EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 17-04-10
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
Aegean B733 SX-BGV (26308) has become EI-ELZ for Poste Italiane & was noted at Shannon in full scheme on 12/4 awaiting delivery & also carrying a small Mistral Air sticker.
Aeroflot A333 VQ-BEL (1103) was delivered to Moscow/Sheremetyevo from Toulouse on 13/4.
Aigle Azur A319 F-HCZI (4268) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Paris/Orly on 14/4. Also see under Iberia.
Air Atlanta B742F TF-ARM (22363) left Brussels in basic Saudi Arabian scheme on 12/4, routing via Phoenix, AZ to Marana, AZ for storage.
Air Berlin A320 D-ABFE (4269) made its first flight on 9/4 as D-AXAE. B738 D-ABKK (37753) was noted on the Renton, WA flightline on 14/4.
Air France A320 F-HEPC (4267) was ferried back from Finkenwerder to Toulouse still as F-WWBM on 13/4. F-GFKN (0128) will be ferried from Paris/CDG to Kemble as AFR375V for scrapping once the restrictions on UK airspace have been lifted. A388 F-HPJC (43) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Paris/CDG as AFR374V on 14/4. B744 F-GEXB (24155) left Chateauroux on 16/4 bound for Xiamen & Bedek Special Freighter (BDSF) conversion.
Air Via A320 LZ-MDD (4305) was noted at Toulouse as F-WWDZ on 10/4 in primer with Air Via tail.
Alitalia A321 I-BIXO (0495) has been reregistered EI-IXO & was noted as such at Heathrow on 10/4.
Avanti Air AT42 D-BCRN (329) is to be wet-leased to Intersky from early May.
BA Cityflyer B463 G-BZAV (E3331) was ferried from Kemble to Southend as CFE1P on 11/4 on return to the lessor. E195 G-LCYK (19000343) arrived at Exeter on delivery on 10/4.
Belair. See under Thomson A/W.
British A/W A320 G-EUYI (4306) was noted at Toulouse on 10/4 as F-WWIC in primer, but with BA tail markings. G-EUYH (4265) was registered on 15/4 & was due for delivery from Toulouse to LHR the same day, but this has been delayed by the UK airspace closure. Completing the story as regards B733 G-LGTF (24450), it has now become CP-2553 with Boliviana, leaving Tucson, AZ on delivery on 12/4
Brussels A/L A319 OO-SSC (1086) was delivered from Shannon to Brussels as BEL9901 on 14/4 in Star Alliance scheme. Originally delivered to Sabena as OO-SSC, this went on to become F-WIHF, F-OHJX, F-GYFN & F-OHJX again before reverting to its original Belgian registration.
Calima B734 EC-LDN (24474 ex EI-BXA, SU-HMD, OO-SLW, UR-VVJ, N474EA) was ferried from Palma to Tunis on 9/4 on lease to Tunis Air.
City A/L. See under Flybe.
Continental A/L has, according to the New York Times, resumed merger talks with United A/L.
Croatia A/L DH8D 9A-CQE (4300) routed Toronto to Goose Bay on 15/4 on the first leg of its delivery flight.
Czech Charter A/L is being set up as the charter arm of CSA. Also see under Thomson A/W.
EasyJet A320 G-EZTX (4286) made its first flight on 14/4 as F-WWIR & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Emirates B773 A6-EGA (38984) left Paine Field, WA on 14/4 on delivery to Dubai as UAE777.
Eurowings B462 D-ACFA (E2200) was ferried from Dusseldorf to Exeter on 12/4 prior to return to the lessor. B463 D-AQUA (E3118) was ferried from Exeter to Southend on 13/4 on return to the lessor &, UK airspace permitting, is due to be ferried to Southend on 17/4. D-AHOI (E3187) was restored as G-BSYT at Southend on 12/4.
EVA Air B773 B-16717 (32644) made its first flight on 14/4.
Finnair A333 OH-LTT (1088) was delivered from Toulouse to Helsinki on 15/4.
Flybe EMB145 G-EMBU (145458) became SE-RAD & was delivered from Exeter to Gothenburg as SDR802 on 10/4. G-EMBV (145482) was rolled out at Exeter on 14/4 as SE-RAE, sporting a blue tail but no titles & was cancelled from the UK register on 15/4.
Flyglobespan B738 G-DLCH (30040) is to go to Egyptian carrier Air Midwest & was noted in their scheme at Manchester on 10/4. G-SAAW (32841) was ferried from Manchester to Belgrade on 10/4 in full Blue Air scheme.
Iberia A319 EC-JXA (2870) was noted at Madrid on 14/4 being painted for Aigle Azur as F-HBAL. A320 EC-HQK (1454) was also noted there on the same date as SU-KBE awaiting delivery to Koral Blue.
Intersky. See under Avanti Air
Jetran Air MD82 YR-MDS (48098) arrived back at Bucharest on 16/4 following lease to Air Ivoire.
KD Avia B733 VP-BJW (23551) was ferried from Kiev/Borispol to Ostrava on 15/4 & is due to fly to Kemble for further storage or scrapping, but this flight has been delayed due to the UK airspace closure.
Koral Blue. See under Iberia.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ2 D-ACJB (7128) was ferried from Amsterdam to Cologne on 14/4 after painting into full UT Air scheme.
MK A/L. Regrettably, the airline failed to secure the new investment that it had been promised & voluntarily handed back its AOC on 9/4. Although this is reportedly a temporary suspension, the future does not look bright for the carrier. Prior to this, the B742F situation was believed to be as follows:
G-MKAA (22169 ex TU-TAP, LX-TAP, HL7474, HL7424, N713BA, 9G-MKQ) stored Filton
G-MKBA (22481 ex HL7452, N778BA, 9G-MKR) active
G-MKCA (22482 ex HL7454, N207BA, 9G-MKM) stored/derelict Kemble
G-MKDA (22486 ex HL7459, N776BA, 9G-MKS) stored Filton
G-MKEA (22237 ex N810FT, N633FE, VR-HKO, N920FT, 9G-MKU) active
G-MKFA (21841 ex N704SW, N814FT, N638FE, G-INTL, N638FE, 9G-MKP) broken up Filton
G-MKGA (21650 ex LX-DCV, EI-BTQ, N809FT, N639FE, 9G-MKL) stored/derelict Kemble
G-MKHA (23071 ex B-2446) active or stored at Subang?
G-MKJA (22477 ex JA8151, N740SJ, JA8937, HS-ORB) active
G-MKKA (21940 ex 9V-SQO, JA8193, HS-ORA) stored Filton
G-MKLA (23711 ex G-BDXM, TF-ATX) stored Filton
The airline is also the operator of Biggin Hill based B727 VP-CMO (21948 ex 9V-SGJ, N310AS, N752AS, VR-COJ, N31TR).
EI-DJH A320 (0814 ex I-PEKW), registered to ILFC, was ferried from storage at Istanbul to Shannon on 14/4.
G-CDOE B461 (E1224), registered to Trident Leasing, was ferried from Southend to Bacau on 13/4 for further storage.
Novair. See under Orbest.
Onur Air A333 TC-OCA (72) was ferried from Amsterdam to Madrid on 11/4 after painting & still wearing EC-IJH. Unfortunately, it is in full Saudi Arabian scheme & will, presumably, join the A300s, all of which are currently operating for that airline. The other two A333s expected to join Onur Air are former Dragonair example B-HYA (98) & ex MAS machine 9M-MKS (143).
Orbest A332 CS-TRA (461) was ferried from Stockholm/Arlanda to Zurich on 14/4 following lease to Novair.
Post Italiane. See under Aegean.
Ryanair B738 update:
EI-EMC (38510) first flight 9/4
EI-EMF (34978) first flight 14/4
EI-EMH (34974) rolled out 14/4 & on flightline 15/4
EI-EMI (34979) noted on flightline 15/4
SAS DH8D LN-RDD (4009) was ferried from Copenhagen to Eindhoven on 12/4 for painting for Blue Bird Aviation. MD87 SE-DIC (49607) was ferried from Lourdes to Oslo on 13/4 following storage.
Saudi Arabian A/L. See under Air Atlanta.
Spanair MD87 EC-JTK (53348) was ferried from Palma to Bangor, ME on 12/4 on delivery to Allegiant Air.
Sun Express B738 TC-SNN (40775) made its first flight on 15/4.
Swiss International A333 HB-JHF (1089) was delivered from Toulouse to Zurich on 16/4.
TAM A332 PT-MVT (1118) made its first flight on 13/4 as F-WWKS in primer but with TAM tail markings.
Thomson A/W B752 G-OOBN (29379) was ferried from Munich to Eindhoven on 7/4 still as HB-IHR to be painted all white prior to delivery next month. It was followed on 16/4 by G-OOBP (30394), still as HB-IHS. B733 G-THOH (29058) was rolled out all white at Southend on 13/4 with what is believed to be OK-CCA for Czech Charter A/L taped over.
Transavia B738 PH-HZI (28380) left Minneapolis-St-Paul, MN on 13/4 bound for Amsterdam following winter lease to Sun Country.
Tunis Air. See under Calima.
Ukraine International B738 UR-PSD (29686) was rolled out at Renton, WA on 9/4.
United A/L. See under Continental A/L.
UPS B763F N339UP (37859) made its first flight on 13/4.
UT Air. See under Lufthansa Cityline.
XL A/W Germany B738 D-AXLF (28218) is expected to return from lease to Air Namibia in late April prior to operating for SunWeb.de Reisen.