Friday 30th June
The week finished with a flurry of airliners and biz jets, the highlight being another first-visiting Eurofly Airbus A.320, I-EEZD operating in from Naples and out via Edinburgh at lunch-time, the aircraft also wearing the special World Cup logos on the carrier's new livery. Eurowings CRJ D-ACRP made its second visit here on the Lufthansa Dusseldorf scheduled service, while major disruption to the based Jet2 flying programme produced two additional Boeing 737-300s during the evening, G-CELI positioning in from Manchester to operate the delayed Amsterdam rotation, an aircraft which had visited just twice previous during December 2005, and G-CELS which arrived just before midnight from Leeds to fly the Cork rotation - the aeroplane had visited four times during 2002 as a Channel Express machine. Daimler-Chrysler Aviation Gulfstream V N920DC made another appearance during the morning, arriving from Munich and departing within the hour to one of the prettiest and immaculate airports I have ever visited, Pontiac-Oakland County Airport in 'motor-state' Michigan, while Citation 650 N606AT first-visited during the afternoon, arriving from Weston for a night-stop, and Citation 550 N127BU returned to Southend after its two night stay.
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Thursday 29th June
An additional Atlantic Airways flight from Vagar to Stavanger within the first hour of the day was operated by BAe146-200 OY-RCB, a first-visitor as such although it had once been very regular here as G-CSJH of AirUK its last visit as such being during 1993, while another first-visiting exec jet was Citation 525 N971DM during the afternoon. Gulfstream V N920DC returned to Germany during the morning, while Citation 550 D-CHDE visited briefly during the afternoon, the aircraft's last visits to Newcastle Airport being as widely spaced as 2001 and 1995.
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Wednesday 28th June
An excellent day with two first-visiting airliners and a pair of first-timing executive jets. The airliner highlight was provided by the Map Jet Douglas MD.83 OE-LJE which positioned in from Dublin during the morning to operate the easyJet Rome-Ciampino rotation, the aircraft positioning back to Dublin during the early evening - the machine wore the full aviajet livery - while the last of the Eurowings CRJ fleet finally first-timed, the ex-Air Dolomiti D-ACRP on the lunch-time Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule. The early afternoon also saw the two first-visiting biz, Citation 550 N127BU from Southend followed by the stunning Daimler-Chrysler Aviation Gulfstream V N920DC also from Dusseldorf, both aircraft subsequently night-stopping.
ABR025/026P EI-SLB ENI5502 ES-NOG EZY8010/6471 OE-LJE DLH3CN/4CL D-ACRP EZE37P/47LF G-BZOG EZY6472/8011 OE-LJE GRE2346/5 SX-BLX EZE48LF/38P G-BZOG ECA904/5 5B-DBV ENI5501 ES-NOG
Tuesday 27th June
Enimex Antonov An-72 ES-NOG finally made its second landing here during the early morning after arriving at the weekend and departing to Bristol on Monday evening's mail flight, while Channel Express Boeing 737-300 G-CELP made a medical diversion at lunch-time whilst en-route from Stansted to Bodo. Another 'new' Thomsonfly Boeing 737-300 appeared in the shape of G-THOI which took over the Newcastle detachment during the late evening, another ex goFly machine which had last visited as G-OFRA on 19th May 2004.
ABR025/026P EI-SLB SXS261 TC-SUH EXS2007 G-CELP ENI5504/1 ES-NOG TOM782P G-THOI
Monday 26th June
The Atlantic Airways' Molde charter during the afternoon was flown by Flightline/IAC BAe146-200 G-CLHD, while the beginning of an excellent week for executive jets saw the first-visiting Citation 500 D-ISSS operating an ambulance flight during the afternoon.
BGH5573/4 LZ-BHC FLI696/7 G-CLHD ENI5501 ES-NOG
Sunday 25th June
Another new carrier with the letter 'A' as its main colour-scheme feature made its debut here during the early morning, Airclass Airways Boeing 737-300 EC-JSL operating a delayed Excel Airways Verona inbound then positioning out to Manchester. The aircraft, wearing the carrier's basic but effective green livery, with a large 'A' on the fin, had visited Newcastle four times previous as EC-IEZ of Hola Airways during 2003. easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIB made its third landing here on the morning Stansted schedule, while Thomsonfly Boeing 737-300 G-THOK took over the Newcastle 'line' after arrival from Malaga during the afternoon - a first-visitor as such the aircraft had visited previously as EC-GNU during 2000/2001, and also subsequently as G-IGOB of goFly, the last time on 13th March 2004. Karthago Airlines Boeing 737-300 TS-IEE first-visited on the carrier's tea-time Monastir charter, the third of the carrier's six-strong fleet to appear here so far this summer, while Citation X C-GIWZ departed across the Atlantic after its four night stay.
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Saturday 24th June
A unique sight during the day with two Anotonov An-72s present with the arrival of Enimex's ES-NOG from Shannon during the morning, ES-NOH which had been detached for almost two weeks, departing to Tallin later in the afternoon. The new machine, a first-visitor, also wore an all-white colour-scheme with signs of previous United Nations markings evident. Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-ISN made just its third visit here on the carrier's afternoon Palma charter, while ajet began to use their new callsign and ICAO three-letter designator for their late evening Larnaca charter flown by Boeing 737-800 5B-DCE, the move finally seeing the end of the Helios brand.
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Friday 23rd June
One of this year's most anticipated summer charter series' began, albeit a short affair, Eurofly setting their Naples series going with the first-visiting Airbus A.320 I-EEZG at lunch-time. The aircraft which wore special World Cup logos on the forward fuselage, and the carrier's new livery, arrived from Bournemouth and operated out to Naples. Earlier Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DAS had made just its second appearance here on the morning Torp schedule, over five months since its first.
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Thursday 22nd June
A Canadian provided the day's only first-visitor again, Air Transat's 'new' Airbus A.310 C-GTSY operating the late morning Toronto flight. Only other item was Servair Private Charter's Citation Bravo HB-VMW, which made its third visit here during the afternoon.
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Wednesday 21st June
A sole executive provided the day's interest, although it was rather special, Citation X C-GIWZ arriving from Luton during the mid morning for an extended stay.
ABR025/026P EI-SLB ENI5502/1 ES-NOH GRE2346/5 SX-BLX ECA904/5 5B-DBV
Tuesday 20th June
Exceutive jets took the day's prizes, two first-visitors arriving within ten minutes during the late morning, the 'second-hand' Premier 1 OE-FKW passing through to its new owners in Austria, and Irish Air Corps Learjet 45 IAC258 visiting on an ambulance flight. Only two airliners of note, HapagFly Boeing 737-800 D-AHFT making its second visit on the evening Hapag-Lloyd Express Hannover schedule - it had first-visited on a similar substitution on 23rd March last year - and a new Air Contractors ATR.42 on the early hours Bristol mail arrival, EI-SLB having been once regular here as OY-CID of Cimber Air during 1997 and 1998.
ABR025/026P EI-SLB ENI5502 ES-NOH SXS261 TC-SUI HLX4420/1 D-AHFT ENI5501 ES-NOH
Monday 19th June
Still rather quiet with just a pair of airliners to mention, including another first-visitor, easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIX operating a late evening, 'in reverse', Stansted rotation. Earlier, Atlantic Airways BAe146-200 OY-CRG had made its second consecutive weekly visit on the carrier's mid-afternoon Molde charter.
BGH5573/4 LZ-BHC FLI696/7 OY-CRG EZY5FN/5FM G-EZIX ENI5501 ES-NOH
Sunday 18th June
Again just one airliner to mention, easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EJAR making its second visit on the morning Stansted rotation - it had first-visited on 14th January 2006.
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Saturday 17th June
Just one first-visiting Spanish airliner of note, Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-JKZ operating the afternoon Palma charter. Only other item of note was another Irish Robinson helicopter, R.44 EI-GPZ arriving during the evening to join the still present R.22 EI-DKI.
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Friday 16th June
A few items of note, the highlight being a prospective UK executive jet, Ocean Sky's new Challenger 604 N655TS arriving from its new Prestwick home at mid-day, the aircraft departing to Luton a few hours later - wearing a taped-on registration, the aeroplane is expected to become G-OCSC soon. Citation 500 OY-FFB made only its second visit since 1998, but second in a few months, during the morning, the only airliners of notes appearing late in the evening, a pair of Fokker 50s on VLM charters, the carrier's own OO-VLJ wearing the airline's new colour-scheme, and the all-white Denim Air PH-JXM - the latter machine had last visited as such on a KLM CityHopper Amsterdam schedule on 5th April 2006, while the former was on its fifth visit here, its last having been on 15th November 2002. Both arrived for double night-stops.
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Thursday 15th June
Another fairly busy day, but unfortunately with no aeroplanes worthy of mention ....
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Wednesday 14th June
Only two aeroplanes of note both with Bulgarian connections, Air Sofia Antonov An-12 LZ-SFA arriving during the early afternoon for a freight departure the following morning, while the second week of the Air Greece Gerona rotation was flown during the evening by the carrier's 'new' aeroplane, Airbus A.320 SX-BLX - wearing an all-white colour-scheme the aircraft had last appeared here as LZ-BHA of Balkan Holidays on 17th September 2005.
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Tuesday 13th June
Enimex Antonov An-72 ES-NOH made its second landing during the early morning on its return from Bristol, the aircraft settling in for its detachment thereafter, a pair of Boeing 737-800s providing interest later on, KLM's PH-BXC first-visiting on the morning Amsterdam rotation, the last of the fleet to appear here barring the carrier's recently delivered machine, while Ryanair's EI-CSB made just its second landing here on the evening Dublin schedule. FlyBe's recently re-painted BAe146-300 G-JEBG made its first-visit as such on the evening Southampton schedule, the aeroplane wearing an overall red and black 'logo-jet' scheme advertising an on-line gaming company, while interesting GA movement amongst a busy day for the genre was Robinson R.22 EI-DKI which arrived from Humberside during the afternoon for an extended stay.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE ENI5502/1 ES-NOH KLM957/8 PH-BXC SXS261 TC-SUG KLM961/2 PH-HZD BEE147/8 G-JEBG
Monday 12th June
A much more interesting day with some very exotic aeroplanes and country prefixes, including two ex-Soviet ones. Atlantic Airways flew the second week of their Molde departure during the afternoon with the first-visiting BAe146-200 OY-CRG, while Enimex took over the previous Emerald Airways and more recently White Eagle Aviation Bristol mail departure with Antonov An-72 ES-NOH, the aircraft, wearing an all-white livery and still showing signs of its previous UN marks and registration UNO-804 on the fin, positioning in from Belfast-Aldergrove during the evening and departing just before midnight. Earlier ISD Avia Falcon 20 UR-CCB had arrived from the east mid-morning, staying with us until the afternoon, the aeroplane having last visited us during the 1980s as F-BIHY, while Skyservice Citation S550 OO-SKP first-visited during the evening.
BGH5573/4 LZ-BHC FLI606/692 OY-CRG ENI5500/1 ES-NOH
Sunday 11th June
Just one item of interest, easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIU first-visiting on the early morning Stansted schedule.
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Saturday 10th June
Another quiet Saturday, but it did produce a first-visiting executive jet, GAMA Aviation's Challenger 601 G-IMAC which spent the evening with us. Only other item was Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-JAP on the afternoon Palma charter, just its third appearance here.
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Friday 9th Junec
A quieter day, its highlight appearing at dusk, another mail flight oddity, in the shape of Benair Shorts 360 OY-PBW which actually diverted in from Edinburgh on a flight from Aberdeen - the first-visitor still wore the basic colour-scheme of its previous operator, Australian carrier Sunshine Express. Nordic Europe Douglas MD.87 SE-RBA left the Jet2 base a little earlier than planned during the late evening, the aircraft positioning out to Stockholm, its replacement having positioned in from Lasham during the afternoon, Boeing 737-300 TF-ELO wearing the carrier's livery on a white fuselage - the aeroplane is believed to have visited Newcastle Airport just once before, as G-MONP of Monarch Airlines on a Santa Claus charter on 18th December 1990 !.
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Thursday 8th June
Another varied day, with another first-visiting airliner and executive jet - the biz jet appeared briefly during the morning, MAS Airways' Citation Bravo G-EKWS making its first appearance here, while the airliner was another easyJet Airbus A.319, G-EZIK operating two 'in reverse' Stansted rotations during the evening. Sister-ship G-EZIO had earlier made its third visit here on another Stansted rotation at lunch-time, while Cimber Air CRJ OY-RJD made its second visit as such on the lunch-time SAS Copenhagen schedule, and Air Europa flew an extra Arrecife departure during the afternoon with the recently rather uncommon Boeing 737-800 EC-HKQ, only the aeroplane's second visit here since April 2001, its last being during October 2004. The morning had also produced a pair of airliner diversions from Durham/Tees Valley, bmiBaby Boeing 737-300 G-TOYF operating in from Malaga during the early hours and departing direct to Paris-CDG mid-morning - only the second appearance of a bmiBaby aeroplane here, the aircraft had once been regular as G-IGOO of goFly and easyJet - while Thomsonfly Boeing 737-800 G-CDZI diverted in at breakfast-time, its first-visit as such, although the aeroplane had made its first appearance here as recently as 4th March as SE-DZI. Also of note were a pair of identical Trinidad GTs, PH-JVD and N5551Q, which passed through routing from The Netherlands to Scotland during the early afternoon.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA TSC326/7 C-FDAT EZY515/4 G-EZIO SAS1535/6 OY-RJD AEA192/3 EC-HKQ EZY5FL/K G-EZIK AMC248/9 9H-AEJ WEA601 SP-KCA EZY5FN/5FM G-EZIK
Wednesday 7th June
The day's highlight was the first appearance of a French carrier in its new form as a jet airliner operator, Aigle Azur operating the afternoon Brit Air/Air France Paris-CDG scheduled service, after the late morning rotation had been cancelled, with their stunning, first-visiting Airbus A.320 F-HBAD - the carrier had visited Newcastle Airport previously, 'through the ages', with types such as the Falcon 20, King Air 200 and Bandeirante. Air Scotland began their Gerona series during the evening with their currently leased Freebird Airbus A.320 TC-FBF, still operating under Greece Airways callsigns, the aeroplane which had been regular here on the Turkish carrier's Summer 2005 charter operations now wearing a slightly revised colour-scheme, while a passenger charter from Gothenburg during the afternoon produced the first visit of Braathens-SAS Boeing 737-500 LN-BRR since 26th August 2001, the aircraft still wearing the Braathens livery we once saw daily. Notable amongst a number of quite regular German GA visitors during the afternoon/evening was Piper Malibu D-ECBE which visited from/to Germany, the machine spending an hour and a half on the ground with us.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA BZH5853/4 F-HBAD GRE2346/5 TC-FBF ECA904/5 5B-DBV WEA601 SP-KCA
Tuesday 6th June
Still rather quiet with just an airliner and an executive jet first-visit-as-such - the airliner was another 'new' Cimber Air CRJ, OY-RJD operating the lunch-time Copenhagen schedule, actually the seventh CRJ ever built, a machine which had last visited as D-ACLH of Lufthansa Cityline as recently as 12th March, while the executive jet was Citation 550 G-JBIZ which spent the evening with us, an aeroplane which had visited sporadically within the last decade as VP-CTJ, but one that I saw here as F-GBTL in 1983 !.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA SXS261 TC-SUH SAS1535/6 OY-RJD WEA601 SP-KCA
Monday 5th June
A quiet start to the week, the only item of interest being provided by the start of one of the summer's most interesting charter series, an Atlantic Airways programme to Molde in Norway, the first flight being operated by BAe146-200 OY-RCA, a machine which had visited Newcastle Airport twice before as G-CLHE of British Midland flying for Lufthansa Cityline on 26th May and 2nd June 2001.
BGH5573/4 LZ-BHC FLI606/692 OY-RCA WEA61P/601 SP-KCA
Sunday 4th June
A much more interesting Sunday, with two first-visiting airliners and a very new executive jet. The airliners were both Boeing 737-800s, Helios Airways/aJet's brand new machine 5B-DCE, complete with winglets, operating a delayed Larnaca rotation from Saturday evening during the early hours, and then wasting no time in second-visiting on its next rotation during the afternoon, while the 101st Ryanair Boeing 737-800 to appear here was EI-DAT on the morning Dublin schedule. easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIP made its third landing here on the morning Stansted rotation. The first-timing biz jet was the new NetJets Europe Beechjet 400 CS-DML during the afternoon, with Ducair Lear 35 LX-LAR and Augusta Air Citation Excel D-CWWW also making repeat visits during the afternoon and evening.
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Saturday 3rd June
An extremely dull summer Saturday, the only aeroplane of any interest being the Air Europa Boeing 737-800 on the afternoon Palma charter, EC-JHK making its fourth visit here.
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Friday 2nd June
It was back to executive jets for the day's main interest, and three foreign Citations of varying marks - NetJets Europe Bravo CS-DHK made its third visit here during the late afternoon, joined at the same time by Flying Group's Excel OO-SAV which had first-visited exactly eight days ago. The best came during the late evening however, August Air XLS D-CTTT spending only half an hour on the ground. Cirrus SR-22 N226TS arrived from Blackbushe during the afternoon for a night-stop, while the only airliner of note was Onur Air Airbus A.300-600 TC-OAY on the carrier's evening Dalaman charter, a machine which had visited just once previously, exactly a week ago.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA EZY6422/8422 SX-BSW OHY2455/6 TC-OAA BGH5505/6 LZ-BHE LTE944/5 EC-ICN OHY3414/5 TC-OAY AEA477/8 EC-IDT WEA601 SP-KCA
Thursday 1st June
A few new airliners to begin June, the first arriving during the early morning, Sun Air Dornier 328JET OY-NCO operating a day-trip passenger charter from/to Billund, the aircraft wearing a rather bland white and grey colour-scheme, and becoming only the sixth of type to visit us. A u/s easyJet Boeing 737-700 in Malaga made for a pair of substitutions during the evening, Airbus A.319 G-EZIL first-visiting on an 'in reverse' Stansted rotation, and the first appearance here of new European carrier Sky Wings Airlines of Greece, Douglas MD.83 SX-BSW positioning in from East Midlands to fly the Palma rotation. The aeroplane, which had visited Newcastle Airport previously wearing two previous registrations, G-RJER of Airtours the last time during 1996, and TC-FBT of Freebird only once on 20th August 2004, operates as UK Jet on behalf of Excel Airways hence the XL.com titles on the engine cowlings.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA TSC326/7 C-FDAT KLM965/6 PH-LXR EZY8421/6421 SX-BSW EZY5FL/5FK G-EZIL AMC248/9 9H-AEG WEA601 SP-KCA
Wednesday 31st May
The month ended with just a pair of airliners of note during the afternoon, Thomsonfly Boeing 737-300 G-THOJ making its second visit as such on the carrier's Verona 'W', and Croatia Airlines Airbus A.320 9A-CTM only its second visit ever on the return of last week's Split charter, a machine which had first-visited almost exactly a year ago on 1st June 2005, and which wears the new-style Star Alliance livery.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA606 SP-KCA ECA904/5 5B-DBU WEA601 SP-KCA
Tuesday 30th May
A very quiet day, at least until the late evening, our mail flights continuing to provide interest - additions were a pair of Danish Air Transport ATRs positioning in from Copenhagen to operate mail departures, ATR.72 OY-RUB operating out to Bristol, replacing the White Eagle ATR.42 SP-KCA for the night which had earlier positioned out to Edinburgh, and ATR.42 OY-CIR operating out to Stansted in addition to the usual Channel Express Boeing 737-300 G-CELA. The ATR.72 had visited as such once before on 8th May 2005 on an EUJet sub-charter, but of course was once based here as G-BXXA Gill Airways, its last departure as such being on 10th October 2000, while the ATR.42 had last visited as a Cimber Air aeroplane flying Copenhagen scheduled services for two different airlines during 1997 and 1998.
SXS260/1 TC-SUJ WEA603 SP-KCA
Monday 29th May
A very quiet Bank Holiday Monday indeed, the only movements of note being the third visit here of the 'new' Thomas Cook Airways Boeing 757 G-TCBA on a delayed 'in reverse' Zakinthos rotation during the morning, and the third appearance this year of Guard Air Cheyenne SE-LYY during the evening.
BGH5573/4 LZ-HMQ TCX734L/K G-TCBA
Sunday 28th May
Back to the airliners providing most interest, although only one was a first-visitor, our third sub-charter in as many days seeing Dubrovnik Airline Douglas MD.83 9A-CDB operate the late morning Helios Airways Larnaca rotation, the aeroplane wearing an impression of Dubrovnik harbour on the forward fuselage. This summer's highlight foreign airline charter series made its first appearance in daylight, Karthago Airlines Boeing 737-300 TS-IEG making its second visit of the summer so far during the early evening - the first three flights of the series had operated at a later time around midnight - while others of note included just the second visit as such of Onur Air Airbus A.321 TC-OAN at the beginning of another weekly series for the carrier, a morning Bodrum rotation, the aircraft having visited before as an Aero-Lloyd machine, the third visit of easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZAG on the third week of the Sunday morning A.319-flown Stansted rotation, an aeroplane which had visited twice on 29th March, and only the second appearance here from Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLJ on the evening Dublin rotation. There was an executive jet of note too, and a very welcome one, Daimler-Chrysler Aviation's new Citation XLS D-CDDD passing through on delivery at lunch-time, only the second non-NetJets Europe example of the type to appear here.
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Saturday 27th May
Another excellent executive jet day, with two first-visiting aeroplanes - another new Gold Air Lear 45 first-timed, G-CDSR arriving during the early evening for a night-stop, while the 'snoopy' Citation 650 D-CCEU followed later in the evening also for an overnight stay. Earlier MSR Flug Charter CitationJet D-IPCS had made only its third appearance here at tea-time. Only airliner of note was the Air Slovakia Boeing 757 OM-ASA which operated the late evening Helios Airways Larnaca charter, the aircraft wearing a fairly bland colour-scheme in comparison with the carrier's full livery, consisting of just a blue fin and fuselage titles. No stranger to Newcastle Airport in the 1990s as G-BPEA, indeed at some points it was detached here as a Caledonian Airways machine, it had first visited as such during 1992, and last visited as a British Airways aircraft on 16th June 2000.
ABR025/025P EI-SLE WEA602/64P SP-KCA AEA477 EC-HGO FUA1449/1450 EC-IZG BGH5531/2 LZ-BHC WEA640 SP-KCA AEA145/6 EC-IDT AUA2373/4 OE-LFH HCY574 OM-ASA
Friday 26th May
An interesting airliner day with a pair of wide-body first-visitors - Bravo Airlines Boeing 767 EC-JOZ flew the lunch-time Lte Tenerife charter, an aircraft with a varied past, being an ex-Air New Zealand machine initially and then flying under at least three South American country prefixes, wearing Bravo Air Congo titles indicating the carrier's intention to commence scheduled services from Europe to Africa, while the evening Onur Air Dalaman charter saw the first-visit of Airbus A.300-600 TC-OAY, the aircraft, an ex-China Airlines machines, like last week's TC-OAB, wearing the carrier's new colour-scheme. Only other item apart from a few returning foreign biz jets, ending a good week for the genre, was the ex-Air Canada, Balkan Holidays Airbus A.320 LZ-BHE, making its second visit during the morning.
ABR025A/26P EI-SLE WEA602/630 SP-KCA OHY2455/6 TC-OAL BGH5505/6 LZ-BHE LTE944/5 EC-JOZ WEA603P/601 SP-KCA OHY3415 TC-OAY RUS3926 D-CIRB
Thursday 25th May
Pretty much more of the same, a first-visiting exec jet being the highlight, Flying Group's Citation Excel OO-SAV which arrived during the late afternoon for a night-stop. KLM Boeing 737-800 PH-BXI made its second visit on the morning Amsterdam schedule, while Sureflight Aviation CitationJet G-SFCJ made its first visit as such during the morning - it had visited seven times previous as N33CJ.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602/61P SP-KCA KLM957/8 PH-BXI TSC326/7 C-GTSH WEA62P/601 SP-KCA AMC248/9 9H-AEL
Wednesday 24th May
Another excellent day, with a first-visiting airliner and biz jet - the airliner was another Thomsonfly Boeing 737-300, G-THOE on the carrier's mid-day Verona 'W', while Challenger 604 N359V arrived from Inverness during the afternoon for a night-stop. Air Alsie Falcon 2000EX OY-EJD promptly made its second visit during the afternoon also from Inverness, while Hapag-Lloyd Express Citation XLS D-CTLX made another two landings on another trip to London City and back. Two more airliner second visits as such were Thomas Cook Airways Boeing 757 G-TCBA during the morning, and Cimber Air CRJ OY-RJC on the SAS Copenhagen schedule.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA TCX289L/839P G-TCBA TOM5386/5 G-THOE SAS1535/6 OY-RJC ECA904/5 5B-DBW WEA601 SP-KCA
Tuesday 23rd May
An exec jet took the day's honours again, Jet Aviation Citation Bravo HB-VMY arriving late morning for a night-stop. Another Ryanair Boeing 737-800, EI-DCR, made its second visit here on the morning Dublin schedule, while another once familiar airliner in a new guise made its first-visit as such during the late evening, Thomas Cook Airways' Boeing 757 G-TCBA positioning in from Manchester to fly an overnight Heraklion rotation - it had last appeared here as G-OOOY of First Choice Airways on 13th March 2005.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA SXS261/2 TC-SUJ TCX752P/289K G-TCBA WEA601 SP-KCA
Monday 22nd May
A fairly interesting day with plenty of interest, the highlights being a pair of first-visiting executive jets, Citation Encore N652NR which visited twice during the morning and afternoon, and Air Alsie's new Falcon 2000EX OY-EJD which visited briefly during the morning. The only first-visiting airliner was Karthago Airlines Boeing 737-300 TS-IEG in the early hours on the third week of the carrier's Monastir series, but there was a further three notables - Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLM on its second visit on the morning Dublin schedule, the ex-British CityJet BAe 146-200 EI-DMK on its second visit as such on the late morning Brit Air Paris-CDG rotation, and Cimber Air's 'new' CRJ OY-RJC on the early afternoon SAS Copenhagen schedule - a first-visitor as such, the aircraft had last appeared here as D-ACLF of Lufthansa Cityline on 20th February 2006.
KAJ7480/1 TS-IEG BGH5573/4 LZ-HMQ BZH5851/2 EI-DMK SAS1535/6 OY-RJC WEA601 SP-KCA
Sunday 21st May
The second week of the Sunday morning Airbus A.319-flown easyJet Stansted rotation produced another first-visitor, G-EZAK, while Excel Airways' leased from Miami Air Boeing 737-800 G-OXLA had earlier made its first visit of the summer, positioning in from Dublin to fly an Ibiza departure - the aircraft now wears a basic new-style Miami Air livery, with large 'XL.com' titles on the fin. Only other item of note was Aer Arran Islander EI-CUW which arrived during the morning for a night-stop.
XLA072P/4072 G-OXLA BMA7473 G-MIDR EZY526/5 G-EZAK HCY546/7 5B-DBI BMA7674/3 G-MIDY OHY4441/2 TC-OAF FHE318/9 HB-JIB
Saturday 20th May
The summer season's last based charter unit to arrive did so during the morning, Excel Airways Boeing 737-400 TF-ELY positioning in from Bristol. Club328 Dornier 328Jet G-CJAB spent a large proportion of the day with us, its first visit as such, although it had visited six times previously as OE-HAA, the last time on 29th May 2005.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA XLA192P TF-ELY FUA1449/1450 EC-GNZ BGH5531/2 LZ-BHC AEA145/6 EC-JEX ECA828/9 5B-DBV HCY574/5 5B-DBI
Friday 19th May
A pair of first-visiting airliners closed the week off, Balkan Holidays Airbus A.320 LZ-BHE, an ex-Air Canada machine, operating the morning Varna departure, while the Thomsonfly based Boeing 737-300 unit for the summer season positioned in from Dublin during the evening, G-THOG becoming the first aircraft from the fleet to be detached here, an ex-Deutsche BA aeroplane, and only one of three of the carrier's 737-300 fleet yet to appear here in any guise.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA OHY2455/6 TC-OAK BGH5505/6 LZ-BHE LTE945 EC-ISI OHY3415/6 TC-OAB TOM9231 G-THOG WEA601 SP-KCA
Thursday 18th May
Apart from only the second ever full-stop landing here by a large military type, just one first-visiting airliner, but a hugely significant one, Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLM on the morning Dublin scheduled service becoming the 100th member of the fleet to appear at Newcastle Airport. The first to visit was EI-DCD on an evening Dublin rotation on 15th September 2004, with another five aircraft visiting before the 'deluge' began with the commencement of the Bergamo schedule on 25th February 2005. Only other item was yesterday's first-visiting Gold Air Learjet 45 G-OLDT which made its second visit during the early hours.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA TSC326/7 C-GSAT AMC248/9 9H-AEL WEA601 SP-KCA
Wednesday 17th May
Another fairly busy day, but with less of interest. Thomsonfly gave us a foretaste of their imminent Boeing 737-300 basing, G-THOJ flying a Verona 'W' during the early afternoon, only the third visit here of a member of the fleet - the aircraft had been once regular here as G-ODUS of British Airways, goFly and easyJet, its last visit as such being on 30th March 2004. There was also a first-visiting executive jet, Gold Air Learjet 45 G-OLDT making a short visit during the morning.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA TOM5386/5 G-THOJ ECA904/5 5B-DBW WEA601 SP-KCA
Tuesday 16th May
A superb day, with plenty of interest coming from all civil genres - airliners took second place amidst a GA invasion, although the genre did include two first-visitors, one of which was a complete stunner. The comparatively less interesting Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DCR came first on the morning Dublin schedule, our first first-visitor from the fleet since 29th April, but this was surpassed by yet another substitution on the Hapag-Lloyd Express Hannover scheduled service during the evening, which produced the first visit of one of the carrier's recently acquired Boeing 737-800s from the parent company, D-AHFX not only looking amazing in the 'yellow taxi' livery, but also wearing special Cagliari, Sardinia -inspired logos and tail design.
The plethora of GA visitors included no less than six foreign executive jets, although only one was a first-visitor, Challenger 604 VP-CAP wearing a similarly unsusual colour-scheme, a two-tone silver affair with a prominent tail marking and unusual registration font, the aircraft arriving during the evening for a night-stop. Learjet 31A N125GP had set the day going during the morning, the aircraft wearing a very similar silver livery, the machine's fourth visit here, while the late afternoon and evening also produced another 'colourful' biz, the dark green overall Citation II SE-RBK on its second appearance here, Excellent Air Citation 650 D-CARE for a short stop, an aeroplane which had visited once before during November 2000, and NetJets Europe Falcon 2000 CS-DNS on its fourth visit. Smaller visitors included King Air F-BXPY, Cessna 182 F-GBQA and Cirrus SR-22 N147LK all during the morning.
ABR025/26P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA XLA4159/419P F-GMLK SXS261 TC-SUJ HLX4420/1 D-AHFX DAT54A/60V OO-SSG WEA601 SP-KCA
Monday 15th May
A much less interesting day with just two second-visiting airliners of note, the Karthago Airlines Boeing 737-300 TS-IEF during the early hours on the second week of the carrier's summer Monastir series, and Blueline Douglas MD.83 F-GMLK operating the outbound Excel Airways Funchal flight during the evening, actually only its second visit as such, the machine being regular in the past wearing various guises.
RYR: DHM/CTA/DCW + 772/722 CST 776/776X DHJ
KAJ7480/1 TS-IEF XLA418P/4158 F-GMLK WEA601 SP-KCA
Sunday 14th May
An interesting airliner day, the highlights being a pair of very nice first-visitors, Travel Service concluding their short Verona series with their most recent Boeing 737-800 delivery, OK-TVF at lunch-time, while Hapag-Lloyd Express used the dba Fokker 100 D-AGPR for their late evening Hannover schedule, the aircraft wearing the full new dba livery with extra, football-related titles/logos. Onur Air Airbus A.321 TC-OAF made just its second visit also during the evening, easyJet began a summer-long, Sundays only, Airbus A.319-programmed Stansted rotation during the early morning, with G-EZIM, a machine which had made three previous landings here, and Flightline's all-white BAe146-200 G-DEFM made only its third and fourth visits to Newcastle Airport on the afternoon and evening Eastern Airways Aberdeen/Southampton flights - it had made two landings here on 12th July 2003. Finally Gold Air Learjet 45 G-GOMO also visited during the morning, its second visit as such, although it had appeared here wearing two previous British identities.
BMA7671 G-MIDX EZY526/5 G-EZIM HCY546/7 5B-DBH TVS120/1 OK-TVF EZE4095/6 G-DEFM HLX4420/1 D-AGPR OHY4441/2 TC-OAF FHE318/9 HB-JIB
Saturday 13th May
Very reminiscent of last summer, the second Saturday of this year's summer season produced mainly Spanish airliner interest, Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-JEX making just its second visit on the afternoon Palma charter, its first appearance here having been on 23rd July 2005, while Futura used one of their very new fleet additions for their afternoon Palma rotation, Boeing 737-400 EC-JSS, an ex-Hapag-Lloyd, White Eagle Aviation and MNG Airlines machine, wearing just an all white fuselage with a blue fin. A late evening executive jet visitor was Learjet 45 HB-VML, on its first appearance here since 22nd April 2004.
ABR025/36P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA AEA145/6 EC-JEX FUA1449/1450 EC-JSS ECA828/9 5B-DBV HCY574/5 5B-DBI
Friday 12th May
Another busy day but with little of note, the only machine of any interest being the FLM Aviation Metro 23 D-CNAC which flew a resuce flight for a u/s Beech 1900D D-CARA during the early afternoon - the aircraft had actually visited once previously, in the early hours of 13th October 2000.
ABR25A/P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA OHY2455/6 TC-OAE LTE945 EC-ISI OHY3414/5 TC-OAL WEA601 SP-KCA
Thursday 11th May
A very busy day but with very little of any real interest. FlyBe DHC.8-400 G-JECM second-visited on the morning Belfast City schedule, and Avanti Air Beech 1900D D-CARA arrived during the morning for a night-stop on the south apron, the aircraft wearing www.proair.de titles.
ABR25A/P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA TSC325 C-FDAT BEE427/8 G-JECM AMC246 9H-AEJ WEA601 SP-KCA
Wednesday 10th May
Still very quiet, but there was still a first-visiting airliner, FlyBe's new DHC.8-400 G-JECM operating the late morning Belfast City schedule. North Flying Citation 550 OY-CYV also visited during the morning, its first appearance here since the end of 2002, and Cirrus SR-22 N203CD arrived from Manchester during the afternoon for a night-stop.
ABR25A/P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA BEE427/8 G-JECM ECA904/5 5B-DBV WEA601 SP-KCA
Tuesday 9th May
A much quieter day with just one first-visiting scheduled service airliner, Eurowings CRJ D-ACRN appearing for the first time on the lunch-time Lufthansa Dusseldorf rotation, and a couple of 'freighter' ATR.42s, Air Contractors EI-SLE making its second visit as such during the early hours from Bristol to Bournemouth, and the detached White Eagle Aviation SP-KCA which returned from Bristol during the early morning, and then day-stopped to fly the late evening Bristol mail departure.
ABR25A/P EI-SLE WEA602 SP-KCA BZH4350/5850 F-GNLH SXS260/1 TC-SUL DLH3CN/4CL D-ACRN WEA601 SP-KCA
Monday 8th May
A very varied airliner day, beginning and ending with very welcome and quite exotic first-visitors. The summer's highlight foreign charter series began in the early hours, Karthago Airlines commencing their Monastir programme with the first-visiting Boeing 737-300 TS-IEF. Excel Airways used a Blueline Douglas MD.83 again for the day's Funchal rotation, F-GMLK positioning in from/out to Paris-CDG, a machine which has a history of visiting Newcastle Airport, first as EC-EJQ of Spanair in 1998, then as EC-FTU, and more recently as EI-CNO of Nouvelair in 2004, while easyJet used Airbus A.319 G-EZEG for a mid-day Stansted rotation, the aircraft having spent a day crew training here on 18th April 2004. FlyMe/Nordic Europe Douglas MD.87 SE-RBA, a machine which had been semi-regular recently flying for Hapag-Lloyd Express, arrived during the afternoon for a detachment flying for Jet2, the aircraft operating the evening Amsterdam rotation and then night-stopping, while the day ended with another highlight, White Eagle Aviation ATR.42 SP-KCA positioning in from Warsaw to operate the late evening Bristol mail departure.
KAJ7480/1 TS-IEF BGH5573/4 LZ-BHC XLA418P/4158 F-GMLK EXS120P/553 SE-RBA EZY515/4 G-EZEG XLA4159/419P F-GMLK WEA60P/601 SP-KCA EXS554 SE-RBA WEA601 SP-KCA
Sunday 7th May
The second week of the short Travel Service Verona programme provided the day's highlight, Boeing 737-800 OK-TVC first-visiting during the evening, the machine also being notable for wearing a basic Malaysia Airlines System colour-scheme after a winter lease in the far east - not the first time a basic Malaysia Airlines livery has been seen here though of course. Only other notable was Trans Helicopter Service Falcon 10 F-GHPB which made its first visit here since 1998 during the late afternoon.
BMA7671 G-MIDR HCY546/7 5B-DBI TVS122/3 OK-TVC OHY4441/2 TC-OAL FHE318/9 HB-JIB
Saturday 6th May
The day's highlight again occurred within its first few hours, Air Contractors' ATR.42 EI-SLE operating the Bristol mail arrival before positioning out to Bournemouth - the aircraft had last visited here as OY-CIC of Cimber Air during 1998 - while the first Saturday of the summer charter timetable saw Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-JBL set the carrier's afternoon Palma series going, a machine which had visited just once previous, on 24th September 2005, and BA Connect make their first appearance at Newcastle Airport, BAe146-RJ.100 G-BZAU positioning in from Edinburgh to fly the first Gerona departure of the series. Not yet having had the carrier's new titles applied, the aircraft had last visited here on 13th September 2002.
EXS554/001P G-CELB MON324/365 G-SMAN FUA1449/1450 EC-JNU AEA145/6 EC-JBL BRT64P/711W G-BZAU ECA828/9 5B-DBW HCY574/5 5B-DBI
Friday 5th May
An interesting day beginning with real quality within its first hour, Heli Air Services' Antonov An-12 LZ-CBH operating the Bristol mail arrival, the aircraft subsequently day-stopping and departing to Prestwick during the afternoon. The afternoon also produced two first-visiting airliners, Air Italy Boeing 757 I-AIGB positioning in from Gatwick to fly the Thomas Cook Airways Corfu departure, while Jet2 Boeing 737-300 G-CELB positioned in a little later to fly the carrier's Cork and evening Amsterdam rotations - the aircraft wears special Yorkshire titles and logos.
NetJets Europe Falcon 900 CS-DFH made its third appearance here during the late morning, the machine having visited twice during September 2005, while King Air 200 N777VG passed through on a ferry flight to Italy during the afternoon.
OHY2455/6 TC-OAK MON374/325 G-SMAN LTE945 EC-JHJ TCX218P/997K I-AIGB EXS535P/535 G-CELB XLA035P/4174 G-XLAC OHY3414/5 TC-OAL EXS536/553 G-CELB
Thursday 4th May
Monarch Airlines began their weekend Trans-Atlantic programme during the morning with Airbus A.330-200 G-SMAN, the aircraft making the first visit of the type in the new Monarch livery. Air Malta Airbus A.319 9H-AEM first-visited on the evening Malta schedule, and the cessation of flying of Emerald Airways produced Air Contractors L.100 Hercules EI-JIV just before midnight for the Bristol mail departure.
TSC325 C-GFAT MON375P/375 G-SMAN AMC248/9 9H-AEM
Wednesday 3rd May
A first-visiting British executive jet, Hundred Percent Aviation's appropriately registered Learjet 45 G-IOOX spending the day with us from/to Oxford. Only other item of interest was the Blueline Douglas MD.83 F-GMLI again, operating an Amsterdam rotation for KLM during the afternoon, the second sub-charter the aircraft has flown for two different airlines through Newcastle in the space of forty-eight hours.
KLM961/2 F-GMLI ECA904/5 5B-DBU
Tuesday 2nd May
Still very quiet - Excel Airways Boeing 757 G-VKNC made its first visit as such during the morning on an extra Santorini departure, the aircraft having visited for the carrier previously as TF-ARE, while Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLL made its second visit on the evening Dublin rotation. Interesting helicopter visitor was Agusta 109 EI-DJO which spent the middle of the day with us.
Monday 1st May
A very quiet start to the summer charter timetable, the day's real interest being un-connected, Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLK second-visiting on the morning Dublin schedule, as did fellow countryman Airlink Airways Learjet 60 EI-REX during the afternoon/evening. FlyJet Boeing 757 G-FJEA arrived to become a based unit in the early hours, only the aircraft's third landing here as such, although it has figured as part of our charter scene in earlier guises for over a decade, while Blueline Douglas MD.83 F-GMLI also made its third landing here during the morning, positioning in from Paris-CDG to fly the Excel Airways Funchal rotation, returning in the opposite direction during the evening.
FJE900P G-FJEA XLA418P/418 F-GMLI XLA4159/419P F-GMLI
Sunday 30th April
The day's, and actually one of the year's highlights so far, came and went before daylight, Interjet SA's Citation Excel SX-DCE operating an ambulance flight inbound just before dawn, the aircraft returning home to Athens after just half an hour on the ground. The night-stopping and first-visiting GA from the previous day both departed, Citation Bravo D-CALL to Palma, only to return for its second visit during the evening for another night-stop, and King Air 350 N37172 to the EBACE show at Geneva at lunch-time. Best of the few airliners of note was Travel Service Boeing 737-800 OK-TVB which arrived from Aberdeen during the afternoon for the first of a short series of Verona charters - it had actually appeared here twice previous, on two separate days at the end of November 2004.
TVS121/2 OK-TVB SHT12Q/13L G-EUXI EZY6432/8002 G-EZEJ
Saturday 29th April
Four aeroplanes of note, the first appearing on the morning Ryanair Dublin schedule, the only-days-old Boeing 737-800 EI-DLO first-visiting, while the afternoon saw a couple of GA first-timers, Citation Bravo D-CALL for a night-stop, and Raytheon's King Air 350 N37172 on its way to the EBACE show, the aircraft operating a local flight during the evening and then also night-stopping. Finally one of our based charter units for the summer positioned in during the evening, the Finnair Boeing 757 that will set the Excel Airways programme going on May 1st, OH-LBS appropriately wearing Excel Airways titles on an otherwise 'old' Finnair livery - the aircraft had actually not figured in recent years' Air Scandic detachments, not appearing here since 30th July 2002.
FIN7063 OH-LBS HCY574/5 5B-DBI ECA906/7 5B-DBX
Friday 28th April
The morning produced a pair of first-visiting airliners, Onur Air Airbus A.321 TC-OAF on a Bodrum charter, and KLM Boeing 737-800 PH-BXH on the first Amsterdam rotation of the day, the second last of the current fleet to appear here. Eurowings CRJ D-ACRL made its second visit here on the lunch-time Lufthansa Dusseldorf scheduled service. Notable executive jet was Hawker 800XP N800UK which visited from/to its home at Leeds during the afternoon - the aircraft had visited once previously on Christmas Eve 2004.
OHY2455/6 TC-OAF KLM957/8 PH-BXH FHE318/9 HB-JIB LTE944/5 EC-JHJ FUA1335/6 EC-JFB SHT12W/13W G-EUXH EZY5FL/5FM G-EZEJ SHT12Q/13L G-EUXH OHY3414/5 TC-OAI
Thursday 27th April
A very quiet day, the only movements of note being the commencement of the Jet2 Amsterdam schedule during the morning and evening, both flown by the previous evening's first-visiting Boeing 737-300 G-CELK.
EXS551 G-CELK EXS552 G-CELK AMC248/9 9H-AEG
Wednesday 26th April
A pair of first-visiting British airliners, including a significant British Airways machine, the last of the Airbus A.321 fleet duly appearing close to the end of April's short series of flights flown by this new type to the Newcastle route - G-EUXH operated the afternoon and evening Heathrow rotations, concluding a very lucrative series of flights for us, all seven aircraft appearing on just fourteen visits over only ten days of operation. The first-visiting Jet2 Boeing 737-300 G-CELK positioned in just before midnight to be here for the beginning of the carrier's Amsterdam schedule the following morning, and Eurowings CRJ D-ACRO made just its second visit on the lunch-time Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule.
DLH3CN/4CL D-ACRO SHT12W/13W G-EUXH SHT12Q/13L G-EUXH EXS880P G-CELK
Tuesday 25th April
No new aeroplanes but it's always nice to see an Electra here, Atlantic Airlines' G-FIJV operating a freight flight to Luxembourg during the morning.
Monday 24th April
A pair of light executive jets during the afternoon were the day's only highlights, the most interesting of the two being the new CitationJet 'CJ2' N778MA passing through on delivery to new owners Hamlin Jet at Luton - an aircraft destined to return at some point therefore ? - while NetJets Europe Beechjet CS-DMF made its second visit, a machine which had first-timed last October.
KLM957/8 PH-BXG RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ
Sunday 23rd April
Another pair of first-visiting airliners during the evening - British Airways showed us the fifth new Airbus A.321 of the month, G-EUXG leaving just one member of the fleet yet to appear here, while another new Ryanair Boeing 737-800, EI-DLK, operated the evening Dublin rotation. CitationJet N525HS passed through from Switzerland to Iceland during the afternoon, as it has done on three occasions over the past few years, while early model Piper Aztec N37LW arrived from Kirkbride at sun-set for a night-stop.
SHT12Q/13L G-EUXG HLX4420/1 SE-RBA
Saturday 22nd April
A quiet day with just one executive jet of note, our second first-visiting Citation Bravo of the week appearing in the form of Flying Group's new machine OO-FPB which arrived from London City at lunch-time for a night-stop.
XLA4333/333P G-XLAC HCY574/5 5B-DBH ECA906/7 5B-DBU
Friday 21st April
A big airliner day, three aircraft first-visiting with a further three just making their second appearances here. The most interesting was the anticipated ATA Boeing 757-200 N519AT for the evening's wrestling fixture in the city, the aeroplane arriving from Pisa during the afternoon and departing just after midnight. Other first-timers were the Eurowings CRJ D-ACRL on the lunch-time Lufthansa Dusseldorf scheduled service, and our fifth British Airways Airbus A.321 so far this month, G-EUXI breaking the sequence of the previous four, the aircraft also being one of the day's second-visitors on the evening Heathrow rotation. Also of note were the Spanish pair of Lte Airbus A.320 EC-JIB on its second visit as such, and Futura Boeing 737-800 EC-JFB on the airframe's true second visit here, both on the late morning Tenerife charters.
KLM957/8 PH-BXM FHE318/9 HB-JIB LTE944/5 EC-JIB DLH3CN/4CL D-ACRL FUA1335/6 EC-JFB SHT12W/13W G-EUXI SHT12Q/13L G-EUXI HLX4420/1 SE-RBA OHY3415/6 TC-OAL
Thursday 20th April
Executive aeroplanes took the day's prizes although again it was an airliner airframe that was the star, one of the bext visitors of the year so far appearing in the shape of Boeing 737-800 BBJ2 VP-BHN of Saudi Oger which spent the morning with us. Citation Bravo N550PD first-visited during the late afternoon on a short stay, and easyJet used an Airbus A.319 again for based programme rotation, G-EZIA having visited previously on two separate dates during February 2006.
EZY8002/6471 G-EZIA EZY6472/8003 G-EZIA AMC248/9 9H-AER
Wednesday 19th April
Again just a few airliners of note, KLM Boeing 737-800 PH-BXM second-visiting on the morning Amsterdam schedule, as did easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIH which positioned up from Stansted to operate the afternoon Alicante and evening Belfast rotations, the machine having first appeared here on 2nd March. There was a first-visiting airliner too, British Airways continuing to first-visit their Airbus A.321 fleet 'in order', G-EUXF flying the programmed afternoon and evening Heathrow rotations.
KLM957/8 PH-BXM EZY8005/6413 G-EZIH SHT12W/13W G-EUXF SHT12Q/13L G-EUXF EZY6414/557 G-EZIH EZY558/8006 G-EZIH
Tuesday 18th April
Our new based charter carrier for the coming summer season showed us their new acquisition during the afternoon, FlyJet operating their 'new' (actually a very early production machine) Boeing 767-200 G-FJEC through Newcastle on its CAA proving flight. The rather anonymous looking aeroplane wore an all white fuselage, with blue engines and fin. Only other item of note was Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLG on its second visit on the morning Torp schedule.
KLM957/8 PH-BXD HLX4420/1 SE-RBA
Monday 17th April
A similar Bank Holiday Monday to Easter Sunday, a quiet day but still with first-visitors. bmi Regional flew a passenger charter to Haugesund during the afternoon with the first-visiting Embraer ERJ-145 G-RJXG, the aircraft, which had positioned up from Leeds, wearing the carrier's new livery, while the new Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLL flew the late evening Dublin rotation. The most interesting visitor however, had appeared at tea-time, the extremely old model HS.125 N600SV diverting in en-route Athens to Glasgow for fuel, the assumed first-visiting aircraft continuing onwards to Reykjvaik during the early evening.
Sunday 16th April
Another quiet day although the evening produced a first-visiting airliner and executive jet. The third British Airways Airbus A.321 to appear here so far this month became G-EUXE, while the first of the new Gold Air Learjet 45s to appear here, G-CDNK, stayed for the last couple of hours of daylight.
HCY548/9 5B-DBH SHT12Q/13L G-EUXE HLX4420/1 SE-RBA
Saturday 15th April
A very quiet day with only a pair of Boeing 737-800s of note - the first of the Excel Airways fleet to be fitted with winglets, G-XLAF, made its first appearance here during the morning on a Lourdes departure, while Ryanair's EI-CSM which had first-visited just two days previous, made its second on the afternoon Bergamo schedule.
XLA332P/4332 G-XLAF ECA906/7 5B-DBU
Friday 14th April
A quiet Good Friday, with just Futura Boeing 737-400 EC-JNU making its second visit as such on the lunch-time Tenerife charter, and ACM Aircharter Citation 650 D-CNCJ only its second visit ever on a brief stay early morning - the aircraft had first-visited just last September.
EZY8002/6443 G-ZAPM FHE318/9 HB-JIB LTE944/5 EC-JHJ FUA1335/6 EC-JNU EZY6444/8003 G-ZAPM SHT12W/13W G-EUXD OHY3415/6 TC-OAL
Thursday 13th April
A few airliners of note including a pair of fairly significant 'old' Ryanair Boeing 737-800s - EI-CSH made just its second visit on the morning Torp schedule, its first having occurred as long ago as 29th January 2005 on a Dublin substitution, while EI-CSM first-visited on the afternoon Bergamo schedule, the last of the EI-CS. batch to visit Newcastle Airport. Eurowings CRJ D-ACRM made just its second visit on the lunch-time Lufthansa Dusseldorf scheduled service, its first having been during last August, and Eastern Airways Jetstream 41 G-MAJP re-appeared on the early afternoon Aberdeen rotation, its first visit since its short basing here at the turn of last month. Probably the highlight of the day however was provided by Gulfstream III N105VS, our first of type since N623MS in June 2003, which spent the afternoon and evening with us from Cologne to Manchester.
DLH3CN/4CL D-ACRM EZE33FC/34FC G-MAJP AMC248/9 9H-AEL
Wednesday 12th April
Three airliners of note, two being KLM machines, Boeing 737-800 PH-HZK, a machine which had visisted before on a number of occasions flying for Sabre Airways and Transavia, first-visiting on the morning Amsterdam schedule in its new KLM livery, while the 'new' Fokker 100 PH-OFN made just its second visit here on the last Amsterdam arrival of the day. Meanwhile Eastern Airways Saab 2000 G-CDKA had made its first visit on the early afternoon Aberdeen rotation in its new green and blue Aberdeen City and Shire livery.
KLM957/8 PH-HZK EZE33FC/34FC G-CDKA SHT12Q/13L G-EUXD KLM971 PH-OFN
Tuesday 11th April
Just a second-visiting Ryanair Boeing 737-800, EI-DAM operating the morning Torp schedule - it had first-timed on the Dublin schedule on 30th March.
Monday 10th April
Nothing of note .....
EZE012P/41LF G-RHUM KLM957/8 PH-BXB EZE42LF/45LF G-RHUM RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ EZE46LF/015P G-RHUM
Sunday 9th April
A quiet day but we still managed a first- and second-visiting airliner - KLM CityHopper's third 'new' Fokker 100 PH-OFN made its first appearance here on the early evening Amsterdam schedule, while British Airways Airbus A.321 G-EUXC made its second visit on the carrier's evening Heathrow rotation. King Air 300 N36860 passed through on delivery to Augsburg during the early afternoon.
BGH5811 LZ-HMQ KLM965/6 PH-OFN SHT12Q/13L G-EUXC HLX4420/1 SE-RBA
Saturday 8th April
Just two Boeing 737-800s making only their second visits to Newcastle Airport, KLM's PH-BXG on the morning Amsterdam schedule and Ryanair's EI-CSR on the morning Torp rotation.
KLM957/8 PH-BXG ECA906/7 5B-DBW HCY548/9 5B-DBI
Friday 7th April
A huge airliner day, with no fewer than seven aeroplanes of note - three of these were first-visitors, the third of the five ex-Air Dolomiti CRJs to be acquired by Eurowings to appear here, D-ACRO, operating the lunch-time Dusseldorf schedule, British Airways Airbus A.321 G-EUXD on the mid-afternoon Heathrow rotation, returning for its second visit on the evening flight, and the new Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLJ on the evening Dublin rotation. Lte Airbus A.320 EC-JIB made its first-visit as such on the late morning Tenerife charter, the aircraft being once regular here as Skyservice machine C-GTDC during the late '90s, its last visit as such being during 1999, while third visits were made by Onur Air Airbus A.321 TC-OAE, and Nordic Europe Douglas MD.87 SE-RBA on the Hapag-Lloyd Express Hannover schedule again, both during the evening. Finally easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZEJ positioned up from Stansted to fly two scheduled service rotations to the Essex airport during the late afternoon/evening, the aircraft having last visited on 22nd October 2005, and before that on a crew training sortie on 8th December 2004.
KLM957/8 PH-BXF FHE318/9 HB-JIB LTE944/5 EC-JIB FUA1335/6 EC-IYS DLN3CN/4CL D-ACRO SHT12W/13W G-EUXD EZY8004/5FK G-EZEJ EZY5FL/5FM G-EZEJ OHY3415/6 TC-OAE SHT12Q/13L G-EUXD HLX4420/1 SE-RBA EZY5FN/8005 G-EZEJ
Thursday 6th April
Two sub-charters on the day's two Brit Air Paris-CDG rotations produced the only aeroplanes of note - CityJet BAe146-200 EI-DJJ flew the late morning rotation somewhat delayed during the mid-afternoon, the aircraft actually departing only four minutes before the afternoon service arrived, flown by Air Mediterranee Airbus A.321 F-GYAN. The 146 was a first-visitor, even though it is an ex-Debonair machine, while the A.321 had appeared here once before, as part of the football airlift from Marseilles on 22nd April 2004.
BZH5851/2 EI-DJJ BZH5853/4 F-GYAN AMC248/9 9H-AEJ
Wednesday 5th April
Another 'sparse' day for real interest although there were two airliners with Irish connections of note - CityJet BAe146-300 EI-DEW operated the day's two Brit Air Paris-CDG rotations, only the machine's second and third visits as such, although it was once very regular as an Air UK aeroplane, and Denim Air Fokker 50 PH-JXM which flew the early evening KLM CityHopper Amsterdam scheduled service - in an all-white colour-scheme the aircraft had not appeared since 1995 when it visited on a number of occasions whilst leased by the manufacturer to Aer Lingus, wearing a basic Lufthansa Cityline livery.
KLM957/8 PH-BXD BZH5851/2 EI-DEW BZH5853/4 EI-DEW
Tuesday 4th April
Very little of note, the only item being another 'big Falcon', 900EX G-DAEX making just its fourth appearance here at lunch-time for a night-stop.
Monday 3rd April
A pretty busy day, the interest beginning in the early hours with a 'big biz', Aero Services Executive Falcon 50 F-GPPF operating an ambulance flight, only spending forty minutes on the ground - the aircraft had visited Newcastle Airport just three times previous, these being spread across 1997, 2000 and 2004. Citationjet D-INOC made just its second visit, another short stop, during the early afternoon, and Cirrus SR-22 N123DV made its first appearance on a day-stop. Airliners included a pair of Boeing 737-800s, Ryanair's first-visiting 'old machine' EI-CSB on the morning Torp schedule, and KLM's PH-BXN on the morning Amsterdam rotation, the machine's fourth visit here, while Blueline Fokker 100 F-BNLH operated the late morning Brit Air Paris-CDG schedule, the not too un-common aeroplane making its first visit here since August 2005.
KLM957/8 PH-BXN RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ BZH5851/2 F-GNLH
Sunday 2nd April
The evening saw a new shape in the British Airways colour-scheme for the first time at Newcastle Airport, the only type out of the mainline fleet not to appear here in such a livery, the first of a series of flights planned during April to be flown by Airbus A.321s producing the first-visit of G-EUXC. Hapag-Lloyd Express used FlyMe Douglas MD.87 SE-RBA again later in the evening for their Hannover scheduled service, an aircraft which had first-visited on a similar sub-charter almost exactly a year ago on 20th March 2005, but which has since acquired the Nordic Leisure colour-scheme, while earlier KLM Boeing 737-800 PH-BXA made its third appearance here on the morning Amsterdam rotation. A first-visiting executive jet was NetJets Europe Citation CS-DHR during the afternoon.
KLM957/8 PH-BXA BGH5811 LZ-HMI SHT12Q/13L G-EUXC HLX4420/1 SE-RBA
Saturday 1st April
Not too much of note - airliners included the bmi Regional Embraer ERJ-145 G-CCYH which spent most of the day in the visual circuit on a crew training sortie, a machine once very regular here as an Eastern Airways aeroplane during the winter season of 2004/5, and the second-visiting Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLF on the evening Dublin rotation. Only GA visitor of note involved the now rare shape of the Cessna 337, N2216X spending the afternoon with us from/to Belfast/Aldergrove.
BMA9001 G-CCYH EXS6175/175P G-CELZ HCY548/9 5B-DBI
Friday 31st March
The executive theme continued with a stunning visitor in the early hours, United Aviation Services Embraer Legacy N135SG arrving from its home for a day-stop on the south apron, returning during the late afternoon. Airliners included just the second visit here of Onur Air Airbus A.321 TC-OAE on an evening Dalaman charter, while the newly-based Eastern Airways Jetstream 41 G-MAJP flew the morning Aberdeen rotation, mid-day Isle-of-Man return, and then the afternoon and evening Birmingham scheduled services.
EZE30FC G-MAJP EZE31FC/253N G-MAJP FHE318/9 HB-JIB LTE944/5 EC-ICN FUA1335/6 EC-IYS OHY3415/6 TC-OAE
Thursday 30th March
A stunning day with no fewer than three first-visiting airliners and two first-timing executive jets !. It was another 'big biz Thursday' that generated most excitement, beginning with another visit from Merck & Co. Falcon 900EX N663MK, the aircraft arriving for a day-stop early in the morning, spending most of it alongside sister-ship Falcon 50EX N476MK whih departed across the Atlantic during the afternoon. Another NetJets Europe Beechjet, CS-DME, first-visited during the morning, while also visiting at breakfast-time was AD Aviation Citation II G-VUEZ on only its second appearance here, its first being during July 2005, and its third occurring later during the mid-afternoon. Star visitor however was Global Express N190WP which spent just over four hours with us during the middle of the day, linking us with two of the planet's most important cities !.
Airliners included another two first-visiting Ryanair Boeing 737-800s, the new machine EI-DLF on the morning Dublin rotation, and the slightly older EI-DAM on the evening flight, while Eurowings CRJ D-ACRQ made just its second visit on the mid-day Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule, its first visit having been during August 2005. Wideroe began their new Bergen scheduled service during the morning with DHC.8-300 LN-WFT, while finally 'sneaking in' on the last Aberdeen arrival of the day was the first-visiting Eastern Airways Jetstream 41 G-MAJP, the aircraft still wearing the basic American Connection colour-scheme.
WIF206/7 LN-WFT DLH3CN/4CL DACRQ EZE39FC G-MAJP AMC248/9 9H-AEL
Wednesday 29th March
We had to wait until the evening for the day's two highlights, the brand new easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZAG operating two Stansted rotations on its first day of service (if not the aircraft's first revenue earning flights !), while Merck & Co.'s Falcon 50EX N476MK arrived for a night-stop, only its second visit here, the first having been on 31st May 2001.
EXS008C/P G-CELP KLM957/8 PH-BXB EZY5FL/5FK G-EZAG EZY5FN/5FM G-EZAG TCX781H/F G-BXKD
Tuesday 28th March
GA took the day's honours again, a first-visiting executive jet being the highlight, Execujet Scandinavia's new Challenger 604 OY-SGM visiting briefly during the morning - Hamlin Jet Learjet 45 N66DN, the one-time N125GW, made just its second visit as such at around the same time, a machine which had first-visited in its new guise during early February. Two airliners made just their second visits, both having taken some time to do so, Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-CTA operating the evening Dublin rotation, its first visit having been during May 2005, while Eurowings CRJ D-ACRJ operated the lunch-time Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule, one now confirmed to be flown by the Eurowings fleet during the forthcoming summer season, a machine which had visited just once before on 17th December 2003.
TCX781P/G G-BXKD EZE563P/1563 G-HERM
Monday 27th March
Another quiet day, with just a pair of GA arrivals of note, Oxaero Premier I G-FRYL making its second visit during the afternoon for a night-stop - it had first-visited in October 2004 - and Air Taxi King Air 200 F-GULJ which day-stopped, a machine which had last visited during February 2004.
RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ EZE013P/47LF G-DRFC EZE48LF/ 014P G-DRFC
Sunday 26th March
A very quiet start to the new summer scheduled timetable - a pair of Ryanair Boeing 737-800s made just their second visits however, EI-DAV on the morning Torp flight, and EI-DHX on the evening Dublin rotation, while Eurowings CRJ D-ACRG flew the mid-day Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule, only the aeroplane's second visit here since December 2003.
DLH3CN/4CL D-ACRG BGH5811 LZ-BHC
Saturday 25th March
Just one aeroplane of interest, the winter ending with another first-visiting example of the fleet that has provided so much during the season, Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHX appearing for the first time on the morning Dublin rotation - the aircraft makes for a total of thirty nine Ryanair '800s' to first-visit during the winter season.
Friday 24th March
A less exciting day, the only aeroplane of real note being a second-visiting executive jet, Heerema's Citation Bravo PH-HMA which day-stopped - its first visit had been as long ago as 6th February 2003.
EZY513/2 G-ZAPU FHE318/9 HB-JIB BZH5851/2 F-GRJN LTE944/5 EC-JHJ FUA1335/6 EC-IOU EZY515/4 G-ZAPU
Thursday 23rd March
An excellent all-round day with plenty of interest - the day's Ryanair flights produced two aircraft of note, the first-visiting EI-DAV on the morning Torp schedule, and just the second visit of EI-DCN on the afternoon Bergamo rotation, a machine which had first-timed as long ago as December. Airliner highlight of the day however was Iceland Air Fokker 50 TF-JMS which arrived from Reykjavik during the morning for a night-stop - surprisingly the aeroplane was not a first-visitor however, having appeared on a refuelling stop with the Icelandic football team en-route to Vienna as TF-FIS on 8th September 1997.
On a big GA day the star visitor also arrived from Reykjavik mid-morning, another Raytheon Premier 1A delivery involving N37071 which continued on to Augsburg just before mid-day. NetJets Europe Hawker 800XP CS-DRF first-visited just after mid-day, and the day's prop highlight was Guard Air's Piper Cheyenne SE-LYY which arrived mid-afternoon also for a night-stop.
Wednesday 22nd March
First aeroplane to mention for a few days, a first-visiting Boeing 737-800, but not from the usual source, Transavia's PH-HZI substituting on the early evening KLM Amsterdam rotation.
AWW850/1 G-HERM BZH5851/2 F-GRJT KLM965/6 PH-HZI
Tuesday 21st March
Nothing of note ....
BZH5851/2 F-GRJE AMC248/9 9H-ADH
Monday 20th March
Nothing of note ....
AWW850/1 G-RHUM BZH 5851/2 F-GRJE RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ
Sunday 19th March
A quiet Sunday with just the first-visit of 'the George Best' - FlyBe's recently named, and personalised, DHC.8-400 G-JECL on the afternoon Belfast City schedule, and the recently re-registered and locally based Explorer N555WA also during the afternoon, a helicopter once familiar here as N9208V.
BGH5811/2 LZ-HMQ BEE429/430 G-JECL
Saturday 18th March
Aeroplane-wise just a second-visiting airliner and executive jet, Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHS on the morning Torp schedule, and GAMA Aviation Hawker 800XP G-CDLT which visited briefly at around the same time. The day's main highlight however was the first appearance here of a new European charter airline, the ex-Helios Airways Boeing 737-800 5B-DBI making its first visit in the livery of the carrier's new 'brand, Alpha Jet, on the late evening Paphos charter.
Friday 17th March
A major executive jet highlight, our first Gulfstream VSP/G550 ever, the appropriately registered G550 N155AN spending the day with us. Just one other item, Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHF on its second visit on the morning Torp schedule.
FHE318/9 HB-JIB BZH5851/2 F-GRJT LTE944/5 EC-ICN FUA1335/6 EC-IVR
Thursday 16th March
Only a second visiting airliner, Brit Air CRJ.100 F-GRJE on the late morning Paris-CDG schedule.
EZE41Y G-DRFC EZE42Y/43Y G-DRFC BZH5851/2 F-GRJE EZE44Y/45Y G-DRFC
Wednesday 15th March
More of the same, another Brit Air CRJ.100 first-visitor, F-GRJE on the late morning Paris-CDG schedule, and a second-visiting Gulfstream V, VP-BKZ spending the day with us from/to Geneva, as it had done on its previous visit on 18th March 2003.
EZE41Y G-DRFC EZE42Y/43Y G-DRFC BZH5851/2 F-GRJE EZE44Y/45Y G-DRFC EZE46Y/47Y G-DRFC EZE48Y G-DRFC
Tuesday 14th March
A similar selection of notables to the previous day, just one first-visiting airliner however, the 'old' Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-CSR on the late evening Dublin rotation - Brit Air CRJ.100 F-GRJF made its first visit of the year on the late morning Paris-CDG schedule, the aircraft having flown two substitutions on the 29th May 2005. The day also saw a few executive jet arrivals involving mostly regular machines, although the Hapag-Lloyd Express Citation XLS D-CTLX which had first-visited last month, made a not un-welcome return during the evening, actually its fourth visit here.
KLM957/8 PH-HZM BZH5851/2 F-GRJF EZE41P/45Y G-DRFC EZE46Y/47Y G-DRFC AMC248/9 9H-ADH EZE48Y G-DRFC
Monday 13th March
A pair of first-visiting airliners mid-morning, easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIN on a Stansted rotation, and Brit Air CRJ.100 F-GRJP on the Paris-CDG schedule. The afternoon Paris rotation was flown by CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CSL, its first visit here since December 2001, while the pick of the day's GA visitors was Aerodienst Challenger 604 D-ASIE, a machine which had first visited here on 10th June 2005.
EZY513/4 G-EZIN BZH5851/2 F-GRJP RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ BZH5853/4 EI-CSL
Sunday 12th March
Our third first-visiting Ryanair Boeing 737-800 of the weekend, EI-DHS, operated the morning Torp schedule, while the new Brit Air CRJ.700 F-GRZL finally made its second visit here on the afternoon Paris-CDG rotation, just over a month after its first.
BGH5811 LZ-HMI FCA429D G-OOBF BZH5853/4 F-GRZL
Saturday 11th March
The return of the first-visiting Ryanair Boeing 737-800, the first since February 16th ! .... and not one but two, EI-DHF first-timing on the morning Torp rotation while the recently delivered EI-DLG made its first appearance here on the afternoon Bergamo schedule. Very little else however, although easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZAM returned, positioning in to operate the afternoon/evening Berlin rotation, the aircraft's third and fourth landings here.
EZY8001/6487 G-EZAM HCY548/9 5B-DBI EZY6488/8002 G-EZAM
Friday 10th March
FlyBe DHC.8-400 G-JECL made its second visit on the late morning Exeter schedule, and NetJets Europe Beechjet CS-DMH made its first appearance on a brief visit mid-afternoon, the fourth of the fleet to visit Newcastle.
FHE318/9 HB-JIB BZH5851/2 F-GRJT BEE701/2 G-JECL LTE944/5 EC-JHJ FUA1335/6 EC-GNZ
Thursday 9th March
Nothing of note ....
Wednesday 8th March
A more interesting day with two first-visiting airliners amongst others - another Brit Air CRJ.100, F-GRJA, first-timed on the late morning Paris-CDG schedule, while FlyBe's latest DHC.8-400 G-JECL made its first appearance at the same time on the day's Exeter rotation. Just before midnight, easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZAM arrived on a late Stansted rotation, only its second visit here, its first having been during last November. A pair of exec jets of note too, Karlog Air Citation 500 OY-FFB on its first visit here since 1998, and probably the day's highlight, the extremely welcome Executive Jets International Gulfstream IVSP N426QS which day-stopped from/to Birmingham, only our second Gulfstream of the year, and our first NetJets G4 since December 1998 !.
BZH5851/2 F-GRJA BEE701/2 G-JECL EZY5FN G-EZAM
Tuesday 7th March
Another quiet day with just the second-visiting Brit Air CRJ.100 F-GRJT on the late morning Paris-CDG schedule, and the first appearance here of Citation 550 VP-CBM since its first visit in 2002, on a brief stay at lunch-time, of note.
BZH5851/2 F-GRJT AMC248/9 9H-AEJ
Monday 6th March
Just two airliners of note, Brit Air CRJ.200 F-GRJT first-visiting on the late morning Paris-CDG rotation, and Kuwait Airways Airbus A.300-600 9K-AMA which arrived during the afternoon for a night-stop, only the aircraft's second appearance here in the last six years, its last being during mid-January 2003.
BZH5851/2 F-GRJT RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ
Sunday 5th March
A much quieter day with just a single GA movement during the afternoon of note, albeit a potentially very interesting one - Cessna 208 Caravan I N208KS fitted with floats which passed through on a ferry flight from Reykjavik to Zurich, reportedly possibly wearing an Australian registration under the wing !.
Saturday 4th March
An excellent winter Saturday, with plenty of note across both airliner and executive jet genres. A diversion into Brest of the early morning Thomsonfly Tenerife arrival made for the day's highlight, Britannia Airways AB Boeing 737-800 SE-DZI finally returning the majority of the 'stranded' passengers home during the late afternoon, the first-visiting aircraft wearing the now usual all blue 'TUI' livery, positioning out to Luton at dusk. Atlantic Airways ATR.42 G-RHUM had arrived a little earlier from Coventry under Thomsonfly callsigns, presumably with the balance of the larger 757 load. Another diversion had seen the morning Ryanair Torp schedule cancelled after the Boeing 737-800 had diverted back to Torp after departure, while the day's other North Sea transit was the subject of an aircraft change, the Wideroe Bergen charter being flown by DHC.8-400 LN-WDC, its first appearanc here since last March.
A trio of machine provided the biz jet interest, the suitably registered CJ2 VP-BFC arriving at lunch-time for the afternoon's game at St.James Park, a first-visitor as such, the aircraft having last appeared here as N312CJ presumably for an earlier Premiership fixture as recent as Boxing Day, while Swiss Air Ambulance Challenger 604 HB-JRC had been an early hours arrival, the aircraft on only its second visit here, the first having been during August 2004, departing back home during the early afternoon, while another ambulance flight saw Ducair SA Learjet 35 LX-LAR make only its second visit as such later in the afternoon, the ex-Swiss machine having appeared here before as such on 8th July 2005.
WIF7430/1 LN-WDC BAL519B/997P SE-DZI HCY548/9 5B-DBH
Friday 3rd March
Another busy day with more airliners of note, including a rather interesting first-visitor, the first of the fresh batch of ex-US, Eastern Airways Jetstream 41s to appear at Newcastle Airport, G-MAJT flying the EZE33FC/34FC Aberdeen rotation during the afternoon, the ex-Trans States Airlines aircraft still wearing the basic colour-scheme of American Connection. Earlier Spanair Airbus A.320 EC-IAZ had operated the lunch-time Futura Tenerife charter, surprisingly the aircraft's first visit since October 2002, while the new CityJet BAe146-200 EI-DNJ flew the afternoon Brit Air/Air Framce Paris-CDG schedule, an aircraft once very familiar here as G-JEAX of British European/FlyBe, its last visit as such being during October 2005.
FHE318/9 HB-JIB BZH5851/2 F-GRJD LTE944/5 EC-ICN FUA1335/6 EC-IAZ EZE33FC/34FC G-MAJT BZH5853/4 EI-DNJ
Thursday 2nd March
A little more of note on a rather busy day, with a first-visiting airliner and executive jet amongst others - easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIH first-timed on an 'in reverse' morning Stansted rotation, while also appearing early on was Air Charter Scotland's CitationJet G-EDCJ, a machine which returned for its second visit here during the afternoon. Also of note was another easyJet Airbus A.319, G-EZMH on its fourth landing here on a lunch-time Stansted rotation, and Aurigny Air Services ATR.72 G-BXTN flying again for Air Wales, also during the morning.
AWW850/1 G-BXTN EZY513/2 G-EZIH BZH5851/2 F-GRJD EZY515/4 G-EZMH
Wednesday 1st March
A quiet start to March, with just Falcon 900 N663MK of Merck & Co. Inc. of note, the aircraft being almost an annual visitor.
Tuesday 28th February
A similarly quiet end to the shortest month of the year, with just a second-visiting airliner to excite, Lufthansa Cityline CRJ.700 D-ACPB giving us a taste of what we can expect on the flight in a month's time - the aircraft had appeared once before during August 2004.
BZH5851/2 F-GRJD DLH9HY/9LE D-ACPB AMC248/9 9H-AEL
Monday 27th February
A quiet day - FlyBe DHC.8-400 G-JECK duly made its second visit on the lunch-time Exeter schedule, the only other interest being provided by the first-visiting as such Bin Air Metroliner D-IBIN during the evening for a night-stop, an aircraft which had last appeared here as PH-RAZ during July 2003.
RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ BZH5851/2 F-GRJD BEE701/2 G-JECK
Sunday 26th February
One of our regular UK scheduled carriers showed us their slightly modified colour-scheme for the first time, FlyBe DHC.8-400 G-JECK first-visiting on the lunch-time Exeter service - the aircraft wears a line of coloured dots under the main fuselage titles in place of the old British European name. Only other thing of note was London Executive Aviation Embraer Legacy G-REUB returning from Edinburgh for its second visit just after dark.
BEE701/2 G-JECK BGH5815/6 LZ-HMW
Saturday 25th February
Just the one item of interest, the first of the growing number of British-registered Embraer Legacys to appear here, London Executive Aviation's G-REUB visiting briefly at mid-day.
Friday 24th February
Nothing of note ....
FHE316/9 HB-JIB BZH5851/2 F-GRJD LTE944/5 EC-JHJ FUA1335/6 EC-IVR
Thursday 23rd February
A few airliners of note with the most significant first-visitor actually being a special colour-scheme, the pink T-Mobile livery currently being applied to a number of German airliners appearing at Newcastle Airport for the first time on Hapag-Lloyd Express Boeing 737-500 D-AHLD on the late evening Hannover schedule. Club Air of Italy operated a charter inbound from Verona during the afternoon with BAe 146-200 I-TERK, a machine which had visited four times previous as D-ALOA of Eurowings during 2001 and 2002, while yesterday's first-timing Brit Air CRJ.200 F-GRJR duly made its second appearance here on the late morning Paris-CDG schedule.
BZH5851/2 F-GRJR HLX4520/1 D-AHLD
Wednesday 22nd February
Still only a few things of note - Brit Air broke the boredom of F-GRJD on the now regular late morning CRJ.200-flown Paris-CDG scheduled service, F-GRJR first-visiting, while earlier Air Wales had used the Aurigny Air Services ATR.72 G-BXTN for their morning Cardiff rotation - the machine now wearing Aurigny's superb livery, had of course been regular here in the past as a BA CitiExpress/City-Flyer aeroplane, its last departure as such being flown on 17th August 2003. Hapag-Lloyd Citation XLS D-CTLX took another day-trip to London City, returning during the afternoon and then departing back home to Hannover.
AWW850/1 G-BXTN BZH5851/2 F-GRJR
Tuesday 21st February
A single airliner and executive jet once again providing the only interest, the biz jet again being of more interest, Hapag-Lloyd Express' new Citation XLS D-CTLX visiting during the morning and then making another arrival during the afternoon for a night-stop, the aircraft using the 'Excellence' callsigns throughout, but unfortunately not wearing the 'yellow taxi' livery worn by the carrier's Boeing 737s. Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHN made its second visit to Newcastle Airport on the morning Torp schedule.
BZH5851/2 F-GRJD AMC248/9 9H-ADI
Monday 20th February
Kuwait Airways returned for their first visit since last March during the afternoon, Airbus A.300-600 9K-AMB arriving mid-afternoon for a night-stop, an aircraft making only its third visit here, but only its second in the last ten years. Possibly of more interest however was the first of the recently delivered Bookajet/Club 328 Premier Is to appear here, G-CJAG operating a training flight at lunch-time.
Sunday 19th February
For the fourth day running just a single first-visiting airliner provided the day's highlight, easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIF operating an 'in reverse' Stansted rotation during the morning, and also during the late evening. Yesterday's first-timer, KLM CityHopper Fokker 100 PH-OFM, made its first departure from Newcastle early on, returning for its second visit during the afternoon. The day also produced two executive jets making their third appearances here, Learjet 60 OY-LGI during the morning, and NetJets Europe Citation Excel CS-DFS at lunch-time.
KLM952 PH-OFM EZY533/5JK G-EZIF BGH5815/6 LZ-HMQ KLM963/4 PH-OFM EZY539/8 G-EZIF
Saturday 18th February
Another late evening first visiting airliner, the second of the 'new' KLM CityHopper Fokker 100s PH-OFM making its first appearance on the night-stopping Amsterdam arrival.
KLM971 PH-OFM HCY548/9 5B-DBI
Friday 17th February
Another Boeing 737-800 knocked off the airport's needs list late in the evening, but not a Ryanair machine this time, Hapag-Lloyd's D-AHFA operating the Hapag-Lloyd Express Hannover scheduled service. Earlier Belgian Air Force Embraer ERJ-135 CE-01 had made only its third landing here, a short visit at tea-time.
FHE318/9 HB-JIB LTE944/5 EC-ICN FUA1335/6 EC-IZG HLX4520/1 D-AHFA
Thursday 16th February
Just one first-visitor, another Ryanair Boeing 737-800 knocked off the airport's needs list, EI-DHN operating the morning Torp rotation.
Wednesday 15th February
Not too much of note, KLM Boeing 737-800 PH-BXK made its second visit on the morning Amsterdam rotation, and easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIA which had flown two Stansted rotations at the weekend, operated a further two during the morning. Belgian Air Force Falcon 900 CD01 made its third visit as such also during the morning.
EZY513/2 G-EZIA KLM957/8 PH-BXK EZY515/4 G-EZIA
Tuesday 14th February
Nothing of note .....
EZE41P/41Y G-ZAPK EZE42Y/43Y G-ZAPK BZH5851/2 F-GRJD BZH5853/4 F-GRJD AMC248/9 9H-AEJ RUS3814 D-COSA
Monday 13th February
Just two second-visiting airliners today, Air Azores Airbus A.320 CS-TKL which had first-visited last week on the morning Funchal charter, and the new Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLE again on the evening Dublin rotation.
BZH5851/2 F-GRJD RZO9400/1 CS-TKL
Sunday 12th February
Two more first-visiting airliners, both from not un-expected sources, easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIT operating another Stansted rotation during the morning, while Ryanair's just days old Boeing 737-800 EI-DLE flew the late evening Dublin schedule.
EZY533/5JK G-EZIT BGH5811/2 LZ-HMQ
Saturday 11th February
A bumper airliner day, most unusual for a winter Saturday !. There was only one first-visitor however, easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZIA operating a pair of 'in reverse' Stansted rotations during the morning and at lunch-time. Further interest was provided by Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHW which second-visited on the morning Torp schedule, Brit Air CRJ.700 F-GRZL which made its first departure from Newcastle on the first Paris-CDG of the day, KLM Boeing 737-800 PH-BXF which made its third visit on the first Amsterdam rotation of the day, and CityJet BAe146-200 EI-DMK which first-visited as such on the late morning Brit Air/Air France Paris-CDG rotation. The aircraft had visited previously as G-DEBE, the last time as a British Regional aeroplane on 29th November 2002. General Aviation visitors included the third visit of Learjet 60 N838RC during the morning, and the second of German Air Rescue King Air 200 D-IDRF during the afternoon.
BZH5850 F-GRZL EZY513/2 G-EZIA KLM957/8 PH-BXF EZY515/4 G-EZIA BZH5851/2 EI-DMK HCY548/9 5B-DBI
Friday 10th February
Two first-visiting airliners, but we had to wait until late in the evening for both, Hapag-Lloyd Boeing 737-800 D-AHFR operating the 'Express' Hannover schedule, while Brit Air's obviously very recently delivered CRJ.700 F-GRZL made its first appearance on the last Paris-CDG arrival of the day. Learjet 60 N838RC made its second visit here at lunch-time, while NetJets Europe Hawker 800XP CS-DNN made only its third visit during the afternoon.
LTE944/5 EC-ICN BZH5851/2 F-GRJD FUA1335/6 EC-IOU BZH5855 F-GRZL HLX4520/1 D-AHFR
Thursday 9th February
A significant day for Ryanair Boeing 737-800s, although not for first-visitors .... EI-CSA did however make only its second appearance here on the evening Dublin rotation, the aircraft being one of four EI-CS.-registered aircraft to appear on the carrier's schedules during the day, but nevertheless one of three to be fitted with winglets, EI-CSW also making its first appearance fitted as such on the newly re-timed Torp schedule during the morning. The day's real excitement concerned an executive jet visitor however, only our second Challenger 300 ever, HB-JEU day-stopping, while also of note was another Cheyenne visitor, D-IONE which visited briefly during the evening.
RYR (with the re-timing of the Torp wef today, the sequence is now ... 172/3, 1705/6, 4637/8,176/7): CSI/CSW/CSY/CSA
Wednesday 8th February
More returning airliners, Woodgate Jetstream 31 G-CCPW being the most interesting, the aircraft which had first-visited last month, operating a breakfast-time hospital flight. Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-CSX made its second visit on the afternoon Bergamo schedule, its first having been during November 2005, but first fitted with winglets, and Brit Air CRJ.200 F-GRJD made its third visit of the month already on the late morning Paris-CDG rotation. Interesting exec jet visitor was Learjet 45 N66DN, a first-visitor as such during the morning - this was actually the airframe's 75th visit however, having recently been regular as N125GW.
Tuesday 7th February
Only second-visiting airliners today, Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHY appearing for the second day running on the afternoon Bergamo schedule, Brit Air CRJ.200 F-GRJD operating the late morning Paris-CDG rotation, as it had done five days previous, while Cirrus Airlines Dornier 328 D-COSA, which had arrived for the first time just before midnight, flew most of the day's Eastern Airways London City schedules.
EZE41Y G-RHUM EZE42Y/4502 G-RHUM EZE43Y D-COSA BZH5851/2 F-GRJD EZE024P G-BWWT EZE44Y/45Y D-COSA EZE46Y/47Y D-COSA AMC248/9 9H-ABT EZE48Y D-COSA
Monday 6th February
A bumper airliner day with no fewer than four first-visitors. Air Azores bucked the trend on their late morning Funchal charter, a flight flown exclusively so far by Airbus A.320 CS-TKJ, by using the scheduled service config. machine CS-TKL, while the afternoon's Ryanair schedules produced a pair of first-timers, Boeing 737-800 EI-DHY on the Bergamo rotation, and eirJet Airbus A.320 EI-DKF on the Torp schedule. A non-returning Dornier 328 D-CIRB from maintenance made for a day of sub-charters on the Eastern Airways London City schedule, Cirrus Airlines Dornier 328 D-CIRA making its seocnd and third visits on the morning and afternoon rotations, with the Scot Airways machine G-BWWT operating the last three sectors of the day. The final first-visiting airliner of the day was also connected, Cirrus Airliners Dornier 328 D-COSA arriving just before midnight, presumably to be in position for the schedule on Tuesday morning. Also of note during the late morning was Brit Air CRJ.200 F-GRJN, a machine which had first-visited three days previous, making its second appearance here on the Paris-CDG schedule. Amidst all this airliner excitement there was again a very welcome executive jet visitor, the stunning, all-black Citation II SE-RBK day-stopping.
EZE42Y/43Y D-CIRA RZO9400/1 CS-TKL BZH5851/2 F-GRJN EZE44Y/45Y D-CIRA EZE46Y/47Y G-BWWT EZE012P G-RHUM EZE48Y G-BWWT RUS3506 D-COSA
Sunday 5th February
Another sole item of interest, and another nice executive jet, our first ferry flight of the year involving Premier N6148Z which passed through to Germany during the morning.
RYR: -/CSC/DIJ & DAE/DHA
Saturday 4th February
Just one machine of note, but rather a nice one, the best biz jet of the year so far, Hawker 800XP TC-VSC, the one time Far East-based N168HH, spending the afternoon with us from/to Istanbul.
Friday 3rd February
Another excellent day for airliners, with another three first-visitors !. First came only our third sight here of a Boeing 737-900, KLM's PH-BXS operating the first Amsterdam rotation of the day, following two previous members of the fleet over the past year. The others mirrored the previous day's interest, Brit Air CRJ.200 F-GRJN first-visiting on a slightly delayed late morning Paris-CDG schedule, while Eastern Airways used their fourth Dornier 328 of the week (!), City Star Airlines' TF-CSC operating the early afternoon Aberdeen rotation, this machine wearing an incomplete, grey livery. Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DHG which had first-timed yesterday, made its second visit on the evening Dublin schedule, while Atlantic Airlines' Antonov An-72 ES-NOI also made its second visit here during the afternoon, operating in from Le Bourget during the afternoon - it had first visited on 6th March 2005.
KLM957/8 PH-BXS LTE944/5 EC-ISI FUA1335/6 EC-IYS BZH5851/2 F-GRJN EZE33FC/34FC TF-CSC
Thursday 2nd February
An airliner filled Thursday, three aircraft first-visiting ! - Brit Air used CRJ.200 F-GRJD for their late morning Paris-CDG rotation, while Eastern Airways used their third Dornier 328 of the week through Newcastle, CityStar Airlines' TF-CSB substituting for the J31 on the early afternoon Aberdeen schedule. Ryanair were not of course to be left out, the day's two Dublin rotations producing aircraft of note, the first-visiting EI-DHG on the morning flight, and EI-DAC on its second appearance here on the late evening schedule.
BZH5851/2 F-GRJD EZE33FC/34FC TF-CSB
Wednesday 1st February
Not so much of interest, the only airliner of note being the Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DCC making its second visit on the morning Dublin rotation, while a pair of executive jets on diversion from local airfields produced the first visit as such of Citation 550 D-CCWD which diverted in from Teesside during the morning - it had last visited here as OE-GTZ on 2nd June 2005 - and the third appearance here, and second diversion of the week, of Falcon 200 N777FC from Carlisle.
Tuesday 31st January
Rather an interesting day despite the gloom - a troubled one however for Eastern Airways Dornier 328 D-CIRB on the second day of its new London City schedule, the aircraft not returning from the first southbound during the morning, but positioning back under a Cirrus Air callsign during the afternoon. Two rotations were flown by Atlantic Airways ATR.42 G-DRFC during the afternoon and early evening, while the last arrival of the day was flown by sister-ship D-CIRA, the Cirrus Air-liveried machine making its first-visit here and subsequently night-stopping. There were a pair of Ryanair Boeing 737-800s of note, EI-CSE following up its first appearance here yesterday with its second on the afternoon Bergamo schedule, EI-DAC filling quite a 'gap' for the airport later on, first-visiting on the evening Dublin rotation, while Transavia/KLM's PH-HZM made its fourth visit, but only third in its KLM livery, on the first Amsterdam rotation of the day. Some people's first new executive jet of the year (!) became Eurojet Italia's Lear 45 I-ERJE at lunch-time, while TBM.700 N700EL arrived from East Midlands during the evening for a night-stop - the aircraft had visited once before, during July 2003 as N701AR.
KLM957/8 PH-HZM EZE44Y/45Y G-DRFC RUS3531 D-CIRB EZE46Y/47Y G-DRFC AMC248/9 9H-ADI EZE48Y D-CIRA
Monday 30th January
Another 'old' Ryanair Boeing 737-800 was chalked off the airport's 'needs list', EI-CSE appearing here for the first time on the afternoon Bergamo schedule. Falcon 200 N777FC made its second v isit, another diversion from Carlisle at lunch-time, while Cirrus Air Dornier 328 D-CIRB operated its first day's worth of London City schedules.
EZE41Y-48Y D-CIRB RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ
Sunday 29th January
A few of note, the most interesting being the return of Cirrus Air Dornier 328 D-CIRB which positioned in from Mannheim at lunch-time for the commencement of Eastern Airways' new London City schedule the following day - our new based aircraft had visited just once previously on an Eastern Airways Southampton scheduled service on 16th November 2005. Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-CSY made its first visit wearing winglets on the afternoon Bergamo schedule, the machine's eleventh landing here, while Styrian Spirit CRJ OE-LSS departed to Belfast City at lunch-time. Aviation Beauport Citation Excel G-XLSB made its second visit as such at tea-time.
BGH5811/2 LZ-HMI EZE062P D-CIRB
Saturday 28th January
Two commuter airliners, one expected and one not, provided the day's main interest - the expected one was Atlantic Airways' ATR.72 G-HERM which first-visited on a sports charter, the ex-Finnair machine spending the afternoon and early evening with us wearing the same colour-scheme as the carrier's recent visitor ATR.42 G-RHUM. The un-expected arrival involved CRJ.200 OE-LSS from Austrian carrier Styrian Spirit, which diverted in using its registration as a callsign, on a ferry flight from Graz to Keflavik and presumably beyond to North America, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping. Actually no stranger to Newcastle in a previous guise, the airframe was once regular as G-MSKN of Maersk (UK), its last visit being on 18th October 2000. Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DLC second-visited on the carrier's late evening Dublin schedule.
Friday 27th January
More second visitors on North Sea transits, Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DCF on the Torp schedule, and Wideroe DHC.8-300 second-timing as such on the carrier's early evening Stavanger rotation, while Futura Boeing 737-400 EC-JNU made its first appearance here as such on the lunch-time Tenerife charter, the predominately all-white aircraft with titles having last visited as EC-GUO of Air Europa on 4th April 2001. A pair of Executive jets of note too, Graff's Lear 60 OY-LGI following up its first visit just last month at lunch-time, while Aviation Beauport's recently re-registered Citation Excel G-XLSB made its first visit as such during the afternoon - it has of course been regular here in recent years as N560S.
LTE944/5 EC-ISI FUA1335/6 EC-JNU WIF384/5 LN-WFU
Thursday 26th January
FlyBe DHC.8-400 G-JECJ made just its second visit to Newcastle Airport on the morning's, and now day's only, Belfast City rotation, while the tea-time Ryanair Torp schedule was the subject of interest, but not for another significant Boeing 737-800, eirjet Airbus A.320 EI-DIJ operating the flight, the once very regular Monarch Airlines aeroplane having visited as an Irish machine just once before, on 30th September 2005. Aviavilsa Antonov An-26 LY-APN unfortunately didn't stay around for us to see it in daylight, departing back across the North Sea in the early hours, while an interesting GA visitor was Norwegian Cheyenne LN-ACV day-stopping from/to Gardermoen.
Wednesday 25th January
The day's only highlight came just before midnight, Aviavilsa Antonov An-26 LY-APN arriving from Copenhagen.
Tuesday 24th January
Ryanair Boeing 737-800s again produced the only interest, rather co-incidentally the first and last members of the fleet making significant appearances, EI-CSA first-visiting on the early evening Torp schedule, while the newest EI-DLD had made just its second appearance here on the late afternoon Dublin rotation.
Monday 23rd January
Nothing of note ....
Sunday 22nd January
Two more first-visiting airliners, only one of which was a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 ! - KLM CityHopper's 'new' Fokker 100 PH-OFL finally put in its first appearance on the afternoon Amsterdam schedule, the aircraft wearing a non-standard 'white' colour-scheme, while Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-DCC first-timed on the evening Dublin rotation.
BGH5811 LZ-HMW KLM963/4 PH-OFL
Saturday 21st January
Ryanair excitement continued with two more first-visiting Boeing 737-800s during the day - EI-DAS operated the morning Dublin schedule, while the newest machine so far in the fleet EI-DLD, followed on the early evening Dublin rotation. Another Irish connection was provided by Cessna 208B Caravan N208EC, which spent the afternoon with us from and to Dublin's airports.
Friday 20th January
Again only one of note, the third first-visiting Ryanair Boeing 737-800 of the year so far, the very new EI-DLC on the morning Dublin schedule.
LTE944/5 EC-ICN FUA1335/6 EC-IOU
Thursday 19th January
Only one aeroplane of note, a very exotic executive jet, but not a first visitor, Israeli Citation Excel 4X-CPU passing through during the early afternoon - it had spent a night with us during November 2004.
Wednesday 18th January
A 'new' machine from one of our regular operators, and a second-visit-of-type executive jet were the day's highlights. Wideroe's latest DHC.8-300 LN-WFU made its first appearance as such on the carrier's evening Stavanger scheduled service, the aircraft wearing a basic Euromanx colour-scheme of a white fuselage and red tail fin and engines - it had once been very regular here as G-JEDE of British European/FlyBe, its last visit as such having been during May 2004. Yesterday's first-visit-of-type Learjet 40 G-MOOO passed through again during the late evening on another training flight.
Tuesday 17th January
The first bit of real executive jet excitement of the year, a biz-jet first-visit-of-type ! - our first Learjet 40 ever appeared in the shape of Northern Executive Aviation's G-MOOO at tea-time, passing through on a training flight from Humberside to Edinburgh.
Monday 16th January
The most significant movement of the day involved a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, nothing unusual about that, apart from the fact it didn't include a first- or second-visitor - EI-DCJ became the first wingletted member of the fleet to appear at Newcastle Airport, the first aircraft to be retro-fitted, operating the morning Dublin schedule. NetJets Europe Hawker 800XP CS-DNV made its first departure from Newcastle Airport during the morning, the aircraft returning during the afternoon, while interesting day-stopper was Pilatus PC-12 OE-EPC.
A pretty big biz day (but not unfortunately producing the 'big biz' we were all hoping for !) with six arrivals during the afternoon and early evening, four of which were Citations. The Citations included the best of the bunch, the first-visiting S550 N66EH which stayed for just fifteen minutes mid-afternoon from Altenrhein to Reykjavik, while another first-timer, rather surprisingly, was the NetJets Europe Hawker 800XP CS-DNV which arrived from London City during the early evening for a night-stop. Also making a brief appearance during the early evening was Servair Citation 550 HB-VMW, a machine which had first-visited almost exactly two months ago.
Saturday 14th January
Another easyJet Airbus A.319 substitution mid-morning produced a true first-visitor this time, G-EJAR operating a Stansted rotation, while the only other aircraft of note were the Eurolynx CRJ G-ELNX during the afternoon for a night-stop, the machine's fifth visit here, and Westair Lear 60 EI-IAW which spent the day with us.
EZY513/4 G-EJAR HCY548/9 5B-DBI
Friday 13th January
Highlights of another fairly active GA day, ending a busy week for the genre, were a pair of British airliners - the first during the morning was a true first-visitor, FlyBe's new DHC.8-400 G-JECJ on a Belfast City rotation, while easyJet Airbus A.319 G-EZDC on a late evening Stansted schedule was only a first-visitor as such - the airframe had of course been the first easyJet A.319 ever to visit Newcastle Airport, as HB-JZB on the promotional tour of the type, during late November 2003. Notable amongst the GA visitors was Air Alsie CitationJet OY-JMC which visited briefly during the early afternoon, its sixth appearance here, and first since May 2004.
BEE421/2 G-JECJ LTE944/5 EC-JHJ FUA1335/6 EC-IYS EZY5FL/5FK G-EZDC
Thursday 12th January
Another quite busy GA day, but the only item of real interest was the return of Coast Air ATR.42 LN-FAP operating the return leg of the Stord charter it first-visited on two days previous.
Wednesday 11th January
A GA dominated day with no fewer than four French-registered machines 'moving' during it - the most interesting arrival concerned Citation 550 F-GGGT which made its first appearance here since April 1999 during the morning, while another machine of note was Metroliner EC-HXY, arriving at tea-time for a night-stop, only its third visit here in as many years.
Tuesday 10th January
A more varied day than of late with two aeroplanes of Scandinavian connection of note; Coast Air of Norway operated a charter flight from/to Stord during the early evening with ATR.42 LN-FAP - an aeroplane which had visited twenty-three times previously as D-BDDD of Eurowings, the last time during 1996, it wore the rather attractive new blue/red/grey colour-scheme of the carrier, unlike the last of the fleet to appear here, LN-FAO on a Wideroe 'sub' during November 2004. Much earlier in the day Euromanx Jetstream 31 G-CCPW, an ex-Swedish machine, first-visited in the early hours deputising for the usual Navajo on a hospital flight from/to Dublin.
Monday 9th January
Again just two aeroplanes to mention, Jet2 Boeing 737-300 TF-ELA first-visiting during the afternoon, positioning in from Manchester to operate the Cork rotation, and then becoming temporarily based, operating the overnight Stansted mail flight too - the aircraft wears a basic Jet2 livery, a white fuselage with red fin and engines, and tail titles only, while the only other item was Lancair N209DW which also arrived during the afternoon for a night-stop.
RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ EXS535P/535 TF-ELA EXS536/008B TF-ELA
Sunday 8th January
Another very quiet day, with just the second visit of Ryanair Boeing 737-800 EI-CSJ on the afternoon Bergamo schedule, and the arrival for a night-stop of Cheyenne F-GKRR at lunch-time, providing any interest.
BGH5815/6 LZ-HMW EAF1903/903P G-CEAF
Saturday 7th January
The airliner type of 2005 provided all of the day's interest, another Ryanair Boeing 737-800 first-visiting, EI-CSJ on the afternoon Bergamo schedule, while a pair of extra Air Europa charters in the early hours were flown by EC-HJP and EC-HKR.
AEA189/191 EC-HJP AEA223/4 EC-HKR
Friday 6th January
For the first time this year something other than a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 to report on - the day's LTE Tenerife charter was delayed slightly, and was operated by the Hola Airlines Boeing 757 EC-ISY at tea-time. Only the machine's second appearance here it had last visited on a Helios Airways 'sub' on 11th October 2004. The first foreign executive jet arrival of the year produced NetJets Europe Citation Excel CS-DFO at lunch-time, its fourth visit here.
FHE316 HB-JIB FUA1335/6 EC-IZG LTE944/5 EC-ISY
Thursday 5th January
Again only a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 to mention, the new machine EI-DLB making its second visit on the late evening Dublin rotation.
Wednesday 4th January
The new year's theme continued with just Ryanair Boeing 737-800s providing the only interest - this did include the first-visit of the new machine EI-DLB however, on the late evening Dublin schedule, while EI-DCP had made its second appearance here earlier on the morning Dublin rotation.
Tuesday 3rd January
Only another second-visiting Ryanair Boeing 737-800, EI-CSN on the afternoon Bergamo schedule - its first appearance here had been as long ago as 10th may 2005.
Monday 2nd January
First item of the year of interest was not surprisingly a Ryanair Boeing 737-800, EI-CSV making its second visit on the evening Torp schedule - Challenger 604 N604LA which had been present over the turn of the year, departed to Teesside during the late morning.
RZO9400/1 CS-TKJ BGH5803/4 LZ-HMW
Sunday 1st January
A busy start to the new year with over one hundred movements, almost certainly our busiest January 1st ever, but nothing worthy of mention .....