Norwegian 787s to Gatwick

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Spotting News, Sweden, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 01-04-2014


Norwegian Air takeoffNorwegian will again fly its Boeing 787 aircraft into Gatwick this summer.

The aircraft will operate daily from Stockholm Arlanda to London Gatwick, with two flights per day on weekdays.

The flights will operate from 6th May to 24th July 2014.





bmi Regional flying for Flyglinjen in Sweden

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 12-08-2013


Swedish regional carrier Flyglinjen today launches a three times daily, six days a week service between Kristianstad and Stockholm Arlanda using a 49-seater Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft provided by bmi regional.

The contract flying arrangement is for ten months using the Flyglinjen brand. The aircraft will fly under the bmi regional Airline Operating Certificate (AOC), and will be operated by bmi regional crews and maintained by bmi regional engineers. Flyglinjen will provide sales and ground services. The bmi regional operation will replace Flyglinjen’s previous turboprop service.

“Flyglinjen is delighted that bmi regional will operate our route from Kristianstad to Arlanda. The change from a Fokker 50 to an Embraer ERJ-145 brings many advantages to our customers such as a reduced flight time as well as a more comfortable and quiet experience. In addition, the reduced flight time will significantly improve our flight schedule, which has been well received by the local business community. We look forward to working with bmi regional and are confident that our partnership will have a positive effect on customer satisfaction and passenger growth,” said Philip Lofgren, CEO of Flyglinjen.

SAS buys A350s and more A330s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 25-06-2013


A350-900 SAS (c) AirbusSAS Scandinavian Airlines has placed an order for Airbus A350XWB and A330 aircraft.

The order comprises eight A350-900s, and four A330-300s.

Currently, SAS operates a fleet of 19 A320 Family aircraft, four A330s and seven A340s. The new wide-body aircraft will fit seamlessly into the airline’s fleet and deliver operational efficiencies and cost savings due to the commonality across the fleet, a feature unique to Airbus.

Qatar Airways 787s coming to Scandinavia

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Denmark, Middle East, Norway, Qatar, Spotting News, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 13-06-2013


Qatar 787Qatar Airways has announced that it will introduce its Boeing 787s on services from Doha to Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm Arlanda.

The flights commence on 1st August to Stockholm, and 1st September to both Copenhagen and Oslo.

Flights will operate daily.

Keep an eye on our 787 Routes Page for destinations you can see the Dreamliner.

British Airways A380 and 787 delivery dates

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Frankfurt, Germany, Heathrow, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, Sweden, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 10-06-2013


British Airways A380

British Airways will receive its first two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on 26th and 27th June.

The airline’s first Airbus A380 will be delivered on 4th July.

Both types are expected to be delivered direct to London Heathrow airport, so if you’re around on those days make sure you keep a camera handy.

It is expected that 787 training will take place at Manston Airport, with crew training flights likely operating to Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, and Stockholm Arlanda.

Crew familiarisation on the A380 will take place on flights to Frankfurt and possibly other European trunk routes. I’ll post any updates on here as soon as I find out more.


SAS to retire last MD-82 in October

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Denmark, Norway, Spotting News, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 06-06-2013


SAS MD82SAS Scandinavian Airlines has announced that it will retire its last McDonnell Douglas MD-82 aircraft in October.

It will reduce its remaining fleet of nine aircraft between now and 26 October, when the final flight will take place between Stockholm Arlanda and Copenhagen Kastrup.

Prior to this final flight, a special tour of the three Scandinavian capitals will depart from Copenhagen, and include flying over the Arctic Circle in Norway and a fly by of Bodø Airport. A farewell ceremony will also be held at Copenhagen.

TUI orders 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 02-06-2013


Thomson 737TUI Travel, which operates leisure airlines in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Scandinavia, and France, has announced a commitment to purchase 60 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft.

This order will allow the company to expand and upgrade the fleets of its various airlines, and will primarily be used for flights to Europe and Africa.

“Boeing and TUI Travel airlines have a relationship which goes back almost 50 years” said Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “TUI Travel’s airlines currently operate more than 135 Boeing airplanes and the commitment for 60 737 MAXs marks the next chapter in their continued fleet expansion, ensuring unrivalled efficiencies and superior passenger comfort. All of us at Boeing could not be more proud to see our relationship extended for years to come.”

Spotting at Malmö Sturup Airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 21-02-2013


Malmo AirportMalmö-Sturup Airport is one of Sweden’s busiest airports, handling over 2 million passengers per year.

It is situated in the south west corner of Sweden, only a short drive from Copenhagen in Denmark.

Malmo Airport has a single passenger terminal with 8 contact gates. It has one main runway, with a smaller cross runway.

Passenger flights are operated by airlines such as:

  • Al-Naser Airlines
  • Direktflyg
  • Golden Air
  • Next Jet
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • SAS
  • Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia
  • TUIfly Nordic
  • Wizz Air

Malmo is also a busy cargo airport, with two cargo terminals. Airlines include:

  • Air Contractors
  • TNT Airways
  • UPS Airlines
  • West Air Sweden

Malmo Spotting LocationSpotting

There is a viewing area provided at Malmo Airport for spotting. It is located between the terminal and the parking area, to the left if you leave the main entrance to the terminal. From this spotting location you can see the south end of the passenger apron and take decent photographs of aircraft. It is free to use this spotting area.

Alternatively, you can get views of aircraft by following the fence line towards the end of the runway, as long as you don’t get too close and cause alarm for security.

A former SAS Caravelle can also be seen at Malmo. Turn left outside the main terminal entrance and walk past a race track on your right. The Caravelle will eventually appear.

It is possible to spot through the windows inside the terminal once in the departures area.

Ryanair for three more Swedish airports

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Netherlands, Poland, Spotting News, Sweden, Western Europe | Posted on 15-12-2012


Ryanair 737Ryanair has announced plans to begin flights to three more airports in Sweden as part of its recent expansion announcements.

Angelholm, Jonkoping, and Kalmar in southern Sweden will all receive a single route from Ryanair to holiday destinations; the first to Alicante, and the latter two to Barcelona Girona.

Flights will start in April next year, each served 4x weekly.

In other news, Ryanair will start new bases in Eindhoven and Krakow in April, basing aircraft and opening new routes from each.

Catching the last DC-9-20

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Book Reviews, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Norway, South America, Sweden, USA, Venezuela, Western Europe | Posted on 31-10-2012


DC-9-20 Skydive Perris. Photo Craig O'BrienThe Douglas DC-9-20 was one of the rarer variants of the type, and only ten were ever built.

It was developed for Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and their requirements for short-field takeoffs in remote airports around Norway and Sweden.

The DC-9-20 featured the fuselage of a DC-9-10, but the improved engines and wings of a DC-9-30.

Following service with SAS, some of the examples flew with airlines such as Aeropostal, Spirit Airlines, and Valujet Airlines. However, today only one example is still flying – and believe it or not, you could have a chance of flying on it!

SAS DC-9-20N127NK currently flies as a platform for skydiving with Skydive Perris. It is based at Perris Valley Airport in California. Skydivers make use of the DC-9’s rear stairs, allowing them a clear drop from the aircraft. You can find out more about Skydive Perris here:

The remaining DC-9-20’s are:
N952VV – Fuselage remains at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
YV-11C – Stored at Caracas, Venezuela
YV-12C – Stored at Caracas, Venezuela
N129NK – Active, Skydive Perris, Perris Valley, CA

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