EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 10-03-12
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
Aeroflot A321 VQ-BOI (5059) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 7/3. A333 VQ-BMX (1299) made its first flight on 7/3 as F-WWKQ.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABBU (30827) was ferried from Shannon to Munich on 2/3 after painting for Enter Air. It has since been registered SP-ENX & was delivered from Munich to Warsaw on 9/3. This is the carrier's third B738 & they also operate six B734s. D-ABBB (32624) was ferried from Prague to Munich on 7/3 prior to painting for Yakutia.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-6855 A320 (4876) to Shenzhen A/L 27/2 (Chinese built)
N557AV A319 (5057) to Avianca 3/3
N613NK A320 (5042) to Spirit A/L 7/3
N853VA A320 (5034) to Virgin America 3/3
VH-VFF A320 (5039) to Jetstar 9/3
Air Contractors A301F EI-OZC (189) was ferried from Liege to Kemble on 3/3 for scrapping.
Air France B744 F-GISC (25599) left Paris/CDG on 5/3 for scrapping at Greenwood, MS.
Air Iceland DH8B C-GLSG (202 ex N446YV) was delivered from Toronto to Reykjavik for the carrier on 6/3. It is believed to have also been carrying TF-JMK.
Air Nostrum CRJ2 EC-HZR (7547) was ferried from Valencia to Montpellier on 6/3 for painting all white prior to return to the lessor, with EC-IAA (7563) flying in the opposite direction the same day following painting.
Alitalia Cityliner E175 EI-RDC (17000333) arrived at Rome/Fiumicino on delivery on 5/3.
ANA B763 JA627A (40898) made its first flight on 5/3.
Astraeus B737 G-STRF (29885) left Lasham on 3/3 as OK-SWX heading for Ostrava on delivery to Smart Wings. B733 G-STRJ (25119) was ferried from Bournemouth to Sofia on 4/3 prior to delivery to Eastern SkyJets.
ATR deliveries to other customers
PR-TKL AT72 (992) to TRIP Linhas Aereas 2/3
Austrian Arrows is to operate DH8D services from Brussels on behalf of Brussels A/L to a number of destinations including Basel, Birmingham, Manchester, Prague & Turin.
Avia Nova A320 EI-ELE (1969), now registered to ACG Acquisitions, was ferried from Southend to Woensdrecht on 3/3 & EI-ELD (1918) from Southend to Bordeaux on 9/3.
B&H A/L. See under THY.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
HL8244 B738 (38826) to Korean Air 2/3
HP-1727CMP B738 (40778) to COPA
N886NN B738 (33223) to American A/L 8/3
N8301J B738 (36980) to Southwest 8/3
PK-LJO B739 (38315) to Lion Air 7/3
Bombardier deliveries to other customers
C-GGMZ DH8D (4399) to Jazz Air 1/3
British A/W B773 G-STBF (40543) was ferried from Cardiff to LHR on 7/3 prior to service entry.
Brussels A/L B462 OO-DJQ (E2289), currently stored at Southend, was registered G-CHDO on 8/3 to Trident Aviation Leasing Services (Ireland) Ltd. Also see under Austrian Arrows & Flybe.
Bulgaria Air E190 LZ-SOF (19000492) is due to arrive at Sofia on delivery on 10/3.
CSA AT42 OK-JFJ (623) was ferried from Prague to Helsinki on 6/3 on lease to Flybe Nordic.
Eastern A/W DH8C G-WOWB (334) flew its last revenue service on 28/2. It was cancelled from the register on 1/3 as exported to Canada, registered C-FEAI for Air Inuit & left Bristol on 2/3 heading for Montreal.
Eastern Skyjets. See under Astraeus.
Emirates B773 A6-EGO (35598) is the 1000th B777 to roll off the line & was unveiled in a ceremony at Everett on 2/3. It made its first flight on 6/3.
Emirates SkyCargo B77F A6-EFG (35613) was delivered from Paine Field to Hong Kong on 2/3, from where it flew its first service to Dubai.
Enter Air. See under Air Berlin.
Estonian Air. Former Finnair E170 ES-AEB (17000106 ex OH-LEF) was delivered from Helsinki to Tallinn on 6/3 & entered service on 8/3.
Eurolot has ordered eight DH8Ds from Bombardier for delivery this year as ATR replacements.
Finnair. See under Estonian Air.
Flybe is to operate six routes out of Brussels with DH8Ds on behalf of Brussels A/L from 25/3. The deal is for two years & two aircraft in Brussels A/L scheme, but with Flybe crews, will be based at Brussels & will operate to Birmingham, Hanover, Lyon, Manchester, Prague & Strasbourg.
Flybe Nordic. See under CSA.
KLM Cityhopper E190s PH-EZT (19000519) & PH-EZU (19000522) are due to arrive at Amsterdam on delivery on 10/3.
Linksair JS31 G-CCPW (785) suffered a partial undercarriage collapse after veering off the runway landing at Ronaldsway, IoM on 8/3 operating a Manx2 flight from Leeds/Bradford.
Lufthansa B744 D-ABVB (23817) flew its last revenue service on 14/2 from Tel Aviv to Frankfurt & is due to be ferried to Tupelo RAP, MS on 13/3 for scrapping.
Lufthansa CityLine E190 D-AEBL (19000507) arrived at Munich on delivery on 3/3. B462 D-AVRA (E2256) was ferried from Munich to Cologne on 6/3 prior to return to the lessor & D-AVRH (E2268), currently parked at Manston, was restored to the UK register as G-OCLH on 6/3.
Malev B737 HA-LOI (29350) was noted at Dublin on 3/3 as EI-EUW for Transaero, while HA-LOP (29354) & HA-LOS (29359) were noted reregistered at Shannon on 5/3 as EI-EUY & EI-ETX respectively & are also due to go to Transaero. B738 HA-LOC (32797) was noted at Shannon on 8/3 as EI-ETZ.
Manx2. See under Linksair.
Monarch. See under Thomson A/W.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B733 LN-KKB (27457) left Lasham on 4/3 as XA-VIS on delivery to VivaAeroBus.
Orbest A/L A333 EC-LEQ (1097) arrived at Madrid on 5/3 after lease to PAL Principal A/L.
Pegasus B738 TC-CPC (40878) made its first flight on 8/3.
Qatar A/W B773 A7-BAS (41062) made its first flight on 4/3.
RAM B738 CN-RGJ (33072) arrived at Casablanca on delivery on 8/3.
Ryanair B738 EI-EVJ (38501) arrived at Dublin on delivery on 8.3.
SAS B737 SE-RER (30736 ex N361ML, G-STRC, B-5063, N341MS) was registered to the carrier on 1/3 & arrived at Stockholm/Arlanda in full scheme on delivery on 7/3. Also see under Spanair.
Smart Wings B735 OK-SWV (26696) flew its last revenue service on 6/3 & is to be returned to the lessor. Also see under Astraeus.
Southern Air B77F N714SA (37988) made its first flight on 5/3.
Spanair. The former A320 EC-IEJ (1749), now registered EI-EUF, was ferried from Ljubljana, where it had been on maintenance, to Dublin on 2/3. The following MD80s were noted reregistered for SAS at Madrid on 5/3:
SE-DIF MD87 (49606 ex EC-KJE)
SE-RJG MD83 (49642 ex EC-GVO)
SE-RJH MD82 (53165 ex EC-GCV)
Despite being painted as SE-RJG, it is reported that EC-GVO will not actually take up these marks, but will revert to its old registration of SE-DHF.
Sri Lankan. See under Thomas Cook.
Swiss A320 HB-JLS (5069) made its first flight on 7/3 as F-WWDC & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day.
Thai A/W A388 HS-TUA (087) made its first flight on 5/3 as F-WWAO & was ferried from Toulouse to Finkenwerder the same day. This is the first of six on order for the airline. A333 HS-TBC (1289) left Frankfurt on 7/3 on delivery to Bangkok following seat installation. The carrier has with drawn B744s HS-TGH (24458), HS-TGI (24459) & HS-TGO (26609) from service & stored them at Bangkok/Suvarnabhumi.
Thomas Cook A332 G-OJMC (456) was ferried from Abu Dhabi to Manchester on 2/3 after painting for Sri Lankan.
Thomas Cook Belgium A319 OO-TCS (2362) was delivered from Shannon to Brussels on 9/3 (see Skyliner for photo).
Thomson A/W B738 G-TAWG (37266) made its first flight on 5/3 & G-TAWF (37244) arrived at Manchester on delivery on 9/3. Further B738 deliveries this year are due to be G-TAWH (38107), G-TAWI (37267) & G-TAWJ (38108). B752 G-BYAO (27235) was cancelled from the register on 5/3 & will shortly take up its new marks as N905NV with Allegiant Air. A320 G-OOPT (1605) was ferried from Manchester to East Midlands on 6/3 for painting for a new operator. G-OOPU (1637) was cancelled from the register on 6/3 & registered to Monarch as G-OZBX.
THY A319 TC-JLR (3142) is due to enter service with the carrier having come to the end of its lease to B&H A/L on 27/2.
Titan A/W B463 G-POWF (E3373) was ferried from Bahrain to Norwich on 6/3 for maintenance, with B733 G-POWC (25402) temporarily taking over its duties with the UK MoD.
TNT B462 OO-TAY (E2211) was ferried from Liege to Lelystad on 5/3 for painting for the UK MoD.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVU (38025) made its first flight on 8/3.
UPS B763F N349UP (37947) made its first flight on 8/3.
UT Air. Former Continental B735 N14645 (28906) arrived at Sofia on 3/3 for preparation for UT Air.
Vueling A320 EC-JGM (2407) arrived back at Barcelona on 6/3 following lease to Andes Lineas Aereas.