EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 24-09-11
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
Afriqiyah A319 5A-ONC (3615) was ferried from storage at Mitiga to Tunis on 21/9, returning to Mitiga the following day. A320 5A-ONK (4330) was reportedly badly damaged (beyond repair?) at Tripoli during the recent unrest.
Air Atlanta is expected to add B744 TF-AMZ (24423 ex JA8071, N344AS) to its fleet in the near future. It is currently at Marana, AZ. TF-AMY (25260) left Marana, AZ on 18/9 routing via Phoenix, AZ to Ostend, where it arrived on 19/9. It carries Biman titles & tail logo (see Skyliner for photo).
Air Baltic has filed for legal protection as it continues a row with the Latvian government over a capital injection.
Air Berlin A319 D-ABGL (3586) had been painted in full Air Namibia scheme at Dublin & was carrying V5-ANK by 16/9. It was then ferried back to Paderborn on 19/9 as D-ABGL prior to delivery. B738 D-ABBA (30570) was ferried from Berlin/Tegel to Shannon on 19/9 for painting, presumably for a new operator. D-ABKL (37754) was ferried from Munich to Shannon on 20/9 for painting for Air Pacific. D-ABKY (36886) arrived at Berlin/Tegel on delivery on 22/9. FlightGlobal reports that the airline is to cut its fleet by eighteen aircraft by next summer. This is quite an increase on the eight that it announced last month & will see a reduction in the group's fleet from 170 to 152 aircraft by next summer.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-6806 A320 (4845) to Shenzhen A/L 21/9
N544UW A321 (4747) to US A/W 23/9
9V-TAX A320 (4812) to Tiger A/W 23/9
Air Madagascar. See under Euro Atlantic.
Alitalia A319 EI-IMR (4875) made its first flight on 23/9 (test registration not yet known).
All Nippon B763 JA625A (40896) made its first flight on 19/9
Arkia B752 4X-BAW (30179) was ferried from Shannon to Tel Aviv on 21/9 after winglet fitting.
Atlas Air. See under JAL.
AtlasJet is to be the recipient of the two former Gulf Air A321s that were destined for Hellenic Imperial. Both aircraft were noted at Montpellier in full scheme on 16/9 & are currently registered F-WTAV (0761 ex F-GTAE, A9C-ET) & F-WTAX (067 ex F-GTAB, C-GKOI, F-OHGU, A9C-ES).
Avion Express A320 LY-VEX (0375) left Milan/Malpensa on 21/9 en route to Goose Bay via Shannon on return to the lessor.
Bahrain Air A320 A9C-BAU (4055) was ferried from Dubai to Bahrain on 12/9 after wet lease to Kam Air.
Blue Air. See under Mint A/W.
BMI. See under Lufthansa.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-5597 B738 (38913) to China Southern 22/9
B-5670 B738 (39150) to Shenzhen A/L 22/9
HP-1723CMP B738 (37959) to Copa A/L 23/9
N873NN B738 (40766) to American A/L 20/9
PK-GFQ B738 (39416) to Garuda 19/9
9M-MLK B738 (39321) to MAS 22/9
Bombardier deliveries to other customers
CX-CRL CRJ9 (15275) to Pluna 21/9
N631SK CRJ7 (10329) to Skywest A/L 16/9
Brit Air CRJX F-HMLK (19016) arrived at Morlaix on delivery on 23/9. F100 F-GPXF (11330) was ferried from storage at Morlaix to Norwich on 21/9 for painting for a new operator. F-GPXC (11493), temporarily registered PH-ABW, is to go to Compagnie Africaine & was noted at Maastricht on 21/9 in full scheme prior to delivery (see Skyliner for photo).
British A/W. See under TAP.
Brussels A/L. See under easyJet.
Cargolux was due to take delivery of its first two B748Fs on 19/9 & 21/9, but informed Boeing that it would not accept them due to "unresolved issues". These issues seem to surround compensation to Qatar A/W for late delivery of B787s rather than any performance problems with the B748F. Qatar A/W has a 35% shareholding in Cargolux.
Cathay Pacific Cargo expects to take delivery of its first B748F, of ten ordered, next month.
Continental A/L B762 N67157 (30436) was ferried from Houston to Montreal on 17/9, probably for a new operator.
Corsair B744 F-HSEX (26878) flew its last revenue service on 8/9 & was ferried in basic scheme from Mauritius to Paris/Orly on 16/9 prior to sale.
DHL International Aviation ME B752 A9C-DHC (22211 ex N521EA, G-OOOV, TF-ARD, G-VKNB, N314ST, PR-LGH, N314ST) had been registered at Bahrain by 22/9.
EasyJet A319 G-EZEK (2224) was cancelled from the register on 16/9 as transferred to Bermuda & is due to go to Sky Express as VQ-BLY. G-EZEI (2196) left Dublin on 20/9 in Brussels A/L scheme as OO-SSV on delivery to Brussels. G-EZEU (2283) was ferried from Malta to Southend on 21/9, reportedly to be painted all white.
Embraer deliveries to other customers
B-3199 E190 (19000469) to China Southern 20/9
LV-CPI E190 (19000457) to Austral Lineas Aereas 16/9
LV-CPJ E190 (19000474) to Austral Lineas Aereas 23/9
LV-CPK E190 (19000463) to Austral Lineas Aereas 23/9
5Y-KYR E190 (19000468) to Kenya A/W 9/9
Emirates B773 A6-EGF (38987) left Paine Field on 20/9 on delivery to Dubai.
Euro Atlantic B772 CS-TFM (28513) as noted at Frankfurt on 17/9 wearing Air Madagascar titles prior to wet lease. B752 CS-TLX (24176) was registered to FedEx as N962FD on 22/9 & left Lisbon on 23/9 bound for Manchester, NH prior to freighter conversion.
Eurowings CRJ2 D-ACRB was ferried from Dusseldorf to Exeter on 21/9 prior to return to the lessor.
FedEx. See under Euro Atlantic & Transmile Air Services.
Flybe DH8D G-JEDI (4052) is believed to have flown its last revenue service on 19/9 & was ferried to Exeter the same day, reportedly for checks prior to return to the lessor.
An update on the DH8Ds for South African Express:
G-FLBG (4350) was cancelled from the register on 16/9 & left Exeter on delivery as ZS-YBW on 22/9
G-FLBH (4366) arrived back at Exeter from Shannon on 15/9 after painting, was cancelled from the register on 16/9 & left Exeter on delivery as ZS-YBX on 22/9
G-FLBJ (4370) was ferried from Birmingham to Dublin on 18/9 for painting
Flybe Nordic AT72 OH-ATN (977) was delivered from Toulouse to Helsinki all white on 23/9.
FlyDubai B738 A6-FDV (40248) arrived at Dubai on delivery on 17/9.
Gulf Air. See under AtlasJet.
Hellenic Imperial B742 SX-TID (23502) was ferried from storage at Athens to Jakarta on 23/9. Also see under AtlasJet.
Iberia. See under TAP.
JAL B744 JA8088 (26341), which was registered to AerSale as N349AS on 22/8, was noted at Hong Kong on 20/9 as N464MC in Atlas Air scheme. JA8077 (24784) became N287AS with AerSale back in April & arrived at Hong Kong from Roswell, NM on 23/9 for preparation for Atlas Air.
Kabo Air B742 5N-DKB (23548) was ferried from storage at Kano to Bangor, ME on 20/9.
KLM B738 PH-BGW (38128) had been rolled out at Renton by 20/9.
Libyan A/L A320 5A-LAI (4450) was ferried from storage at Mitiga to Tunis on 20/9.
Lufthansa A319 D-AIBG (4841) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Munich on 21/9. B735 D-ABJA (25270) left Frankfurt on 20/9 bound for Gary, IN & a date with the scrapman. The carrier has appointed JP Morgan to look into the potential sale of BMI, the second largest carrier at LHR in terms of slots (around 8.4%).
Mint A/W B752 EC-LHL (24544) was ferried from Bucharest to Madrid on 15/9 following summer lease to Blue Air.
OE-LUX A318CJ (4169 ex 9H-AFT) for Tyrolean Jet Service positioned all white from Basel to Innsbruck on 19/9.
OY-EDL AT42 (571 ex F-OHQV, VH-UYJ) was registered to Nordic Aviation Capital on 6/9 & arrived at Billund on delivery on 21/9.
PH-SDT DH8C (276) of Capital Aviation Services was registered C-GMOH for CHC Global Operations at Exeter on 15/9 & is to go to Maastricht for painting.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-DYV (39009) made its first flight on 16/9.
Onur Air A332 TC-OCD (87) was ferried from Istanbul to Jeddah on 23/9 on Hajj lease to Saudi Arabian.
Palestinian A/L F50 SU-YAI (20143) was ferried from Cairo to Maastricht on 19/9 at end of lease.
Qatar A/W. See under Cargolux.
RAM B738 CN-RGF (36826) arrived at Casablanca on delivery on 17/9.
Royal Jordanian A320 JY-AYR (4817) was delivered from Toulouse to Amman on 21/9. JY-AYS (4853) made its first flight on 20/9 as F-WWBE.
Ryanair B738 EI-ESP (34990) made its first flight on 16/9, followed by EI-ESR (34995) on 20/9.
SAS F50 LN-RND (20178) has become HP-1609PST for Air Panama & was noted all white & devoid of titles at Billund on 12/9 prior to delivery. B735 LN-BRJ (24273) was ferried from Oslo to Kemble on 21/9 for scrapping.
Saudi Arabian. See under Onur Air.
Singapore A/L B744 9V-SPO (28028) was registered to WFBN as N747WV on 21/9 & left Singapore on 22/9 bound for Rome, NY & preparation for Transaero, with whom it will become EI-XLM.
Sky Express. See under easyJet.
Slovakian A/L B735 OM-BTS (28471) was delivered from Norwich to Bratislava on 20/9 after painting & still carrying EK73771 (see Skyliner for photo).
South A/L S340B UR-IMF (163 ex HB-AHZ, OO-RXL, OK-UGU, OM-UGU, SE-KCG, 5Y-KFA, 5Y-LFA, 4L-EUI) was delivered from Ostrava to Odessa on 17/9, still in flyGeorgia International scheme.
Sunair. See under Welcome Air.
TAP. It is being reported in the financial press that IAG (holding company of BA & Iberia) has hired JP Morgan to advise on an offer for TAP.
Transaero. See under Singapore A/L.
Transavia B738 PH-GGX (35696) left Amsterdam for Belo Horizonte on 14/9 after summer lease from Gol & will revert to PR-GGX. It was followed on 21/9 by PH-GGW (35831), which will be restored as PR-GGW.
Transmile Air Services MD11F 9M-TGR (48485), which was registered N642FE back in March, left Paya Lebar on 16/9 on delivery to FedEx at Memphis, TN.
UT Air B738 VQ-BJJ (29936) was delivered from Sofia to Khanty-Mansiysk on 17/9. B735 VQ-BJT (28900) was delivered from Vilnius to Khanty-Mansiysk on 22/9 after acceptance.
Vueling. Making their first flights on 21/9 were A320s EC-LOB as D-AUBJ & EC-LOC as F-WWDF.
Welcome Air D328 OE-LJR (3213) was registered to Sunair as OY-NCT on 16/9 & ferried from Billund to Eindhoven for painting on 20/9.
Wideroe. Former ARAMCO DH8Bs LN-WSB (440 ex N724SA) & LN-WSC (441 ex N725SA), which were registered to the carrier in May, were then registered to Field Aviation as C-GLUF & C-GLUG respectively in July, presumably without entering service with Wideroe. Both left Bodo on 20/9 wearing their Canadian registrations & bound for Toronto.