EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 17-09-11
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
Aer Lingus is reportedly for sale after the Irish Government and Ryanair indicated they are both willing to sell their stakes in the Irish flag carrier.
Aeroflot A320 VQ-BKU (4835) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 14/9.
Air Arabia. See under Air Arabia Maroc.
Air Arabia Maroc A320 CN-NMD (4310) was ferried from Casablanca to Sharjah on 16/9 on transfer to the parent company.
Air Berlin A319 D-ABGL (3586) was ferried from Dusseldorf to Dublin on 10/9 for painting for Air Namibia. D-ABGI (3346) left Paderborn on 16/9 as V5-ANL on delivery to Air Namibia at Windhoek. B738 D-ABKL (37754) flew its last revenue service on 11/9 & is due at Dublin from 20/9 to 27/9 for painting for Air Pacific. Also see under THY.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-6792 A321 (4834) to Air China 10/9
CC-BAQ A320 (4839) to LAN A/L 15/9
VT-IEJ A320 (4818) to IndiGo 12/9
Air Europa B738 EC-HGO (28384) was ferried from Madrid to East Midlands on 6/9 for painting for Orenair & then flown to Budapest on 13/9 prior to delivery.
Air France-KLM is expected to order 43xA359s & 30xB789s shortly, with options to increase these to 60 & 50 respectively.
Alitalia A332 EI-EJK (1252) was delivered from Toulouse to Rome/Fiumicino on 15/9.
Armavia A320 EK-32005 (3492) was noted all white at Dinard on 9/9 on return to the lessor, while EK-32008 (0229) was ferried from storage at Dinard to Yerevan on 10/9.
Astraeus. A change of plan has seen B737 G-STRN (28007) operating for Thomas Cook & Tor Air the last few days rather than going to the paint shop at Norwich. Apparently, the deal with TonleSap has fallen through.
ATR deliveries to other customers
9G-FLY AT72 (949) to fly540 Ghana 14/9.
Baltia A/L may at last get off the ground, having been trying to start since 1989. B742 N706BL (21705 ex N623US) was ferried from Victorville, CA to Oscoda, MI on 10/9 prior to delivery.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
N874NN B738 (31129) to American A/L 9/9
N965WN B737 (36677) to Southwest 14/9
PK-LHY B739 (37285) to Lion Air 15/9
VH-VZS B738 (39358) to Qantas 15/9
VT-JBU B738 (36825) to Jet A/W 12/9
Brussels A/L is to be the recipient of Swiss International A332 HB-IQA (229), which was ferried from Manchester to Zurich on 15/9 following painting (see Skyliner for photo).
Buraq Air Transport. Having been stored at Tripoli, B734 5A-MAB (24857) & B738 5A-DMG (34948) were ferried to Malta on 14/9
China Eastern B763 B-2568 (28148) has become HS-BKA for Orient Thai & undertook an air test from Bangkok on 13/9.
City A/L MD87 SE-DMK (53337) was ferried from Gothenburg to Stockholm/Arlanda on 14/9 on return to the lessor.
EasyJet. Due to an accounting error, the number of A319s recently quoted as delivered to the airline was wrong & should read 172 & not 155.
Etihad A/W B773 A6-ETH (39683) left Paine Field on 14/9 on delivery to Abu Dhabi.
European Air Transport. See under JAL.
Helitt Lineas Aereas AT72 EC-LNP (285 ex OK-XFA) was delivered from Shannon to Granada on 14/9 after painting with EC-LNQ (303 ex OK-XFD) following the next day.
JAL A306 JA8375 (602) was registered to GA Telesis as N4602 on 19/8 & left Tokyo/Haneda on 14/9 bound for storage at Lourdes. JA8561 (670) was registered N2670 on 1/9 & left Tokyo/Haneda on 14/9 for Dresden for freighter conversion for EAT with whom it will become D-AEAK.
KLM B734 PH-BTF (27232) was ferried from Amsterdam to Norwich for storage on 13/9. Also see under Air France-KLM.
LAN A/L B763 CC-BDA (40798) made its first flight on 15/9.
Libyan A/L A320 5A-LAK (4526) was ferried from storage at Tripoli to Tunis on 14/9, with 5A-LAH (4405) following the next day.
Lufthansa A319 D-AIBG (4841) made its first flight on 12/9 as D-AVWF.
Lufthansa Cityline B462 D-AVRF (E2269) was ferried from Munich to Kemble on 12/9 on return to the lessor & was registered G-CGXS on 15/9.
Luzair. See under Virgin Atlantic.
MAS Kargo A332F 9M-MUA (1136) left Toulouse on delivery on 15/9.
F-WHUD A318CJ (4211), not taken up by Al Jaber Aviation, was ferried all white from Montpellier to Finkenwerder on 12/9.
LX-N20000 B707 (20000) of NATO is due to be ferried from Geilenkirchen to Ingolstadt on 26/9, where it will be used as a ground trainer.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-DYV (39009) had appeared on the Renton flightline by 13/9.
Orenair. See under Air Europa.
Orient Thai. See under China Eastern.
Pan Air Lineas Aereas. See under TNT.
Qatar A/W B773 A7-BAP (38248) left Paine Field on 13/9 on delivery to Doha.
Ryanair B738 EI-ESN (34991) made its first flight on 14/9, followed by EI-ESO (34989) on 15/9. EI-ESP (34990) had appeared on the Renton flightline by 13/9. For what it is worth, the latest rumour regarding the new Ryanair B738s, recently registered to Boeing, is that Southwest, desperate for B738s to replace their B712s, made Ryanair an offer that they couldn't refuse. The "missing" B738 from last week, EI-ESM (34992), was registered to Boeing as N441BA on 9/9.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKN (071) left Toulouse on 14/9 on delivery to Singapore.
Swiss International. See under Brussels A/L.
Tassili A/L B738 7T-VCD (40887) made its first flight on 13/9.
Thomas Cook. Having been in storage at Manchester since 28/11/10, A320 G-GTDL (0476) was flown to Istanbul on 13/9 for a new customer.
THY A321 TC-JME (1219), not taken up by Air Berlin as D-ABCI, was to ferried from Istanbul to Southend on 16/9, but diverted to Norwich as the ILS was unavailable at Southend.
TNT A/L B463 OO-TAK (E3150) was registered to Pan Air Lineas Aereas as EC-LOF at Liege on 12/9. B734F OE-IAP (29206) left Guangzhou on 14/9, arriving at Brussels on 16/9 on delivery to TNT A/L.
Transaero is forming a VIP division & its first aircraft will be B735 EI-UNH (28916), which has been painted in a special scheme at Miami, FL (see Skyliner for photo).
UT Air. Another former Continental B735 has been delivered to the airline. N14639 (28900) left Lake City, FL on 13/9, arriving at Vilnius on 15/9. B738 VQ-BJJ (29936 ex EI-CTA, VQ-BDV) made an acceptance flight from Sofia on 14/9 prior to delivery.
Virgin Atlantic. A343 G-VSEA (003) was ferried all white from Gatwick to Lourdes on 13/9. It is reported that a deal for Luzair to acquire A343s G-VHOL (002), now registered M-YRGU, & G-VSEA (003) has fallen through. The aircraft were due to have become CS-TQQ/T respectively & are both parked at Lourdes.