EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 05-02-11
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
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NEXT BLOG WILL PROBABLY APPEAR ON 18th FEBRUARY, THOUGH MAY BE DELAYED TO 25th FEBRUARY DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS
ABX Air B762 N791AX (23141) arrived at Tel Aviv on 29/1 for freighter conversion.
Aeroflot A320 VQ-BIW (4579) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 1/2.
Aigle Azur A320 F-HBAO (4589) made its first flight on 28/1 in full scheme as F-WWIQ & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Air Arabia A320 A6-AND (4568) left Toulouse on delivery on 31/1, immediately entering service from Amman to Sharjah.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKQ (37760) made its first flight on 1/2 & is due for delivery on 15/2. A319 D-ABGA (2383) was ferried from Dusseldorf to Prague on 1/2 for maintenance & painting prior to return to the lessor. Also see under Pegasus.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-6470 A320 (4435) to Shenzen A/L 24/1 (Chinese built)
B-6473 A320 (4569) to West Air 31/1
JA05MC A320 (4555) to Star Flyer 2/2
PK-AXP A320 (4571) to Indonesia Air Asia 2/2
ZK-OAB A320 (4553) to Air New Zealand 29/1 in special scheme
Air France A343 F-GNIG (174) made an acceptance flight in new Finnair scheme from Paris/Orly on 28/1. It is due to become OH-LQG.
All Nippon B744 JA8962 was registered to WFBN as N596MS at Xiamen on 25/1.
Atlantic A/L L188 G-FIZU (2014) left Coventry on 1/2 on delivery to Conair.
Atlas Air. Former JAL B744F N356NA (26356 ex JA8911) left Roswell, NM on 29/1 bound for Singapore prior to service entry.
Azerbaijan A/L A320 4K-AZ54 (0331) was noted in full scheme at Malta on 27/1 awaiting redelivery following a period of storage.
Blue Bird Cargo B733F TF-TNM (29108 ex G-OGBB, PK-GHQ, N491MS) was delivered from Tel Aviv to Liege on 30/1 following freighter conversion.
BMI Baby. See under Thomson A/W.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-5447 B738 (40015) to Air China 1/2
B-5576 B738 (38011) to Shanghai A/L 2/2
JA335J B738 (40350) to JAL Express 28/1
VH-VUZ B738 (39921) to Virgin Blue 2/2
ZK-ZQD B738 (34203) to Qantas JetConnect 1/2
Cargolux B744F LX-ACV (24200 ex HL7479, HL7412, N794BA) was temporarily registered D-ALAA on 26/1 prior to delivery from Hamburg.
Cathay Pacific A343 B-LAK (1196) made its first flight on 28/1 as F-WWYD.
Central Charter Slovakia B733 OM-CCA (28333) was ferried from Ostrava to Shannon on 31/1 on return to the lessor. The carrier's only other aircraft, B735 OM-CCB (26704), is stored at Woensdrecht.
Dniproavia, a big operator of the E145, has placed an order for ten E190s, with options for a further five.
Dubrovnik A/L MD83 9A-CDC (49112) left Dubrovnik on 28/1 on delivery to Orient Thai.
Eastern A/W JS41 G-MAJV (41074) was cancelled from the UK register on 2/2 as exported to Colombia.
EasyJet A321 G-TTIE (2682) was cancelled from the UK register on 28/1 & will soon leave Shannon on delivery to Windrose Air as UR-WRI. B737 G-EZKB (32423) is currently at Dublin being painted as N432AM for AeroMexico. A320 G-EZUC (4591) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Gatwick on 3/2. As reported a while ago, easyJet will transfer two more A320s & another A319 to the Swiss subsidiary in the spring. It is now understood that the A320s will become HB-JZX/JZY & the A319 will be HB-JZZ.
Estonian Air CRJ9 ES-ACC (15262) arrived at Tallinn on delivery on 29/1.
Eurocypria. Correcting my last blog, B738 5B-DBR/N364LF (30720) became F-WTAC rather than F-WTAG & its ferry flight from Shannon to Toulouse was delayed until 29/1. C-GLBW (30671) was registered N858AM for Aeromexico at Perpignan on 27/1.
FedEx B77F N884FD (37137) made its first flight on 2/2.
Finnair. See under Air France.
Iberia A320 EC-HAF (1047) has now become EC-LKG & flew its first service as such on 28/1. Also see under Vueling.
JAL A306 JA8559 (641) was registered to GA Telesis on 21/1 as N5641 & left Tokyo/Haneda on 28/1 for storage at Lourdes. B744 JA8916 (26362) was registered to Transaero as N916UN on 1/2 & was ferried from Tokyo/Narita to Rome, NY for cabin configuration.
JAL Cargo. See under Atlas Air.
Jet A/W is to be the recipient of former Livingston A332 EI-EOL (597 ex I-LIVN) & it was ferried from Chateauroux to Bordeaux on 29/1 after painting. EI-EON (551 ex I-LIVM) is due to follow shortly.
Jet2. See under Thomson A/W.
Livingston. See under Jet A/W.
Lufthansa Cityline. See under UT Air.
MNG Cargo. See under Solinair.
Moscow A/L B733 EI-DNH (25614), now registered to Boeing Capital, left storage at Moscow/Vnukovo on 2/2 bound for further storage at Goodyear, AZ.
A6-AJE A318CJ (4211) for Al Jaber Aviation was ferried from Finkenwerder to Tulsa, OK on 3/2 as F-WHUD for cabin configuration.
EC-335 A332MRTT (1033) was ferried from Getafe to Toulouse on 3/2 following conversion. It will become ZZ330 for the RAF.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B733 LN-KKU (27337) was ferried back from Dublin to Lasham on 29/1 after painting all white. B738 LN-NOR (39412) was rolled out at Renton, WA by 29/1. With thanks to ATDB, further B738s due for delivery this year are set to include:
Olympic A/L B734 SX-BKD (25362), now registered to AerSale as N362AS, was ferried from Istanbul to Bucharest on 1/2, with SX-BKF (25430), now registered N304AS, following two days later.
Pegasus is to take delivery of former Air Berlin B738 D-ABKG (37746), which was ferried from Hamburg to Berlin/Schonefeld on 29/1 after painting. It is understood that it will be registered TC-CCP.
Pullmantur Air B744 EC-KQC (26549) was ferried from Singapore to Madrid on 29/1 following Hajj operations with Garuda followed by a D check.
Qantas A388 VH-OQH (050) left Toulouse on 1/2 on delivery to Sydney.
Ryanair B738 update as follows:
EI-ENN (35036) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 29/1
EI-ENO (40302) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 29/1
EI-ENP (40304) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 29/1
EI-ENV (35039) first flight 29/1
EI-ENW (40306) first flight 1/2
EI-ENX (40305) on flightline 31/1
EI-ENY (35042) rolled out 2/2
EI-DAX (33557), recently registered N594MS, is to become B-5577 with OK A/W.
Saga A/L B738s TC-SGF (28249) & TC-SGG (30706) left Istanbul on 28/1 en route to the USA on return to the lessor.
Saudi Arabian A320 HZ-AS44 (4564) left Toulouse on 31/1 on delivery to Jeddah, with A321 HZ-ASJ (4577) leaving from Finkenwerder the same day. A321 HZ-ASK (4590) made its first flight on 28/1 in full scheme as D-AZAJ.
Sevenair is to change its name to Tunisair Express. The carrier currently operates three AT72s, with a fourth on order, & one CRJ9.
Solinair has added B734F S5-ABV (24128 ex D-AHLO, SP-KEN, TC-MNI, EC-JSS, N728CF) to its single A300F. It was noted Ljubljana on 2/2 in full MNG scheme as it had originally been intended for them as TC-MCI.
Thomas Cook B752 G-TCBC (29946) was delivered from Southend to Manchester on 29/1.
Thomson A/W. It is now understood that B733 G-THOL (28594) will be the aircraft for BMI Baby, with G-THOP (28740) going to Jet2. B738 G-FDZT (37248) arrived at East Midlands on delivery 2/2.
Transaero. See under JAL.
TUIfly Nordic B738 SE-RFT (38097) made its first flight on 28/1
UT Air. Former Lufthansa Cityline CRJ2 VQ-BGP (7165 ex D-ACJE, C-GGDO) arrived at Khanty-Mansiysk on delivery on 3/2.
Viking Hellas is to re-brand itself as Fly Hellas from 1/5 & close its Gatwick base this month in an effort to distance itself from collapsed namesake Viking A/L. In future, the carrier's aircraft will operate from its bases in Athens & Cyprus.
Virgin Atlantic. The prospective A333 G-VLUV (1206) is to be leased to China A/L as B-18391 & was noted as F-WWYH at Toulouse on 28/1 in full China A/L scheme. G-VSXY (1195) will be delivered on or around 21/2, with G-VKSS (1201) following in May.
Vueling is to sub-lease six A320s from Iberia for eight months starting from April & will take over some Iberia services out of Madrid.
XL A/W France B738 F-HJUL (38819) arrived at Paris/Le Bourget on delivery on 30/1.