VISITORSTHY B738 TC-JGH (34406) made its first visit today on the afternoon flight from Istanbul/Ataturk, as did Lufthansa A320 D-AIZG (4324) on the second Frankfurt service. The evening saw a third newcomer, Air Berlin A320 D-ABNA (5191), on the second fight from Nuremberg.Making its second visit was THY B738 TC-JHM.I managed to miss the arrivals of Lear 45 G-PFCT yesterday evening on its second visit to Gatwick plus Citation 550 CS-DHI, which arrived in the morning as NJE019Q.FLEET NEWS BA Cityflyer. An interesting & surprising rumour that has come my way is that the carrier has ordered 16 E195s for a new Gatwick operation. Anyone know if there is anything in this, please?Thomson A/W has returned B738 C-FYLC (33029) to Sunwing A/L following summer lease & it was due to be ferried from Dublin to Toronto/Pearson today.ROUTE NEWS None today.MISCELLANEOUS ITEMSA snippet from TravelMole that made me smile:"They are supposed to be the last line of defence between order and chaos in flight, but sometimes flight attendants cause the chaos themselves. Two flight attendants on United's flight 1214 from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Chicago got into a brawl so bad the pilot took the flight back to the airport and law enforcement officials were called to the plane. The Raleigh-Durham News and Observer reported that no arrests were made after it was determined that there had been no physical assault. The two had been in a prior altercation and the accidental brush of a leg while the attendants were seated near each other (presumably on takeoff) was the start of the incident. Last week, two flight attendants on an American Eagle flight from New York to Washington got in a similar fight. The plane was brought back to the gate and passengers had to wait four hours for a replacement crew to be brought in." Citation 560 G-PPLC (0059) was cancelled from the register yesterday as exported to Qatar.Some for tomorrow:B-6073 A332 eta 06.03 as CCA851 (third visit)EW-340PO E175 on BRU851I-FLYN DA900EX eta 08.50, etd 18.25 (first visit)Regulars - EZE1856/G-CGWV, TSC222/C-GTSKNAX flights - 1ZN/NOO (also 12J), 32A/DYB, 36C/NOC, 51M/NOB, 55Q/NOG, 4441/NOW, 5818/NOXCREDITSMalcolm Baldry, Simon Shoubridge, Dave Broome, Colin Wright, Mr Anon, Jethro, Skyliner, ATDB, the Adams Family & anybody else that I have forgotten.Happy spotting! John (& my cat Mad Max) http://www.flightglobal.com/airspace/blogs/john_dyer/default.aspxMOVEMENT HIGHLIGHTSAIRLINERSAAW912 A320 ER-AXTADH304 A320 EI-DSTAEA1013 B738 EC-JHLAEA1015 E195 EC-LLRAMC116 A320 9H-AEQAUI501 B738 UR-PSDAWE732 A333 N270AYBER8596 B737 D-AHIABER8598 A320 D-ABNA (first visit)BTI6G1 B733 YL-BBSDLH4HV A319 D-AILSDLH898 A320 D-AIZG (first visit)EIN23A A320 EI-DVH (also EIN236/242/244)EIN232 A320 EI-DVI (also EIN248)EZS43LJ A319 HB-JZLEZS463R A319 HB-JZM (also EZS128X)EZS8481 A319 HB-JZUHCC501 A320 OK-LEEHVN145 B772 VN-A149ISS355 A319 EI-DFA (also ISS351)KAL909 B772 HL7575 (eta 23.02)LLC194 B733 LY-FLHNAX6EX B738 LN-DYGNAX10G B738 LN-DYX (also NAX12J/351L)NAX18Z B738 LN-DYONAX31F B738 LN-DYINAX32A B738 LN-DYGNAX34G B738 LN-NOQNAX36C B738 LN-DYTNAX38W B733 LN-KHBNAX51M B738 LN-NOGNAX55Q B738 LN-NIBNAX59T B738 LN-DYKNAX3522 B738 LN-NOZNAX4441 B738 LN-NORNAX5818 B738 LN-NOFNLV2251 A320 EI-ERHRYR2MK B738 EI-EVGRYR2MU B738 EI-DCZ (also RYR8GR)RYR2NE B738 EI-ENYRYR6MN B738 EI-EGA (also RYR5YX)RYR6NL B738 EI-DAPRYR6XB B738 EI-DYLRYR61EC B738 EI-DWKTAP332 A320 CS-TNJTAP334 A319 CS-TTPTAP344 A319 CS-TTCTAP346 A319 CS-TTGTCX217 A332 OY-VKFTHY1981 B738 TC-JHM (second visit)THY1997 B738 TC-JGH (first visit)TSC122 A313 C-GTSKUAE9 B773 A6-ECDUAE11 B773 A6-EGLUAE15 B773 A6-EGM GA & OTHER MOVEMENTSCS-DHI Ce550 (arr 8/10, dep today as NJE534Q)EC-LGV DA2000LX (MND4222, third visit, stand 232L)G-PFCT Lear 45 (arr 8/10, reg as c/s, second visit, stand 152R, dep today with reg as c/s)ZS-AOL Gulf 550 (arr 5/10)
According to IAG's Q2 report they currently hold options on 15 E-Jets
BA have been looking at it's options for a new fleet at LGW. This has included ordering a mixed fleet of E-Jets & A320's or A319's and A320's. If the rumour is true I think the LGW fleet will be made up of 15 E195's and about 8 to 10 A320's.
If the rumour is true I would expect that the aircraft would be operated as BA mainline as the current 737 fleet is. With the E-Jets being used to operated routs such as ALG, AMS, EDI, GLA, JER, VCE & VRN with the A320's being used for routes such as DBV, PFO, RAK, SKG &TUN,
Thanks for your observations