A long time without any update in these treads. Have had a very busy fall of last year, so have not been too good at keeping these treads up to date. However, hoping that 2018 will turn out better, I’ll start this year with some new models from last fall.
From Europe we have:1:500
Air Baltic Bombardier CS300 YL-CSD
Air Baltic Bombardier Dash8-Q400 YL-BBT
Astra Airlines ATR 42 SX-DIR
Astra Airlines ATR 72 SX-DIP
Austrian Airlines Airbus A319 OE-LDG
Austrian Airlines Bombardier Dash8-Q400 OE-LGD
Austrian Airlines Embraer E195 “Star Alliance” OE-LWH
Austrian Airlines Embraer E195 OE-LWJ
British Airways DHC6 Twin Otter G-BZFP
Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300 OO-SFO
Kuban Airlines Boeing 737-300 VQ-BHD
Lufthansa Airbus A320NEO D-AINA
Norwegian Boeing 737 MAX8 EI-FYA and EI-FYB
Royal Navy Jetstream 31 XX476
Swiss Bombardier CS100 HB-JBB
Swiss Bombardier CS300 HB-JCB
Titan Airways Boeing 767-300 G-POWD
YL-CSD, is the fourth Bombardier CS300 delivered to launch customer of the type Air Baltic on first of June 2017, it now operates on Air Baltics European network as well as some occasional operations to Abu Dhabi.
YL-BBT, one of Air Baltics Dash8-Q400 aircrafts to so far feature the updated livery. This aircraft was first delivered to the airline on the last day of April 2013, and will no probably stay with them until replaced by presumably a new twinjet from Bombardier, the CS300, but this is still a few years away.
SX-DIP this 25-year-old ATR 72 was originally delivered to LOT in October 1992, after which she was transferred to Eurolot in January 2001 still under the same registration, SP-LFE. In August 2013, she was withdrawn from use and in April 2014, she started operating for Astra Airlines with name “Nicolaos” and registration SX-DIP.
SX-DIR, a 26-year-old ATR 42-300 originally delivered to NFD Luftverkehrs AG as D-BJJ in January 1992 it has since then seen operations with four other airlines before joining Astra Airlines in May 2015 and was named “Theofilos”.
OE-LDG, aircraft named Tbilisi and with Austrian since January 2006. It was for a short while stored at Vienna between May and October 2009 and now features the new Austrian livery.
OE-LWJ is a 6-year-old Embraer 195, originally delivered to Lufthansa Cityline wearing the registration D-AEBL. It was transferred to Austrian in August 2016 as part of the replacement of the old Fokker aircraft.
OE-LGD, one of Austrians Dash8-Q400 named “Steiermark”, is an almost 18-year-old aircraft originally delivered to Tyrolean, but later transferred to Austrian keeping its old registration until this day but in a new livery.
OE-LWH is another Austrian Embraer 195, also transferred from Lufthansa CityLine in 2016 after a short storage period from October 2015 at Cologne, and does today feature the Star Alliance livery. Previous registration of this 6-year-old aircraft was D-AEBJ with Lufthansa CityLine.
G-BZFP, based in Glasgow it is now operated by Loganair for FlyBe, but have before this been operated for and by British Airways, Aloha Island Air and Avmax. It had a small incident in March 2007, whilst taxiing after landing, the lower section of the nose landing gear, including the wheel, detached from the nose leg. This resulted from corrosion damage to the screw threads of a lock nut used to secure the wheel fork to the lower extremity of the sliding element of the oleo strut.
OO-SFO, a 24-year-old Airbus A330-300 operated by Brussels Airlines, it has worn this registration since November 12th, 1997, but is now with its fourth airline in its life, and third with this particular registration. She was originally delivered to Air Inter in February 1994, but after their merger with Air France, she was sold to Sabena. She served for a few years with SN Brussels before this became Brussels Airlines. Between June 2014 and April 2015, she also wore the special “Belgian Red Devils” livery.
VQ-BHD, one of seven Boeing 737s in the Kuban Airlines fleet and delivered in 2010. Before this, it joined with Continental from 1995, Buzz and Ryanair in 2003 and bmibaby in 2005. It now operators with Belavia since 2012 with registration EW-336PA.
D-AINA, the first Airbus A320NEO for Lufthansa, but also the first A320NEO to be delivered when Lufthansa welcomed her in January 2016, she had a small incident at Charles de Gaul last year when she ended up of the taxiway but were pulled out without any serious damage.
EI-FYA and EI-FYB are the first two new Boeing 737 MAX8 aeroplanes delivered to Norwegian, today based in Ireland, they regularly operate on transatlantic flights to the US, but do visit Oslo on occasions as well. EI-FYA feature English the aviation entrepreneur “Sir Freddie Laker” on the tail, and EI-FYB the Irish explorer “Tom Crean”. Both aircraft were delivered on June 29th, 2017.