Finnair’s new A321 is the first with Sharklets

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Finland, Miscellaneous Spotting, Western Europe | Posted on 10-09-2013


 © Airbus S.A.S 2013Finnair has received a new Airbus A321 aircraft, registration OH-LZG, which is the first example in the world to be equipped with Sharklets.

The aircraft will eventually replace Finnair’s existing fleet of 757s, making it an all Airbus operator.

Finnair will take delivery of a total of five Sharklet equipped A321s. It currently operates an Airbus fleet of 40 aircraft (25 A320 family aircraft and 15 A330s/A340s).

Ville Iho, Finnair Chief Operating Officer, said “We are extremely proud to receive the world’s first A321 equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices. This new aircraft will fit perfectly into our fleet and will contribute to optimizing our operating costs, whilst also reducing our environmental footprint.”

Qatar Airways A380 flies

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Heathrow, Middle East, Qatar, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 10-09-2013


 © Airbus S.A.S 2013

Qatar Airways‘ first Airbus A380 has performed its maiden flight from Toulouse ahead of a planned delivery in 2014.

Between now and delivery it will fly to Hamburg for interior and cabin outfitting.

Qatar Airways plans to fly its A380s from Doha to London Heathrow and other principal destinations. It has 13 of the type on order.

Best of the Web – Airports Spotting Videos – British Airways new advert

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Spotting Videos | Posted on 06-09-2013


A bit of a different video for the ‘Best of the Web’ section this week, but since British Airways have always been good to Airport Spotting Blog and supported what we do, we thought we’d bring you their new TV advert which shows off their smart new Boeing 787-8 aircraft and onboard service. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Abigail Comber, British Airways head of marketing, said: “Our new TV advert shows the work that goes on behind the scenes, in order to get 100,000 people in the air every day. The research gave us a real appreciation for every single person that makes flying a seamless process. From the tug driver to the ramp agent, from NATS air traffic control to our chefs  – there’s more people than you realise, that get you from A to Z.”

Delta 737-900 routes announced

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Miscellaneous Spotting, North America, USA | Posted on 04-09-2013


Delta 737-900ERDelta Air Lines is due to take delivery of its first Boeing 737-900ER aircraft soon.

The first flight anticipated for 3rd November.


Routes initially selected for the new aircraft are all from the airline’s Atlanta base, and include:

  • Detroit Metropolitan
  • Los Angeles International
  • San Francisco
  • Tampa International

Delta announced an order for 100 737-900s in 2011, with deliveries running until 2018.

Kriber seeks to re-open Ciduad Real airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Airport News, Spain, Western Europe | Posted on 03-09-2013


The abandoned Ciudad Real AirportNew Spanish startup carrier Kriber Airlines has made clear it plans to purchase the abandoned Ciudad Real airport in a bid to create a hub for passenger and cargo flights.

The airport was opened in 2010 and it was hoped it could relieve the crowded Madrid Barajas airport 200km to the north. However, flights did not materialise and the facility was abandoned in 2012.

Kriber hopes to purchase the airport for EUR40 million, and create up to 1,500 jobs.

UT Air to retire TU-154s by end of 2013

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Russia, Spotting News | Posted on 02-09-2013


UT Air TU154Following from its recent aircraft orders, UT Air has now announced that it intends to retire its Tupolev TU-154 fleet by the end of 2013.

The airline recently retired the TU-134 from mainline service, and now the larger aircraft will disappear in favour of western and newer Russian types.

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Where to fly Scoot

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Asia, Australasia, Australia, China, Japan, Miscellaneous Spotting, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand | Posted on 02-09-2013


(c) FlyScootScoot is the long-haul low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. It recently celebrated its first anniversary, having launched operations between Singapore and Sydney on 4th June 2012.

The airline flies Boeing 777-200 aircraft in a bright yellow colour scheme. The airline recently added Seoul, South Korea, to its network. So where can you catch a Scoot aircraft? They currently fly to the following destinations (all from Singapore Changi):

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Gold Coast, Australia
  • Nanjing, China
  • Qingdao, China
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Shenyang, China
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • Tianjin, China
  • Tokyo Narita, Japan

Have you flown with Scoot? How do they compare to other low cost carriers in Asia?


New viewing area at Helsinki Airport

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Airport Spotting Guide, Finland, Spotting News, Western Europe | Posted on 01-09-2013


Helsinki Scenic TerraceThis had slipped my attention until I read about it on George Hamlin’s excellent Observation Deck blog, but it turns out Helsinki Vantaa Airport in Finland has opened a new viewing area for spotters to watch aircraft movements.

The ‘Scenic Terrace’ actually replaces the older terrace which had closed down. It reopened in April 2013 and sits atop a building next to Terminal 2, giving elevated views over the aircraft parking ramps and of the two main runways.

The terrace is open from 7am to 10pm daily, but make sure you wrap up warm in the winter months! It is free to enter, and there are vending machines for snacks.

Westjet places 737 MAX order

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Canada, North America | Posted on 29-08-2013


Westjet 737-MAX7 ArtworkWestJet has signed a letter of intent to purchase 65 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The order comprises 25 MAX 7 and 40 MAX 8 aircraft.

This pending order, valued at $6.3 billion at current list prices, is a key component of the Calgary-based carrier’s strategy to optimize and modernize its fleet.

UT Air signs agreements for Russian-made aircraft

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airline News, Eastern Europe, Miscellaneous Spotting, Russia | Posted on 28-08-2013


Superjet100-1711UT Air has signed two lease agreements with VEB-leasing to bring a number of new Russian-made regional jets to its fleet.

One of the agreements is to finance six of the Sukhoi SSJ100 LR aircraft ordered by the carrier. The delivery of the single-class cabin aircraft seating 103 passengers will begin in 2014.

MS-21-Model-1821The second agreement is to lease ten of the UAC made MS-21-300 aircraft which are still in development, with aircraft delivery starting in 2018 and to be completed in 2020. The Irkut Corporation will also provide services for placing aircraft into service.

These announcements were made at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013 at Zhukovsky.