Sunday 31st December
Just another Aer Lingus BAe146-300 on the morning Dublin schedule to finish the year off.
Saturday 30th December
Maersk (UK) CRJ G-MSKP returned from Luton during the evening as 'MSK078' after Sunderlands draw at Arsenal, positioning out back to Birmingham as 'MSK078P'. Their next opponents had arrived a few hours earlier, Ipswich Town's visit to the North-East for the New Year producing Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYMK during the early evening, arriving from Cambridge as 'SAY500' and positioning back as 'SAY501P' after thirty minutes on the ground.
Brymon Airways sub-chartered Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS for two Belfast City rotations during the day, with two flights using the ticket numbers as callsigns, and the positioning sectors being from/to Stansted, and the 'Triple Seven' finally got away during the morning, as 'BAW78Z' to Gatwick.
AIH052 G-MDBD BRY103P/413D G-BUPS BAW78Z G-VIIM BRY37N/4063 G-BUPS BRY4046/104P G-BUPS MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE SAY500/501P G-BYMK MSK078/78P G-MSKP EIN30C/30W EI-CLI
Friday 29th December
A snow-covered south apron was visited by two different Learjet 60's during the afternoon - one of only three Lear 60's to visit previously this year appeared first, albeit re-registered, the ex-Corporate Jets N139XX which had last visited on the 31st of May, visiting as EI-IAT of Irish Air Transport this time, arriving from Malaga as 'RDK011P' and departing to Lourdes as 'RDK012' early afternoon. Twenty-six minutes later, the first-visiting VP-CRB arrived from Bristol, departing to Guernsey after just over half an hour on the ground.
Our first 'Bluestar' CRJ since the end of October operated a football charter to Luton during the afternoon, G-MSKP positioning in from Birmingham as 'MSK077P', and departing as 'MSK077'. WDL F-27 D-AELK operated the return sector of the Stansted mail flight during the early hours as 'EXS229', and then day-stopped, positioning out to Cologne during the evening as 'EXS229P'. British Airways Boeing 777 G-VIIM failed to get away again, sitting out the day on stand 16.
EXS229/229P D-AELK AIH051 G-MDBD DTR2291 OY-JRV DTR2292/229T OY-JRV
Thursday 28th December
Another historic day at Newcastle Airport, a short period during the early morning producing the most 'wide-bodied' airliners on the ground at the same time ever. Diversions were of course the reason, with the first to appear being only our second Boeing 777 ever, British Airways' G-VIIM following the first on the 30th of October, diverting from Gatwick on a flight from Accra. Next came something more regular, Airtours Airbus A.330 G-MDBD diverting from Manchester on a flight from Puerta Plata, just three minutes later, and just four minutes after this, came another diverting from Manchester, British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BNWH arriving from New York-JFK. The fourth, and last, appeared about half an hour later, another British Airways Boeing 777 diverting from Gatwick, G-VIIV arriving from Atlanta. While the Manchester pair both left after approximately an hour and a half on the ground, Boeing 777 G-VIIV departed to Gatwick during the late morning, leaving sister-ship G-VIIM with a technical problem, which was to keep it here for the rest of the day (and more !). The two 'Triple Sevens' were of course first-visitors, G-VIIM being in the 'Waves and Cranes' tail design, and G-VIIV wearing 'Union Flag'; G-BNWH had visited previously during 1996 however, although as with the example on the Heathrow schedule the day before, it of course wasn't in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme back then.
Only one of the day's planned two extra Heathrow schedules operated, due to the weather problems around the country, Boeing 757 G-BPEJ operating an extra rotation during the afternoon, while the same problems were presumably the reason for the appearance of WDL Fokker F-27 D-AELK from Teesside during the late evening, operating under a Channel Express callsign 'EXS228P' and departing to Stansted as 'EXS228' presumably replacing the usual Gill Airways ATR on the nightly Stansted mail 'run'. The aircraft had last visited during 1997.
JFK271/271P G-FLTY BAW2078 G-VIIM AIH032/032A G-MDBD BAW1502 G-BNWH BAW2226 G-VIIV AEA211/2 EC-HKR BAW1340/1 G-BPEJ EXS228P/228 D-AELK
Wednesday 27th December
Another British Airways Boeing 767 on the Heathrow schedule produced Boeing 767-300 G-BNWW during the afternoon, an aircraft that had appeared once during each of the previous two years, although not wearing, as it does now, the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme.
Cessna 310 N310KZ visited at around the same time, just after sunset, spending less than an hour on the ground from/to Cambridge.
DTR2281 OY-JRV DTR2282 OY-JRV BAW12G/13J G-BNWW
Tuesday 26th December
Just the one movement of any interest, Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV positioning in from Geneva at tea-time as 'DTR739T' in order to operate its Den Helder charter the following day.
Monday 25th December
Another relatively busy Christmas Day, with eleven fixed-wing movements - a rare visiting aircraft for the quietest day of the year was Citation 550 G-RDBS, which operated an early hours hospital flight from Luton to Heathrow.
Sunday 24th December
Saturday 23rd December
Three of this winter's ski charter series began, City-Flyer's Chambery and Innsbruck charters being flown by RJ.100's, and Maersk-UK beginning their afternoon Geneva series with Boeing 737-500 G-MSKE.
BAC Express Fokker F-27 G-JEAF made a brief return to Newcastle, after having operated some extra mail flights during November, flying an approach followed by a touch-and-go, en-route from Frankfurt to Aberdeen before dawn, as 'RPX002T. British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPT made just its second visit to Newcastle on the morning Heathrow rotation.
AIH052 G-MDBD RPX002T G-JEAF BAW12H/13F G-EUPT CFE695 G-BZAZ CFE696/603 G-BZAX MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE CFE604 G-BZAX
Friday 22nd December
Things definitely slowing down for the holidays, with just the departure of WM Aero Charter King Air 200 D-ICKM to Stuttgart as 'GBJ6127' before lunch-time, and Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV on the Den Helder charter as 'DTR2291/2' and then positioning out to Southend at tea-time as 'DTR229T', being remotely interesting during the day. One of the movements of the month appeared during the evening however, Citation Bravo TC-TPE passing through on delivery from Reykjavik to Bucharest-Baneasa.
Thursday 21st December
Aerovento Metro EC-HCU appeared again, from Nantes during the early hours as 'OTO205', departing to Auxerre as 'OTO201' during the afternoon, and another recent operator of freight flights produced another of their King Air's, WM Aero Charter's King Air 200 D-ICKM arriving from Prague during the morning as 'GBJ6122', to where it returned at lunch-time as 'GBJ6124', the aircraft also arriving during the evening from Prague as 'GBJ6125' for a night-stop.
Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-HJQ made its second visit on the afternoon Arrecife charter, operating inbound via Madrid for fuel.
Wednesday 20th December
Yet another Fokker 50 from the Benelux countries first-visited during the first hour of the day, our 6th of the last 3 months, Sunderland FC using a KLM City Hopper machine again, PH-KVE arriving from Gatwick just before 1am, and departing to Amsterdam at lunch-time. Another first-visiting airliner was yet another British Airways Boeing 767-300, G-BZHA in the 'Wings' colour-scheme operating the first Heathrow rotation of the day, actually one of seven that the carrier flew through the day, one more than usual, with the first of ten extra flights the airline plans to fly over the Christmas period as a result of the rail disruption, operating during the evening, flown by Boeing 757 G-BPEC as 'BAW1340/1'.
Another early morning freight flight saw the return of Intermediacion Metroliner EC-GMG from Nantes as 'IEA503', the aircraft remaining until the afternoon to depart to Kassel as 'IEA501', and Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV arrived from Esbjerg before dawn, to operate the day's Den Helder charter, and then night-stop. WM Aero Charter King Air 200 D-ICWM departed to Stuttgart late afternoon as 'GBJ6113' after its night-stop.
KLM7873/7142 PH-KVE DTR228P/2281 OY-JRV BAW12J/13E G-BZHA JGN88 G-BYTH DTR2282 OY-JRV BAW1340/1 G-BPEC
Tuesday 19th December
Freight flights appeared again, Pek Servis Cessna 414 OK-CIA making another visit during the early hours, from Munster to Prague, followed by Zorex Air Transport Metroliner EC-GPE from Nantes as 'ORZ103', the aircraft staying all day and departing to Barcelona during the evening as 'ORZ501'. The three night-stopping deliveries all departed within eight minutes of each other, and all to the same place, the eight-minute period mid-morning seeing three consecutive departures to Reykjavik !. Mooney M.20 F-GJPF went first, followed by Cessna 210 N3YL, and finally Dash Eight OE-LLF. Grosvenor Estates Citation 650 VP-CGE spent an hour on the south apron during the afternoon, from/to Chester, and WM Aero Charter King Air 200 D-ICWM arrived from Barcelona at tea-time on another freight flight as 'GBJ6112'.
Fokker 50 G-UKTD departed to Amsterdam during the morning after its enforced night-stop, and British Airways Boeing 767 G-BNWB made its second visit in two days, operating the mid-afternoon Heathrow rotation.
UKA85Q G-UKTD AMC5180/1 9H-ADM BAW12G/13J G-BNWB
Monday 18th December
An extremely busy day ! - fog at Teesside produced three diversions, Ryanair Boeing 737 EI-CJI appearing at mid-day from Dublin, returning during the afternoon, Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-EEST arriving from Aberdeen a little later, to where it returned mid-afternoon, and KLMuk Fokker 50 G-UKTD which arrived from Amsterdam during the evening for a night-stop. The Fokker 50 had last visited last year, G-EEST was a first-visitor, and EI-CJI had last visited as long ago as 1990 as G-BMDF with Dan Air !. The now almost regular British Airways Boeing 767 appeared in the shape of G-BNWB during the evening, in the 'Chelsea Rose' colour-scheme, which hadn't yet been applied on its first visit in July 1998, while City-Flyer's latest RJ.100 G-CFAC first-visited on the tea-time Gatwick rotation.
The period immediately before sunrise saw a couple of not too interesting executive jets arrive, Hamlin Jet's Citation 560 N311DG from Luton, which didn't stay long before departing to Dublin, and Grosvenor Estates' Citation 650 VP-CGE which also spent a short amount of time here, from/to Chester. Mid-morning produced something much more interesting however, TAG Aviation's Learjet 45 HB-VMC day-stopping from/to Geneva as 'FPG209'. N311DG returned at tea-time, from Dublin to Luton.
Cessna 210 N6564W departed to Wick mid-morning, resuming its ferry flight, and the afternoon and evening produced three more aircraft on delivery, all of which night-stoppped. Mooney M.20 F-GJPF arrived from Marl during the afternoon, followed closely behind by another Cessna 210, N3YL, and another returning ex-Tyrolean Airways Dash Eight appeared during the early evening, OE-LLF arriving from Innsbruck.
BRY52HB/52CR G-BUPS RYR602/3 EI-CJI BRY53CR/53NC G-BUPS RZO9400/1 CS-TGP EZE585/586B G-EEST CFE54VE/29CT G-CFAC BAW12Q/13L G-BNWB UKA80Q G-UKTD
Sunday 17th December
Just one visitor of note, Cessna 210 N6564W which arrived from Vienna during the late evening for a night-stop.
Saturday 16th December
As interesting and with as many notable visitors as you would expect from a cold, grey December Saturday !.
Friday 15th December
Only one freight arrival during the day, seeing the return of Pskovavia/Air Charter Services Antonov An-26 RA-26044, which followed many of the week's freight visitors from Oporto during the early hours, departing to Ostend at lunch-time. The two foreign arrivals the previous evening departed during the morning, Cessna 340 OK-FBI to Mosnov at dawn, and Cessna 207 I-DONY to Wick a little later, while Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT left for home via Goose Bay during the afternoon.
The early morning had also seen a visit from another Channel Express F-27, G-CEXD arriving from Liverpool, presumably replacing the Emerald Airways HS.748 which didn't appear, and departing to Edinburgh an hour later. The aircraft had last visited Newcastle during 1997. Another Boeing 767 substitution by British Airways on the last Heathrow rotation of the day produced G-BZHB, its third visit to Newcastle since its first during June 1999.
EXS124/124P G-CEXD PSW9926/926F RA-26044 AIH051 G-MDBD DTR2291 OY-JRV DTR2292/229P OY-JRV BAW12Q/13L G-BZHB
Thursday 14th December
Yet more exotica appeared on freight flights, the early hours seeing our first Convair 580 visitor since 1995, the first-visiting Agroar Convair 580 CS-TMM arriving from Oporto as 'GRR120', and departing back to Oporto at lunch-time as 'GRR121'. Intermediacion Metroliner EC-GMG followed from Barcelona as 'IEA501', departing back there as 'IEA502' before dawn.
Eurofly Learjet 31 I-TYKE departed to Turin during the late afternoon, and another Italian visited just over an hour later, Cessna 207 I-DONY arriving from Kidlington to spend the night here, at the start of a Trans-Atlantic ferry flight. Pek Servis Cessna 340 OK-FBI returned a little later, arriving from Munster during the evening, also for a night-stop.
The weekly Air Europa charter produced another first-visiting Boeing 737-800, EC-HJQ operating the afternoon Arrecife rotation.
Wednesday 13th December
An extremely interesting and varied day, which began with something of note just two minutes after midnight, Sunderland Football Club returning from Gatwick on our third first-visiting KLM City Hopper Fokker 50 of the last few months, PH-KVD arriving as 'KLM7871' and positioning out to Brussels as 'KLM7144' before 1am. Two more Spanish Metroliners also appeared in the early hours, ARTAC's EC-GJM staying just over two hours, from Oporto to Madrid as 'AVS703/4', followed by the now usual Aerovento-operated EC-HCU, which also arrived from Oporto, as 'OTO204' not departing until the afternoon, to Pamplona as 'OTO201'. A further freight flight produced the first-visiting Atlantic Airways Electra G-LOFE during the afternoon, arriving from Vittoria as 'AAG773' and positioning out to Coventry as 'AAG774' after also spending just over two hours on the ground.
Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV arrived from Esbjerg during the morning, to operate the Den Helder passenger charter, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping, and British Airways produced aircraft of note on three of their six Heathrow schedules during the day, two of these producing first-visiting aircraft. Boeing 767-300 G-BNWD was the one that had been seen here before, its last visit being in 1992, operating the mid-morning rotation, now wearing the 'Ndbele' tail design. Another 767, the first-visiting G-BNWY, operated the early afternoon arrival, in the 'Colum' colour-scheme, while the carrier's new Airbus A.319 G-EUPT made its first-visit to Newcastle on the last rotation of the day.
There were three foreign-registered executive jets too, beginning with the regular Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT, arriving from Bangor before dawn for another extended stay, and continuing with two, much more welcome machines, the first-visiting Semitool Europe Falcon 100 N844F which spent two and a half hours on the Samson ramp during the late morning from/to Cambridge, and Eurofly's Learjet 31 I-TYKE, which arrived from Cork during the afternoon, for a night-stop on the North apron stands.
DTR228P/2281 OY-JRV BAW12J/13E G-BNWD BAW12G/13J G-BNWY DTR2282 OY-JRV BAW12Q/13L G-EUPT
Tuesday 12th December
Much of the day's interest was again provided by freight charters, with Spanish-registered Metroliners appearing in ever increasing numbers. Aerovento's EC-HCU visited again, arriving from Nantes during the first hour of the day as 'OTO203', followed by Aeronova's EC-HCH which arrived from Oporto mid-morning as 'OVA632', the pair joining the previous evening's arrival, the also-Aeronova operated EC-GVE. Co-incidentally a further Swearingen product was on the ground at the same time during the morning, Belgian Air Force Merlin III CF02 !. EC-HCH departed to Valencia just before mid-day as 'OVA633', EC-GVE departed just a little later as 'OVA731' to Zagreb, and EC-HCU departed last, as 'OTO201' to Oporto during the afternoon. Further freight flights included Cessna 421 D-INDI, which was another early hours visitor, from/to Stuttgart, and Atlantic Cargo's Electra G-LOFB which arrived from Vittoria just after sunset as 'AAG768', departing back home to Coventry during the evening as 'AAG769'.
AMC5180/1 9H-ABS AIH6775 G-DJAR
Monday 11th December
A Spanish Metroliner was the only notable visitor, Aeronova's EC-GVE arriving from Barcelona late in the evening using a Panair callsign 'PNR950'.
BAL363B G-BRIG RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
Sunday 10th December
Another two first-visiting airliners of the same type, of slightly smaller dimensions however, a pair of Dash Eight deliveries appearing over lunch-time, one in each 'direction'. Tyrolean's newest -300 arrived from Reykjavik just before mid-day, OE-LTP departing on the final leg of its ferry flight to Innsbruck after just over an hour on the ground. Thirty-seven minutes later only our second of the hugely impressive -400 version arrived going the other way, the de Havilland demonstrator C-GIHK arriving from Malta and continuing onwards to Reykjvaik just forty-five minutes later, the aircraft wearing full Augsburg Airways/Team Lufthansa colours.
Maersk Boeing 737-500 G-MSKD departed back to Dublin later in the afternoon, and Comed Bandeirante G-ONEW appeared again, visiting from Blackpool to Belfast on a hospital flight late in the evening. The previous evening's first-visiting Airtours DC-10 G-DPSP operated a training flight during the first hour of the day, from Dublin to Prestwick as 'AIH003T'.
AIH003T G-DPSP MSK052 G-MSKD
Saturday 9th December
There can't have been too many days in Newcastle Airport's history, if any days at all, during which we've had two first-visiting DC-10's, but this unusual occurrence is indeed what happened on an otherwise quiet December Saturday. Both machines were ex-Premiair aircraft, recently acquired by Airtours, visiting on line training flights; G-TDTW came first arriving within the first hour of the day from Dublin, and departing after just forty minutes to Manchester, both flights as 'AIH001T'.The second came right at the other end of the day, G-DPSP arriving from Shannon just after 9pm, departing to Dublin after just over one hour on the ground, both as 'AIH003T'.
Maersk Boeing 737-500 G-MSKD also arrived from Dublin, during the afternoon on what was presumably a shopping charter, and British World ATP G-OBWR returned the heavily defeated Newcastle United from Stansted during the evening, the aircraft positioning out to Southend.
AIH001T G-TDTW AIH052 G-MDBD BAL363A G-BRIG MSK051 G-MSKD BWL3362/362P G-OBWR AIH003T G-DPSP
Friday 8th December
King Air 200 D-IEAH departed back to Stuttgart just ten minutes into the day, while the other night-stopper, Aerovento Metroliner EC-HCU stayed slightly longer, departing to Pamplona late afternoon as 'OTO201'.
Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV appeared again to operate the Den Helder charter, the positioning flights being from Esbjerg during the morning, and to Esbjerg during the early evening, and British World ATP G-OBWR took Newcastle United to Stansted during the afternoon, the aircraft having positioned in from Deauville.
AIH051 G-MDBD DTR228T/2281 OY-JRV BRT653/2 G-MAJH BWL361P/3361 G-OBWR DTR2282/229T OY-JRV
Thursday 7th December
The night-stopping Gold Air Citation Bravo EI-DAB departed to Brize Norton at dawn as 'GDA17D', and our third 'new Citation' of the week appeared mid-afternoon, Eurojet's Bravo EI-PAL spending just under an hour on the Samson apron, from/to Dublin as 'GOJ075A/B'. Tom Walkinshaw Racing Citation 650 N220TW visited later in the afternoon, from Oxford to Trollhatten, connecting with the company's Agusta 109 N109TW, which arrived from Duns, departing to Kidlington.
Freight charters continued to produce extra movements, Zorex Air Transport Metroliner EC-GPE departing to Southend at lunch-time as 'ORZ601' after its night-stop, with the late evening producing three arrivals; first to come was our second Czech-registered 'twin' in two days, last month's first-visiting Cessna 414 OK-CIA returning, operating a freight flight from Prague via Cologne, the aircraft returning to Prague just before midnight. King Air 200 D-IEAH arrived from Stuttgart with freight a little later, while Aerovento Metro EC-HCU arrived from Nantes just before midnight as 'OTO203'.
BRY52NC/52CR G-ZAPJ BRY53CR/53NC G-ZAPJ AEA211/2 EC-HKQ
Wednesday 6th December
Gold Air's second Citation Bravo EI-DAB first-visited during the afternoon, arriving from Edinburgh as 'GDA17C' for a night-stop, joining the other new Citation type, Excel SE-RBB on the Samson apron for an hour and a half, the latter departing at sunset as 'INR606' again, back to Oslo. Aerovento Metro EC-HCU departed to Pamplona during the afternoon as 'OTO202' and another Spanish Metroliner appeared during the evening, Zorex Air Transport's EC-GPE arriving with freight from Oporto as 'ORZ502' also to night-stop. Another freight flight, and another arrival from Prague saw another Czech-registered twin, following on from Cessna 414 OK-CIA last month, (the co-incidentally registered ?) Cessna 340 OK-FBI spending just over an hour and a half on the ground during the afternoon, from/to Prague.
Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV returned to operate the Den Helder charter again, arriving from Esbjerg during the morning as 'DTR228T' and operating to/from Den Helder as 'DTR2281/2', returning during the early afternoon and positioning straight back out to Kolding as 'DTR228P'.
Tuesday 5th December
Things got slightly more interesting with the return of the freight charter, Atlantic Airways Electra G-LOFB operating inbound with freight from Prague during the evening as 'AAG759', departing shortly after, actually spending only seventeen minutes on the ground, to Coventry as 'AAG760', and Aerovento Metroliner EC-HCU arriving just nine minutes before midnight as 'OTO202' from Oporto for a night-stop. One of November's freight 'regulars', BAC Express Fokker F-27 G-JEAF, made a brief crew-training visit at tea-time, flying three approaches en-route from Edinburgh to Stansted, and the morning Braathens rotation produced another relatively rare Boeing 737-700.
Highlight of the day however was only our third Citation Excel, Inter Air's SE-RBB arriving from Oslo during the early evening as 'INR606' to night-stop.
BRA561/574 LN-TUB RPX002T G-JEAF JGN088 G-COEZ
Monday 4th December
City-Flyer's new RJ.100 G-CFAB made its second visit to Newcastle on the first morning Gatwick rotation, and Braathens Boeing 737-500 LN-TUX made its second visit to Newcastle as such on the evening rotation, the registration having appeared first on the 7th of November, the aircraft having visited before as EI-CDT with Aer Lingus.
Comed Bandeirante G-ODUB departed to Blackpool before dawn using its registration as a callsign.
CFE42WX/589X G-CFAB RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BRA575/568 LN-TUX
Sunday 3rd December
City-Flyer's latest RJ.100 G-CFAB first-visited on the morning Gatwick rotation. Comed Bandeirante G-ODUB made just its second visit to Newcastle during the afternoon, from Blackpool to Dublin, returning late in the evening for a night-stop.
CFE42WX/589X G-CFAB CDE351C/352C G-ODUB CDE356C G-ODUB
Saturday 2nd December
Bit of a clearout, with the three night-stopping executive jets all departing during the day - Flexjets Europe Learjet 60 went first, to Venice during the morning, followed just before lunch by Falcon 50 N96UT to Goose Bay, and during the evening by Challenger OY-CLD, which departed to Zurich.
KLMuk used a Fokker 50 for the late morning Amsterdam rotation.
AIH052 G-MDBD UKA87L/82L G-UKTB
Friday 1st December
Major Antonov excitement again, with the lunch-time visit from Khoriv-Avia An-26 UR-BXV, thankfully appearing after a day's delay - arriving from Ostend as 'KRV866F' just before mid-day, the aircraft operated a freight flight to Trondheim after just under an hour on the ground as 'KRV2866'. Another 'freighter', Intermediacion Metro II EC-GMG departed to Barcelona late morning as 'IEA501', and Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV operated another round-trip to/from Den Helder, as 'DTR2291/2', the aircraft positioning out to Esbjerg during the early evening as 'DTR229T'.
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT made another visit, arriving from Dublin during the morning for a night-stop, and another Flexjets Europe executive jet joined Learjet 60 OY-LJD on the south apron during the afternoon, the first-visiting Challenger OY-CLD arriving from Heathrow for a night-stop.
British Airways used another Boeing 767-300 on the Heathrow service, for the fifth time since the rail troubles began, last Friday's first-visiting G-BNWT operating the evening rotation.
AIH051 G-MDBD BRT653/2 G-MAJJ SBE4061/0 G-OKDN BAW12Q/13L G-BNWT
Thursday 30th November
Intermediacion Metro II EC-GMG departed back to Oporto during the morning as 'IEA501', only to return during the evening from Nantes as 'IEA502' again to night-stop. Execujet Scandinavia/Flexjets Europe Learjet 60 OY-LJD made another appearance at Newcastle, arriving from Farnborough at tea-time for a night-stop.
Braathens was the victim of another 'tech' Boeing 737 at Newcastle, -500 LN-BRN going u/s on the morning rotation, LN-BRF popping down from Aberdeen during the late afternoon as 'BRA555' to rescue the delayed departing passengers, the aircraft also routing outbound via Aberdeen. LN-BRN positioned out to Stavanger later in the evening.
Tragedy struck another of Newcastle's light aircraft deliveries, Aerostar N64719 arriving from Linz during the afternoon, continuing its ferry flight to Reykjavik after just over an hour on the ground. Tragically the aircraft subsequently crashed in Perthshire with the loss of the pilot.
BRT653/2 G-MAJJ AEA211/2 EC-HKQ BRA561/9200 LN-BRN BRA555 LN-BRF
Wednesday 29th November
Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV departed to Den Helder early morning as 'DTR2281', returning during the afternoon as 'DTR2282' again to night-stop, Luxaviation King Air 200 LX-GDB departed to Luxembourg late in the morning as 'LXA433', and Metro II EC-GMG arrived from Oporto during the evening as 'IEA502' for a night-stop.
British Regional began a revised Birmingham/Cardiff schedule, with the based aircraft now operating four Birmingham rotations during the day, an extra late morning departure/arrival being the 'BRT379/380', while the Cardiff rotation now operates 'in reverse' on a Cardiff-based Jetstream 41, G-MAJJ in the old BA colour-scheme operating the day's flight. This change applies until the 22nd of December.
BRT379 G-MAJF BRT653/2 G-MAJJ BRT380 G-MAJF
Tuesday 28th November
Two more Airtours International movements of note, Airbus A.320 G-BYTH making its first-visit to Newcastle since its two-week detachment during April, arriving from Lisbon during the morning with the 'stranded' AIH838 passengers, and becoming the based aircraft, the machine wearing the same non-standard colour-scheme it wore on its last appearance at Newcastle, while the previous Sunday morning's first-visiting DC-10 G-TAOS didn't waste too much time in making its second appearance at Newcastle, operating a company charter at lunch-time, from Glasgow to Humberside as 'AIH6813'.
Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV made only its second visit to Newcastle during the evening, its first having occurred on the 6th of July, arriving from Eindhoven using a Base Regional Airlines callsign 'BRO920', to be in position for a number of flights from Newcastle over the subsequent few days, while a pair of visiting foreign King Airs during the day included Airlink's 350 OE-FME day-stopping from Paderborn to Prestwick as 'JAR09', and Luxaviation's 200 LX-GDB which arrived from Charleville late in the evening as 'LXA433' to night-stop.
Citation 550 G-RDBS made its first-visit as such at tea-time, from Manchester to Luton, although the aircraft had of course visited 'once or twice' before as G-JETA.
AMC5180/1 9H-ADN AIH838 G-BYTH AIH6813 G-TAOS
Monday 27th November
The only thing remotely interesting was the arrival at lunch-time of Plum-Dollar Squirrel G-BMAV to conduct a week's worth of powerline surveys in the local area.
Sunday 26th November
Problems with A.330's made for a first-visiting DC-10 during the early hours, Airtours' latest addition G-TAOS operating the substantially delayed Orlando arrival, a flight which should have arrived early on Saturday morning. The aircraft arrived via Bangor and departed to Manchester just before dawn.
Ambrion Aviation HS.125 N125XX spent the afternoon on the Samson ramp from/to Luton, presumably in connection with the football once again, and Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM visited briefly during the early evening, from/to Dublin as 'RDK333/444'.
Saturday 25th November
VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLE departed back to Brussels as 'VLM899' just before mid-day, after its night-stop.
BAL363A G-BYAB ECA810/1 5B-DBD
Friday 24th November
Highlight of the day was the first-visit of an upgraded executive jet type, our first CitationJet CJ1 ever appearing in the shape of D-IFFI on delivery during the early evening, from Reykjavik to Dusseldorf. The now seemingly regular fortnightly Brussels charter operated by VLM, produced another Fokker 50, although not a first-visitor this time however, OO-VLE which arrived during the morning as 'VLM898' for a night-stop, having visited Newcastle once before during 1998.
The detached British Regional Jetstream 41 swopped over again, G-MAJB becoming G-MAJF in Cardiff during the day, 'JF' in the old British Airways colour-scheme returning from Cardiff at lunch-time, and becoming based. The fourth use of a Boeing 767 on the Heathrow-Newcastle service this month by British Airways produced the first-visiting G-BNWT on the evening rotation, the aircraft wearing the 'Benyhone Tartan' tail design. Another interesting colour-scheme was worn by Air 2000 Boeing 757 G-OOOU which brought Liverpool FC from Athens during the evening as 'AMM3367', the aircraft subsequently departing to Liverpool, and wearing the very attractive colour-scheme of TCS Expeditions, with Air 2000 titles on the starboard side, and TCS Expeditions titles on the port side.
BRT653 G-MAJF SBE4061/0 G-OKDN AMM3367 G-OOOU BAW12Q/13L G-BNWT
Thursday 23rd November
Yet another Benelux-registered Fokker 50 first-visited during the morning, our third KLM City Hopper example in as many months, substituting for the Fokker 100 on the Amsterdam schedule; PH-KVF operated as 'UKA2133/6'. Intermediacion Metroliner EC-GMG operated a freight flight from Oporto during the early afternoon as 'IEA502' departing after an hour and a half on the north-side to Barcelona as 'IEA503', and Eureca F-27 I-FSTK positioned out to Stansted during the evening as 'URE001'.
Jetstream 41 G-MAJC operated the first three rotations of the daily programme, Birmingham, Cardiff then Birmingham again, and then positioned out to Manchester during the early evening, G-MAJB returning to service to operate the evening Birmingham rotation.
Agusta 109 N754AM departed to Powburn at lunch-time as 'Sloane5'.
BRT650 G-MAJC UKA2133/6 PH-KVF AEA211/2 EC-HKQ BRT094 G-MAJC URE001 I-FSTK
Wednesday 22nd November
Eureca F-27 I-FSTK returned from Bristol during the early hours and day-stopped. The currently based British Regional Jetstream 41 G-MAJB presumably went u/s after arrival from Cardiff during the early afternoon, ATP G-MANG operating the next Birmingham arrival and departure, and the final arrival of the day during the late evening, the aircraft subsequently positioning out to Glasgow - its last appearance at Newcastle had been during 1996. Another J41 positioned in during the evening to operate Thursday morning's flights, G-MAJC arriving from Manchester wearing the 'Colum' tail design, its first appearance since 1997.
Highlight of the day however was another new Citation Bravo for us, Kuri Flightservice's D-CHZF day-stopping from/to its Friedrichshafen home. Sloane Helicopters' Agusta 109 N754AM departed to Powburn again just after dark, only to return twenty minutes later due to en-route weather, again to night-stop, and Airbor King Air 90 F-BTQP operated a freight flight from Strasbourg-Entzheim at tea-time, departing shortly afterwards to Dijon.
URE102 I-FSTK BRT658/9 G-MANG BRT097 G-MAJC BRT660/098 G-MANG
Tuesday 21st November
BAC Express F-27 G-JEAF returned from Bristol in the early hours, and then positioned out to Edinburgh - Eureca F-27 I-FSTK made another appearance during the evening, positioning in from Stansted to operate the late evening Bristol mail flight as 'URE001'.
Not much else, just a pair of American GA visitors, Piper Seneca N95D making two trips from/to Welshpool, during the early morning and afternoon, and Sloane Helicopters' Agusta 109 N754AM ('Sloane5'), which also made two landings, from Sywell at lunch-time, the machine then making a trip to/from Powburn in the Borders, returning at sunset for a night-stop.
RPX602/602P G-JEAF URE001 I-FSTK
Monday 20th November
Cessna 414 D-ICAC passed through at lunch-time from Salzburg to Stornoway, and the beginning of a new postal week saw just one 'extra' mail flight, BAC Express Fokker F-27 G-JEAF positioning in from Edinburgh during the late evening as 'RPX601P' to operate out to Bristol just before midnight as 'RPX601'.
RZO9400/1 CS-TGP RPX601P/601 G-JEAF
Sunday 19th November
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN appeared yet again, arriving during the afternoon as 'MMD6807' and positioning out to Sonderborg as 'MMD9468'.
British Airways used a Boeing 767 on the Heathrow service again, G-BNWX in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme, which had first-visited eight days earlier, appearing on the tea-time rotation. Air 2000 Airbus A.320 G-OOAP completed its first detachment to Newcastle during the afternoon, positioning out to Glasgow.
ECA810/1 5B-DBD AMM208 G-OOAP AMM209/209F G-OOAP BAW12N/13K G-BNWX
Saturday 18th November
What could be the end of a very interesting two-week spell of extra mail flights occurred during the early hours with all three 'extra' machines positioning out within a space of twelve minutes; BAC Express Fokker F-27 G-JEAF departed to Edinburgh after operating the extra East Midlands, Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS to Stansted after the Bristol rotation, while the Channel Express F-27 G-JEAE, which had been present since Monday the 6th, positioned out to Bournemouth.
Rockwell Commander 114 D-EMHR departed to Wick at lunch-time, continuing its ferry flight, and the other German-registered night-stopper departed at tea-time, Challenge Air Challenger D-BSNA departing to Paderborn as 'CLS1112'.
AMM289/462C G-OOAP RPX307/307P G-JEAF AWC430B/30Y G-BUPS EXS229/903P G-JEAE AIH052 G-MLJL AMM462D G-OOAP
Friday 17th November
Challenger D-BSNA departed during the early morning, as 'CLS1110' to Stockholm-Bromma, to operate a charter to Le Bourget, from where it returned during the afternoon as 'CLS1110', again to night-stop. The two F-27's day-stopped again in between their respective mail flights, and the evening Bristol departure was operated by Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS.
Increased passenger loads due to the rail crisis presumably prompted another use of a Boeing 767 on the British Airways Heathrow schedule, G-BNWX operating the mid-morning arrival, a first-visitor exactly a week ago.
Yak 52 RA-02149 passed through during the late morning, from Perth to Gamston, and Rockwell Commander 114 D-EMHR arrived from Bremen during the evening at the start of a west-bound Trans Atlantic ferry flight.
Gill Airways operated their last ever passenger Shorts 360 flight, G-BNYI flying the 'GIL768M' from Aberdeen to Newcastle during the early evening.
RPX307/6 G-JEAF EXS229/8 G-JEAE AIH051 G-MLJL BAW12H/13R G-BNWX AMM288 G-OOAP SBE4061/0 G-OKDN AWC430Y/A G-BUPS
Thursday 16th November
Antonov An-26 RA-26044 returned from East Midlands during the early morning, and day-stopped, positioning out to Oporto at tea-time. Another vintage freighter appeared at lunch-time, Atlantic Airways DC-6 G-APSA arriving from Coventry as 'AAG673' to operate out to Barcelona during the early evening as 'AAG674'. The evening's East Midlands mail flight was operated by BAC Express F-27 G-JEAF which positioned in from East Midlands during the late evening as 'RPX306P'.
Another new Dash Eight -300 for Tyrolean Airways ferried through at lunch-time, OE-LTO in the carrier's full colours arriving from Reykjavik and departing to Innsbruck after just under two hours on the ground. Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-HKQ made just its second visit to Newcastle on the afternoon Arrecife charter.
Challenge Air Challenger D-BSNA arrived from Paderborn during the evening as 'CLS1112' and night-stopped.
PSW9923/925F RA-26044 EXS229/8 G-JEAE AMM457C G-OOAP AMM457D/122 G-OOAP AEA211/2 EC-HKQ RPX306P/306 G-JEAF AMM123 G-OOAP
Wednesday 15th November
BAC Express F-27 G-JEAF positioned out to Edinburgh during the early hours after operating the East Midlands mail flight; the evening East Midlands departure produced the return of Pskovavia Antonov An-26 RA-26044 positioning in from Ostend during the late evening, and operating out thirty minutes before midnight.
DLR Dornier 228 D-CALM visited very briefly at lunch-time, spending just six minutes on the ground from/to Kidlington, and European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AWYV finally departed during the afternoon, as 'EAF9869' to Bournemouth, having been present since an unservicability contracted last Thursday.
AMM488D/90 G-OOAP EXS229/8 G-JEAE RPX307/307P G-JEAF EAF9869 G-AWYV PSW914F/9922 RA-26044 AMM91 G-OOAP
Tuesday 14th November
The second Air 2000 Airbus A.320 detachment of the winter conveniently produced the second of the carrier's new aeroplanes, the first-visiting G-OOAP arriving from Glasgow during the early morning to operate the Palma rotation, returning from Palma via Glasgow during the afternoon. Italian operator Eureca completed a week of flying extra mail flights from Newcastle during the early hours, F-27 I-FSTK positioning out to Stansted during the evening under a BAC Express callsign. A few hours later and the company's own F-27 G-JEAF positioned in from Edinburgh to operate the overnight East Midlands mail rotation. Gill Airways again operated the Bristol rotation.
Cessna 406 D-ISHY departed to Cologne within the first hour of the day as 'FFG472', and the only other movement of note was King Air 90 N1553N which visited during the morning from Bristol to Leeds, using the Bristol Flying Centre callsigns 'CLF94/94A'.
URE102/RPX301P I-FSTK EXS229/8 G-JEAE AMM391C G-OOAP AMC5180/1 9H-ADN AMM391D/488C G-OOAP RPX306P/306 G-JEAF
Monday 13th November
British Regional finally showed us another Jetstream 41 on the new Birmingham/Cardiff schedules, G-MAJB in the 'Ndebele' tail design, returning from Cardiff at lunch-time. The two weekend-stopping Fokker F-27's departed on their respective mail flights during the late evening, with the Bristol rotation, which last week had produced such things as Antonov An-26's, being operated by a Gill Airways ATR.42.
Flugdienst Fehlhaber Cessna 406 D-ISHY operated a freight flight from Cologne late in the evening as 'FFG471', but certainly the most interesting visitor of the day was another German-registered machine, a Focke-Wulf/Piaggio 149 no less, D-EHJL spending an hour on the ground at mid-day, from/to Spanhoe.
RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BRT653/7 G-MAJB EXS228 G-JEAE URE101 I-FSTK
Sunday 12th November
Air 2000 Airbus A.320 G-OOAR completed its first detachment to Newcastle, positioning out to Glasgow during the afternoon, and JMC's G-BXKA positioned out to Manchester just before midnight, after having spent over a week here.
Falcon 50 N50KD departed back to the US during the morning, departing for Iqaluit after three nights on the south apron.
JMC164/110 G-BXKA BAL363B G-BYAB AMM208/9/209F G-OOAR JMC111/832 G-BXKA JMC833/320M G-BXKA
Saturday 11th November
Back to normal with a quiet Saturday - European Air Charter Boeing 737-200 G-CEAD positioned out to Stansted during the afternoon, leaving BAC One Eleven G-AWYV still here, and VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLR departed back to Brussels during the morning as 'VLM899'.
Smalandsflyg Navajo SE-IKV departed back to Malmo early morning as 'SMF101' after spending two nights here, and the two F-27's, Eureca's I-FSTK and Channel Express' G-JEAE settled down for a weekend stop, after operating their respective early morning mail flights.
AWC413B/41Y G-ZAPJ URE102 I-FSTK EXS229 G-JEAE JMC457 G-BXKA AIH052 G-MLJL BAL363A G-BYAB VLM899 OO-VLR JMC458/163 G-BXKA EAF170P G-CEAD
Friday 10th November
An unservicable European Air Charter BAC One Eleven produced the first-visit to Newcastle of one of the company's Boeing 737-200's, G-CEAD positioning in from Bournemouth during the morning to operate two Gill Airways Paris-CDG rotations. Being the ex-SABENA OO-SDM the aircraft was probably a first-visitor. VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLR which had first-visited a few weeks ago, operated another passenger charter from Brussels during the morning, arriving as 'VLM898' and night-stopping, and assumed high passenger loads on the British Airways Heathrow schedule, due to the continuing 'gap' in the East Coast Mainline, produced the first-visiting Boeing 767-300 G-BNWX on the early evening rotation, also the type's first-visit to Newcastle in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme.
Antonov An-26 RA-26044 positioned out to Coventry again in the early hours after having operated its 'extra' mail flight from Bristol, the evening's Bristol departure being operated by something much more mundane, Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ.
URE102/1 I-FSTK PSW9922/315 RA-26044 EXS229/8 G-JEAE AIH051 G-MDBD EAF9895/103S G-CEAD VLM898 OO-VLR SBE4061/0 G-LFJB GIL102G/105C G-CEAD BAW12N/13K G-BNWX GIL104W G-CEAD AWC413Y/A G-ZAPJ
Thursday 9th November
Another day full of variety; possibly the best movement of the day appeared in the early hours however, Cessna 414 OK-CIA arriving from Prague via Ostend with freight, returning the same way just after 3 o'clock. Pskovavia Antonov 26 RA-26044 arrived back from Bristol at about the same time, and then positioned out to Coventry. It returned during the evening, to operate the Bristol departure. The Oakmont Corporation's Falcon 50 N50KD arrived from St.Johns at mid-day to spend a few days here, and appearing an hour later was an aircraft slightly outside the scope of a civil report, but still very worthy of mention, Italian Air Force Piaggio 180 Avanti MM62163, which was on the ground for just one minute under an hour at lunch-time, from Aviano to Chievres as 'I2163'. Another military-operated civilian type had appeared earlier, Royal Navy Jetstream ZA110 visiting from/to Culdrose.
Cherokee D-ELKD departed to Stornoway during the morning, after its night-stop, and Piper Navajo SE-IKV operated by Smalandsflyg AB, arrived from Malmo as 'SMF102' to spend two nights here. An interesting British-registered corporate visitor was Falcon 900 G-EVES, making its first-visit to Newcastle as 'NEX09A/B' day-stopping from/to Manchester.
The second week of Air Europa's winter Arrecife series produced the third consecutive visit of last week's first-visiting Boeing 737-800 EC-HKR, the aircraft having also appeared on a diversion from Teesside last Sunday.
EXS228 G-JEAE URE102/1 I-FSTK PSW9923/921F RA-26044 EXS229/8 G-JEAE GIL101L G-AWYV GIL100G G-AWYV AEA211/2 EC-HKR PSW922F/9921 RA-26044
Wednesday 8th November
Antonov An-26 RA-26044 departed to Bristol on its mail flight just before 1am, returning later in the morning, and then day-stopping, operating the Bristol departure again just before midnight. The other two Fokker F-27's I-FSTK and G-JEAE continued to operate the extra East Midlands and Gatwick mail flights respectively.
The new Air 2000 Airbus A.320 G-OOAR returned from Tenerife during the early hours, and then departed just before 9am on the very long Manchester/Larnaca split load, not arriving back at Newcastle, until the last hour of the day. European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AVMM positioned out to Bournemouth at lunch-time after having operated for Gill Airways the previous evening, and another positioned in from Bournemouth during the late afternoon, G-AWYV subsequently operating a single Paris-CDG rotation for Gill.
It was however a very big GA day, with five executive jets dominating the visitors list - Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN came first during the morning, from Sonderborg to Tel Aviv as 'MMD6806', followed by the not too common (I copped it !) British Aerospace Corporate Jets BAe125 G-BWSY which spent four hours on the Samson apron during the middle of the day from/to Farnborough, and the Corporate Jets Learjet 31 N331SJ, which visited simultaneously, from Glasgow to Manchester. Learjet 45 N66SG spent just ten minutes on the ground at lunch-time, and late afternoon saw Grenzland Air Services Citation 650 D-CARE stop for fuel, en-route from Maribor in Slovenia to Keflavik as 'GZA832/3'.
Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM visited late afternoon, from/to Dublin as 'RDK333/4' and Piper Cherokee D-ELKD arrived from Munster at around the same time for a night-stop.
PSW9920 RA-26044 AMM510D/090 G-OOAR URE102/1 I-FSTK EXS229 G-JEAE PSW9921/2 RA-26044 GIL100P G-AVMM GIL101P/105C/104W G-AWYV AMM091 G-OOAR
Tuesday 7th November
The three F-27's all departed on their respective mail flights within the first hour of the day, returning at various times later in the morning - BAC Express' G-JEAD positioned out to Edinburgh during the early hours, while the Italian machine and Channel Express aircraft day-stopped, to operate their now becoming regular operation during the late evening, both aircraft actually getting away to East Midlands and Gatwick respectively, just before midnight. The Bristol late night departure was operated in the early hours of Wednesday morning by an aircraft that positioned in from Ostend during the evening, Pskovavia Antonov An-26 RA-26044 which arrived as 'PSW920F'. A further freight flight ocurred during the late afternoon/early evening, WDL's first-visiting F-27 D-ADOP positioning in from Erfurt to operate out with freight to Braunschweig.
Yesterday's first-visiting Fly FTI Airbus A.320 D-AFTI operated its MOD charter as 'JGN88' and positioned out to Cologne at tea-time as 'FTI831P', while today's first-visiting A.320 had appeared earlier in the afternoon, Air 2000's newest machine G-OOAR positioning in from Glasgow to become the detached aeroplane for a few days. The second 'LN-T' registered Braathens Boeing 737 to appear in the space of two days, operated the evening schedule, not a 'NextGen' however, but Boeing 737-500 LN-TUX, making its first-visit to Newcastle as such, but having visited previously as EI-CDT of Aer Lingus, the last time in 1998.
British Regional used the Manx Airlines Jetstream 41 G-MAJA for the first Birmingham rotation of the day, the aircraft then positioning out to the Isle-of-Man mid-morning as 'BRT091' with the return to service out of the Gill Airways hangar of G-MAJL on the late morning Cardiff departure. Gill Airways used European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AVMM again for a single evening Paris rotation.
Cessna 414 N414FZ departed to Manchester early morning after its day-stop, and other GA of note included DARTA Citation 500 F-GKIR, which spent an hour on the ground at lunch-time, from/to Le Bourget as 'DRT6323', and the Aerope King Air 350 F-GOAE again, during the evening, from Brussels to Pontoise as 'OPE072/3', presumably collecting the passengers it had 'deposited' on Sunday afternoon.
URE101 I-FSTK RPX810 G-JEAD EXS228 G-JEAE URE102/1 I-FSTK RPX811/811P G-JEAD EXS229/8 G-JEAE BRT650 G-MAJA AMC5180/1 9H-ABS JGN88 D-AFTI BRT651/091 G-MAJA AMM391D/510C G-OOAR WDL220/1 D-ADOP JGN88/FTI831P D-AFTI GIL105C G-AVMM BRA575/568 LN-TUX PSW920F RA-26044 GIL104W G-AVMM
Monday 6th November
A dreadful day, but with surprisingly plenty of interest, and lots to talk about. Early morning saw a return visit from Slovak Government Tupolev Tu-154M OM-BYO which operated a return trip from Bratislava, departing mid morning. The aircraft had visited on a similar flight on December 17th last. The becoming regular Fly FTI Airbus A.320 appeared mid afternoon, positioning in from Brize Norton as 'FTI082P' and night-stopping, the aircraft this time around being the first-visiting D-AFTI. An unservicable British Regional Jetstream 41 G-MAJL, produced Manx Airlines ATP G-MANB on the new services during the morning, the aircraft routing inbound from Glasgow, then the morning Birmingham rotation, followed by the Cardiff departure. The aircraft had last visited Newcastle during 1998. The return from Cardiff produced another Manx Airlines aircraft in the carrier's smart new colours, Jetstream 41 G-MAJA making its first-visit since 1997, and subsequently operating the day's remaining Birmingham schedules and night-stopping. The day's Gill Airways/Air France Paris-CDG schedules were operated by European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AVMM, and Braathens Boeing 737-500 LN-BRV went u/s on the evening turnaround, Boeing 737-700 LN-TUC positioning in from Oslo during the late evening as 'BRA9200' to operate out to Gardermoen as 'BRA2568' just before midnight.
With the continuing transport problems throughout the country, the late evening saw more aircraft arrive to operate extra mail, all three being Fokker F-27's this time. The first was certainly the most interesting, Italian operator Eureca, appearing from Bergamo as 'URE001' during the evening with the first-visiting F-27-600 I-FSTK. Further 'Fokkers' included Channel Express' G-JEAE which last visited during 1999, positioning in from Bournemouth as 'EXS228P' and the first-visiting BAC Express machine G-JEAD, which positioned in from Edinburgh as 'RPX810P'. All three departed just after midnight.
General Aviation of interest was confined to Cessna 414 N414FZ which arrived from Jersey during the afternoon, also to night-stop, joining a plethora of aircraft on the ground - as at midnight the airfield held three F-27's, two JMC aircraft, one 1-11, one RAF C-130, and one FTI A.320, and a 'British' J41 in the Gill Airways hangar, in addition to the usual scheduled traffic.
GIL101L G-AVMM BRT096/650 G-MANB BRT651/2 G-MANB GIL100G/103S G-AVMM RZO9400/1 CS-TGR BRT653/7 G-MAJA BRT658/9 G-MAJA FTI082P D-AFTI GIL102G/105C G-AVMM BRT660 G-MAJA URE001 I-FSTK EXS228P G-JEAE RPX810P G-JEAD BRA9200/2568 LN-TUC GIL104W G-AVMM
Sunday 5th November
After last Monday's diversion excitement, the period just before mid-day also offered a somewhat more muted thrill, with a pair of 737's diverting from Teesside within three minutes of each other - not quite living up to last week !. Both aircraft were however not altogether regular at Newcastle, Ryanair's first-visiting Boeing 737-200 EI-COX coming first from Dublin, followed by last Thursday's first-visiting Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-HKR from Tenerife. Both aircraft departed back to their respective destinations during the afternoon. JMC Airbus A.320 G-BXKA operated the day's planned Malaga and Faro rotation's, and then night-stopped apparently to remain at Newcastle all week in preparation for next weekend's flying, and another European Air Charter One Eleven appeared to fly for Gill Airways, G-AVMM positioning in from Bournemouth to operate the afternoon and evening rotations, the aircraft also night-stopping.
Aerope King Air 350 F-GOAE operated a return trip from/to Pontoise at tea-time as 'OPE051/2'.
JMC164/110 G-BXKA AIH052 G-MLJL GIL111P/103S G-AVMM RYR602/3 EI-COX AEA277/8 EC-HKR GIL102G/105C G-AVMM JMC111/832 G-BXKA GIL104W G-AVMM JMC833 G-BXKA
Saturday 4th November
The extra mail flights all returned within thirteen minutes of each other around 3am, Monarch A.320 G-OZBB arriving first from Gatwick and subsequently positioning out to Manchester, followed by European Air Charter One Eleven G-AXLL from East Midlands which day-stopped and positioned out to Bournemouth during the evening, and BAC Express F-27 G-JEAF which arrived from Bristol, positioning out straight away to Edinburgh.
JMC A.320 G-BXKA operated its two planned rotations of the day, to/from Alicante and Las Palmas, and Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BWWT returned to Cambridge after the match, during the early evening.
The two exec jets that had graced the south apron since the previous Tuesday finally departed at tea-time, Gulfstream IV N80AT to Luton, followed fourteen minutes later by Falcon 2000 VP-BDL, also to Luton. Piper Saratoga N620PL departed to Booker during the morning after two nights here.
EAF8466 G-AXLL MON9345/345P G-OZBB EAF8467/467P G-AXLL RPX811/811P G-JEAF JMC457 G-BXKA JMC458/163 G-BXKA SAY501 G-BWWT ECA810/1 5B-DBB
Friday 3rd November
Monarch Airlines Airbus A.320 G-MONW returned from Gatwick during the early hours, on the rail chaos/flood-induced extra mail flight, and positioned out to Manchester, and the based Airtours A.320 G-COEZ also operated the return of its mail flight from Bristol in the dead of the night. More extra mail flights were required at the other end of the day, Monarch using another A.320 G-OZBB for a Gatwick departure, having positioned in again from Manchester, with additional flights being flown by BAC Express Fokker F-27 G-JEAF, first-visiting on its positioning sector from Exeter, and operating out to Bristol, and European Air Charter BAC One Eleven G-AXLL which positioned in from Bournemouth, not departing to East Midlands until after midnight. Another late evening British ad-hoc'ing airliner was Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BWWT which delivered Ipswich Football Club, the aircraft arriving from Cambridge as 'SAY500' and night-stopping.
Our first Airtours Airbus A.330 for six months arrived in the shape of G-MDBD during the morning, for the first of the winter season's Orlando departures, and JMC Airbus A.320 G-BXKA positioned in from Manchester during the early evening, for the first of November's planned weekend detachments, which operate in addition to the based Boeing 757.
MON9345/345P G-MONW AIH051 G-MDBD SBE4061/0 G-LFJB JMC320M G-BXKA SAY500 G-BWWT MON344P/9344 G-OZBB RPX810P/810 G-JEAF EAF466P G-AXLL
Thursday 2nd November
The first Air Europa weekly Arrecife charter of the winter produced the carrier's newest Boeing 737-800, the first-visiting EC-HKR. Piper Saratoga N620PL arrived from Booker at lunch-time for a night-stop, and the travel chaos around the country caused by the two biggest news stories of the last couple of weeks, saw a couple of extra mail flights during the late evening, operated by Monarch Airlines Airbus A.320 G-MONW, positioning in from Manchester as 'MON344P' to operate out to Gatwick as 'MON9344', and the Newcastle-based Airtours A.320 G-COEZ which departed to Bristol just before midnight as 'AIH6801'.
Wednesday 1st November
Sunderland football club returned from Bristol just eighteen minutes into Wednesday, again courtesy of BAC Express, but this time in a Fokker F-27 which was actually EuroCeltic's first-visiting G-ECAH. Wearing full EuroCeltic colours, the aircraft day-stopped and departed to Exeter mid-afternoon as 'RPX107P'.
Gulfstream V N16NK departed to Leeds at lunch-time after just one night here.
Tuesday 31st October
Our good run continued, with today's excitement being provided by the usual biz jet activity for the time of year, connected with local game shooting events. Regular visitor in recent years at the end of October/beginning of November has been the Sioux Corporation, Falcon 50 VP-BCZ being a visitor at this time last year, the company's new Falcon 2000 VP-BDL arriving from Luton during the late afternoon. An even more regular exec jet visitor appeared later in the afternoon, Taubman Air's Gulfstream IV N80AT, which arrived from Exeter, and has now visited during November every year since 1991. The best came last however, only our third Gulfstream V appearing during the early evening, NT Air Inc.'s N16NK also arriving from Exeter - the registration had been seen here last on a Gulfstream II during November 1994 !. All three aircraft night-stopped on the south apron.
Aerovento Metroliner EC-HCU operated a freight charter from Vittoria during the afternoon as 'OTO202', departing to Pamplona as 'OTO203', and BAC Express Shorts 360 G-OCEA took Sunderland FC to Bristol at lunch-time as 'RPX105' the aircraft having positioned in from Dublin as 'RPX104P'. Our first ever Boeing 777 departure occurred just before 10am, G-VIIK positioning out to Gatwick as 'BAW192P'.
JMC706/261 G-CVYD OHY455/456F TC-ONN BAW192P G-VIIK EIN302/3 EI-CDB RPX104P/105 G-OCEA JMC037/037P G-CVYG AMC5180/1 9H-ADI
Monday 30th October
After weeks of dreariness, the current spell of good visitors which produced some excellent aeroplanes over the weekend, continued with some significant early morning diversion excitement. First to appear just after 7 o'clock was British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BNWM, a first-visitor and in the old BA colour-scheme, which diverted from Gatwick on the 'BAW2142' from Baltimore. Nine minutes later only our second ever Boeing 747-400 touched down, Virgin Atlantic's G-VAST diverting from Heathrow on the 'VIR004' from New York-JFK, giving us our first look at the new Virgin colour-scheme, followed just five minutes later by something much more regular, JMC Boeing 757 G-FCLI diverting from Gatwick having originally left Las Palmas. The most significant arrival however came on the stroke of 8 o'clock in the shape of our first Boeing 777 ever, British Airways' G-VIIK also diverting from Gatwick, arriving on the BAW2192 from Dallas/Fort Worth, the aircraft wearing the 'Animals and Trees' tail design. The final 'divertee' appeared a little later involving Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-BYRA, also a first-visitor, which diverted from Humberside on a flight from Aberdeen, and which parked on the remote stands alongside the three Everett-built Boeing products - a truly impressive sight.
Attempts at quick re-fuels and departures back south failed for all of the wide-bodies, with the first positioner-out being the Virgin 'Jumbo' which departed to Heathrow mid-afternoon; the British Airways Boeing 767 departed for Gatwick late in the evening, leaving the 'Triple Seven' on stand 15 overnight. Of the others the Eastern Airways Jetstream left for Humberside late afternoon, and the JMC Boeing 757 positioned out to Bodrum also during the afternoon.
Almost forgotten amongst all this excitement was the first day of the new British Regional schedules, the first Birmingham departure leaving on time at 7 o'clock, and the first Cardiff departure leaving mid-morning, all of the day's flights being operated by Jetstream 41 G-MAJL.
IWD3557/558 EC-GUR BAW2142 G-BNWM VIR004 G-VAST JMC610/594P G-FCLI BAW2192 G-VIIK EZE751/01P G-BYRA AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR CFE54VE/29CT G-OBWN OHY441/5127 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-FXY
Sunday 29th October
Anti-social hours continued to produce quality visitors - the early hours saw Axon Airlines operate the overnight ex-TransAer Rhodes arrival, the first-visiting Boeing 737-700 SX-BLT positioning out at 0400L to Athens. A now rare Citation delivery flight appeared a few hours later, Bravo N5VN arriving from Keflavik before 7 o'clock, and continuing on to Barcelona an hour later, where it will presumably be based, judging by the Spanish flag on the fin. The evening similarly produced more out of the ordinary visitors, including two Aer Lingus Boeing 737's on the ground at the same time, Boeing 737-500 EI-CDD operating the somewhat delayed Dublin schedule, while -400 EI-BXB arrived from Brussels a little later, to pick up more passengers for Dublin (?). Monarch Airlines operated an end of season late evening Heraklion arrival, with Boeing 757 G-MONK, the aircraft which had last visited Newcastle in 1996, positioning out to Luton, and British Regional Airlines Jetstream 41 G-MAJL arrived from Leeds to be in position for the following morning's first Birmingham departure. Surprisingly our first J41 this year, the aircraft had last visited Newcastle on the carrier's previous scheduled service through Newcastle, the Edinburgh/Cardiff route, back in 1997, although it wasn't wearing the 'Chelsea Rose' tail design back then.
Cherokee N65JF departed back to Nottingham at lunch-time, after two nights here, and Hamlin Jet Lear 45 N708SP returned from Torrrejon during the afternoon, departing to Luton after only half an hour on the ground.
AXO9104/5 SX-BLT BAL426B/070A G-OBYA JMC811/810P G-FCLE AIH900/899 C-FTDA EIN30C/W EI-CDD BRT091 G-MAJL EIN2305 EI-BXB ECA864/5 5B-DBB MON1985/985P G-MONK
Saturday 28th October
Two hours and five minutes after the first-visiting Sterling 737-800 came another first-timing -800, Air Europa's EC-HKQ, which operated a 'double-drop' from Tenerife via Humberside, arriving firty-five minutes into Saturday, and departing back to Tenerife an hour later. The usual jet on the morning Aer Lingus Dublin flight, produced the first-visiting Flightline BAe146-200 G-FLTA, and the late evening saw another visit from Cronus Airlines' Boeing 737-400 SX-BGH, on the previous Seven Air Kos arrival, the aircraft departing empty to Athens just after midnight.
Tulip Air operated another early morning crew ferry, King Air 200 PH-ATM arriving from Manchester as 'TLP09B' and departing to Rotterdam as 'TLP09C', and Citation 650 C-FLMJ departed at lunch-time after its night-stop, heading even further east, for Istanbul.
AEA264 EC-HKQ MON316/316P G-SMAN BAL152B/426A G-OBYA JKK3413/4 EC-GQG EIN302/3 G-FLTA MON5897/6 G-MONW JKK3341/2 EC-GHE SBE3019/8 G-OJSW IWD3555/6 EC-GZE ECA810/1 5B-DBC AEA184/5 EC-GNU CUS4610/461P SX-BGH RZO9456/957P CS-TGQ
Friday 27th October
Rather a busy day for foreign GA, the best involving a pair of North American executive jets both of which parked northside, tucked away on Stand 18. First came the Avionair operated Citation 650 C-FLMJ which operated a Trans-Atlantic ambulance flight via Keflavik, arriving late morning and night-stopping, followed by the Costco Inc. Challenger 604 N82CW which arrived from Aberdeen at lunch-time, continuing its tour of the UK departing to Leeds mid-afternoon. Hamlin Jet Learjet 45 N708SP was presumably filling in for N66SG at lunch-time, arriving from Luton and departing to Torrejon, Seneca N375SA visited during the afternoon from/to Gamston, and Cherokee N65JF arrived from Nottingham during the early evening for a night-stop. Piper Aztec D-IBYH departed to Reykjavik after breakfast, presumably continuing its westbound ferry flight.
Our last regular CRJ movements for the time being, produced G-MSKM on the day's two Birmingham rotations, the schedule passing to British Regional with the start of the winter timetable, but the best visitor of the day was surely the Sterling European Boeing 737-800 that operated a late evening Britannia Airways arrival from Ibiza. The first of the carrier's stunning 'NextGen's to appear at Newcastle, OY-SEA wore the blue variation of the superb 'Beach Ball' scheme, and positioned out to Copenhagen thirty-eight minutes short of midnight. Interestingly we had actually seen the blue Sterling 'Beach Ball' colour-scheme at Newcastle before, on Boeing 737-300 OY-SEF on a Braathens sub-charter on 1st February 1999.
AMM39D/42F G-OOAM MON317P/317 G-SMAN EIN302/3 EI-CLH MSK390/1 G-MSKM CFE42WX/589X G-OBWN BAL997F/152A G-OBYA CFE89AR/15FG G-OBWN ABD553/2 TF-ABT AMM147/6 G-OOAF MSK394/5 G-MSKM FUA1357/8 EC-HLN BAL558B/F OY-SEA
Thursday 26th October
Just in the nick of time, Maersk UK's new Canadair Regional Jet G-MSKT, which had been delivered just days previously, first-visited on the second last day of the carrier's Birmingham schedule, the aircraft operating both morning and afternoon rotations. Britannia Airways Boeing 737-800 G-BYNB appeared again mid-morning, over twelve hours late on a returning Dalaman 'holiday', a split load with Glasgow.
Piper Aztec D-IBYH arrived from Biggin Hill during the evening for a night-stop.
MSK390/1 G-MSKT CFE42WX/589X G-OBWN AMM39F/C G-OOAM BAL276B G-BYNB CFE89AR/15FG G-OBWN FUA1419/1420 EC-HLN JMC957/6 G-FCLF MSK394/5 G-MSKT
Wednesday 25th October
Still not much, Fly FTI Airbus A.320 D-ASSR positioning out to Heraklion early morning, and Falcon 100 F-GSLZ returning home to Nancy-Essey at lunch-time. Beech Baron N55EN visited mid-afternoon, from Cranfield to Elstree.
CFE42WX/589X G-OBWN LBT803 TS-INA CFE89AR/15FG G-OBWN FUA1325/6 EC-HMK
Tuesday 24th October
Our second Fly FTI Airbus A.320 this month positioned in from Hannover during the early morning to operate the day's Pristina MOD charter - D-ASSR wasn't a first-visitor either however, having visited Newcastle previously as EI-TLE of TransAer, the last time in 1997.
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT departed to Goose Bay during the afternoon after four nights here, and Falcon 100 F-GSLZ arrived from Milan-Malpensa during the evening for a night-stop.
OHY455/6 TC-ONP CFE42WX/589X G-OBWN CFE89AR/15FG G-OBWN AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 23rd October
Very little of interest, although City Flyer's continued turboprop substitutions on what should be three day-time Gatwick jet services, produced two different British World ATP's during the day, G-OBWR on the first morning rotation, and G-OBWN on the mid-afternoon flight.
CFE42WX/589X G-OBWR RZO9400/1 CS-TGR AIH846/5 C-FTDA CFE89AR/15FG G-OBWN OHY441/2 TC-ONN JKK3185/6 EC-GNY
Sunday 22nd October
Only noteworthy movements were two arrivals from Heathrow, one planned and one un-planned; British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPR made its second visit on the mid-morning schedule, and arriving just six minutes later, and diverting from Teesside due to fog, was British Midland Airways Fokker 100 G-BVJA, which joined two other Fokker 100's on the ground at the time (Gill Airways and KLMuk), and which was able to leave for the short trip to Teesside an hour later. The BMA machine had last visited Newcastle in 1997.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYA JMC2171/110 G-FCLD BAW12H/13F G-EUPR BMA5WT/332A G-BVJA JMC811/0 G-FCLI AIH900/899 C-FTDA JMC111/111P G-FCLD CFE21HC/24JK G-OBWR ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 21st October
The summer season may be coming to its inevitable end, but (or maybe because of) it made for a pretty interesting evening; Cronus Airlines may not have stunned us with variety over the two years that they have been one of our summer operators, having only visited us with two of their Boeing 737 fleet prior to last Saturday evening, but circumstances made for both of their 737-400's to appear during the evening. Last Saturday evening's first-visiting aircraft SX-BGJ appeared again on the ex-Seven Air Kos rotation, which it had operated last week, while the carrier's other -400 SX-BGH first-visited a few hours later, operating the previously TransAer-operated Saturday night Rhodes rotation, arriving from Rhodes but departing to Heraklion. The late evening also saw a rare Cyprus Airways Airbus A.320 substitute on the Eurocypria Larnaca rotation, 5B-DAV making its first-visit to Newcastle since 1994.
Sabre Airways operated the late afternoon ex-Seven Air Malaga rotation again, with Boeing 737-800 G-OJSW, and VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLR followed its first-visit of the previous day with another, the aircraft positioning in from Rotterdam, and operating out with passengers to Brussels mid-morning.
MON316/316P G-EOMA JKK3413/4 EC-GHH EIN302/3 EI-CLI VLM899P/899 OO-VLR BAL999/426A G-OBYA MON5897/6 G-OZBB JKK3341/2 EC-GOU IWD3555/6 EC-GLT SBE3019/8 G-OJSW CUS4610/1 SX-BGJ RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DAV AEA184/5 EC-HNB CUS4901/2 SX-BGH
Friday 20th October
Mid-morning saw another first-visiting Fokker 50 from the 'low countries', VLM's OO-VLR operating a passenger charter from Brussels as 'VLM898'. It positioned out to Rotterdam just before mid-day as 'VLM898F'.
Archer III SE-LOE departed onwards to Skavsta before sun-rise, after its well-earned night-stop, presumably at the end of its ferry flight, and Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT arrived from Goose Bay at dawn for another extended stay.
The usual trio of helicopters for the Great North Run TV coverage arrived during the day to spend the weekend here, Bolkow 105 G-BFYA as 'GPH05' from Humberside, and Twin Squirrel's G-TOPS from Gamston as 'GPH04' and G-GRID from Kidlington as 'Grid03'.
AMM39D/42F G-OOAN MON317P/317 G-EOMA CFE42WX/589X G-OBWR CFE89AR/15FG G-OBWR ABD553/2 TF-ABT AMM147/6 G-OOAF FUA1357/8 EC-HHG
Thursday 19th October
Just one visitor of note, but what an epic journey to get here - Piper Archer III SE-LOE arrived direct from St.Johns, Newfoundland just before mid-day, having been in the air for fourteen hours and eleven minutes !. Not surprisingly the aircraft night-stopped.
CFE42WX/589X G-OBWR AMM39F/C G-OOAN FUA1419/1420 EC-HMJ CFE89AR/15FG G-OBWR JMC957/6 G-FCLI
Wednesday 18th October
A Britannia Airways Boeing 737-800 operated a first revenue flight from Newcastle for the carrier/type, G-BYNB routing through from Glasgow to Dalaman during the early morning, and returning during the evening. The aircraft had of course visited Newcastle previously on a crew training flight during July. A first-visiting airliner appeared mid-morning in the shape of British Airways' latest Airbus A.319 G-EUPR, while a second ATP to be used by City Flyer this month operated two Gatwick rotations during the day, British World's G-OBWR making its first-visit to Newcastle as such, but having visited Newcastle previously as G-BUWP in 1998.
PA-32 HB-PEJ departed after its night-stop, to Calais mid-afternoon, as did NetJets Europe Citation VII CS-DNE, to Northolt also during the afternoon.
BAL276A G-BYNB CFE42WX/589X G-OBWR BAW12H/13R G-EUPR LBT803 TS-INB FUA1325/6 EC-HMK CFE89AR/15FG G-OBWR BAL276B G-BYNB EIN30C/W EI-BXB
Tuesday 17th October
Tulip Air King Air 200 PH-DDB appeared again during the morning, from Rotterdam as 'TLP12A', returning at lunch-time as 'TLP12B', and Cessna 414 N335CM passed through on a ferry flight during the early afternoon, from Bremen to Reykjavik. King Air 200 D-IHUT departed back to Marl during the afternoon.
Another NetJets Europe machine arrived during the evening, Citation 650 CS-DNE from Northolt for a night-stop.
AEA173/4 EC-GMY OHY455/6 TC-ONN CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 16th October
Visitor of the day was CL.601 Challenger N333MG which spent the whole of the afternoon on the south apron from/to Oslo-Gardermoen. A couple of further GA arrivals saw King Air 200 D-IHUT arrive from Marl during the morning for a night-stop, and PA-32R HB-PEJ arrive from Southend during the afternoon, also to stay the night.
An Air Scandic Airbus A.300 was required by Britannia Airways for just the second time this summer, G-TTMC making its first visit of the year, positioning in from Manchester to operate a Tenerife rotation mid-morning, returning via Manchester late evening, and positioning back to Manchester just after midnight.
CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI BAL990F/231A G-TTMC RZO9400/1 CS-TGR AIH846/5 C-FTDA VIR8128/7 G-VMED OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-GOU BAL231B/992F G-TTMC
Sunday 15th October
Yet another Hangar 5 Air Services freight flight at mid-day produced another Cessna 208 Caravan, LN-PBE arriving from Stavanger as 'HAX25' and operating out with freight as'HAX26' to Kristiansund.
The tea-time British Airways Heathrow service was flown by Boeing 767-300 G-BNWC ('Rendezvous') an aircraft that last visited Newcastle during 1996.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ AIH830/1 C-FTDA EIN253 EI-CDH JMC811/0 G-FCLK AIH900/899 C-FTDA BAW12N/13K G-BNWC ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 14th October
Comed Bandeirante G-ONEW returned from Dublin during the early morning as 'CDE673C', the aircraft remaining here until mid-afternoon when it departed to Blackpool using its registration as a callsign, and Taxi Air Fret Beech 99 F-GFPE departed to Toussus-le-Noble mid-morning.
The end of the Seven Air charter series close to the end of the summer season, saw a pair of extra flights - Sabre Airways Boeing 737-800 G-OJSW operated a Malaga rotation during the afternoon as 'SBE3019/8', but more interesting was the first use through Newcastle of a Cronus Airlines Boeing 737-400, the first-visiting Boeing 737-400 SX-BGJ operating in and out from/to Kos during the evening as 'CUS4610/1'.
A rare French-registered 'single' visited briefly during the afternoon, TB.9 Tampico F-GSZK arriving from Blackpool and departing to Sherburn.
MON316/316P G-SMAN BAL152B/426A G-OBYJ JKK3413/4 EC-GXU EIN302/3 EI-CLH JKK3341/2 EC-HKP MON5897/6 G-OZBB SBE3019/8 G-OJSW IWD3555/6 EC-GZD CUS4610/1 SX-BGJ RZO9456/7 CS-TGR ECA810/1 5B-DBD AEA184/5 EC-GMY TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 13th October
Another freight flight from Angers just nine minutes into the day saw the first-visit of Northern Air Charter Metro 23 D-CNAC, which operated in and out as 'NAG151', positioning out to Flensburg just before 1am. NetJet Europe Hawker 800XP CS-DNO departed to Glasgow at mid-day, and Windrose Air Citation 500 D-ISSS visited briefly during the evening, from/to Berlin-Tempelhof as 'QGA003'. Further freight flights later in the evening produced Taxi Air Fret Beech 99 F-GFPE from Angers for a night-stop, and Hangar 5 Air Services Cessna F406 OY-PBG, from Kristiansund to Bergen as 'HAX46'. Another visitor on a particularly hectic late evening was Comed Bandeirante G-ONEW, which arrived from Blackpool as 'CDE671C', operating out on an ambulance flight to Dublin as 'CDE672C'.
A surprising first-visiting airliner turned up on the afternoon Airtours Naples 'W', the carrier's ex-Virgin Atlantic Airbus A.320 G-JOEM.
MON317P/317 G-SMAN AMM39D/42F G-OOAN BAL997F/152A G-OBYJ AIH864/3 G-JOEM ABD553/2 TF-ABT AMM147/6 G-OOAF TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHG
Thursday 12th October
More European 'biz', with the second visit from Learjet 45 HB-VML during the afternoon, spending two hours on the ground from Birmingham to Barcelona, co-inciding with the visit of Avcon AG's CL.604 Challenger HB-IVT, which arrived from Geneva eleven minutes after the Learjet, departing to Nice just thirteen minutes after the Lear had left for Spain. Another arrived during the late evening, NetJets Europe Hawker 800XP CS-DNO arriving from Venice for a night-stop.
An even later evening visitor was Danish Air Transport Beech 1900C OY-JRI which operated a freight flight from Angers as 'DTR557', positioning out to Southend as 'DTR557T' just before midnight.
AMM39F/C G-OOAN FUA1419/1420 EC-HMK JMC957/6 G-FCLK
Wednesday 11th October
Highlight of the day was another European biz-jet, just our seventh Learjet 45, Avcon AG's stunning HB-VML which arrived from Nice during the morning, spending less than an hour on the ground before departing to Geneva.
Not much else just another Boeing 737-500 on a Maersk (UK) Birmingham schedule, G-MSKD substituting for the CRJ on the tea-time rotation.
JMC049/674P G-FCLB LBT803 TS-INA FUA1325/6 EC-HLN MSK394/5 G-MSKD
Tuesday 10th October
The first Fly FTI aircraft to visit Newcastle positioned in from Hannover early morning as 'FTI088P' to operate the day's Pristina charter. The aircraft D-AFRO, had however visited Newcastle previously as SX-BGJ of Ambassador Airways which was the subject of a regular weekend detachment during 1994, and it returned mid-afternoon as 'JGN88', positioning back out to Hannover as 'FTI086P'.
Tulip Air King Air 200 PH-DDB operated an early morning Britannia Airways crew ferry from Manchester as 'TLP12B', departing to Rotterdam as 'TLP12C', and a couple of exec jet arrivals during the afternoon, pretty sadly the first foreign-registered 'biz' of the month not including N66SG, produced TAG Aviation Falcon 20 HB-VJV from/to Geneva as 'FPG720', and the return of Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN, which arrived from Tel Aviv as 'MMD6690', positioning out back home to Sonderborg.
Another Aer Lingus Boeing 737-400 appeared for some visual circuits, EI-BXD performing seven touch-and-go's during the morning, from/to Dublin, but not actually making a full-stop landing.
AEA173/4 EC-FXQ AMC5186/7 9H-ABT OHY455/6 TC-ONP JMC931P/048 G-FCLD AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 9th October
Maersk (UK)'s Boeing 737-500 G-MSKC operated the morning Birmingham flight in place of the usual CRJ, and Spanair A.321 EC-HPM made its second visit on the late evening Palma rotation.
MSK390/1 G-MSKC AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ VIR8128/7 G-VTAN OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-HPM
Sunday 8th October
Commander 690 N980HB passed through during the morning from Stansted to Reykjavik (not a delivery), and Bonanza N836TP departed to White Waltham during the morning after three nights here.
Another Braathens 737-700 appeared on the evening Stavanager rotation, LN-TUB being just the fifth to appear here this year.
AEA184/5 EC-GGO BAL426B/992F G-OBYA JMC811/0 G-FCLI AIH900/899 C-FTDA BRA575/8 LN-TUB ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 7th October
Must have been a grotty day, as there was only two visiting aircraft movements, a 'Lonex' Navajo on a ambulance rotation !. The usual Saturday morning Aer Lingus jet Dublin service produced the first-visit to Newcastle of the registration EI-CTO, worn by a BAe146-300 that had visited last as G-BUHC of Air UK in October 1998, but the star of the day was the first use through Newcastle of the recently delivered Spanair Airbus A.321 EC-HPM, used for the morning Palma rotation.
MON316/316P G-EOMA EIN302/3 EI-CTO BAL999F/426A G-OBYA JKK3413/4 EC-HPM MON5897/6 G-MONW JKK3341/2 EC-GHH IWD3555/6 EC-GLT RZO9456/7 CS-TGR ECA810/1 5B-DBD TLA664/5 EI-TLP
G-BLFZ LNX103C 0235-0436 EGNM EGPD London Exec Avn
G-BLFZ LNX103C 1146-1226 EGPD EGNM London Exec Avn
Friday 6th October
Bell 222 G-NOIR departed southbound to Blackbushe at dawn, as 'SSP10', and a pretty busy day, British-GA-wise, saw a number of regular light aircraft visitors (weather must have been nice !), including the not so regular Fishburn-based Jabiru G-BYCZ, which diverted in during the morning with an engine problem, which was to keep the aircraft here for some time. One foreign-registered GA visitor was Mitsubishi Mu-2 N973BB which spent the afternoon here from Manchester to Jersey.
JMC784/784P G-JMCG MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM39D/42F G-OOAM CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI ABD553/2 TF-ABT AMM147/6 G-OOAE TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HMK GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 5th October
Hangar 5 appeared again, this time using Cessna 208 Caravan I LN-PBD, which positioned in from Oslo-Gardermoen at lunch-time as 'HAX11', operating out with freight this time to Kristiansund as 'HAX12'.
Turbo Bonanza N836TP arrived during the early evening from Melbury for a night-stop, and Bell 222 of Starspeed operated what was presumably another freight charter from Heathrow to the Nissan factory at Sunderland during the late evening, positioning to the airport a little later as 'CCB10' to spend the night here.
CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI TSC231 C-GTSF FUA1419/1420 EC-HMK AMM39F/C G-OOAM JMC957/6 G-JMCF JMC783P/783 G-JMCG
Wednesday 4th October
Mooney M.20 N800AG departed to Landshut mid-morning with the continuation of its ferry flight, and the first of a number of freight charters from/to Scandinavia operated by Hangar 5 Air Services in early October, appeared early afternoon in the shape of Cessna F406 OY-PBG, in from Kristiansund as 'HAX44', and positioning out to Bergen as 'HAX45' - rtf callsign 'Scoop' !.
The afternoon Futura Fuerteventura flight produced the carrier's first 737 'Classic' visit since May, producing -400 EC-HBZ.
CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI LBT803 TS-INA FUA1325/6 EC-HBZ GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 3rd October
'NextGen' heaven during the morning with two Boeing 737-700 substitutions; Air Malta used one of the leased-from-Maersk aircraft through Newcastle for the first time, OY-MRB operating the first of the day's two Malta rotations during the morning - just the eleventh 'NextGen' off the line, the aircraft had actually visited Newcastle before, on a sub-charter for Gill Airways on the 18th May 1999. The morning Braathens flight was also operated by a 737-700, LN-TUD unfortunately being one of only four Braathens -700's to visit Newcastle so far this year. Still on the 'NextGen' theme, Sabre Airways completed their summer Santorini series during the afternoon, with 737-800 G-ODMW, which positioned out to Santorini.
An older 737 spent much of the day crew training in the visual circuit, Aer Lingus' -400 EI-BXK arriving from Dublin mid-morning and flying three spells of circuits, before returning to Dublin at tea-time. Using its registration/last two as a callsign throughout, the aircraft made 27 touch-and-go's during the day.
GA visitors included the Atlantique Air Assistance's King Air 90 F-GIZB on an ambulance flight from Dinard at lunch-time as 'TLB221', departing to Nantes as 'TLB202' during the afternoon, and Mooney M.20 N800AG which arrived from Reykjavik during the late evening for a night-stop.
AEA173/4 EC-FZZ AMC5186/7 OY-MRB OHY455/6 TC-ONN TLA570/1 EI-TLP CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI BRA561/574 LN-TUD SBE3023/302P G-ODMW AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 2nd October
The second KLM City Hopper Fokker 50 to first-visit in a matter of a few weeks substituted for the KLMuk Fokker 100 on the late morning Amsterdam rotation, PH-KVH actually using the ticket numbers ('UKA2137/2140') as callsigns.
Sun Air ATP OY-SVI began its second week of flying for City-Flyer, operating the first morning Gatwick rotation, as it had done the previous week.
CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI UKA2137/2140 PH-KVH AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ VIR8128/7 G-VMED OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-FXA
Sunday 1st October
Only visitor of interest was the Cranfield University Bulldog G-CCOA which spent the afternoon here en-route from Kirknewton to Coventry as 'CFD04'.
AEA184/5 EC-GMY BAL426B/992F G-OBYB JMC811/0 G-JMCG AIH900/899 C-GTDB LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTI CFE21HC/24JK OY-SVI ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 30th September
The second first-visiting Spanair MD.82 in as many months appeared on the carrier's first Palma rotation of the day, the ex-China Eastern machine EC-HFS operating the 'JKK3413/4' flights.
MON316/316P G-SMAN BAL152B/426A G-OBYA JKK3413/4 EC-HFS IWD3437/8 EC-GUR EIN302/3 EI-CLY JKK3341/2 EC-HFP MON5897/6 G-OZBB IWD3555/6 EC-GZE RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBD TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 29th September
The only notable visitor was King Air 90 D-ITOP on a delivery flight from Reykjavik to Bremen at lunch-time.
AMM39D/42F G-OOAN MON317P/317 G-SMAN CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI BAL997F/152A G-OBYA AMM147/6 G-OOAE ABD553/2 TF-ABD TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HMJ
Thursday 28th September
The highlight of the day was certainly the sight of two propliners facing each other on the remote stands - Atlantic Cargo Electra G-LOFB operated a freight flight from Madrid during the early morning as 'AAG744' the aircraft remaining until the evening, and being joined by 'sister-ship' Douglas DC-6 G-SIXC late morning, which also brought freight in from presumably the continent, via Southampton as 'AAG604'. The 'Six' departed back to Coventry at lunch-time as 'AAG605' but the Electra remained until the late evening, departing to Coventry as 'AAG845'.
Another freight flight from Angers during the late evening produced the first-visiting Rijnmond Air Services Metro III PH-DYM, which operated in, and positioned out to Rotterdam, as 'RAZ999'.
Cessna 207 F-BXLP finally resumed its westbound delivery flight, after spending a total of nine nights here, to Keflavik during the afternoon.
CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI TSC240/1 C-GTSN AMM39F/C G-OOAL FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG JMC957/6 G-FCLK AMC082/3 9H-ADI
Wednesday 27th September
OY-SVI again during the morning, and another very early movement was the departure of Lauda Air Challenger OE-HLE, which departed as 'LDA601' to Rimini with the 'big man' after his local concert, just five minutes after midnight.
Cessna 182 D-EDQP passed through on a westbound ferry flight at lunch-time, from Egelsbach to Stornoway.
BWL088P G-OBWY CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI LBT803 TS-INB FUA1325/6 EC-HMJ GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 26th September
Back to quietness with just the second consecutive visit by Sun Air ATP OY-SVI on the mid-morning City Flyer Gatwick rotation, and an early hours visit from DARTA King Air 200 F-GHOC, from/to Le Bourget as DTR6177.
AEA173/4 EC-GMY AIH877P C-GTDB AMC5186/7 9H-ABT AMC5180/1 9H-ABT CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI JGN88 G-OBWY OHY455/6 TC-ONP SBE3023/2 G-LFJB TLA570/1 EI-TLP
Monday 25th September
Finally something significant to report on; Sun Air ATP OY-SVI began a short lease period to City-Flyer Express, operating the mid-morning Gatwick rotation - the aeroplane had been a regular visitor during June and July last year on a series of oil-related charters, and still wears the 'Benyhone Tartan' tail design.
Execujet A/S /FlexJet Europe Learjet 60 OY-LJF followed up its first-visit during July 2000 with another during the afternoon, arriving from Glasgow and departing early evening to Manchester. Another interesting executive jet appeared much later in the evening, Lauda Air's CL.601 Challenger OE-HLE arriving from Leeds as 'LDA601' just after nine o'clock for a double night-stop. The aircraft had visited Newastle on one previous occasion, involved with the Vauxhall Frontera launch airlift, on 4th October 1998.
CFE42WX/589X OY-SVI AIH846 C-GTDB RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ VIR8128/7 G-VTAN BWL088P G-OBWY OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-GBA
Sunday 24th September
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN made its 5th visit to Newcastle during the morning, arriving from Sonderborg as 'MMD6690' and departing to Tel Aviv after an hour and a half on the ground.
The planned 'NextGen' on the evening Braathens service produced LN-TUC, and the late evening produced our first first-visiting airliner for what seems like a very long time, Platinum Air Jetstream 31 G-PLAH operating a crew ferry from Glasgow as 'PLM2471' to where it returned just before midnight.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ JMC164/110 G-JMCE JMC811/0 G-FCLJ LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTI AIH900/899 C-GTDB BRA575/8 LN-TUC ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 23rd September
Remaining very dull, with just the departure of Van's RV-6 G-BXYX back to Wellesbourne Mountford during the afternoon, being of any significance.
JMC113/826 G-JMCE MON316/316P G-EOMA IWD3437/8 EC-GZD JKK3413/4 EC-HGA BAL999F/426A G-OBYJ BRT563/4 G-EMBL MON5897/6 G-OZBB JMC827/457 G-JMCE JKK3341/2 EC-HOV IWD3555/6 EC-GLT JEA1136/9 G-JEAK RZO9456/7 CS-TGP JMC458/163 G-JMCE ECA810/1 5B-DBB IWD3441/0442 EC-GZE AEA184/5 EC-FXP TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 22nd September
Following on from Wednesday's Europa, it was another small aeroplane that provided the only interest, Van's RV-6 G-BXYX arriving from Wellesbourne Mountford during the afternoon, subsequently flying a local flight and then night-stopping.
JMC509 G-JMCE AMM39D/42F G-OOAL MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM147/6 G-OOAH ABD553/2 TF-ABD JMC510/112 G-JMCE TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHG GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 21st September
The early hours saw a pair of Airtours aircraft divert from Teesside due to fog, Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-GTDB, which incidentally is planned to remain based at Teesside for the remainder of the summer season, from Rhodes, operating the next flight in the programme, a Malaga, from Newcastle, and Boeing 767-300 G-DAJC, actually the first of the fleet to visit Newcastle this year, which arrived from Sanford, positioning out shortly after to Glasgow.
Very little else, just another visit from 'BBJ' A6-HRS during the late afternoon, from/to Farnborough again as 'DUB003'.
AIH862/857 C-GTDB AIH096/096P G-DAJC TSC240/1 C-GTSF AMM39F/C G-OOAL FUA1419/1420 EC-HMK JMC957/6 G-FCLG JMC933/783 G-JMCE DM9540 EC-HLM AMC082/3 9H-ADH JMC784 G-JMCE
Wednesday 20th September
Quite a few GA visitors, although not too much of interest. Those that were included Bin Air Metro II D-ICRK which visited during the evening from Le Havre to Rotterdam, and a very rare visit from a Shaw Europa, G-DAYS spending just over an hour on the ground at lunch-time from/to Sleap.
Of course the major disappointment of the day/month/year was the non-appearance of what would have been our second Palestinian Airlines Dash Eight in as many months, SU-YAN actually being flight-planned in during the afternoon, but which diverted in to Aberdeen on its way from Iceland due to strong headwinds.
LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BXKC FUA1325/6 EC-HHG GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 19th September
Aerostar D-IAHT fnally made it back home to Straubing mid-morning, after its enforced week-long stay here, while the late evening saw the arrival of Cessna 207 F-BXLP from Dinard, destined coincidentally, to stay for a similar length of time.
Braathens Boeing 737-700 LN-TUI made yet another appearance on the morning rotation, a machine which has visited a few times recently on aircraft substitutions through Newcastle - can we have 'UH' sometime please ?.
AEA173/4 EC-FZZ AMC5186/7 9H-ADN TLA570/1 EI-TLP OHY455/6 TC-ONN BRA561/574 LN-TUI SBE3023/2 G-ODMW AMC5180/1 9H-ABT
Monday 18th September
Dubai Air Wing 'BBJ' A6-HRS made another visit, mid-afternoon from/to Farnborough as 'DUB003', spending just forty minutes on the ground this time.
Aerostar N35WA visited during the afternoon, arriving from Straubing presumably in support of the sick D-IAHT which emerged out of the Aero Club hangar during the day, having become unservicable on arrival on the 12th. The American-registered machine departed to Baden-Baden later in the afternoon.
AIH806/806P G-JALC RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VTAN AIH845 C-FTDA OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-HOV
Sunday 17th September
KLM Cityhopper Fokker 50 PH-JXJ positioned out to Stansted during the afternoon as 'KLM7136' after its night-stop, and a pair of BAC Express Shorts 360's appeared again later in the afternoon, to operate the return sectors of Friday afternoon's two Dublin arrivals. The aircraft this time were G-OCEA, which positioned in from Cardiff as 'RPX504P', and G-VBAC, which positioned in from Aldergrove five minutes later as 'RPX363P'. The two departed for Dublin within three minutes of each other during the evening, as 'RPX505' and 'RPX364' respectively.
Air Jet BAe146-200 F-GLNI substituted for a Gill Fokker during the late evening, operating the afternoon departure and evening arrival 'in reverse', using Air France callsigns.
Most interesting movement of the day however was probably provided by L-29 Delfin G-ODAT, wearing an all red colour-scheme, which spent forty-five minutes on the ground during the early evening, from Manston to Edinurgh.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ JMC811/0 G-FCLF LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTN AIH889P/899 C-FTDA AFR5104/5 F-GLNI ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 16th September
KLM Cityhopper Fokker 50 PH-JXJ returned from Southampton during the early evening as 'KLM7872' to night-stop, and Seneca D-GAIR departed to Lahr at lunch-time.
JKK3413/4 EC-GAT IWD3437/8 EC-GLT EIN302/3 EI-CLJ BAL152B/426A G-OBYJ JKK3341/2 EC-HOV MON5897/6 G-MONX BRT563/4 G-EMBC IWD3555/6 EC-HCR JEA1136/9 G-JEAR RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBC AEA184/5 EC-FXQ IWD3441/2 EC-GUR TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 15th September
Lots more turboprops with another unusual visitor; KLM Cityhopper Fokker 50 PH-JXJ first-visited during the late morning, positioning in from Biggin Hill as 'KLM7132', and operating a football charter to Southampton during the afternoon as 'KLM7875'.
BAC Express F-27 G-BVOB had visited earlier in the morning, from Edinburgh, and to Rotterdam with freight, as 'RPX271P/272', and two of the companies Shorts 360's appeared within three minutes of each other at tea-time operating passenger charters from Dublin, G-CEAL as 'RPX361' and G-OCEA as 'RPX503', the two positioning out to Exeter as 'RPX362P' and Cardiff as 'RPX503P respectively.
Piper Seneca D-GAIR arrived from Monchengladbach during the afternoon for a night-stop.
AMM39D/42F G-OOAN MON317P/317 G-SMAN BAL997F/152A G-OBYJ AMM147/6 G-OOAH ABD553/2 TF-ABD TLA534/5 EI-TLP GLX8702/3 SX-BFA FUA1357/8 EC-HHH
Thursday 14th September
Mitsubishi Mu-2 N973BB day-stopped from/to Jersey, and Falcon 100 SE-DYB departed to Frankfurt at tea-time, obviously arriving there just after I'd left the viewing deck that evening !.
Another Titan Airways ATR.42 appeared on an unusual visit for these quite regularly seen aircraft at Newcastle, G-BUPS oprating the morning Dublin rotation for Aer Lingus.
TSC240/1 C-GTSV EIN302/3 G-BUPS AMM39F/C G-OOAN FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG JMC957/6 G-FCLE AMC082/3 9H-ADN
Wednesday 13th September
Another hectic day, with the most interesting movement being the first appearance of Seven Air's 'other' Boeing 737-300 EC-HNO during the afternoon, stopping off en-route from Molde to Deauville as 'CCU301F' to collect crew. The aircraft had of course visited previously as CS-TIH of Air Atlantis, the last time during 1993.
Andersson Business Jets' Falcon 100 SE-DYB arrived from Munich during the evening for a night-stop, and other foreign visitors were King Air 200 N3194U passing through late afternoon from Prague to Reykjavik, presumably a delivery flight, and TBM.700 N228CX which spent much of the morning and lunch-time here, from Blackpool to Southend.
Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ operated a freight flight from Santander during the afternoon as 'AWC328', positioning out later to Stansted as 'AWC32Y'.
EIN302/3 EI-BXI LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BXKC FUA1325/6 EC-HHH GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 12th September
A busy day, with lots of visitors, but nothing too exciting. The curiously named Hangar 5 Air Services appeared at Newcastle for the first time during the evening, Cessna 406 OY-BPG operating a freight flight from Kristiansund as 'HAX082', and departing an hour later to Bergen as 'HAX083'. King Air 200 F-GGLA departed back to Carlisle during the afternoon, after two nights here, and BAe125 OE-GHS returned from Southampton a little later, departing to Vienna after just eighteen minutes on the ground. Piper Aerostar D-IAHT arrived from Reykjavik at lunch-time, having routed through Newcastle during August on its way state-side, picking up an unservicability upon landing which was to keep it here for a few days.
An interesting UK-registered visitor during the afternoon was the first appearance at Newcastle of Highland Airways with a Jetstream 31, the first-timing G-BTXG visiting from Glasgow to Inverness as 'RLB31B/C', and another J31 movement was the departure of Eastern Airways' G-BUIO, which departed to Humberside at tea-time, having diverted in on the 8th.
AMC5186/7 9H-ADN AEA173/4 EC-GMY TLA570/1 EI-TLP OHY455/6 TC-ONN SBE3023/2 G-LFJB AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 11th September
The late evening saw another Channel Express F-27 appear, G-CEXD arriving from Coventry as 'EXS137', positioning back to Coventry as 'EXS137P' just after midnight. British World Boeing 737-300 G-OBWY positioned in from Brize Norton during the early evening for a night-stop.
BAe125-800 OE-GHS departed to Southampton during the morning, after its night-stop.
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VTAN BWL088P G-OBWY OHY441/2 TC-ONP JKK3185/6 EC-GVI
Sunday 10th September
Gold Air BAe125-800 G-OLDD departed to Luton during the afternoon as 'GDA99A' after spending two nights here and was duly replaced by another, the more interesting OE-GHS operated by Jet Aviation, which arrived from Vienna during the early evening for a night-stop. King Air 200 F-GGLA made the short trip from Carlisle at tea-time, also for a night-stop. A rather busy GA Sunday was to produce another two UK-registered executive jets, Euro Executive Jet's Citation I G-CITI during the morning, from Biggin Hill to Southampton, and London Executive Aviation's Citation II G-SPUR on a hospital flight during the evening, from Stansted as 'LNX935P' to Dublin as 'LNX935'.
AEA184/5 EC-FXQ BAL426B/992F G-OBYB BRA561/4 LN-TUI JMC811/0 G-FCLB LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTH AIH900/899 C-GTDB BRY95P/B/96A/B G-BUPS ECA864/5 5B-DBB
Saturday 9th September
It's funny how we don't see a particular aircraft type for so long, and then two appear in the same day !. Rockwell Commander 690 D-IGLB passed through from Marl to Reykjavik at lunch-time, followed late afternoon by similar type VP-BMZ again, making its second visit in a few days, from Eindhoven to Badminton. Abelag Citation 500 OO-DCM visited early afternoon, from Brussels to Le Mans as 'AAB61C', and Tulip Air King Air 200 PH-ATM departed early evening after its three nights here, to Brussels as 'TLP09C'.
British Regional Embraer 145 G-EMBP made its second consecutive visit on the mid-day Jersey schedule.
MON316/316P G-SMAN JKK3413/4 EC-FXI IWD3437/8 EC-GUR BRY052/510 G-BUPS BAL999F/426A G-OBYB EIN302/3 EI-CLY BRT563/4 G-EMBP BRY513/53B G-BUPS JKK3341/2 EC-GOU MON5897/6 G-MONX IWD3555/6 EC-GLT JEA1136/9 G-JEAK RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBC IWD3441/2 EC-GUR TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 8th September
The late evening saw a rare visit from a Let 410, Benair's OY-PBI arriving from Aberdeen as 'BDI31F', to operate out with freight to Liverpool as 'BDI31S', while another first-visiting freighter had appeared in the early hours, Channel Express F-27 G-CEXB arriving from East Midlands as 'EXS130', and then going u/s, not positioning out until the late evening, as 'EXS130P' to Coventry.
Another UK-registered turboprop with problems was Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-BUIO, which diverted in with engine problems during the afternoon en-route from Aberdeen to Norwich as 'EZE739', the aircraft remaining for the weekend, with sister-ship G-OAKJ arriving from Humberside as 'EZE05P' to 'rescue' the passengers, departing to Norwich as 'EZE739B'. G-BUIO had last visited Newcastle on the 27th November 1992 while operated by British Aerospace.
Challenger Air Astra D-CRIS departed to Paderborn at tea-time as 'CLS911' after another two night stay, and was replaced eleven minutes later by Gold Air BAe125-800 G-OLDD which arrived from Northolt as 'GDA99A', also for a two night stay.
A significant departure during the early morning was Gill Airways ATR.42 G-WFEP which was ferried out to Toulouse as 'GIL042P', after a short period of storage on the south apron. An ex-Mahalo Airlines aeroplane, it arrived at Newcastle as N4210G during November 1997, and became G-WFEP at Newcastle during February 1998.
AMM39D/42F G-OOAM MON317P/317 G-SMAN ABD553/2 TF-ABT AMM147/6 G-OOAI TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HMK GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 7th September
Taxi Air Fret King Air 90 F-GFDJ departed to Toussus-le-Noble during the morning, and another of the carrier's Beech's appeared at lunch-time, the 99 F-GFPE operating a freight flight from Le Mans, also departing to Toussus mid-afternoon. Gulfstream Commander 690D VP-BMZ appeared during the late afternoon from Badminton to Eindhoven, and Airlink King Air OE-FME departed to Paderborn at around the same time after its night-stop.
The most noteworthy movement however surely involved the Woodgate Trislander G-WEAC which paid a short visit at dusk from/to Belfast Aldergrove as 'WOD02A/B', giving us our first Trislander movements since October 1997, and you have to go back a long way before that for anymore !.
GJ8856 EC-HLM TSC240/1 C-GTSV FUA1419/1420 EC-HMK JMC957/6 G-JMCF AMC082/3 9H-ABF GJ8857 EC-HLM
Wednesday 6th September
Thankfully much more to talk about, a relative multitude of 'big' general aviation movements - possibly the best of these was the TWR Citation 650 N220TW which followed up its first visit of last February, with another appearance during the evening, from/to Kidlington. A slightly more regular executive jet also arrived at tea-time, Challenge Air's Astra D-CRIS arriving from Paderborn as 'CLS911' for another two-night stay.
No fewer than six King Airs visited during the day, three British-registered examples being complemented by three foreign machines - as with the jets, none could be called strangers though, Airlink's OE-FME arriving from Prestwick as 'JAR09' during the late afternoon, followed by the very pretty Tulip Air Super King Air PH-ATM, which arrived from Brussels as 'TLP09B' mid-evening, and then even later on by Taxi Air Fret's King Air 90 F-GFDJ, which operated a freight flight from France. All three aircraft subsequently spent the night here.
Beech Bonanza D-EBVB departed to Stornoway during the morning after its night-stop.
LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BXKB FUA1325/6 EC-HLN GLX8700/1 SX-BFA JMC383 G-FCLE
Tuesday 5th September
Still terribly dull, just a sole Bonanza, D-EBVB which arrived from Rotterdam during the afternoon for a night-stop.
AEA173/4 EC-GMY TLA570/1 EI-TLP OHY455/6 TC-ONN AMC5186/7 9H-ADI SBE3023/2 G-ODMW AMC5180/1 9H-ADN
Monday 4th September
A similarly dull day with just two foreign GA visitors of note. Cessna 421 N26HE day-stopped from/to Kidlington again, giving us another look at a 421 with winglets !, and another unusual looking machine arrived at lunch-time in the form of Ruschmeyer R-90 PH-JDL, also making another visit to Newcastle, arriving from Sumburgh and departing to Seppe.
AIH846/5 C-GTDB RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VTAN OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-GOU
Sunday 3rd September
Just two visitors of interest, Danish Air Transport King Air 200 OY-JRN, which operated a passenger charter from Kerry as 'DTR7362' during the afternoon, positioning out to Luton forty five minutes later as 'DTR736T', and Heavylift Belfast G-HLFT, which arrived from Southend during the late evening as 'HLA726' to operate out to Liege.
AEA184/5 EC-GHD IWD3441/2 EC-GUR BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ EIN302/3 EI-CTM BRY31P/131C G-BUPS LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTQ JMC811/0 G-FCLC AIH900/899 C-FTDA BRY32C/P G-BUPS ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 2nd September
Highlight of the day was the first-visit of British Regional's latest Embraer 145 G-EMBP on the mid-day Jersey schedule, the aircraft wearing special marks on top of the British Airways 'Union Flag' colour-scheme, signifying it as the 300th ERJ built. Last week's first-visiting British European 146 G-JEAK, wearing an all-white colour-scheme, returned for its second visit to Newcastle on the carrier's Saturday afternoon Jersey rotation.
Tulip Air King Air 200 PH-DDB operated an early morning crew ferry from Birmingham as 'TLP12B', the aircraft subsequently positioning out to Rotterdam as 'TLP12C', and Aerostar LN-BEO departed back to Skien as 'JAP10' during the early evening.
GLX8702/3 SX-BFA MON316/316P G-EOMA BAL152B/426A G-OBYJ JKK3413/4 EC-GAT EIN302/3 EI-CDH IWD3437/8 EC-GUR BRT563/4 G-EMBP JKK3341/2 EC-GBA MON5897/6 G-MONX IWD3555/6 EC-GZE JEA1136/9 G-JEAK RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBD TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 1st September
Quite tasty executive aeroplanes were around again, the Dubai Air Wing 'BBJ' A6-HRS returning for a day-stop, from/to Farnborough as 'DUB003' again, bettered slightly by a first-visiting Gulfstream IV, Gestair's EC-HGH visiting during the late afternoon/early evening, from/to Torrejon as 'GES271/2'.
Danish Air Transport King Air 200 OY-JRN visited during the morning, from Kolding as 'DTR736P', operating out to Kerry as 'DTR7361', and arriving during the early evening for a night-stop was the very interesting Guard Air Aerostar LN-BEO, from Skien as 'JAP10'.
JMC509 G-JMCD MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM39D/42F G-OOAN BAL997F/152A G-OBYJ AIH864/3 G-TMDP ABD553/2 TF-ABT AMM147/6 G-OOAE TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHH
Thursday 31st August
Both Middle Eastern execs departed during the day, the Saudia Gulfstream IV HZ-AFV first, to Riyadh early afternoon as 'SVA7696', and BBJ A6-HRS back to Farnborough during the evening as 'DUB003'.
Freight flights produced more movements, Champagne Airlines Metro III F-GTRB visiting again mid-afternoon as 'CPH040', from Rouen to Tours, and Skyservice of Belgium Bandeirante LX-SKS, which arrived from Calais at tea-time as 'SKS111', the first-visiting aircraft departing shortly after to Wevelgem as 'SKS112'.
Freight going out produced Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS which positioned in from Stansted and operated out to Maastricht during the afternoon.
TSC240/1 C-GTSN AMM39F/C G-OOAN AWC308Y/308 G-BUPS FUA1419/20 EC-HMK JMC957/6 G-FCLA JMC933/783 G-JMCD AMC082/3 9H-ADH JMC784 G-JMCD
Wednesday 30th August
Dubai Air Wing 'BBJ' A6-HRS was joined on the remote north stands during the afternoon by another Middle-Eastern 'biz', Saudia Gulfstream IV HZ-AFV arriving from Lisbon as 'SVA7696' for a night-stop. Gestair Falcon 2000 EC-GNK re-appeared later in the afternoon, operating a return from/to Le Bourget as 'GES022/3', the impressive machine only spending half an hour on the ground during this visit.
The mid-day JMC Salzburg 'W' was flown by two different Airbus A.320's (therefore making it not a 'W' on this occasion !), G-BXKC arriving on schedule then positioning out to Manchester, and G-BXKB, actually the last of the fleet to appear here, first-visiting from Gatwick early evening, to operate out to Salzburg. Another first-visiting airliner appeared during the late evening, Champagne Airlines' Metro III F-GTRB arriving from Rouen as 'CPH040' and departing to Le Bourget after an hour and a half on the ground, presumably a cargo flight prompted by the troubles across the Channel.
General Aviation visitors during the day included regular type King Air 200 D-IHUT which day-stopped from/to Marl, an increasingly more regular type Robinson R.44 G-KPAO which was also here for much of the day, from Sheffield to Staverton, and a very rare type, Tipsy Nipper G-ASXI which visited briefly at lunch-time from local strip Fishburn to Glenrothes.
LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/632P G-BXKC FUA1325/6 EC-HMJ JMC703P/4093 G-BXKB GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 29th August
Another day during which executive types provided all the interest, with the most impressive being the Dubai Air Wing Boeing 737 A6-HRS, which arrived from Farnborough during the afternoon as 'DUB003' for a few nights, the aircraft's second appearance at Newcastle, having first-visited on the 6th of October last.
Air Enterprise Piaggio 180 Avanti F-GMCP visited again, also arriving from Farnborough, as 'AEN638V' at lunch-time, departing early evening as 'AEN2568' to Le Bourget, followed two minutes later by the Gestair Falcon 2000 EC-GNK, which also departed to Le Bourget as 'GES021'.
AEA173/4 EC-GNU AMC5186/7 9H-ABT TLA570/1 EI-TLP OHY455/6 TC-ONM SBE3023/2 G-LFJB AMC5180/1 9H-ADN
Monday 28th August
A very quiet day with nothing of note, until just before 10pm when Citation 525 N1329G arrived from Keflavik on what appeared to be a ferry flight, for a quick fuel-stop, the aircraft continuing on to Leipzig just under an hour later - very nice !.
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VTAN OHY441/2 TC-ONN JKK3185/6 EC-HNC
Sunday 27th August
The late afternoon saw a pair of very interesting exec visitors to the Samson apron, the first involving just the second visit to Newcastle of a Piaggio 180 Avanti, Air Enterprise's F-GMCP arriving from Chateauroux as 'AEN2568' and departing shortly after back to its Le Bourget base as 'AEN568V', followed by the very smart Gestair Falcon 2000 EC-GNK, which arrived from Palma as 'GES021' for a two-night stay. Mid-morning had seen a marginally less interesting GA visitor, TBM.700 N228CX appearing again for a short stop from/to Southend.
BAC Express Shorts 360 G-VBAC positioned out to Norwich at lunch-time as 'RPX827P', and Galaxy Airlines Boeing 737-400 SX-BFA finally operated the Friday evening Heraklion flight during the early hours !.
GLX8702/2 SX-BFA BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTI AIH900/899 C-FTDA JMC811/0 G-FCLA ECA864/5 5B-DBB
Saturday 26th August
Another new Spanair registration appeared, this time actually coinciding with a new airframe for us too, the ex-Korean Airlines Airlines MD.82 EC-HOV first-visiting on the afternoon Palma rotation. A couple of hours later and the British European Jersey flight produces another first-visitor, BAe146-200 G-JEAK wearing an all-white colour-scheme with no titles.
Premier League football matches produced two commuter type visitors, Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS spending the afternoon here from Stansted as 'AWC294A/B', and BAC Express Shorts 360 G-VBAC returning Sunderland FC during the evening from Norwich as 'RPX826'. The afternoon also saw a pair of exec jet visitors for the Newcastle United vs. Tottenham game, London Executive Aviation Citation 550 G-FJET visiting from/to Luton as 'LNX400', as did the much more interesting Gold Air Citation Bravo EI-GHP which used the callsigns 'GDA75A/B'.
MON316/316P G-EOMA JKK3413/4 EC-GXU IWD3437/8 EC-GZE BAL999F/426A G-OBYJ MON5897/6 G-MONX BRT563/4 G-EMBB JKK3341/2 EC-HOV IWD3555/6 EC-GLT JEA1136/9 G-JEAK RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBD AEA184/5 EC-FXQ TLA664/5 EI-TLP IWD3441/2 EC-GZE
Friday 25th August
A lovely day, but still not too much of interest. BAC Express Shorts 360 G-VBAC appeared again, its third visit this month so far, positioning in from Norwich at lunch-time to operate back out to Norwich, presumably with Sunderland FC, as 'RPX825' during the early afternoon.
Challenge Air Astra D-CRIS departed during the early evening after another two-night stay, as it had done the previous Friday, as 'CLS828' to Paderborn.
MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM39D/42F G-OOAL ABD553/2 TF-ABT AMM147/6 G-OOAH TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHG
Thursday 24th August
WDL Fokker F-27 D-AELI departed to Barcelona just twenty four minutes after midnight as 'WDL315', and the rest of the day didn't produce much else, just the departure of two more night-stoppers. Jet Ranger F-GRDN departed southbound mid-morning, to North Creake, and Jetflite Falcon 10 OH-WIP departed during the afternoon, as 'JEF424' back to Bromma.
AWC88Y/JGN88 G-ZAPM TSC240/1 C-GTSE AMM39F/C G-OOAL FUA1419/20 EC-HJJ JMC957/6 G-FCLE JGN88/AWC8Y G-ZAPM AMC082/3 9H-ADI
Wednesday 23rd August
Heavylift Ilyushin Il-76 RA-76842 departed to Barcelona in the early hours as 'HLA688', and another freighter positioned in during the evening, also to operate a 'nocturnal' cargo flight to Barcelona, WDL's F-27 D-AELI positioning in from Santiago during the evening as 'WDL314', and operating out to Barcelona just after midnight as 'WDL315'. Still wearing a basic Northwest Airlink colour-scheme, the aircraft had last visited Newcastle during 1998.
It seems we always either have zero exec jet visitors, or a number at the same time nowadays, and the afternoon/evening was another example of the latter of these scenarios, three aircraft arriving to night-stop together on the Samson apron. Hamlin Jet's Lear 45 N66SG is often one of the 'many', and this arrived first from Florence, followed later by the very smart Jetflite Falcon 20 OH-WIP, wearing the same green/gold colour-scheme sported by previous visitor Challenger OH-WIH a few months ago, which arrived from Stockholm-Bromma as 'JEF423'. A few hours later and Challenge Air Gmbh's Astra D-CRIS returned again, as 'CLS828' from Paderborn. Another night-stopper was a very rare European-registered helicopter, Jet Ranger F-GRDN arriving from Inverness during the early evening. Wearing an overall blue colour-scheme, it wore 'Jean and Marie' titles on the rear fuselage.
LBT803 TS-INB JMC4094/3 G-BXKC BRY513/53B G-ZAPJ FUA1325/6 EC-HLN GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 22nd August
More interesting with a Bon Jovi concert in the area producing two TAG Aviation executive jets, but unfortunately the two which first-visited within six days of each other during June. Learjet 45 HB-VMB arrived from Geneva early morning as 'FPG067' (eighteen minutes before N66SG departed to Birmingham) returning there during the afternoon, while CRJ-SE HB-IDJ arrived from Northolt also during the afternoon as 'FPG438', departing to Luton after the concert.
Our first Ilyushin Il-76 since February appeared during the late evening, Heavylift's RA-76842 arriving from Stansted as 'HLA688', to operate a freight flight outbound in the early hours of Wednesday. The aircraft had visited Newcastle operated by AirStan in 1997.
AEA173/4 EC-GMY AMC5186/7 9H-ABS TLA570/1 EI-TLP OHY455/6 TC-ONN SBE3023/2 G-ODMW AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 21st August
Next to nothing, only visitor of interest being another arrival from Learjet 45 N66SG during the evening, from Luton.
RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ AIH846/5 C-FTDA VIR8128/7 G-VKID OHY441/2 TC-ONP JKK3185/6 EC-HFP ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Sunday 20th August
BAC Express Shorts 360 G-VBAC called in again on its way south from Wick to Cambridge, and the seven Burman Helicopters' Robinsons went to Linden Hall for sunday lunch (very nice !), with six departing to Gamston later in the afternoon, the whole operation allowing the detached machine to change from G-HONI to G-BOAM.
TLA664/5 EI-TLP BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ JMC811/0 G-JMCD LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTI AIH900/899 C-FTDA
Saturday 19th August
The start of the Premiership season saw Hamlin Jet Citation S550 N145DF afternoon stop from/to Luton for another local Arsenal fixture. Much more interesting though was the invasion of Burman Helicopters' Robinsons during the afternoon for a company event. R.44 G-RAYC arrived first from Gamston, followed by R.22's G-LYNC, G-YMBO, G-ROGG, G-BOAM and G-SANS, the latter arriving from Teesside. All night-stopped for the event the following day, which would also involve the company's currently detached machine G-HONI, which added to the other based R.22 G-HBMW, made a total of seven R.22's on the ground at the same time !. Not a record however - anyone remember the eight French-operated R.22's (one was actually American registered) that visited us on the evening of Sunday 6th August 1995 ?!.
MON316/316P G-EOMA BAL152B/426A G-OBYJ IWD3437/8 EC-GUR JKK3413/4 EC-GNY BRT563/4 G-EMBJ MON5897/6 G-MONX JKK3341/2 EC-HKP IWD3555/6 EC-GZD JEA1136/9 G-JEAR RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBB AEA184/5 EC-FXP IWD3441/2 EC-GUR
Friday 18th August
Another freight flight from Rouen at breakfast-time produced Sky Service Bandeirante SE-IYZ as 'SKS111', positioning out forty-five minutes later to Wevelgem as 'SKS112'. The aircraft had visited Newcastle previously as G-BIBE, the last time as long ago as 1982 !. The two Astra's which had sat side-by-side for two days on the Samson ramp, departed within two minutes of each other at tea-time, D-CRIS leaving first as 'CLS821' to Paderborn, followed by VP-CKG which left for Salzburg.
For the second Friday running the day produced five 'wide-bodies', this week's fifth, and non-scheduled visitor being the Airtours DC-10 G-BYDA which visited twice on line training sectors during the afternoon, firstly as 'AIH01T' from Prestwick to Manchester, and then as 'AIH01Y/11T' from/to Prestwick. Mid-morning saw a visit from a relatively rare Shorts 360, BAC Express' G-VBAC which had visited twice before, on consecutive days during November 1998, calling to pick up passengers en-route from Cambridge to Wick as RPX312A/B. British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPP made its second and consecutive visit on the mid-morning Heathrow schedule.
MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM39D/42F G-OOAM BAL997F/152A G-OBYJ BAW12H/13R G-EUPP AMM147/6 G-OOAH ABD553/2 TF-ABT TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HMK GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 17th August
British Airways' latest Airbus A.319 G-EUPP first-visited on the mid-morning arrival, our sixth.
Cessna F406 OO-LMO operated a late evening freight flight from Rouen as 'LIM407', the aircraft departing to Liege as 'LIM408'.
TSC240/1 C-GTSE BAW12H/13R G-EUPP AMM39F/C G-OOAM FUA1419/1420 EC-HHH JMC957/6 G-FCLD AMC082/3 9H-ADM
Wednesday 16th August
We've only ever had two different Astra's on the ground at Newcastle, a pretty sad statistic, so it was very odd indeed when two landed within an hour of each hour during the late afternoon !. Knauf's VP-CKG came first, from Humberside, followed by Challenger Air's D-CRIS from Cologne as 'CLS821', which of course was one of the two examples that had visited Newcastle in the past. Both aircraft night-stopped side-by-side on thr Samson Jet Centre ramp. Another very welcome corporate jet had appeared earlier in the afternoon, Ducair's Learjet 35 LX-ONE, in a very attractive dark grey colour-scheme with blue engines, operating an ambulance flight from Ibiza as 'DUK01AMB'. The aircraft departed to Filton after a short stay.
PA-32 N620PL departed to Booker first thing, and the afternoon also saw a visit from Carry Air King Air 90 F-GNBA, which arrived from Lyon-Bron as 'EEC002' presumably to collect the passengers that F-GNMA deposited last Sunday.
LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-CVYG FUA1325/6 EC-HMK GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 15th August
Just two American-registered visitors, Jet Ranger N206NS which visited early morning from a site near Linton-on-Ouse to Edinburgh, and PA-32 N620PL which returned, from Gamston during the late afternoon.
JMC037/037P G-FCLE AEA173/4 EC-GMY AMC5186/7 9H-ABR OHY455/6 TC-ONR TLA570/1 EI-TLP SBE3023/2 G-ODMW AMC5180/1 9H-ADI
Monday 14th August
Just another delivery flight involving Aerostar D-IAHT, which routed through from Straubing to Reykjavik at lunch-time.
BRY052/510/53A/B G-BUPS AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ VIR8128/7 G-VKID OHY441/2 TC-ONN JMC036P/036 G-FCLH JKK3185/6 EC-GBA
Sunday 13th August
Danish Air Transport ATR.42 OY-JRJ returned Sunderland Football Club home during the early hours, arriving from Amsterdam, with the aeroplane positioning back out to Billund. The Balkan Bourgas charter appeared during the early afternoon, operated by Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-BTQ, arriving via Edinburgh, its first visit to Newcastle since 1994.
PA-32 (Cherokee Six/Lance/Saratoga ?) N620PL visited from/to Booker, operating a local flight in between, and Carry Air King Air 90 F-GNMA operated a late afternoon passenger charter from Lyon-Bron as 'EEC511', to where it returned early evening.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYA JMC811/0 G-FCLD LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTQ AIH900/899 C-FTDA ECA864/5 5B-DBB
Saturday 12th August
Our first Dornier 228 of the year, and our first since 'that' Venezuelan example on last Christmas Eve, appeared during the early afternoon, DLR's pollution control D-CALM first-visiting from Reykjavik, departing shortly after for Augsburg.
GLX8702/3 SX-BFA MON316/316P G-SMAN JKK3413/4 EC-HFP IWD3437/8 EC-HCR EIN302/3 EI-CLH BAL999F/426A G-OBYA BRT563/4 G-EMBE JKK3341/2 EC-GGV MON5897/6 G-MONW IWD3555/6 EC-GLT JEA1136/9 G-JEAX RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBC IWD3441/2 EC-HCR AEA184/5 EC-FXQ TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 11th August
Not too much to talk about, just Robinson R.44 G-XPTS which visited during the afternoon, being one of a number of aircraft which routed through or over Newcastle to a fly-in at East Fortune.
AMM39D/42F G-OOAN MON317P/317 G-SMAN AMM147/6 G-OOAH ABD553/2 TF-ABD TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHG
Thursday 10th August
Another first-visiting German CitationJet appeared just before mid-day, D-ICOL arriving from Monchengladbach, to where it returned at tea-time. The only other visitor of note was another German, Cessna 182 D-ELSE which visited during the afternoon, from Duxford to Edinburgh.
The major excitement of the day though was provided by a Mildenhall-based KC-135 which made a very impressive 'fly-through' at tea-time.
AWC88Y/JGN88 G-ZAPM TSC240/1 C-GTSJ AMM39F/C G-OOAN FUA1419/1420 EC-HLN JGN88/AWC8Y G-ZAPM JMC957/6 G-FCLJ AMC082/3 9H-ADI
Wednesday 9th August
Still very quiet - just another delivery flight to mention, Beech Bonanza N77QQ passing through during the afternoon from Zweibrucken to Stornoway.
LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BVYC FUA1325/6 EC-HHH GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 8th August
Danish Air Transport ATR.42 OY-JRJ made another visit, following its visit on the 30th July, positioning in from Billund during the morning as DTR221P to operate a passenger charter outbound to Maastricht as DTR2211.
Not much else, just Cessna 340 N4424X which passed through during the evening from Stornoway to Luxembourg.
AEA173/4 EC-GMY AMC5186/7 9H-ADM TLA570/1 EI-TLP OHY455/6 TC-ONR SBE3023/2 G-ODMW AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 7th August
A pretty quiet day, notable only for the amount of British Airways Airbus A.319's to visit - only two different aircraft, G-EUPJ and G-EUPM, but the pair operated four of the six Heathrow rotations during the day.
Mitsubishi Mu-2 N772MA departed to Lugano during the morning.
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VKID OHY441/2 TC-ONP JKK3185/6 EC-GQG
Sunday 6th August
A rare sub-charter for a KLMuk Amsterdam scheduled rotation, produced a first-visiting KLM Boeing 737-300 during the late afternoon, PH-BTI actually being our first KLM 737-300 since 1989 !. KLM of course used these aircraft for their Amsterdam schedule during the 1980's, the last regular use being during 1987.
GA movements included a pair of Mitsubishi Mu-2's, both quite regular machines at Newcastle, F-GEQM departing to Orleans during the morning after its two-night stay, and N772MA which arrived from Reykjavik during the evening for a night-stop.
IWD3441/2 EC-GLT BAL426B/992F G-OBYI JMC811/0 G-FCLD AIH900/899 C-FTDA UKA81L/84L PH-BTI LAZ7937/8 LZ-LTK ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 5th August
Three Monarch Airlines aeroplanes visited during the day, the usual Airbus A.330 on the morning Orlando arrival, and two machines for the mid-day Alicante 'W'. A usual type for this service operated the inbound leg, Airbus A.320 G-MONW subsequently positioning out to Luton, while Boeing 757 G-MONB positioned in from Manchester in the meantime, to operate the outbound Alicante. Helios Airways' short Larnaca programme came to an end as expected, Boeing 737-400 5B-DBG making its last visit for the time being, and positioning out to Gatwick during the late evening.
Twin Otter C-FSXF departed to Keflavik during the late morning, after its night-stop, resuming its westbound ferry flight.
GLX8702/3 SX-BFA MON316/316P G-EOMA BAL152B/426A G-OBYI EIN302/3 EI-CLI IWD3437/8 EC-HCR JKK3413/4 EC-FXA BRT563/4 G-EMBJ JKK3341/2 EC-FTS MON5897/897P G-MONW MON629P/5896 G-MONB IWD3555/6 EC-GUR JEA1136/9 G-JEAX RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ HCY1608/9 5B-DBG ECA810/1 5B-DBB AEA184/5 EC-FXP TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 4th August
The return leg of last Saturday's 'Jumbo' Lourdes departure was flown by two different aircraft during the early afternoon, British World BAC One Eleven G-OBWA, which positioned out to Stansted, and TransAer Airbus A.300 EI-TLK which positioned out to Gatwick after a couple of hours on the ground. Actually a first-visitor, the aircraft was one of no less than five 'wide-bodies' during the day, the others consisting of one Tristar, one A.330 and two Boeing 767-300's !. British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPO made its second, and consecutive visit, on the mid-evening Heathrow schedule.
The day produced a mixed bunch of general aviation movements, beginning with Turbo Bonanza D-EVIK which departed to Nuremburg during the morning after its night-stop. Visiting during the early afternoon was Bellanca N669MM (the one that lands on a flat bed truck - or so I'm told) which spent an hour and a half on the ground from Rendcombe to East Fortune, while a more regular, and conventional visitor appeared during the evening in the shape of Mu-2 F-GEQM, which arrived from Orleans for a night-stop. Arguably the best appeared much later in the evening though, Twin Otter C-FSXF arriving from Bastia on yet another De Havilland Canada delivery flight, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping.
MON317P/317 G-EOMA BAL997F/152A G-OBYI AMM39D/42F G-OOAN BWL274/074P G-OBWA TLA795/795P EI-TLK ABD553/2 TF-ABT AMM147/6 G-OOAI TLA534/5 EI-TLP BAW12Q/13L G-EUPO FUA1357/8 EC-HHG
Thursday 3rd August
A completely diabolical day weather-wise, but this would seem to be a prerequisite nowadays for stunning Dash Eight deliveries. After our first Dash Eight -400 on an appalling Sunday afternoon during early June, similar conditions saw what will undoubtedly prove to be one of the visitors of the year, the new -300 for Palestinian Airlines SU-YAM, which arrived from Reykjavik just before lunch-time, departing onwards to Innsbruck during the early afternoon, having spent its time on the ground on the north apron stands. The aircraft wore the full colour-scheme of Palestinian Airlines, and must surely have been one of the first Palestinian-registered airliners, if not the first, to visit the UK ?. Another delivery was present at around the same time, Beech 1900C C-GNPG of North Cariboo Air, which arrived from Bastia and departed to Keflavik after two hours on the south apron. The aircraft didn't appear to wear any company titles however. Another Trans-Atlantic trip produced the return visit of Turbo Bonanza D-EVIK, which arrived from Reykjavik during the afternoon for a night-stop. The aircraft had visited previously on the 19th July, when it routed from Nuremburg to Reykjavik, at the time wrongly stated as a delivery flight - in fact it was just visiting Oshkosh.
British Airways' brand new Airbus A.319 G-EUPO first-visited on the evening schedule, having been delivered to the carrier just 48 hours earlier, becoming the fifth of the fleet to appear so far at Newcastle.
JEM03M/159 C-FDOX TSC240/1 C-GTSE AMM39F/C G-OOAN JMC957/6 G-FCLI FUA1419/1420 EC-HLN BAW12Q/13L G-EUPO AMC082/3 9H-ADI
Wednesday 2nd August
Only one movement of note, the departure of Piper Malibu N41864 to Geneva during the early morning.
LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BVYC FUA1325/6 EC-HHH GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 1st August
Boeing 757 SE-DUL arrived back from Las Palmas during the early hours and then operated the 'slot one' Reus rotation, departing to Alicante during the afternoon where it swopped back with an aircraft from the 'mainline' Britannia fleet.
Piper Malibu N41864 arrived on a delivery flight from Reykjavik during the afternoon. Wearing a Swiss flag on the fin and operated by TAG Aviation, the aircraft night-stopped before the final leg to Switzerland.
JEM03M/159 C-FDOX BAL267B/485A SE-DUL AEA173/4 EC-GNU AMC5186/7 9H-ABS TLA570/1 EI-TLP OHY455/6 TC-ONR BAL485B/137A SE-DUL SBE3023/2 G-OKDN AMC5180/1 9H-ADI JEM161/04M C-FDOX
Monday 31st July
Britannia AB Boeing 757 SE-DUL arrived for its second short detachment of the summer season, arriving from Ibiza at lunch-time, and departing during the afternoon to Las Palmas.
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BAL246B/267A SE-DUL VIR8128/7 G-VTAN OHY441/2 TC-ONP JKK3185/6 EC-GCV
Sunday 30th July
Danish Air Transport ATR.42 OY-JRJ made its second visit to Newcastle, its first being last October, during the afternoon, arriving from Oporto as DTR2182, and positioning out to Billund as DTR218T. Balkan Tu-154M LZ-LTK made its second visit on the evening Bourgas charter.
TLA664/5 EI-TLP BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ JMC811/0 G-FCLI AIH900/899 C-FTDA LAZ7937/8 LZ-LTK ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 29th July
The long-awaited 'Jumbo' duly appeared during the morning, the first-visiting, and very smart looking Air Atlanta Boeing 747-200 TF-ATC positioning in from Stansted, to operate a charter departure to Lourdes, which was inevitably delayed for a number of reasons. Another Aer Lingus 'EI-CT.' BAe146-300 operated the morning flight, EI-CTM having visited us last year, and four weeks of MD.90's on the late evening Helios Airways Larnaca flight came to an end, with the retunr of Boeing 737-400 5B-DBG.
Only just finding sufficient space on the south apron alongside the lines of military jets during the early afternoon were a pair of Citations, the not too interesting Tyrolean Jet Service Citation 560 OE-GAA whch operated an ambulance flight from Malaga, departing later to Innsbruck, and the much more interesting CitationJet N909M, which passed through on a ferry flight from Egelsbach to Reykjavik.
GLX8702/3 SX-BFA MON316/316P G-SMAN EIN302/3 EI-CTM IWD3437/8 EC-GLT BAL999F/426A G-OBYJ BRT563/4 G-EMBI MON5897/6 G-MONZ JKK3341/2 EC-GOM IWD3555/6 EC-GUR JEA1136/9 G-JEAX JKK3413/4 EC-GCV RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810A/1 5B-DBC HCY1608/9 5B-DBG IWD3441/2 EC-GLT AEA184/5 EC-FXP
Friday 28th July
The eve of the Sunderland Airshow, and historically one of the busiest days of the year at Newcastle Airport, produced little in the way of civilian interest. Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ operated the Copenhagen schedule for Brymon Airways, and Braathens Boeing 737-700 LN-TUC appeared unexpectedly on the morning flight. The only civil arrivals for the show were the trio of Zlin Z.50's of the Aerotriga display team HA-SIF, SIH and SIJ, which arrived from Lille during the evening. Air Atlanta Tristar TF-ABT made its second visit on the afternoon Tenerife 'W'.
MON317P/317 G-SMAN BRY31P/131C G-ZAPJ BRA561/574 LN-TUC ABD552/3 TF-ABT BRY32C/P G-ZAPJ TLA534/5 EI-TLP AMM147/6 G-OOAE FUA1357/8 EC-HMK
Thursday 27th July
A busy day, but just one aircraft of interest, King Air 350C F-GOAE of Aerope which operated a freight flight from Santander at lunch-time as 'OPE230'. Interestingly the first production King Air 350C, the aircraft returned home to Pontoise during the afternoon as OPE220.
JEM03M/159 C-FDOX AWC88Y/JGN88 G-ZAPM AMM39F/C G-OOAN TSC240/1 C-GTSF FUA1419/1420 EC-HHH JMC957/6 G-JMCG JGN88/AWC8Y G-ZAPM JEM161/04M C-FDOX AMC082/3 9H-ABS
Wednesday 26th July
A Futura Boeing 737 'Classic' appeared during the morning, EC-GUG on diversion from Teesside, on a flight from Reus. The aeroplane departed to Fuerteventura just before lunch-time. Another ex-Caledonian Airbus A.320 G-BVYB, appeared for the first time in JMC colours.
King Air 200 N872BA continued to Reykjavik early on, and Tobago D-EAVE departed to Edinburgh late morning. Cherokee Arrow D-EKAL returned during the afternoon on its way south, from Sumburgh to Coventry.
The first aircraft for the weekend's Sunderland Airshow arrived during the afternoon, Pitts Special G-OGEE in 'One2One' colours, and Yak 52 LY-ALT in Titan Airways colours, arriving together from Wickenby.
FUA1421/4 EC-GUG LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BVYB FUA1325/6 EC-HMK GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 25th July
Not too much, just Tobago D-EAVE which arrived from Cambridge at lunch-time for a night-stop, and King Air 200 N872BA which arrived much later, from Nuremburg late evening, also for a night-stop.
JEM03M/159 C-FDOX JKK3185/6 EC-HFP AEA173/4 EC-GNU AMC5186/7 9H-ABS TLA570/1 EI-TLP OHY455/6 TC-ONO SBE3023/2 G-ODMW AMC5180/1 9H-ADM JEM161/04M C-FDOX
Monday 24th July
An unfortunately all too rare movement at Newcastle nowadays, the CitationJet delivery, occurred again, producing an interesting airframe, N525JV passing through late morning from Nice to Reykjavik. Reportedly an ex-South African machine, and wearing the logo 'ELB' on the fin, these observations would seem to indicate that it was c/n 0010, an airframe that started the whole series of visits off, the very first CitationJet to visit Newcastle as N210CJ on the 14th May 1993.
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VKID OHY441/2 TC-ONM
Sunday 23rd July
The annual Newcastle Aero Club Open Day produced a few unusual types on the ground at Newcastle Airport, as it usually does - the first Jabiru's to land at Newcastle appeared together for the event, G-RODG and G-JACO from Eshott, AMF Chevvron G-MWNO visited from Kirkbide, and Kendal Glastar G-LSTR visited from its home up the coast at Brunton. Battle of Britain Memorial flight pair, Hurricane PZ865 and Spitfire AB910, visited on their way back from Oban to Coningsby during the afternoon, while Tiger Moth G-ARTL was present, having arrived the previous day, along with a Tucano and Tornado.
Another of June's first-visiting Balkan Tupolev 154's appeared for a second time, LZ-LTX on the late evening Bourgas charter.
TLA664/5 EI-TLP AEA184/5 EC-FZZ IWD442/3442 EC-GZE BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ JMC811/0 G-FCLH AIH900/899 C-FTDA LAZ7937/8 LZ-LTX ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 22nd July
The late evening Helios Airways flight saw another MD.90 first-visit, only our third, AMC's SU-BMT. Monarch's 'ten' operated the return leg of the carrier's Orlando rotation. The afternoon Spanair Palma flight was operated by MD.83 EC-HNC, an ex-Finnair aircraft that as yet, has an un-confirmed identity. If it is c/n 49150 ex OH-LMN as has been reported, then it is indeed a first-visitor.
Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BWWT operated a passenger charter to Deauville at lunch-time as 'SAY500', having positioned in from Edinburgh as 'SAY500P' - the aircraft had been one of four '328's to visit during 1998. Another regular N-reg visitor, Cessna 340 N340SC passed through during the afternoon, from Leuchars to North Weald.
GLX8702/3 SX-BFA AEA184/5 EC-FZZ MON316/316P G-DMCA BAL152B/426A G-OBYJ JKK3413/4 EC-HFP IWD3437/8 EC-GZE EIN302/3 EI-CLJ BRT563/4 G-EMBO JKK3341/2 EC-HNC MON5897/6 G-MPCD IWD3555/6 EC-GLT JEA1136/9 G-JEAX RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBC HCY1608/9 SU-BMT
Friday 21st July
The second week of the Air Atlanta Tenerife series saw a first-visiting Tristar, TF-ABT being the last of the current fleet to appear at Newcastle. Another wide-bodied tri-jet had appeared again during the morning, Monarch's DC-10 G-DMCA substituting for the Airbus A.330 once more. Air Inuit HS.748 madde its second visit, day-stopping again between mail flights from/to Liverpool. JMC Boeing 757 G-JMCE returned from Mahon in the early hours, its second visit, and positioned out to Gatwick.
Euralair Citation 560 F-GKHL visited briefly just after sunrise, from/to Le Bourget, and another Twin Otter delivery saw N817L pass through at lunch-time, from Reykjavik to Southend.
JMC784/784P G-JMCE JEM03M/04M C-FDOX MON317P/317 G-DMCA BAL997F/152A G-OBYJ AMM147/6 G-OOAH ABD552/3 TF-ABT TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HMK
Thursday 20th July
Air 2000's Orlando series resumed, producing the second visit from the aircraft that first-visited on the last flight before the break, on the last day of June, G-OOAM positioning in from Gatwick during the morning. Futura Boeing 737-800 EC-HMK also made just its second visit on the afternoon Arrecife. A true first-visitor however was JMC's newest Boeing 757 G-JMCE, which filled in for the based machine C-FXOO, positioning in from Birmingham during the evening, to operate a slightly delayed Mahon rotation.
WM Aero Charter's King Air 200C D-ICWM arrived from Chester during the afternoon as 'GBJ2073' to operate a freight flight outbound to Turin as 'GBJ2074'. Falcon 900 N77CE had departed to Farnborough early on.
TSC240/1 C-GTSJ AMM39F/C G-OOAM FUA1419/1420 EC-HMK JMC957/6 G-JMCG JMC783P/783 G-JMCE AMC082/3 9H-ADI
Wednesday 19th July
Just a few light aircraft to cover, Piper Navajo OY-BTZ which visited for fuel during the early hours whilst on a survey flight from East Midlands, and another German Bonanza, D-EVIK which was a ferry flight, from Nuremburg to Reykjavik at lunch-time. Baron N55BN returned to Cranfield during the morning. On a somewhat larger scale, Falcon 900 N77CE appeared again, arriving from Omaha during the early morning for a night-stop.
LBT803 TS-INB JMC4094/3 G-BXKC FUA1325/6 EC-HHH GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 18th July
The early hours Emerald Airways mail flight from Liverpool took us all by surprise producing Air Inuit HS.748 C-FDOX, wearing the company's full colour-scheme. The machine day-stopped and departed to Liverpool during the late evening. Air Europa Boeing 737-300 EC-GNU made just its second visit to Newcastle on the morning Palma rotation.
Breakfast-time produced a pair of foreign 'biz', Air Luxor's Falcon 20 CS-DCK from Le Bourget, where it returned mid-morning, and Bosch's Hawker 800 HB-VLG which spent exactly three hours here during the morning, from Stuttgart to Lyneham. The now regular Beech Baron N55BN arrived from Cranfield during the morning for a night-stop.
JEM03M/04M C-FDOX AEA173/4 EC-GNU AMC5186/7 9H-ADN OHY455/6 TC-ONO AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 17th July
It took two and half months, but we eventually 'fleeted' Virgin Sun Airbus A.320's, the third machine G-VMED first-visiting on the afternoon Corfu flight.
Beech Bonanza D-EHGT passed through during the afternoon on what didn't appear to be a delivery flight, from Egelsbach to Inverness.
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VMED OHY441/2 TC-ONR JKK3185/6 EC-HGA
Sunday 16th July
The two Metroliners departed during the day, Metro II EC-GPE mid-morning as 'ORZ701' to Southend, and Metro III D-COLD late afternoon back to Tegel as 'OLT8711'.
June's first-visiting Tupolev Tu-154 LZ-LTO made its second visit on the late evening Bourgas charter.
TLA664/5 EI-TLP AEA184/5 EC-FXP BAL426B/992F G-OBYI JMC811/0 G-JMCG AIH900/899 C-FTDA ECA864/5 5B-DBD LAZ7937/8 LZ-LTO
Saturday 15th July
A couple of not unfamiliar airliner frames appeared during the day in their new guises; BAe146-300 EI-CTN operated the now usual Saturday morning jet-equipped Dublin schedule, an aircraft that last visited as G-BSNS with Air UK, and a new Spanair registration appeared on the morning Palma rotation, MD.83 EC-HKP actually being quite a regular at Newcastle over the last decade, first as EC-EKM of Lineas Aereas Canarias in 1988 and 1991, and most recently as EI-CGI of Nouvelair. One that was certainly new, and very welcome too, was the first-visit of a Britannia Airways Boeing 737-800, G-BYNB which spent seventeen minutes on the ground on a training flight from/to Edinburgh during the early afternoon as 'BAL737F'. The third consecutive week of aircraft substitution for the late evening Helios Airways Larnaca charter produced AMC Airlines MD.90 SU-BMQ again, just the types fourth landing at Newcastle. British Regional ERJ.145 G-EMBO made its second visit to Newcastle on the lunch-time Jersey schedule.
GLX8702/3 SX-BFA MON316/316P G-EOMA JKK3413/4 EC-HKP EIN302/3 EI-CTN IWD3437/8 EC-GZD BAL999F/426A G-OBYB BRT563/4 G-EMBO MON5897/6 G-MPCD JKK3341/2 EC-HBP BAL737F G-BYNB IWD3555/6 EC-GLT JEA1136/9 G-JEAX RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBB HCY1606/7 SU-BMQ
Friday 14th July
Another Learjet 45 first-visited, becoming our sixth of type, Huskey Injection Moulding's LX-IMS day-stopping from/to Liege. Joining Metro II EC-GPE on the ground during the evening was another Metroliner, the very interesting Metro III D-COLD of Ostfriesische Lufttransport arriving from Berlin-Tegel as 'OLT8510', also for a two-night stay.
Air Atlanta's Friday afternoon Tenerife series, operated in previous summer's by Air Scandic A.300's, began as expected, Tristar TF-ABD operating the first flight, an aircraft that had visited previously during 1998.
MON317P/317 G-EOMA ABD552/3 TF-ABD AMM147/6 G-OOAH TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHG
Thursday 13th July
Attention shifted to general aviation once more, as more freight flights produced a number of interesting arrivals throughout the day. Citation 500 EC-GTS of Clipper National Air came first, at dawn from Vittoria as 'ORO502', departing back home to Barcelona after an hour's visit, followed twenty four minutes later by Chalair's King Air 200 F-GTEF, also from Vittoria as 'CLG2053', the aircraft leaving before the Citation as 'CLG205E' to Le Bourget. Another FlexJets Europe Learjet 60 appeared for the first time, OY-LJF day-stopping from/to Northolt, and the freight arrivals resumed during the evening, Atlantique Air Assistance's King Air C90 F-GIZB from Rouen as 'TLB221', positioning out to Nantes as 'TLB202', followed just before midnight by Zorex Air Transport's Metro II EC-GPE, which arrived from Santander as 'ORZ402', the aircraft subsequently remaining with us for three nights.
AWC88Y/JGN88 G-ZAPM EIN302/3 EI-BXK TSC240/1 C-GTSV FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG JMC957/6 G-JMCG JGN88/AWC8Y G-ZAPM AMC082/3 9H-ADM
Wednesday 12th July
Futura's latest Boeing 737-800 EC-HMK made its first appearance on the afternoon Fuerteventura rotation, the carrier's sixth 'NextGen' to first-visit this summer. British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPN made its second visit during the evening. The first ex-Caledonian Airbus A.320 to appear at Newcastle in JMC colours G-CVYD, operated the lunch-time Salzburg flight.
Aero Services Executive's Falcon 50 F-GPPF spent half an hour on the ground at tea-time, from/to Le Bourget as 'BES371', and a rare type at Newcastle, the Beech 99, appeared later in the evening in the shape of Night Express' D-IEXB, one of only two to visit during 1999, which brought freight in from Frankfurt as 'EXT631', departing after an hour and a half to Luton as 'EXT632'.
LBT803 TS-INB JMC4094/3 G-CVYD FUA1325/6 EC-HMK BAW12Q/13L G-EUPN GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 11th July
Our fourth British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPN, first-visited on the evening flight. Air Europa Boeing 737-300 EC-GHD operated the morning Palma rotation, its first-visit since 1997.
AEA173/4 EC-GHD AMC5186/7 9H-ADN OHY455/6 TC-ONP SBE3023/2 G-OKDN AMC5180/1 9H-ABR BAW12Q/13L G-EUPN
Monday 10th July
Cherokee Arrow D-EKAL made it to Wick just before mid-day, and the ther night-stopper, King Air OE-FME, returned to Paderborn during the late afternoon as 'JAR09'. British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPM made its second visit on the evening Heathrow schedule.
AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BAW12Q/13L G-EUPM OHY441/2 TC-ONO VIR8128/7 G-VTAN JKK3185/6 EC-FZC
Sunday 9th July
Another British Airways Airbus A.319 first-visited, G-EUPM being our third of the fleet, appearing for the first time on the first Sunday tea-time schedule to convert to an A.319 op. Tupolev 154 LZ-BTI appeared on the Balkan Bourgas flight, its first visit since 1996.
Cherokee Arrow D-EKAL arrived from Southend during the afternoon, and departed later to attempt to get to Wick, only to divert back in, presumably due to en-route weather, for a night-stop. Airlink King Air 350 OE-FME visited again, arriving from Paderborn as 'JAR09' later in the afternoon, also for a night-stop.
AEA184/5 EC-HNB TLA664/5 EI-TLP CCU2164/2171 EC-HLM BAL426B/992F G-OBYI EIN302/3 EI-CLY JMC811/0 G-FCLC AIH900/899 C-GTDB BAW12N/13K G-EUPM ECA864/5 5B-DBD LAZ7936 LZ-BTI CCU2172 EC-HLM
Saturday 8th July
Both the night-stopping deliveries departed during the early morning, Commander 114 D-EJHC to Wick, and Twin Otter C-FATO to Keflavik. Last Saturday night's first-visiting AMC MD.90 SU-BMQ, only our second of type ever, appeared again on the late evening Helios Larnaca flight. British Regional ERJ.145 G-EMBK also made its second visit to Newcastle on the mid-day Jersey schedule, and Tyrolean Airways completed their short series of lunch-time Innsbruck charters, CRJ OE-LCK operating the last flight of the summer.
CCU2154/2161 EC-HLM MON316/316P G-SMAN BAL152B/426A G-OBYI EIN302/3 EI-CLG JKK3413/4 EC-GOM IWD3437/8 EC-GUR MON5897/6 G-MONW TYR935D/6D OE-LCK BRT563/4 G-EMBK JKK3341/2 EC-GAT CCU2162/3 EC-HLM JEA1136/9 G-JEAJ IWD3555/6 EC-GUR RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBC HCY1606/7 SU-BMQ
Friday 7th July
A second Spanish-registered aircraft joined the night-stopping Learjet on the samson ramp during the early morning, Zorex Air Transport's Metro II EC-GPE arriving from Vittoria as ORZ602, the aircraft departing to Tours during the early afternoon as ORZ701. The Learjet departed to Zaragoza mid-morning as MAQ301, followed seven minutes later by Dash Eight D-BDUS which finally made it to Reykjavik. The day after we get our fourth Beech 1900D, our fifth appears in company with one of the original three machines - Occitania Jet's first-visiting F-GSAN landed first as OJF607 from Charlevilles departing an hour later to Stornoway and ultimately Iceland, followed five minutes later by one that had visited before, F-GRCD as OJF608, with the same routing.
Another DHC product appeared on a delivery flight, our second Twin Otter of the week, C-FATO arriving from Bastia at lunch-time for a night-stop, the aircraft wearing 'Air Tindi Ltd' titles, a Yellowknife, NWT based company, while something much smaller appeared on a ferry flight during the afternoon, Rockwell Commander D-EJHC arriving from Strausberg also for a night-stop.
A significant aircraft arriving to be based was Chipmunk G-BZDU, which arrived during the evening from Sandtoft, immediately taking up residency in the Bellman Hangar. The machine still wore RAF markings, the serial WP833, and the code 'H'.
CCU212P/2151 EC-HLM MON317P/317 G-SMAN BAL997F/152A G-OBYI FUA1508 EC-HJJ AMM147/6 G-OOAF CCU2152/3 EC-HLM BAW12Q/13L G-EUPG TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HMJ GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 6th July
Still lots happening, beginning with the early morning arrival of only our fourth Beech 1900D ever, Danish Air Transport's OY-JRV passing through from Stavanger to Kerry as DTR7291/2. Another Dash Eight -100 appeared on a westbound delivery flight, the ex-Augsburg Airways D-BDUS arriving at lunch-time from Innsbruck, still wearing full Team Lufthansa colours, its onward flight to Reykjavik being delayed a day due to destination area weather. An Airtours crew ferry during the evening produced the first visit of a Platinum Air Jetstream 31, G-PLAJ visiting from/to Manchester as PLM664/5.
Exec jet movements largely involved departures of night-stopping aircraft, Citation 650 SE-DVY departing to Vienna 'first thing' as INR505, followed by Learjet 45 N66SG to Humberside, from where it returned during the afternoon, departing ultimately to Luton, and Falcon 900 PH-LBA which departed to Frankfurt during the afternoon. A very interesting arriving biz jet was Mac Aviation's Learjet 25G EC-EGY which arrived from Santander mid-evening as MAQ301.
Britannia AB Boeing 757 SE-DUL completed its detachment to Newcastle, departing to Malaga early morning, where it swopped back with an aircraft from the regular fleet.
BAL039A SE-DUL TSC240/1 C-GTSN FUA1419/1420 EC-HMJ JMC957/6 G-FCLF BAW12Q/13L G-EUPG AMC082/3 9H-ADI
Wednesday 5th July
After almost thirty consecutive visits from British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPJ, we finally got our second aircraft from the fleet, G-EUPG first-visiting on the evening BAW12Q arrival. JMC Air Airbus A.320 G-BXKA made its second appearance at Newcastle on the mid-day Salzburg 'W'.
Twin Otter C-GASV continued its delivery flight mid-morning, all the way to Corfu, while the afternoon again saw a fair number of executive jets on the south apron at the same time, Hamlin Jet's Learjet 45 N66SG being joined during the late afternoon by Interair Citation 650 SE-DVY, which arrived from Malmo as INR505, the Lost Boys Aviation Falcon 900 PH-LBA, making its third visit to Newcastle, from Bologna during the early evening, all three aircraft night-stopping, and Citation 525 G-BVCM which arrived from Topcliffe, departing back home to Edinburgh after just over two hours next to the bigger boys.
Arriving just before midnight was Locavia King Air 90 F-GFHC, from Clermont Ferrand as LOC851, departing to Nantes just a few minutes into Thursday as LOC823.
LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BXKA FUA1325/6 EC-HLN BAW12Q/13L G-EUPG GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 4th July
The early hours saw a CitationJet first-visit, D-IJYP operating a freight flight inbound from Madrid, arriving at 0400L, departing shortly after to Stuttgart. More GA of interest included Twin Otter C-GASV, which arrived from Reykjavik during the evening for a night-stop, the aircraft having visited Newcastle previously on a westbound delivery flight on the 7th/8th June 1997, and King Air 90 F-GQJD which followed later in the evening, on another cargo flight from Clermont Ferrand, departing later to Limoges.
Departing freight produced the BAC Express Fokker F-27 G-BMXD, the aircraft's first-visit to Newcastle since its Air UK days in 1996, which positioned in from Edinburgh at lunch-time as RPX273P, departing to Maastricht as RPX274.
Last Tuesday morning's first-visiting Braathens Boeing 737-700 LN-TUI re-appeared exactly a week later, making its second visit on the morning flight.
BAL267B/044A SE-DUL AEA173/4 EC-GHD OHY455/6 TC-ONP AMC5188/7 9H-ADM BRA561/574 LN-TUI SBE3023/2 G-OJSW BAL044B/338A SE-DUL AMC5180/1 9H-ABT
Monday 3rd July
Britannia AB Boeing 757 SE-DUL which had first-visited last month, arrived again to begin a period detached to Newcastle, arriving from Ibiza during the afternoon, and departing on its first rotation to Las Palmas. Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-GTDB made it first appearance on a 'W' flight this summer, and Virgin Sun G-VTAN made its second consecutive visit as such, on the afternoon Corfu 'W'.
CCU211P EC-HLM AIH846/5 C-GTDB RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BAL246B/267A SE-DUL VIR8128/7 G-VTAN OHY441/2 TC-ONM JKK3185/6 EC-GHE
Sunday 2nd July
Fokker 100 technical problems made for some sub-charters by Gill Airways for the day's Paris-CDG schedules. The Air France 'back-up' aeroplane, an Air Jet BAe146 was used for the first departure of the day, F-GLNI, on only its second visit to Newcastle, its first being on a similar mission on the 8th February, positioning in from CDG as AFR398V. This returned to operate the afternoon arrival and departure, and the last arrival of the day was operated by Titan Airways Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM which subsequently positioned out to Stansted, also using an Air France callsign. Previous summer's based Flying Colours Boeing 757, the leased from Canada 3000 C-FOOE, made its first visit of this summer on the mid-day Gerona 'W', the aircraft of course now registered as G-JMCF and wearing the full JMC colour-scheme. The weekly Balkan Airlines Bourgas charter saw another time change, the flight operating this week during the late evening, the aircraft actually arriving just a few minutes after midnight. Another new Tupolev Tu-154M appeared on the flight which routed direct from/to Bourgas, LZ-LTK being in an all-white colour-scheme with Balkan titles.
Citation III C-FIMO departed back 'Trans-Atlantic', via Keflavik mid-morning.
CCU2164/2171 EC-HLM AEA184/5 EC-FXP BAL426B/992F G-OBYI AFR398V/GIL103S F-GLNI JMC811/0 G-JMCF AIH900/899 C-FTDA GIL102F/105C F-GLNI CCU2172 EC-HLM ECA864/5 5B-DBB GIL104W/AFR399V G-ZAPM LAZ7937/8 LZ-LTK
Saturday 1st July
The late evening Helios Airways Larnaca flight was the subject of a sub-charter for the third week running, with another first-visiting Egyptian airliner of quality operating the flight. More importantly it produced only the second visit to Newcastle of an MD.90, AMC Airlines' SU-BMQ arriving from Larnaca using a Helios callsign, and departing via Zagreb for fuel using an AMC callsign. Newcastle's first MD.90 incidentally was a KTHY example on the 2nd May 1997. Citybird Boeing 767-300 OO-CTR made its second visit to Newcastle, following on from its early hours visit on the 8th February. Arriving direct from Kansas City (MCI) at a marginally more sociable hour, the aircraft subsequently positioned out to Brussels just before 0800L.
Another Trans-Atlantic trip involved Ford G5 N22, which departed direct to Detroit at lunch-time as 'FRD22', while the other night-stopper, Seneca D-GIXB had made its way to Reykjavik at dawn. Another excellent exec jet visitor showed during the early afternoon, Citation III C-FIMO operating an ambulance flight, presumably from North America, via Keflavik, the aircraft wearing a Hasting Aviation logo on the fin, and night-stopping. Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM spent much of the afternoon on the Samson ramp, from/to Dublin as RDK333/444.
MON316/316P G-EOMA CCU2154/2161 EC-HLM CTB751/751P OO-CTR IWD3437/8 EC-GLT JKK3413/4 EC-FXA EIN302/3 EI-CSL BRY052/510/513/53A G-ZAPJ BAL999F/426A G-OBYI BRT563/4 G-EMBG JKK3341/2 EC-GOM MON5897/6 G-MONZ TYR935D/6D OE-LCH CCU2162/3 EC-HLM JEA1136/9 G-JEAJ IWD3555/6 EC-GUR RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBC HCY1606/AMV1607 SU-BMQ IWD3441/2 EC-GLT TLA644/655 EI-TLP
Friday 30th June
Another day, another Dash Eight -100 routing back westbound, not until N285BC had departed to Reykjavik early morning however. A couple of hours later another ex-Tyrolean machine OE-LLJ, arrived from Innsbruck, also continuing onwards to Reykjavik after just under an hour on the ground. Also wearing a basic Tyrolean colour-scheme, this aircraft had also visited Newcastle on an earlier ferry flight, passing through during 1992, interestingly on delivery to Rheintalflug as OE-HRU. Air 2000's latest Boeing 767-300 G-OOAM finally made an appearance, operating the return leg of the Orlando flight, and positioning out to Glasgow.
General Aviation however produced possibly the most interesting movements, the best being only our second Gulfstream V ever, the very first G5 built, N22, arriving from Dijon at lunch-time for a night-stop. Currently on lease to Ford pending the delivery of three new-build aircraft, the aircraft used the callsign 'Fordair22'. Also of significance was the Dubai Air Wing Sikorsky S-76 DU-111 which came over from the Northumbria Plate meeting at Gosforth Park racecourse during the early evening as 'Dubai111', in company with Lynton Aviation's G-BOYF as 'Lynton21'. Both returned to Gosforth Park after an hour on the ground.
Another first-visiting executive jet came from a surprising source, a first-timer British BAe125, G-BWSY, spending just twenty two minutes on the ground during the morning from Warton to Benbecula, and the last visitor of the month saw Piper Seneca D-GIXB arrive from Monchengladbach for a night-stop.
CCU212P/2151 EC-HLM MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM39D/42F G-OOAM AMM321P/910C G-OOAI CCU2152/3 EC-HLM TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHH GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 29th June
A very interesting day Dash Eight-wise, with two older -100's passing through westbound, back to the manufacturer after service with Austrian airlines. The ex-Tyrolean machine OE-LLH appeared first, from Innsbruck at lunch-time, wearing a basic Tyrolean colour-scheme, continuing onwards to Reykjavik after just under an hour on the ground, followed by the ex-Rheintalflug machine N285BC, which arrived from Maastricht during the late afternoon for a night-stop. Unlike the similarly registered N283BC that had passed through on the 5th of June wearing basic Team Lufthansa colours, this ex-Rheintalflug aircraft wore basic Rheintalflug colours, and had operated previously with this Austrian airline as OE-LRZ, although had more recently spent a period of time in storage at Maastricht. The aeroplane had actually visited Newcastle before on delivery to Rheintalflug as such during March 1996; OE-LLH was a first visitor however.
British World Boeing 737-300 G-OBWX operated its charter rotation as JGN88, and then positioned back to Stansted during the early evening as BWL088P.
TSC240/1 C-GTSN FUA1419/20 EC-HLN JMC957/6 G-FCLK
Wednesday 28th June
Today's first-visiting airliners included an earlier Boeing 737 variant, British World's latest -300 G-OBWX positioning in from Stansted at tea-time as BWL087P to night-stop. The third first-visiting JMC A.320 of the summer operated the mid-day Salzburg 'W', and City-Flyer's newest RJ.100 G-CFAA made just its second visit during the morning.
CFE42WX/589X G-CFAA JMC4094/3 G-BXKA LBT803 TS-INA FUA1325/6 EC-HJJ BRY56A/B/57A/B G-ZAPJ GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 27th June
A pair of 'NextGen's provided the airliner interest, another unexpected use of a Boeing 737-700 by Braathens, on the morning schedule producing the first-visiting LN-TUI, the newest machine in the fleet. The afternoon Sabre Airways -800 flight was operated by their newest aircraft G-ODMW, making its second visit to Newcastle, but its first in daylight.
The second Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht Learjet 35 of the month arrived during the evening, D-CAVE operating an ambulance flight from Palma as AMB628, departing shortly after to Manchester.
JKK3185/6 EC-HBP AEA173/4 EC-HNB AMC5186/7 9H-ADI OHY455/6 TC-ONP BRA561/574 LN-TUI SBE3023/2 G-ODMW AMC5180/1 9H-ADM BRY58A/B G-ZAPJ
Monday 26th June
Eventually, after the first nine Virgin Sun landings at Newcastle had all involved Airbus A.320 G-VKID, a different aeroplane finally appeared, G-VTAN operating the afternoon Corfu 'W'. Not a first-visitor though, as the aircraft had visited Newcastle twice before, both visits being on the same day, 28th October 1998, on a day-trip to/from Prague, as G-BXTA with Airworld.
Aviation Beauport Citation 501 N527EW departed to Southampton first thing as AVB1EW, while the other foreign-registered night-stopper took a bit longer to get going, Cherokee Arrow D-ECUS departing for Munster at lunch-time.
ECA864/5 5B-DBB AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VTAN OHY441/2 TC-ONO
Sunday 25th June
The weekly Balkan Bourgas charter produced another presumed first-visiting Tupolev Tu-154, LZ-LTX arriving during the early evening via Manchester, and operating out direct to Bourgas.
Deutsche Rettungflugswacht Learjet 35A D-CCAA arrived on an ambulance flight from Faro at dawn as AMB620, departing a little later to Baden-Baden. Further executive jets included another visit from Learjet 60 OY-LJD which arrived from Nice during the early afternoon, departing to Farnborough early evening, presumably after the golf tournament at Slaley Hall had finished, another visit from Learjet 45 N66SG during the evening, from Le Bourget to Luton, and a slightly rarer machine, Aviation Beauport's Citation 501 N527EW which arrived from Manchester later in the evening as AVB1EW for a night-stop.
Cherokee Arrow D-ECUS arrived from Kirkwall during the afternoon for a night-stop, and another Cherokee of interest was Cadet G-GFCF, which had arrived on Saturday evening, which flew seven local flights during the afternoon, using the callsign 'Virgin28' (?).
CCU2164/2171 EC-HLM AEA184/5 EC-FXP BAL426B/992F G-OBYB JMC811/0 G-FCLD AIH900/899 C-FTDA LAZ7936 LZ-LTX CCU2172/172P EC-HLM
Saturday 24th June
Three first-visiting airliners appeared from various sources; Muk Air ATR.42 OY-MUH came first, stopping for fuel on a freight charter from Aalborg to Shannon as MUK701, and was followed later in the afternoon by another Jersey European BAe146-200, G-JEAX first-visiting on the afternoon Jersey rotation. The best however appeared much later, with the weekly Helios flight again producing a sub-charter, and the first appearance at Newcastle of Shorouk Air, with their Airbus A.320 SU-RAB.
Only other movement of note was the departure of Falcon 50 N96UT, which left for Gander at lunch-time.
CCU2154/2161 EC-HLM MON316/316P G-SMAN BAL152B/426A G-OBYB JKK3413/4 EC-GNY IWD3437/8 EC-HCR EIN302/3 EI-CDG BRT563/4 G-EMBI JKK3341/2 EC-HGA MON58976 G-MONZ TYR935D/6D OE-LCH CCU2162/3 EC-HLM IWD3555/6 EC-GZE JEA1136/9 G-JEAX RZO9456/7 CS-TGR ECA810/1 5B-DBC HCY1606/7 SU-RAB IWD3441/0442 EC-HCR TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 23rd June
Very little of note, just Piper Navajo PH-KID which visited during the afternoon, from Rotterdam to Genk.
AMM39D/42F G-OOAN CCU2151 EC-HLM BAL997F/152A G-OBYB MON317P/317 G-SMAN AMM691D/C G-OOAE CCU2152/3 EC-HLM TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHH GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 22nd June
The most interesting visitor of a day which saw things certainly quieten down somewhat, was probably the British Antarctic Survey Twin Otter VP-FBC, which day-stopped from/to Cambridge, reportedly in connection with a visit to the River Tyne of one of the organisation's vessels. Another foreign executive jet appeared from Cork during the late afternoon, Jivair's Citation 500 SE-DLZ, which departed to Gothenburg-Save after half an hour on the ground. This machine was certainly no stranger to Newcastle during the 80's when it was G-BIZZ !. Flexjets Europe Learjet 60 OY-LJD departed to Le Bourget during the early evening.
Seven Air Boeing 737-300 EC-HLM positioned in from Stansted again during the late evening.
TSC240/1 C-GTSE FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG JMC957/6 G-FCLG CCU212P EC-HLM
Wednesday 21st June
The biz kept coming, with one of the best unfortunately visiting during the early hours, Learjet 35 EC-HLB of Intermediacion operating a freight flight from Barcelona as IEA903, departing back to Barcelona just after 0230L as IEA904. Two more foreign corporate jets appeared a little later, at a more sociable hour, FlexJets Europe Learjet 60 OY-LJD arriving from Farnborough for a night-stop, followed a little later by Pharma Nord's Falcon 100 OY-PHN which day-stopped from/to Billund. For much of the morning therefore there were five foreign executive jets on the south apron !. Of the previous day's night-stoppers, Lear 45 N66SG departed to Vienna at breakfast-time, Lear 35 OY-CCJ departed to Amsterdam at lunch-time as NFA013, and Citation SII D-CSFD returned to Stuttgart at tea-time as FFD500.
The only airliner of note was something quite different, DC-9-51 N2248F which arrived from Keflavik during the late morning, departing to Budapest after amost two hours on the ground. With no markings and an all-white colour-scheme, the ex-Swissair, SAS and Meridiana aircraft was reportedly on delivery to a Greek carrier (?, Smile Air ?), although one report suggests it possibly wore a Ukrainian registration under the wing.
Night-stopping King AIr 200 D-IEFB departed to Gutersloh early on, and another Austrian 'twin', Cessna 421 OE-FEI, passed through on a westbound delivery, at lunch-time from Salzburg to Stornoway.
LBT803 TS-INB JMC4094/3 G-BXKC FUA1325/6 EC-HLN GXL8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 20th June
The first Air Europa Boeing 737-800 since the first week of the summer appeared on the morning Palma rotation, just a one-off substitution unfortunately, producing a first-visitor however in the shape of EC-HGO, another aircraft in the all-white scheme with just a painted rudder.
It was unusually executive jets that provided the most interest however, with a relative biz invasion during the late afternoon/early evening, with four aircraft, two of which were first-visitors, arriving in the space of an hour and a half - first-timer Stuttgarter Flugdienst Citation S550 D-CSFD came first, from Stuttgart as FFD503 for a night-stop, followed by North Flying Learjet 35A OY-CCJ which arrived from Zurich as NFA012 also for a night-stop. The second first-visiting American 'Hawker' in two days arrived next, another EMC Corp machine, the extremely pretty BAe125-800 N453TM spending just thirty minutes on the ground from Cork to Le Bourget, with Sage's Lear 45 N66SG arriving just fifteen minutes later from Northolt also for a night-stop. A fourth night-stopper arrived just before midnight, Mid American Energy's Falcon 50 N96UT arriving from Montreal-Dorval for another extended stay.
Further foreign GA included the departure of Cessna 207 F-BUIB which made it to Stornoway at lunch-time, and Pro Air King Air 200 D-IEFB which arrived during the evening from Baden-Baden to spend the night alongside four executive jets !.
AEA173/4 EC-HGO OHY455/6 TC-ONR AMC5186/7 9H-ADN SBE3023/2 G-LFJB AMC5180/1 9H-ADM
Monday 19th June
British European BAe146 G-JEBA returned from Jersey during the early hours, (on Saturday afternoon's arrival !) and further 146's of note included the night-stopping Titan Airways -200 G-ZAPK which operated to Southampton and back for Brymon Airways, positioning out to Stansted at lunch-time, and the first-visit of City Flyer's new RJ.100, G-CFAA which operated the mid-morning Gatwick rotation. Mid-afternoon saw another first-visiting airliner, our third Miami Air Boeing 727 in recent years, N806MA arriving from Keflavik on a passenger charter, returning there with passengers during the evening. JMC Air, still a full rotation behind from the weekend, sub-chartered Onur Air Airbus A.300 TC-ONL to operate the 'day' Dalaman 'in reverse', arriving more or less on time during the early evening, but departing just after 9pm about 12 hours late of course. The A.300 had last visited Newcastle in 1997, and was on the ground together with the carrier's normal Monday evening Dalaman charter, the Airbus and the MD.88 departing within six minutes of each other. I don't need to tell you what the Virgin Sun A.320 was !.
Norwegian carrier Coast Air made a rare, if not first, visit to Newcastle, Jetstream 31 LN-FAV arriving from Bergen at lunch-time as CST33, returning there during the early afternoon as CST34A. The aicraft was not a first-visitor however, having visited previously as OY-CLB with New Air, the last time during 1993.
After an afternoon full of Hawks, incidentally the first to land here in a long time, the south apron was graced during the late afternoon with the presence of the extremely new Hawker 800 N228TM which spent an hour on the ground from/to Cork. Cessna 207 F-BUIB diverted in during the late afternoon en-route from Ostend to Stornoway, due to an airfield closure, and subsequently night-stopped.
JEA1136/041P G-JEBA CCU211P EC-HLM CFE42WX/589X G-CFAA BRY91B G-ZAPK AIH846/5 C-FTDA BRY92A/P G-ZAPK RZO9400/1 CS-TGR VIR8128/7 G-VKID JMC706/5 TC-ONL OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-FXA
Sunday 18th June
Reactionary delays were the order of the day, giving us the Saturday night Air Europa Ibiza at breakfast-time, producing the seond visit from all-white Boeing 737-400 EC-HNB, who's identity was unknown at the time of its first-visit last Saturday night, but which is now known to be an ex-British Midland Airways aeroplane, and consequently not a first-visitor after all. Brussels International Airlines Airbus A.321 OO-CPS returned from Larnaca for Helios during the early morning, positioning out shortly after to Brussels. The weekly Balkan visit appeared on schedule during the afternoon, operated by Tupolev 154 LZ-LTO, an apparent first-visitor, while an aircraft that had visited only once before appeared during the late evening, British European Airways BAe146-300 G-JEBA positioning in from Belfast City as JEA040P to operate Saturday afternoon's Jersey departure, just before 11pm !. The aircraft wore full Air France colours. Another positioner saw Titan Airways BAe146-200 G-ZAPK arrive from Stansted during the evening, in preparation for some flying for Brymon Airways on Monday. Another Braathens Boeing 737-700 appeared unexpectedly, on the evening flight.
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN returned from Tel Aviv during the afternoon as MMD6504, departing to Dijon as MMD1150. A lovely afternoon saw a pair of interesting GA visitors from just across the River Tyne, Piper Pawnee G-BNZV visiting first from Currock Hill gliding site, followed a little later by their new resident, Grob 109 G-KNEK.
CCU2164/2171 EC-HLM BAL426B/992F G-OBYA AEA184/5 EC-HNB HCY1606/606P OO-CPS LAZ7937/8 LZ-LTO JMC811/0 G-FCLC BRA575/8 LN-TUA AIH900/899 C-FTDA BRY91P G-ZAPK JEA040P/1137 G-JEBA CCU2172 EC-HLM ECA864/5 5B-DBB
Saturday 17th June
What an odd day ! - certainly the strangest in my, admittedly still short, ATC career. The delays produced nothing that wan't expected however, and there was only one first-visiting airliner, another British Regional ERJ-145, G-EMBL visiting on one of the few Jersey flights to actually operate during the day, the Brymon and British European rotations not occurring at all. The 'jungly' wore the 'Union Flag' tail design of course. The night Helios flight was re-scheduled, to operate 'in reverse', the outbound sector planned to operate during the afternoon, using the Brussels International Airways Airbus A.321 OO-CPS. A change which had nothing to do with the ATC computer problems, saw the now quite regular A.321 make another visit to Newcastle during the evening, positioning in from Brussels to operate out, delayed naturally, to Larnaca. One of the delays of the day had to be the mid-morning Heathrow departure BAW13F, which finally departed at 2042 local on Boeing 757 G-BMRJ, ironically after a short technical delay just after push-back !.
In amongst all the chaos Cessna 421 LN-BAT of Bergen Air Transport came and went during the early evening, in from Bergen and out to Aberdeen.
CCU2154/2161 EC-HLM MON316/316P G-EOMA JK3413/4 EC-FXA IWD3437/8 EC-GLT BAL999F/426A G-OBYA JKK3341/2 EC-GOU MON5897/6 G-MPCD BRT563/4 G-EMBL TYR935D/6D OE-LCK RGI6201 G-ORFH CCU2162/3 EC-HLM HCY607P/1607 OO-CPS IWD3555/6 EC-GZE RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ECA810/1 5B-DBC TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 16th June
Yesterday's first-visiting JMC Boeing 757 G-JMCG operated the early morning Tenerife departure where it swopped back with C-FXOO, the Canada 3000 machine returning during the afternoon.
The three night-stoppers on the GA apron all departed after mid-day, TAG Aviation Learjet 45 HB-VMB first, as FPG231 to Geneva, followed by the two CAE Metroliners both back to Le Bourget, F-GPSN as FEU595 and F-GJPN as FEU589.
JMC509 G-JMCG CCU2151 EC-HLM MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM39D/42F G-OOAN AMM691D/C G-OOAE CCU2152/3 EC-HLM TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HJJ GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 15th June
Another day, another first-visiting JMC aeroplane, the ex-LTU Boeing 757 G-JMCG operating the afternoon Faro 'W'. TransAer Airbus A.320 EI-TLR operated its charter departure and return, and then positioned out to Dublin during the late afternoon, using a British World Airlines positioning callsign, apparently indicating that the whole operation was a sub-charter for the British carrier !. Braathens showed us one of their now rare Boeing 737-700's on the morning flight, and the Seven Air Boeing 737-300 EC-HLM positioned in from Stansted, actually twelve minutes into Friday local time, for another weekend of Inter Charters flying.
It was an extremely busy day on the south apron, with the first of the day's arrivals certainly being the best, TAG Aviation's Learjet 45 HB-VMB arriving from Geneva early in the morning as FPG231 for a night-stop. This impressive beast was joined by another a little later, Sagesoft's N66SG arriving from Northolt and departing to Luton at lunch-time. The late morning saw a pair of pretty anonymous looking CAE Metroliners, both being all-white (and interestingly having consecutive c/n's), F-GPSN arriving as FEU595 followed by F-GPJN as FEU589 an hour later, both from Le Bourget for night-stops. Also arriving at lunch-time was the returning Cessna Caravan I N12812, which had passed through at the end of March on its way to a demo tour of this side of the Atlantic, arriving this time from Maastricht, and continuing to Wick after an hour and a half on the ground. King Air D-IHUT departed back to Marl during the afternoon.
JGN88 EI-TLR EIN302/3 EI-BXB BRA561/574 LN-TUC TSC240/1 C-GTSN FUA1419/20 EC-HJJ JMC957/6 G-FCLK JMC933/783 G-JMCG JGN88/BWL088P EI-TLR CCU212P EC-HLM
Wednesday 14th June
The inbound sector of the Tuesday afternoon Santorini 'W' finally operated in the early hours, on the carrier's latest Boeing 737-800 G-ODMW, the aeroplane positioning out to Gatwick. Another first-visiting airliner appeared on the lunch-time JMC Salzburg 'W', 'KC' being only the second of the 'G-BXK' batch to appear at Newcastle. TransAer Airbus A.320 EI-TLR, still wearing full Khalifa colours, diverted in during the afternoon whilst en-route from Malmo (where it had presumably been operating for Premiair, judging by its inbound 'Viking' callsign) to Dublin, to be in position for a charter flight the following morning.
Also arriving during the afternoon for a night-stop was King Air 200 D-IHUT.
SBE3023/023P G-ODMW LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BXKC FUA1325/6 EC-HLN VKG9312 EI-TLR GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 13th June
Sabre Airways encountered problems with their weekly Santorini 'W', the inbound sector being delayed substantially. The outbound was operated by Boeing 737-800 G-OKDN, which positioned in from Gatwick mid-afternoon, only the aircraft's second visit to Newcastle, its first of course being the type's first-visit on 30th July 1998. The latest Brymon Dash Eight re-paint appeared during the late evening, G-NVSB operating the last Bristol/Aberdeen schedule of the day wearing the 'Union Flag' tail design.
Three American registered light aircraft of note during the day included two visitors, Cessna 421 N26HE which day-stopped from/to Kidlington, and Cessna 172 N6182G which also spent the middle of the day here, from/to Shipdham, and a new resident, F33A Bonanza N999F which made its first flight since its arrival as OO-OVB last month, a local flight during the evening.
AEA173/4 EC-GGO AMC5186/7 9H-ADN BRY052/510/513/53B G-ZAPJ OHY455/6 TC-ONR SBE005P/3022 G-OKDN MSK394/5 G-BUPS AMC5180/1 9H-ADM BRY58A/B G-NVSB
Monday 12th June
Sagesoft's Learjet 45 made just its second appearance at Newcastle making an early morning visit from Luton to Northolt.
Virgin Sun Airbus A.320 G-VKID continued to be the only one of the fleet to be seen at Newcastle.
CCU211P EC-HLM AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR VIR8128/7 G-VKID OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-FXY
Sunday 11th June
Airliners of interest were confined to Boeing 737-400's today - Air Europa's EC-HNB made its first-visit as such on the slightly delayed Saturday night Ibiza rotation, operating in the early hours of Sunday. Still believed to be flying in an all-white colour-scheme, the aeroplane's previous identity is still unknown. Also delayed again was the Helios -400 5B-DBG making its second visit to Newcastle during the early hours. With more and more British Airways Boeing 737-400's returning to Heathrow from Gatwick, their visits to Newcastle become note-worthy - G-DOCK on the tea-time Heathrow rotation was its first-visit to Newcastle since 1997, and became the first 737-400 to visit Newcastle in the 'Union Flag' tail design.
AEA184/5 EC-HNB TLA664/5 EI-TLP CCU2164/2171 EC-HLM HCY1606/7 5B-DBG JMC811/0 G-JMCD AIH900/899 C-FTDA LAZ7927/8 LZ-BTW BAW12N/13K G-DOCK ECA864/5 5B-DBD CCU2172 EC-HLM
Saturday 10th June
Two 'British' first-visitors on Jersey flights; British Regional Embraer 145 G-EMBE first-visited on the mid-day flight, wearing the 'Waves of the City' tail design, followed by the first appearance at Newastle of the new carrier British European (nee Jersey European), with the first-visiting BAe146-200 G-JEAS operating the afternoon Jersey flight, wearing the carrier's revised colour-scheme with 'British European' titles.
TAG Aviation CRJ HB-IDJ departed at mid-day to Ibiza as FPG183, and Cessna 340 D-IFWA visited for the second week running, from/to Randers in Denmark.
GLX8702/3 SX-BFA CCU2154/2161 EC-HLM MON316/316P G-SMAN JKK3413/4 EC-GOU EIN302/3 EI-CSL IWD3437/8 EC-HCR BRT563/4 G-EMBE JKK3341/2 EC-GQG MON5897/6 G-MONZ TYR935D/6D OE-LCK CCU2162/3 EC-HLM IWD3555/6 EC-GLT JEA1136/9 G-JEAS RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ECA810/1 5B-DBC IWD3441/2 EC-GLT
Friday 9th June
We had to wait some time for the highlight of the day, but it was worth it, quarter past eleven in the evening seeing the arrival of TAG Aviation's CRJ-100 HB-IDJ from Luton as FPG175, the stunning machine spending the rest of the night on the south apron.
An equally impressive aeroplane from a different era had visited earlier during the afternoon, Atlantic Cargo's Electra G-LOFB positioning in from Coventry as AAG737 and operating out to Dusseldorf with cargo during the early evening.
Another Brymon Airways Dash Eight appeared for the first time in its new colour-scheme, BA's 'Union Flag' of course, G-NVSA looking very pretty on the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen schedules.
CCU2151 EC-HLM MON317P/317 G-SMAN BAL997F/152A G-OBYI BRY56A/B/57A/B G-NVSA CCU2152/3 EC-HLM TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HJJ
Thursday 8th June
The fifth first-visiting Futura Boeing 737-800 in just over a month appeared on the afternoon Arrecife flight, the latest machine EC-HMJ completing the set for the moment. Seven Air Boeing 737-300 positioned in from Stansted during the evening to operate the weekend Inter Charters flying again, wearing a subtle difference to its 'colour'-scheme - gone is the large Seven Air logo and titles, replaced by 'Andalucia Directo' titles (with the 'Andalucia' in blue and the 'Directo' in red) with small 'operated by Seven Air' titles and logo on the lower, forward fuselage.
Piper Seneca D-GMFB day-stopped from/to Hessental.
TSC240/1 C-GTSJ FUA1419/20 EC-HMJ JMC957/6 G-JMCD CCU212P EC-HLM
Wednesday 7th June
The return leg of the Split charter produced the same Croatia Airlines Airbus A.319 as the previous week unfortunately, 9A-CTI arriving from Split early afternoon and departing to Liverpool.
Mid-morning saw another visit from Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN, arriving from Sonderborg and departing to Tel Aviv both as MMD6504, Seneca SE-GIP departed back to Billund at lunch-time, and NEA Learjet 35 G-HUGG routed back through from Copenhagen to Lulsgate during the early hours, as NEX03A/B again.
LBT803 TS-INA JMC4094/3 G-BXKD FUA1325/6 EC-HHG CTN1508/9 9A-CTI GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 6th June
Pretty quiet - Cessna 340 N340RB departed to Reykjavik during the morning after its night-stop, and Piper Seneca SE-GIP arrived from Billund at noon for an overnight stay. Two Eastern Airways Jetstream 31's appeared during the day, G-IJYS twice as EZE270/1 from Manchester to Shannon and back as EZE272/3, and G-OAKJ from/to Humberside as EZE01T/04T. NEA Lear 35 G-HUGG visited during the afternoon as NEX03A/B from Lulsgate to Copenhagen.
AEA173/4 EC-FXQ AMC5180/1 9H-ADH AMC5186/7 9H-ADN OHY455/6 TC-ONR SBE3023/2 G-LFJB
Monday 5th June
Another day, another Dash Eight delivery - involving a slightly older (and shorter !) machine this time however, the ex-Rheintalflug -100 OE-LRS passing through mid-afternoon from Friedrichshafen to Reykjavik, wearing a basic Team Lufthansa colour-scheme, and wearing the registration N283BC. Interestingly this aircraft is not one of the many Rheintalflug Dash Eight's to have been delivered east-bound through Newcastle over the years.
British Airways produced a Boeing 767 on the early evening Heathrow schedule, G-BZHB being one of only two BA machines to be used on the route in 1999, and was followed on the next rotation by Airbus A.319 G-EUPJ again. Virgin Sun Airbus A.320 G-VKID made its sixth consecutive visit of the summer season during the afternoon.
Cessna 340 N340RB arrived from Eggenfelden late evening, to night-stop at the beginning of a west-bound delivery flight.
CCU2172/001P EC-HLM AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VKID BAW12N/13K G-BZHB OHY441/2 TC-ONM JKK3185/6 EC-FXA
Sunday 4th June
Major excitement during the afternoon, brightening up an otherwise shocking day weather-wise, with an airliner first-visit-of-type - the remarkable shape of the Dash Eight -400 arrived at Newcastle for the first time during the late afternoon, Tyrolean Airways' first example OE-LGA passing through on delivery to the carrier, from Keflavik to Vienna. The aircraft, which spent 58 minutes on the north apron, wore full Tyrolean colours.
Another delay, although much shorter, meant that one of our more certain first-visiting airliners of the summer actually appeared in the early hours of Sunday, the first Helios Airlines flight of the season seeing their only aeroplane, Boeing 737-400 5B-DBG, first-visit on the Larnaca rotation.
Seven Air 737 EC-HLM made it back from Kos during the early hours, and departed on time on the Kefallinia rotation. Islandsflug 737 TF-ELN returned from Malaga during the morning, and day-stopped, positioning out to Keflavik during the evening. JMC Boeing 757 G-JMCD followed up its first-visit of the previous week, making its second visit on the mid-day Gerona 'W.
HCY1606/7 5B-DBG CCU2164/2171 EC-HLM BAL426B/992F G-OBYB ICB2162/217P TF-ELN JMC811/0 G-JMCD AIH900/899 C-FTDA LAZ7928 LZ-BTW ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 3rd June
Seven Air Boeing 737-300 EC-HLM continued to operate the weekend Inter Charters programme, its first flight of the day being to Skiathos, twenty-four hours late. The aircraft arrived back, from Thessaloniki, and then missed out another rotation, the morning Malaga, and operated the evening Kos rotation more or less on schedule. Islandsflug 737-300 TF-ELN positioned in from Keflavik just before midnight, and operated the morning Malaga rotation, 43 minutes into Sunday.
There was only one first-visitor, British Regional ERJ-145 G-EMBO operating the mid-day Jersey, the first 'British' machine in the 'Union Flag' fin to visit Newcastle.
Just one GA visitor of note, Cessna 340 D-IFWA which spent a few hours here during the morning from/to Aarhus.
MON316/316P G-EOMA CCU2154/1 EC-HLM JKK3413/4 EC-HBP EIN302/3 EI-CLI IWD3437/8 EC-GZD BAL999F/426A G-OBYB JKK3341/2 EC-FXA MON5897/6 G-MONZ BRT563/4 G-EMBO TYR935D/6D OE-LCG IWD3555/6 EC-GUR JEA1136/9 G-JEAJ CCU2152/2163 EC-HLM RZO9456/7 CS-TGR AEA184/5 EC-FZZ IWD3441/2 EC-GUR ECA810/1 5B-DBC ICB216P TF-ELN TLA664/5 EI-TLP
Friday 2nd June
A much quieter day, with the only aeroplane of interest being British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPJ, which returned for its second visit on the same evening Heathrow rotation. Seven Air Boeing 737-300 EC-HLM arrived to operate the Inter Charters programme, a little late, from Nice during the early evening, its first departure being the night Athens rotation - not significantly the Friday morning Skiathos flight !.
MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM691D/C G-OOAE CCU501F/2153 EC-HLM BAW12Q/13L G-EUPJ TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHH GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 1st June
A pretty interesting day - I 'made' 5, and there's only been five days in the last 25 years at Newcastle that I've done that or better !. The previous evening's first-visiting Maersk Boeing 737-700 OY-MRC operated its charter, positioning out to Copenhagen during the afternoon, while two pretty brand new airliners first-visited during the afternoon and evening. The first of the Thursday afternoon JMC Faro 'W' series produced Boeing 757 G-JMCD, while the anticipated start of Airbus A.319 operation on the British Airways Heathrow service duly produced G-EUPJ on the evening rotation, only our fifth A.319 following our fourth the previous day !.
Another aircraft that had been delivered only a few days previously, Sagesoft's/Hamlin Jet's Learjet 45 N66SG made its first of what is surely destined to be many appearances at Newcastle, during the afternoon, arriving from Cagliari and departing to Luton.
JGN88 OY-MRC TSC240/1 C-GTSV FUA1419/20 EC-HHG JMC957/6 G-JMCD JGN88/DAN9089 OY-MRC BAW12Q/13L G-EUPJ.
Wednesday 31st May
An excellent day for twin engined jet transports, with first-visits from only our fourth Airbus A.319 ever and our fifth Maersk Boeing 737-700. After years of Boeing 737-200's on the now usual Croatia Airlines Split 'pilgrimage' flights at this time of the year, Airbus A.319 9A-CTI produced some excitement once more from these flights arriving from Manchester during the afternoon and operating out direct to Split. Our fourteenth Boeing 737-700 arrived during the late evening, Maersk's OY-MRC positioning in from Eindhoven for a charter departure the following morning.
Last week's first-visiting JMC Airbus A.320 G-BXKD appeared on the mid-day Salzburg again, while Futura's Boeing 737-800 EC-HHH also made only its second appearance at Newcastle on the afternoon Fuerteventura flight, as did Aer Lingus' Boeing 737-400 EI-BXB, which was actually our first first-visiting airliner of the new Millenium, back on January 4th.
The day saw two Augsburg Airways Dash Eights, D-BACH on the Hamburg schedule and -100 D-BIRT on delivery back to DHc as AUB021, arriving from Augsburg early afternoon and departing after 59 minutes on the ground to Reykjavik. Airlec Merlin F-GGVG day-stopped from Le Bourget as ARL226, and Corporate Jets Learjet 60 N139XX spent three hours on the ground late afternoon from Glasgow to Manchester.
LBT803 TS-INB JMC4094/3 G-BXKD FUA1325/6 EC-HHH CTN1509 9A-CTI EIN30C/W EI-BXB GLX8700/1 SX-BFA DAN9532 OY-MRC
Tuesday 30th May
Just a couple of note-worthy Dash Eight movements, another re-painted Brymon Airways machine G-BRYZ, and the last of the three new Augsburg Airways -300's to first-visit this month, D-BDTM completing the -300 fleet for us once again.
AEA173/4 EC-GGO BRY052/510 G-BRYZ AMC5186/7 9H-ABT OHY455/6 TC-ONO DLH9534/5 D-BDTM SBE3023/2 G-OJSW BRY56A/B/57A/B G-BUPS AMC5180/1 9H-ADN
Monday 29th May
A quiet Bank Holiday with the only newsworthy movement being the fast becoming un-newsworthy afternoon Virgin Sun visit, producing A.320 G-VKID for the fifth consecutive week this summer.
ICB2313 TF-ELN AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VKID OHY441/2 TC-ONM JKK3185/6 EC-HBP
Sunday 28th May
The first Balkan Airlines Sunday evening Bourgas flight of the summer produced the first Balkan Tupolev 154 at Newcastle since 1996, and the first visit here of LZ-BTH since 1994. There wasn't much else however.
ICB2164/2171 TF-ELN BAL426B/992F G-OBYA AIH900/899 C-FTDA ECA864/5 5B-DBD LAZ7937/8 LZ-BTH
Saturday 27th May
Return sectors of Orlando flights produced yesterday's first-visiting Britannia Boeing 767 G-OBYA again, and Monarch Airbus A.330 G-EOMA, replacing the previous day's DC-10. First-visitors included two Regional Jets of different lineage on the ground together, the first Tyrolean Airways Innsbruck charter of any summer at Newcastle producing Canadair RJ OE-LCN, while the third week of the British Regional Jersey flight saw the first Embraer RJ first-visitor of the carrier's fleet this summer, G-EMBK wearing the 'Benyhone Tartan' colour-scheme.
The now usual Saturday morning Aer Lingus 'jet-equipped' Dublin service saw the visit of BAe146 EI-CSL, while a 146 that had appeared for the first time in recent weeks operated the afternoon Jersey European Jersey schedule.
ICB2154/2161 TF-ELN BAL152B/426A G-OBYA JKK3413/4 EC-FXY EIN302/3 EI-CSL IWD3437/8 EC-HCR MON316/316P G-EOMA BRT563/4 G-EMBK MON5897/6 G-MONZ TYR935D/6D OE-LCN JKK3341/2 EC-GQG IWD3555/6 EC-GZD JEA1136/9 G-JEAJ ICB2162/3 TF-ELN RZO9456/7 CS-TGR ECA810/1 5B-DBB IWD3441/2 EC-GUR TLA664/5 EI-TLR AEA184/5 EC-FXP
Friday 26th May
Two more first-visiting airliners, and both 'wide-bodies' departing for Orlando area airports; another Britannia Boeing 767-300 was one, G-OBYA departing to McCoy, and replacing the slightly 'sick' Airbus A.330 was Monarch Airlines Douglas DC-10 G-DMCA making its first appearance here, positioning in from Manchester and departing to Sanford. The first Friday evening Galaxy Airlines Heraklion flight saw the returning Boeing 737-400 SX-BFA, and the evening TransAer flight, also a Heraklion, produced Airbus A.320 EI-TLR, wearing a Khalifa Airways colour-scheme.
ICB????/2151 TF-ELN MON317P/317 G-DMCA BAL997F/152A G-OBYA AMM691D/C G-OOAH ICB2152/3 TF-ELN TLA534/5 EI-TLR FUA1357/8 EC-HJJ GLX8702/3 SX-BFA
Thursday 25th May
The second Shorts Belfast of the month appeared, during the early hours again, Heavylift's G-BEPS arriving from Belfast (Aldergrove, not its birthplace) as HLA910, and day-stopping again, as it's sister-ship had done earlier in the month, before departing to Stansted as HLA911. The aircraft had visited Newcastle last in 1992.
Another Brymon Airways re-paint appeared for the first time during the morning, the until recently all-white G-BRYX, actually operating its first service into Newcastle, since acquiring the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme.
Another Citation Bravo first-visited during the afternoon, OE-GTZ spending less than an hour on the ground, from/to Altenrhein. Cessna Caravan I N9670F departed to Reykjavik during the early morning, at the start of its Atlantic crossing.
BRY052/510 G-BRYX TSC240/1 C-GTSV FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG EIN30C/W EI-BXI
Wednesday 24th May
An interesting day with three first-visiting airliners; Futura's very new Boeing 737-800 EC-HLN appeared during the afternoon, and the first flight of the JMC Salzburg series produced Airbus A.320 G-BXKD during the late morning. Interestingly this was the first of the current fleet of four JMC A.320's, and ex-Flying Colours machines, to appear at Newcastle. The third appeared later in the day, the first Galaxy Airlines Boeing 737-400 to visit this summer, SX-BFA operating the evening Rhodes flight.
Just one GA movement of note, another Cessna Caravan, N9670F arriving from Athens during the evening on a delivery flight, for a night-stop.
EIN302/3 EI-CDD LBT803 TS-INB JMC4094/3 G-BXKD FUA1325/6 EC-HLN EIN30C/W EI-CDF GLX8700/1 SX-BFA
Tuesday 23rd May
The morning Air Europa Palma charter, originally programmed to be a 'NextGen' flight but now destined to be a 'classic' service for the rest of the summer, nevertheless produced a first-visiting aeroplane, 737-300 EC-GNU being one of the few 'classics' we had been looking for at Newcastle for some time. Britannia AB Boeing 757 continued to operate based flights, back from Thessaloniki in the early hours, and the morning Fuerteventura departure, where it swopped with G-BYAD. The first Brymon Airways to be re-painted from 'ethnic' to 'Union Flag' made its first visit in the new BA colour-scheme on the morning Aberdeen-Bristol turnaround, G-BRYS being the ex-'Waves of the City'.
North Flying Metro III OY-BPH operated a return from Bergen as NFA132, and Airlink OE-FME departed to Salzburg late afternoon as JAR09. Kestrel Aviation Citation 525 G-OCSB spent an hour on the ground during the morning from/to Guernsey.
BAL493B/044A SE-DUL BRY51A/B G-BRYS AEA173/4 EC-GNU AMC5186/7 9H-ADI OHY455/6 TC-ONO SBE3023/2 G-LFJB AMC5180/1 9H-ADI
Monday 22nd May
Surprising first-visitor, and one that was possibly easily missed, appeared on the morning Britannia Airways Tenerife charter, SE-DUL from the Swedish Britannia AB 'division' arriving to become a based aeroplane for a day. It operated out and back to/from Zakinthos during the day, and then out again on the 'night' Thessaloniki.
One of the more attractive exec jet visitors in recent times spent the day on the south apron, Jetflite's rather old Challenger OH-WIH arriving from Helsinki and departing to Budapest as JEF622. The aircraft wore a stunning green and gold colour-scheme with the registration painted in very large letters on the tail fin. Airlink King Air 350 OE-FME arrived from Paderborn during the morning as JAR09A for a night-stop.
BAL231B/442A SE-DUL AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ VIR8128/7 G-VKID BAL442A/493A SE-DUL OHY441/2 TC-ONM JKK3185/6 EC-HFP
Sunday 21st May
Nothing news-worthy !.
ICB2164/2171 TF-ELN BAL426B/992F G-OBYI AIH900/899 C-FTDA ECA864/5 5B-DBC ICB2172 TF-ELN
Saturday 20th May
As with the previous Saturday, just one first-visiting airliner on possibly the most varied day of the week this summer, and that was the Jersey European BAe146 again, G-JEAJ operating the afternoon Jersey rotation. The British Regional Jersey flight produced only our fifth Embraer 145 'frame' of the year, G-EMBF, which had only visited Newcastle once before, on diversion on the 23rd December last. As would appear to be the norm now, the Saturday morning Aer Lingus flight was operated by jet equipment, producing Boeing 737-400 EI-BXA. Of the rest Iberworld Airbus A.320 EC-GZD was of interest, wearing the old colour-scheme on the starboard side, and the new colour-scheme on the port side !.
Cessna 340 HB-LST departed to Reykjavik during the morning, continuing its ferry flight west-bound, and Beech Bonanza OO-OVB arrived from Wevelgem during the late evening, apparently to become based.
ICB2154/2161 TF-ELN MON316/316P G-EOMA EIN302/3 EI-BXA IWD3437/8 EC-HCR JKK3413/4 EC-GOM BAL999F/426A G-OBYI CUS4602/3 SX-BGI BRT563/4 G-EMBF MON5897/6 G-MONZ JKK3341/2 EC-FZC ICB2162/3 TF-ELN JEA1136/9 G-JEAJ IWD3555/6 EC-GZD ECA810/1 5B-DBC AEA184/5 EC-FZZ RZO9456/7 CS-TGR IWD3441/2 EC-GZD
Friday 19th May
A busy day but not much of note - Icebird Boeing 737-300 TF-ELN returned, presumably to operate the full weekend Inter Charters programe, positioning in from Stansted during the early hours and operating theday Skiathos, and night Athens rotations. Transaer Airbus A.320 EI-TLP was noted on the late evening Heraklion flight, wearing an all-white colour-scheme with Transaer titles.
Lots of GA including foreigners Baron EI-CPS from Sindal in Denmark to Donegal late morning, Cessna 340 HB-LST from Grenchen during the evening for a night-stop at the beginning of a Trans-Atlantic delivery flight, and the departure of Cessna 208 N208MK back to Jersey late morning. JCB Aviation Falcon 200 G-JCBI made another visit, from Le Bourget to East Midlands as JCB01 again, also during the late morning.
ICB2212/2151 TF-ELN MON317P/317 G-EOMA AMM691D/C G-OOAF ICB2152/3 TF-ELN TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHG
Thursday 18th May
Highlight of the month so far, at least in terms of executive jets, and possibly one of our most exotic ever, appeared at dawn, Citation 560 ZS-NHD arriving from Toulouse on a ferry flight to the USA, the aircraft departing to Reykjavik late morning.
The MOD charter saw a return to Maersk Boeing 737-700's, OY-MRF making another two visits, its third and fourth to Newcastle. New Augsburg Dash 8 D-BEBA made its second visit on the Hamburg schedule, as did Futura Boeing 737-800 EC-HJJ on the afternoon Arrecife.
JCB Falcon 2000 G-JCBI made another appearance, at breakfast-time from East Midlands to Le Bourget as JCB1, Cessna 208 N208MK of Business Post arrived from Jersey during the afternoon for a night-stop, and King Air 200 LX-GDB of Luxaviation, made a short visit during the evening, from Metz as LXA439, departing twenty minutes later to Luxembourg using its registration as a callsign.
DAN9712/JGN88 OY-MRF TSC231 C-GTSV DLH9534/5 D-BEBA FUA1419/20 EC-HJJ JGN88/DAN9089 OY-MRF
Wednesday 17th May
Nothing much new - Falcon 20 N520AW departed to Geneva early morning, Danish Air Transport Beech 1900 OY-JRI returned in the opposite direction during the afternoon, from Galway to Roskilde as DTR4283/428B, and Citation 550 D-ICUR departed back to Friedrichshafen at tea-time.
LBT803 TS-INA FUA1325/6 EC-HBZ
Tuesday 16th May
Attention shifted from summer season airliner visitors to executive jets, Falcon 20 N520AW of Armstrong World arriving from Luton during the morning for a night-stop. Hamlin Jet Citation S550 N145DF returned from Barcelona during the evening, departing back to Luton, and was followed twelve minutes later by Citation 550 D-ICUR of Kuri Flight Service, which arrived from Friedrichshafen for a night-stop.
Danish Air Transport Beech 1900 OY-JRI passed through during the morning, from Roskilde to Galway as DTR4282/428A, Rockwell Commander 114 D-ETTC departed to Reykjavik at around the same time, and King Air 200 N3176T passed through on an eastbound delivery, from Reykjavik to Augsburg at lunch-time.
AEA173/4 EC-GUO AMC5186/7 9H-ADM OHY455/6 TC-ONN DLH9534/5 D-BHAL SBE3023/2 G-LFJB AMC5180/1 9H-ADM
Monday 15th May
Interest in the Lufthansa Hamburg schedule continued with another new Augsburg Airways Dash Eight first-visiting, the -300 D-BEBA appeaaring on the late morning flight. The same Virgin Sun Airbus A.320 operated the afternoon Corfu charter for the third week running.
Citation S550 N145DF visited again for Sagesoft, from Teesside to Luton at breakfast-time, and from Luton to Barcelona later in the morning. Cessna 182 N735CX departed to Birmingham mid-morning, and another Rockwell Commander 114 appeared on a delivery flight, D-ETTC arriving from Maastricht during the afternoon for a night-stop.
DLH9534/5 D-BEBA AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR VIR8128/7 G-VKID OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-GVI
Sunday 14th May
Things beginning to quiet down, with the only movements of note being the end of the weekend Inter Charters programme, continued to be flown by the Islandsflug Boeing 737-300 TF-ELN, which positioned out to Keflavik at the end of the day.
The now customary, token GA movement was provided by Hamlin Jet Citation S550 N145DF which visited from/to Luton during the afternoon, presumably for the last game of the season.
ICB2164/2171 TF-ELN BAL426B/992F G-OBYJ JMC811/0 G-FCLG AIH900/899 C-FTDA BWL739P/8739 G-OBWA ECA864/5 5B-DBB ICB2172/217P TF-ELN
Saturday 13th May
Just one first-visiting airliner from the multitude, and from an unusual source, Jersey European BAe146-200 G-JEAR making its first appearance at Newcastle on the first of the carrier's Jersey schedules, the aircraft being one of the fleet in Air France colours. Both of the previous day's wide-bodied first-visitors returned from Orlando during the early morning, Icebird Boeing 737-300 TF-ELN continued to operate the Inter Charters programme, and there were five different Spanish charter aircraft visitors, including the two Iberworld A.320's, only one of which, EC-GZE, wore the new revised colour-schme.
Cessna 182 N375CX arrived from Southend late morning for a night-stop.
ICB2154/2161 TF-ELN MON316/316P G-EOMA BAL152B/426A G-OBYJ JKK3413/4 EC-GGV JKK3341/2 EC-GHH IWD3437/8 EC-GZE EIN302/3 EI-CSL CUS4602/3 SX-BGI MON5897/6 G-MONZ MSK107/6 G-MSKE BRT563/4 G-EMBJ ICB2162/3 TF-ELN JEA1136/9 G-JEAR ECA810/1 5B-DBD IWD3555/6 EC-GUR AEA184A/185 EC-GMY IWD3441/2 EC-GZE
Friday 12th May
Three first-visiting airliners today, two of which operated Orlando flights during the morning, the second Monarch Airlines Airbus A.330 in two weeks, G-EOMA positioning from Manchester to operate out to Sanford, and the second new Britannia 767 during the first two weeks of the summer, G-OBYJ which positioned in from Birmingham, departing later to Orlando-McCoy. The Inter Charters programme produced interest again, the night-stopping Seven Air Boeing 737-300 EC-HLM operating the day's Skiathos rotation, and then positioning out to Paris-CDG as CCU501F during the afternoon. Islandsflug, or more accurately, Icebird Airlines' Boeing 737-300 TF-ELN positioned in from Keflavik a little later as ICB215P to take over the weekend programme, its first departure being to Athens as ICB2153 mid-evening. The airframe hadn't visited Newcastle previously despite having worn British, Spanish and Belgium identities in the last ten year, and wore Islandsflug colours, with Icebird titles on the starboard side and Islandsflug titles on the port side. A u/s Boeing 757 downroute produced the first sub-charter by a UK airline this summer, Britannia Airways using Air Scandic Airbus A.300 G-SWJW for the evening Palma rotation, the aircraft having positioned in earlier from Manchester.
Just one GA movement of note, a fleeting first-visit from Formula One Management's Learjet 31 N2FU, which spent just eleven minutes on the ground during the afternoon from/to Biggin Hill.
MON317P/317 G-EOMA CCU500 EC-HLM AMM39D/42F G-OOAO BAL997F/152A G-OBYJ AMM691D/C G-OOAH CCU501/501F EC-HLM ICB215P/2153 TF-ELN BAL998F/229A G-SWJW BRY53T/54T G-ERJC TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HHG
Thursday 11th May
Back to first-visiting 'NextGen' Boeing 737's, with another new Futura -800 EC-HHG appearing on the afternoon Arrecife rotation. Seven Air Boeing 737-300 EC-HLM arrived again to operate the first flight of the Inter Charters weekend programme starting on Friday morning, positioning in from Paris-CDG again as CCU500F.
Falcon 50 N96UT returned to Canada at lunch-time, departing direct to Goose Bay.
TSC231 C-GTSF AMM39F/C G-OOAO FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG CUS500F EC-HLM BRY53T/54T G-ERJC
Wednesday 10th May
No airliners to report on, just a pair of evening GA arrivals; Cirrus Exec's Citation 551 D-IAWA made just its second visit to Newcastle from Mannheim to Frankfurt a RUS1110, and another cargo charter from Spain saw Metroliner EC-HCH appear of Aero Nova, from/to Madrid as OVA132/3.
LBT803 TS-INA FUA1325/6 EC-GUG BRY53T/54T G-ERJC
Tuesday 9th May
The morning Air Europa 'NextGen' Palma flight worryingly produced Boeing 737-300 EC-GMY, although all was not lost, as interestingly this was only the aircraft's second visit to Newcastle, having appeared previously on Boxing Day of 1998.
Not much else, just King Air 90 F-GJSD which day-stopped from/to le Bourget.
AEA173/4 EC-GMY AMC5186/7 9H-ADN OHY455/6 TC-ONN SBE3023/2 G-OJSW AMC5180/1 9H-ADN BRY53T/54T G-ERJC
Monday 8th May
Another first-visiting Boeing 737 appeared to operate Inter Charters flights, the first British World Boeing 737-300 G-OBWZ positioning in from Gatwick during the late morning to operate the already heavily-delayed first Sunday morning Kefallinia departure !. Augsburg DHC.8-200 D-BHAL appeared again on the lunch-time Hamburg schedule, and was followed by the same Virgin Sun A.320 again, G-VKID operating the afternoon Corfu 'W'.
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 made another appearance, arriving from Gander during the early hours for another lengthy stay.
DLH9534/5 D-BHAL BWL217P/2171 G-OBWZ AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR VIR8128/7 G-VKID MSK394/5 G-BUPS BRY53T/54T G-ERJC OHY441/2 TC-ONO JKK3185/6 EC-GCV
Sunday 7th May
A little less hectic, with Britannia Boeing 767-300 G-OBYI returning from Orlando, and the first of this summer's Sunday 'W' flights, producing the 'mainline' JMC Boeing 757 G-FCLA, and our second weekly 'W' this summer involving the Teesside-based Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-FTDA, operating an afternoon Faro.
Eurofly Falcon 20 I-GOBZ returned to Turin at tea-time.
BAL426B/992F G-OBYI JMC811P/810 G-FCLA AIH900/899 C-FTDA BRY53T/54T G-ERJC ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 6th May
How does one start to cover the first 'Summer Saturday' of the year ?! - Air Belgium Boeing 737-400 OO-ILJ continued to operate the Inter Charters programme, back from Athens in the early hours, out to Malaga and back, and then out to Kos during the afternoon. Monarch Airlines Airbus A.330 G-SMAN returned from Sanford, positioning back out to Manchester, the first Iberworld flights of the summer saw two Airbus A.320's operate three flights, and the first Cronus Airlines flight of their short series not surprisingly produced last year's regular Boeing 737-300 SX-BGI on the morning Rhodes rotation. Of more interest was a first-visiting Britannia Airways Boeing 767-300, G-OBYI positioning in from Birmingham to operate their first 'McCoy' departure of the summer, and the 'one-off' Sabre Airways Kos departure during the afternoon which produced just the third visit to Newcastle of Boeing 737-800 G-OJSW, the aircraft arriving empty from Manchester. More 737's visited in the shape of Maersk UK's -500 G-MSKB on the first of the short series of Faro flights, the aircraft also having positioned in from Manchester, and Air Europa -400 EC-GUO on the late evening 'non-NextGen' Ibiza rotation.
Another intersting GA visitor 'sneaking' in amongst the above was Eurofly Service's Falcon I-GOBZ which arrived from Turin during the evening for a night-stop.
ABB896P/897 OO-ILJ MON316/316P G-SMAN JKK3413/4 EC-GHH IWD0437/3438 EC-GLT BAL999F/426A G-OBYI EIN2302/303 EI-CLI CUS482P/4603 SX-BGI MON5897/6 G-MONW JKK3341/2 EC-FTS ABB898B/801 OO-ILJ MSK107P/106 G-MSKB IWD3555/6 EC-GLT SBE014P/6014 G-OJSW BRY53T/54T G-ERJC ECA810/1 5B-DBC AEA184/5 EC-GUO IWD0441/3442 EC-GZE
Friday 5th May
The first Monarch, and only our fourth, Airbus A.330 first-visited during the morning at the beginning of their Orlando series, G-SMAN positioning in from Manchester, and departing direct to Sanford. More first-visitors appeared in the shape of another Futura Boeing 737-800, EC-HJJ operating the late evening Teneriffe flight, and the second 'new' Augsburg Airways Dash Eight of the week, the significant first use of a DHC.8-200 on the Hamburg schedule producing D-BHAL on the usual late morning visit.
The day of course saw the start of the Inter Charters summer programme, the new Portuguese carrier expected to operate five flights from Newcastle this summer from Friday to Monday mornings; unable to operate in their own right yet however, due to pending certification, the first flights were operated by two interesting Boing 737's during the day. Spanish carrier Seven Air made their first appearance at Newcastle, using their sole Boeing 737-300 EC-HLM for the first Inter Charters Skiathos departure during the morning as CCU500, the aircraft, which last visited Newcastle as EC-ELY of Viva Air in 1998, having earlier positioned in from Paris-CDG as CCU500F. With the aircraft not returning due to an empty sector, the next flight in the series, the evening Athens was operated by Air Belgium Boeing 737-400 OO-ILJ which was a first-visitor, arriving from Brussels as ABB895P and departing to Athens as ABB895.
A significant first-visit from the fractional ownership company FlexJets Europe occurred during the late morning, Learjet 60 OY-LJD spending a few hours on the Samson apron over lunch-time from/to Manchester.
MON317P/317 G-SMAN CCU500P/500 EC-HLM AMM39D/42F G-OOAN DLH9534/5 D-BHAL AMM691D/C G-OOAH EAF8296 G-AVMP BRY53T/54T G-ERJC ABB895P/895 OO-ILJ TLA534/5 EI-TLP FUA1357/8 EC-HJJ
Thursday 4th May
More first-visiting 'NextGens' ! - the series of MOD charters continued with another very welcome Boeing 737, Hamburg International Airways' -700 D-AWOH which arrived from Hamburg during the morning to operate out to Pristina and back, and then positioning out to Saarbrucken at tea-time. Our first Futura Boeing 737-800 duly followed the Air Europa examples, with the first to appear at Newcastle being EC-HHH at lunch-time on the Arrecife rotation. The first Air Transat flight of the season saw Boeing 757 C-GTSE arrive from Cardiff and depart to Toronto, and the first Air 2000 Boeing 767-300 flight of the summer produced G-OOAO which operated out to Orlando via Shannon.
Another N-reg'd yet presumably British-basd Seneca spent much of the morning and afternoon here, N61HB visiting from/to Thurrock.
HHI9298/JGN088 D-AWOH TSC231 C-GTSE AMM39F/C G-OOAO FUA1419/1420 EC-HHH JGN088/HHI9299 D-AWOH BRY53T/54T G-ERJC
Wednesday 3rd May
A quiet Wednesday for airliners, with the star visitor being our first Shorts Belfast since 1994, the aeroplane that appeared way back then, Heavylift's G-HLFT, returning on a Nissan freight charter as HLA836 from Vittoria during the early morning, and staying all day, departing at tea-time as HLA837 back to Stansted. Brymon Airways' third Embraer 145 duly appeared at the beginning of another extensive series of line training visits during the afternoon, G-ERJC being from/to its new home of Bristol-Lulsgate.
Air Poitiers King Air 90 F-GHUV departed to East Midlands after breakfast, again as FUR002, and Senator Aviation Learjet 35 D-CFCF made a late evening hospital flight visit, from/to Cologne as SNA096.
LBT803 TS-INA BRY43T/44T G-ERJC FUA1325/6 EC-GUG
Tuesday 2nd May
Two first-visiting airliners again, and this time both Boeing 737-800's, Air Europa showing us another of their fleet on the morning Palma flight, and Sabre Airways their latest 'NextGen' G-LFJB on the first Santorini 'W' during the afternoon. EC-HBL still wore the carrier's old colour-scheme, while G-LFJB wears an 'interim' scheme of a plain red tail, and non-standard titles. The new Augsburg DHC.8-300 appeared again on the lunch-time Hamburg schedule, and the first Onur Air MD.88 of the season arrived empty from Nuremburg during the morning.
Brymon Airways made the switch from Aldergrove to 'the City' for their Belfast services as from today, the first flight being flown by Dash Eight G-BRYP, which departed Newcastle for 'the Harbour' as BRY413A during the early morning.
With the delayed delivery of their new Learjet 45, Sagesoft used Hamlin Jet's N708SP, as they are destined to do for much of April, visiting during the morning from/to Luton. Air Poitiers King Air 90 F-GHUV arrived from Stanted at lunch-time as FUR002 for a night-stop.
AEA173/4 EC-HBL AMC5186/7 9H-ADH OHY455F/456 TC-ONR DLH9534/5 D-BHOQ SBE3023/2 G-LFJB AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 1st May
'May One', and the beginning of the summer charter season, with its resulting huge increase in the amount of newsworthy mvements. The first day only produced two first-visiting airliners however, and one of these was on a scheduled service, the first of the new Augsburg Airways Dash Eight -300's to appear at Newcastle, operating the mid-day Hamburg service. The first Onur Air flight of the season saw an unexpected visit from an Airbus A.321, the carrier's TC-ONJ first-visiting during the evening, arriving empty from Cologne and operating out to Dalaman. The day also saw two Skyservice Airbus A.320's on the ground, C-GTDB which had been based the previous few weeks, departing to its summer base of Leeds during the early hours, and the Teesside-based C-FTDA appearing as usual on the lunch-time Reus 'W'.
The based JMC machine for the summer was the subject of another early morning movement, the leased-from Canada 3000 aircraft, C-FXOO this time, arriving from Luton, and wearing almost full JMC colours, bar the blue fuselage underside. The first Virgin Sun Airbus A.320 of the summer, on the Corfu rotation, produced the same aircraft that had operated an Air 2000 'sub' in mid-March, the carrier's only previous visit to Newcastle.
The almost forgotten-about GA movements amongst the 'heavy metal' included Citation 500 N527EW spending just twenty minutes on the ground at lunch-time, making just its second visit to Newcastle, and becoming the first Aviation Beauport visitor to use their new callsign sequence, visiting from/to Jersey as AVB1EW, Piper Seneca N375SA of Volmec UK from/to Gamston, and Commander 114 D-EVCA which passed through on a delivery flight during the evening from Marl to Reykjavik.
AIH868P C-GTDB CMM932 C-FXOO DLH9534/5 D-BHOQ AIH846/5 C-FTDA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP VIR8128/7 G-VKID JKK3185/6 EC-GGV OHY441F/442 TC-ONJ
Sunday 30th April
The evening Braathens flight produced something quite out of the ordinary, Norwegian Air Shuttle Fokker 50 LN-KKA replacing the planned Boeing 737, and first-visting from/to Stavanger (amongst the balloons !!).
Cessna 210 PH-MRD passed through during the afternoon, from Oban to Midden Zeeland, and a most unusual visitor a little later in the afternoon was PZL-104 Wilga G-WLGA which spent just over an hour on the ground from/to Teesside.
BRA575/8 LN-KKA ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 29th April
A case of the calm before the storm - a very quiet, dull day, with just the return leg of the Futura two-week Palma 'holiday', operated by Boeing 737-400 EC-GRX.
Friday 28th April
Only movement of note was the British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BNWP which operated the early evening rotation in place of the usual 757. The aircraft had visited Newcastle previously in September 1997, but at that time it wasn't in the 'Rendezvous' colour-scheme in which it appeared today on its second visit to Newcastle.
Thursday 27th April
The last of the 'April Thursday' Air Europa double visits, produced one of the previous three week's first-visitors, Boeing 737-800 EC-HGP having been the second of the three to appear this month two weeks ago. The aircraft still wore the all-white colour-scheme with the painted rudder.
AEA236/8 EC-HGP AEA239/7 EC-HGP
Wednesday 26th April
More of the, until recently, very rare European-registered Exec Jet visitors, appeared during the morning, both of which had visited Newcastle in recent months. Jetcom S/A's Falcon 20 LX-IAL arrived from Geneva as JCA074, departing just after lunch to Lyon-Bron, and Liebherr Aerospace's CitationJet D-ILAT arrived from Kerry, departing also after lunch-time to Friedrichshafen.
Cherokee F-GJPQ departed to Deauville during the morning.
Tuesday 25th April
Out of the blue, Braathens put a Boeing 737-700 on the morning rotation, LN-TUD being only the second of the fleet to visit this year.
Cessna 340 N888MT passed through on a ferry flight during the afternoon, from Dusseldorf to Reykjavik, and Cherokee F-GJPQ arrived from Le Touquet during the evening for a night-stop.
AMC5195 9H-ADN BRA561/574 LN-TUD NFA122 OY-NPC
Monday 24th April
Only one of interest, Alkair Learjet 35 OY-CCJ visiting from/to Copenhagen late afternoon as NFA011E/011.
Sunday 23rd April
Back to nothing .....
Saturday 22nd April
The morning produced two 'long' 146's of note, only the second visit of Flyer's newest RJ.100 G-BZAZ, and an Aer Lingus -300 on the Dublin service.
A good indication of how dismal April has been at Newcastle was provided by only the second European-registered executive jet to visit this month appearing during the early evening, by no means a rare machine at Newcastle, Tyrolean Jet Services' Falcon 10 OE-GSC routing through from Reykjavik to Innsbruck on a hospital flight. Beech Bonanza N936TC also arrived from Reykjavik, during the afternoon, continuing on to Bremen at the end of its ferry flight after an hour on the ground.
CFE42WX/589X G-BZAZ EIN302/3 EI-CLI
Friday 21st April
Nothing really ....
Thursday 20th April
Quite a unique day, achieving something which has probably never occurred up here before - three first-visiting airliners, all of which made two visits each during the day !. Maersk UK CRJ G-MSKS came first on the morning Birmingham rotation, and again on the tea-time flight, followed by another new Air Europa 'NextGen', EC-HJP on the morning Palma/Mahon and again on the second half of the 'W' during the afternoon, the aircraft also producing the first-visit to Newcastle of the carrier's, pretty bland, new colour-scheme. Another Maersk machine completed the day's haul, another of their Boeing 737-700 fleet appearing at Newcastle, OY-MRE which positioned in from Billund at lunch-time to operate out to Skopje, returning in the other direction during the late evening.
MSK390/1 G-MSKS AEA236/8 EC-HJP DAN9087/JGN88 OY-MRE AEA239/7 EC-HJP MSK394/5 G-MSKS JGN88/DAN9088 OY-MRE
Wednesday 19th April
Just another single on delivery, PA-32 N6954J arriving from Reykjavik during the early hours, and departing to Norwich just before lunch-time.
Tuesday 18th April
City-Flyer's latest RJ.100 G-BZAZ made its first-visit during the morning. A new Esbjerg oil workers series to/from Esbjerg began, flown by Skydrift and Bandeirante G-TABS, the aircraft positioning in from Norwich during the morning, and back out to Norwich during the afternoon.
Beech Bonanza D-EHPW came through during the early evening, on a delivery flight from Marl to Reykjavik.
CFE42WX/589X G-BZAZ DFT900 G-TABS DFT901 G-TABS AMC5195 9H-ADM
Monday 17th April
Sunday 16th April
Nothing really worthy of comment.
AIH803P/1803/4/867 C-GTDB EAF8249/249P G-AVMP ECA864/5 5B-DBC
Saturday 15th April
The first Futura flight of the year saw just a -400 unfortunately, EC-HBT in the old colour-scheme; Gill Airways Fokker 100 G-BYDP positioned to/from Manchester to operate a sub-charter for Monarch Airlines.
Cherokee Arrow PH-PIE departed back to Maastricht after its night-stop, just before lunch-time.
AIH052 G-BYDA EIN302/3 EI-CSK FUA192P/193 EC-HBT MON926P/927P G-BYDP
Friday 14th April
An extremely dry spell so far this month for interesting executive jets came to an end with the arrival early on of only our second Citation Excel, D-CIII day-stopping from/to Rotterdam. At one point during the morning it shared the south apron with Citation 560 N311DG, an RAF Dominie, and Falcon 900 N77CE which departed just before lunch-time, direct to Des Moines.
European Aircharter BAC One Eleven G-AVMP took a local rugby team to Pau for a game, and Airtours' leased Airbus A.320 C-GTDB departed first thing to Palma, from where it didn't return. The carrier's DC-10 G-BYDA operated the second Orlando departure in two weeks as expected.
A foreign GA visitor was Cherokee Arrow PH-PIE which arrived from Maastricht at tea-time for a night-stop.
AIH805 C-GTDB EAF248P/8248 G-AVMP AIH051 G-BYDA
Thursday 13th April
The second week of the 'April Thursday' Air Europa series produced another first-visiting Boeing 737-800, EC-HGP operating both the morning and afternoon flights. The aircraft was all-white apart from a painted Air Europa rudder. The leased-from-Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-GTDB operated the Airtours Malaga rotation, and is likely to remain based until the start of the summer season.
A regular Falcon 900 visitor appeared again, Mid American Energy's N77CE from Northolt at lunch-time, the aircraft now sporting a new colour-scheme, with red cheatlines and a red registration.
AIH679/680 C-GTDB AEA236/8/9/7 EC-HGP
Wednesday 12th April
Airbus A.320 C-GTDB was ferried direct from Toronto, arriving during the morning, for its summer stint in the UK. The aircraft wore full Airtours colours on the starboard side, albeit with the Skyservice/Fly FTI-style thin red stripe, and the same on the port side, but with a plain blue tail fin.
Rockwell Commander 980 N129TB day-stopped from/to Cambridge.
SSV990 C-GTDB LBT803 TS-INA
Tuesday 11th April
SABENA RJ.100 OO-DWB operated the morning Brussels rotation, its first-visit to Newcastle since just before Christmas. The aircraft still wore the old colour-scheme, but interestingly had a plain white fin on the starboard side, and only the top part of the blue 'disc' on the port side of what looked a very clean fin. The continued use of Augsburg Airways Dash Eight -100's on most of the Hamburg schedules at the moment, produced another first-visiting aircraft, D-BDUS which wore the full Team Lufthansa colours. City Flyer RJ.100 G-BZAY made only its second visit to Newcastle, its first having occurred on the first day of the month, the machine arriving on the last Gatwick arrival of the day and night-stopping.
Learjet 45 N708SP visited again for Sage following the disposal of Citation 560 N560MM, and prior to the delivery of their new build '45', from Sheffield to Luton at lunch-time.
SAB2187/8 OO-DWB AMC5195 9H-ADH DLH9534/5 D-BDUS CFE62MF/G-BZAY
Monday 10th April
Learjet 45 N708SP departed back to Luton mid-morning, and City-Flyer used a European Airlines BAC One Eleven for the first Gatwick rotation of the day.
CFE42WX/589X G-AYOP RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
Sunday 9th April
Braathens put a Boeing 737-700 through Newcastle for the first time this year, LN-TUC operating the evening flight. Only two more flights this summer are progarmmed as a 'NextGen' operation.
Learjet 45 N708SP visited wice, obviously in connection with the football match, from/to Luton during the morning, and then from Luton during the evening for a night-stop.
Saturday 8th April
A quiet April Saturday, very representative of that post-ski flight/pre summer season 'no mans land'; Cherokee Archer III N41776 departed to Lelystad during the morning at the end of its ferry.
Friday 7th April
First-visiting Shorts 360's don't appear too often, so it was interesting to see Steamline's G-SSWX during the afternoon, positioning in from Southend as SSW100P to operate a freight flight out to Dortmund as SSW100. Airtours used their DC-10 G-BYDA on the morning Orlando departure, replacing the A.330 as expected, and SABENA used another Dash Eight for the evening Brussels rotation.
Hero award must however go to the pilot of Cherokee Archer III N41776 which arrived during the late evening, after a 13 hours 25 minutes flight from St.Johns, Newfoundland. En-route to the Netherlands and wearing its subsequent id PH-AEG under the sticker-ed American registration, the aircraft not surprisingly night-stopped.
AIH051 G-BYDA SAB2191/2 PH-SDM
Thursday 6th April
A big day for 'Next-Generation' 737's with two aircraft making two visits each. Air Europa 737-800's may have been regular at just about every other UK airport for some time now, but one had never made it to Newcastle, until EC-HBN arrived from Palma during the morning. Departing to Mahon, and returning in the opposite direction late afternoon, the 'W' will operate on each Thursday throughout April. Maersk used Boeing 737-700 OY-MRG to operate an early morning Skopje charter as JGN88, the aircraft having positioned in as DAN9087 from Billund before dawn. Having visited us previously on the 25th October 1999, it returned as JGN88 mid-afternoon, departing back to Billund as DAN9088.
Another delivery flight produced Cessna 421 OE-FHE at lunch-time, from Salzburg to Vagar.
Wednesday 5th April
Tuesday 4th April
Islandsflug ATR.42 TF-ELJ diverted in en-route mid-morning as ICB603 on a ferry flight from Southend, where it had received an all-white colour-scheme, and Reykjavik after encountering engine problems. The aircraft had visited Newcastle three times previosuly during May/June 1998 whilst on lease to City-Flyer; it continued on to Reykjavik at lunch-time as ICB605.
Eleven minutes after it left another diversion arrived, Piper Malibu N41878 calling in for fuel on a delivery flight from Reykjavik to Kassel. It departed for Germany 45 minutes later.
Monday 3rd April
Sunday 2nd April
Comed Aviation's Bandeirante G-ODUB operated an early morning crew ferry from Manchester as CDE555, the aircraft, which had last visited Newcastle as G-BNIX in 1993, positioning out to Blackpool as CDE555P.
Agusta 109 N74PM departed to Edinburgh late morning, only to return late afternoon and then depart, presumably back home, to Whitegate.
Saturday 1st April
City-Flyer's latest, RJ.100 G-BZAY, first-visited on the morning Gatwick arrival, on just its second day of service for the carrier, the aircraft departing on the late morning Chambery ski charter.
Agusta 109 N74PM owned by Huktra arrived from Whitegate at lunch-time for a night-stop; the registration had visited Newcastle once before on a Citation 501 operated by the same company on 18th January 1997.
BRY052/510/53A/B G-BUPS CFE42WX/695 G-BZAY MSK553/2 G-MSKE
Friday 31st March
Cherokee OO-NZF departed to Ostend at lunch-time after its night-stop.
Thursday 30th March
Just a couple of GA visitors, Alan Mann Helicopters' Agusta 109 N133H late morning as 'AMH02' from Fairoaks to Exeter, and Cherokee OO-NZF which arrived from Stansted mid-afternoon for a night-stop.
Wednesday 29th March
Nouvelair Airbus A.320 TS-INB made its second visit during the morning, as did Augsburg Airways Dash Eight '100' D-BIRT, the aircraft being confirmed as wearing full Augsburg colours, as opposed to the Team Lufthansa colour-scheme. Braathens Boeing 737-400 LN-BRI was also noted during the morning in the carrier's 'new-new' colours, a visit which may or may not have been its first since re-paint into the new scheme.
BRA561/574 LN-BRI LBT803 TS-INB DLH9534/5 D-BIRT
Tuesday 28th March
An extremely busy day, with the south apron at times looking more like Coltishall, with four Jaguars being present at various points during the afternoon. Augsburg Airways used a DHC.8-100 on the Hamburg schedule for the first time, producing the first-visiting D-BIRT; the resumed CRJ operation on the Maersk(UK) Birmingham schedule encountered problems on the morning rotation, G-MSKP going u/s and subsequently remaining overnight. The first-visiting G-MSKR operated the tea-time rotation, giving us both 'Union Flag'ed CRJ's on the ground at the same time, and also the late evening arrival, the latest 'BlueStar' CRJ positioning straight back out to Birmingham.
GA included King Air 200's N4300X which diverted in for fuel en-route Reykjavik to Augsburg at lunch-time, and OO-LET which afternoon-stopped from Angelholm to Manchester. The afternoon also saw a number of 'new' UK registrations, interestingly three of which were out-of-sequence beginning with W; Enstrom 480 G-WOOF passed through from Conington to Aberdeen, Malibu G-WADI spent the afternoon here from/to Elstree, presumably a crew ferry for Cherokee G-WARH, a new addition to the Newcastle Aero Club fleet, which arrived from Elstree five minutes before the Malibu.
The DRA BAC One Eleven ZH763 returned, arriving from Boscombe Down and flying a local flight during the afternoon.
DLH9534/5 D-BIRT AMC5195 9H-ADM MSK394/5 G-MSKR MSK398/398P G-MSKR
Monday 27th March
A much quiter day with European One Eleven G-AVMP covering for the Gill Airways 'Fokker', and JMC Boeing 757 G-FCLA positioning in from Dublin using an Aer Lingus callsign. British Airways Boeing 737-400's returned after a little time away G-DOCD operating the late evening Heathrow rotation, and Maersk UK CRJ's also appeared again as planned equipment on the Birmingham schedule, G-MSKO operating the day's three inbounds.
GIL102F/105C/104W G-AVMP EIN2208 G-FCLA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
Sunday 26th March
The day of the clock change, and the start of the summer schedules produced the usual numerous changes in callsigns of our scheduled services - of slightly more significance was the first use of a 'JMC' callsign at Newcastle, G-FCLF departing to Gatwick at 0212z (whatever 'real' time that is !) as JMC905P. Interestingly the aircraft had arrived from Las Palmas just an hour earlier as FCL164.
Commander 114 D-ESTW departed mid-morning for Reykjavik, and coming in the other direction during the early afternoon was company demonstrator Cessna 208 N12812 which popped in on its way from Reykjavik to Blackbushe, at the start of a two month demo tour throughout Europe and Africa. Hamlin Jet Citation 550 N345JR afternoon stopped from/to Luton, and Tyrolean Jet Falcon 10 OE-GSC visited during the early evening, also from Reykjavik on its way to Innsbruck.
JMC905P G-FCLF ECA864/5 5B-DBD
Saturday 25th March
Brymon 'Jungly' G-ERJB appeared again at lunch-time from Birmingham to Bristol, making the last of the airline's crew training visits, and Belgian Air Force Airbus A.310 CA02 made two return trips from Melsbroek at breakfast-time and lunch-time as BAF610.
Lots of GA which included foreigners Hughes 500 N252JP from Aberdeen to Sywell at lunch-time, and Rockwell Commander 114 D-ESTW which arrived from Maastricht during the evening for a night-stop.
BRY31T/32T G-ERJB BAF610 CA02
Friday 24th March
The day's movements included two extremes, the 'hot ship' Citation X N712JC departing to Goose Bay after breakfast as 'Eagle1', and Atlantic Cargo's DC-6 G-APSA which visited mid-afternoon as AAG684/5 from Brussels to Maastricht.
Both Brymon Airways 'Jungle Jets' visited during the day as expected, G-ERJA at lunch-time from Birmingham to Aberdeen, and G-ERJB twice, during the afternoon and early evening, from Birmingham to Aberdeen and back.
BRY31T/32T G-ERJA BRY41T/42T/43T/44T G-ERJB
Thursday 23rd March
Only Newcastle Airport's second Citation X appeared during the morning, N712JC arriving from Munich for a night-stop, operated by Air Franci, and using the callsign 'Eagle1'. Quantel's Citation 650 G-HNRY provided an interesting comparison, day-stopping alongside it on the south apron, from/to Farnborough.
Corsair Boeing 737-400 F-GFUG departed to Skopje during the early morning as JGN088, returning under the same callsign mid-afternoon, and then positioning out to Lyons as CRL076. Piper Seneca N3036A visited during the afternoon from Prestwick to Booker.
BRY41T/42T G-ERJA JGN088/CRL076 F-GFUG
Wednesday 22nd March
Surprisingly quite a day, with three first-visiting airliners ! - Nouvelair's second Airbus A.320 TS-INB operated the morning Monastir charter, Corsair's Boeing 737-400 F-GFUG arrived from Marseilles during the evening, to night-stop for a charter departure on Thursday morning, and another Boeing 737-200 was used by SABENA, OO-SDO operating the evening Brussels rotation. Another City-Flyer ATR.42 appeared for the first time since re-paint during the afternoon, G-BXEG getting the full British Airways colours, with the blue bits too, unlike G-BVEF !.
Cherokee OY-JAT continued on to Odense at first light, and Piper Seneca N3036A visited late afternoon, from Booker to Prestwick.
LBT803 TS-INB CFE89AR/15FG G-BXEG CRL021 F-GFUG SAB67W/T OO-SDO
Tuesday 21st March
After a few days recently when it failed to make it, DERA BAC One Eleven ZH763 arrived from Boscombe Down just before lunch-time as 'Gauntlet54', and flew a three-hour local flight before returning to Boscombe late afternoon. The aircraft had last visited Newcastle as G-BGKE back in 1987.
Cherokee OY-JAT arrived from Shannon at lunch-time, the aircraft night-stopping to presumably complete the last sector of its ferry flight the following morning, and Bonanza D-EFUT went in the other direction a little later, departing to Reykjavik at lunch-time.
Flying Colours/JMC Boeing 757 departed to Luton during the afternoon as EZY757P, presumably to operate a flight for EasyJet. And for the first time in ten days we didn't get a Brymon Airways ERJ145 !.
AMC5195 9H-ABR EZY757P G-FCLF
Monday 20th March
The second Brymon Airways Embraer 145, G-ERJB, made its first visit to Newcastle during the evening, on another line training flight, from Birmingham to Bristol. G-ERJA had also visited, from Bristol to Birmingham during the morning.
Beech Bonanza D-EFUT arrived from Bremen during the afternoon on a ferry flight, the aircraft night-stopping.
BRY61T/62T G-ERJA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BRY67T/68T G-ERJB
Sunday 19th March
Liberty Aviation Beechjet 400A N300GB graced the south apron on a lovely afternoon, the brand new machine operating a training flight from/to Leeds, spending just over ninety minutes on the ground with us.
A significant first-visiting colour-scheme was worn by City-Flyer ATR.42 G-BVEF which operated the tea-time Gatwick rotation - almost being the first ATR.42 anwhere to wear the now, not-really-very-new-anymore, British Airways colours, the aircraft sported the 'Union Flag' tail fin, and BA titles, but no blue underside !. An aircraft definitely in the full BA colours, G-ERJA was in from Birmingham and out to Bristol again.
EIN302/3 EI-CLH ECA864/5 5B-DBC CFE54VE/29CT G-BVEF BRY67T/68T G-ERJA
Saturday 18th March
Grosvenor Estates Citation VII VP-CGE made its second visit during the morning, from/to Chester, and then its third, at lunch-time, from Luton to Chester. Belgian Air Force Falcon 20 CM02 followed it onto the south apron mid-afternoon, from Brussels to Cologne as BAF619, and Air Glaciers King Air 200 HB-GIL operated an ambulance flight from Sion during the early evening as AGV181, returning a little later as AGV182.
Ironically the day after SABENA used a Boeing 737-200 for two Brussels rotations, the sole Saturday morning rotation was operated by Dash Eight PH-SDT. Tri-Pacer N6830B visited from its nearby base of Kearsley Farm just before lunch-time, departing after mid-day to Glenrothes, and Brymon's ERJ.145 G-ERJA made its earliest and shortest visit yet, arriving just before sunset from Birmingham, and departing back to Bristol after just fourteen minutes on the ground.
SAB671/2 PH-SDT MSK553/2 G-MSKA BRY67T/68T G-ERJA TYR923P/4P OE-LFL
Friday 17th March
Virgin Sun made their first ever appearance at Newcastle Airport, operating an Air 2000 Tenerife rotation - Airbus A.320 G-VKID was the aircraft, positioning in from Gatwick during the early morning, and positioning back to Gatwick late in the evening. SABENA have only used a Boeing 737-200 once before on the Brussels schedule, so it was interesting to see two of the day's four flights being operated by OO-SDN, on the mid-morning and evening rotation. Brymon ERJ.145 G-ERJA arrived from Birmingham and departed to Bristol.
An interesting, and almost familiar, registration was worn by a Rockwell Commander 980, N980HB which passed through mid-morning from Leavesden to Reykjavik - N980BH a similar type, was once a regular visitor when based at Cambridge with Semitool Europe.
AMM659P/659C/D/659P G-VKID SAB671/91E OO-SDN BRY67T/68T G-ERJA SAB67W/T OO-SDN
Thursday 16th March
Rans Coyote G-MYVP finally returned to Eshott at lunch-time, after its arrival last Sunday. The day's Air 2000 Arrecife rotation was flown by Airbus A.321 G-OOAE.
AMM321P/697C/D/F G-OOAE BRY65T/66T G-ERJA
Wednesday 15th March
Net-Jets Europe Hawker 800XP N833QS first-visited mid-morning, arriving from Biggin Hill, and departing to Northolt mid-afternoon. King Air 90 HB-GHD spent the afternoon here, from Geneva to Edinburgh.
LBT803 TS-INA BRY65T/66T G-ERJA
Tuesday 14th March
Back to a very quiet day - Aer Lingus used a BAe146-300 for the morning Dublin schedule, and Brymon's ERJ.145 appeared again during the evening, from/to Bristol.
EIN302/3 EI-CLH AMC5195 9H-ABT BRY65T/66T G-ERJA
Monday 13th March
Only a couple of executive jets worthy of note, both during the morning, Belgian Air Force Falcon 20 CM02 from/to Melsbroek as BAF611, and Falcon 50 N96UT from St.Johns to Northolt, the latter aircraft making a much shorter visit than we are expected to, under an hour as opposed to its usual few nights. Brymon Embraer 145 G-ERJA also made its second visit as expected from/to Bristol during the late evening.
BRY65T/66T G-ERJA RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ
Sunday 12th March
Quite possibly the most widely known and anticipated line training operation in many years began during the day, the evening seeing the first-visit of Brymon Airways Embraer 145 G-ERJA which spent 40 minutes on the ground from/to Bristol as BRY65T/66T, as it is expected to do for much of the next week. The aeroplane wears the British Airways 'Union Flag' colours of course.
Beech Baron N800VP day-stopped from/to Biggin Hill again, and a rare microlight movement saw Rans Coyote G-MYVP, actually an aircraft that has visited us before, divert in on a 'fuel priority' during the late afternoon from Kirkbride, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping.
Saturday 11th March
Cessna Caravan I N1223A departed just after 8am direct to its new home, Maribor in Slovenia - its subsequent identity was visible underneath the stickered N-reg. Lots of general aviation around, with the only one of note being Beech Baron N800VP from/to Biggin Hill early afternoon. Belgian Air Force Airbus A.310 CA01 operated two return trips from/to Melsbroek, mid-morning and mid-afternoon as BAF609.
AMM694C/D/152F G-OOAF MSK553/2 G-MSKC TYR923P/4P OE-LFJ
Friday 10th March
Cessna Caravan I N1223A arrived at lunch-time from Reykjavik close to the
end of its ferry to Slovenia, the aircraft night-stopping, and Bell 407
N52245 visited during the early afternoon, from Halifax to Wigan.
Thursday 9th March
Finally something to report - a first-visiting airliner !. Corsair's Boeing
737-400 F-GFUH appeared twice during the day, positioning in from Orly, and
operating a return to/from Skopje, the aircraft positioning out again to
Orly late afternoon. That was about it however, although Air 2000 positioned
in an Airbus A.321 to operate the short three day 'end of week' charter
programme, G-OOAF operating the day's Arrecife rotation.
CRL088/JGN088/JGN088/CRL089 F-GFUH AMM697P/C/D G-OOAF
Wednesday 8th March
Lots of wind ! ..... and for the third day running, nothing else.
Tuesday 7th March
Even less of note ....
AMC5195 9H-ADI BRY95A/B/96A/B G-BUPS
Monday 6th March
Nothing of note ....
Sunday 5th March
Just one movement of interest, the departure of Falcon 50 N96UT to Biggin
Hill before lunch, the aircraft having been present since lunch-time last
Saturday 4th March
This winter's quite extensive ski charter series continued to produce
interesting airliner visitors; the last of the fleet of Tyrolean Fokker 70's
finally appeared for the first time on the evening Innsbruck charter, while
another 'extra', following last weekend's pair of British Regional flights,
produced the first-visiting Jersey European BAe146-300 G-JEBA, in Air France
colours, which operated inbound from Chambery (again in addition to the
usual City-Flyer RJ.100) during the evening, positioning out later to
MSK553/2 G-MSKA GIL106P G-AYOP JEA1148/032P G-JEBA GIL100P G-BYDO TYR923P/4P
Friday 3rd March
Keeping up the week's record of a different foreign biz-jet a day,
BAe125-800 HB-VMF made its second visit in recent weeks, day-stopping
With the Gill Airways Fokker 100 delayed slightly out of planned maintenance
at Dinard, European Aircharter BAC One Eleven G-AYOP was sub-chartered to
operate a single, evening Paris rotation.
BRY095P/B/96A/B G-BUPS GIL105P/55CN/54CN G-AYOP
Thursday 2nd March
Still very little - Heerema Citation S550 PH-RMA made two visits during the day, early morning and late afternoon, both from/to Rotterdam, and Falcon 50 N96UT arrived again for an extended stay, from Luton at lunch-time.
Wednesday 1st March
Brussels International Airlines Airbus A.321 OO-CPS visited again to operate the Airtours programme for the day. Arriving from Brussels, it operated the Fuerteventura rotation, finally positioning out to Amsterdam in the late evening.
Citation 550 N345JR visited briefly during the afternoon, from Northolt to Luton, presumably 'filling in' for N560MM.
AIH861P/861/862/862P OO-CPS LBT803 TS-INA BRY56A/B/57A/B G-BUPS
Tuesday 29th February
Another European biz-jet, although they're getting less interesting by the day - Trans Helicoptere Service Falcon 20 day-stopped from/to Luton using the callsign THZ293.
The extra 'Bluestar' was a Canadair RJ which popped up from Birmingham for eight visual circuits during the afternoon, each culminating in a full-stop landing and subsequent taxi-around to the holding point.
AMC5195 9H-ABR MSK002T G-MSKO
Monday 28th February
Again the only movement of interest was a European-registered executive
jet - Citation 525 D-IFAN operated an ambulance flight inbound from Hannover
as AMB3871, again during the late afternoon, and departing back to Hannover
at exactly the same time as the previous day's Falcon 2000.
Sunday 27th February
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN made its second visit to Newcastle, arriving
from Tel Aviv during the afternoon as MMD6244, and departing back to
Sonderborg as MMD9304, after just half an hour on the ground.
Saturday 26th February
A couple of extra ski charters operated by Manx Airlines during the morning, were flown by a 145 and a 146, with one airliner being much more significant than the other. Surprisingly it is the 146's visit that was more momentous, G-MABR being not only a first-visitor, but also the first 146-100 series to land at Newcastle since 1996. The aircraft wore the 'Union Flag' colours, and arrived from the Isle-of-Man and departed to Chambery, in addition to the usual City-Flyer RJ.100 at around the same time, while Embraer 145 G-EMBC, which was only the third of type to visit Newcastle last May, positioned in from Manchester and operated out to Lyons.
MNX975A/B G-MABR MNX971P/971 G-EMBC MSK553/2 G-MSKA TYR923P/924P OE-LFJ EIN30C/W EI-CSK
Friday 25th February
Even less of interest, with the only notable movements being yet more Brymon
Airways sub-charters, involving British World ATP G-OBWN on all of the days
Aberdeen/Southampton services, and Titan ATR42 G-ZAPJ on the morning
BRY91A/B/92A/B/95A/B/96A/B G-OBWN BRY052/510/53A/B G-ZAPJ
Thursday 24th February
Very little of note on the day that Newcastle's only based airline went into administration - just Occitania Jet Beech 1900D F-GRCD which made another
day-stop, from/to Le Bourget as OJF498, and a couple of re-paint
first-visits, Titan's BAe146 G-ZAPN on the morning Brymon Airways
Bristol/Aberdeen schedules, and Braathens Boeing 737-500 LN-BRX on the
evening rotation, both appearing for the first time in their carrier's new
BRY91A/B/92A/B/95A/B/96A/B G-OBWN BRY052/510/53A/B G-ZAPN
Wednesday 23rd February
Very little, just a British World ATP being used for the morning
Aberdeen/Southampton Brymon flights. The Air 2000 Airbus A.320 flights
operating under Air France callsigns were positioning flights to/from CDG.
BRY91A/B/92A/B G-OBWN LBT803 TS-INA AFR378V/G-OOAC AFR389V/G-OOAC
Tuesday 22nd February
The first Augsburg Airways Dash Eight -100 to visit Newcastle since the
beginning of the carrier's Hamburg service on behalf of Lufthansa, appeared
not on the schedule, but as a delivery back to DHC. D-BAGB in full Team
Lufthansa colours arrived from Augsburg mid-morning as AUB017, and departed
using its registration as a callsign just before mid-day to Reykjavik, just
minutes after D-BKIM had arrived from Hambug on the schedule !.
AMC5195 9H-ABR BRY92A/B/95A/B G-ZAPD
Monday 21st February
The first 'Jumbo Jet' to land at Newcastle Airport in over a year appeared
during the late afternoon, probably one of the oldest of the type still
flying, Corsair's F-GKLJ (line number 50) operating a charter from
Thessaloniki. It positioned out later to Orly, on what was reportedly its
last flight, before retirement (?). If you missed it, check out the video of
it on my web site !.
BRY052/510/53A/53B G-ZAPJ RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
Sunday 20th February
Danish Air Transport King Air 90 OY-JRO made an early hours visit, from/to
Southend as DTR841/841P. Citation Bravo VP-CED departed to Chester later in
the morning after its night-stop.
Saturday 19th February
Only our fourth Citation Bravo appeared during the evening, Iceland's VP-CED
arriving from Bristol-Lulsgate for a night-stop.
MSK553/2 G-MSKC TYR923P/4P OE-LFG
Friday 18th February
In keeping with a number of our Ilyushin Il-76 visitors over the years, the last of the type to visit Newcastle, Azerbaijan Airlines Cargo's 4K-AZ14, made a second appearance here, arriving from Baku before 0900 as AHC7127, and returning during the early afternoon as AHC7128.
Only other visitor of interest involved Cherokee Arrow G-BYKP, which first-visited from Oxford at tea-time as CSE69 for a weekend-stop. The aircraft still wore a large Swiss flag on the fin.
Thursday 17th February
Piper Seneca PH-CDL visited late morning from/to Aberdeen, and Commander 690
N892WA diverted in during the afternoon en-route from Milan-Linate to
Prestwick, on a delivery flight, the aircraft continuing to Prestwick two
Apart from that not much else, just another 737 on the evening Aer Lingus
Wednesday 16th February
Finally able to report some real highlights, with two first-visiting
executive jets; BAe125-800A HB-VMF came first during the morning, from
Manchester, returning there late afternoon, and was followed by something
much more impressive, just our third Learjet 45, Jet Connections' D-CLUB
which was our first landing after a short period of 'Snowclo' at lunch-time,
from Dublin as JCX401, the aircraft departing to Frankfurt during the early
evening. Following the Lear 45 by about six minutes was Super King Air
N126SP arriving from Tempelhof at the beginning of a westbound delivery
flight, the aircraft still wearing the German flag on the fin, and departing
after an hour on the ground to Reykjavik.
Snow which 'dumped' on Glasgow during the morning produced two diversions,
Nouvelair Airbus A.320 TS-INA which was due to come to us next anyway, the
aircraft continuing onwards late morning, and British Airways Boeing 757
G-CPEP which also departed onwards to Glasgow at lunch-time.
A sub-charter for the last two Gill Airways Paris flights of the day
produced the usual 'standby' Air Jet BAe146 operating 'in reverse',
producing the first-visiting F-GLNI the last of the carrier's fleet to visit
Newcastle, the aircraft being in and out after 10 o'clock.
LBT802/3 TS-INA SHT6L/BAW1476 G-CPEP GIL54CN/55NC F-GLNI
Tuesday 15th February
Another 737-400 was used by Aer Lingus for the morning Dublin schedule, and
the only other thing of note was MTM Aviation's Learjet 55 D-CVIP which came
through during the very late evening, arriving from Frankfurt, collecting
freight and departing to Keflavik and subsequently Cincinatti, using the WDL
EIN302/3 EI-BXA AMC5195 9H-ABR
Monday 14th February
Still not much, just Citation 551 D-IMME which spent a couple of hours here
early afternoon, from Hamburg to Klagenfurt.
Sunday 13th February
The Brussels International A.321 OO-CPS operated its Faro rotation as
planned, and then positioned out to Lille during the afternoon.
ECA864/5 5B-DBB AIH1803/4/804P OO-CPS
Saturday 12th February
The football match at St.James Park produced an influx of exec jet visitors
at lunch-time, none of which were of too much interest however. Westair
HS.125 EI-WDC arrived from Dublin as EFF025, Sagesoft C560 N560MM from
Farnborough, and S&N's C560 VP-CSN from Edinburgh. All departed from where
they came from within eleven minutes after six o'clock.
A new airline for Newcastle first-visited just prior to their departure,
Brussels International Airlines positioning their only aeroplane, Airbus
A.321 OO-CPS, from Brussels to operate an Airtours sub-charter on Sunday.
Wearing a very minimal, and very dated colour-scheme, the aircraft was
actually the first A.321 to ever visit Newcastle, as TC-ONH with Onur Air on
22nd May 1996.
MSK553/2 G-MSKA AIH803P OO-CPS TYR923P/4P OE-LFK
Friday 11th February
Not much again, just the last flight in the short Monarch Airlines Grenoble
series, operated by Airbus A.320 G-MONW which had actually operated all the
flights in this 5 week series. The aircraft positioned out to Gatwick.
To provide a bit more today however, I will include a daily report for
Newcastle Airport five years ago - ahh nostalgia ! (you could tell I was
bored this morning)
Saturday 11th February 1995
Obviously it was a quiet winter's Saturday - only 52 movements. The only
visitors were S-76 G-BHGK early afternoon, from Humberside to a rig, Navajo
G-NEWR (based aircraft ?) from Nantes, and Cessna 210 G-SUIT from Edinburgh
during the evening.
The Airtours based/detached aeroplane was MD.83 G-TONW which arrived from
Tenerife in the early hours, and then operated a day-time rotation to/from
Las Palmas, via Faro on the way out for fuel !. SABENA were using Dash
Eight's on the Brussels service, and Aer Lingus used Saab 340 EI-CFB for the
morning Dublin flight. Monarch Airlines Boeing 757 G-MONJ flew the Orlando
arrival, via Bangor, the aircraft departing to Glasgow. Brymon were
operating the Paris-CDG service, with DHC.8-100's, both of the aircraft they
operated being present during the day. Channel Express operated the
Liverpool mail flight, with Herald G-AVPN.
Gill Airways aircraft that flew that day were Shorts 360's G-BNFB, G-OLAH,
and G-BNMW, and ATR.42's G-BVJP and G-ORFH. British Airways produced G-DOCJ,
G-DOCS, G-BUSE, G-BUSC and G-BIKX, Flyer G-BVED, Air UK G-UKRC, Air 2000
G-OOAD and Britannia G-BYAI, and the based Police Helicopter was Twin
Squirrel G-PASF. I guess I got none 'new' that day !.
EXS482 G-AVPN AIH534/639/640 G-TONW SAB676 PH-SDJ MON080 G-MONJ EIN302/3
EI-CFB BRY8584 G-BRYG SAB671/2 PH-SDM BRY8585 G-BRYH
Unfortunately not a very good day to do this for, but hopefully it was of
interest to some.
Thursday 10th February
The twelth British Airways Boeing 767-300 to visit us appeared during the
evening, the newest machine G-BZHC first-visiting on the mid-evening
BAW12Q/13L rotation, becoming just the fourth aircraft to visit Newcastle in
the 'Waves and Cranes' tail design.
An apparent Fokker 50 shortage after an incident at Leeds, saw Aer Lingus
use a Boeing 737 for the morning Dublin schedule, for the third day
running, -400 EI-BXC making its second visit this week.
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT departed during the morning after two
nights here, not as is usual back across the Atlantic, but the short flight
down to Northolt.
EIN302/3 EI-BXC BAW12Q/13L G-BZHC
Wednesday 9th February
A less exciting day - Falcon 2000 HB-IBH departed to Tel Aviv mid-morning as
FPG029, and Heerema's Citation S550 PH-RMA departed back to Rotterdam during
the morning after spending two nights on the north apron.
Another executive jet first-visited in its new guise during the afternoon,
NEA's Learjet 35A G-HUGG arriving from Manchester as NEX03A and departing to
Le Bourget as NEX03B. It had of course visited previously as F-GDCN.
EIN302/3 EI-CDH LBT803 TS-INA
Tuesday 8th February
The nice wide-body alluded to in yesterday's report appeared just before
0100, Citybird Boeing 767 OO-CTR arriving from Skopje as CTB720, and
positioning out a little later to Brussels as CTB721 just after three
o'clock. In the carrier's 'white' colour-scheme, it was obviously the second
Citybird 767 to visit Newcastle, the other, 'green' one, being one of the
star visitors of last year. The night-stopping Kuwait Airways Airbus A.300
9K-AMC departed to Kuwait with freight as KAC5104 just before 0900.
Only the sixth Falcon 2000 to land at Newcastle arrived late in the evening,
another TAG Aviation machine HB-IBH arriving from Rome-Ciampino as FPG370
for a night-stop. Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT paid us another visit,
arriving from Gander during the early hours and night-stopping.
EIN302/3 EI-BXC AMC5195 9H-ADN
Monday 7th February
The first Kuwait Airways Airbus to appear at Newcastle Airport since 1998,
arrived during the early evening, A.300-600 9K-AMC positioning in from
Kuwait City for a night-stop, to depart on a cargo flight on Tuesday
morning. This was only the aircraft's second visit to Newcastle, its last
being in 1994, incidentally a year during which all five of the carrier's
A.300-600's visited on cargo flights. An even better wide-body was to appear
after midnight though !.
We didn't see any Gulfstream III's at all at Newcastle during 1999, so it
was good to see Dennis Vanguard International's VP-BNZ twice during the day,
from Geneva to Coventry early in the morning, and in the reverse direction
during the afternoon. This aircraft last visited Newcastle during 1998, its
visit on the 9th November actually being the last GIII landing here. Heerema
Citation 550 PH-RMA arrived from Rotterdam during the morning, for a
night-stop on the north apron stands.
BRY052/510/53A/B G-BUPS RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ
Sunday 6th February
Not much, just the departure of Commander 114 PH-LER to Reykjavik before
Saturday 5th February
Only thing of interest was Commander 114 PH-LER which arrived from Elstree
at lunch-time for a night-stop, at the beginning of a delivery flight.
MSK553/2 G-MSKD TYR923P/924P OE-LFJ
Friday 4th February
Airbus A.320 G-BYTH positioned in from Manchester during the afternoon to
become the Airtours based aeroplane, a machine which last visited here as
EI-TLE of TransAer in 1997. The aircraft was not really in Airtours colours,
but a basic Fly FTI scheme with the thin red stripe, and no titles - it is
due to join the German operator later in the year. Its first rotation as a
Newcastle-based aeroplane was as AIH849/850 to/from Tenerife later in the
MON4143/2 G-MONW AIH162P G-BYTH
Thursday 3rd February
Our second first-visiting Citation 650 of the week appeared during the
morning, TW Racing's N220TW arriving from Oxford and departing to Luton
during the afternoon. The two night-stoppers got away during the morning,
TBM.700 N116VL onwards to Vagar, and Metroliner I-BSTS to Kassel as BST801 a
Aer Lingus BAe146-200 EI-CSL made just its second visit to Newcastle as such
on the morning Dublin rotation - one of January's first-visitors the
aircraft had visited previously as G-BNND.
Wednesday 2nd February
Things appear to be picking up quite quickly up here thankfully, with a
number of interesting visitors during the day - first to arrive was one of
December's deliveries, Cessna 208 Caravan I F-GROI returning on an eastbound
ferry flight this time, on its way to a new owner in South Africa. Arriving
from Keflavik, the aircraft departed to Le Bourget, being 'in and out'
before six o'clock. Sterling Jets Learjet 31 N331SJ made a re-appearance
after just over a full year away, arriving from Lossiemouth and departing to
Prestwick after a short visit, Bell 407 N52245 day-stopped from/to Barton,
and Blue Chip Jets' Falcon 100 SE-DVP came and went before lunch, from
Bromma to Umea. The evening produced interesting visitors too, our first
TBM.700 on delivery for a number of years (since September 1997) appearing
in the shape of N116VL (wearing its c/n 116 at the top of the fin) from
Salzburg via Rotterdam for a night-stop, and Societa Besit Metro II I-BSTS,
which arrived from Hannover late in the evening as BST101, again for a
Tuesday 1st February
Slightly better, although still only a couple of interest - just the third
first-visiting exec jet of the year appeared just before lunch-time, the
recently delivered Grosvenor Estates Citation 650 VP-CGE arriving from East
Midlands and departing to Chester after almost three hours on the ground.
Only other thing was what was probably just the second Braathens Boeing 737
to visit in the new colour-scheme, -400 LN-BRP operating the morning
Monday 31st January
Things can only get better ......
Sunday 30th January
Just lots of wind !
Saturday 29th January
Only one thing of interest, the Tyrolean Fokker 100, OE-LFL making just its
second visit to Newcastle on the evening Innsbruck flight.
MSK553/2 G-MSKC TYR923P/924P OE-LFL
Friday 28th January
Thursday 27th January
Citation 501 G-CITI returned the heart team back from Dublin during the
early hours, and then remained until the afternoon when it departed back to
Biggin Hill. A day-stopping exec jet was TAG Aviation's Learjet 35A HB-VJK,
which was from/to Geneva as FPG136, and an afternoon visitor was G de Z's
BAe 125-1000 G-GDEZ, still one of only 3 -1000's to ever visit us, from/to
Helicopters included the other 'Medic' machine, 'Medic01' giving us
something different from the locally-based 'Medic02' (Twin Squirrel G-NAAS),
Waddington-based MBB Bo.105 G-PASD visiting the airport from/to the Freeman
Hospital, and Eurocopter EC.135 G-BXXV which passed through late afternoon
from Haddington (near East Fortune) to Cullingworth (where ?).
Wednesday 26th January
Gill Airways ATR.72 G-UKTL, which had been in service with the carrier for
some time based at Norwich, made its first-visit to Newcastle, positioning
from Norwich during the evening as GIL73UN. The machine was one of two KLMuk
ATR.72's never to visit Newcastle.
The afternoon saw a pair of foreign twins visit, Copenhagen Airtaxi's Navajo
OY-AUH as CAT150/1 from Roskilde and out with freight to Karup, and King Air
200 F-GJSD which arrived from Montbeliard and departed to Le Bourget.
An interesting pair of visitors from Sherburn around lunch-time were
Luscombe Silvaire G-BUKT and Agusta-Bell 47 G-BFEF. The night-stopping
Skyhopper Sikorsky S-76 G-BYOM departed back to Bath before dawn as HOP12,
and a couple of late night heart transplant flights saw an unusual type of
aircraft for this type of flight, Euro Executive Jet's Ctation 501 G-CITI
arriving from Biggin Hill, and departing to Dublin.
LBT803 TS-INA GIL73UN G-UKTL
Tuesday 25th January
Still very little - Tulip Air Navajo PH-EEF visited late evening, from/to
Rotterdam as TLP04A/B, and all-black Skyhopper Sikorsky S-76 G-BYOM arrived
from Bath for a rugby match during the afternoon, the aircraft
Monday 24th January
The first movement of real excitement of the year 2000 appeared early
morning, Azerbaijan Airlines Cargo Ilyushin Il-76TD 4K-AZ14 arriving from
Baku as AHC7127, to collect freight. Departure was just before lunch-time
back to Baku as AHC7128.
A cargo flight of different proportions visited during the afternoon, Piper
Cheyenne D-iLCE arriving from Nuremburg and departing shortly after to
Sunday 23rd January
Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-OEST visited again, presumably in connecction
with the live Sky game at Sunderland, from/to Luton as EZE108/9.
SABENA used a Boeing 737-200 for the first time on the Brussels schedule,
the first-visiting OO-SDJ operating the evening rotation.
Saturday 22nd January
MSK553/2 G-MSKC TYR923P/924P OE-LFH
Friday 21st January
First-visiting executive jet during the afternoon was Johnsons Wax Falcon
900 N922JW which stopped briefly from Athens to Goose Bay.
Thursday 20th January
Only movement of interest was the return from Carlisle during the afternoon
of based Slingsby T-67 PH-SGI, now registered G-BYYG but still wearing KLM
Wednesday 19th January
Cherokee HB-OQZ diverted in on a delivery flight from Midden Zeeland to
Glasgow at lunch-time, the aircraft continuing onwards to Glasgow after a
Gill Airways' latest ATR.72 delivery appeared during the evening, G-UKTK in
the full Gill colours arrivng from Norwich as GIL72UN.
LBT802/3 TS-INA EIN30C/W EI-CLJ
Tuesday 18th January
It never rains .... ! - we can normally expect one or two jet airliners at
the most, in the visual circuit, a year up here at Newcastle - yet the
morning saw two 'in' at the same time !!. The based Airtours Airbus A.320
G-DJAR spent a couple of hours training as AIH906T, but much more
interesting was Transavia Boeing 737-800 PH-HZA which arrived from Amsterdam
at 0900 and went straight ino three hours plus of very impressive, visual
circuits. The aircraft, only our fourth 737-800, made 26
touch-and-go's/go-arounds and two full-stop landings/taxi arounds, before
departing to Groningen at lunch-time.
Another new Dash Eight appeared on the Lufthansa Hamburg schedule, in doing
so correcting my claim last week that D-BLEJ was the last of the Augsburg
fleet to visit - the one that I'd missed, D-BKIM first-visited on the
TRA071/2 PH-HZA AMC5195 9H-ABS DLH2768/2777 D-BKIM
Monday 17th January
Nothing of note.
Sunday 16th January
Gold Air HS.125 G-OJPB operated an early morning ambulance flight inbound
from Alicante as GDA11B, the aircraft positioning out to Biggin Hill as
GDA11C, and the Hexham-based MD.600 N600PV visited again for fuel at
lunch-time, from/to its base. The Sky Sports team arrived for the afternoon
live broadcast in Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-OEST, from/to Luton as
Saturday 15th January
After three visits from Airtours Airbus A.321 G-VOLH during December, the
other of these very rare machines at Newcastle first-visited during the
early hours, G-JSJX operating the return sector of the AIH849/850 Tenerife
rotation, and then subsequently positioning out to Manchester.
AIH850/850P G-JSJX MSK553/2 G-MSKD TYR923P/924P OE-LFH
Friday 14th Janauary
Another ski series began, operated by Monarch Airlines to Grenoble, Airbus
A.320 G-MONW positioning in from Gatwick, and operating out to France early
Much more interesting was a quite unusual type for a delivery flight up
here, Let-420 N420Y passing through at lunch-time from Reykjavik to Le
Bourget, apparently returning to the manufacturer. Citation 550 N345JR
visited at tea-time from Northolt to Luton.
Thursday 13th January
Wednesday 12th January
Very little, just Learjet 45 N459LJ which departed to Cardiff mid-afternoon
Tuesday 11th January
Just two GA visitors of note, both with a Jersey connection, Mitsubishi Mu-2
N973BB visiting from/to Jersey during the morning and afternoon, and Stealth
Aviation Learjet 45 N459LJ which arrived from Jersey mid-afternoon as
'Stealth06' and night-stopped.
DLH2768/2777 D-BLEJ AMC5195 9H-ABR
Monday 10th January
The last of the Augsburg Airways fleet of Dash Eight -300's to visit
Newcastle did so on the lunch-time Hamburg schedule, D-BLEJ operating the
first flight to operate since the Christmas/New Year break.
A couple of quite interesting exec visitors showed, the Lost Boys Aviation
Falcon 900 PH-LBA making its second visit to Newcastle, arriving from
Amsterdam early in the morning, and departing to Frankfurt late afternoon,
and Air Luxor Falcon 20 CS-DCK which afternoon-stopped from Birmingham to
Braathens Boeing 737-500 LN-BUG operated the evening BRA575/568 rotation,
quite possibly its first visit to Newcastle in the carrier's new
colour-scheme (it last appeared on the 21st and 23rd December).
DLH2768/2777 D-BLEJ RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ
Sunday 9th January
Saturday 8th January
A couple of ski charter series commenced during the day, both of which
produced first-visiting aircraft !. Maersk(UK) began an afternoon Geneva
operated by Boeing 737-500's, the first planned operation through Newcastle
by these aircraft, the first flight being operated by the first-visiting
G-MSKD ('Whale Rider') the last of the fleet to appear here, while the now
usual winter Tyrolean Innsbruck series also commenced, and would appear to
be destined to be operated by Fokker 70's, instead of the expected CRJ, the
first flight producing the first-visiting OE-LFJ.
MSK553/2 G-MSKD TYR923P/924P OE-LFJ
Friday 7th January
Another Aer Lingus aircraft of interest appeared on the morning Dublin
schedule; not a first visitor though, BAe146-200 EI-CSL had last visited as
G-BNND with Air UK (at one stage in basic PSA colours !) during 1988 and
Thursday 6th January
MSR Flug Cessna 421 D-IOAA operated another freight flight, arriving from
Belfast and departing to Munster during the early hours, both sectors being
flown as EBF206. Metroliner PH-RAZ departed a little later than planned,
late afternoon after an unservicability, to Cologne.
MSK390/1 G-MSKP GIL104P G-OBWP MSK394/5 G-MSKK
Wednesday 5th January
British World ATP G-OBWP first-visited Newcastle as such, being used by Gill
Airways for the late afternoon/evening Paris rotation, after positioning in
from Southend, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping. It had visited
Newcastle previously of course as G-BTPO with British Airways. Replacing the
CRJ on the tea-time Birmingham rotation was Maersk(UK) Boeing 737-500
Falcon 50 N96UT departed home via Iqaluit during the afternoon, and arriving
during the early evening for a night-stop was Bin Air-operated Metroliner
PH-RAZ, which arrived from Nuremburg with freight, subsquently
LBT803 TS-INA GIL105P/55NC/54CN G-OBWP MSK394/5 G-MSKB
Tuesday 4th January
The first, first-visiting airliner of the year appeared in the shape of Aer
Lingus Boeing 737-400 EI-BXB on the morning Dublin schedule.
MSK390/1 G-MSKP EIN302/3 EI-BXB AMC5195 9H-ABR MSK394/5 G-MSKO AMC5234/5
Monday 3rd January
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT made its first, and surely not last,
visit of the year, arriving direct from Gander before dawn, and
RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ MSK394/5 G-MSKN BWL8628 G-OBWB
Sunday 2nd January
Interesting local visitor was Glastar G-LSTR which popped down from Brunton
for under an hour at lunch-time.
Saturday 1st January