EUROPEAN AIRLINE SCENE - WEEK ENDING 26-01-13
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
Afriqiyah A320 5A-ONO (5448) was delivered all white from Finkenwerder to Dinard for painting on 24/1.
Air Arabia A320 A6-ANO (5452) left Toulouse on 24/1 on delivery to Sharjah.
Air Baltic B733 YL-BBK (92332) is due to join Jet2 as G-GDFN.
Air Berlin B738 D-ABMM (37774) made its first flight on 20/1. A320 D-ALTK (1931) has become OE-LBK for Austrian A/L & was noted as such at Munich on 22/1 in basic Air Berlin scheme prior to painting at Dublin before delivery.
Airbus single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-LPI A320 (5416) to Hong Kong A/L 22/1
B-6961 A321 (5435) to Air China 22/1
B-6965 A320 (5226) to Juneyao A/L 18/1 (Tianjin assembled)
JA807P A320 (5440) to Peach Aviation 25/1
N454AV A320 (5454) to Avianca 25/1
N618NK A320 (5458) to Spirit A/L 25/1
PK-RMT A320 (5449) to Mandala 23/1
RP-C3272 A320 (5442) to Cebu Pacific 18/1
Air Europa B738 EC-LTM (36591) left Boeing Field on 23/1 on delivery to Palma.
Air Nostrum AT72 EC-HEI (570), which was temporarily registered F-WKVI, has become CX-LFL for BQB Lineas Aereas & left Toulouse/Francazal on 18/1 on delivery to Montevideo.
All Nippon has extended the grounding of its B788s to 31/1.
American A/L B762 N322AA (22323) was ferried from LAX to Roswell, NM on 17/1 for storage. B773 N720AN (33522) made its first flight on 23/1
AnadoluJet. See under THY.
Austrian A/L B738s OE-LNJ (28177) & OE-LNQ (30421), currently parked at Shannon as EI-EZB & EI-EZH, are due to join Jet2 as G-GDFP & G-GDFR respectively. OE-LNT (33834) was ferried from Tallinn to Ostrava for painting before it joins El Al as 4X-EKU. Also see under Air Berlin.
BmiBaby B733s G-TOYJ (28332) & G-TOYM (29141), currently parked at Lasham, are due to join Jet2 as G-GDFS & G-GDFT respectively.
Boeing single-aisle deliveries to other customers
B-5730 B738 (39302) to Shanghai A/L 25/1
JA73NQ B738 (39432) to Skymark 19/1
N913NN B738 (29571) to American A/L 22/1
N8606C B738 (35964) to Southwest 18/1
N8607M B738 (36634) to Southwest 23/1
PK-LKP B738 (38685) to Lion Air 23/1
PK-LKQ B738 (38727) to Lion Air 25/1
PR-GUX B738 (39611) to Gol 24/1
9M-MXO B738 (40142) to MAS 23/1
Brussels A/L B733 OO-VEN (28586) is due to join Jet2 as G-GDFM.
Calima B738 EC-LKO (28821) has been given the temporary registration F-WTDE & was ferried from Montpellier to Toulouse on 19/1. It is to join Jet2 as G-GDFV.
Carpatair F70 YR-KMB (11565), which left Timisoara on 15/1 on delivery to Alliance A/L, is now stored at Brisbane & is to take up the registration VH-QQV.
Corendon Air B734 TC-TJF (26078) left Antalya on 22/1 bound for Marana, AZ on return to the lessor. It is to be leased to Iraqi A/W for two years from April along with TC-TJE (26073).
Corsair A333 F-HZEN (1376) was delivered from Toulouse to Paris/Orly on 24/1.
Denim Air. See under Vizion Air.
DHL Air B763F G-DHLK (27810) operated a service from East Midlands to New York/JFK on 19/1 & was then ferried to Rome, NY for Atlas Air as N644GT.
easyJet is expected to firm up on options for a further three A320s while it continues to evaluate aircraft types for its future fleet requirements. Having finished its technical evaluation, it is in commercial discussions with Airbus, Boeing & Bombardier regarding its new fleet, which would enter service from 2017. Apart from wishing to introduce more fuel-efficient aircraft, the carrier is aiming to acquire 180-seat aircraft to replace the 156-seat A319s.
El Al B752 4X-EBV (26054) left Tel Aviv on 23/1 bound for Goodyear, AZ, with 4X-EBU (26053) following on 24/1. Also see under Austrian A/L.
Emirates B773 A6-ENF (41085) made its first flight on 22/1. A6-ENE (35603) left Paine Field on 23/1 on delivery to Dubai.
Etihad A/W B773 A6-ETM (39688) was delivered from Paine Field to Toronto/Pearson on 22/1.
Fleet Air. See under Golden Air.
Golden Air S340A SE-LSR (78) has become HA-TAG for Fleet Air & was noted as such at Budapest on 22/1.
Hello A320s HB-JIX (1210) & HB-JIY (1171), currently parked at Dublin & temporarily registered EI-EZF & EI-EZE respectively, are due to go to Vueling late next month.
Iraqi A/W. See under Corendon Air & Niki.
JAL has extended the grounding of its B788s to 3/2.
Jet2. See under Air Baltic, Austrian A/L, BMI Baby, Brussels A/L, Calima & Thomson A/W.
Korean Air A388 HL7621 (126) made its first flight on 24/1 as F-WWSZ.
Libyan A/L A320 5A-LAQ (5494) made its first flight on 23/1 as F-WWBQ.
Lufthansa B748 D-ABYG (37831) made its first flight on 23/1. A320s D-AIZN (5425) & D-AIZO (5441) were delivered from Finkenwerder to Hamburg & Frankfurt respectively on 25/1.
Medallion Air MD83 YR-HBE (49396) left Bucharest on 20/1 heading for Opa-Locka, FL on return to the lessor.
Meridiana Fly. The ferry flight of A319 EI-DFA (1305) from Verona to Montpellier was delayed from 18/1 to 19/1. Joining it at Montpellier on 19/1 was EI-DEZ (1283), which was ferried there from Alghero.
EI-EXZ A319 (2634 ex VT-KFI) of BBAM/Fly Leasing was ferried from storage at Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen to Dublin on 19/1.
N593SC A320 (0590) of AAR parts Trading left Shannon on 17/1 for scrapping at Tucson, AZ.
VT-JCC AT72 (593) was noted at Shannon 21/1 reregistered as EI-EZK for A.I.R Ltd.
Niki A320 OE-LEM (5115), which was delivered to Baghdad on 19/12 for Iraqi A/W, has become YI-ARA & was noted in service on 22/1.
EC-LUJ MD87 (53212 ex EC-638, EC-FHD) of Tiger Aircraft Leasing left Stockholm/Arlanda on 21/1 for madras City, OR & is to be converted to a water bomber for Erickson.
EI-DUS A320 (1497 ex EC-HXA) of ILFC was ferried from Dublin to Montpellier on 24/1 for painting. This was due to go to RayaJet but has apparently not been taken up.
F-HGNT A320 (0234 ex CS-TNC, JY-JAR, CS-TNO, OM-HLD, F-WCDH) for Snecma was ferried from Montpellier to Toulouse on 24/1.
F-WXAH A319CJ (4992) for the Oman Royal Flight arrived at Finkenwerder on 25/1 after VIP outfitting at Dallas/Love Field, TX & is to become A4O-AJ.
Norwegian Air Shuttle B738 LN-NIE (39435) made its first flight on 20/1. LN-NIC (38881) arrived at Oslo on 23/1 on delivery from Boeing Field.
Oman Air. See under Travel Service.
RayaJet. See under Non Airline.
Ryanair is reported to be in discussions with Boeing for a further 150 aircraft. These could well be B738s rather than MAX models as demand for the current generation of aircraft dries up while customers opt to wait for the MAX & thus could result in Ryanair managing to achieve a significant discount.
Ryan International B763 N637TW (25403) was ferried from Sao Paulo/Guarulhos to Marana, AZ on 21/1 on return to the lessor.
SAS B735 LN-BRV (25791) was ferried from Oslo to Shannon on 16/1. It then left Shannon for Istanbul/Sabiha Gokcen on 20/1 using the callsign NGR916 (Nigerian A/F) & showing NAF916 on the flight plan, but still wearing LN-BRV. B738 LN-RGC (41257) made its first flight on 22/1. B734 LN-BRQ (25348) was ferried from Oslo to Shannon on 22/1 & remains parked there.
Saudia A321 HZ-ASU (5447) made its first flight on 24/1 as D-AVZV.
SmartLynx Estonia A320 ES-SAL (0566 ex HB-IJG, TC-JLC, XA-MXF, N566BB, EI-ERV, SP-IAB, EI-ERV) was delivered from Sofia to Tallinn on 23/1.
Sun Express. See under THY.
Thomson A/W B733 G-THOP (28740), currently parked at Lasham, is due to join Jet2 as G-GDFO.
THY B739 TC-JYK (40986) was delivered from Boeing Field to Georgetown, DE on 21/1 as N986TK for the fitting of long-range tanks. A321 TC-JSE (5450) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Istanbul/Ataturk on 24/1. B738 TC-JHP (42000) made its first flight on 23/1. TC-JHI (35092), which had been leased out to AnadoluJet was reregistered TC-SAH for Sun Express on 19/1.
Titan A/W is to add an A320 to its fleet in the spring.
TransAsia A/W A333 B-22102 (1378) left Toulouse on 25/1 on delivery to Taipei.
Transavia B738 PH-HZL (30391) left Amsterdam on 16/1 on winter lease to CanJet.
Travel Service B738 OK-TVV (38027) was ferried from Prague to Ostrava on 22/1 for paining prior to lease to Oman Air.
UT Air B735 VP-BFO (27319 ex N58606) was noted at Norwich on 24/1 prior to delivery.
Vizion Air is a new Belgian carrier based at Antwerp that started services from Maastricht on 22/3 with F50 PH-JXJ (20232) leased from Denim Air.
Vueling. See under Hello.