to Exeter on 22/3 prior to return to the lessor. B463 D-AHOI (E3187) was ferried from Exeter to Southend on 23/3 on return to the lessor & will probably take up its old marks of G-BSYT.
Exin Aviation An-26B SP-FDO (7310503) made an emergency landing on frozen Lake Ulemiste near Tallinn on 18/3. The aircraft was operating EXN3589 from Helsinki on behalf of DHL when the crew received an unsafe gear warning on approach to Tallinn. During the subsequent go-around, the aircraft experienced engine problems & subsequent loss of power, necessitating the landing on the ice. Of the six on board, two were injured & the aircraft is almost certainly a write-off.
FedEx B777F N852FD (37723) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Memphis, TN on 2/3. MD-10-10F N381FE (46615) escaped from storage at Victorville, CA on 22/3 when it was ferried to Memphis, TN. Also see under Air France.
Finnair MD-11 OH-LGG (48753) was ferried from Helsinki to Paya Lebar on 24/3. OH-LGF (48766) was registered as N783BC on 1/2 & was noted as such at Paya Lebar on 27/2.
Flyglobespan B763 G-CEOD (30586) was registered to Celestial Aviation Trading 4 Ltd on 17/3. The following aircraft were registered to ILFC on 9/3:
G-CDPT B763 (29488) as N381LF
G-CEFG B763 (26264) as N411LF
G-MSJF B737 (30710) as N225LF
G-SEFC B737 (30687) as N171LF
G-SPNA B763 (27957) as N281LF
Since then, N171LF left Belgrade on 18/3 bound for Bogotá & Aires Colombia, with N225LF following on 19/3. These have now become HK-4694 & HK-4695 respectively.
German Sky A/L. See under Air Europa.
Germanwings A319 D-AGWP (4227) made its first flight on 8/3 as D-AVYK & was delivered from Finkenwerder to Cologne as GWI6927 on 16/3. D-AGWQ (4256) made its first flight on 19/3 as D-AVYP in full scheme.
Hapag-Lloyd. See under Nordstar.
Hi Fly A313 CS-TEI (495) was ferried from Lisbon to Sharjah on 26/3 en route to PacificFlier of Palau.
Highland A/W ceased operations & entered administration on 24/3. At that time, the airline was operating the following well-travelled aircraft:
G-BTXG JS31 (719 ex N418MX, G-BTXG, OY-EEC, G-BTXG, OK-REJ, G-BTXG, SE-FVP)
G-CCPW JS31 (795 ex C-FHOE, SE-LDI)
G-EDAY JS31 (639 ex N409MX, N639JX, SE-LGB)
G-EIGG JS31 (773 ex C-FAMK, OY-SVO, SE-LGH)
G-FARA JS31 (740 ex C-GJPO, LN-FAM)
G-ISAY JS41 (41014 ex OY-SVS, G-MAJN)
G-JURA JS31 (772 ex C-FAMJ, OY-SVK, SE-LDH)
G-LOVB JS31 (622 ex G-BLCB, VH-HSW)
G-NOSS JS31 (749 ex C-GJPU, LN-FAN, LN-FAZ)
G-SEIL BN2B (2103 ex G-BIIP, N411JA, 6Y-JKJ, 6Y-JQJ, G-BIIP)
G-TEXA JS41 (41041 ex N318UE)
G-UIST JS31 (750 ex N840JS, N331QH, N190PC)
In addition, the carrier also operated a Cessna 404 & three Cessna 406s on pollution patrol & fisheries protection duties.
Iberia A346 EC-LCZ (993) was delivered to Madrid on 4/3 following a period of storage at Lourdes. EC-LEV (1079) was noted at Toulouse in full scheme on 1/3 as F-WWCE & was delivered to Madrid on 26/3. A319 EC-KUB (3651) was finally delivered from Finkenwerder to Madrid on 12/3.
Iberworld A333 EC-LEQ (1097) was delivered from Toulouse to Paris/CDG on 19/3 as IBW109P on lease to XL A/W France.
Icelandair. See under Titan A/W.
JAL B744 JA8075 (24427) left Tokyo/Narita on 19/3 for storage at Victorville, CA.
JAL Cargo will cease to exist from the end of October & its seven B744Fs & three B767Fs will be retired. The parent company will then only offer cargo belly space on its passenger aircraft.
KLM Cityhopper E190 PH-EZN (19000342) Arrived at Amsterdam on delivery on 13/3. Fk100 PH-OFJ (11248) was ferried from storage at Woensdrecht to Amsterdam on 18/3, but will not be returning to service. Fk50 PH-KVK (20219) was ferried from storage at Norwich to Amsterdam prior to sale. The airline will retire its last Fk50 from service on 27/3.
Lufthansa A320 D-AIZE (4261) made its first flight on 23/3 as D-AXAC & in full scheme. Further deliveries this year should be D-AIZF (4289) May, D-AIZG (4324) June, D-AIZH (4363) July, D-AIZI (4398) August, D-AIZJ (4449) September, D-AIZK? (4511) November & D-AIZL? (4512) December.
Lufthansa Cityline E190 D-AECE (19000341) was delivered to Munich on 10/3. CRJ2 D-ACJG (7220) left Amsterdam for Toronto on 13/3 after painting for UT Air.
Martinair. See under Air Cargo Germany.
MNG Cargo B734F TC-MCF (24126) arrived at Istanbul on 5/3 as N726CF after freighter conversion at Miami, FL.
Monarch B763 G-DIMB (28865) left Manchester for Abu Dhabi on 16/3 & has been reregistered as G-TCCB for Thomas Cook.
Niki A320 OE-LEB (4231) made it first flight on 16/3 as D-AXAA & was delivered from Finkenwerder to Vienna on 24/3.
D-ALAE A313 (669 ex VT-AIG) of EADS was registered at Dresden on 10/3 prior to freighter conversion.
EI-EJZ A332 (979) with Amentum Aircraft Leasing & formerly EC-KYC of Air Comet was ferried from Munich to Frankfurt on 25/3 prior to delivery to a new operator.
G-BZFA B461 (E1223) of Trident Aviation Leasing was ferried from Southend to Bacau on 23/3 for further storage.
G-NOAH A319CJ (3826) for Acropolis Aviation was delivered from Toulouse to Bournemouth on 19/3 following cabin outfitting.
M-WBTA A321 (0956 ex F-GTAG, VN-A343, D-AKPV, N695LC, (HZ-WBT8)) for Waleed bin Talal is at Hamburg to Maastricht awaiting delivery.
N105AL A320CJ (4199) for Comlux Aviation was delivered on 26/2 & is thought to have gone to Indianapolis, IN for its VIP fit.
9H-BBJ B737BBJ (30791 ex LX-GVV) for Privajet Ltd was delivered from Basel to Moscow/Vnukovo on 25/3.
Nordstar will take delivery of former Hapag-Lloyd B738 D-AHFC (27977). It was ferried from Hanover to Maastricht on 15/3 for painting.
Norwegian Air Shuttle happenings have been:
LN-DYC B738 (39164) left Boeing Field, WA on delivery to Oslo 4/3
LN-DYD B738 (35002) made its first flight 22/3
LN-KKF B733 (24326) was ferried from Southend to Oslo all white 12/3 prior to return to the lessor
LN-NOJ B738 (37884) made its first flight 16/3
LN-NOT B738 (37816) left Boeing Field, WA on delivery to Oslo 3/3
LN-NOV B738 (31713) made its first flight 11/3 & left Boeing Field on delivery to Oslo 25/3
Olympic A/L B734 SX-BKH (24703) was ferried from storage at Athens to Shannon on 12/3.
Oman Air A333 A4O-DE (1093) was delivered from Toulouse to Muscat as OMA027 on 23/3, while A332 A4O-DF (1122) made its first flight on 18/3 as F-WWYA in primer but with Oman Air tail marks.
Onur Air MD-83s TC-OAT (53466) & TC-OAU (53488) have become UR-CHP & UR-CHQ respectively for Khors Aircompany & were both delivered from Istanbul to Kiev/Zhuliany on 14/3.
Open Skies B752s G-BPEJ (25807) & G-BPEK (25808) are expected to be reregistered as F-HPEJ & F-HPEK respectively next month.
Orenair B738 VQ-BFZ (28644) was noted in full scheme at Melbourne on 7/3 still as VH-VIG. By 16/3, it was carrying the registration N116MN & should be delivered shortly.
Pegasus B738 TC-AAS (40871) made its first flight on 5/3 & left Paine Field, WA on delivery to Istanbul on 19/3. TC-AAT (40872) made its first flight on 21/3 & TC-AAU (40873) was noted on the Renton flightline on 4/3.
Qatar A/W B773 A7-BAH (37662) left Paine Field, WA on 25/2 on delivery to Doha.
Quantum Air. The airline's B712s remain stored at Palma & have all been reregistered to SAS as follows:
EC-HNY (55059) to SE-REN
EC-HNZ (55060) to SE-REO
EC-HOA (55061) to SE-REP
EC-HUZ (55066) to SE-REM
EC-JZX (55065) to SE-REL
RAM B738 CN-ROY (33070) was noted on the Renton flightline on 19/3 & made its first flight on 24/3.
Royal Jordanian A/L is to acquire two former Air Comet A332s.
Ryanair B738 update:
EI-EKN (35026) arrived at Dublin on delivery 26/2
EI-EKO (35017) arrived at Dublin on delivery 6/3
EI-EKP (35028) arrived at Dublin on delivery 6/3
EI-EKR (38503) arrived at Dublin on delivery 12/3
EI-EKS (38504) arrived at Dublin on delivery 12/3
EI-EKT (38505) arrived at Dublin on delivery 13/3
EI-EKV (38507) arrived at Dublin on delivery 19/3
EI-EKW (38506) made its first flight 12/3
EI-EKX (35030) made its first flight 12/3
EI-EKY (35031) made its first flight 25/3
EI-EKZ (38508) made its first flight 24/3
EI-EMA (35032) rolled out at Renton 24/3
SAS B737 LN-RNW (34549) arrived at Stockholm/Arlanda on delivery on 18/3. MD82 SE-DME (53366) left Oslo on 23/3 on delivery to Allegiant Air.
Also see under Quantum Air
SATA DH8D CS-TRF (4297) left Toronto as C-GBJE on 7/3 on delivery & was followed by CS-TRG (4298) as C-GBJF on 11/3.
Sky Express. See under Eastern A/W.
SmartLynx A320 YL-BBC (0142) positioned from Vilnius to Damascus on 10/3 on wet-lease to Cham Wings.
Southern Air B777F N775SA (37987) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Seattle, WA on 3/3 in Thai Cargo colours.
Spanair MD87 EC-JRR (49612) left Palma on 16/3 on delivery to Allegiant Air.
Sun Express. See under Air Europa.
Thai International has applied a retro scheme to B744 HS-TGP (26610) - see Skyliner for photo.
Thomas Cook B763 G-DAJC (27206) arrived back at Manchester on 19/3 following winglet fitting at Abu Dhabi. A320 G-BYTH (0429) was been rolled out at Manchester on 22/3 in full Skywest scheme & will shortly be delivered as VH-FNP. Also see under Monarch.
Thomson A/W fleet update:
G-OBYI B763 (29138) left Manchester on 19/3 as TOM9234 bound for Greensboro, NC & winglet fitting
G-OBYJ B763 (29384) returned to Manchester on 18/3 as TOM9233P after winglet fitting at Greensboro, NC
G-OOBD B752 (33099) left Manchester on 16/3 bound for winglet fitting at Greensboro, NC
G-OOBE B752 (33100) returned to Manchester from Greensboro, NC on 22/3 after winglet fitting
G-OOBG B752 (29942) arrived back at Luton on 23/3 still as C-FUBG following winter lease to Skyservice & was restored to the UK register on 25/3.
G-PJLO B763 (26064) left Manchester on 16/3 bound for winglet fitting at Lake City, FL
G-THOG B733 (29057) was cancelled from the UK register on 23/3 as exported to Ireland. It was delivered from Luton to Dublin in Europe Airpost scheme on 24/3 & has become EI-STA, registered to Air Contractors.
THY received former Sky Europe B737 G-CGFW (34760 ex OM-NGP) on 11/3 when it was delivered from Chateauroux to Istanbul.
Titan A/W B752 G-ZAPU (26151) was cancelled from the UK register on 19/3 & has become TF-FIK for Icelandair. It left Lasham on 20/3 all white on delivery to Keflavik. Note that this should not be confused with the previous B752 TF-FIK (26276), which now flies for Mint A/W as EC-LBC.
TMA will shortly restart operations with A300F N140MN (872 ex JA02GX), which is currently awaiting delivery at Lake Charles, LA. See Skyliner for photo.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVC (30278) was reregistered as HA-LKE on 25/3.
US A/W A332 N284AY (1095) was ferried from Chateauroux to Toulouse as F-WWYS on 26/2 after painting into full us A/W scheme & was delivered to Pittsburgh, PA on 25/3. N285AY (1100) made its first flight on 1/3 as F-WWYF in full scheme & was delivered to Pittsburgh, PA on 24/3. These will be the last ones until deliveries restart in 2013.
Varsity Express suspended its Oxford to Edinburgh service on 12/3 after only one week. It had been using JS31 G-JIBO (711).
Viking Hellas A320 SX-SMT (0393) was delivered from Chateauroux to Athens on 16/3, with SX-SMU (0414) following on 17/3.
Wideroe DH8D LN-WDJ (4290) arrived at Sandefjord on delivery on 5/3.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LWA (4223) was delivered from Toulouse to Budapest on 1/3. HA-LWB (4246) made its first flight on 10/3 as F-WWDR in full scheme & was delivered to Budapest on 25/3. The carrier still has a further 111 A320s on order!
XL A/W France. See under Iberworld.
XL A/W Germany has leased Miami Air B738 N732MA (30618) & it arrived at Frankfurt on 21/3. It was reregistered D-AXLI on 23/3.