EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 17-12-11
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
ACT A/L is to take delivery of former Air Macau A306F B-MAS (743) later this month.
Aeroflot A333 VQ-BQZ (1270) was delivered from Toulouse to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 13/12.
Air Arabia A320 A6-ANH (4958) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Sharjah on 14/12.
Air Australia. See under AtlasJet.
Air Baltic. Following a cash injection by the Latvian government, the carrier has announced a fleet reduction & modernisation programme. The current fleet comprises 8xB733, 6xB735, 2xB752, 8xDH8D & 10xF50. This is to be reduced next year from the present 34 aircraft to 24 & the company intends to operate just two aircraft types, the DH8D & either A320s or B737NGs.
Air Berlin will not now be taking A320 D-ABFY (4964). It made its first flight on 13/12 as D-AXAZ & is now destined for China Southern. B738 D-ABAV (30498) was noted at Dublin on 14/12 as EI-RUA in full Transaero scheme awaiting delivery.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
N508VL A320 (4950) to Volaris 15/12
N552UW A321 (4957) to US A/W 13/12 (7000th Airbus)
N553UW A321 (4960) to US A/W 16/12
PR-MYN A320 (4953) to TAM 12/12
ZK-OJS A320 (4926) to Air New Zealand 14/12
Air China B773 B-2088 (38668) left Paine Field on 13/12 on delivery to Beijing.
Air France A320 F-GHQC (0044) was ferried from Paris/Orly to Lourdes on 15/12 for scrapping.
Air Macau. See under ACT A/L.
Air Nostrum DH8C EC-IBS (560) left Valencia on 16/12 heading for Canada on return to Bombardier.
Air Transat. Aircraft returning from Hajj lease to Garuda have been:
C-GGTS A332 (250) ferried from Batam to Honolulu 11/12
C-GITS A332 (271) ferried from Solo City to Montreal 11-12/12
C-GPTS A332 (480) ferried from Ujung Pandang to Toronto/Pearson 9-10/12
C-GTSN A332 (369) ferried from Ujung Pandang to Lisbon on 11/12
Also see under Thomas Cook.
Air Zimbabwe B762 Z-WPF (24867), was impounded at Gatwick on 12/12 after American General Supplies obtained a court order due to non-payment of $1.2 million for aircraft spares. The carrier is currently struggling to raise the money, but the word is that the aircraft has been de-catered, cleaned & is reportedly being immediately marketed for sale, as there are a number of other creditors waiting in the wings.
Alitalia A332 EI-EJL (1283) made its first flight on 13/12 as F-WWKA.
Astraeus B752s G-STRX (25621) & G-STRY (28161) were cancelled from the register on 15/12 as transferred to Ireland.
AtlasJet A332 TC-ETK (358) left Istanbul on 12/12 on lease to Air Australia.
ATR deliveries to other customers
9Y-TTB AT72 (973) to Caribbean A/W 16/12
Blue Islands. Leased JS31 G-FARA (740) is currently parked at Jersey. Trislander G-BEDP (1039) was withdrawn from use on 4/12 & is currently parked at Guernsey, while G-LCOC (366) was withdrawn from use on 25/11 & is parked at Jersey. Both Trislanders had been offered for sale in Mach last year, but, presumably, there were no takers.
Blue Line. See under United A/W.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-5281 B737 (38914) to China Southern 14/12
B-5622 B738 (40031) to Air China 9/12
C-FWVJ B738 (37962) to WestJet 13/12
N881NN B738 (31135) to American A/L 13/12
PK-LJI B739 (38310) to Lion Air 14/12
VH-YFK B738 (41004) to Virgin Australia 12/12
Bombardier deliveries to other customers
C-GGND DH8D (4394) to Jazz Air 9/12
British A/W B773 G-STBE (38696) arrived at Cardiff on delivery on 10/12. B752 G-CPES (29114) was noted outside the hangar at Gatwick on 12/12 carrying N955FD, though it is still UK registered.
Cathay Pacific Cargo B748F B-LJF (39243) was delivered from Paine Field to Hong Kong on 12/12.
China A/L A333 B-18356 (1272) left Toulouse on 14/12 on delivery to Taipei.
China Southern Cargo B777F B-2080 (37314) made its first flight on 12/12.
Cimber Sterling. Faced with growing losses, the carrier is to phase out its B737s over the next few years along with either the AT42s or AT72s. The CRJs seem likely to stay pro tem at least.
Delta. See under Gol.
Emirates B773 A6-EGK (41071) left Paine Field on delivery to Dubai on 15/12. A388 A6-EDS (086) left Finkenwerder on 16/12 on delivery to Dubai.
Estonian Air CRJ9 ES-ACD (15276) arrived at Tallinn on delivery on 16/12.
Ethiopian A/L became a Star Alliance member this week.
Etihad ordered ten B789s & two B777Fs this week.
Euro Atlantic A/W B763 CS-TFS (25411) was ferried from Jeddah to Lisbon on 10/12 following Hajj lease to NAS Air.
Eurowings CRJ2 D-ACRD (7583) was ferried from Norwich to Exeter on 9/12 after painting into Yamal scheme & is to become VQ-BPA. Also see under Yamal.
EVA Air A333 B-16333 (1274) left Toulouse on 15/12 on delivery to Taipei.
Farnair AT72F HB-AFH (313) left Basel on 13/12 on delivery to QuikJet India.
FedEx is to acquire 27 B763Fs from Boeing, with deliveries planned between 2013 & 2018. At the same time, it is to defer deliveries of 11 B777Fs, though is exercising options on two other examples.
Flybe E175s G-FBJB (17000327) & G-FBJD (17000329) arrived at Exeter on delivery on 12/12. DH8D G-JEDJ (4058) was ferried from Birmingham to Dublin on 11/12 for painting all white prior to return to the lessor. E145 G-EMBY (145617) is expected to go to Odengene Air Shuttle Air Services for operations on behalf of Air Nigeria.
Freebird A/L A320 TC-FBF (0288) left Istanbul on 15/12, heading for the USA on return to the lessor.
Garuda. See under Air Transat, HiFly, Pullmantur Air & Thomas Cook.
Germania B733 D-AGEE (24238) was ferried from Berlin/Schonefeld to Kemble on 14/12 for scrapping.
Gol B763 PR-VAO (24846) left Belo Horizonte all white on 9/12 on delivery to Tucson, AZ for Delta.
HiFly. Aircraft returning from Hajj lease have been:
CS-TEI A313 (495) ferried from Ras-Al-Kaimah to Brussels 13/12 after lease to NAS Air
CS-TEX A313 (565) ferried from Ras-Al-Kaimah to Stansted 13/12 after lease to NAS Air
CS-TFZ A332 (1008) ferried from Banjarmasin to Helsinki on 11/12 after lease to Garuda.
Highland A/W JS31 G-JURA (772) was registered G-LNKS to a private owner on 15/12.
JAL B763 JA659J (40371) left Paine Field on delivery on 16/12.
Jet2 B733 G-GDFA (24011) was cancelled from the register on 9/12 as permanently withdrawn from use. It flew its last revenue service on 22/10 & is to be broken up at Leeds/Bradford. G-GDFB (25743) was withdrawn from service on 6/11, but re-entered service on 16/12 having been purchased by the carrier from the lessor, AWAS.
LOT B735 SP-LKD (27519) was ferried all white from Warsaw to Lasham on 16/12 on return to the lessor.
Lufthansa Cityline E190 D-AEBK (19000500) arrived at Munich on delivery on 15/12.
Martinair B763 PH-MCI, which was registered to WFBN in July as N325MP, was ferried from Cecil Field, FL to Victorville, CA on 7/12 for scrapping.
Meridiana-Fly A319 I-EEZQ (0588) was ferried from storage at Olbia to Kemble on 14/12, either for further storage or for scrapping.
Moskovia A/L. See under Transavia.
NAS Air. See under Euro Atlantic, HiFly & SmartLynx.
D-AACM BBJ2 (37663) for ACM Air Charter was ferried from Karlsruhe to Basel on 12/12 for cabin configuration
M-YRGR A313F (684) of NSH Nordbank was ferried from Monastir to Bordeaux on 16/12
M-YRGT A313F (697) of NSH Nordbank left Monastir on 13/12 en route to Victorville, CA
Nordflyg DH8D SE-LSM (4008) made a test flight from/to Exeter on 15/12 prior to its impending delivery to Blue Bird Aviation.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-DYW (39010) made its first flight on 10/12, followed on 16/12 by LN-NOY (39419).
Nouvelair A320 TS-INH (4623) was delivered from Toulouse to Monastir on 16/12. Beware as this is the second use of the registration on an A320 & the first TS-INH (0157 ex VH-HYK, D-AKFY) is now with Ural A/L as VP-BQZ.
Olympic A/L AT42 SX-BID (219) was ferried from storage at Athens to Exeter on 13/12 for further storage & was followed by SX-BIB (182) on 14/12 & SX-BIC (197) on 15/12.
Orbest A333 EC-LEQ (1097) arrived back at Madrid on 10/12 after Hajj lease to Garuda, with CS-TRH (833) following two days later
Pegasus B738 TC-AIS (38174) left Boeing Field on delivery to Istanbul on 14/12 & TC-AVP (38175) made its first flight also on 14/12.
Pullmantur Air B744s returning from Hajj operations with Garuda have been:
EC-KQC (26549) ferried from Jakarta to Madrid 11/12
EC-KSM (27178) ferried from Jakarta to Singapore 9/12
EC-KXN (25703) ferried from Jakarta to Madrid 13/12
Qantas A388 VH-OQL (074) left Toulouse on 16/12 on delivery to Sydney.
Rajshahi Air. A Bangladeshi carrier that I have never heard of before is to be the recipient of former Virgin Atlantic A343 M-YRGU (2 ex G-VHOL) & it was delivered from Lourdes to Tunis on 16/12.
Ryanair All four of the B738s that were stored at Marana, AZ have now been ferried back to Boeing Field & cancelled from the US register as exported to Ireland - one has even been delivered:
N759BA/EI-ESR (34995) ferried 9/12, cancelled 12/12 & arrived at Dublin as EI-ESR on delivery 16/12
N760BA/EI-ESS (35043) ferried 6/12 & cancelled the same day
N761BA/EI-EST (34994) ferried 7/12 & cancelled the same day
N762BA/EI-ESV (34993) ferried 8/12 & cancelled the same day
Of the next batch, EI-EVB (34982) made its first flight on 15/12.
Ryan International B763 N764RD (26204) was ferried from Chicago/Rockford, IL to Marana, AZ on 10/12 on return to the lessor.
Saudi Arabian A320 HZ-ASF (4955) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Jeddah on 14/12.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKS (085) made its first flight on 13/12 as F-WWAH.
SmartLynx A320 YL-LCC (0310) was ferried from Ras-Al-Kaimah to Riga on 11/12 after Hajj lease to NAS Air, with YL-BBC (0142) following two days later.
Thomas Cook. Quite a lot of recent movement in the fleet.
G-DAJC B763 (27206) ferried from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt 10/12 on 14-month lease to Condor
G-JMCE B752 (30758) reregistered C-GJZH 14/12 for winter lease to Jazz Air & left Manchester on 16/12 bound for Toronto/Pearson
G-JMCG B752 (26278) ferried from Abu Dhabi to Manchester 14/12 prior to winter lease to Jazz Air & registered as C-GJZD on 15/12
G-MDBD A332 (266) ferried from Ujung Pandang to Subang 11/12 after Hajj lease to Garuda
G-MLJL A332 (254) ferried from Subang to Stockholm/Arlanda 12/12 on winter lease to Thomas Cook Scandinavia
G-OJMB A332 (427) ferried from Abu Dhabi to Manchester 16/12 prior to delivery to Air Transat
G-OMYT A332 (301) ferried from Jakarta to Manchester 11-12/12 after Hajj lease to Garuda
G-TCBA B752 (28203) registered C-GJZB 12/12 for winter lease to Jazz Air
G-TCCB B763 (28865) ferried from Balikpapan to Abu Dhabi 11/12 after Hajj lease to Garuda
G-WJAN B752 (28674) left Manchester 12/12 for Calgary on winter lease to WestJet.
Thomson A/W B738 G-FDZA (35134) left Gatwick on 12/12 bound for Toronto/Pearson on winter lease to Sunwing A/L. G-FDZG (35139) left Manchester on 15/12 also heading for Toronto/Pearson on winter lease to Sunwing A/L.
THY B739 TC-JYA (40973) left Charleston, NC on delivery on 9/12, with TC-JYB (40974) following on 10/12. These two aircraft were built back in June & the delay in delivery was because they were having BBJ-style long-range tanks fitted at Georgetown, DE.
Transaero B735 EI-DTX (28052) was ferried from East Midlands to Belgrade on 13/12 after painting into Yamal scheme. Also see under Air Berlin.
Transavia B738 PH-HZL (30391) has become VQ-BPF & was ferried from Amsterdam to Moscow/Domodedovo on 10/12 on winter lease to Moskovia A/L.
TUIfly B738 D-AHLK (35143) has become C-FTLK & was ferried from Hanover to Montreal on 15/12 on winter lease to Sunwing A/L.
TUIfly Nordic B763 SE-RFR (29617) was ferried from Greensboro, NC to Stockholm/Arlanda on 10/12 after cabin configuration & winglet fitting.
United A/W is set to add a further A313 to its fleet. Former Blue Line example F-HBOS (674) was noted at Bordeaux in full scheme on 14/12 awaiting delivery.
Ural A/L is purchasing former ANA A320 JA204A (2998) & it was noted at Tokyo/Narita in full scheme less titles on 15/12 awaiting delivery.
UT Air AT72 VQ-BLN (981) left Toulouse on 15/12 on delivery to Khanty-Mansiysk. B735 VQ-BJU (28899 ex N19638) was delivered from Vilnius to Khanty-Mansiysk on 15/12.
Virgin Atlantic. See under Rajshahi Air.
White A313 CS-TKI (448) was ferried from Singapore to Lisbon following lease to Air Niugini.
Wizz Air A320 HA-LPB (1635) has become PK-GLA for Garuda Citilink & left Budapest all white on delivery on 10/12
Yamal CRJ2 VQ-BPB (7573 ex D-ACRC) was delivered from Dusseldorf to Tyumen on 15/12. See under Eurowings & Transaero.