EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 26-06-10
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
Aer Lingus. See under Air Contractors.
Aerosvit B735 UR-VVB (26537), which was registered to CIT Leasing as N265CL on 9/2 & then to Southern Aircraft Consultancy on 11/6, left Vilnius on 25/6 en route to Fujairah (on delivery to?).
Afriqiyah A320 5A-ONK (4330) was delivered from Toulouse to Tripoli on 25/6.
Air Bucharest is a Romanian start-up, which will soon commence services using B733 YR-TIB (27924) of Ion Tiriac Air (see Skyliner for photo)
Air Contractors AT72 EI-SLM (413) was ferried from Edinburgh to Dublin on 25/6 for painting into Aer Lingus scheme.
Air France. See under Regional.
Air Nostrum DH8C EC-ICA (562) left Valencia on 25/6, routing through Glasgow & Reykjavik on return to the lessor.
Air Slovakia. See under Mint A/W.
Alitalia. See under Bulgarian Air Charter.
All Nippon B773 JA788A (40686) made its first flight on 18/6, with JA789A (40687) following on 23/6.
Austrian Arrows DH8C OE-LTJ (481) has been registered C-GXAI & left Innsbruck on 25/6 returning to Bombardier in Canada.
Avanti Air AT42 D-BSSS (602) was ferried back from Eindhoven to Siegerland on 23/6 following painting.
BMI A332 G-WWBM (398) was noted at Istanbul on 24/6 in full THY scheme.
Brit Air F100 F-GPXG (11387) left Dinard on 20/6 routing to Shannon & then Bacau to Mehrabad for Iran Aseman A/L as EP-ATD.
British A/W first B773 G-STBA (40542) made its first flight on 21/6. B752 G-BPEC (24882) had the registration N947FD applied at Gatwick on 25/6.
Bulgarian Air Charter took delivery of former Alitalia MD82 LZ-LDE (53221 ex I-DATB) when it arrived at Sofia from Rome/Fiumicino on 22/6. LZ-LDM (53228 ex I-DATK) followed on 25/6.
Carpatair. See under Malev
CSA A313 OK-YAD (674) has been registered F-WHUR for Airbus & was noted as such at Prague on 19/6 following storage. B734s OK-CGT (28549) & OK-DGM (28473) are to become VQ-BHZ & VQ-BIG respectively for UT Air & were ferried back from Norwich to Prague on 19/6 after painting into basic UT Air scheme (see Skyliner for photo). OK-DGN (28474) was ferried from Prague to Norwich on 25/6 for painting into UT Air scheme & one further machine is expected to follow in the near future.
Cyprus Turkish suspended all flights from midnight on 21/6 due to maintenance issues & financial problems. AtlasJet bought a 50.1% share in the carrier on 23/6 & intends to restart operations with a new AOC.
Denim Air Fk50 PH-JXJ (20232) was ferried from Maastricht to Oristano on 22/6 to be operated by Denim Air on behalf of this Italian start-up.
Egypt Air is to introduce its fleet of five new A333s into service earlier than expected. Originally due next year, the first, SU-GDS (1143), will now be delivered in August.
Enter Air B734 SP-ENC (25376) is now known to be former Air One machine EI-DXG (25376 ex TC-JEN).
FinnComm A/L E145 OH-EBE (145351) has become PR-PSJ for Passaredo & left Alverca on its delivery flight on 24/6. The carrier's other E145, OH-EBF (145387), either has become or will become PR-PSK also with Passaredo. These two E145s have been replaced by a pair of E170s leased from Finnair.
Flybe DH8D G-ECOE (4212) was ferried from Athens to Norwich via Rimini as AOL038P on 24/6 for painting back into Flybe colours from Olympic Air scheme.
FlyOristano. See under Denim Air.
Gulf Air A343 A9C-LD (097) was ferried from Bahrain to Lourdes on 21/6 for storage.
Iberia A346 EC-LEU (960) was delivered from Toulouse to Madrid on 25/6.
Interstate A/L AT42 PH-ISA (532) is now D4-CBW for Halcyon Air & entered the paint shop at Maastricht on 23/6.
Ion Tiriac Air. See under Air Bucharest.
Israir A320 4X-ABF (4354) made its first flight on 21/6 as F-WWDC & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day. Correcting the roundup for the week ending 12/6, the true identity for the recently delivered aircraft is 4X-ABH (0426 ex C-FNNA, EC-KBM, EI-ELK).
JAL B744 JA8076 (24777) left Tokyo/Narita on 21/6 bound for storage at Victorville, CA. JA8912 (27099) left Tokyo/Haneda on 23/6, also on its way to Victorville, CA for storage.
Jett8 has resumed operations with its single B742F 9V-JEA (22579). The carrier's other B742F 9V-JEB (23350) remains stored/derelict at Singapore/Changi.
KLM Cityhopper F100 PH-OFA (11246) was ferried from Amsterdam to Lelystad on 23/6 for the Aviodrome Museum.
Lufthansa Cityline E190 D-AECF (19000359) arrived at Munich on delivery on 24/6.
Malev F70 HA-LMC (11569) is now YR-KMC with Carpatair & was delivered from Budapest to Timisoara on 14/6.
MAS may be about to cancel its order for six A380s due to delivery delays.
MEA A320 F-OMRN (4339) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Beirut via Lourdes as MEA107 on 21/6.
Medallion Air. See under Spanair.
Meridiana Fly A319 I-EEZQ (0588 ex HB-IPW, D-ANNE, N588MX, F-OOUA) had entered service by 20/6.
Mint A/W doubled the size of its fleet on 25/6 when former Air Slovakia B752 EC-LHL (24544 ex G-OOOF, C-FXOF, N544LF, N549NA, N753NA, C-GTDX, N241LF, OM-ASG) arrived at Madrid on delivery from Miami, FL.
MyAir CRJ9 EI-DUM (15103) was ferried from Shannon to Exeter on 22/6 after painting into Air Mekong scheme. EI-DUX (15110) was ferried from Ljubljana to Dublin on 24/6 for painting into Air Mekong scheme.
D-CXXX DC-3 (16124/32872) of Air Service Berlin force landed on the edge of Berlin/Schonefeld Airport on 19/6 after the port engine failed on take-off. Seven of the twenty-eight on board were slightly injured &, at present, it looks as if the aircraft is likely to be a write-off.
M-SBAH EMB190BJ (19000225) of Al Habtoor Group arrived at Kuwait City on delivery on 23/6 & will be operated by RoyalJet.
SE-??? A319 (1074) registered to Volito Aviation was noted at Singapore all white on 18/10. This was formerly with SilkAir as 9V-SBA.
VP-CAK B733 at Bruntingthorpe is now understood to be former Shandong A/L example B-2878 (28760) & is registered to DVB Bank.
9K-GEA A319CJ (3957) of the State of Kuwait was delivered from Finkenwerder to Kuwait City on 22/6 as KAC8172.
Olympic Air A319 SX-OAV (3142), which has been parked at Athens since 7/4, is to be delivered to THY late this month. Also see under Flybe.
Onur Air A333 TC-OCB (098 ex B-HYA) was noted at Hong Kong on 21/6 all white & without titles & was delivered to Istanbul on 23/6.
Pegasus B738 TC-ABP (40876) made its first flight on 18/6 & TC-AAZ (40875) followed on 20/6.
RAM B752 CN-RMT (23686) was registered to Aerolease International as N686AL back on 10/3. It was then ferried from Casablanca to Santa Maria on 19/6 before continuing its journey to Jacksonville, FL & Cecil Field, FL. It is due for freighter conversion for DHL Aero Expreso of Panama.
Regional E170 F-HBXI (17000310) arrived at Clermont Ferrand in Air France scheme on delivery on 24/6.
Royal Brunei. With the first three entering service this month, the situation regarding the carrier's former Singapore A/L B772s is as follows:
V8-BLA (30871 ex 9V-SVF) in service
V8-BLB (30872 ex 9V-SVG) in service
V8-BLC (28524 ex 9V-SVA) in service
V8-BLD (28525 ex 9V-SVB) due August
V8-BLE (28526 ex 9V-SVC) due September
V8-BLF (30869 ex 9V-SVD) due September
Saicus Air announced that it was available for operations from 22/6. The carrier, which was once known as FlyAnt, suspended operations in September 2008, only to restart in the November. It was then purchased by a truck company from Barcelona in January last year & renamed Saicus Air. The carrier reports that it has MD-87 EC-KRV (49843), which is currently parked at Istanbul, & two B733Fs, presumably EC-JUV (23741) & EC-KDJ (23743), which have been stored at Dinard, available for operations.
SAS MD82 SE-DMI (49437) left Oslo on 22/6 heading for Keflavik & then on to the USA for Allegiant Air.
Singapore A/L. See under Royal Brunei.
Sky A/L B738 TC-SKS (32348 ex PR-GIB) arrived at Antalya on delivery on 25/6.
Spanair MD83 EC-GNY (49396), which was ferried back from San Jose to Palma on 23/5, has become YR-HBE with Medallion Air & had entered service by 22/6.
Thomas Cook B752 G-JMCF (24369) left Manchester on 20/6 as N928FD bound for Bangor, ME & onward for freighter conversion for FedEx.
THY. See under BMI & Olympic Air.
TMA A300F OD-TMA (872 ex JA02GX, N140MN) was registered on 15/6.
Transavia received B738 PR-GGW (35831) at Amsterdam on 21/6 on summer lease from Gol.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVO (32360 ex PR-GOK) arrived at Prague on delivery on 23/6.
Tunisair A320 TS-IMR (4344) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Tunis as TAR9001 on 25/6.
UM Air MD83 UR-CFF (49845) was registered to Pegasus Aviation as N989PG on 20/5 & left Stockholm/Arlanda on 25/6 for storage in the USA.
UT Air. See under CSA.
Viking. The first visit of B738 C-FTDW (34704) to Gatwick this week caused me to realise that I had missed its arrival in the UK on summer lease from Sunwing A/L. It was another one that crept in while I was out of the country & it arrived at Manchester as SWG9008 on 19/5.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LWD (4351) was ferried back from Finkenwerder to Toulouse as F-WWBZ on 22/6.