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Monday, 18 January 2016

Aircraft Update for 18-Jan-2016

Sol Lineas Aéreas Ceases Operations

Argentine regional carrier Sol Lineas Aereas abruptly shut down operations and filed for bankruptcy protection on 15-Jan-2016. The airline's four month partnership with Aerolineas Argentinas was terminated this week along with the subsidy agreement between the two carriers in their capacity purchase agreement.

Sol Líneas Aéreas operated a fleet of Saab 340 and CRJ-200 aircraft from their base in Buenos Aires. It was a joint venture between Transatlantica Group, and Spain's Air Nostrum. As a result of the termination of the CPA agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Nostrum have now exercised an exit clause in their partnership with Sol.

MSN 340A-150 SAAB 340A LV-BEW
Sol Lineas Aéreas
Buenos Aires-Aeroparque 09-Oct-2012
David Osborn/Aeroprints Photo

TAP Express Launch

TAP Portugal has announced their intention to launch TAP Express in Mar-2016, to replace the existing PGA Portugalia Airlines operation. The new operator will utilize both ATR-72s and Embraer 190s, sourced from Azul Linhas Aéreas of Brazil. The ATRs will be flown by White, while the 190s will be operated by Portugalia.

One Azul ATR-72-600, P2-AQW (msn 1232) has already been noted in TAP Express livery.


483 - ATR-72-202 D2-FLC ex-Fly540 Angola, Luanda

Noted at Toulouse 11-Jan-2016 in Fly540 c/s, at Latécoère facility. The aircraft is seen below at Moenchengladbach prior to its departure to Angola in Mar-2012

MSN 483 - ATR-72-202 D2-FLC
Moenchengladbach, Germany 26-Feb-2012
David Osborn/Aeroprints Photo

1285 - ATR-72-212A (600) F-WWEN Firefly, Subang

Noted still in storage, Firefly c/s at the Latécoère facility at Toulouse 11-Jan-2016 (see blog entry for 10-Jan-2016 as well)

1302  ATR-72-212A (600) F-WKVI  ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Regional, Toulouse

Noted at Toulouse 11-Jan-2016 in primer, at Latécoère facility; flew Toulouse - Turin 18-Jan-2016 for ASW conversion; for Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri.

1303 - ATR-72-212A (600) HS-PZE Bangkok Airways, Bangkok

Noted at Toulouse 11-Jan-2016 in full Bangkok c/s; flew Toulouse - Paphos - Al Ain - Colombo - Bangkok (DMK) 16/19-Jan-2016 on delivery, ex F-WWEI

1310 - ATR-212-212A (600) EC-MJG Canarias Airlines, Las Palmas

Noted at Toulouse 11-Jan-2016 in primer, had arrived that day back from Las Palmas (see blog entry for 12-Jan-2016 as well)

Toulouse ATR movements courtesy of TLS Watch Daily

MSN 926 - ATR-72-212A (500) PR-TKA
Azul Linhas Aéreas
Belo Horizonte, Brazil 19-Oct-2015
David Osborn/Aeroprints Photo

MSN 367 - ATR-72-202 PP-STY
MAP Linhas Aéreas
Belo Horizonte, Brazil 19-Oct-2015
David Osborn/Aeroprints Photo

British Aerospace

MSN 848 - Jetstream 31 PH-RCI
AIS Airlines
Zürich, Switzerland 26-Mar-2015
Aero Icarus Photo


S-136 - CASA 295MPA 912 Royal Air Force of Oman, Muscat

Flew Seville - Malta - Hurghada 15/16-Jan-2016 on delivery to Oman


87 - DHC-8-102 C-GANK Voyageur Airways Ltd., North Bay, ON

Registered 15-Jan-2016; this is the second recorded DHC-8-100 transfer between Chorus Aviation units Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Airways. C-FABW was the first, which occurred on 11-Dec-2015.

449 - DHC-8-202 N449YV Wells Fargo Bank NW Trustee, Salt Lake City, UT (Berry Aviation)

Flew via Luxembourg and Exeter 17-Jan-2016, still all white with no titles

MSN 449 - DHC-8-202 N449YV
Berry Aviation
Luxembourg 17-Jan-2016
Peter Bakema Photo

4515 - DHC-8-402 C-FJWE Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Test flown from Downsview, ON 16-Jan-2016 as BBA22

4519 - DHC-8-402 C-FMEZ Bombardier Inc., Montréal, QC

Registered 18-Jan-2016

A superb shot of C-FACT climbing off 26L in Vancouver by Mike Head/

MSN 262 - DHC-8-311 C-FACT
Jazz Aviation LP
Vancouver-Int'l, BC 01-Jan-2016
Mike Head/Jetwash Photos


A couple of late model Metro 23s seen below, courtesy of Terry Fletcher and Ken Swartz. C-GMWW was built in 1994, and flew for several different operators in the U.S. and Spain before coming to Canada in 2005. Bearskin's C-FJVB was the third to the last one off the production line in 1999.

MSN DC-852B SA227DC Metro 23 C-GMWW
Sunwest Aviation
Calgary-Int'l, AB 17-Jun-2013
Terry Fletcher Photo

MSN DC-902B SA227DC Metro 23 C-GJVB
Bearskin Lake Air Service
Kitchener/Waterloo, ON 30-Aug-2009
Kenneth I. Swartz Photo


340B-402 - SAAB 340B VH-ZXG MG 340 Leasing Ltd., Dublin

Registered 11-Jan-2016 and leased to Regional Express Pty Ltd., Mascot, NSW; ex N302AG

340B-420 - SAAB 340B VH-ZXK REX Investment Holdings Pty Ltd., Mascot, NSW

Registered 11-Jan-2016 and leased to Regional Express Pty Ltd., Mascot, NSW; ex N420XJ