EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 31-07-10
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
Aegean A/L B463 SX-DVF (E3375) was ferried from Exeter to Southend on 26/7 on return to the lessor & was reregistered as G-CGNU on 28/7.
Air Baltic DH8D YL-BAF (4293) arrived at Bergen on delivery 28/7 still as C-GAUI.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKM (37755) arrived at Berlin/Tegel on delivery on 29/7. The carrier is to join the OneWorld alliance.
Air Blue A321 AP-BJB (1218) crashed into mountains on approach to Islamabad on 28/7 while inbound from Karachi as ABQ202. Sadly there were no survivors among the 146 passengers & 6 crew.
Air Finland. See under easyJet.
Air France B744 F-GITB (24990) was ferried from Paris/CDG to Kemble on 27/7 for scrapping.
Air One B734 EI-DOS (28881) left Pescara on 28/7 en route to Guangzhou on return to the lessor.
Alitalia is disposing of another MD82 to Bulgarian Air Charter. I-DATL (53229) has become LZ-LDL & was noted at Milan/Malpensa on 23/7 awaiting delivery.
Atlas Air. See under Global Supply Systems.
Binter Canarias AT72 EC-JCR (468) was ferried from Montpellier to Sonderborg on 27/7 on return to the lessor.
British A/W B752 G-BPED (25059) has had the registration N948FD applied at Gatwick & will be delivered to FedEx shortly. Also see under Global Supply Systems.
Bulgarian Air Charter. See under Alitalia.
Cargo Air has a second B733F after LZ-CGP (23970 ex D-AGEA, N221DL, C-FHGE, N221DL) arrived at Sofia on delivery on 28/7.
Cargolux B748F LX-VCC (35807) made its first flight on 25/7 as N5573S.
China Cargo A/L B77F B-2078 (37714) left Paine Field, WA on 29/7 on delivery to Shanghai/Pudong. B-2079 (37715) made its first flight on 28/7.
China Southern Cargo. Correcting last week, B77F B-2078 (37714) is for China Cargo A/L & not China Southern Cargo.
EasyJet is leasing a fourth B752. Air Finland example OH-AFI (26330) arrived at Norwich on 27/7 as EZY8001 & has entered the spray shop. A319 G-EZFX (4385) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Gatwick on 30/7.
Egypt Air A333 SU-GDS (1143) made its first flight on 27/7 as F-WWKQ.
Finnair B752 OH-LBV (30046) has become VQ-BHR for Nordwind A/L & was noted as such at Helsinki in full scheme prior to delivery. The carrier will lease a further pair of A343s from ILFC for delivery late this year & early next year.
FlyLAL Charters is to be renamed as Small Planet A/L.
Global Supply Systems are to wet-lease three B748Fs next year on from Atlas Air for five years. These will be delivered in British A/W colours & will be UK registered.
Iberia A343 EC-HQN (414) was ferried from Chateauroux to Madrid on 30/7 on a new lease from Airbus.
JAL B744 JA8905 (26349) was registered to WFBN as N892DB on 16/7 & left Tokyo/Narita on 23/7 routing via Anchorage to Walnut Ridge, AR for scrapping.
Lufthansa Cargo MD11F D-ALCQ (48431) caught fire shortly before landing at Riyadh on 27/7 & broke in two on touch down. Thankfully, both crew survived. The aircraft was operating GEC8460 from Frankfurt.
Lufthansa Cityline B462 D-AVRL (E2285) was ferried from Cologne to Bucharest for storage on 27/7. E190 D-AECG (19000368) arrived at Munich on delivery on 30/7.
MNG Cargo A300F TC-MCA (755 ex OO-CTT, D-ABFH, TF-ELW) was delivered from Dresden to Istanbul on 30/7.
N265MS B744 (26562 ex 9V-SPG), registered to Wilmington Trust Co, left storage at Bournemouth on 29/7 routing via Larnaca to Tel Aviv.
VP-BJP A319CJ (4353) made its first flight on 8/7 as D-AVYN.
VP-CAH A318CJ (3985) has been reregistered A6-AJC for Al Jaber Aviation & was ferried from Tulsa, OK to Finkenwerder on 24/7 following cabin configuration.
Nordwind A/L. See under Finnair.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NOW (37817) made its first flight on 27/7.
Onur Air A333 TC-OCC (143) positioned from Istanbul to Jeddah on 29/7 on lease to Saudi Arabian. A321 TC-OAE (0663) positioned from Istanbul to Damascus on 30/7 on wet-lease to Cham Wings.
Qantas A388 VH-OQI (055) made its first flight on 15/7 as F-WWAP & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Qatar A/W B772LR A7-BBG (36101) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Doha on 28/7.
Saudi Arabian A333 HZ-AQD (1141) made its first flight on 8/7 as F-WWKL.
Catching up on A320 news:
HZ-AS19 (4376) first flight 8/7 as F-WWIN & ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day. Delivered to Jeddah 29/7.
HZ-AS20 (4392) first flight 22/7 as F-WWDO & ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
HZ-AS34 (4397) first flight 23/7 as F-WWIL & ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
HZ-AS35 (4391) first flight 19/7 as D-AVVG. Delivered to Jeddah 29/7.
HZ-AS37 (4394) first flight 22/7 as F-WWDX & ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Also see under Onur Air.
Small Planet A/L. See under FlyLAL Charters.
Sun Express B738 TC-SNR (40754) left Boeing Field, WA on 30/7 on delivery to Antalya.
Swiss International A333 HB-JHH (1145) made its first flight on 27/7 as F-WWYD in full Swiss colours.
THY A333 TC-JNH (1150) was rolled out on 8/7 as F-WWYM.
Uzbekistan A/W A320 UK-32012 (4395) made its first flight on 23/7 as D-AVVK.
Virgin Atlantic is introducing a revised scheme, with B744 G-VROC (32746) the first to receive it (see Skyliner for photo)
Wizz Air A320 HA-LWE (4372) was delivered from Toulouse to Budapest on 27/7.