Glasgow Airport Movements 2016
Despite some relatively quiet days, July was an interesting month for movements which included a first of type visit by the Sukhoi Superjet, another flydubai 737-800 on delivery, Textron`s AT-6C Texan II and their unique E530 Scorpion jet. Glasgow Airport was in the headlines on Monday 18 July, when it was announced that two Canadian pilots, a captain and first officer, who were due to fly an Air Transat Airbus from Glasgow to Toronto, had been arrested for being under the influence of alcohol. They made no plea or declaration at Paisley Sheriff Court and were remanded in custody but eventually bailed pending their next appearance before a judge. The delayed flight set off on Tuesday morning, with passengers having spent the previous night at nearby hotels. The airline later apologised to those affected and offered them several hundred dollars each as compensation and a discount on their next Air Transat flight - I wonder how many of the passengers will rush to book after this experience, during which the airline was reportedly less than forthcoming initially with information.
Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B EI-FWB of CityJet made its inaugural visit on Friday 15 July. This Irish regional airline has its HQ in Swords, County Dublin, and owns maintenance facilities at Dublin Airport, but operates mainly out of London City Airport. CityJet now has two of these airliners on its strength with another 20 on order. Deliveries began in May this year and the type will replace the 18 Avro RJ85s currently service by the end of 2017. EI-FWA, a second CityJet SU100-95B, made its first visit to Glasgow during the afternoon of Sunday 25 July, this aircraft having already made several appearances at Prestwick while training.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the official opening of Glasgow Airport by the Queen on 27 June 1966, a pair of RAF Hawk T.1As, call-sign "Savage Formation", made a flypast during the afternoon of Friday 8 July, while Princess Anne was being `entertained` by airport officials in the terminal. Initially, the time slot given was between 2-4pm and I had hoped to catch the jets in the same frame with the Emirates Triple-seven Dubai flight as it taxied out for take-off. Unfortunately, it was closer to the latter time when the Hawks finally appeared. They were also much higher than anticipated, plus I had to settle for a Jet2 737 in shot rather than a wide-body. Princess Anne`s taxi, Cessna 560XL Citation Excel G-SIRS, below left, had positioned itself next to one of the piers to facilitate the Princess Royal`s `getaway` at the conclusion of proceedings. The Hawks were XX332 (CD) and XX265 (CP) of 100 Squadron.
Notable civilian visitors in July, most of which I didn`t manage to capture on camera, included Challenger CL350 9H-VCB VistaJet, Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign OK-JUR (f/v), and Gulfstream 5 N225EE (1st); Beechjet 400 N709EL and King Air N3536 (2nd); Boeing 737-8Q8 YR-BMF Blue Air (f/v), Boeing 737-86Q EC-III Air Europa and HM Coastguard Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGI (3rd); King Air 200 M-WATJ and Cessna 425 N425HB (4th); Airbus A320-214(WL) D-AEWF Eurowings (f/v), DHC6-400 Viking C-GVKI (f/v) for Loganair arrived in the afternoon and went into the company hangar. Also, SOCATA TBM930 N57LD (f/v) and Global 6000 EC-LTF (5th); Alba Star A320-214 YL-LCT (f/v) and King Air 200 G-CEGP (6th); Airbus A319-112 OE-LNB (f/v) Air Berlin operating a Niki flight, Balkan Holidays Air (BH Air) A330-223 LZ-AWA, Citation Mustang N178SF (f/v), Citation XLS OE-GES (f/v), plus Embraer 135BJ Legacy 650 G-WIRG arrived with Beyonce (7th)...
Boeing 737-8C9(WL) LX-LBA Luxair (f/v), Embraer ERJ-145LU G-CISK Eastern Airways (f/v), Citation Bravo G-JBLZ, Learjet 45XR SE-RMO (f/v), King Air 200 G-CWCD and Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain G-IFIT (8th); A320-214 F-GKXZ Air France (f/v), Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy N84AW, Embraer Phenom 300 G-JMBO, Learjet 45 G-PFCT, Citation CJ2 G-SONE, Reims Cessna F406 Caravan II G-FIND and Cessna 425 N425HB (9th); Boeing 767-33A (ER)(WL) C-FIYA Air Canada Rouge (f/v), Boeing 737s EC-LAV of Alba Star and EC-LXV of Air Europa, B757-256 TF-ISR Icelandair (f/v), Citation XLS G-EYUP, King Air 200 G-CWCD and AS355N Ecureuil G-OLCP (10th), A320-214 EI-EZW Aer Lingus (f/v), Cessna Citation Bravo OY-EVO and Air Hamburg Citation XLS D-CAHO (11th); A320-214 EI-EZV Aer Lingus (f/v), Boeing 737-73S(WL) F-GZTO ASL Airlines France (12th)...
GainJet Aviation`s Boeing 737-406 SX-ATF (f/v) brought the Celtic football team back after a Champions League qualifier in Gibraltar, plus Challenger 605 G-RNFR (f/v) (13th); Airbus A330-223 LZ-AWA BH Air, A319-111 F-GRHZ Air France (f/v), Airbus A320-214(WL) OE-LEY Niki, Grob G115E G-CGKF (f/v), Cessna Citation XLS D-CBBB (f/v), Gulfstream G550 CS-DKG, Global Express-BD-700-1A10 N143QS, Beech 36A Bonanza G-CHGI, King Air 200 G-CEGP, Piper PA-28s G-OWAP (f/v) and G-WEND (14th); A320-214(WL) F-HEPH Air France (f/v), Boeing 757-223(WL) TF-ISS Icelandair (f/v), Boeing 737-4YO EC-MFS Alba Star, ATR 72-500 OY-CLZ Alsie Express (f/v) arrived at 1850hrs with German football team VFL Wolfsburg and night-stopped. Various biz-jets, most of which I managed to photograph, also called in, most of which were probably connected with The Open golf tournament at Royal Troon (15th); Icelandair Boeing 757 TF-FIU in Aurora Borealis colours, Flairjet Embraer 505 Phenom 300 G-JMBO, Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign D-CHEC (f/v), Challenger 350 9H-VCK VistaJet (f/v), Learjet 45 G-ZXZX, Gulfstream G550 N276A (f/v) plus Beech King Airs G-CEGP and OE-GTH (16th)...
A320-214 F-GKXS Air France in Skyteam colours (f/v), A330-223 LZ-AWA BH Air, Challenger 605 9H-VFB VistaJet (f/v), Dassault Falcon 2000EX CS-DLG, King Air 200 G-WNCH and Eurocopter EC-135T2 G-GLAA (f/v) (17th); A320-214 F-GKXS again, Textron AirLand Cessna E530 Scorpion N531TA (f/v), Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign N680CS (f/v), Challenger 605 9H-VFH (18th); Boeing 737-73S(WL) F-GZTO ASL Airlines, Challenger 604 D-AFAA (f/v), Challenger 350 OE-HGG (f/v), SOCATA TBM-930 N232MA (f/v). Also making an appearance was Textron Aviation`s AT-6C Texan II N630LA (19th).
Although it would have been nice to catch the Textron planes in the air at Glasgow, I`d managed to photograph both on static display at the RIAT at Fairford earlier this month.
Embraer 135BJ Legacy 650 D-AERO and Citation Mustang G-JJET were each making their first visit (20th); Airbus A320-214(WL) OE-LEY Niki, Raytheon Hawker Beechjet 400A G-SKBD (f/v), Challenger 605 M-ASHI (f/v), CitationJet CJ2 D-IPCH (f/v), Cessna 560XL Citation Excel OK-SLX of Silesia Air and Cessna 560XL Citation Excel SE-RHJ (21st); Sikorsky S-92A G-MCGC of HM Coastguard made its first visit (22nd); Airbus A320-214 OE-LBJ Austrian (f/v), A320-214 F-GKXY Air France (f/v), Learjet 45 LX-LAA, Beechcraft 400A BeechJet N709EL, Beech King Air 200 G-CEGP (23rd); Citation XLS CS-DXG (24th); Boeing 757-2K2W G-TCSX of TAG Aviation (f/v) departed with Celtic FC, plus Airbus A330-223 LZ-AWA BH Air (25th); Embraer Phenom 300 CS-PHI (f/v) and Learjet 35A D-CFGG (26th)...
During the afternoon of Wednesday 27 July, a problem with the Air Traffic Control at Keflavik resulted in three of Icelandair`s homeward-bound flights diverting to Glasgow, namely TF-FIK from Manchester, TF-ISR from Paris Charles de Gaulle and TF-FIT from Geneva. Glasgow also offered to take a further 757 and 767 but they continued towards their destination after holding for a while. The only other visitors of note were Eurocopter EC135-T2 G-SCAA and Gulfstream 4SP N724DB (f/v) (27th); Boeing 757-2K2 G-TCSX TAG Aviation, Citation XLS D-CEFO, Challenger 350 CS-CHD and CASA CN-235-200 N5025 of Prescott Support. It departed at 08:00hrs the following morning (28th); Challenger CL350 9H-VCB VistaJet, Learjet 45 G-SOVB and Cessna 177B G-BRDO (f/v) (29th); British Airways A318-112 G-EUNA (f/v) went into the company hangar for maintenance, A319-112 OE-LDG Austrian (f/v), Citation XLS CS-DXX, Learjet 31A D-CGGG LJ31A and Embraer EMB135BJ Legacy D-AVIB (f/v). Bell 206 Jet Ranger G-ONTV was operating pleasure flights locally from a farm near Bishopton (30th); A330-223 LZ-AWA BH Air, Boeing 737-86Q EC-III Air Europa, Challanger CL650 9H-WII (f/v), Cessna 425 N425HB (31st).
Flybe`s recent UK-wide art competition held in support of its charity partner, Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens, was won by five-year old Meg Clark from Kent. Her design now adorns G-BFEN, the airline's first purple branded Embraer 195 jet, which has called in at Glasgow a few times this month.
Driving by the airport on Thursday 21 July, I saw this tug towing Thomson Boeing 757 G-CPEU past Area Juliet, apparently after the airliner had `went tech`. It came to a halt on what looked like Taxiway `C` and steps were brought over to allow the crew to disembark. This was the first time I`d seen an aircraft parked at this spot.
Several brand new Boeing 737-800s on delivery from Boeing Field, Seattle, to Fly Dubai, have already transited through Glasgow. The latest was A6-FGC which stopped off on Thursday 28 July.
Legally the Dubai Aviation Corporation, `flydubai` is a government-owned low-cost airline with its base in Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport. The airline serves a total of 95 destinations from there, throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.
The airline began operations in 2009 and has steadily increased its fleet to over 50 Boeing 737-800s with several more on order. An additional order has been placed for 75 Boeing 737 MAX8s. The MAX is the fourth generation of the 737 family, the first being scheduled for delivery (to a US customer) sometime next year. Hopefully those destined for flydubai will come through Glasgow.
Most of this month`s Biz-jet shots can be viewed as a slideshow:
Embraer ERJ-135-ER F-GRGP of Equalflight Service, which is based in the Republic of Congo, Central Africa, called in on Wednesday 13 July. The company also have Beechcraft 1900C and Dornier Do228-200 aircraft in their inventory.
Not a busy month overall for military traffic although on Thursday 14 July, US Army Cessna UC-35A Citation Ultra, serial number 96-0111 landed around lunchtime, closely followed by three Beech C-12U Hurons, serial numbers 84-24375, 84-24378 and 84-24380. All four were first time visitors. Call-signs used were `Wing 84`for the UC-35A and `Wing 78`, `Wing 95`and `Wing 83` for the Hurons. All four passed through Glasgow again on Monday 18th taking off with an hour or so, apart from C-12U 84-24375 which was grounded due to a technical problem and subsequently disappeared into the Gama Aviation hangar.
Huron 84-24375 didn`t reappear until Friday 29 July, and finally departed at 1230 hrs that day. UC-35A Citation Ultra serial number 95-0123 another `first timer` here, landed earlier that morning with 375`s flight crew. The UC-35A had used the call-sign `Duke 51`.