Thursday, June 26, 2014

Nordwind Airlines...Russian success story

Nordwind Airlines [N4/NWS] was founded in 2008, with an initial fleet of three ex-Eos Airlines 757-200s, all leased from ILFC.

NWS first 757, VQ-BAK is currently one of four leased to Russian airline Ikar (along with four 767-300ERs)

Based at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, NWS primarily serves Russian holiday destinations in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. By 2010 the 757 fleet had grown to six aircraft.

By 2011 the 757 fleet numbered seven, including the first two with blended winglets installed

2011 also saw the first three 767-300ERs join the fleet

By 2012 the first Airbus A321 had joined Nordwind's fleet

Followed by a single A320 during 2013

2013 also saw the arrival of Nordwind's largest aircraft, the 777-200ER

The first of now four 737-800s joined the fleet by early 2014

Nordwind's Airbus and Boeing 2014 fleet (including aircraft leased out) now numbers 36 aircraft

1 x A320
4 x 737-800
8 x A321
8 x 757-200
12 x 767-300ER
3 x 777-200ER

Nordwind has sourced all its aircraft on the used aircraft leasing market thus far.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

America Azul...the A330 arrives...

Brazil's Azul received its first of six used A330-200s, PR-AIZ "America Azul" [MSN 527] leased from ILFC (Aercap).

Initial A330 service is planned from Sao Paulo to New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Azul will add A350s in the longer term.

Cathay Pacific receives 40th 777-300ER

The world's second largest operator of the 777-300ER, Cathay Pacific has taken delivery of its 40th of the type [B-KQN MSN 41761/1209]. The -300ER has become the flagship of Cathay's long haul services, replacing 747-400s (of which about 10 remain in service).

AeroGal becomes Avianca Ecuador

AeroGal announced its formal re-branding to Avianca Ecuador, a process long expected since the acquisition of the airline by Avianca Holdings S.A. in November 2010.

Aerolineas Galapagos SA dba AeroGal [2K/GLG] commenced operations on August 15th 1986 transporting passengers and cargo between Ecuador and Galapagos. Below follows a look back at GLG's fleet over the years.

Boeing 727-200 HC-CDJ departing Quito

Operations in the late 1990s and early 2000s focused on a used fleet of 737-200s.

Two 737-300s operated for GLG, although at different times, between 2009 and 2012, both leased from Aviation Capital Group.

The 757-200 was selected for longer haul service, such as to Miami, FL with two aircraft in service (again only one at any one time) between 2008 and 2012.

A sole 767-300ER was GLG's only wide body, principally operating to New York JFK between 2009 and 2012.

Ecuadorian regional and domestic mainline service is now firmly Airbus centric, with TAME, LAN Ecuador and Avianca Ecuador all utilizing A320 family aircraft.

Avianca Ecuador's current fleet comprises six A319s (all ex-Mexicana, leased from ILFC [5] and CIT [1]) and two A320s (both leased from parent Avianca Colombia).

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sun Country leases two additional 737-800s

Minneapolis, MN based Sun Country Airlines [SY/SCX] leased two additional Boeing 737-800s to bring its current all 737 fleet to 7 -700s and 11 -800s.

The two new additions were leased used from Air Lease Corp. [N819SY MSN 34254/1897] and CIT Aerospace [N808SY MSN 33021/1667].

The latter aircraft was originally delivered new to Sun Country in March 1995, on a 4 year lease. It recently returned from a 5 year lease to Privatair, before commencing another lease term with SCX.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Air France takes delivery of 10th Airbus A380

June 23rd: Air France received its 10th A380, registered F-HPJJ [MSN 117]

AFR's first A380 was delivered in October 2009, followed by 3 in 2010, 2 in 2011, 2 in 2012 and 1 in 2013.

133 A380s have now been delivered, including 11 in 2014 so far.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Airbus A340-200 - fleet update

Just 28 A340-200s were delivered between January 1993 and November 1998. Of these, 19 remain in service, 5 are stored, 3 have been permanently retired, and 1 was written off.

Following Aerolineas Argentinas' recent retirement of LV-ZRA [MSN 085], its oldest -200, operated since 1997, the commercial airline operated fleet now numbers 10 aircraft remaining in service (the remaining 9 being with Governments, Military or Private operators). ARG still operates 3, and has operated the model for 16 consecutive years.

Royal Jordanian is now the largest -200 operator, with 4 in service, and 12 years of consecutive service.

Egyptair continues to operate 2 -200s, and apart from 2013, when both aircraft were temporarily stored, has otherwise operated the type for 18 years, the longest of any airline.

South African has 12 years A340-200 experience, operating 6 aircraft through much of the 2000s. Just one has been retained over the last three years.

Other operators with 10 or more years of A340-200 operations, but no longer operating the type, include Austrian Airlines with 2 aircraft for 12 years 1995-2006 and Lufthansa with 6 for 11 years between 1993 and 2003.

A340-200 Operator List
Air Europa (1) 2005-2005
Air France (5) 1993-1998
AOM French Airlines (2) 1999-2001
Aerolineas Argentinas (4) 1999-current
Austrian Airlines (2) 1995-2006
Air Bourbon (1) 2003-2004
Cathay Pacific (4) 1995-1996
Lufthansa (6) 1993-2003
Egyptair (3) 1997-current
Philippine Air Lines (4) 1997-1999
Royal Jordanian (4) 2003-current
South African (6) 2003-current
Sabena (2) 1996-2001
Air Tahiti Nui (1) 1999-2002
Conviasa (1) 2007-2012