EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 07-08-10
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
Aeromexico. See under Mexicana.
Air Baltic DH8D YL-BAH (4296) arrived at Riga on delivery on 5/8.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKN (37756) was rolled out at Renton, WA on 3/8, with D-ABKO (37757) following on 5/8.
Air Dolomiti AT42 I-ADLP (604) was ferried from Eindhoven to Mönchengladbach on 2/8 having been painted all white prior to return to the lessor.
Air France Cargo B742F F-GCBM (24879), which has been parked at Amsterdam, has become F-WZCY & is due for delivery to MidEx A/L as A6-MDH. B744F F-GISA (25238) was registered to National Air Cargo as N952CA on 30/6 & delivered from Paris/CDG to Manston on 30/7.
Air India B772 VT-AIJ (26943) was ferried all white from storage at Beijing to Tucson, AZ on 4/8 (for further storage?).
Airlift Service became the national carrier of Macedonia in May & took delivery of former KD Avia B733 Z3-AAN (24365 ex EI-DJK) when it was ferried from Montpellier to Skopje on 4/8.
Alitalia Express AT72 I-ATRQ (428), now registered to Magellan Air, was ferried from Brindisi to Cologne on 5/8.
Atlas Air. See under Global Supply Systems.
AtlasJet A332 TC-ETP (343) was ferried from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi on 3/8 for painting into Saudi Arabian scheme. Also see under Cyprus Turkish A/L & Saga A/L.
Austrian Arrows. See under Non-airline.
Belle Air A319 F-ORAG (1098 ex 9V-SBB, M-YVOL) was delivered from Montpellier to Tirana on 4/8
Belle Air Europe AT72 I-LZAN (908) was redelivered from Toulouse to Ancona on 28/7.
Blue1 has its first B712 with OH-BLM (55066 ex EC-HUZ, SE-REM) arriving at Helsinki on 3/8 from Miami, FL.
Blue Wings A320 D-ANNE (1557) has been returned to jetBlue, but as N527JL, rather than its previous identity of N527JB. It left Perpignan as such bound for Orlando, FL on 29/7.
British A/W B752 G-BPED/N948FD (25059) requires an engine change; so will not be leaving Gatwick for the USA before 10/8.
Brussels A/L. See under Meridiana Fly.
Cathay Pacific signed a LoI this week for 30 A359s & is intending to exercise purchase rights for 6 B773s. The A359s are to be delivered between 2016 & 2019.
Cyprus Turkish A/L A321 TC-KTD (2117) has become TC-ETR with AtlasJet & was noted in service on 28/7.
Eurowings B462 D-ACFA (E2200) & B463 D-AEWL (E3123) were restored to the UK register on 5/8 as G-BTVT & G-UKHP respectively.
FedEx A313F N411FE (359) left storage at Victorville, CA on 3/8, positioning to Tokyo/Narita via Anchorage, AK. B77F N856FD (37727) was delivered from Paine Field, WA to Memphis, TN on 5/8 & N857FD (37728) made its first flight on 3/8.
Finnair. See under Flybe.
Flybe DH8D G-ECOF (4216) was ferried from Athens to Norwich on 3/8 for repainting into Flybe scheme following its lease to Olympic Air. The carrier is to operate three DH8Ds on behalf of Finnair from the end of October through to the end of next summer.
Gulf Air A343 A9C-LF (133) was ferried from Bahrain to Lourdes for storage on 3/8.
Hemus Air AT42 LZ-ATS (130) was ferried from Sofia to Karaganda on 4/8 on wet-lease to Asia Wings, where it joins LZ-ATR (151).
JAL B744 JA8071 (24423) left Tokyo/Narita on 29/7 bound for storage at Victorville, CA. JA8907 (26351) has the registration N893DB allocated.
Meridiana Fly A319 EI-DEY (1102) is reverting to the registration that it originally carried when delivered to Sabena back in 1999. It was ferried from Olbia to Brussels on 2/8 & will become OO-SSD for Brussels A/L.
Mexicana filed for bankruptcy protection in the USA and Canada on 3/8 with assets of US$500 million and debts of US$1 billion. The company said its bankruptcy filing prevents creditors from seizing aircraft so that operations will not be affected. It is, however, rumoured that two aircraft have been impounded in Canada & one in Chicago, IL. A former Mexican transportation minister said that Mexicana cannot compete with low-cost carriers and US airlines that have pared labour costs through their own bankruptcy proceedings. Mexicana Click and Mexicana Link are not involved in the filing. Adding to the carrier's woes, the FAA have downgraded Mexico's air safety rating to Category 2 which means that Mexican airlines cannot establish new services into the USA and that US airlines cannot honour code sharing agreements binding Mexican and US carriers. Mexicana are in Oneworld and Aeromexico are in Skyteam.
MyAir. The four CRJ9s of this failed airline are due to be delivered from Exeter to Air Mekong by the end of this month & have the following registrations allocated:
EI-DUM (15103) to be VN-A802
EI-DUU (15102) to be VN-A801
EI-DUX (15110) to be VN-A803
EI-DUY (15112) to be VN-A804
G-BZAU B463 (E3328) left Southend on 2/8 on delivery to Cobham Aviation in Australia.
N265MS B744 (26562). Correcting & adding to last week, the aircraft didn't leave Bournemouth for Tel Aviv until 1/8 & it is now known that it is due for conversion for World A/W.
PH-ZFT F70 (11559), formerly with Austrian Arrows as OE-LFO, was ferried from Amsterdam to Woensdrecht on 29/7 after painting all white for AirQuarius.
VP-BJP A319CJ (4353) for an unidentified private operator, was delivered from Finkenwerder to Basel on 6/8 for cabin configuration.
Olympic Air. See under Flybe.
Pegasus B738 TC-ACP (40697) left Boeing Field on 30/7 on delivery to Istanbul. The carrier has a further 20 B738s on order for delivery between 2012 & 2014.
Regional E145 F-GUJA (145407) has become PR-PSN for Passaredo & left Clermont Ferrand on delivery on 31/7.
Saga A/L B734 TC-SGD (25773) has been leased to AtlasJet.
Saudi Arabian A320 HZ-AS36 (4393) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Jeddah on 6/8. Also see under AtlasJet.
Small Planet A/L (formerly FlyLAL Charters) has its first aircraft in the new scheme (see Skyliner for photo). The aircraft is the recently delivered B733 LY-FLH (25161 ex CS-TIK, 9H-ADN, N161AN, VT-SAY, N161AN).
TNT. Three A300Fs previously operated by TNT & recently stored at Mojave, CA with American registrations have been delivered to AeroUnion of Mexico as follows.
EC-HVZ (227) now N227TN delivered from Mojave to Mexico City 1/8
OO-TZC (210) now N2101R delivered from Mojave to Mexico City 31/7
OO-TZD (247) now N247AX delivered from Mojave to Mexico City 31/7
Uzbekistan A/W A320 UK-32012 (4395) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Tashkent on 6/8.
World A/W MD-11F N380WA (48407) was ferried from storage at Marana, AZ to Los Angeles, CA on 29/7 for service re-entry. Going in the opposite direction was DC10 N136WA (47844), which was ferried from Baltimore/Washington, MD to Victorville, CA for storage on 31/7.