EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 10-09-11
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
Aeroflot A320 VQ-BKU (4835) made its first flight on 5/9 as D-AXAN.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKY (36886) made its first flight on 6/9.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
N507VL A320 (4832) to Volaris 9/9
Air France A320 F-HBNI (4820) made its first flight on 5/9 as F-WWIC & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Air Hong Kong B744F B-HUR (24976), formerly with Cathay Pacific Cargo, was ferried from Xiamen to Hong Kong on 4/9 after painting into basic DHL scheme.
Air Seychelles B763 S7-AHM (26328) was ferried from RAF Brize Norton to Seychelles International on 3/9 following an 18 month lease to the UK Ministry of Defence.
All Nippon B763 JA624A (40895) was delivered from Paine Field to Tokyo/Haneda on 2/9.
Arkia B753 4X-BAW (30179) was ferried from Paris/CDG to Shannon on 5/9 for winglet fitting.
Astraeus. A fleet update:
G-STRN B737 (28007) operated its last flight for Iceland Express on 6/9 & was then ferried to Norwich for painting for TonleSap A/L. It will be delivered from Gatwick around 13/9 & is to become XU-TSB on a long lease, joining G-STRJ/XU-TSA.
G-STRP A320 (0136) returned from lease to Dubrovnik A/L on 2/9 (4 weeks early) & has since operated for BMI & Germania. It will probably operate further sub-charters this month before leaving the fleet & going to the USA for scrapping in October.
G-STRX B752 (25621) will be operating Hajj flights on behalf of BMI from LHR & Manchester during October.
G-STRY B752 (28161) as G-STRX above.
G-STRZ B752 (27622) is due to operate its last service on 14/9 & will leave the fleet after a maintenance check.
ATR deliveries to other customers
PK-WFU AT72 (964) to Wings Abadi Air 3/9
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
HP-1722CMP B738 (38100) to COPA A/L 2/9
PK-LHW B739 (38302) to Lion Air 6/9
Bombardier deliveries to other customers
N380NG DH8D (4380) to Colgan Air 2/9
VT-SUC DH8D (4377) to SpiceJet 3/9
VT-SUD DH8D (4378) to SpiceJet 4/9
British A/W A320 G-BUSJ (0109) was ferried from LHR to Gatwick on 6/9 for preparation for return to the lessor. GA Telesis has announced that it is to sell five of the aircraft in its short-haul portfolio & it is believed that the aircraft concerned are A320s G-BUSG (0039), G-BUSH (0042), G-BUSI (0103), G-BUSJ (0109) & G-BUSK (0120). With the exception of the recent Gatwick arrival, all are stored at Lourdes.
Cargolux B748F LX-VCD (35809) made its first flight on 2/9.
Cathay Pacific Cargo. See under Air Hong Kong.
Central Connect A/L S340AF OK-CCK (78) was ferried from Ostrava to Orebro on 7/9 on return to the lessor.
City A/L. See under Dniproavia.
CityJet B462 EI-RJL (E2349) was ferried from Norwich to Dublin on 8/9 & is to be delivered to LAMIA of Venezuela.
Cyprus A/W is to acquire two second-hand A321 in March/April next year to replace its two A332s, which are now considered too large for their operation.
DHL Air B752F G-BMRJ (26268) arrived at East Midlands on 2/9 following lease to Tasman Cargo A/L.
DHL International Aviation ME. Currently with no aircraft of its own, the carrier is to add a B752F to its fleet. N314ST (22211 ex N521EA, G-OOOV, TF-ARD, G-VKNB, N314ST, PR-LGH) left Cecil Field, FL on 7/9 routing to Bahrain via East Midlands & is expected to join the Bahrain register.
Dniproavia E145 UR-DNT (145709) became SE-RAG for City A/L on 1/9.
EasyJet A319 G-EZGR (4837) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Gatwick on 9/9 &, as mentioned last week, is the 155th & last A319 for the carrier.
Embraer deliveries to other customers
B-3198 E190 (19000465) to China Southern 2/9
XA-HAC E190 (19000466) to AeroMexico Connect 2/9
Flybe DH8D G-FLBH (4366) was flown from Exeter to Shannon on 7/9 for painting for South African Express.
Hawaiian Air A332 N384HA (1259) made its first flight on 2/9 as F-WWYV.
Hi Fly A343 CS-TQL (133) was delivered from Dublin to Lisbon on 8/9 all white as M-YRGQ.
Jetstar A332 VH-EBR made its first flight on 5/9 as F-WWKK.
KLM B738 PH-BGT (38634) arrived at Amsterdam on delivery on 7/9 & PH-BGU (39257) made its first flight the same day.
Korean Air A388 HL7614 (068) left Toulouse on 7/9 on delivery to Seoul.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ2 D-ACHD (7403) was delivered from Cologne to Moscow/Domodedovo for Severstal on 6/9 & is to become RA-67229.
Maximus Air Cargo A306F A6-SUL (836 ex JA014D) was delivered from Dresden to Abu Dhabi on 8/9 following freighter conversion.
Monarch has announced that it has cancelled its order for six B787s. The reasons given included the delay in deliveries from 2010 & the airline's desire to concentrate on strengthening its scheduled short-haul network.
G-CGWJ B462 (E2261) of Trident Aviation Leasing was ferried back from Norwich to Kemble on 8/9 after painting for Eznis A/W, with whom it is to become JU-9915.
Private Wings D328 D-CSUE (3019 ex N328DC) was delivered from Oberpfaffenhofen to Ingoldstadt on 8/9 following cabin configuration.
Qatar A/W B772LR A7-BBI (41061) made its first flight on 6/9.
Rheinland Air Service AT42 D-BZZV (337 ex N984MA, F-WQHC, F-GDXO, TR-LFD, F-WQNQ, HC-CDC, SX-BIM, OY-EDH), which may not have entered service with the carrier, became HR-AXA for Islena de Inversiones & left Billund on delivery on 18/8.
Ryanair. Somewhat mysteriously, four B738s for Ryanair were registered to Boeing on 7/9 amid news that these were four of five being sold to Avolon in November. The latest news is that the aircraft are still due to go to Ryanair, so maybe this is a sale & leaseback deal (though a sale to a Middle Eastern customer has also been mentioned!).
N734BA (34989) to have been EI-ESO
N742BA (34991) to have been EI-ESN
N751BA (34990) to have been EI-ESP
N7235C (34988) to have been EI-ESL
The fifth aircraft is almost certain to be EI-ESM (34992). Of the above, at least EI-ESL/M/N have already been rolled out at Renton.
SAA A332 ZS-SXV (1249) was delivered from Toulouse to Johannesburg on 6/9.
SAM Air (Sayegh Group Aviation) is a Slovak start-up, whose first aircraft will be B734 OM-SAA (24439 ex VH-TJN, N249SY). It was noted at Budapest in full scheme on 6/9 awaiting delivery.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKN (071) was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder as F-WWSX on 2/9. 9V-SKR (082) made its first flight on 5/9 as F-WWSH.
Sky A/L B734 TC-SKB (27004) left Antalya on 8/9 on return to the lessor in the USA.
Tassili A/L B738 7T-VCD (40887) had appeared on the Renton flightline by 7/9.
TUI A/L Nederland has returned B738 N739MA (30670) to Miami Air following summer lease. It left Amsterdam on 5/9 en route to Miami, FL.
UM Air B463 UR-CJJ (E3165 ex G-BSNR, N886DV, EC-807, EC-FGT, G-BSNR, D-AEWP, G-BSNR) had entered service by 2/9.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LPC (0892) flew its last revenue service on 7/9 & is due to go to Garuda Citilink early next month as PK-GLD.
Yak Air Service Y42D RA-42434 (4520424305017) crashed on 7/9 shortly after take-off from Yaroslavl on a charter flight to Minsk. Sadly, all bar two of the 45 occupants perished. The Russian Transport Ministry has grounded all Y42Ds until the reasons for the crash have been determined.