EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 12-01-13
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
Aerosvit B738 UR-AAN (38119) was ferried from Kiev to Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen on 10/1 for transfer to Ukraine International as UR-PSE & returned to Kiev on 11/1. UR-AAO (38120) will also transfer to Ukraine International as UR-PSF. All the B763s are to be returned to the lessor & will be replaced by five former Air India B772s, which will join Ukraine International from March onwards.
Afriqiyah A320 5A-ONO (5448) made its first flight on 11/1 as D-AVVD.
Air Arabia A320 A6-ENO (5452) made its first flight on 8/1 as F-WWIM.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-6971 A320 (5434) to Spring A/L 10/1
Air India. See under Aerosvit.
Alitalia B772 I-DISA (32855) was reregistered EI-ISA at LHR on 9/1. A319 EI-IMX (5424) made its first flight on 9/1 as D-AVWN.
All Nippon B763 JA8273 (24004) left Tokyo/Haneda on 9/1 for scrapping at Victorville, CA.
Austrian A/L B738 OE-LNT (33834) was ferried from Arvidsjaur to Tallinn on 7/1 after operating its finals service & is due to become 4X-EKU with El Al. OE-LNS (34262) was ferried from Ostrava to Vienna on 8/1 after painting for Aero Mexico & is to become N342AM.
Azerbaijan A/L A345 4K-AZ86 (894) was delivered from Toulouse to Baku on 11/1. This aircraft has the same chequered history as 4K-AZ85 (886) mentioned in the last blog.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-5715 B738 (38936) to China Southern 11/1
C-FRWA B738 (39085) to WestJet 10/1
N37465 B739 (36599) to United A/L 10/1
DHL B763F G-DHLJ (37809) left East Midlands on 10/1 for Rome, NY on delivery to Atlas Air for operations by Polar Air Cargo. G-DHLK (37810) is to follow on 19/1 & the registrations N643GT & N644GT have been allocated.
Donbassaero. All of the carrier's fleet, with the exceptions of A320s UR-DAA (0085), which is being broken up at Istanbul/Ataturk & UR-DAB (0230), which is stored at Chateauroux, were transferred to the AOC of Windrose Air on 1/1.
easyJet A319 G-EZMS (2378) was noted in full Sky A/L scheme at Southend on 6/1 & was rolled out as CC-AIB on 7/1. It is now thought that HB-JZN (2387) is for Allegiant & not Sky A/L as previously reported.
EAT A306F D-AEAH (783) was delivered from Dresden to Leipzig on 11/1 following freighter conversion.
El Al. See under Austrian A/L.
Emirates A332 A6-EAA (348) was ferried all white from Dubai to Lourdes on 7/1 for storage. B773 A6-ENE (35603) made its first flight on 8/1.
Estonian Air will reportedly only operate CRJ9s next summer & will phase out its E170s & S340s. This appears to be a complete change of strategy as the E170s are former Finnair machines obtained prior to the delivery of new E175/190s in 2013/14 as CRJ9 replacements.
Etihad Cargo B777F A6-DDB (39692) made its first flight on 10/1.
Eurowings CRJ2 D-ACRH (7738) was ferried from East Midlands to Ljubljana on 7/1 after painting for Yamal & is to become VP-BBM.
Holidays Czech A/L A320 OK-HCB (2180) was ferried from Prague to Bournemouth on 8/1 for painting all white prior to lease to NAS Air.
Iberia A320 EC-HAG (1059) has been transferred to Iberia Express as EC-LUC.
Intersky AT72 OE-LIB (1038) was delivered from Toulouse to Friedrichshafen on 8/1.
LAN A/L B763 CC-BDM (41994) made its first flight on 10/1.
Lufthansa B733 D-ABXP (23874) left Frankfurt on 8/1 for scrapping at Tulsa, OK. A320 D-AIZO (5441) made its first flight on 10/1 as D-AVVP.
Luxair DH8D LX-LGC (4162) has become VP-BKD for Yakutia & was delivered from Luxembourg to Maastricht on 8/1. LX-LGD (4171) was ferried from Ostrava to Luxembourg on 8/1 after painting into Yakutia scheme.
MEA has firmed up on an order for 10xA320neo.
N466AG A320 (466 ex A4O-EJ, A9C-EJ, N466AG, 5N-FNB) of ACG Acquisitions was ferried from storage at Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen to Southend on 8/1.
OE-IBQ A320 (1372 ex SU-LBD, EI-DKS, B-6250) arrived all white at Ostrava on 8/1 for storage.
Monarch A306 G-MONR (540), which is at Tupelo, MS for scrapping, was cancelled from the UK register on 7/1. The two A320s due for delivery in the spring, G-ZBAA (5526) & G-ZBAB (5581), will have sharklets. The outstanding order for two A321s has been cancelled & two more second-hand A320s will be acquired instead.
NAS Air. See under Holidays Czech A/L & VIA.
Nippon Cargo B748F JA14KZ (37394) made its first flight on 8/1. JA12KZ (36137) left Paine Field on 10/1 on delivery to Tokyo/Narita.
EC-LUJ MD87 (53212 ex EC-638, EC-FHD) of Tiger Aircraft Leasing was noted at Stockholm/Arlanda on 10/1 prior to ferrying to the USA.
N354AC B462 (E2256), registered to the Bank of Utah, left Kemble on 10/1 for Abbotsford & will be converted as a water bomber.
N374BJ B739BBJ3 (38890) was delivered from San Antonio, TX to Shannon on 8/1 after VIP outfitting & is for the Dallah Group.
Nordwind A321 VQ-BRM (1276 ex EC-HPM, EI-EUT) was delivered from Istanbul/Ataturk to Moscow/Sheremetyevo on 6/1.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NGH (39019) left Boeing Field on 9/1 on delivery to Oslo. LN-NIC (38881) made its first flight on 10/1.
Olympic A/W A320 SX-OAU (4193) has become VN-A699 for VietJet & left Athens on 9/1 on delivery to Hanoi.
Pegasus B738 TC-CPI (40014) left Boeing Field on 10/1 on delivery to Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen (the last B738 for Pegasus). An order that passed me by in the run-up to Christmas was for 58xA320neo & 17xA321 from this carrier, which hitherto has always been a Boeing customer. The A320neo order also includes a further 25 options & deliveries are due to start in 2015.
Qatar A/W B788 A7-BCK (38329) was delivered from Victorville, CA to Doha on 4/1 after IFE fitting.
SAS A320 OY-KAN (2958) was ferried from Ostrava to Zurich still as OE-IBM on 7/1 after painting.
Small Planet A/L Polska A320 SP-HAD (2016) was ferried from Southend to Ostrava on 7/1 for painting.
Southern Air B742F N783SA (23919) was ferried from New York/JFK to Mojave, AZ for storage on 5/1.
Thomas Cook A320 G-CRPH (0424), currently at Montpellier, was cancelled from the UK register on 8/1 as transferred to the Gambia (for Aeolus Air?). B752s G-FCLB (28164) & G-FCLH (26274) are to leave the fleet this winter.
Thomson A/W B738 G-TAWL (37243) left Boeing Field on 9/1 on delivery to Manchester.
THY B739 TC-JYJ (40986) made its first flight on 10/1 as N986TK. A321 TC-JSE (5450) made its first flight on 11/1 as D-AVZX.
Ukraine International. See under Aerosvit.
United A/L. Correcting my last blog, the B788 delivered on 27/12 was N27901 (34821).
Ural A/L will soon add A320 JA208A (3189) to its fleet & it was noted in full scheme less titles at Tokyo/Haneda on 3/1 awaiting delivery.
VIA A320 LZ-MDB (3125) was ferried from Sofia to Riyadh on 11/1 for lease to NAS Air.
Virgin Atlantic A346 G-VFOX (449) was registered to Blue Aviation Ltd on 4/1 (the same company also now owns G-VMEG & G-VOGE). A333 G-VLUV (1206) was ferried to Zurich on 9/1 from Gatwick where it had been parked since 18/12 when it arrived from Manchester.
Windrose Air. See under Donbassaero.
Wow Air A320 LY-COS (0415) was noted at Dublin on 9/1 reregistered as EI-ETM.
XL A/W France A320 F-GKHK (0343) was ferried from storage at Paris/CDG to Chateauroux on 5/1.
XL A/W Germany. Adding to the last blog, B738 D-AXLF/C-GDGY (28218) became N282AG for WFBN on 21/12.
Yakutia. See under Luxair.
Yamal. See under Eurowings.