EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 10-04-10
The information in this blog comes from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.
Jethro/UK & Ireland Airline Fleet Listings
Drewski/737NG Line Number list
Adria A319 S5-AAP (4282) was noted in full scheme as D-AVWR at Finkenwerder on 7/4.
Aer Lingus A333 EI-ELA (1106) was delivered from Toulouse to Shannon on 7/4 as EIN2509.
Air Albatros MD82 I-DAWS (49209) was cancelled from the Italian register on 1/4 & ferried from storage at Erbil (Iraq) to Stockholm/Arlanda on 9/4 on delivery to Air Sweden as SE-RJP.
Air Dolomiti ATR42 I-ADLZ (611) was ferried from Eindhoven to Mönchengladbach on 8/4 after painting all white.
Air Italy B733 EI-IGS (28562 ex N526SM) was noted at Shannon on 7/4 in full scheme awaiting delivery. Also see under Air One.
Air One B734 D-AGMR (27007) was due to ferried from Rome/Fiumicino to Maastricht on 9/4 for painting into Air Italy scheme, but the flight has been delayed.
Air Sweden. See under Air Albatros.
Air Via A320 LZ-MDC (4270) made its first flight on 2/4 in full scheme as F-WWBS. It was then ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the following day.
Alitalia A320 EI-DTL (4108) made a flight from Toulouse on 8/4 as F-WWDS following a period of storage.
Anadolu Jet B737 G-CGFW (34760) was cancelled from the UK register at Istanbul on 6/4 & noted in full Anadolu Jet scheme there the same day.
Atlas Air took delivery of B744 N263SG (29263 ex JA404A, B-LFC) on 1/4 when it was ferried from Hong Kong to New York/JFK. It will be jointly operated with Sonair.
Avia Nova. See under easyJet.
BA Cityflyer. The last three RJs will be withdrawn as follows - G-CFAA (E3373) on 19/4, G-LCYB (E2383) on 31/5 & G-LCYC (E2385) on 15/6. EMB190 delivery dates have changed & are now expected to be:
G-LCYK (19000343) on 10/4 with service entry due 19/4
G-LCYL (19000346) on 1/5 with service entry due 30/5
G-LCYM (19000351) on 29/5 with service entry due 2/6
G-LCYN (190003??) on 13/11 with service entry due 22/11
Belair. See under Thomson A/W.
Belavia has a sixth B735 as EW-294PA (26338 ex B-2975) left Xiamen in full scheme on 7/4 on delivery to Minsk.
Blue Wings A320 D-ANNC (1257) was ferried by Parc Aviation from storage at Lourdes on 8/4 bound for Macon, GA in Elite Aviation scheme.
BMI A320 G-MEDE (1194) was noted at East Midlands in full Sky A/L scheme on 5/4 & will become TC-SKT. Catching up with some older news, A320 G-MIDR (1697) flew its last revenue service on 12/3 & was ferried to Budapest on 14/3 as BMA9571. It was then flown from there to Norwich on 8/4, presumably for painting for a new operator. G-MIDP (1732) flew its last revenue service on 3/4 & was then ferried to (I assume) Budapest as BMA9572 the following day. A321 G-MIDC (0835) is due to be withdrawn from service on 17/4.
British A/W B733 G-LGTF (24450), registered to Orix Aviation Systems & which was ferried from Chateauroux to Bangor, ME on 6/3, was cancelled from the UK register on 6/4 & became N460XS before being cancelled to Bolivia. A320 G-BUSG (0039), which has been stored Gatwick for some months, will depart (probably to the USA) some time after the end of this month. This, along with G-BUSH (0042), G-BUSI (0103), G-BUSJ (0109) & G-BUSK (0120), is owned by GA Telesis & leased to BA. All are due to be handed back over the coming months & are currently being advertised on the market as flying machines. G-EUYH (4265) was ferried back from Finkenwerder to Toulouse on 7/4 still as F-WWBK. The carrier formally signed a merger agreement with Iberia on 8/4.
City A/L. See under Flybe.
Croatia A/L A320 9A-CTM (0671) was ferried from Norwich back to Zagreb on 8/4 as CTN7901 after painting all white prior to return to the lessor.
CSA A313 OK-YAD (674) was ferried from Chateauroux to Prague on 8/4 having been painted all white prior to return to the lessor.
EasyJet B737 G-EZJW (32418) was delivered from Dublin to Dinard on 6/4 as F-GZTD in full Europe Airpost scheme & G-EZJX (32419) was delivered from Southend to Istanbul the same day, all white as TC-JKS for THY. A320 G-TTOG (1969) was noted at Shannon on 5/4 awaiting delivery as EI-ELE of Avia Nova.
A319 deliveries for the remainder of this year should be:
Jun - G-EZFU (4313), G-EZFV (4327)
Jly - G-EZFW (4380)
Aug - G-EZFX (4385)
Sep - G-EZFY (4418), G-EZFZ (4425), G-EZGA (4427), G-EZGB (4437), G-EZGC (4444)
Oct - G-EZGD (4451)
Nov - G-EZGE? (4495), G-EZGF? (4509), G-EZGG? (4518)
Dec - G-EZGH? (4536)
The only A320 due this year is G-EZTX (4286), which was noted at Toulouse in full scheme on 4/4 as F-WWIR, is expected in May, with the final three to be delivered next year.
Egypt Air B773 SU-GDM (38286) made its first flight on 6/4. A332 SU-GCI (696) will be out of action for a few weeks. While taxiing off stand 310 at Cairo on 5/4 prior to operating MSR267 to Hurghada, the crew entered a wrong parking position into their FMS. As a consequence, they followed a taxiway unsuitable for an A332 & the aircraft struck two light poles resulting in both wings sustaining substantial damage (with thanks to the Aviation Herald).
Emerald A/W HS748s G-BEJD (1543) & G-BVOU (1721), which have been languishing at Blackpool for some months, were cancelled from the UK register on 8/4 as permanently withdrawn from use.
Europe Airpost. See under easyJet & Thomson A/W.
Flybe B463s G-JEAM (E3128) & G-OINV (E3171), currently being broken up at Exeter, were cancelled from the UK register on 6/4. EMB145 G-EMBU (145458) was cancelled from the UK register on 8/4 as exported to Sweden & is to become SE-RAD with City A/L. G-EMBV (145482) is also due to go to the same operator.
Germanwings A319 D-AGWR (4285) made its first flight on 7/4 as D-AVWS in primer but with Germanwings tail markings & was ferried to Dinard for painting 9/4.
Highland A/W JST31 G-CCPW (785) was registered to Links Air on 29/3 & G-EIGG (773) to Bravo Aviation on the same date.
Hola A/L B733 EC-LCS (23628), which recently became N628AG, will be delivered to Air Batumi later this month as 4L-BTM.
Iberia. See under British A/W.
Jet2 has acquired former Aegean B733 SX-BBU (25743), which will be registered G-GDFB & enter service in early May. It is currently at Shannon.
Lufthansa has put two aircraft back into service following storage - A321 D-AIRW (0699) & B744 D-ABVA (23816) both on 26/3. A306 D-AIAH (380) was ferried from Dresden to Kiev/Borispol on 9/4 prior to delivery to Mahan Air. The airline is due to take delivery of its first A388 on 19/5.
MK A/L B742F G-MKLA (23711) was registered to Bullfinch Ltd on 23/3.
A6-AAB B463 (E3387 ex G-CBMF, OH-SAN) of the Abu Dhabi Presidential Flight left Stansted on 3/4 on delivery to Abu Dhabi following VIP outfitting.
G-SHSI E135BJ (14501114) arrived at Farnborough on 2/4 on delivery to TAG Aviation.
M-ETIS B727 (22687 ex N721MF, N727LL) of Azer Management Ltd left Denton, TX on 8/4, routing via Ottawa & Stansted on delivery to Dubai.
Nordwind A/L will add B763 N281LF (27957 ex PH-BZA, C-GZNA, N221LF, G-SPNA) to its fleet of five B752s during May.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-DYD (39002) arrived at Oslo on delivery 7/4.
Olympic A/L B733 SX-BLC (26303) was reregistered as EI-ELS for ILFC at Shannon on 1/4.
Onur Air is to add another A320 to its fleet this month. This is TC-OBI (1509), which I noted at Seletar at the end of February as N380DF.
Qatar A/W B773 A7-BAK (36097) left Paine Field, WA on delivery to Doha on 8/4
Royal Jordanian. The carrier's second A332, former Air Comet example EI-EJY (970 ex EC-KXB), was ferried from Munich to Frankfurt on 8/4 prior to painting at Hamburg. This follows EI-EJZ (979 ex EC-KYC), which was ferried from Munich to Frankfurt on 25/3 & is due at Hamburg on 12/4 for painting.
Ryanair B738 update:
EI-EMA (35032) made its first flight 5/4
EI-EMD (38509) made its first flight 7/4
EI-EME (35029) in paint hangar by 8/4
EI-EMF (34978) rolled out by 8/4
Deliveries for the rest of this year should be:
Apr - EI-EKY (35031), EI-EKZ (38508), EI-EMA (35032)
May - EI-EMB (38511), EI-EMC (38510), EI-EMD (38509), EI-EME (35029)
Jun - EI-EMF (34978), EI-EMH (34974), EI-EMI (34979)
Jly - EI-EMJ (34975), EI-EMK (38512), EI-EML (38513)
Aug - EI-EMM (38514), EI-EMN (38515), EI-EMO (40283)
Sep - EI-EMP (40285), EI-EMR (40284)
Plus four in Oct & two each in Nov & Dec. Note the absence of EI-EMG, which was previously used on a Robinson R-22 that is now registered G-CFHU.
Sky A/L. See under BMI.
Star A/W A320 ZA-RED (0415) left Lake City, FL on 2/4 on delivery to Tirana, still as N415MX.
Sun Express B738 TC-SNN (40775) had entered the paint hangar at Renton by 6/4.
Thomas Cook will lease six B752s to Jazz Air from 1/11 to operate winter charters on behalf of Thomas Cook subsidiary Sunquest Vacations. The press release states that Sunquest will operate up to eleven B752s, but is not currently apparent where the other five will come from. A320 G-BYTH (0429) left Manchester on 7/4 on delivery to Skywest, with whom it will become VH-FNP.
Thomson A/W is to take delivery of the two former Belair B752s in May & they will be registered G-OOBN (29379 ex HB-IHR) & G-OOBP (30394 ex HB-IHS). B763 G-PJLO (26064) arrived back at Gatwick on 4/4 as TOM9266 following winglet fitting at Lake City, FL. B733 G-THOH (29058) was ferried from storage at Shannon to Southend on 7/4 & is believed due to go to Europe Airpost.
THY. See under easyJet.
TMA A300F N140MN (872) left Lake Charles, LA on 3/4 on delivery to Beirut.
Transavia B738 PH-HSB (34172) made its first flight on 5/4. PH-ZOM (29677) became F-GZHF with Transavia France on 1/4.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVH (35275) left Prague on 6/4 bound for Dushanbe on wet-lease to Somon Air. OK-TVN (29643) was ferried from Prague to Lille on 8/4 on summer lease to XL A/W France, with OK-TVB (32362) ferrying from Prague to Paris/CDG also for XL A/W France on 9/4.
United A/L is, according to the New York Times, in merger talks with US A/W.
UPS B763F N338UP (37944) left Paine Field, WA on 6/4 on delivery to Louisville, KY.
Ural A/L A320 VQ-BFW (2327 ex N271AV) arrived at Ekaterinburg on delivery on 7/4.
US A/W. See under United A/L.
XL A/W France. See under Travel Service.
XL A/W Germany B738 D-AXLD (35093) left Toronto on 7/4 still as C-FYLD on its return to Frankfurt following winter lease to Sunwing A/L.