EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 08-10-11
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
ABX Air B762F N788AX (23021) left Tel Aviv on 4/10 for Cincinatti, OH following freighter conversion.
Adria A320 S5-AAT (0191) flew its last revenue service on 3/10 & was ferried from Ljubljana to Zagreb the same day on return to the lessor. A shame as this is the aircraft painted in retro scheme & it spent little more than 4 months with the carrier.
Air Atlanta has taken delivery of B744 TF-AMZ (24423). It left Marana, AZ on 3/10 routing via Phoenix, AZ & Manston to Jeddah for Hajj duties.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABKL (37754) now carries DQ-FJM & was noted as such at Munich on 2/10 awaiting delivery to Air Pacific. A333 D-AERS (171) was ferried from Dusseldorf to Abu Dhabi on 30/9 prior to return to the lessor. It is due to join Russian carrier I-Fly in December.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
N506VL A320 (4828) to Volaris 1/10 (date corrects last week)
N821AV A320 (4821) to Avianca 1/10
N843VA A320 (4814) to Virgin America 1/10
N844VA A320 (4851) to Virgin America 1/10
RP-C3266 A320 (4870) to Cebu pacific Air 7/10
Air Europa B738 EC-HGQ (28386) was ferried from Palma to East Midlands on 3/10 for painting prior to return to the lessor.
Air France B744 F-GEXA (24154) was ferried from Paris/CDG to Kemble on 7/10 for scrapping.
Air Niugini. See under White.
Air Sweden A320 SE-RJN (0169) left Ostrava on 3/10 bound for Duluth, MN on return to the lessor following lease to Travel Service.
Air Transat A332 C-GGTS (250) became the fourth to join Garuda for Hajj duties when it left Toronto on 30/9 bound for Ujung Pandang Hasanuddin via Sharjah.
All Nippon B763 JA625A (40896) left Paine Field on 3/10 on delivery to Tokyo/Haneda.
Almasria Universal A/L A320 SU-TCC (0666 ex D-ASSY, G-BXAW, 6Y-JMD, TC-TCE, N851LF, EI-ESI) was delivered all white from Shannon to Cairo on 6/10.
AMC A/L B738 SU-BPZ (35213) was ferried from Thessaloniki to Cairo on 5/10 following lease to Astra A/L.
Arik Air has placed an order with Boeing for two B748Is.
Astraeus. A small update:
G-STRI B733 (25011) on maintenance since 17/9
G-STRN B737 (28007) back with Iceland Express since 13/9 following maintenance
G-STRP A320 (0136) was ferried from RAF Brize Norton to Kemble on 6/10 for scrapping
G-STRX B752 (25621) stopped flying with Iceland Express on 15/9 & operated ad-hoc charters prior to Hajj lease. Ferried to East Midlands 5/10 for removal of Iron Maiden scheme
G-STRY B752 (28161) stopped flying for Iceland Express on 15/9. Leased to Jet2 for most of September prior to Hajj lease.
G-STRZ B752 (27622) flew its last revenue service on 15/9 & has been on maintenance at Hahn (completion due 14/10)
Atlasjet. See under Titan A/W
ATR deliveries to other customers
HC-CLT AT42 (844) to TAME 5/10 (see Skyliner for photo)
9M-FYK AT72 (947) to Firefly 7/10
9M-FYL AT72 (948) to Firefly 7/10
Avianova ceased taking bookings on 3/10 & is expected to close down on 9/10. It had been operating a fleet of six A320s from Moscow/Sheremetyevo, all of which will be returned to the lessor.
Balkan Holidays A319 LZ-AOA (3139) was ferried from Windhoek to Bourgas on 1/10 following wet-lease to Air Namibia. Also see under Tor Air.
Bangladesh Biman B773 S2-AFO (40122) made its first flight on 30/9.
Blue1 B462 OH-SAL (E2392) was due to be ferried from Helsinki to Kemble for storage on 7/10. Although it got airborne, it turned back to Helsinki. Four more are due to follow in due course.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
N967WN B737 (36967) to Southwest 3/10
PR-GUL B738 (35845) to Gol 6/10
British A/W B777 G-STBD (38695) made its first flight on 6/10 & is due to leave Paine Field on 16/10 on delivery to Cardiff. B748F G-GSSD (36562) was rolled out at Paine Field on 29/9 in full BA World Cargo scheme & is due for delivery late this month or early next.
Brussels A/L. See under Swiss International.
Cargolux appears to have resolved its differences with Boeing & GE & now plans to take its first B748F on 12/10.
Central Connect A/L S340B OK-CCN (230) has become SE-KTE for Golden Air & was delivered from Ostrava to Trollhattan on 7/10.
DHL International Aviation ME B752F N315ST (22611 ex N522EA, G-OOOW, TF-ARE, G-VKNC, N315ST, PR-LGI) left Jacksonville, FL on delivery on 6/10 routing via East Midlands to Bahrain.
Emirates B773 A6-EGG (41070) made its first flight on 30/9.
Ethiopian A/L ordered four B777Fs this week. These are the first 777Fs ordered by the carrier, though two leased aircraft are due to be delivered late next year.
Euro Atlantic B763 CS-TFT (26208) left Lisbon on 2/10 bound for Ilorin on Hajj lease to Med-View A/L.
Eurolot AT42 SP-EDH (602) is on hand back check at Exeter.
Eurowings CRJ2 D-ACRK (7901) has yet to make the journey from Dusseldorf to Exeter (corrects last week).
Flybe. B462 G-JEAX (E2136), formerly with the carrier, was registered N145FF on 4/10 for Tronos & left Bacau on 6/10 on delivery to Summerside.
Golden Air. See under Central Connect A/L.
Hawaiian A/L A332 N384HA (1259) left Toulouse on 6/10 on delivery to Honolulu.
Hellenic Imperial B742 SX-TIE (23509) was ferried from Athens to Karachi on 2/10.
Hemus Air AT42 LZ-ATR (151) has become 5H-AMI & left Sofia on 7/10 on delivery to Tropical Air.
Iberia is to launch Iberia Express next summer. Based at Madrid, it will initially operate four A320s sourced from the parent company, increasing to thirteen by year-end.
I-Fly. See under Air Berlin.
Jetstar. Correcting last week, A332 VH-JBR (1251) should read VH-EBR.
JAL A306 JA011D (783) was registered to GA Telesis as N5783 on 19/9 & left Tokyo/Haneda on 3/10 bound for Dresden.
Jet2 B752 G-LSAE (24135) was struck by a disabled truck at Leeds/Bradford six weeks ago. It has been parked outside the Multiflight hangar for more than a week & been inspected by Boeing engineers. It is not clear whether the aircraft can be repaired or whether it will have to be scrapped.
KLM B734 PH-BDR (24530) was registered to Willis Lease as N530WL on 29/9 & ferried from Amsterdam to Bruntingthorpe for scrapping on 4/10. B737 PH-BGX (38635) had appeared on the Renton flightline by 4/10 & made its first flight on 6/10.
Lufthansa B735 D-ABJE (25310) left Frankfurt on 5/10 for scrapping at Gary, IN.
Lufthansa Cityline B462 D-AVRI (E2270) was restored to Trident Aviation Leasing as G-CLHX on 6/10. It is currently parked at Southend. CRJ2 D-ACRA (7567) has become VQ-BPD & was noted in full Yamal scheme at Norwich on 6/10 awaiting delivery.
Meridian An12 UR-CAH (8345604) recently spent time at Dunsfold masquerading as a USAF C-130 for a new film (see Skyliner for photo).
Nas Air. See under SmartLynx.
F-WHUL A318CJ (4822) for the UAE was delivered from Finkenwerder to Zurich on 7/10 & will become A6-CJE.
N325MS B733 (28555 ex 9M-AAB, PK-GGY, N285MM, B-2610, B-2687) of GECAS was ferried from Fujairah to Perpignan via Istanbul on 6/10.
N647SR B735 (24648 ex LN-BRR) for Prestige Jet left Bournemouth on 3/10 on delivery to Bateen.
16+02 A343 (355 ex D-AIFB) of the Luftwaffe was noted in service at Cologne on 30/9.
Open Skies is to pull off the Paris/Orly to Washington/Dulles route on 29/10 & B752 F-GPEJ (25807) is to be returned to BA.
Orbest A320 EC-LAQ (3933) has been registered VT-WAO & left Palma on 3/10 bound for Delhi on winter lease to GoAir.
Privilege Style B752 EC-ISY (26241) has been operating for Comtel Air since 1/10.
Qatar A/W B772LR A7-BBI (41061) left Paine Field on 30/9 on delivery to Doha.
RAM AT72 CN-COB (444) was ferried from Casablanca to Dinard on 1/10 on return to the lessor.
Ryanair B738 EI-DCT (33813) was withdrawn from service on 6/9 & registered to WFBN as N840AC at Dublin on 4/10. It flew a test flight on 5/10 & positioned to Shannon the same day for painting for a new operator. EI-DCV (33814) flew its last revenue service on 28/9 & is parked at Prestwick with the registration N845AC reserved. EI-EST (34994) made its first flight on 4/10 reportedly as N761BA & ATDB shows EI-ESR to EI-ESU as "acquisition cancelled".
SAA B744 ZS-SAZ (29119) was registered to WFBN as N747ZA on 23/9 & left Johannesburg all white on 1/10 for Rome, NY via Melbourne for preparation for Transaero.
Samair B734 OM-SAA (24439 ex VH-TJN, ZK-JTR, N249SY) was delivered from Budapest to Bratislava on 4/10.
SAS F50 LN-RNF (20183) was ferried from Oslo to Billund on 3/10 prior to delivery to new operator.
Saudi Arabian A320 HZ-AS45 (4823) was delivered from Toulouse to Jeddah on 1/10.
SmartLynx A320 YL-LCC (0310) was ferried from Vilnius to Ras Al Kaimah on 3/10 on Hajj lease to Nas Air.
Smart Wings B735 OK-SWU (26703) left Prague on 5/10 bound for Tucson, AZ on return to the lessor
Solaris. See under Ural A/L.
Sri Lankan intends to add six A330s or B777s to its fleet from 2014.
Suckling A/W. Slightly old news, but Do328s G-BWIR (3023), G-BWWT (3022), G-BYHG (3098), G-BYMK (3062), G-BZOG (3088) & G-CCGS (3101) had a nominal owner name change on 5/9 from Suckling Airways (Cambridge) Ltd trading as Scot Airways to Suckling Airways (Cambridge) Ltd.
Swiss International A332 HB-IQA (229) has become OO-SFY & was delivered from Zurich to Brussels on 7/10.
Thomas Cook A320 G-GTDL (0476) is now registered to PB Leasing Aircraft No22 Ltd. It was noted at Istanbul on 2/10 & is reportedly going to Cambodia.
Thomas Cook Belgium A320 OO-TCR (0435) was ferried from Brussels to Kemble on 4/10 for scrapping.
Thomson A/W. The carrier's two B738s to be delivered before year-end are G-FDZY (37261), due for delivery on 25/11 & G-FDZZ (37262), due for delivery on 28/12.
Deliveries in 2012 should be:
Jan - G-TAWA (37264)
Feb - G-TAWB (37242), G-TAWC (39922), G-TAWD (37265)
Mar - G-TAWF (37244), G-TAWG (37266)
Apr - G-TAWH, G-TAWI
B752s G-BYAO (27235) & G-BYAP (27236) are due to be withdrawn from service on 15/10 & 16/10 respectively & returned to the lessor.
Titan A/W is to add a further two B752s to its fleet, entering service next spring after cabin reconfiguration & they are AtlasJet examples TC-OGS (29307 ex EC-HIQ) & TC-OGT (29308 ex EC-HIR).
Tor Air returned A320 LZ-BHD (0221) to Balkan Holidays on 26/9 after summer lease.
Transaero B744 N918UN (27650) was ferried from Rome, NY to Melbourne on 27/9 prior to delivery & will become EI-XLH. EI-XLG (29899) was delivered from Melbourne to Moscow/Domodedovo on 30/9. Also see under SAA.
Travel Service. See under Air Sweden.
Ural A/L. Correcting last week, A321 EI-DPM should read EI-EPM. EI-ERT (1905) is to become VQ-BOB & was ferried from Shannon to Dublin on 5/10 after painting. EI-ERU (2117), previously due to go to Solaris, was ferried from storage at Moscow/Domodedovo to Shannon on 3/10. These A321s will be employed on routes from Moscow on behalf of Coral Travel, the parent company of the unsuccessful Solaris.
UT Air B738 VQ-BJI (29937) was delivered from Sofia to Khanty-Mansiysk on 6/10.
VLM F50s OO-VLK (20122) & OO-VLX (20177) became PH-FZF & PH-ZFD respectively in November last year. Both were painted at Maastricht between 2/10 & 4/10 for Travel Air of Papua New Guinea.
White A313 CS-TKI (448) left Lisbon for Port Moresby on 4/10 on winter lease to Air Niugini.
Yamal. See under Lufthansa Cityline.