EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 24-07-10
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
Aeroflot placed an order for another eleven A333s at this week's Farnborough Air Show.
Aerologic B77F D-AALF (36291) left Paine Field, WA on delivery to Leipzig on 9/7.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKM (37755) made its first flight on 15/7.
Air Dolomiti AT42 I-ADLV (610) has become PR-TKB for Trip Linhas Aereas & left Verona on delivery on 8/7. I-ADLU (609) is expected to become PR-TKC.
Air France A320 F-GFKA (0005) flew its last revenue service on 18/7 from Prague to Paris/CDG & was ferried to Paris/Orly the following day for scrapping. B744 F-GITA (24969) was ferried from Paris/CDG to Kemble on 20/7 for scrapping (it is understood that two more B744s will follow).
Air India B773 VT-ALU (36319) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Delhi on 12/7.
Air Slovakia B732 OM-RAN (23156) was ferried from storage at Bratislava to Bucharest on 22/7.
Alba Star is a Spanish start-up using former Hola A/L B734 EC-LAV (24352).
Alitalia A320 EI-EIA (4195) was delivered from Toulouse to Rome/Fiumicino on 9/7, with A332 EI-EJH (1135) following on 23/7.
Athens A/W E145 SX-CMC (145177) was ferried from Exeter to Clermont Ferrand on 22/7 for further storage.
Aurigny is being sold by the States of Guernsey to Blue Islands. The sale is expected to take two months to complete.
Austrian Arrows DH8D OE-LGM (4319) arrived at Innsbruck on delivery on 17/7.
Belle Air Europe is an offshoot of Belle Air Albania & its first aircraft, AT72 I-LZAN (908 ex F-ORAB), is awaiting delivery at Toulouse.
Binter Canarias AT72 EC-JCR (468) was ferried from Las Palmas to Montpellier on 19/7 on return to the lessor.
Blue Islands. See under Aurigny.
BMI A332 G-WWBB (404) was cancelled from the UK register on 15/7 & left Toulouse as 4R-ALG on 19/7 on delivery to Sri Lankan at Colombo.
BoraJet AT72 TC-YAE (705 ex I-ATPM, G-CGFX) was delivered from Dinard to Istanbul on 22/7.
British A/W B773 G-STBA (40542) left Paine Field, WA on 9/7 on delivery to Cardiff. A320 G-BUSI (0103) was ferried from LHR to Gatwick for storage on 16/7. A shortage of B734s, however, meant that the aircraft has been operating services. B744 G-BNLV (25427) left storage at Victorville, CA on 13/7 bound for Cardiff. B752 G-BPEE (25060) was ferried from LHR to Gatwick on 22/7 for preparation for FedEx, with whom it will become N949FD. G-BPED (25059) undertook a test flight from Gatwick on 23/7 prior to delivery to FedEx & should become N948FD prior to delivery.
Bulgaria Air. See under Central Charter A/L.
Central Charter A/L has added a B735 to its fleet, namely former Bulgaria Air example OM-CCB (26704 ex LZ-BOP), which was delivered from Chateauroux to Ostrava on 19/7.
China Southern B77Fs B-2071 (37309) & B-2072 (37310) left Paine Field, WA on 13/7 on delivery to Guangzhou following storage. B-2078 (37714) made its first flight on 20/7.
Cimber Sterling CRJ2 OY-MBJ (7442) has become 4L-TGB with Air Zena & was noticed in service on 21/7.
Cirrus Air D328 D-CIRJ (3035) arrived at Saarbrucken on delivery on 16/7, still carrying N335LS.
Continental A/L B772s N76021 (39776) & N77022 (39777) were delivered from Paine Field, WA to Los Angeles, CA on 22/7. Both are in Star Alliance scheme.
Eagles A/L is an Italian start-up & received its first of three aircraft on 22/7 when former Regional Fk100 I-GIOA (11315 ex F-GNLI) arrived at Venice from Norwich. This may be followed by F-GNLK (11307), which was ferried from Woensdrecht to Norwich for painting on 19/7.
Eastern A/W E135 G-CGMC (145198 ex F-GOHB) was, as expected, registered on 12/7.
EasyJet A319 G-EZFW (4380) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Liverpool on 23/7.
Emirates announced an order for a further 30 B773s at this week's Farnborough Air Show.
Euro Atlantic B763 CS-TFS (25411) has been leased to Monarch from 19/7.
Eurowings B462 D-AEWF (E2184) reverted to G-BTKC on 12/7. B463 D-AEWL (E3123) left Exeter on 15/7 bound for Bacau on return to the lessor.
FedEx A31F N410FE (356) left storage at Victorville, CA on 19/7, routing to Tokyo/Narita via Anchorage, AK. B752 N919FD (24636) left Indianapolis, IN on 19/7 positioning to Pars/CDG for European operations. B77F N856FD (37727) made its first flight on 21/7.
Flybe announced an order at Farnborough for 35 EMB175s, with deliveries to start next year. In addition, the airline also took out options for a further 65 aircraft, with purchase rights for another 40. Also see under non-airline.
Helvetic F100 HB-JVI (11325) was delivered from Woensdrecht to Zurich on 9/7.
Iberia A343 EC-LHM (387) was ferried from Chateauroux to Madrid as F-WJKK on 15/7 on lease from Airbus. A346 EC-LFS (1137) was delivered from Toulouse to Madrid on 16/7. A320 EC-HQN (414) was ferried from Madrid to Chateauroux on 20/7 on return to the lessor.
Israir A320 4X-ABF (4354) was delivered from Toulouse to Tel Aviv on 10/7.
KD Avia. Two of the former airline's B733s were reregistered to AFS Investments 52 LLC on 15/7, with VP-BDB (23261) becoming N543MS & VP-BJY (23559) now N544MS. Both remain stored at Lasham at present.
KLM B733 PH-BDN (24261) was ferried from Amsterdam to Norwich in basic scheme on 20/7 prior to return to the lessor. PH-BTH (28719) was ferried from Amsterdam to Nairobi on 4/7 for Kenya A/W & the Dutch registration was cancelled on 12/7.
Korean Air B773 HL8210 (40377) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Seoul on 16/7.
LOT. See under Thomson A/W.
Lufthansa received its second A388 on 21/7 with the delivery of D-AIMB (041) from Finkenwerder to Frankfurt. A336 D-AIAL (405) was ferried from Hamburg to Dresden on 22/7, prior to ferrying to Kiev/Borispol for Mahan Air.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ1 D-ACJF (7200) left Cologne on 21/7 bound for Toronto. It is due to go to UT Air as VQ-BGQ.
Meridiana Fly A320 EI-EZS (1823 ex D-ANNH) left Dublin on delivery on 9/7.
Monarch. See under Euro Atlantic
Montenegro A/L E195 4O-AOC (19000358) arrived at Podgorica on delivery on 17/7.
Niki A320 OE-LEF (4368) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Paderborn on 13/7.
EI-ELW B734 (24703 ex SX-BKH) of ILFC was ferried from Shannon to Bangor, ME on 14/7 still in Olympic A/L scheme.
G-ERJA E145 (145229), formerly with Flybe, has been registered to Falak Fin Nine & was ferried from Exeter to Clermont Ferrand on 19/7.
F-GIJG E145 (145362) was noted all white at Nantes on 19/7.
G-OAJF B463 (E3118) was cancelled from the UK register on 13/7. It became ZS-SOU for African Airline Investments & left Southend on 17/7 on delivery.
G-UKLN B462 (E2069) was cancelled from the UK register on 13/7. It became ZS-SOW for African Airline Investments & left Southend on 17/7 on delivery.
N639US B742F (23887), currently with WFBN, was ferried from storage at Victorville, CA to Rome, NY on 13/7.
PH-ZFT Fk70 (11559) was ferried from Woensdrecht to Amsterdam on 16/7 for painting for AirQuarius.
VH-AHL HS748 (1606) & sister ship VH-AMQ (1603), which have been stored at Southend for the last five years, may now have a brighter future than expected. Both have been lifted by crane into the grounds of the Skylark Hotel on the airport boundary where the owner hopes to restore them (see Skyliner for photo).
Norwegian Air Shuttle announced an order for a further fifteen B738s at the Farnborough Air Show.
Olympic Air DH8D G-PTHF (4318) arrived at Exeter on delivery on 14/7 & was then ferried to Athens as SX-OBF on 20/7.
Olympic A/L. See under Non-airline.
Onur Air A333 TC-OCC (143 ex 9M-MKS) was delivered from Kuala Lumpur to Istanbul on 22/7.
Pegasus B738 TC-ACP (40697) had appeared on the Renton flightline by 19/7.
Qatar A/W B772LR A7-BBG (36101) made its first flight on 13/7. The carrier has converted two B772LR options into firm orders & has agreed with Boeing to accelerate its B788 deliveries, with the first now due in 4Q10 & five delivered by the end of 1Q12.
Regional. See under Eagles A/L
SAS MD82 SE-DFY (49438) left Stockholm/Arlanda on 21/7 bound for Kingman, AZ & Allegiant Air.
Saudi Arabian A333 HZ-AQC (1137) was delivered from Toulouse to Jeddah on 13/7. A320 HZ-ASD (4364) was delivered from Toulouse to Jeddah on 21/7.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKK (051) left Toulouse on 16/7 on delivery to Singapore.
Sri Lankan. See under BMI.
Sun Express B738 TC-SNR (40754) made its first flight on 15/7.
Swiftair AT72 EC-LHV (416) was delivered from Toulouse to Madrid on 19/7.
Thomson A/W now seems set to be the first European B787 operator with deliveries beginning in January 2012. It had previously been thought that the honour would go to LOT.
UPS B763F N341UP (37861) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Louisville, KY on 22/7.
UT Air. See under Lufthansa Cityline.
Uzbekistan A/W A320 UK-32011 (4371) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Tashkent on 16/7.