EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 26-03-11
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
Aegean A/L B463 SX-DVD (E3362) was ferried from Stansted to East Midlands on 24/3 where it is to be painted all white for Sky Wings with whom it will become SX-DMD. Also see under Olympic A/W.
Aer Lingus A321 EI-CPC (0815) has become VQ-BKJ & was noted at Shannon on 21/3 & delivered to Ural A/L on 24/3. A333 EI-ORD (59) is due to leave Bordeaux on 29/3 for scrapping at Greenwood, MS. A320 EI-DVM (4634) was delivered from Toulouse to Dublin on 24/3 in 1970s retro scheme.
Aerosvit. See under Royal Brunei.
Air Baltic B735 YL-BBG (24919) has become UP-B3708 with Deta Air.
Air Berlin A320 D-ABDD (2685) was ferried from Budapest to Dublin on 20/3 for painting for Azerbaijan A/L & B738 D-ABKF (37745) was ferried from Munich to Eindhoven, also on 20/3, for painting for Pegasus A/L.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-6738 A320 (4057) to China Southern 15/3 (Chinese built)
B-6753 A321 (4638) to China Eastern 23/3
B-6770 A320 (4642) to Sichuan A/L 24/3
VT-IEE A320 (4637) to IndiGo 22/3
Air Europa E195 EC-LKM (19000425) is due at Palma on delivery on 26/3.
Air France A319 F-GRXI (2279) has become VQ-BQW for S7 A/L & was ferried from Toulouse to Maastricht on 20/3 for painting.
Air India B772 VT-AIL (26935), which was ferried to Marana, AZ on 23/12, reverted to its previous registration of N789UA on 12/1. It was ferried to San Bernardino, CA on 23/3 for cabin configuration for Omni Air International, with whom it is expected to become either N918AX or N927AX.
Air Libya Tibesti. Three of the carrier's aircraft were destroyed or badly damaged in what appears to have been an air raid on Benghazi Airport by pro-Gaddaffi forces on or before 17/3 (note, before the recent intervention by international forces). The aircraft involved were:
5A-DKG Yak-40 (9640152) badly damaged by a fire that broke out in the cockpit
5A-DKM Yak-40 (9841659) destroyed
5A-DKY B732 (22766) badly damaged
For further details, see http://avherald.com/h?article=43996851&opt=0
Air New Zealand B773 ZK-OKO (38407) left Boeing Field, WA on delivery on 22/3.
Alnaser A/L titles are now worn on the rear fuselage of Solitaire Air B734 JY-SOA (25109) - see Tony Best's photo on Skyliner.
Astraeus B735 G-PJPJ (27355) arrived at Gatwick on 22/3 to take over from B737 G-STRF (29855), which is off to Belgrade for maintenance. It will be based at Keflavik until 9/4 & operate the Gatwick & Copenhagen services from there.
Atlantic A/W B462 OY-RCW (E2115) was restored from G-BRXT on 23/3 & left Summerside the following day bound for Vagar. It had been thought that this aircraft was to be converted to a water bomber, but apparently not.
Atlas Air B744F N344NA (26344 ex JA8902) left Victorville, CA on 17/3 for Singapore for maintenance & painting prior to entering service as N459MC.
Austrian Arrows DH8D OE-LGC (4026) was ferried from Innsbruck to Vienna on 20/3 without titles prior to wet-lease to Brussels A/L.
Avianca A332 N974AV (1208) left Toulouse on 24/3 on delivery to Avianca.
Avia Nova. See under easyJet.
Azerbaijan A/L. See under Air Berlin & Belair.
Baboo E190 HB-JQF (19000178) was ferried from Lille to Geneva on 18/3 prior to delivery to Trip Linhas Aereas as PP-PJK, leaving Geneva for Brazil on 25/3.
Belair A320 HB-IOU (3006) was ferried from Budapest to Shannon on 19/3 for painting for Azerbaijan A/L.
Blue Air B738 YR-BIB (29926) left Shannon on 23/3 as VT-SGO on delivery to SpiceJet.
BMI Baby. See under Jet2.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-5561 B738 (38016) to Shandong A/L 24/3
N87531 B738 (39999) to United A/L 18/3
Bombardier deliveries to other customers
N351NG DH8D (4351) to Colgan Air 19/3
Brussels A/L. See under Austrian Arrows.
Danish Air Transport AT42 OY-CIR (107) was ferried from Djanet to Toulouse on 20/3 following lease to Ceiba Intercontinental.
EasyJet A319 G-EZGG (4640) carries the name "Captain James Whalley" on the nose in memory of one of the airline's captains who died in an avalanche earlier this year. A319 G-EZGH (4667) is now known to be using the test reg D-AVYM. B737 G-EZKG (32428) flew its last revenue service on 12/3 & will be ferried from Luton to Dublin in the near future. A320 G-TTOJ (2157) was noted at Shannon on 24/3 being painted for Avia Nova as EI-ERH.
Egyptair B773 SU-GDR (38291) made it first flight on 21/3.
Embraer deliveries to other customers
A4O-EA E175 (17000323) to Oman Air on 22/3 (see Skyliner for photo)
N328JB E190 (19000422) to Jet Blue 23/3
Emirates A388 A6-EDP (077) made its first flight on 18/3 as F-WWSY in primer with Emirates tail colours.
Enter Air. See under SAS.
Finnair E170 OH-LEO (17000150) was delivered from Helsinki to Altenrhein on 21/3 for People's ViennaLine & will become OE-LMK.
FlyDubai B738 A6-FDP (40243) left Paine Field, WA on delivery on 21/3 & not on 18/3.
FreeBird A320 TC-FBV (4658) made its first flight on 24/3 as F-WWIM.
Garuda A332 PK-GPM (1214) made its first flight on 18/3 as F-WWKH in full scheme.
Hamburg A/W A319 D-AHIJ (3533) had been reregistered D-AHHA by 22/3 when it was noted at Hamburg. D-AHIK (3560) was delivered from Shannon to Hamburg on 25/3.
Iberia A320 EC-FQY (0356) was ferried from Madrid to Chateauroux on 23/3 for painting into Vueling scheme.
JAL. Further disposal news as follows:
JA8529 A306 (729), now N3729, left Tokyo/Haneda on 23/3 for storage at Lourdes
JA8566 A306 (730) registered to GA Telesis as N4730 on 10/3 & left Tokyo/Haneda on 24/3 for storage at Lourdes
JA8084 B744 (25214) registered to Universal Asset Management as N897DB on 18/3 & left Tokyo/Narita the same day for scrapping at Tupelo, MS
Jetairfly B738 OO-JAD (39093) made it first flight on 18/3.
Jet2. It now seems that TNT B733 OO-TNF (24131) may be the additional B733 due to join Jet2 this year, rather than Thomson example G-THOP (28740), which is probably for BMI Baby along with G-THOL (28594). Also see under TUIfly.
Kenya A/W B763 5Y-KYY (29383) was ferried from Nairobi to Shannon on 20/3 & is due to go to Transaero.
Niki A321 OE-LEZ (4648) made its first flight on 22/3 in full scheme as D-AZAV.
F-WTAC B738 (30720 ex 5B-DBR, N364LF) & registered to Trust EASC was ferried from Toulouse to Montpellier on 23/3, presumably for a new operator.
G-UKAG B463 (E3162) was delivered from Kemble to Manston on 25/3 for Aviation Capital Solutions. It still wears basic Lufthansa Cityline scheme.
N6067E B748BBJ (38636) for a private customer in Kuwait made its first flight on 20/3 (see Skyliner for photo).
OE-IAB A320 (0211 ex F-GJVD, HB-IJZ) was ferried from Dinard to Dresden on 24/3 where it will undergo P2F freighter conversion.
6V-ONE A319CJ (1556 ex F-RBFB) of the République du Sénégal left Perpignan on 24/3 on delivery to Dakar. (note, not 6V-ANE as previously posted).
Nordstar. See under Ryanair.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B733 LN-KKW (24213) was ferried from Lasham to Oslo after maintenance on 25/3. B738 LN-DYO (40868) arrived at Stavanger on delivery on 25/3.
Nouvelair A320 TS-INF (0299) was ferried from Monastir to Woensdrecht on 17/3 on return to the lessor.
Olympic Air A320 SX-OAP (4065) was ferried from Norwich to Athens on 22/3 after painting into Aegean A/L scheme.
Omni Air International. See under Air India.
Onur Air. Summarising/adding to recent fleet news:
TC-OBJ A321 (0835 ex G-MIDC, N835AG) was delivered from Southend to Istanbul on 24/3
TC-OBO A320 (2688 ex HA-LPH) delivered from Budapest to Istanbul on 22/3
TC-OBP A320 (0443 ex VR-HYT, B-HYT, G-CVYG, OO-TCG, AP-BGV, N221LF) at Miami, FL on 22/3 in full scheme awaiting delivery
Pegasus B738 TC-API (32732) was ferried to Lasham on 19/3 after storage at Istanbul. It wore full Midwest A/L scheme & was due to go to them as SU-MWG, but this deal seems to have fallen through, thanks no doubt to the recent upheaval in Egypt, & it now seems that it will be going to Comair. B738 TC-AHP (40721) made its first flight on 19/3 & TC-AIP (40877) on 24/3, while TC-AGP (40728) arrived at Istanbul on delivery on 24/3. Also see under Air Berlin.
People's ViennaLine. See under Finnair.
Royal Brunei B763 V8-RBG (25532) was cancelled from the Brunei register on 21/3 prior to delivery to Aerosvit as UR-AAG.
Ryanair B738 EI-EPH (40311) made its first flight on 21/3. Two of the carrier's former B738s left Dublin on 21/3 for Helsinki en route to China for OK A/W. These were B-5577 (33557 ex EI-DAX, N594MS) & B-5578 (ex EI-DCB, N328MS). EI-DCE (33563) was ferried from storage at Prestwick to Dublin on 23/3. The former EI-DCC (33561), now registered N591MS, was ferried from Dublin to Shannon on 23/3 for painting for Nordstar (not Sun Express Deutschland as previously reported).
SAA A332 ZS-SXY (1210) left Toulouse on 23/3 on delivery to Johannesburg.
SAS B734 LN-BUF (25795) has become SP-ENH for Enter Air & was due to be delivered from Shannon to Warsaw on 24/3.
Sky Wings. See under Aegean A/L.
Solitaire Air. See under Alnaser A/L.
Southern Air B743F N789SA (23394) was ferried from New York/JFK to Mojave, CA on 17/3 for storage.
S7 A/L. See under Air France.
Thai International A333 HS-TEQ (1037) left Hamburg on 25/3 on delivery to Bangkok following cabin configuration.
Thomson A/W B738 G-FDZW (37254) arrived at East Midlands on delivery on 22/3. Also see under Jet2.
THY B773 TC-JJM (40794) arrived at Istanbul on delivery on 22/3 & A333 TC-JNM (1212) was delivered from Toulouse to Istanbul on 24/3.
TNT B462QT EC-ELT (E2102) was ferried from Rennes to Norwich on 22/3 possibly on return to the lessor. Also see under Jet2.
Transaero B742 VP-BPX (22872) was ferried from storage at Moscow/Domodedovo to Rome, NY on 22/3. B744 N914UN (26360) was ferried from Rome, NY to Melbourne on 22/3 prior to delivery. Also see under Kenya A/W.
TUIfly B738 D-AHFB (27982) was ferried from Shannon to Hanover on 25/3 after painting into Jet2 scheme & will become G-GDFD.
Ural A/L. See under Aer Lingus.
Uzbekistan A/L A320 UK-32017 (4651) made its first flight on 22/3 in full scheme as D-AXAA.
Virgin Atlantic A333 G-VKSS (1201) is due at Gatwick from Zurich on 26/3 following cabin outfitting.
Vueling A320 EC-LLJ (4661) made its first flight on 24/3 as F-WWII. Also see under Iberia.
Wataniya A/W ceased operations on 16/3. Its seven A320s are currently stored at Kuwait City.
Wideroe DH8A C-GJMQ (343 ex N833MA, N964HA, N851EX, C-FKDN, N851EX) arrived at Bodo on 25/3 on delivery from Toronto (no LN- registration yet).
Wizz Air. See under Onur Air.
XL A/W Germany has leased Miami Air B738 N733MA (30619) for the summer & it arrived at Frankfurt as D-AXLJ on 21/3.