FARNAIR Europe’s first 737

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, North America, Spotting News, Switzerland, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 18-02-2014


Farnair 737-400FARNAIR Europe has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

The aircraft is a high gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 28492 – ex JA737F) built in 1996 and was converted at Commercial Jet’s Miami facility, which is one of five authorized AEI Conversion Centers worldwide. This is AEI’s 2nd of an anticipated 30+ freighters to be delivered in 2014.

Guy Girard, CEO of the FARNAIR Group, said “This is the first of four aircraft we have secured, while the rest will join our fleet in the coming months.”

5 new cockpit videos from Justplanes

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Africa, Ethiopia, France, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, Norway, Spotting Equipment Reviews, Spotting Videos, Switzerland, USA, Western Europe | Posted on 05-01-2014


Justplanes really are the best in the business when it comes to cockpit recordings, with such a wide ranging back catalogue.

JustPlanes thiopian 787

I thought I’d bring you details of a few recent additions to their collection which have caught my attention.

1. Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Join the world’s most advanced airliner on flights from Addis Ababa to destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe. 8 flights included.

2. Norwegian Boeing 787-800
Fly Norwegian’s 737s on routes across Scandinavia and mainland Europe, including a flight to the most Northerly airport in the world!

3. Air Canada Boeing 767-300
Fly long haul and short haul in Air Canada’s 767s, including a trip to Hawaii, and the famous landing at St. Maarten as seen from the cockpit!

Just Planes SWISS

4. Air France Boeing 777-200ER
Follow the pilots of this state-of-the-art aircraft in a flight from Paris to New York JFK. It covers everything from the moment they arrive at the airport, including planning and pre-flight, to the charts, cockpit instruments, approach, landing and all the outside cockpit views.

5. Swiss Airbus A340-300
Like the Air France 777 example above, this one follows the pilots through every aspect of their flight both on the ground and in the air, as they take an A340 from Zurich to San Francisco. Fascinating documentary and cockpit views.


Etihad Regional formed from stake in Darwin Airline

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airline News, Airport News, Germany, Middle East, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 17-11-2013


Etihad RegionalEtihad Airways has taken a 33.3% stake in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline, and will rebrand it as Etihad Regional in the hope of extending its brand coverage in Europe.

The move will come into effect in June 2014 and will see Darwin’s Saab 2000 fleet based in both Zurich and Berlin. Etihad will begin a new A330-200 link from its Abu Dhabi base to Zurich to coincide with the move, and provide onward connections through Darwin to a number of European cities.

This will naturally unlock worldwide onward connections through Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub for many new passengers in Europe.

Adria Airways setting up non-Slovenian bases

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Eastern Europe, Italy, Kosovo, Slovenia, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 14-10-2013


Adria CRJSlovenian national carrier Adria Airways is looking to set up a number of hubs or focus cities at airports outside of its home country.

The airline has already based a CRJ900 aircraft at Pristina Airport in Kosovo, and is now looking to set up similar operations at Tirana in Albania, Verona in Italy, and Klagenfurt in Austria.

All of these airports are within close proximity of Slovenia.

The newly-announced Verona hub will allow Adria to take up routes dropped recently by Air Dolomiti, and it intends to connect the city to its fellow Star Alliance partner hubs at Brussels, Vienna and Zurich. Flights will start in 2014.

Klagenfurt is still being evaluated as a possible base for 2014.

6 airports that the CSeries will be a regular at

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Asia, Bahrain, Eastern Europe, Estonia, Middle East, South Korea, Switzerland, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 12-10-2013


CSeries CS100Bombardier’s new CSeries regional airliner made its first flight in September so we thought we’d take a look at which airports the type will be a regular sight at once deliveries take place.

So far almost 180 examples have been ordered by airlines around the world (split over the CS100 and CS300 models), with a number of purchases by leasing companies.

The airports are:

Seoul, South Korea – Korean Air ordered 10 CS300s, becoming the first in Asia to order the type. Routes have not yet been announced, so it is not certain whether the type will fly from Gimpo or Incheon airports.

Riga, Latvia - airBaltic are due to take 10 CS300 examples for regional flights around Europe.

Bahrain - Gulf Air will take 10 CS100s for flights around the Middle East.

Geneva & Zurich, Switzerland – Lufthansa ordered 30 CS100s which will be used to revitalise the short- and medium-haul fleet of Swiss, replacing its older Avro Regional Jets. These will fly from the airline’s Geneva and Zurich bases across Europe. Additionally, Geneva-based PrivatAir has ordered five CS100s in an all-business class configuration.

London City, UK – The Docklands airport will be certified for CSeries operations. Swiss and PrivatAir are both possible carriers who will fly the type there. However, a new airline named Odyssey Airlines is currently being formed with a base at London City.  It has ordered 10 CS100s.



Emirates A380 coming to Zurich

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Dubai, Middle East, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 07-06-2013


Emirates will begin flying its Airbus A380 aircraft to Zurich from 1st January 2014.

The airline currently operates two daily flights from Dubai to Zurich; the A380 will operate on the afternoon flight.

The move will provide an additional 1,100 seats between the cities in each direction every week.

SWISS goes for 777-300s to replace A340s

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Germany, Miscellaneous Spotting, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 14-03-2013


Swiss International Boeing 777-300ER (c) Swiss International Air Lines LtdSwiss International Air Lines has announced it will take six Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a deal worth $1.9bn at list prices.

The airline’s parent, Lufthansa, made the order on behalf of Swiss, who will use the aircraft to replace its Airbus A340-300 fleet.

Harry Hohmeister, Chief Executive Officer of Swiss commented: “The Boeing 777-300ER is the ideal size and range to meet our Swiss market needs.  “We have made a landmark decision to further invest in an advanced aircraft fleet to retain our competitive edge over many of our competitors who are operating aircraft with more than 300 seats on similar routes.”

In addition to this order, Lufthansa has also ordered two additional Airbus A380s, and 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft (split between 30 original and 70 neo variants).

Davos Zurich Airport Ramp Tours 2013

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Miscellaneous Spotting, Spotting News, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 06-11-2012


For those of you heading to Zurich in January over the World Economic Forum event, which is held at Davos, the details of the ramp tours available at the airport have now been announced.

2013′s World Economic Forum event at Davos will take place from Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 27th January. It usually sees a great number of private and bizjet aircraft descending on Zurich Airport (and to a lesser extent Geneva Airport) which are not usually seen in Europe.

BUCHairTours will again be providing two-hour airside ramp tours on each day of the event (with multiple daily tours on Wednesday-Saturday). Tours start at Observation Deck B at Zurich Airport, and numbers are limited so it’s wise to book in advance! The cost is 30CHF per person.

The schedule of Zurich ramp tours can be found here: http://www.buchairnet.ch/de/tour/2013_schedule.pdf

Remember to turn up 10 minutes ahead of your tour to make sure you don’t miss out!


Best of the Web – Airport Spotting Videos – Basel 747-8 Basel

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in France, Germany, Spotting Videos, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 24-08-2012


Here’s a nice little video I came across today which shows the first Boeing 747-8 landing at Basel/Muhouse/Freiburg Airport. It is operated by Cargolux and was delivering a large item, and is clearly a large aircraft for this medium sized airport.

Update on spotting at Zurich

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport Spotting Guide, Spotting News, Spotting Trip Reports, Switzerland, Western Europe | Posted on 16-07-2011


Mark Williams has posted this helpful and informative post on the current spotting situation at Zurich Airport. I hope you find it useful:


Once through immigration on the arrivals floor, head out of the terminal and turn right. You will see signs for the observation hall and ramp tours – simply head towards the hangars and as the road/perimeter fence turns left you will see the cabin on your right. Purchase a ticket from the machine at the entrance on your left if you only want to go to the observation hall (cost 2CHF – the machine accepts notes also although having the correct change might be wise) and then head to the security point where you and your belongings will go through an x-ray machine. Don’t forget you are going airside so the appropriate security measures need to be completed. There was no problem taking bottles of liquid through, especially important as there is only limited vending facilities on the deck itself. Once through, you then wait in a small room for the next bus to take you to the viewing deck atop Terminal E, situated in the middle of theairfield at the heart of the action. Buses are every 30 minutes during the summer weekends, running at 15 and 45 past the hour (the first one being 07:45). Last buses back are at 19:00 and 19:30 with the final departure back to the terminal at 20:00. Please note these are summer weekend times. Check on the excellent Zurich Airport website for winter and weekday schedules. The airport tour, which includes the hangar area, biz jet parking and a stop at the runway intersection for photos is also still available at 8CHF, but I didn’t go on it this time. Make sure you time it well for the bus, as I arrived just a couple of minutes after one had departed and the half hour wait in a stuffy room with very little in the way of views was a touch frustrating.