VISITORSAir China A332 B-6091 (867) started the new service from Beijing this morning. The only other newcomer also had a Chinese connection & was Rossiya A319 EI-ETO (1679 ex B-2223), which operated the service from St Petersburg.Correcting a couple of bloomers in yesterday's hastily prepared list of aircraft that made their first visits while I was away, please delete G-LSMB (fifth visit!) & G-TAWI, didn't first visit until yesterday.FLEET NEWSAir Berlin A321 D-ABCK (5133) was delivered from Finkenwerder to Berlin/Tegel today. Air Europa B738 EC-HKR (28536) is to become EI-RUF with Transaero.EasyJet A319 G-EZIE (2446) left Southend today as VP-BDZ for painting at Ostrava for RusLine.Emirates B773 A6-EGQ (41076) made its first flight today.Spanair. Another of this former carrier's A320s finding a new home is EC-IYG (2210), now registered EI-EUA, which was noted at Shannon today in Livingston scheme prior to delivery. EC-HRP (1349), now EI-EUC was noted at Dublin yesterday in Vueling scheme. The situation regarding this former carrier's A320/321s is now believed to be as follows (with thanks to Malcolm Nason & ATDB):EC-HPM A321 (1276) to EI-EUT parked at Istanbul/AtaturkEC-HQZ A321 (1333) to Bruntingthorpe for scrappingEC-HRG A321 (1366) to EI-EUD parked at PerpignanEC-HRP A320 (1349) to EI-EUC parked at Dublin for VuelingEC-HXA A320 (1497) to EI-EUS parked at DublinEC-IAZ A320 (1631) parked at ShannonEC-ICL A320 (1682) parked at ShannonEC-IEJ A320 (1749) to EI-EUF to Spanair as EC-LQLEC-IIZ A320 (1862) to EI-EUG parked at DublinEC-IJU A321 (1843) to D-ALAB parked at ShannonEC-ILH A320 (1914) to EI-EUH to Vueling as EC-LREEC-IMB A320 (1933) to EI-EUI to Spanair as EC-LQZEC-INB A321 (1946) to EI-EUJ parked at Perpignan EC-INM A320 (1979) to EI-EUK to Spanair as EC-LQJ EC-IOH A320 (1998) to EI-EUB parked at Dublin for Livingston EC-IPI A320 (2027) to EI-EUL parked at DublinEC-IVG A320 (2168) to EI-EUM to Spanair as EC-LQN EC-IYG A320 (2210) to EI-EUA parked at Shannon for LivingstonEC-IZK A320 (2223) to EI-EUN to Spanair as EC-LQMEC-JJD A320 (2479) to EI-EUO to Spanair as EC-LRAEC-JNC A320 (2589) to EI-EUP to Spanair as EC-LQKEC-KEC A320 (1183) to SE-RJE parked at Shannon for SASEC-KOX A320 (1383) to SE-RJF parked at Shannon for SASEC-KPX A320 (1407) to EI-EUE parked at PerpignanThomas Cook will be operating A332 OY-VKF (309) this summer on lease from the Scandinavian subsidiary & it positioned from Oslo to Manchester on 28/4.ROUTE NEWSNone today.MISCELLANEOUS ITEMSLooking back, April gave us our highest total of first visits since March last year, with 65 arriving (49 airliners & 16 biz jets). This takes the year-to-date total to 213 (four up on the same time last year). New types for us were our first B787 & Phenom 300, while a returning airline was Korean Air, who reappeared after a break of about 11 years but this time using B777s rather than B747s. THY also started its second service from Istanbul. On the debit side, we lost Delta A/L. Among our regular carriers, easyJet had a further seven new A320s delivered to Gatwick & Ryanair sent in five more new B738s. Lufthansa pitched in with eight A319s & four A320s that we hadn't seen here before, Virgin Atlantic had another A330 delivered, Air Transat sent in one of their two former Thomas Cook A330s, while Norwegian & Thomson A/W each operated two & one new B738 respectively. THY continue to come up with newcomers & in April they consisted of an A320, two B738s & the first A340 to be seen here. Other airliners comprised the first of two ex Chinese A319s with Rossiya, single A320s from BA, Monarch & Air One as well as an Air Europa A330 & B738, an Alba Star B734, B738s from Air Berlin & Arkefly, our first Korean Air B772, the latest Emirates B773, a Lufthansa Regional DH8D & finally our first sight of an Estonian Air E170. Among the biz, the most noteworthy were probably Citation 510 I-STCC, CL605 OH-GVI, G450 I-DLGH, the first of what will doubtless many visits from G550 ZS-AOL & Premier 300 OK-PHE.The following slots have been requested from/to Gatwick for the Champions League Final in Munich on 19/5 between Chelsea & Bayern Munich. NOTE - this list WILL change as these are slot applications & doubtless not all will be granted or taken up. Also, the times are local & are approximate (assuming I have worked them out correctly!) With thanks to Mr Anon.Departures on 18/509.05 TCX9988 B75211.10 CRL842 B74414.20 TCX9986 B752Departures on 19/505.00 TRA8993 B73H06.20 BAW9116C B77206.20 XLF920M A33306.40 CRL844 B74406.45 BMA8853 A32006.50 HFY561 A33207.00 FIF1717 B75207.05 JAF9607 B76307.05 EXS6230 B73307.20 VIR9920 A34607.25 TVS4510 B73H07.50 GMI2424 B73G08.00 NOS6170 B73808.40 EDW2012 A33209.45 TRA8271 B73H09.50 BMI7561 B73310.45 VKG7213 A333Arrivals on 20/501.35 CRL845 B74401.40 EXS6231 B73302.05 TVS4511 B73H02.10 HFY562 A33202.10 NOS6173 B73802.10 GMI2425 B73G02.10 TCX9779 B75202.10 VIR9921 A34602.10 EDW2013 A33202.10 BMI7571 B73302.20 TRA8994 B73H02.25 BMA8854 A32002.25 JAF9608 B76302.30 FIF1718 B75202.40 XLF921M A33303.10 TRA8272 B73H11.00 BAW9250P B772 13.40 TCX9989 B75214.10 CRL843 B74414.25 VKG7214 A33317.55 TCX9987 B752Due tomorrow:Just some NAX flights - 10G/NOI (also 12J), 14X/NOQ, 32A/KKD, 34G/DYR, 36C/DYO, 51ZC/DYN, 55YB/NIA, 4441/DYA, 5818/NOVCREDITSRob Hotchkiss, Simon Shoubridge, Alexandre, Dave W, Terry Smith, Gary Jones, Malcolm Nason, Mr Anon, Jethro, Skyliner, ATDB, Charles Dickens & anybody else that I have forgotten.Happy spotting! John (& my cat Mad Max) http://www.flightglobal.com/airspace/blogs/john_dyer/default.aspxMOVEMENT HIGHLIGHTSAIRLINERSADH300 A320 EI-DSTADH302 A320 EI-DSRAEA1013 B738 EC-HKRAEA1015 B738 EC-JAPAEY83 B763 I-AIGIAMC116 A319 9H-AEMAUI501 B738 UR-PSCAWE732 A333 N272AYBER8596 B737 D-ABLE (also BER8598)BRU851 B735 EW-294PABTI6G1 B733 YL-BBKCCA851 A332 B-6091 (first visit)CRK875 A332 B-LNKDLH4HV B735 D-ABIODLH898 A319 D-AILNEIN23A A320 EI-DEB (also EIN236/242/244)EIN232 A320 EI-DEK (also EIN248)EZE1517 E145 G-CGWVEZS43LJ A319 HB-JZTEZS128X A319 HB-JZIEZS463R A319 JB-JZJEZS8481 A319 HB-JZKHVN141 B772 VN-A142ISS351 A319 EI-DEZMGX812 F100 4O-AOTMLD863 A320 ER-AXPNAX6EX B738 LN-NOGNAX10G B738 LN-DYX (also NAX12J/351L)NAX18Z B738 LN-NOONAX32A B738 LN-NOLNAX36C B738 LN-DYO (also NAX31F)NAX51ZC B738 LN-DYVNAX55YB B738 LN-NIANAX59ZA B738 LN-NOXNAX4441 B738 LN-NORNAX5818 B738 LN-NODRYR2MK B738 EI-ENCRYR2NE B738 EI-EVIRYR6MN B738 EI-EFO (also RYR5YX/2MU/8GR)RYR6NL B738 EI-ENHRYR6XB B738 EI-DYKRYR8BZ B738 EI-EMLSDM297 A319 EI-ETO (first visit)TAP332 A320 CS-TNNTAP334 A319 CS-TTNTAP344 A319 CS-TTKTAP346 A319 CS-TTCTHY1997 A321 TC-JMJTSC222 A332 C-GPTSUAE9 B773 A6-ECHUAE11 B773 A6-ECYUAE15 B773 A6-EGK GA & OTHER MOVEMENTSA6-ESH A319CJ (SHJ01)D-AHLE CL604 (EXC167, dep as EXC168)G-GMAB HS125 (arr late 1/5 as GMA858, dep today as GMA621)VP-CRB Lear 60 (reg as c/s, dep with reg as c/s)VQ-BSP DA7X (SHE731)Due later is Ce510 G-FBKB eta 22.05 as BKK6F, etd 23.35 with same c/s
Thanks to Derek Malt for noticing that I managed to list a number of the Spanair A320s as going to Spanair when it should have said Vueling!