Dusseldorf Airport - Other European Carriers
Page under construction - Intro to follow
9A-CTG Croatia Airlines Airbus A319-112. On stand, Sunday 5 May 2019. *
ATR 72-500 OK-GFR of Czech Airlines (SkyTeam livery) on 6 May 2019. **
Scandinavian Airlines, usually known as SAS, is the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, which together form part of Scandinavia. SAS is an abbreviation of the company's full name, Scandinavian Airlines System. The airline's main hub is at Copenhagen-Kastrup Airport, with connections to 109 destinations around the world. Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (with 106 destinations) is the second largest hub and Oslo Airport, Gardermoen being the third major hub of SAS. Minor hubs also exist at Bergen Airport, Flesland, Göteborg Landvetter Airport, Stavanger Airport, Sola, and Trondheim Airport, Værnes. SAS Cargo is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Scandinavian Airlines and its main office is at Copenhagen Airport. The carrier`s airliners all bear either Swedish, Norwegian or Danish registrations and one of the latter. Retro-liveried Airbus A319-132 OY-KBO, is seen here moments after lift-off from Runway 23L on Monday 6 May.
Danish regional airline Sun Air of Scandinavia currently operates scheduled services as a franchise of British Airways using their name and corporate design as `British Airways - operated by SUN-AIR of Scandinavia A/S`, using a fleet of 14 Dornier Do-328JET-310s including OY-NCI, seen here taxiing to stand after landing on Monday 6 May. The carrier which has its main base at Billund Airport also offers charter flights, air taxi services, specialist aerial work and aircraft brokerage.
Finnair Embraer ERJ-190LR OH-LKE lifts-off on 4.5.2019.*
Boeing 757-208(WL) TF-FIN. Saturday 4 May 2019.
Republic of Ireland
Ireland`s national carrier Aer Lingus was represented by Airbus A320-214s EI-GAL and EI-DEP etc* // Ryanair
Intro: Bearing the Irish registration, Embraer ERJ-175STD EI-RDF is operated by Alitalia Cityliner. *
Montenegro in Southeast Europe lies on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Bosnia & Herzegovina to the northwest; Serbia and Kosovo to the east, Albania to the south and Croatia to the west. Montenegro Airlines, the national carrier, currently operates just 5 aircraft; a trio of Embraer ERJ-195s including 40-AOC, seen here, and a pair of Fokker F70/F100s. The airline`s HQ is located in the capital, Podgorica.
LOT Polish Airlines etc // Embraer ERJ-195LR SP-LNG and SP-LNI
TAP Air Portugal Airbus A319-111 CS-TTK. Saturday 4 May 2019.
Bucharest-based Just Us Air commenced operations in early 2018, initially with a single plane, namely 2008-manufactured Airbus A319-132 YR-URS. Airbus A320-232 YR-DSI and A321-231 YR-NTS joined soon after, bringing the total fleet strength to three. The newly-launched carrier`s aircraft are available for short notice ACMI and wet / damp lease operations, series flights, and ad-hoc charter services. Just Us Air will be works in close partnership with UK-based Chapman Freeborn Airchartering who provide the airline with commercial and operational support.
Russia & Ukraine
Rossiya Airlines, also known as Rossiya-Russian Airlines, is 75% owned by Aeroflot and has its HQ at Pulkovo Airport in Saint Petersburg with additional hubs at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, Rostov-on-Don Airport and Orenburg Tsentralny Airport. As of October 2018, the Rossiya Airlines 64 aircraft-strong fleet comprises Boeing 737-86N(WL) VQ-BJX of Rossiya Airlines. T Airbus A319 and 320s, Boeing 737-800s, Boeing 747-400s and a single Boeing 777-300 and 777-300ERs (ex-Emirates).
S7-Siberian Airlines, legally PJSC Siberia Airlines, is headquartered in Ob, Novosibirsk Oblast, Siberia, with offices in Moscow. As of 2008, it is Russia's biggest domestic airline, with its main bases at Domodedovo International Airport and Tolmachevo Airport. As of November 2008, all Soviet-made aircraft had left the fleet which now comprises exclusively of Western types, namely Airbus A319, A320 and A321s, Boeing 737s and Embraer E-170s.
Ukrainian carrier Yanair is headquartered in Kiev, and based at Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany). Maintenance for the company's fleet, currently made up of five Boeing 737s and a single Airbus A321-112 UR-COJ is provided at Zhytomyr Airport. These shots of the latter aircraft pushing back from its stand on the western apron were taken from my room at the Maritim Hotel.
Ukraine International Airlines info*
Spanish carriers were represented by Iberia, Air Europa Express and Thomas Cook Balearics.
Below: The Spanish regional airline Air Europa Express is a subsidiary of Globalia (which is also the parent company of Air Europa). The intention is to have Air Europa grow and operate long-haul flights with Air Europa Express tasked with short haul and regional routes. The `Express` airline is not a part of Air Europa and was founded in Spain in 1996 as Aeronova and flew scheduled and charter flights on behalf of other companies. Aeronova also had a school offering training for pilots on the two types the airline flew, the ATR 42 and the Fairchild SA-227 Metro.
Air Europa Express is Globalia's third attempt at creating a regional subsidiary. The first was another airline with the same name which collapsed in 2001 while a second airline known as Universal Airlines never commenced operations. Air Europa Express commenced operations on 11 January 2016 with two daily flights between Valencia and Madrid and one daily flight between Valencia and Palma de Malorca. as of April 2019 the Air Europa Express fleet consists of 8 ATR 72-500s and 11 Embraer ERJ-195LRs including EC-LFZ, seen here.
Wamos Air etc*
Bombardier CSeries CS300 (Airbus A220-300) HB-JBA, HB-JCH and HB-JCN **
Just a few weeks prior to my visit, Turkish Airlines successfully transferred its operations to Istanbul Airport from the city`s Ataturk facility which remains open for cargo, maintenance, corporate and general aviation flights. The carrier had been based at Ataturk Airport since it began operations in 1933, initially with two Curtiss Kingbirds, a pair of Junkers F13s, and a ten-seat Tupolev ANT-9. Currently Turkish Airlines` fleet comprises 292 aircraft including 91 Boeing 737s, 73 Airbus A321s, and 65 A330s, including the one seen here. ?*
Between 02:00 - and 14:00 hrs on Saturday 6 April 2019, following the last departure from Ataturk, both major airports were closed to all passenger flights while more than 100 of the carrier`s airliners flew north to the new site. The distance between Istanbul Airport and Atatürk Airport is approximately 22 miles (35 km). Meanwhile, around 700 trucks transported 47,000 tons of ground handling equipment to the new base. Turkish Airlines Airbus A321 TC-JSY had the distinction of making the first scheduled flight out of the new facility when it took off bang-on 2 o`clock for Ankara. Prior to the move, Ataturk Airport was one of the busiest in Europe but the rising volume of traffic was increasingly causing problems, hence the construction of the new complex.
Corendon Airlines was founded in 2004 with flights starting in April 2005 and as of March 2019, the carrier operates scheduled flights from its base at Antalya Airport to 20 cities in Germany and Switzerland. It also operates seasonal charter flights to Iran in Asia and more destinations throughout Europe. The Dutch sister company Corendon Dutch Airlines was founded in 2011 with a Maltese sister company, Corendon Airlines Europe founded in 2017.
SunExpress was established in October 1989 and began operations in April 1990 with a charter service between Antalya and Frankfurt. The airline was founded as a joint venture between Turkish Airlines and the Lufthansa Group/Condor Flugdienst. In 1995, the Lufthansa Group transferred its SunExpress shares to Condor. All tourist flights operate under a single unit. In February 2007, all Condor shares were retaken by the Lufthansa Group as Condor was acquired by Thomas Cook AG (now Thomas Cook Group). As of April 2019, the SunExpress fleet consists of 45 Boeing 737-800s with a number of Boeing 737 Max 8s on order, however, following the worldwide grounding of the latter type following two fatal crashes this may be reviewed.
Tailwind Airlines Boeing 737-4Q8 TC-TLA. Saturday 4 May 2019.*
Asia, Africa & Rest of the World
Biz-jets & General Aviaition