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EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 15-09-12

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.
Chris Witt/Skyliner
http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Jethro/UK & Ireland Airline Fleet Listings
http://www.jethros.org.uk/
Puget Sound - Boeing test Flights
http://boeing-test-flights.blogspot.com/

APOLOGIES FOR ANOTHER BREAK IN POSTINGS WHILE I GO ABROAD AGAIN. I HOPE TO POST THE NEXT BLOG ON 5/10 OR 6/10

Aeroflot. The delivery flight of A321 VP-BDC (5271) from Finkenwerder to Moscow/Sheremetyevo was delayed from 7/9 to 8/9.
Air Algerie. See under Calima Aviacion.
Air Astana E190 P4-KCH (19000547) arrived at Almaty on delivery on 13/9.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABMI (37770) made its first flight on 10/9.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-6433 A319 (5286) to Sichuan A/L 12/9
HL8265 A321 (5287) to Asiana 12/9
Air China B773 B-2033 (38673) made its first flight on 8/9.
Air France A319 F-GRXG (2213) has become TU-TSA for Air Cote d'Ivoire & left Toulouse on 14/9 to Abidjan.
Air India B788 VT-ANH (36276) left Charleston, SC on 7/9 on delivery to Delhi. VT-ANJ (38319) made its first flight on 12/9.
Air Nostrum AT72 EC-LSQ (1041) was delivered from Toulouse to Valencia on 13/9. CRJ2 EC-JEF (8008) was ferried from Valencia to Oslo on 13/9 on wet-lease to Wideroe.
Alitalia A321 I-BIXT (0765) left Kuala Lumpur on 13/9 on delivery to Rangoon for Asia Wings A/W.
All Nippon B763 JA8256 (23756) left Tokyo/Haneda on 12/9 for scrapping at Victorville, CA.
AtlasJet. See under Zagros Air.
ATR deliveries to other customers
VH-FVN AT72 (1039) to Virgin Australia 8/9
Austrian A/L. Former Meridiana-Fly A320 OE-LBI (1937 ex I-EEZE) was delivered from Montpellier to Vienna on 10/9
BH Air A320 LZ-BHH (2863 ex VT-INB) was delivered to the carrier on 7/9.
Blue Air. See under THY.
bmiBaby. As planned, the carrier ceased operations on 9/9 & the fleet was ferried to Lasham & Norwich for storage on 10/9 as follows:
G-BVKB B735 (27268) East Midlands to Norwich
G-BVZE B735 (26422) East Midlands to Norwich
G-OBMP B733 (24963) East Midlands to Norwich
G-ODSK B733 (28537) Birmingham to Norwich
G-OGBD B733 (27833) East Midlands to Lasham
G-TOYD B733 (26307) Birmingham to Norwich
G-TOYF B733 (28557) East Midlands to Lasham
G-TOYG B733 (28872) East Midlands to Lasham
G-TOYH B733 (28570) Birmingham to Norwich
G-TOYI B733 (28054) Birmingham to Norwich
G-TOYJ B733 (28332) East Midlands to Lasham
G-TOYK B733 (28870) East Midlands to Lasham
G-TOYL B733 (28594) East Midlands to Norwich
G-TOYM B733 (29141) East Midlands to Lasham
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-5658 B738 (38395) to Xiamen A/L 12/9
B-5687 B738 (38157) to Hainan A/L 12/9
B-5690 B738 (39130) to Shenzhen A/L 13/9
LV-CXS B738 (39425) to Aerolineas Argentinas 7/9
N902NN B738 (31154) to American A/L 13/9
Brussels A/L B462 OO-DJY (E2302) was ferried from Brussels to Southend on 11/9 prior to return to the lessor.
Calima Aviacion B738 EC-LKO (28821) was ferried from Algiers to Palma on 10/9 following lease to Air Algerie. Also see under Holidays Czech A/L.
Cargolux B748F LX-VCF (35811) was delivered from Paine Field to Seattle, WA on 12/9.
Cathay Pacific B744 B-HUD (25874) is now thought to be due for scrapping at Kemble rather than Victorville, CA.
China Southern A388 B-6139 left Toulouse on 14/9 on delivery to Guangzhou.
Cimber Sterling CRJ2 OY-RJA (7413) was ferried from Billund to Shimkent on 13/9 for a new operator.
CSA. See under Holidays Czech A/L.
Darwin A/L. The ferry flight of DH8D HB-JQA (4017) to Maastricht on return to the lessor was delayed to 10/9 & took place from Geneva rather than Lugano (corrects last week).
EAT A306F D-AEAL (679 ex N3729) was ferried from Dublin to Leipzig on 7/9 after painting into DHL scheme, with D-AEAN (7039 ex N4703) flying in the opposite direction the same day.
Emirates Sky Cargo B777F A6-EFH (35608) made its first flight on 10/9.
Ethiopian A/L B788 ET-AOR (34746) made its first flight on 12/9, with ET-AOS (34747) following on 13/9.
Euro Atlantic A/W B763s CS-TFS (25411) & CS-TFT (26208) were ferried from Toronto/Pearson to Lisbon on 11/9 following summer lease to Sunwing A/L.
Eurolot DH8D C-GPZF (4423) arrived at Warsaw on delivery on 10/9 & will become SP-EQH.
Germania A319 D-ASTA (4663) was ferried from Memmingen to Norwich on 4/9 for painting for Gambia Bird A/L & then to Berlin/Tegel on 9/9 prior to delivery.
Gulf Air A321 A9C-CD (5257) left Toulouse on 14/9 on delivery to Bahrain.
Holidays Czech A/L B734 OK-WGX (25349), recently returned to CSA, has become EC-LTC for Calima Aviacion & was delivered from Prague to Palma on 12/9. This aircraft will replace B734 EC-LDN (24474) on the Aero Caribbean contract as the latter aircraft has run out of hours & is to be broken up.
Korean Air B744 HL7488 (26394) left Gimpo on 12/9 for storage at Marana. AZ.
LANCO B777F N776LA (38091) was delivered from Paine Field to Bogota on 10/9.
Lufthansa A319 D-AIBI (5284) made its first flight on 12/9 as D-AVYY. B733 D-ABEL (25415) left Frankfurt on 12/9 for scrapping at Tulsa, OK.
Meridiana-Fly. See under Austrian A/L.
Nordwind A/L A321 N927AG (2927 ex VT-KFQ) was noted at Toluca on 11/9 in full scheme awaiting delivery.
Onur Air A333 TC-OCA (72) was ferried from Zurich to Lourdes on 14/9 on return to the lessor.
Pullmantur Air B744 EC-KXN (25703) positioned from Madrid to Jeddah on 10/9 on Hajj lease to Saudia.
Ryanair B738 EI-EVV (40314) made its first flight on 12/9.
Ryan International B763 N125RD (24949) left Seattle on 6/9 for an engine change Marana, AZ & not for storage (corrects last week). It returned to Seattle on 10/9.
Saudia. See under Pullmantur Air.
Skyways F50 SE-MEI (20210) was cancelled from the register on 6/9 & has become JU-8250 for Aero Mongolia. It was ferried from Malmo to Cologne on 8/9 prior to delivery.
Sunwing A/L. See under Euro Atlantic A/W.
Thomas Cook B752 G-FCLC (28166) was withdrawn from service on 8/9 & will be returned to the lessor on 29/9. G-TCBA (28203) will be returned to the lessor on 31/10. They are due to go to FedEx as N970FD & N972FD respectively.
THY is to dispose of two A340s to Air Blue of Pakistan. It is currently thought that TC-JIJ (216), already registered to ILFC as EI-ETY, will become AP-EDE, while TC-JIK (257) should become AP-EDF.
Transavia B738 PH-GGZ (37600) left Amsterdam on 13/9 on return to Gol following summer lease & will doubtless be restored as PR-GGZ.
United. Correcting last week, the correct registration for the B788 that made its first flight on 20/8 was N20904 (34824) not N29004.
Vueling A320 EC-JGM (2407) was ferried from Barcelona to Frankfurt on 6/9 on wet-lease to XL A/W Germany.
Wideroe DH8C LN-WFU (592 ex JA805K, OY-CJY) was delivered from Maastricht to Bodo on 9/9, still as OY-CJY. Also see under Air Nostrum.
XL A/W Germany. See under Vueling.
Zagros Air A321 YI-AQU (1878 ex F-OMRE, TC-ATG) has been returned to AtlasJet, this time registered TC-ATO & had entered service as such by 9/9.

EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 08-09-12

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.
Chris Witt/Skyliner
http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Jethro/UK & Ireland Airline Fleet Listings
http://www.jethros.org.uk/
Puget Sound - Boeing test Flights
http://boeing-test-flights.blogspot.com/

Aeroflot A321 VP-BDC (5271) made its first flight on 29/8 as D-AZAD & was delivered from Finkenwerder to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 7/9.
Air Arabia A320 A6-ANL (5276) made its first flight on 5/9 as F-WWIM.
Air Atlanta B744 TF-AAF (26342 ex JA8089, N352AS) was registered on 5/9 & left Marana, AZ the same day for Jeddah prior to Hajj operations.
Air Berlin A320 D-ABNC (5252) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Berlin/Tegel on 21/8. B738 D-ABMH (37769) arrived at Berlin/Tegel on delivery on 30/8. D-ABKI (37748) has become C-GBKI for CanJet & left Munich on 5/9 on delivery to Montreal. A319 D-ABDB (2619 ex D-ABDB, SP-IAH) re-entered service with the carrier on 7/9, still in basic OLT Express Poland scheme.
Airbus single deliveries to other customers
B-6427 A319 (5267) to China Eastern 29/8
B-6910 A320 (5061) to China Southern 29/8 (Tianjin assembled)
B-6917 A321 (5265) to Air China 23/8
B-6922 A320 (5071) to Juneyao A/L 5/9 (Tianjin assembled)
B-6926 A321 (5227) to China Eastern 23/8
CC-BFA A320 (5234) to LAN A/L 6/9
CC-BFB A320 (5263) to LAN A/L 23/8
HS-TXC A320 (5258) to Thai Smile 18/8
N524TA A319 (5280) to TACA 6/9
N557UW A321 (5269) to US A/W 29/8
N558UW A321 (5282) to US A/W 5/9
VN-A335 A321 (5241) to Vietnam A/L 24/8
VN-A336 A321 (5247) to Vietnam A/L 24/8
VN-A338 A321 (5251) to Vietnam A/L 23/8
VN-A339 A321 (5275) to Vietnam A/L 6/9
VT-IFB A320 (5262) to Indigo 21/8
Air Nostrum AT72 EC-HBY (578) has become F-WNUB & was ferried from Montpellier to Toulouse on 28/8. CRJ2 EC-JOY (8064) was ferried from Valencia to Copenhagen on 3/9 on wet-lease to Cimber Air.
Alba Star B734 N720VX (24129) arrived at Palma on 26/8 on delivery from Miami, FL.
Alitalia MD82 I-DANQ (53181) left Rome/Fiumicino on 5/9 for scrapping at Tupelo, MS.
Alitalia CityLiner E175 EI-RDL (17000345) arrived at Rome/Fiumicino on delivery on 27/8, with EI-RDM (17000346) following on 1/9.
All Nippon B788 JA803A (34485) left Paine Field on 23/8 on delivery to Tokyo/Haneda, while JA814A (34493) made its first flight the same day, with JA815A (40899) following on 29/8.
American A/L B762 N321AA (22322) was ferried from Los Angeles, CA to Roswell, NM on 27/8 for storage.
ATR deliveries to other customers
PR-PDC AT72 (1040) to Passaredo Linhas Aereas 31/8
Avia Nova A320 EI-ELE (1969 ex G-TTOG) has become VP-BCU for Yamal A/L & was delivered from Southend to Tyumen on 4/9.
Bingo A/W A320 SP-ACK (2645 ex VT-DKV, N292AL, EI-EXO) was delivered from Dublin to Warsaw on 21/8, registered on 22/8 & entered service in basic Kingfisher scheme on 23/8. Also see under Olympic Air.
BMIbaby will operate its last flight on 9/9 after IAG failed to find a buyer for the carrier.
Boeing single deliveries to other customers
B-5651 B738 (38642) to Shandong A/L 21/8
B-5657 B738 (38394) to Xiamen A/L 24/8
B-5673 B738 (39155) to Shenzhen A/L 29/8
B-5675 B738 (38926) to China Southern 24/8
B-5676 B738 (28927) to China Southern 24/8
B-5678 B738 (38929) to China Southern 6/9
B-5680 B738 (40035) to Air China 21/8
B-5686 B738 (38156) to Hainan A/L 21/8
JA68AN B738 (33910) to All Nippon 30/8
JA349J B738 (40950) to JAL 29/8
N899NN B738 (31151) to American A/L 20/8
N901NN B738 (33226) to American A/L 5/9
N8319F B738 (36994) to Southwest 4/9
N8320J B738 (36686) to Southwest 5/9
PR-GUQ B738 (39604) to Gol 30/8
VH-XZA B738 (39367) to Qantas 22/8
VH-YIQ B738 (38715) to Virgin Australia 27/8
Brussels A/L B462 OO-DJJ (E2196) left Brussels on 28/8 on delivery to Korongo A/L (of the Congo). Also see under Flybe.
Cargo Aircraft Management B763F N363CM (24853 ex VH-OGF) was ferried from Tel Aviv to Cincinnati on 27/8 following freighter conversion.
Caribbean A/L B763 9Y-LGW (26327 ex CC-CEB) was delivered from Mexico City to Port of Spain on 28/8 with 9Y-LHR (27597 ex CC-CDP) following on 31/8.
Cathay Pacific B773 B-KQC (39236) left Paine Field on 28/8 on delivery to Hong Kong. B744 B-HOT (24851) flew its last revenue earning service on 30/8 from Amsterdam to Hong Kong & B-HUD (25874) was ferried from Xiamen to Hong Kong on 7/9. Both aircraft are to be ferried to Victorville, CA for scrapping.
Cathay Pacific Cargo B748F B-LJI (39247) made its first flight on 20/8 & left Paine Field on 30/8 on delivery to Hong Kong.
China Southern A332 B-6548 (1335) left Toulouse on 31/8 on delivery to Guangzhou.
Cimber Air. See under Air Nostrum.
CSA AT72 VT-JCH (681) was noted in Sky Team scheme at Bangalore on 28/8 & arrived at Prague on delivery on 3/9. It will become OK-GFR.
Darwin A/L DH8D HB-JQA (4017) was ferried from Lugano to Maastricht on 4/9 on return to the lessor.
DHL B763F G-DHLH (37808) made its first flight on 27/8.
Eastern A/W E145 OE-IAM (145405) was delivered from Lille to Humberside on 22/8 & registered G-CHMR on 24/8.
EAT A306F D-AEAQ (729 ex N3729) was ferried from Dublin to Leipzig on 28/8 after painting into DHL scheme, with D-AEAL (679 ex N4679) flying in the opposite direction the same day.
Embraer deliveries to other customers
B-3212 (19000567) to Tianjin A/L 30/8
Emirates A388 A6-EDW (103) left Finkenwerder on 30/8 on delivery to Dubai. B773 A6-EGX (35602) left Paine Field on 31/8 on delivery to Dubai & A6-EGZ (41081) made its first flight the same day. A6-EGY (41080) left Paine Field on 5/9 on delivery to Dubai.
Ethiopian Cargo B777F ET-APS (41846) made its first flight on 30/8
Eurolot DH8D C-GPYN (4423) arrived at Warsaw on delivery on 3/9 & will become SP-EQG.
Europe Airpost B734F N563AC (25063) was delivered from Lasham to Paris/CDG on 1/9 prior to entering service as F-GZTI.
FedEx B777F N886FD (41065) was delivered from Paine Field to Memphis, TN on 31/8.
Flybe DH8D G-JEDJ (4058), which was cancelled from the UK register on 14/8, became C-GSVY on 22/8. G-JECY (4157) now wears Brussels A/L scheme & entered service on 1/9, joining G-ECOH (4221) & G-ECOI (4224). The carrier is to put four DH8Ds into storage for this winter.
Gulf Air A321 A9C-CD (5257) made its first flight on 21/8 as D-AZAA & was delivered from Finkenwerder to Toulouse on 6/9.
IMD A/W MD87 EC-KSF (53207) was ferried from storage at Madrid to Perpignan on 26/8. MD83 EC-LMY (49620) was ferried from storage at Madrid to Bucharest on 29/8.
JAL B788 JA824J (34834) made its first flight on 3/9, while JA828J (34838) left Paine Field on 4/9 on delivery to Tokyo/Narita.
Korean Air Cargo B748F HL7610 made its first flight on 18/8 & left Paine Field on 4/9 on delivery to Seoul.
LAN A/L B788 CC-BBA (38471) left Paine Field on 31/8 on delivery to Santiago.
Lufthansa B744 D-ABTB (24286) left Frankfurt on 28/8 for scrapping at Tupelo, MS. B748F D-ABYD (37829) arrived at Frankfurt on delivery on 25/8.
Lufthansa Cityline B462 D-AVRR (E2317) flew its last revenue service on 27/8 from Cologne to Munich & was ferried back to Cologne the following day prior to return to the lessor. This was the carrier's last B462 in service. E190 D-AEBS (19000565) arrived at Munich on delivery on 31/8. 
Luxair DH8D LX-LGG (4418) arrived at Luxembourg on delivery on 29/8.
MAS A333 9M-MTI (1337) left Toulouse on 30/8 on delivery to Kuala Lumpur.
MEA A320 OD-MRC (5253) left Toulouse on delivery on 4/9.
Mint A/W ceased trading on 22/5 & their two B752 were stored at Madrid. On 3/8, EC-LBC (26276) & EC-LHL (24544) were registered to ILFC as N391LF & N101LF respectively. The former left Madrid on 6/9 bound for Goodyear, AZ, while the latter remains stored at Madrid.
MNG A/L A332F TC-MCZ (1332) was delivered from Toulouse to Istanbul/Ataturk on 30/8.
Niki A320 OE-LEL (2668 ex OE-LEO, SP-IAG) entered service on 1/9 still in basic OLT Express Poland scheme.
Non Airline
A6-RRJ A319CJ (5277) for Rotana Jet Aviation made its first flight on 5/9 as D-AVYW.
N261AX A302F (261) of Kalitta Turbine Leasing was ferried from Victorville, CA to Orlando/Sanford on 30/8 for Transcarga.
U-05 F50 (20253) of the KLU was ferried from Eindhoven to Lelystad on 5/9 for painting all white prior to sale, with U-06 (20287) following on 7/9.
VN-A190 B734 (27383 ex 9M-MQJ) of ACG Acquisitions arrived at Kemble on 27/8 for interim storage prior to freighter conversion, with VN-A191 (27306 ex 9M-MQM) following on 4/9.
Nordwind A/L A321 VP-BGH (3034 ex VT-KFS, EI-EWP) was delivered from Toulouse to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 30/8.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NGD (39049) made its first flight on 18/8 & left Boeing Field on 5/9 on delivery to Oslo. LN-NGC (39016) arrived at Oslo on delivery on 31/8.
OLT Express Poland A320s SP-IAA (0533) & SP-IAB (0566) were registered at Dublin to BBAM/Fly Leasing on 31/8 as EI-DDL & EI-ERV respectively. AT72 SP-OLL (234 ex F-GPHV, EC-JDX) has been returned to Swiftair, this time registered EC-LST. Also see under Air Berlin & Niki.
Olympic Air A319 SX-OAG (3950) was ferried from Sofia to Athens on 23/8 after painting for Druk Air & will become A5-RGI. A320 SX-OAQ (3748) was ferried from Katowice to Athens on 26/8 following wet-lease to Bingo A/W.
Oman Air E170 A4O-EC (17000349) left Brazil on 31/8 on delivery.
Orient Thai B763 HS-BKC (25117) was ferried from Xiamen to Hong Kong on 4/9 in basic Aeroflot scheme but with Saudi Arabian titles & tail prior to Hajj operations.
Primera Air B737 OY-PSG (30743 ex VH-VBP) was registered on 28/8 prior to delivery from Salzburg.
Qatar A/W B773 A7-BAX (41780) left Paine Field on 20/8 on delivery to Doha.
RayaJet. See under Spanair.
Ryanair B738 EI-EVR (40295) made it first flight on 20/8, with EI-EVS (40313) following on 27/8 & EI-EVT (40315) on 4/9.
Ryan International B763 N763BK (23765) was ferried from Chicago/Rockford, IL to Marana, AZ on 27/8 for storage & N125RD (24949) left Seattle on 6/9 also for storage at Marana, AZ.
SAS MD87 SE-DMP (53211) left Stockholm/Arlanda on 28/8 for Goodyear, AZ & is due to be converted to a water bomber. MD82 OY-KHP (53007) left Oslo on 4/9 bound for Marana, AZ.
Saudi Arabian A321 HZ-ASR (5285) made its first flight on 6/9 as D-AZAH.
Singapore A/L A388 9V-SKT (092) left Toulouse on 6/9 on delivery to Singapore. This is the 19th & final A388 ordered by the carrier.
Southern Air B742F N761SA (28132) was ferried from Chicago/O'Hare to Mojave, CA on 3/9 for scrapping.
Spanair A320 EC-HXA (1497), temporarily registered EI-EUS, was ferried from Shannon to Dublin on 28/8 after painting for RayaJet.
Swiftair AT72 EC-KAD (171) left Madrid on 31/8 on wet-lease to Antrak Air. Also see under OLT Express Poland.
TAM B773 PT-MUE (38886) left Paine Field on 30/8 on delivery to Belo Horizonte. PT-MUF (38887) made its first flight on 21/8.
THY B739 TC-JYI (40985) made its first flight on 31/8 as N985TK.
Transcarga. See under Non Airline.
United B788 N29004 (34824) made its first flight on 20/8.
UPS B763F N353UP (37877) made its first flight on 31/8.
UT Air B762 VP-BAI (30437 ex N67158) was delivered from Shannon to Khanty-Mansiysk on 2/9.
Virgin Atlantic A333 G-VGBR (1329) was registered on 24/8 & was delivered from Toulouse to Zurich on 25/8 & then onward to LHR on 31/8.
Vueling A320 EC-KDG (3095) suffered a tail strike while landing at Berlin/Tegel on 29/8 on a service from Barcelona. The aircraft is still on the ground at Berlin/Tegel.
Windjet A319 EI-ECX (2698) left Malta on 27/8 for Goodyear, AZ. A320 EI-DOE (0215) was registered to AAR Aircraft Sales as N215AR on 29/8 & was ferried from Malta to Monastir on 30/8. EI-DFN (0204) was registered to AAR Aircraft Sales as N204AR on 30/8 prior to leaving Malta on 5/9 for scrapping at Crestview, FL. EI-DVD (0647) was ferried from Catania to Dublin on 31/8 & EI-DNP (0421) from Malta to Cairo on 5/9 & then onward to Jakarta on 6/9.
Wind Rose E195 UR-WRF (19000169) arrived at Exeter on 31/8 prior to hand back checks.
Yamal A/L. See under Avia Nova.