Glasgow Airport Movements 2016
Notable visitors to Glasgow during April 2016 which I didn`t manage to capture on camera include Enter Air Boeing 737-4Q8 SP-ENC from Lyon which landed just after 1300hrs (2nd); Air France Airbus F-GUGP showed for the first time, also Transavia Boeing 737s PH-HZN and PH-HZX which were last here a week ago brought passengers back from Lourdes (3rd); First visits by Air France A319-111 F-GRXF and Bombardier BD700 Global 5000 M-SAID (4th); Eurocopters G-VGMC and G-PDGT plus Air France`s A318-111 F-GUGH (5th); F-GRHH A319-111 Air France and Emirates Boeing 777-31H A6-EMV from Dubai made their debut, plus G-IFTF BAe 125-800B and N425HB Cessna 425 (7th); Honda HA-420 HondaJet N420HE made its first visit in the morning, staying on the ground for just over an hour (8th): F-GUGD A318-111 Air France f/v, all-white Icelandair Boeing 757-27B TF-FIW plus Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 G-VGAL (9th); Three airliners on their 1st visits, namely G-TCDN A321-211W Thomas Cook, F-GKXP A320-214 Air France and Blue Air`s Boeing 737-4D7 YR-BAQ and Beech 350 King Air F-HSFX f/v (10th)...
F-GRHT A319-111 Air France f/v, N930DF SOCATA TBM930 f/v and Diamond DA42 Twin Star G-XDEA (11th); F-GRXD A319-111 Air France f/v, G-XXEB Sikorsky S-76C Queen`s Helicopter Flight and G-PDGT Aerospatiale AS355F2. Also, G-GLEG Embraer EMB135BJ arrived with ELO and night-stopped - no sign of Mr Blue Sky though - it poured down all day! (12th); F-GUGK A318-111 Air France f/v and G-MEGN Beech B200 Super King Air (13th); First visits by Cessna 560 D-CAPB which called in twice and yet another Air France Airbus, this time A320-214 F-GKXT (14th); 9H-VCJ Bombardier Challenger 350 f/v, Citation Excel G-CIEL and Beech King Air 200 G-WNCH (15th); N941AU B737-530 Blue Air f/v which somewhat unusually called up using its registration number, F-GRHV A319-111 Air France f/v, G--SIRS Citation Excel, 9H-BSA Atlas Executive Air's Raytheon Hawker 750XP and G-CMTO Citation M2 (16th)...
First visits by Thomas Cook A321-211W G-TCDO, Air France A318-111 F-GUGF and Cessna 525A G-ZUEZ which I'd seen for the first time the previous week at Manchester. Also visiting Glasgow were G-VAST B747-443 Virgin Atlantic, M-CELT Dassault Falcon 7X, M-TEAM CitationJet CJ1+, 9H-VCJ Challenger CL350, G-PEPI Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy 600 London Executive Aviation, G-OGGM Cirrus SR22, G-KLNE Hawker 900XP and 'Rescue 999' Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGG HM Coastguard (17th); G-FFFC Citation Mustang, G-OJER CItation XLS f/v, CS-DUG Raytheon Hawker 750, HZ-MEJ1 CL604 Challenger, and EC-LTF Bombardier BD700 Global 6000 (18th); F-GRXC A319-111 Air France f/v, Beech King Airs G-CWCD, G-WNCH and G-SYGA, SOCATA TBM930 N87JH f/v, G-WPNS BN-2T Islander f/v, 9H-VCF Bombardier Challenger 350 VistaJet f/v (19th); N772MC Dassault Falcon 2000LX f/v and HZ-MEJ1 Challenger 604 (20th)...
F-GUGM A318-111 Air France f/v, G-FFFC Ciation Mustang and Ciation XLS CS-DXT (21st); Enhance Aero Group`s Embraer EMB145 F-HELA and G-LEAX Citation XLS were the only other visitors of note (22nd); Two Blue Air 737s called in, YR-BAQ on the scheduled morning flight from Bucharest while US-registered first-timer N942AU arrived at 0145hrs, remaining on the ground for an hour. Cessna 208 Caravan N697ZZ f/v went into the Gama hangar and night-stopped. Gulfstream G550 V-SP VP-BLW landed mid-afternoon and also stayed over (24th); First visits by Gulfstream 450 N702TR and Gulfstream V N721MC plus G-LGNT, a new Saab 2000 for the Loganair fleet which was delivered on 19 April (27th); OY-NPF Fairchild SA-227DC Metro 23 North Flying, BN-2B Islander G-HEBO, Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy M-IMAK f/v, and King Air 200 G-KVIP (28th); F-GRHS, yet another Air France A319-111 on its first visit and CS-DXX Citation XLS of NetJets Europe (29th.
Currently covering some Glasgow-LHR Shuttle flights, Boeing 737-73S(WL) OY-JTT and Boeing 737-7Q8(WL) OY-JTY (above) of Danish airline Jet Time will operate on behalf of British Airways throughout the summer season this year. With its HQ at Kastrup, and flight bases at Copenhagen, Billund and Helsinki Airports, the airline was founded by a group of Danish investors and operated its first flight on 19 September 2006. Jet Time have a fleet of 27 aircraft, namely 14 cargo and/or passenger configured Boeing 737s and 13 passenger-only ATR-72 turboprops.
Wizz Air Airbus A321-231(WL) HA-LXD was holding at Alpha 1 for a 23 departure on Tuesday 26 April when the runway was switched to 05, resulting in the Hungarian airliner backtracking to the opposite end of the airfield.
Boeing 737-329 9H-MTF, wich is operated by Maleth Aero, made a brief stop in the early hours of Saturday 23 April to drop off WWE wrestlers taking part in the Wrestlemania Revenge event at Glasgow`s SSE Hydro. Coincidently, I`d photographed this aircraft (along with dozens of others) at Amsterdam Schiphol on April 16th. Click here to view. I also made my second visit to Manchester Airport this month spending most of the time at the Runway Visitor Park.
Photographed on a hazy April 2 morning is Short SD360-200 N427PE (ex CS-TLJ) which had been stored at Cascais Airport, Portugal, since 2008. The aircraft was on delivery to the USA and had flown from Cascais via Brest, apparently intending to stop over at Wick, but landed at Glasgow International soon after darkness fell. It finally left to continue its journey Stateside on Tuesday 5 April.
V-11 Gulfstream 4 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force landed at 1640hrs on Friday 1 April and night-stopped into the 2nd.
96-0108, a UC-35A Citation Ultra, arrived at 1030hrs on Wednesday 6 March, using the call-sign `Wing 46`. The twin-engined UC-35A is a medium range executive and priority cargo version of the Cessna Citation 560 Ultra V. This particular aircraft, flown by the US Army, took off two hours later, but the US Marines also operate the type.
Beechcraft T-6C Texan II turboprop military trainer is based on the Swiss-made Pilatus PC-9. This example, bearing the US civil registration N630LA, touched down at Glasgow for the first time at 1410hrs on Friday 22 April. The next-generation T-6 has replaced the Air Force's Cessna T-37B and the Navy's T-34C Turbo Mentor and is equipped with an all-digital, glass cockpit and features a hard-point wing to carry external fuel tanks, weapons and other external stores. The United States Air Force (USAF) use the T-6 for basic pilot and Combat Systems Officer (CSO) training and the US Navy and US Marine Corps use it for Primary and Intermediate Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training. The T-6C is used for training by the Royal Moroccan Air Force, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Mexican Air Force while the earlier T-6A variant is in service with the Canadian, Greek, Israeli and Iraqi Air Forces.