EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 24-12-11
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
Wishing a very Merry Christmas & a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year to all contributors & readers.
As there is unlikely to be much news next week, the next blog will be posted on Friday 6th January
Aerolineas Argentinas. See under Air France & Cathay Pacific.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABMD (37761) made its first flight on 16/12. D-ABAV (30498) was ferried from Dublin to Munich on 17/12 following painting into Transaero scheme. A320 D-ABFY (4964), not taken up by the carrier, left Finkenwerder all white on 22/12 on delivery to China Southern. The carrier's financial troubles should, hopefully, be eased by Etihad who announced this week that they were increasing their shareholding in the airline from 2.99% to 29.21% through a new share issue.
Air Bridge Cargo B748F VQ-BLQ (37581) made its first flight on 21/12.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-6828 A320 (4963) to Air China 23/12
B-6837 A320 (4825) to Tianjin A/L 13/12 (Chinese built)
CC-BAV A320 (4972) to LAN A/L 22/12
JA802P A320 (4936) to Peach Aviation 17/12
N609NK A320 (4951) to Spirit A/L 23/12
N684TA A320 (4944) to TACA 21/12
N847VA A320 (4948) to Virgin America 22/12
N848VA A320 (4959) to Virgin America 23/12
N939AV A320 (4939) to Avianca 20/12
PR-AVU A320 (4942) to Avianca Brasil 22/12
PR-MYO A320 (4974) to TAM 19/12
9M-AQH A320 (4969) to AirAsia 20/12
Air China A332 B-6540 (1282) made its first flight on 19/12 as F-WWKS.
Air Dolomiti. See under Augsburg A/W.
Air Europa B738 EC-HGP (28385) has become G-GDFF for Jet2 & was ferried from Budapest to Norwich on 22/12 for painting.
Air France A343 F-GNIH (373) has become LV-CSX for Aerolineas Argentinas & left Porto on 22/12 on delivery to Buenos Aires.
Air Nostrum CRJXs EC-LOX (19020) & EC-LPG (19021) arrived at Valencia on delivery on 17/12.
Air Sweden A320 SE-RJM (0289) was ferried from storage at Stockholm/Arlanda to Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen on 19/12.
Air Transat A332 C-GTSN (369) was ferried from Lisbon to Paris/CDG on 16/12 for wet-lease to XL A/W France.
Air Vallee has leased MD83 YR-HBE (49396) from Medallion Air & it postioned from Bucharest to Parma on 21/12 (see Skyliner for photo).
Alitalia Cityliner E190 EI-RNC (19000503) arrived at Rome/Fiumicino on delivery on 19/12.
Amsterdam A/L. See under Avion Express.
Astraeus B752 G-STRW (24543) was ferried from RAF Brize Norton to Lasham on 21/12. Interestingly, it had an ownership change back on 8/12 to CGTSN Ltd (C-GTSN is one of its previous identities). G-STRX (25621) & G-STRY (28161) were registered to ILFC as EI-ETR & EI-ETS respectively at Shannon on 22/12. G-OJIB (24292) was cancelled from the register on 22/12 & reregistered as N938FD for FedEx.
Atlas Air. See under BA World Cargo.
ATR deliveries to other customers
PK-WFV AT72 (985) to Wings Abadi Air 23/12
Augsburg A/W E190 D-AEMG (19000404) had Air Dolomiti titles & logo applied at Munich on 17/12 prior to wet-lease.
Avion Express is adding a further two A320s to its fleet. LY-VEY (0419 ex A4O-EE, A9C-EE, N419AG) had its US registration cancelled on 20/12 & is currently parked at Montreal/Mirabel. Former Amsterdam A/L machine LY-VEZ (0299 ex G-SCSR, G-JDFW, OY-CNW, TS-INF, PH-AAZ) was ferried from Woensdrecht to Montreal/Mirabel for cabin configuration.
Azerbaijan A/L A319CJ 4K-AZ01 (2487) had been reregistered 4K-AI02 by 14/10.
Blue Line A313 F-HBOS (674) has become S2-AFW for United A/W & left Bordeaux on 23/12 on delivery to Dhaka.
BMI. See under Lufthansa.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-5623 B738 (38148) to Hainan A/L 16/12
N968WN B737 (36679) to Southwest 19/12
N969WN B737 (41777) to Southwest 21/12
PK-GFS B738 (36830) to Garuda 16/12
VH-YIE B738 (38708) to Virgin Australia 21/12
9M-MXG B738 (40134) to MAS 20/12
Bora Jet AT72 TC-YAF (982) made its first flight on 16/12 as F-WWEC & left Toulouse on 23/12 on delivery to Istanbul.
British A/W A320 G-EUYN (4975) made its first flight on 20/12 in full scheme as F-WWDT & was promptly ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder. B735 G-GFFD (26419), which has been stored at Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen, was cancelled from the register on 22/12 as transferred to Kyrgyzstan. Also see under Lufthansa.
British A/W World Cargo/Global Supply Systems B744F G-GSSB (29252) flew its last revenue service on 20/12 from Delhi to Hong Kong & was registered to Atlas Air as N475MC on 21/12. G-GSSC (29255) is due to revert to its previous Atlas Air registration N494MC. B748F G-GSSF (37569) was registered on 16/12. G-GSSE (37568) left Paine Field on 19/12 on delivery to Hong Kong.
Brussels A/L is to take former Iberia A319 OO-SSW (3255 ex EC-KJC, EI-ETG). It was noted in full scheme & dual-registered at Dublin on 21/12.
Cathay Pacific A343 B-HXM (123) has become LV-CSD for Aerolineas Argentinas & left Hong Kong on 19/12 on delivery to Buenos Aires.
China Eastern A332 B-6543 made its first flight on 19/12 as F-WWKM.
China Southern A388 B-6137 (036) left Toulouse on 17/12 on delivery to Beijing.
China Southern Cargo B77F B-2080 left Paine Field on 21/12 on delivery to Guangzhou.
Cyprus A/W A332 5B-DBT (526) was ferried from Frankfurt to Durham Tees Valley on 17/12 for seat removal prior to return to ILFC.
Daghestan A/L had its AOC revoked on 17/12.
Egyptair A333 SU-GDV (1246) left Toulouse on 21/12 on delivery to Cairo.
Embraer deliveries to other customers
B-3187 E190 (19000497) to Hebei A/L 20/12
B-3188 E190 (19000???) to Hebei A/L 20/12
Emirates B773 A6-EGL (41072) made its first flight on 22/12.
Estonian Air B735 ES-ABO (24646) has become LY-AYU & was ferried from Tallinn to Vilnius on 16/12 for a new operator.
Etihad A320 A6-EIO (4934) left Toulouse on 20/12 on delivery to Abu Dhabi. B773 A6-ETI (39684) made its first flight on 21/12.
Eurowings CRJ2 D-ACRL (7902) was wearing the registration LY-ARK for SCAT in the hangar at Exeter by 19/12. D-ACRD (7583) was ferried from Exeter to Dusseldorf on 23/12 prior to delivery to Yamal. D-ACRQ (7629) was registered C-GMZW on 22/12 & left Dusseldorf on 23/12 on return to Canada.
Flybe DH8D G-JEDJ (4058) was ferried from Dublin to Birmingham on 19/12 after painting all white prior to return to the lessor.
FlyDubai B738 A6-FDW (40250) arrived at Dubai on delivery on 22/12. This is the 7000th B737.
Hainan A/L A333 B-6539 (1255) left Toulouse on 21/12 on delivery to Haikou.
Iberia. See under Lufthansa.
Jet Time will soon be adding former Tunisair B737 OY-JTV (28015 ex TS-IEB) to its fleet. It was noted at Shannon on 17/12 in full scheme awaiting delivery.
Jet2. See under Air Europa.
KLM B734 PH-BTA (25412) was ferried from Amsterdam to Norwich for storage on 21/12, while PH-BTG (27233) was removed from storage & ferried in the opposite direction.
Lufthansa has agreed to sell loss-making BMI to IAG, parent company of Iberia & British A/W.
MAS Kargo A332F 9M-MUC (1164) made its first flight on 19/12 as F-WWKG.
Medallion Air. See under Air Vallee.
Mexicana B763 XA-MXC (24349) was registered to Pegasus Aviation as N960PG on 5/12 & ferried from Mexico City to Miami, FL on 17/12. This was followed by XA-MXE (23764), which became N964PG for Pegasus Aviation on 15/12 & was also ferried from Mexico City to Miami, FL on 22/12.
G-BVMS B462 (E2227) of Trident Aviation Leasing, currently stored at Bucharest, was cancelled from the register on 22/12 as transferred to Indonesia & is for Aviastar Mandari.
G-BZAY B463 (E3368) of BAe Systems was ferried from Kemble to Cranfield on 16/12 for QinetiQ.
G-VYGA A332 (1046 ex EC-337) was registered to Air Tanker Ltd on 22/12. This is the first aircraft for the RAF & will become ZZ331.
LX-N20199 B707 (20199) of NATO was ferried from Geilenkirchen to Maastricht on 22/12 for scrapping
OE-IBD A320 (2747 ex VT-DKS) of AerCap was ferried from Abu Dhabi to Budapest on 22/12 along with OE-IBE (2753 ex VT-DKT)
OE-ILA CRJ8 (8101) for VistaJet arrived at Munich on delivery on 22/12 along with OE-ILB (8107)
Nordwind A/L A321 VQ-BOE (1219 ex G-VATH, EC-IMA, TC-JME, M-ABED) left Southend on 20/12 on delivery to Moscow/Sheremetyevo.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-DYW (39010) arrived at Bergen on delivery on 20/12. LN-NOZ (39420) made its first flight on 20/12.
Odyssey A/L is a "paper" airline that hopes to start business class flights from LCY to New York with 10 recently ordered Bombardier CSeries aircraft in direct competition with the British A/W A318 operation. One advantage that the CSeries has over the A318 is that it would be able to make the westbound journey non-stop, eliminating the need for a fuel stop in Ireland.
Olympic A/L AT72 SX-BIE (239) was ferried from Athens to Exeter for storage on 22/12, with SX-BIF (241) following on 23/12. Both are now registered to Willis Lease.
Orbest A333 CS-TRH (833) was ferried from Madrid to Nantes on 16/12 for winter lease to XL A/W France.
PC Air is a new Thai carrier who started services on 16/12 with A312 HS-PCC (419 ex B-2303, LX-JXB, B-2303, XY-AGD, RPDL-34181) See Skyliner for photo.
Pegasus B738 TC-AVP (38175) left Boeing Field on 21/12 on delivery to Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen
Qatar A/W A320 A7-AHQ (4930) left Toulouse on 21/12 on delivery to Doha.
Rajshahi Air. See under Virgin Atlantic.
Ryanair B738 EI-ESS (35043) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 17/12 followed by EI-EST (34994) & EI-ESV (34993) on 21/12. EI-EVA (40288) made its first flight on 19/12. EI-DCS (33812) has become VQ-BPM for Nordstar & left Shannon on 21/12 on delivery to Krasnojarsk.
Saudi Arabian B773 HZ-AK12 (41050) made its first flight on 21/12.
SCAT. See under Eurowings.
Thai A/W A333 HS-TBA (1263) continued its delivery flight from Frankfurt to Bangkok on 20/12 following seat installation, with HS-TBB (1269) following on 23/12.
Thomas Cook A332 G-OJMB (427) was cancelled from the register on 20/12 as transferred to Canada & has become C-GTSI for Air Transat. It left Manchester on 21/12 on delivery to Montreal.
Thomson A/W B738 G-FDZF (35138) left Manchester on 18/12 heading for Toronto/Pearson on winter lease to Sunwing A/L. G-FDZZ (37262) arrived at Gatwick on delivery on 22/12.
TNT. The carrier's latest B734F is OE-IAR (29208 ex VP-BAP, PK-GZM), was delivered from Dubai/Al Maktoum to Liege on 20/12 following freighter conversion.
Tor Air seems to have ceased operations this week.
Transaero B744 EI-XLI (27648) was delivered from Melbourne to Moscow/Domodedovo on 19/12. B772 EI-UNY (26918 ex N767UA, PP-VRI, N767UA) was delivered from Rome, NY to Moscow/Domodedovo on 19/12.
Transavia B738 PH-HZI (28380) left Amsterdam on 21/12 bound for Minneapolis/St Paul on winter lease to Sun Country.
Tunisair. See under Jet Time.
United A/W. See under Blue Line.
UT Air AT72 VQ-BMA (983) left Toulouse on 20/12 on delivery to Khanty-Mansiysk via Vilnius.
Virgin Atlantic. Delivery of M-YRGU (2 ex G-VHOL) from Lourdes for Rajshahi Air of Bangladesh was delayed until 19/12.
Vista Georgia B735 N495MS (27354 ex 9M-MFG, VT-JAW, G-GFFH, 5N-PVA) was delivered from Shannon to Tbilisi on 20/12 & is due to become 4L-AJB.
Volotea A/L is a new Spanish carrier that took delivery of B712 N923ME (55185) at Palma on 21/12. ATDB reports that the carrier has been set up by one of the co-founders of Vueling & the management team from Quantum Air, which explains the choice of aircraft type (see Skyliner for photo).
XL A/W France. See under Air Transat & Orbest.
Yamal. See under Eurowings.