EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 04-02-12
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
Puget Sound - Boeing test Flights
Aer Lingus is currently weighing up the pros & cons of the A320neo versus the B739 Max with the intention of placing an order some time in the future.
Aeroflot A333 VQ-BMV (1284) was delivered from Toulouse to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 2/2.
Aerolineas Argentinas B744 LV-AXF (24895) operated the carrier's last ever B747 service on 31/1 from Madrid to Buenos Aires.
Air Alps. Having temporarily ceased operations on 13/1, the carrier resumed flights on the Bolzano to Rome route from 1/2.
Air Astana has been waving the chequebook around this week & has ordered 6 A320s, 4 B767s, 3 B787s & a pair of E190s.
Air Atlanta is acquiring a pair of former Alwafeer Air B744s that are currently stored at Subang, TF-AAD (28426 ex 9M-MPJ, HZ-AWA2) & TF-AAE (27672 ex 9M-MPI, HZ-AWA1).
Air Berlin A319 D-AHIO (3872) was ferried from Paderborn to Prague on 26/1 prior to onward ferry flight to Montpellier for painting for Syphax A/L. B738 D-ABBB (32624) was ferried from Munich to Prague on 26/1 prior to painting for Yakutia A/L. D-ABAF (30878) was ferried from Berlin/Tegel to Paderborn on 31/1 prior to return to the lessor. A320 D-ABFZ (4988) remains undelivered at Finkenwerder & may be for sale. Also see under Condor.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
CC-BCE A319 (5005) to LAN A/L 1/2
N611NK A320 (4996) to Spirit A/L 2/2
N849VA A320 (4991) to Virgin America 27/1
N851VA A320 (4999) to Virgin America 1/2
RP-C3268 A320 (4993) to Cebu Pacific 31/1
RP-C8397 A320 (5012) to Air Phil Express 2/2
VT-GOI A320 (5016) to Go Air 31/1
Air China B773 B-2089 (38675) made its first flight on 28/1.
Air Finland. See under TUIfly Nordic.
Air Nostrum CRJ2 EC-HYG (7529) was ferried from Montpellier to Valencia on 27/1 after painting all white prior to return to the lessor. CRJX EC-LPN (19022) arrived at Valencia on delivery on 3/2.
Alitalia A332 EI-EJL (1283) was delivered from Toulouse to Rome/Fiumicino on 30/1. Also see under Condor.
Alwafeer Air. See under Air Atlanta.
Astraeus B752 G-STRX (25621), which is now registered to ILFC as EI-ETR, was due to leave Shannon on 3/2 for Bangor, ME.
ATR single-aisle deliveries to other customers
HC-CMH AT42 (854) to TAME Ecuador 27/1
Avianova A320 EI-ELD (1918) previously for this failed carrier was ferried from storage at Shannon to Southend on 26/1 followed on 2/2 by EI-ELE (1969).
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
JA341J B738 (40356) to JAL Express 3/2
N537AS B738 (35204) to Alaska A/L 2/2
N882NN B738 (33221) to American A/L 30/1
PR-GUN B738 (37610) to Gol 2/2
VH-VZX B738 (34188) to Qantas 2/2
9M-MXH B738 (40135) to MAS 1/2
British A/W B752 G-CPET (29115), the last in the fleet, is due to be sold to FedEx in mid February & should leave Gatwick as N956FD shortly after. What the future holds for former Open Skies B752 F-GPEJ (25807), currently stored at LHR, is still not known.
Cathay Pacific A333 B-LAN (1285) made its first flight on 27/1 as F-WWYE.
Cebu Pacific is to lease up to eight A330s in order to start long-haul services in 3Q13. Destinations proposed include some in Europe, though no specific countries have been disclosed so far.
Condor is set for further expansion this year. In May, it is due to receive an A321 from Air Berlin, followed by B763s from Alitalia in July & November (these will be registered D-ABUL/M). The carrier will also sub-charter a XL A/W Germany B738 between March & October.
EasyJet A320 G-EZUM (5020) made its first flight on 27/1 as D-AXAI & was followed on 31/1 by G-EZUL (5019) as D-AXAH. The former arrived at Gatwick on delivery from Finkenwerder on 3/2. A319 G-EZEU (2283) left Southend as CC-AFX on 1/2 on delivery to Sky A/L.
Embraer single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-3189 E190 (19000508) to Tianjin A/L 2/2
N346JB E190 (19000504) to JetBlue 25/1
Emirates. With thanks to ATDB, further B773 deliveries this year are due to include A6-EGN (41074), A6-EGO (35598), A6-EGP (35599), A6-EGQ (41076), A6-EGR (41077), A6-EGS (41078), A6-EGT (35600), A6-EGU (41079) & A6-EGV (38990).
Estonian Air B733 ES-ABK (28572) was registered to FNBC Leasing Corp as N4620F at Lasham on 24/1.
Etihad A/W B773 A6-ETJ (39685) made its first flight on 28/1.
FlyDubai B738 A6-FDX (40251) left Paine Field on 28/1 on delivery to Dubai.
Garuda A332 PK-GPO (1288) made its first flight on 2/2 as F-WWKL.
Jet Time B737 OY-JTV (28015 ex TS-IEB) was delivered from Shannon to Copenhagen on 3/2.
KLM A333 PH-AKA (1287) made its first flight on 2/2 as F-WWYP.
Lufthansa A321 D-AIDQ (5028) made its first flight on 30/1 as D-AZAM.
Lufthansa Cityline B462 D-AVRN (E2293) arrived at Manston on 31/1 on return to the lessor.
Malev entered the equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 30/1 & ceased all operations on 3/2. The following B737s were due to be ferried from Budapest to Shannon the same afternoon on return to ILFC, though as I type this late on Friday afternoon, it seems that the pilots are refusing to fly them & none have left Budapest so far:
HA-LOC B738 (32797)
HA-LOD B736 (28259)
HA-LOE B736 (28260)
HA-LOF B736 (29348)
HA-LOG B736 (28261)
HA-LOH B738 (30667)
HA-LOJ B736 (29349)
HA-LOK B738 (30669)
HA-LOL B737 (29352)
HA-LOM B738 (30672)
HA-LON B736 (29353)
HA-LOR B737 (29355)
HA-LOS B737 (29359)
HA-LOU B738 (30684)
That leaves B737s HA-LOA (28254), which is at Tel Aviv, HA-LOB (29346), which is thought to be on maintenance at Budapest, HA-LOI (29350), which is at Dublin & HA-LOP (29354), which remains at Budapest. As far as is known, the 4 DH8Ds are still at Budapest.
Niki A320 OE-LEO (2668) left Vienna on 29/1 bound for Istanbul/Ataturk on return to the lessor. OE-LEI (5003) made its first flight on 16/1 as D-AVVX & was delivered from Finkenwerder to Astana on 2/2 on delivery to Chengdu A/L.
A4O-AJ A319CJ (4992) for the Oman Royal Flight made its first flight on 26/1 as D-AVYE (see Skyliner for photo).
A7-HHE B748BBJ (37544) of the Qatar Amiri Flight made its first flight on 30/1.
VP-CPA BBJ (30031) was noted reregistered N737KY for Jarvis & Assocs at Shannon on 2/2.
Nordwind A/L. See under THY.
Norwegian. Having been ferried from Oslo to Belgrade on 26/1, B733 LN-KKC (25615) was registered G-GDFH on 27/1 for Jet2. LN-KKB (27457) was ferried from Lasham to Shannon on 30/1 for painting for VivaAeroBus.
Pegasus B738 TC-CPA (40725) arrived at Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen on delivery on 28/1.
Ryanair B738s EI-EVB (34982) & EI-EVC (40286) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 28/1, followed by EI-EVD (40287) on 31/1. EI-EVE (35035) made its first flight on 28/1, with EI-EVF (40291) & EI-EVG (40292) following on 2/2.
Saudi Arabian A321 HZ-ASP (5009) was due for delivery from Finkenwerder to Jeddah on 2/2.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKR (082) was ferried from Finkenwerder to Toulouse on 3/2 as F-WWSH prior to delivery. 9V-SKT (092) made its first flight on 3/2 as F-WWSA & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Spanair ceased operations on 27/1.
Swiss International A333 HB-JHL (1290) made its first flight on 1/2 as F-WWKU.
S7 A/L A320 VQ-BPL (5026) made its first flight on 27/1 as F-WWBK.
Thomson A/W B752 G-BYAO (27235) was ferried from Gatwick to Shannon on 28/1 prior to delivery to Allegiant Air. B738 G-TAWA (37264) arrived at Gatwick on delivery on 31/1. G-TAWC (39922) made its first flight on 31/1.
THY A321 TC-JMF (1233) was ferried from Istanbul/Ataturk to Norwich on 28/1 for painting for Nordwind A/L.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVT (39394) was delivered from Boeing Field to Toronto on 1/2 for lease to Sunwing A/L.
TUIfly Nordic B752 SE-RFO (25623 ex G-BYAJ) has become OH-AFM for Air Finland & arrived on delivery at Helsinki from Bangor, ME on 3/2
United A/L B744 N196UA (28715) was ferried from storage at Victorville, CA to Mojave, CA on 27/1. It is to be used in the project to create the Stratolaunch mother ship, due to be the world's largest aircraft, constructed from two 747s & to be used to launch spaceships. For more details of this amazing project, see:
UPS B763 N347UP (37871) was delivered from Paine Field to Indianapolis, IN on 31/1.
Vista Georgia B735 4L-AJB (27354 ex 9M-MFG, VT-JAW, G-GFFH, 5N-PVA, N495MS) left Shannon on 29/1 on delivery to Tbilisi.
XL A/W Germany. See under Condor.