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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

AVIATION NEWS (JUNE 30TH 2010)

NEW DELIVERIES

ALASKA AIRLINES [AS/ASA] 737-890 N532AS [36346/3318] (6/29)
HAINAN AIRLINES [HU/CHH] 737-84P B-5521 [35766/3313] (6/29) *
CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES [CZ/CSN] A320-232 B-6655 [4350]
PEGASUS AIRLINES [PC/PGT] 737-82R TC-AAZ [40875/3325] (6/29)
PEGASUS AIRLINES [PC/PGT] 737-82R TC-ABP [40876/3326] (6/29)
SUNEXPRESS AIRLINES [XQ/SXS] 737-8HC TC-SNP [40777/3320] (6/29)

* Date amended / corrected *

USED DELIVERIES

AIR BUCHAREST 737-3L9 YR-TIB [27924/2760]
TRAVEL SERVICE [QS/TVS] A320-231 SE-RJN [0169] (6/29) SLF/OPB AIR SWEDEN [SXN]
XL AIRWAYS FRANCE [SE/XLF] A320-231 SX-SMU [0414] (6/29) SLF/OPB VIKING HELLAS [VQ/VKH]

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

AVIATION NEWS (JUNE 29TH 2010)

NEW DELIVERIES

AMERICAN EAGLE CRJ-700ER N525AE [10302] (6/28)
INDONESIA AIRASIA A320-216 PK-AXL [4346]
NOUVELAIR A320-214 TS-ING [4347] *
REGIONAL (AIR FRANCE) E-170STD F-HBXJ [312]
SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES A320-214 HZ-ASC [4337]

* Information corrected *

USED DELIVERIES

BRUSSELS AIRLINES A330-322 OO-SFV [095]
BUSINESS AIR 767-341ER HS-BIC [24752/289] (6/22)

AIRLINE / FLEET NEWS




BRUSSELS AIRLINES [DAT/SN] (BELGIUM) expanded its long haul fleet with the addition of an A330-300 (OO-SFV msn 095) leased from International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC). The carrier now has five A330-300s. The first three (GE powered) aircraft (msn 030/037 & 045) were all originally delivered to French domestic airline Air Inter, subsequently being acquired by Sabena and its successor SN Brussels Airlines (renamed Brussels Airlines following the merger with Virgin Express in 2006). The fourth aircraft (msn 082) was originally delivered to Germany's LTU, as was this latest addition. (Both these are PW powered). After LTU, past operators of msn 095 include Skyservice (Canada), sub-leases to the UK's Airtours International and its successor MyTravel, and most recently Malaysia Airlines - since 2004.

BUSINESS AIR [BCC/8B] (THAILAND) started operations on Christmas eve 2009 with a single leased 767-200ER (originally N607UA of United Airlines). It added an ex-Varig 767-300ER in March, followed by its latest -300ER this month (details above in used deliveries section) - also of Varig lineage. Both -300ERs have been leased from Sojitz Aircraft Leasing.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

AVIATION NEWS (JUNE 28TH 2010)

NEW DELIVERIES

AFRIQIYAH AIRWAYS A320-214 5A-ONK [4330] *
CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS 777-367ER B-KPR [36163/877] (6/26)
JAPAN AIRLINES 737-846 JA329J [35358/3315] (6/25)
PEGASUS AIRLINES 737-82R TC-AAY [40874/3316] (6/25)
RYANAIR 737-8AS EI-EMO [40283/3318] (6/25)
SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES A330-343 HZ-AQB [1127]

USED DELIVERIES

AEROSUR 737-36N CP-........ [28554/2835] (6/18)
CENTRAL CHARTER AIRLINES SLOVAKIA 737-36M OM-CCA [28333/2810] *
IRAN ASEMAN AIRLINES FOKKER 100 EP-ATD [11387] (6/20)
JEJU AIR 737-8K5 HL8232 [27979/44] (6/27)

SAFI AIRWAYS A320-212 YA-TTC [671] (6/26)
SKY WINGS AIRLINES MD-82 SX-BTL [53232/2108] (6/25)
SWIFTAIR MD-83 EC-LEY [53182/2068] (6/26)

* Corrects previous information

AIRLINE / FLEET NEWS




AFRIQIYAH AIRWAYS [AAW/8U] (LIBYA) took delivery of its second new A320 (5A-ONK msn 4330) this year. The delivery brings the airline's A320 fleet to four, operated alongside three A319s on African, Middle East and European destinations.




AZUL BRAZILIAN AIRLINES [AZU/AD] took delivery of three new Embraer E-195s (details in blog June 25th) on June 24th. AZUL's fleet now consists of eight E-190s and eight E-195s. The airline (the latest venture of former JetBlue CEO David Neeleman) commenced service in December 2008, having ordered a total of 76 Embraer E-195s. By 2009 the airline was average load factors of 79.7% and became the first airline worldwide to board more than 2 million passengers during its first year of operation. The airline is now the 4th largest in Brazil, and holds almost 6% of the domestic market.




JEJU AIR [JJA/7C] (S. KOREA) leased and took delivery of a 737-800 (HL8232 msn 27979/44] from Babcock & Brown. The aircraft was previously operated by TUIfly and its predecessors Hapagfly and Hapag-Lloyd of Germany. The delivery brings the Seoul based carrier's fleet to six leased 737-800s (and five Q400s).


KTHY - CYPRUS TURKISH AIRLINES [KYV/YK] (NORTHERN CYPRUS) suspended all operations June 21st until further notice. Both Pegasus Airlines and AtlasJet of Turkey have been involved in discussions to invest and assist with a resumption of service. Latest information is that neither have been able to secure an agreement, and that KTHY staff are on strike.


KTHY operated a mixed Airbus / Boeing fleet. Four 737-800s were leased from GE Capital/GECAS (2) and Sojitz Aircraft Leasing (2). All were delivered new, and (unusually) were not fitted with blended winglets.



Two A321s were also operated, leased from GECAS (1) and Aviation Capital Group (1). A third was returned to the lessor in February last year. 



A sole A320 had been sub-leased from Turkish airline Turkuaz Airlines since March last year.

KTHY was established in late 1974, and commenced scheduled services in February 1975 from its base in the Turkish sector of Nicosia. Early operations utilized a leased fleet of 707s, 727-200s and DC-9s, and by the mid 1990s Airbus A310s. 727-200s were phased out in 2002, replaced by the long term leasing of 737-800s. Longer term plans announced in 2009 called for an expanded fleet of up to 12 aircraft by 2012, however increasing financial burdens capped fleet size to seven aircraft at the time operations were suspended. Any resumption of service is likely to be under an entirely new AOC.



MINT AIRWAYS [MIC] (SPAIN) added a second leased 757-200 (EC-LHL msn 24544/280) to its fleet June 25th on lease from International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC) - on behalf of aircraft owner - San Francisco, CA based Triton Aviation. Mint commenced ACMI service a year ago from its Madrid Barajas Airport base. (http://www.mint-airways.com/).




TUNISAIR [TAR/TU] took a delivery of a new A320 (TS-IMR msn 4344) June 25th, its first new A320 since 2002. Its A320 fleet now numbers 13 (including one leased out), as well as four A319s. Tunisair was an early customer for the A320, with eight of its aircraft built and delivered between 1990 and 1995.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

AVIATION NEWS (JUNE 25TH 2010)

NEW DELIVERIES

AZUL E-195LR PR-AYF [353] (6/24)
AZUL E-195LR PR-AYG [356] (6/24)
AZUL E-195LR PR-AYH [361] (6/24)
IBERIA A340-642 EC-LEU [960] Delivered after storage since July 2009
SINGAPORE AIRLINES A330-343 9V-STO [1132]
TUNIS AIR A320-214 TS-IMR [4344]
WESTJET 737-8CT C-GWSX [36696/3314] (6/24)

USED DELIVERIES

BULGARIAN AIR CHARTER MD-82 LZ-LDM [53228/2104]
DELTA AIR LINES MD-90 N926DN [53588/2248] (6/22)
MINT AIRWAYS 757-28A EC-LHL [24544/280]
SKY AIRLINES 737-83N TC-SKS [32348/933] (6/24)

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

AVIATION NEWS (JUNE 24TH 2010)

NEW DELIVERIES

AIR CHINA 737-86N B-5510 [36548/3312] (6/23)
CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES 737-89P B-5515 [36769/3311] (6/23)
JETSTAR AIRWAYS A320-232 VH-VGP [4343]
SKYMARK AIRLINES 737-82Y JA737Z [40712/3308]

USED DELIVERIES

MEDALLION AIR MD-83 YR-HBE [49396/1305] (6/22)
MEXICANACLICK 717-2BL N912ME [55175/125] (6/25)
PASSAREDO ERJ-145LU PR-PSJ [145351]

AIRLINE FLEET NEWS




MEXICANACLICK [CBE/QA] dba AEROCARIBE leased and took delivery of its 19th ex-Midwest Airlines Boeing 717 from Boeing Capital. An additional six aircraft will complete the lease order. The 717s will replace all Fokker 100s, of which some eight or so remain in service.



SKYMARK AIRLINES [SKY/BC] (JAPAN) took delivery of its 13th leased 737-800, also the first delivery (of two) to Japanese lessor MC Aviation (Boeing code 2Y). Tokyo Haneda based Skymark commenced service in September 1998 on scheduled regional services, as well as international charters, following Japanese aviation deregulation. Initially the fleet plan revolved around six 767-300ERs, however these proved too large and all were returned to lessors by April 2009. The larger 737-800 fleet has enabled greater service frequency and flexibility for Skymark. Lessors include Aviation Capital Group (2), Babcock & Brown (2), BOC Aviation (1), GECAS (6) and ILFC (1).

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

AVIATION NEWS (JUNE 23RD 2010)

NEW DELIVERIES

CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES A320-232 B-6673 [4340]
LUFTHANSA CITYLINE E-190LR D-AECF [359]
REGIONAL E-170STD F-HBXI [310] OPF AIR FRANCE

USED DELIVERIES

ONUR AIR A330-342 TC-OCB [098]

AIRLINE NEWS



ONUR AIR [OHY/8Q] (TURKEY) has taken delivery of two (of three planned) leased A330-300s this month. P&W powered msn 072 (ex-Iberworld) was delivered June 18th as TC-OCA, while R&R powered msn 098 (ex-Dragonair) was delivered from Hong Kong today as TC-OCB. A third ex-Malaysian aircraft will complete the trio shortly, all three being leased from Los Angeles, CA based International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) for five years.



ATLASJET [KKK/KK] (TURKEY) has also acquired its first A330. An ex-Swiss International A330-223 (TC-ETP msn 343] was leased from Aircastle June 14th. It joins a fleet of A320s/A321s and 757-200s.


VIRGIN AMERICA [VRD/VX] (USA) is to lease four ex-Jazeera Airways A320s from the latter airline's leasing division Sahaab Aircraft Leasing Company. The first (msn 3656) has been recently ferried to Miami, FL for pre-delivery work. Virgin America currently has 10 A319s and 18 A320s in service. In March (Virgin America (March 22nd), VRD announced plans to acquire nine additional A320s, including six for delivery in 2010.


JETBLUE AIRWAYS [JBU/B6] (USA) meanwhile is to acquire seven additional A320s on lease from GE Capital (GECAS). All seven were originally delivered new to JetBlue, and were then sold to now bankrupt Blue Wings of Germany, where they have operated for the last six years. JetBlue currently operates 110 A320s (and 41 E-190s).

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

AVIATION NEWS (JUNE 22ND 2010)

NEW DELIVERIES

AIR CHINA A330-343 B-6513 [1130]
AMERICAN AIRLINES 737-823 N842NN [31099/3307] (6/21)
GOVERNMENT OF KUWAIT A319-100CJ 9K-GEA [3957] Re-delivery following interior outfitting at Dallas Love Field, TX
HONG KONG AIRLINES A330-223 B-LNC [1031] (6/21)
ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES 777-212ER V8-BLB [30872/398] (6/21)

USED DELIVERIES

AIR ALLIANCE FOKKER 100 VH-XWQ [11300] (6/21)
BULGARIAN AIR CHARTER MD-82 LZ-LDE [53221/2079]
ENTER AIR 737-4Q8 SP-ENC [25376/2689] (6/18)
ICELAND EXPRESS 757-28A G-STRX [25621/457] (6/21) SLF/OPB ASTRAEUS

AIRLINE NEWS


HEWA BORA AIRWAYS [ALX/EO] (CONGO) MD-80 (9Q-COQ msn 49176/1120) was damaged beyond repair following an aborted take off, and subsequent runway excursion, at Kinshasa (June 21st). See report in the Aviation Herald for more details, and photos: Hewa Bora MD-80 accident - June 21st 2010


HONG KONG AIRLINES [CRK/HX] took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200. The airline has an additional 22 A330-200s on order, as well as A320s. Part of the Hainan Airlines / HNA Group of China, the aircraft livery reflect the group's corporate colors. The A330 will enter service between Hong Kong and Moscow later this month.

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