Monday 31st December
Problems caused by the snow at Teesside provided us with some movements of interest, and some first-visitors, on the last day of the year. The penultimate first-visiting airliner of the year became Iberworld's brand new Airbus A.320 EC-IAG which diverted in from Teesside at mid-day from/to Las Palmas - we also almost got another first-timing A.320, what would have been our first look at a BMI aircraft during the morning, but it was eventually able to get into Teesside. Flightline BAe146-200 G-OZRH made its first visit to Newcastle during the evening, from Aberdeen to Manchester, what was presumably a re-routed charter flight to Newcastle owing to Teesside's weather, and Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYTY became the last visitor of the year, passing through late evening from Glasgow to Manchester, its departure being the last fixed-wing movement at Newcastle Airport in 2001.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOU IWD3603/4 EC-IAG GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOW RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BRT658/7 G-EMBS
Sunday 30th December
Rounding off quite a remarkable few months for British European Airways aircraft at Newcastle Airport, the second last day of the year produced yet another first visitor from the fleet, BAe146-300 G-JEBD operating the return sector of the Turin ski charter, and then positioning out to Birmingham. What will probably turn out to be the last Braathens-operated scheduled service for the time being was flown by Fokker 50 LN-KKE during the morning - the Norwegian Air Shuttle fleet will of course continue to be regular visitors in the New Year, when the carrier continues operations on the Stavanger route in it own right.
BEE9195 G-JEBA GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOI DLH2158/2071 D-ALIT BEE9196/092P G-JEBD GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOF
Saturday 29th December
Irish Air Corps CN.235 253 managed to get in during the morning, and Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BWWT operated another from/to Cambridge during the evening.
AIH052 C-FBUS BEE091P/9191 G-JEBA GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOH BRY04P G-ERJB GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOS BEE9192 G-JEBA
Friday 28th December
A flurry of Scot Airways Dornier 328s, two aircraft making three landings (and a few overshoots !) during the day. G-BYMK positioned in from Edinburgh during the late morning, arriving in the midst of some fierce crosswinds, which being above the type's limits, made for a couple of go-arounds before a succesful landing was made - Irish Air Corps CN.235 253 had the same problem at the same time, making three approaches followed by go-arounds as the winds remained above the type's limits; it subsequently returned home without landing. G-BYMK departed to London City after mid-day, returning just after dark: in the meantime G-BWWT positioned in from Cambridge to return with passengers.
Brymon Airways ERJ.145 G-ERJB operated the afternoon British Regional Birmingham rotation, actually returning after departure with a technical problem and night-stopping.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOS AIH051 C-FBUS DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA BRT658/7 G-ERJB GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOV BRT657 G-ERJB AMM289/8 G-OOAS GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOH
Thursday 27th December
Another 'in reverse' British Regional Airways Birmingham rotation was operated by an ERJ.145 during the early afternoon, the flights confusingly being operated by a Brymon Airways aircraft G-ERJA. The late afternoon/late evening Paris-CDG rotation was also operated 'in reverse' by City Jet BAe146-200 EI-CSL. British European CRJ G-JECC positioned in from Birmingham just after dark to be in position to take over the carrier's Brussels scheduled service from the 146 the following day, only the aircraft's second landing at Newcastle.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOW BEE1380/1 G-JECB GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOC JKK3107/8 EC-HRG BRT658/7 G-ERJA BEE033P G-JECC GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOG BEE3024/5 EI-CSL
Wednesday 26th December
Nothing of note.
BEE1380/1 G-JECB GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOS GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOJ
Tuesday 25th December
Not quite as busy a Christmas Day as last year, but there was still a visiting aircraft, another early hours ambulance flight - Citation 550 G-RDBS had mixed it with Santa Claus last year - being flown by Air Montgomery Cessna 421 G-MUVG.
Monday 24th December
Another British Regional ERJ.145 appeared, G-EMBP, ironically an aeroplane reportedly 'leased' to Brymon Airways, operating an early afternoon Birmingham schedule.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOU BAW42WX/589X G-XMAN BRT658/7 G-EMBP GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOT RZO9400/1 CS-TGP GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOL
Sunday 23rd December
British European BAe146-300 G-JEBC operated the first Turin departure of the winter season, not to return.
BEE9195 G-JEBC GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOL DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOF
Saturday 22nd December
The beginning of the ski season, and amazingly even more British European-operated programmes; the morning Chambery and afternoon Geneva rotations were operated by the first-visiting BAe146-300 G-JEBC, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping. 'City Flyer' also began their ski series to Innsbruck, two of the carrier's Gatwick rotations consequently being flown by ATR.72 G-BYTO, the type returning to the route for the first time since the beginning of the winter timetable. Astonishingly these were the first ATR.42/72-operated scheduled services at Newcastle Airport since the 26th October ! - just a few months ago there were forty ATR movements a day !.
Falcon 50 N96UT departed to Luton late morning, and PA-32 N123AX visited briefly during the afternoon, from/to Staverton.
AIH052 C-FBUS BEE091P/9191 G-JEBC GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOJ GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOE BEE9192 G-JEBC
Friday 21st December
The night-stopping Il-76 UR-UCQ was joined at dawn by a somewhat more interesting example, Azerbaijan Cargo's 4K-AZ16 arriving from Baku and making Newcastle Airport history, the first time we'd had two Il-76s on the ground at the same time. The Ukrainian Cargo Airways machine departed first just after mid-day, on presumably the last of the cargo series to Lisbon, followed just eighteeen minutes later by 4K-AZ16, departing direct to Baku.
Brymon Airways required the help of two aircraft from the soon to be merged British Regional fleet during the day, ATP G-MANP operating the morning Dublin and mid-day Cork rotations, with ERJ.145 G-EMBA operating the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen flights. Air 2000 Airbus A.320 G-OOAT made its second visit on the afternoon Tenerife 'W', and the third daily Go Fly Stansted rotation began just after mid-day, flown by Boeing 737-300 G-IGOR.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOP BRY003P/5MA G-MANP AIH051 C-FBUS BAW42WX/589X G-GFFH BRY5MB/1MC G-MANP BEE1380/1 G-JECB GOE6SO/6JN G-IGOR DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA BRY6HB/6CR G-EMBA AMM289/8 G-OOAT BRY1MD/004P G-MANP GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOE BRY7CR/7NC G-EMBA
Thursday 20th December
Boeing 737-200 HZ-MIS paid us a return visit during the afternoon, the aircraft, which had first-visited on the 17th September, spending three and a half hours with us from/to Vienna. Il-76 UR-UCQ departed to Lisbon just after mid-day, returning during the evening for another night-stop.
British European CRJ G-JECB operated the lunch-time Brussels rotation, only its third visit to Newcastle, the previous two having occurred on the same morning in late November.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOP BAW42WX/589X G-ODUS BEE1380/1 G-JECB JKK3107/8 EC-HRG DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOI
Wednesday 19th December
British Regional ATP G-MANL was used by Brymon Airways for the morning Dublin rotation and the afternoon Cork, which routed outbound via Glasgow, the aircraft's first visit to Newcastle since 1995.
Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BZOG, which had first-visited just last week, made its second visit during the early hours, arriving from Stansted and positioning out to Glasgow. Falcon 50 N96UT arrived from Gander mid-morning for an extended pre-christmas visit.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOU BRY091/5MA G-MANL BAW8073/4 G-OMUC BRY5MB/180A G-MANL BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA BRY1MD/092 G-MANL GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOF
Tuesday 18th December
The second substitution on the afternoon Eurowings-operated Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule in two days produced another first-visitor, BAe146-200 D-ALOA becoming the second of the type to appear on the flight since the end of October. Ukrainian Cargo Airways Il-76 UR-UCQ arrived again during the evening for a two night stay, in preparation for another freight flight.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOL BAW8073/4 G-LGTG AMC5180/1 9H-ABP BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ALOA GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOM
Monday 17th December
Eurowings substituted the CRJ on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule with the very welcome, first-visiting Airbus A.319 D-AKNI, actually the fourth of the fleet to appear here. Nothing else that was really newsworthy .....
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOL BAW8073/4 G-OMUC BEE1380/1 G-JECA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP DLH2158/2071 D-AKNI GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOS
Sunday 16th December
Next to nothing, just Air 2000 Boeing 757 G-OOOG which returned from Kittila during the evening, positioning out later to Gatwick.
DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA AMM6637/937F G-OOOG GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOC
Saturday 15th December
The 'TUI'-liveried Boeing 757 G-BYAP returned from Tenerife just after midnight, and another interesting colour-scheme on a 757 appeared before dawn, Air 2000's G-OOOG positioning in from Manchester and operating one of two Finland departures later in the morning, to Kittila, the aircraft wearing part TCS Expeditions colours. Yet another Scot Airways-operated football charter during the evening saw Sunderland return from Southampton on Dornier 328 G-BWIR, the aircraft positioning out to Edinburgh. Surprisingly it was only the aircraft's second visit to Newcastle, its first having been as long ago as 29th April 1998.
BAL519B G-BYAP AIH052 C-FBUS AMM936F/6636 G-OOOG GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOE
Friday 14th December
It seems a while since we saw a first-visiting airliner - actually it was as long ago as last Monday ! - three were to appear during the day. Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BZOG, the last of the fleet to eventually visit, took Sunderland FC to Southampton during the afternoon after having positioned in from Edinburgh, Eurowings CRJ D-ALIT first-visited on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, and Air 2000 Airbus A.320 G-OOAT first-visited during the evening on the Tenerife 'W'.
TB.21 N221H returned during the afternoon for another visit, from/to Ronaldsway.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOU AIH051 C-FBUS BAW8073/4 G-GFFH BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ALIT BAL519A G-BYAP AMM289/8 G-OOAT GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOH
Thursday 13th December
Go Fly Boeing 737-300 G-IGOW made its second visit to Newcastle on the morning Stansted rotation, as did British Airways' similar type G-OMUC on the first Gatwick rotation of the day. The last of the three Spanair Airbus A.321s to appear on the winter Arrecife series operated the early afternoon flight, EC-HPM having been the first Spanair single-aisle Airbus to visit Newcastle substituting twice for MD.80s during October 2000. A pair of colour-scheme significant Boeing 757 visits included British Airways' G-CPER, now in the 'Union Flag' scheme, and the first-visit of the new Britannia Airways colour-scheme, the 'World of TUI' branding appearing here for the first time on G-BYAP from Alicante during the late evening.
Pharma Nord Falcon 100 OY-PHN day-stopped from/to Billund, and the Ukrainian Cargo Airways Il-76 UR-UCQ departed to Lisbon at lunch-time after three nights on the remote stands. TB.21 Trinidad N221H made the first of what is likely to become regular visits during the afternoon, from/to Ronaldsway.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOW BAW8073/4 G-OMUC BAW12H/13F G-CPER JKK3107/8 EC-HPM BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOA BAL256B G-BYAP
Wednesday 12th December
The last of the current fleet of eighteen Go Fly Boeing 737-300s to appear at Newcastle since the beginning of the carrier's Stansted schedule on November 1st operated the morning rotation. G-IGOW, which still wears a white underside, had however visited previously in a variety of guises, first as EC-EIA in 1989 and then as G-TEAB and EC-FJZ in later years.
The fifth German exec jet of the week appeared just after sundown, CitationJet D-ICOL arriving from Manchester and departing to Monchengladbach during the evening. The aircraft had visited once before during 2000.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOW BAW8073/4 G-LGTH DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOI
Tuesday 11th December
In contrast to the previous day, very little of interest, just the departure of CitationJet D-IDBW to Nantes during the morning.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOP UKA85Q G-UKTE BAW8073/4 G-ODUS UKA760 G-UKTA BMA1TW G-BVJD BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOG
Monday 10th December
The last of the four British European CRJs to appear here first-visited at lunch-time, G-JECC in the carrier's full colour-scheme operating the middle of the day Brussels rotation.
It was GA however that produced the most interest, three German-registered Citations arriving during the morning - best of these was our first 'CJ1' ever, the upgraded CitationJet appearing for the first time in the shape of D-ITAN, which arrived from Stuttgart and departed to Biggin Hill during the afternoon. Citation 501 D-IEIR followed from Stuttgart just twelve minutes after the CJ1, the machine also departing to Biggin Hill mid afternoon, while last month's first-visiting CitationJet D-IDBW made its second visit a little later in the morning from Dortmund, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping.
Ukrainian Cargo Airways Il-76 UR-UCQ appeared again, although not a planned movement, the aircraft diverting in during the evening from East Midlands on a freight flight from Africa, and subsequently spending much of the week with us in position for its next Portuguese departure. Dove G-ARHW departed back to Fairoaks during the early afternoon, and three more diversions during the late evening produced a KLMuk Fokker 50 from Leeds, and another and a BMI Fokker 100 from Teesside.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOV BAW8073/4 G-XMAN BEE1380/1 G-JECC RZO9400/1 CS-TGP DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PS G-IGOG UKA08Q G-UKTE UKA55V G-UKTA BMA9WT G-BVJD
Sunday 9th December
A much more interesting day with bad weather at some airports south of us producing some extra visitors - best of these was the Britannia AB Boeing 737-800 SE-DZK on diversion from Teesside during the afternoon, the first-visiting aeroplane returning to Tenerife after dark, after spending just over three hours on the ground. A KLMuk Fokker 50 G-UKTE diverted in from Teesside during the morning, the aircraft also returning to its departure point direct from Newcastle, and three British European Belfast City-Leeds flights came to Newcastle during the day, the what would once have been very interesting Dash Eight G-JEDZ diverting in just before mid-day, and CRJ G-JECD diverting in on two consecutive occasions, during the afternoon and evening. British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUOG made just its second visit to Newcastle during the morning, its first having occurred as long ago as November 16th.
Another Teesside diversion produced the FAI Airservice Learjet 55 D-CATL during the afternoon, arriving from Nuremburg on an ambulance flight, and departing shortly after to Leipzig. A much less interesting machine appeared during the evening, Dove G-ARHW arriving from Fairoaks for a night-stop !
BAW12H/13F G-EUOG UKA88Q/752 G-UKTE BEE733/049W G-JEDZ BAL002B/A SE-DZK DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA BEE741/043W G-JECD BEE745/044W G-JECD GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOG
Saturday 8th December
Nothing worth mentioning ......
RPX276/277P G-BVOB AIH052 C-FBUS GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOT
Friday 7th December
British Regional Airlines used ATP G-MANJ for the first Birmingham rotation, the aircraft positioning in from, and out to, Glasgow. This was the aircraft's first-visit to Newcastle since 1997, and consequently its first in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme.
Aero Vision Corvette F-GPLA came visiting again, from Beziers to Toulouse during the morning, Abelag Ciatation I OO-LCM departed to Exeter during the afternoon, and Cessna 421 N421N spent the afternoon with us, from Manchester to Bournemouth.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOH BRT091/650 G-MANJ AIH051 C-FBUS BAW8073/4 G-GFFH BRT651/092 G-MANJ BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOH RPX274P/275 G-BVOB
Thursday 6th December
Highlight of the day was the TBM.700 LX-JFA which day-stopped from Biggin Hill to Charleroi, with another Belgian connection being provided by Abelag Citation I OO-LCM, which arrived from Brussels after dark for a night-stop. Gold Air Learjet 45 G-JRJR departed to Biggin Hill during the morning, and another departing night-stopper was the Il-76 UR-UCQ, to Lisbon again at lunch-time.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOM BAW8073/4 G-ODUS BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA JKK3107/8 EC-HRG GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOH
Wednesday 5th December
Another mid-day Il-76 movement, this time an arrival, UR-UCQ arriving from Eindhoven just after mid-day, for another night-stop. Another British Airways Boeing 737-300 made a second visit, G-LGTE on the morning Gatwick schedule.
Gold Air Learjet 45 G-JRJR made just its second visit, arriving from Glasgow during the afternoon for a night-stop.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOL BAW8073/4 G-LGTE BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOU
Tuesday 4th December
Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCQ departed to Lisbon again just before mid-day and British Airways Boeing 737-300 G-ODUS made just its second visit on the morning Gatwick schedule.
Ambrion Aviation HS.125 N125YY day-stopped from/to Luton - the aircraft had last visited as G-BMIH during 1999.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOT BAW8073/4 G-ODUS BEE1380/1 G-JECA DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOF
Monday 3rd December
British European amended their Brussels schedule slightly with effect from today, a CRJ operating from/to Brussels at mid-day, while the BAe146 sits out the middle of the day at Newcastle. G-JECA operated the first flight, only the aeroplane's second visit to Newcastle, its first having been on a training flight on the 30th November 1999.
Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCQ departed to Lisbon just after mid-day, returning during the evening for another night-stop, and a few foreign GA visitors included King Air 300 D-COIL during the afternoon from Birmingham to Mannheim, and a pair of UK residents and quite regular visitors, Cherokee N235PF from/to Southend and Commander 114 N139JV from Plymouth to Norwich.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOH BAW8073/4 G-OHAJ BEE1380/1 G-JECA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOG
Sunday 2nd December
Two British Airways Boeing 737-400s were the only airliner visitors of note, G-DOCG ('Chelsea Rose') on the late afternoon Heathrow rotation, its first-visit to Newcastle since 1998 - the aeroplane was the first 737-400 to appear at Newcastle in a 'World Design' during 1996 - and G-DOCZ making just its second visit to Newcastle as such later in the evening.
Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76MD UR-UCQ arrived from East Midlands at dusk for a night-stop.
BEE427/8 G-JEAK DLH2158/2071 D-ACRC BAW12G/13J G-DOCG BAW12W/13W G-DOCZ GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOG
Saturday 1st December
Go Fly Boeing 737-300 G-IGOV made just its second visit to Newcastle on the day's Stansted schedule - apart from G-IGOW which hasn't appeared here yet, 'OV' is the last of the other seventeen to make at least two visits to Newcastle since the beginning of the service exactly a month ago. VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLG departed to Stansted with its load of footballers during the evening, another load returning from Biggin Hill a little later on Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYML, the aeroplane subsequently positioning out to Cambridge. The aircraft's first-visit to Newcastle as such, it was actually the first Dornier 328 to visit Newcastle, as LN-ASL of Air Stord on 27th October 1996. Falcon 100 N844F spent just twenty minutes on the ground during the late afternoon from/to Cambridge, a quick refuelling visit whilst on a test flight.
AIH052 C-FBUS GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOV
Friday 30th November
The second visit of Go Fly Boeing 737-300 G-IGOE on the morning Stansted rotation on the last day of November, was the only notable movement amongst the four or five daily flights that have made the month such a remarkable one. VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLG operated a football charter from Stansted at dusk, the aircraft's first-visit to Newcastle since 1998.
The first Corvette movement at Newcastle since 1999 saw Aero Vision's F-GPLA make a very brief visit during the morning from Beziers to Toulouse as 'AOV197B/C' - the aircraft had last visited Newcastle as F-BTTL in 1992. Only other visitor of note was Agusta A.119 I-RALY which visited again during the morning and afternoon.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOE AIH051 C-FBUS BAW8073/4 G-GFFH DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOS
Thursday 29th November
Eurowings used something other than a CRJ for the first time on the afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule, BAe146-300 D-AHOI first-visiting, and yet another British Airways Boeing 737-300 first-visited on the early morning Gatwick rotation, G-LGTH wearing the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme, leaving just one of the fleet yet to appear. Spanair Airbus A.321 EC-HRG made its second visit on the early afternoon Arrecife charter.
DARTA King Air 200 F-GHOC visited during the afternoon, from Le Bourget to Prague as 'DRT2083', while two night-stoppers also departed during the late afternoon, Abelag Falcon 2000 OO-GFD which had spent two nights here, back to Le Bourget, and North Flying Metro 23 OY-NPD back to Copenhagen as 'NFA124'.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOK BAW8073/4 G-LGTH JKK3107/8 EC-HRG DLH2158/2071 D-AHOI GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOT
Wednesday 28th November
Both of the day's Go Fly flights were flown by Boeing 737-300s making just their seccond visits to Newcastle, G-IGOM on the morning flight, and G-IGOT during the evening. Not much else, just one of the once very regular North Flying Metroliner fleet, OY-NPD arriving from Copenhagen during the afternoon as 'NFA123' for a night-stop.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOM BAW8073/4 G-OHAJ DLH2158/2071 D-ACRC GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOT
Tuesday 27th November
The fifteenth, and last Go Fly Boeing 737-300 to first-visit this month operated the evening Stansted flight, G-IGOM with the purple belly leaving just one aircraft in the current fleet yet to appear on the new schedule this month. G-IGOW is the one absent machine so far, an aircraft which has visited before wearing previous identities. British Airways 737-300 G-OHAJ made its second visit on the morning Gatwick schedule, as did Eurowings CRJ D-ACRC on the afternoon Dusseldorf flight.
Abelag Falcon 2000 OO-GFD first-visited during the early evening, arriving from Le Bourget for a two-night stay.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOU AMC5180/1 9H-ABT BAW8073/4 G-OHAJ DLH2158/2071 D-ACRC GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOM
Monday 26th November
No first-visitors today, but there were two Boeings that hadn't been around for some time .... both British Airways -400s, G-DOCA made its first visit since 1997 during the morning wearing the 'Benyhone Tartan' tail design, followed by G-DOCL, which had been absent even longer, since 1996, at lunch-time with the 'Ndebele' fin.
Commander 695 N83WA made its third visit of the year during the afternoon, from Leeds to Glasgow again.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOS BAW12J/13E G-DOCA BAW8073/4 G-XMAN BAW12H/13F G-DOCL RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOH
Sunday 25th November
Just one of note, but a first-visiting airliner nonetheless, the second of the new Eurowings CRJ deliveries to appear at Newcastle, D-ACRC on the early afternoon Dusseldorf schedule.
DLH2154/2055 D-ACRC GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOK
Saturday 24th November
After the second last yesterday, the final British European Airways Dash Eight -300 series to appear here operated two Belfast City rotations during the day, G-JEDC first-visiting at lunch-time and then again during the late afternoon. Nothing else .....
AIH052 C-FBUS GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOR BEE423/4 G-JEDC BEE433/4 G-JEDC
Friday 23rd November
The second last British European DHC.8-200/300 to appear at Newcastle operated the mid-day Belfast City rotation, -300 G-JEDD leaving just one more -300 yet to visit. Two more Boeing 737 second-visits involved Go Fly's -300 G-IGOU and British Airways' -500 G-GFFH, both during the morning.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOU AIH051 C-FBUS BAW8073/4 G-GFFH BEE425/6 G-JEDD DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOI
Thursday 22nd November
Two more first-visiting airliners, another British Airways Boeing 737-300, G-LGTE on the morning Gatwick schedule, and the Spanair Airbus A.321 we were waiting to see, EC-HRG on the mid-day Arrecife charter. Go Fly Boeing 737-300 G-IGOS made its second visit to Newcastle during the morning.
Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCQ departed to Lisbon just after mid-day, after spending three nights with us, and CitationJet OY-JMC departed back to Aalborg during the afternoon as 'MMD7602'.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOS BAW8073/4 G-LGTE JKK3107/8 EC-HRG DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOL
Wednesday 21st November
The last British European Airways BAe146-100/200 to appear at Newcastle Airport first-visited during the morning, G-JEAO in Air France colours returning from Brussels and subsequently taking up the Brussels line for the rest of the day. Two Boeing 737-300s made their second visits during the morning, Go Fly's G-IGOK and British Airways' G-LGTF, and another pair of British Airways aircraft made colour-scheme significant visits later in the day. Boeing 757 G-BMRB made its first-visit in this year's 'Pause to Remember'/Poppy scheme during the afternoon, followed by Boeing 737-400 G-DOCY during the evening, an aircraft which had returned to the Newcastle scene after four years absence during May in the old colour-scheme, first-visiting in the 'Union Flag' colours on the 'extra' evening Heathrow schedule.
Air Alsie CitationJet OY-JMC made its second visit, arriving from Aalborg just after dawn as 'MMD7602' for a night-stop.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOK BAW8073/4 G-LGTF BEE1376/1383 G-JEAO BAW12G/13J G-BMRB DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV BEE1384/1387 G-JEAO BAW12W/13W G-DOCY GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOF BEE1388 G-JEAO
Tuesday 20th November
Another nice European executive jet, our 52nd Citationjet ever, Lufttaxi Flugeselschaft's D-IDBW spending an hour on the north apron mid-morning from/to Dortmund as 'LTF120/1', in support of the sick Eurowings CRJ.
The day saw a return of the first-visiting airliner too, beginning with British European Airways CRJ G-JECB which operated the morning Brussels rotation, split with Edinburgh, the aircraft arriving from Edinburgh at dawn and departing back late morning, after its trip to Belgium. Having seen the two aircraft in the fleet here before that wear Air France colours, this was the first-visit to Newcastle of a CRJ in the British European colour-scheme. Another BAEOG Boeing 737-300 first-visited on the first Gatwick rotation, G-ODUS with the 'Waves and Cranes' fin. Go Fly Boeing 737-300 G-IGOA made its second visit on the morning Stansted flight.
BEE1515/1375 G-JECB GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOA BAW8073/4 G-ODUS AMC5180/1 9H-ADH BEE1376/1516 G-JECB DLH2071 D-ANIK GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOC
Monday 19th November
No first-visiting airliners, but instead a hot biz jet - our thirteenth Learjet 45 spent a few hours on the Samson apron during the middle of the day, Jet Alliance's OE-GDI arriving from Luton and departing to Munich as 'JAF711'. Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCQ made its third visit, arriving during the evening for a two-night stay, and another 'third-timer' that night-stopped was Eurowings CRJ D-ANIK which went u/s on arrival from Dusseldorf during the afternoon.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOC BAW8073/4 G-LGTG RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ DLH2158 D-ANIK GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOJ
Sunday 18th November
The mid-day British European Belfast City rotation continued to be the one to watch - after some new DHC.8-300 first-visits on the flight during the previous week, today's flight was flown by CRJ G-JECD, an Air France-liveried machine that had appeared on the route before, substituting for the 146 as it was then, making four landings on the 23rd September. Go Fly's Boeing 737-300 G-IGOC made just its second visit on the new schedule on the evening Stansted rotation.
Agusta 109 N109TW visited during the afternoon, making the very short trip to the airport from a private site just one mile south.
AIH112P G-FHAJ BEE427/8 G-JECD DLH2154/2055 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOC
Saturday 17th November
Back to normal with another first-visiting Boeing 737-300, G-IGOS with the green belly operating the morning Stansted flight - there is now (thankfully !) only two of the fleet yet to visit. Airtours International Airbus A.320 G-FHAJ, an ex-fly FTI aircraft recently transferred to the UK appeared here for the first time as such during the early morning, positioning in from Manchester to operate the day's Alicante 'W', returning just before midnight and positioning out to Gatwick within the first hour of Sunday. The aeroplane had visited Newcastle before as TC-ONF of Onur Air in 1996. Brymon Airways used an ERJ.145 for the late afternoon Dublin rotation, G-ERJF positioning in from, and out to, Bristol.
Two first-visiting executive jets provided the most interest however, Falcon 50 VP-BMF (interestingly the next aircraft off the production line following our last Falcon 50 visitor N52JJ last week !) spending most of the day with us from/to Farnborough, and a now rare Citation ferry flight, Bravo N550VC visiting the Samson apron for less than an hour during the evening from Le Bourget to Reykjavik. Unfortunately the aircraft wore its ferry registration and not its previous, Burkina Faso identity !. Challenge Air Gulfstream 100 D-CRIS departed to Biggin Hill during the afternoon after its two nights here.
AIH052 C-FBUS GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOS AIH823P/823 G-FHAJ BRY01P/5ME G-ERJF BRY5MF/03P G-ERJF AIH824 G-FHAJ
Friday 16th November
Two first-visiting airliners, and neither was a 737 ! - British Airways' Airbus A.319 G-EUOG made its first appearance here on the late afternoon Heathrow rotation, while Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BZIF had first-visited earlier in the afternoon, positioning in from Edinburgh to operate a football charter out to London City. British European Dash Eight G-JEDF made its second visit on the mid-day Belfast City rotation, as did Eurowings CRJ D-ANIK on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule. The morning Go flight was operated by Boeing 737-300 G-IGOC, its first visit on the schedule - it had been one of two aircraft however to visit on charter flights on FA Cup Final day 1999.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOC AIH051 C-FBUS BEE425/6 G-JEDF DLH2158/2071 D-ANIK BAW12N/13K G-EUOG GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOJ
Thursday 15th November
The month's first-visiting airliner tally ticked over with another new British European Dash Eight -300 series at lunch-time, G-JEDF wearing the carrier's full colour-scheme. All three of the day's Boeing 737-300s had appeared before, the Go pair both twice previously, while BA's G-OAMS made its second visit on the early morning Gatwick rotation.
Challenge Air Gulfstream 100 D-CRIS arrived from Cologne during the morning as 'CLS1116' for another night-stop or two, and Mooney M.20 N1163A continued onwards to Wick just after mid-day.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOG BAW8073/4 G-OAMS BEE425/6 G-JEDF JKK3107/8 EC-HQZ DLH2158/2071 D-AKEN GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOR
Wednesday 14th November
The total of first-visiting Boeing 737-300s so far this month reached a staggering eighteen during the morning, Go Fly's G-IGOV with the blue belly first-visiting on the Stansted rotation and British Airways' G-OAMS with the 'Rendezvous' tail fin first-visiting a little later on the first Gatwick rotation of the day. Second visits were made by Go's G-IGOG during the evening, and by British European Dash Eight G-JEDE, on the mid-day Belfast City rotation again. A further first-visitor was Heavylift Cargo Airbus A.300 G-HLAB which positoned in from Stansted during the morning, departing early afternoon to Lisbon. The aircraft wore a white fuselage with large Heavylift titles.
Mooney M20 N1163A arrived from Groningen during the evening for a night-stop, and a significant British registration was the first in-sequence G-CB.. identity to visit on a fixed-wing aircraft, London Executive Aviation's King Air 200 G-CBFS visiting at lunch-time from Cork to Southend as 'LNX190A/B'.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOV BAW8073/4 G-OAMS DLH2158/2071 D-AKEN GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOG
Tuesday 13th November
Yet more first-visiting Boeing 737-300s - this is getting very repetitive !. Go Fly's G-IGOT first-visited on the morning flight, giving us our first look at an orange-bellied aeroplane, followed shortly after by another 'new' British Airways machine on the morning Gatwick schedule, G-LGTF actually first-visiting even though it has a past, which includes service for TAP. A first-visitor that was different however was only the second DHC.8-300 to be used by British European Airways on their Belfast City schedule since the beginning of the winter timetable. The all-white G-JEDE operated the mid-day rotation in place of the programme -200. Go Fly Boeing 737-300 G-IGOH made its second appearance here on the evening Stansted rotation.
The night-stopping Gulfstream V and Challenger 604 were joined on the sotuh apron just after dawn by the first-visiting Falcon 50 N52JJ, which arrived from Liverpool and departed to Biggin Hill just after mid-day. Challenger C-GPGD departed to Luton at tea-time, followed an hour later by GV N16NK which left for Budapest. Avanti Air Beech 1900D D-CBSF operated a freight flight from Dusseldorf during the evening as 'EEX2132' departing within an hour to Stuttgart as 'EEX2133'.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOT AMC5180/1 9H-ABR BAW8073/4 G-LGTF BEE425/6 G-JEDE DLH2158/2071 D-AKEN GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOH
Monday 12th November
Back to first-visiting Boeings, and another new Go Fly 737-300, G-IGOU with the red belly on the morning flight. The evening flight produced the second visit as such of G-IGOI. More interesting was the return of two pretty familiar registrations during the late afternoon, both of which have appeared here previously, at around this time of year, on different executive jet airframes. N16NK, which has been seen here before on a GII and GIII airframe, arrived first from Le Bourget on a Gulfstream V airframe again, an aircraft that had actually first-visited on the 31st October 2000, followed by C-GPGD on the fourth Challenger airframe to appear here wearing the identity, a first-visiting CL.604. The last appearance of the registration here was on an earlier CL.604 model during November 1998, while it has also visited on two CL.601s during the late 80s/early 90s.
Belgian-registered '146s' returned after an absence of six days following the failure of SABENA, the first Delta Air Transport Brussels schedule being flown during the afternoon by RJ.85 OO-DJX. Wearing a basic SABENA colour-scheme (new) with the titles removed, it used the previous SABENA callsigns prefixed by 'DAT' ('Deltair').
Koop Holdings Citation 550 Bravo N555BK made what could turn out to be one its last visits to Newcastle for the time being during the early morning, from Groningen to Staverton, and TBM.700 N703QD passed through mid-morning on a ferry flight from Bremen to Reykjavik.
BAL363B/996F G-BYAB GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOU BAW8073/4 G-OFRA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP DLH2158/2071 D-AKEN DAT60J/60P OO-DJX GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOI
Sunday 11th November
Only two days so far this month have failed to produce a first-visiting airliner, and while the usual sources didn't produce any during a quiet Sunday, one did appear from a more unlikely source. Two recent first-visitors made returns, Eurowings CRJ D-AKEN, which had appeared on the first flight of the winter schedule exactly two weeks previous, on the early afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, and Go Fly Boeing 737-300 G-IGOJ, which had appeared for the first time during the previous week, on the evening Stansted schedule. The first visitor was Emerald Airways Shorts 360 G-OBHD (ironically in this increasingly British European-dominated age an ex JEA aeroplane) which made a single training landing and departure at lunch-time as 'JEM06T' from/to Liverpool.
The becoming quite regular Aero Services Executive Falcon 10 F-GFPF made another brief visit during the evening, from Beziers to Le Bourget as 'BES870'.
DLH2154/2055 D-AKEN GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOJ
Saturday 10th November
One of two of the Go Fly fleet of Boeing 737-300s to be seen here before appeared on the new schedule for the first time. G-IGOI, also giving us our first look on the new flight of the carrier's yellow colour-scheme, had been one of two aircraft to operate charter flights on FA Cup Final Day on 22nd May 1999. The aircraft is also one of two in the Go fleet to visit Newcastle under a different guise, as G-OBMD of British Midland.
Gulfstream IV N511C departed to Heathrow just after dark, after its three nights on the south apron.
RPX476 G-CEAL AIH052 C-FBUS GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOI
Friday 9th November
A different variant of the most manufactured airliner ever gave us a break from first-visiting 737-300s, the first Boeing 737-500 to appear on the British Airways Gatwick schedule producing the first-visiting G-GFFH during the early morning. 737-300 G-IGOR made its second visit on the evening Go Stansted schedule, and the afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule was flown by the fourth different Eurowings CRJ to appear in two weeks, the first-visiting D-ANIK.
Skyservice Airbus A.330-300 C-FBUS, which had operated a number of weeks worth of Airtours Orlando flights earlier in the year, began an expected domination of the winter's flights during the morning, and the previous Sunday's first-visiting KLM Exel ERJ.145 PH-RXA made its second visit to Newcastle during the early evening, bringing Newcastle United Football Club back from Spain via Brest as 'AXL948', the aircraft positioning out to Maastricht as 'AXL948P' after just thirty minutes on the ground.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOP BAW8073/4 G-GFFH AIH051 C-FBUS DLH2158/2071 D-ANIK AMM289/8 G-OOAE GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOR RPX475P/475 G-CEAL
Thursday 8th November
Just one first-visiting Boeing 737-300, Go Fly's G-IGOH with the mustard underside on the evening flight. G-IGOP made its second visit on the morning flight, as did British Airways' G-LGTI as such, the aircraft of course having been once regular as G-BNGM, substituting for a RJ.100 for the first time on the mid-evening Gatwick flight.
Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCQ departed to Lisbon just after midday after its night-stop, and there were three foreign exec jet visitors - Euralair Citation 560 F-GKGL spent a few hours on the north apron from/to Le Bourget as 'EUL510/511', but the most interesting machines made much briefer appearances. The only Global Express to touch down previously at Newcastle made its second visit during the afternoon, York Aviation's N53GX following up its first-visit just a few weeks previous, arriving from Karup and continuing on to Humberside after just twenty-eight minutes on the ground. An even shorter visit was made by the first-visiting Falcon 900 N388Z during the evening, of just nineteen minutes from Southampton to Luton.
GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOP BAW8073/4 G-LGTG DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA BAW8067/8 G-LGTI GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOH
Wednesday 7th November
Yet more first-visiting Boeing 737-300s, Go Fly's G-IGOR with the cyan underside on the morning flight, and British Airways' G-OMUC on the morning Gatwick flight in the 'Colum' tail fin, bringing the total first-visits of the type to twelve in the first seven days of the month !. Second visits were made by the new Eurowings CRJ D-ACRA during the afternoon, and by Go Fly Boeing 737-300 G-IGOL on the evening Stansted flight. Another recently transferred-from-Gatwick-to-Heathrow British Airways Boeing 737-400, G-DOCW, re-appeared on the Heathrow service during the evening after an absence, not quite as long as other members of the fleet however, the aircraft having last visited us in 1999.
With the apparent demise of SABENA, British European Airways stepped in at short notice to continue service to Brussels during the early morning, the third time in under two months the carrier has picked up a Newcastle scheduled service within a day of a carrier's failure. BAe146-200 G-JEAY positioned in from Edinburgh before dawn to fly two rotations, during the early morning and late afternoon/evening.
Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCQ paid us a second visit, arriving from Manston during the late afternoon for a night-stop, but the highlight of the day appeared a little later, Conoco Gulfstream IV N511C arriving direct from Houston-George Bush during the evening, also for a night-stop.
BEE041P/1375 G-JEAY GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOR BAW8073/4 G-OMUC BEE1376/1387 G-JEAY DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA BAW12Q/13L G-DOCW GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOL BEE1388 G-JEAY
Tuesday 6th November
Our, now quite significantly changed, scheduled service scene continued to produce first-visiting airliners and significant visits. Two more Go Fly Boeing 737-300s first-visited, the Cyan-bellied G-IGOA on the morning flight, and G-IGOJ during the evening in the blue colour-scheme, and the afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule was operated by the first-visiting Eurowings CRJ D-ACRA, the first of the carrier's order for new-build aircraft to be delivered. Another different Boeing 737-300 appeared on the morning British Airways Gatwick rotation, G-LGTI not being a first-visitor however, having last visited as G-BNGM of Inter European Airways in 1993, and one of the now regular BA Boeing 757 Heathrow services was flown by G-CPEO, operating the new mid-evening turnaround, wearing its recently applied 'Union Flag' colour-scheme. The aircraft was one of a handful to wear the so-called 'ethnic' tailfins at the launch of the colour-scheme back in 1997, wearing the 'Whale Rider' design.
Slovak Goverment Tupolev Tu-154M OM-BYR made its third visit of the year on another early morning charter, and the beginning of Air Malta's winter charter series saw the first appearance this year of one of the carrier's Airbus A.320s, 9H-ABQ operating the weekly flight during the morning.
Three Learjets visited, 45 N708SP twice during the day, 35 G-HUGG during the late morning, and Gold Air's 45 G-OLDJ appeared on an ambulance flight during the late afternoon. King Air 350 F-GNOE departed to Pontoise during the evening after its two nights here.
The most significant movements of the day however were what will probably turn out to be the last SABENA flights ever at Newcastle, at least in the airline's current form. The last morning departure was flown by BAe146-200 OO-DJJ, the mid-morning rotation by similar type OO-MJE, while RJ.100 OO-DWK operated the last flight during the afternoon, departing to Brussels via Leeds and Bristol. The carrier had served Brussels from Newcastle since 1989.
SAB60X OO-DJJ GOE6MH/6PS G-IGOA AMC5180/1 9H-ABQ BAW8073/4 G-LGTI SAB60F/Y OO-MJE DLH2158/2071 D-ACRA SAB60J/6085 OO-DWK BAW12W/13W G-CPEO GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOJ
Monday 5th November
Another first-visiting Go Fly Boeing 737-300 on the evening flight, G-IGOP with the magenta underside, and British Airways Boeing 737-300 G-OFRA made just its second visit on the first morning Gatwick turnaround.
Not much else just Claessens International King Air F90 VP-CLA which spent a few hours on the Samson apron during the middle of the day from/to Farnborough as 'FMC17/34B'.
GOE6AH/614 G-IGOF BAW8073/4 G-OFRA RZO9400/1 CS-TGP DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOP
Sunday 4th November
Still lots of first-visiting airliners around, the best of the day certainly being the first appearance at Newcastle of an ERJ.145 in KLM colours, KLM Exel's PH-RXA looking absolutely stunning, positioning in from Liege during the morning to operate a football charter to Brest. The evening Go turnaround produced the first-visiting G-IGOK, giving us our first look at the carrier's blue colour-scheme, and one of two recent British Airways Airbus A.319 deliveries, G-EUOF, first-visited at dusk. The evening provided two throwbacks to recent times at Newcastle, the once regular but still not too uncommon Braathens Boeing 737-700 fleet being represented by LN-TUC on its second visit of the year substituting for the planned -500 on the evening Stavanger schedule, and our first sight of the Aer Lingus colour-scheme at Newcastle since mid-April was provided by BAe146-300 EI-CLH operating an extra Dublin rotation during the evening.
King Air C90 D-IGKN departed back to Munster during the morning as 'LTF570' after four nights on the Samson apron, its place being filled by King Air 350 F-GNOE which arrived from Tours during the early evening for a night-stop.
DLH2154/2055 D-ALIV BAW12N/13K G-EUOF BRA575/8 LN-TUC GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOK
Saturday 3rd November
The first Saturday morning Go schedule produced the first aircraft duplication so far, G-IGOF operating the flight, having first-visited on the first evening of the service. Air Mediterranee Boeing 737-200 F-GCSL departed during the evening to Toulouse, and another very old French-registered aircraft visited briefly during the early evening, Aviation Defense's Falcon 10 F-BVPR, the sixth production machine which I first saw at Newcastle in July 1978, arriving from Le Bourget and departing to Montpellier, both as 'DEF05L'. Sioux Corporation Falcon 2000 VP-BDL returned to pick up its passengers it dropped off last Tuesday during the afternoon, spending two and a half hours on the ground from/to Luton.
AIH052 G-MDBD GOE6TA/6YI G-IGOF AMM462C G-OOAS AMM462D G-OOAS
Friday 2nd November
After three first-visiting Boeing 737s yesterday, another three, possibly four, were to appear during the day, most from the same sources. Two Go Fly 737-300s first-visited, G-IGOE on the morning flight in the magenta underside, and G-IGOG during the evening wearing the red 'bottom'. The fourth British Airways Boeing 737-300 to first-visit in five days was G-OHAJ on the first Gatwick rotation of the day - the aircraft wears the 'Delftblue Daybreak' tail scheme. The fourth possible 737 first-visitor was Air Mediterranee Boeing 737-200 F-GCSL which arrived from Toulouse during the morning on a sports charter for a night-stop - while it certainly hasn't appeared here before in the last fifteen years, this only accounts for approximately half of the aircraft's age !. Air 2000 Airbus A.320 G-OOAS made its first departure from Newcastle, to Malaga first thing, from where it returned during the late evening.
AMM208 G-OOAS GOE613/4 G-IGOE AIH051 G-MDBD BAW8073/4 G-OHAJ DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV AMM289/8 G-OOAH GOE6GH/6PB G-IGOG AMM209 G-OOAS
Thursday 1st November
Go Fly began scheduled service to/from London-Stansted just after dawn, the first-visiting Boeing 737-300 G-IGOL being surrounded by the usual media circus during its forty-two minutes on the ground. The aircraft wore the orange underbelly colour. G-IGOF first-visited on the evening flight wearing the lime green colour-scheme. Another British Airways Boeing 737-300 first-visited on the morning Gatwick schedule, G-OFRA wearing the 'Bauhaus' tail design. Charter flights produced two single-aisle Airbus' of note - Air 2000's new A.320 G-OOAS positioned in from Gatwick at dusk, to fly the carrier's first weekend detachment of the winter, while the first flight in the Spanair Arrecife series produced the second visit to Newcastle of A.321 EC-HQZ - the aircraft had first-visited on a substitution for the Saturday night A.320 flight during May.
Beech Bonanza N102HL departed to Wick at lunch-time after spending two nights here.
XLA4017/084P G-OXLA GOE613/4 G-IGOL BAW8073/4 G-OFRA JKK3107/8 EC-HQZ DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV AMM549F G-OOAS GOE611/2 G-IGOF
Wednesday 31st October
With the excitement of the previous two days becoming a daily occurrence, attention turned to a number of interesting foreign GA visitors. TAG Aviation Learjet 45 HB-VMC made its third visit, and its second this month, day-stopping from/to Geneva as 'FPG523'. Dynamic Air Citation 550 PH-CTX first-visited a little later in the morning, staying until mid-day from/to Cardiff as 'DYE796', and another executive jet that had first-visited almost exactly a year ago, following the Sioux Corporation Falcon 2000 VP-BDL that did the same yesterday, spent two and a half hours on the north apron during the afternoon, Costco's Challenger N82CW visiting from Glasgow to Leeds, the aircraft having first-visited on the 27th October 2000. Lufttaxi Flugesselschaft King Air 90 D-IGKN arrived from Munster during the afternoon for a night-stop as 'LTF530', and Ukrainian Cargo Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCQ departed to Lisbon at lunch-time.
BAW8073/4 G-LGTG IWD3217/8 EC-GLT DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV JKK3113/4 EC-GXU
Tuesday 30th October
For the second day running the entire fleet of British European Airways Dash Eight '200s' were seen during the day, raising the possibility of what was an extremely interesting event just yesterday, becoming a daily occurrence !. G-JEDX operated the early morning departure, G-JEDZ the mid-day turnaround, and G-JEDY the late evening arrival. The second day of 'Speedbird' 737s on the first morning Gatwick turnaround produced the first-visiting 737-300 G-LGTG in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme, and yesterday's first-visiting Eurowings CRJ D-ALIV made its second visit on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule.
We finally got some variety from Ukrainian Cargo Airways during the evening, Ilyshin Il-76 UR-UCV which had visited six times this year, giving way to the first-visiting UR-UCQ, which arrived from Lisbon for a night-stop. The Sioux Corporation's Falcon 2000 VP-BDL made its third visit to Newcastle during the afternoon, from/to Luton, its first having been on the 31st October 2000, and a couple of foreign light aircraft visitors were the becoming regular Arrow N235PF from Southend to Southampton, and the more interesting Bonanza N102HL, which arrived from Liege during the evening for a night-stop.
BEE422 G-JEDX XLA034P G-XLAC BAW8073/4 G-LGTG OHY455/456F TC-ONM AMC5199 9H-ADN ECA860/1 5B-DBK BEE425/6 G-JEDZ DLH2154/2071 D-ALIV AMC5180/1 9H-ADH BEE437 G-JEDY
Monday 29th October
A quite remarkable day with the winter scheduled programme getting into full swing, and the approaching end of the summer charter season, producing a substantial number of significant airliner visits. One of the more interesting developments, after the first appearance of a British European Airways Dash Eight -200 the previous day, was the entire fleet of three aircraft being noted at various times during the day !. G-JEDY departed on the first morning departure, the first-visiting G-JEDZ operated the mid-day turnaround, and the similarly first-timing G-JEDX arrived on the last evening arrival to night-stop. The first sub-charter to be required by British European for their Paris schedule produced just the second visit to Newcastle of the CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CNQ, operating a delayed afternoon turnaround during the evening, an aircraft that had visited on just a single turnaround during the four-week period that CityJet aircraft deputised for Gill Airways Fokker 100s during the summer. The Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule during the afternoon produced D-ALIV, our second first-visiting Eurowings CRJ in two days.
British Airways provided three Boeing 737s of note, the first timetabled 737 Gatwick schedule being operated by the first-visiting Boeing 737-300 G-XMAN in the 'Golden Khokloma' tail design.Two of the mainline fleet of 737-400s made significant visits, G-DOCZ actually making its first-visit to Newcastle as such during the morning in the old 'Landor' colour-scheme, the aircraft having last visited us as EC-657 and EC-FXJ of Air Europa back in 1994, and G-DOCP, the 'Union Flag'-ed machine making its first-visit to Newcastle since 1995 during the evening, having just returned to the Heathrow fleet at the weekend. Rounding off an interesting day, the beginnings and ends of Onur Air summer charter series' have often produced interesting aircraft, and the end of this year's Monday evening Dalaman series was operated by the first-visiting Airbus A.321 TC-ONS.
XLA4080 G-XLAC BEE422 G-JEDY BEE421/4 G-JEDB BAW8073/4 G-XMAN BAW12H/13F G-DOCZ BEE425/6 G-JEDZ AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH2158/2071 D-ALIV MMZ7310 CS-TIG BEE431/4 G-JEDB BAW12Q/13L G-DOCP BEE435/8 G-JEDB BEE437 G-JEDX BEE3024/5 EI-CNQ OHY441/2F TC-ONS XLA4081 G-XLAC
Sunday 28th October
The revised scheduled service timetable produced two first-visiting airliners, the first British European Airways Dash Eight -200 to appear at Newcastle, G-JEDY which arrived on the Belfast City schedule at lunch-time to night-stop, and Eurowings CRJ D-AKEN on the first flight of a new Eurowings-operated Lufthansa winter Dusseldorf schedule. British European Dash Eight -300 G-JEDB operated five Belfast City sectors during the afternoon and evening.
Challenger CL604 N237GA departed to Gander during the morning after its three night stay, followed during the early afternoon by Gulfstream 200 N414KD to Goose Bay. Aero Services Executive Falcon 100 F-GFPF made another short visit during the morning from/to Le Bourget.
European Air Charter Boeing 737 G-CEAH returned from Toulouse during the late evening, positioning out to Stansted within the hour.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYD XLA4045/4064 G-XLAC BEE427 G-JEDY BEE428 G-JEDB DLH2154/2055 D-AKEN AIH900/899 C-FTDF BEE431/4 G-JEDB FUA1569/1570 EC-GVB BAW12W/13W G-BMRA BEE435/8 G-JEDB PGT415/6 TC-APV XLA4065 G-XLAC
Saturday 27th October
It was a football charter that had produced the first visit of a bmi Regional ERJ.145 just last month, and the second came during the late afternoon also after a football match, the first-visiting G-RJXD positioning in from East Midlands to depart mid-evening with the Arsenal back to Luton. The visit of the North London team to the North-East always produces the Ambrion Aviation Citation S550 N145DF and indeed it afternoon-stopped once again from/to Luton. Another sports charter produced the European Air Charter Boeing 737-200 G-CEAH during the early morning, positioning in from Stansted and departing with the region's 'number one' Rugby Union team to Toulouse.
The last day of the summer schedule produced some significant movements; the last ever City-Flyer flight at Newcastle was flown by RJ.100 G-CFAD, arriving from Gatwick during the late evening under a 'Flyer' callsign, destined to depart the following morning under a 'Speedbird' callsign following the carrier's absorption into British Airways Operations Gatwick. British European Airways BAe146-100 G-JEAT which had been more or less ever present on the carrier's Belfast City services since the demise of Gill Airways, positioned out to Birmingham during the afternoon, Dash Eight G-JEDB, the only BEA Dash Eight to appear here as such before just a month previous, positioning in from Liverpool later in the evening for the first Dash Eight-operated Belfast City service the following day, this movement incidentally being the last ever 'JEA' flight at Newcastle, the carrier's ICAO identifier becoming 'BEE' overnight.
The significant first-visit of an in-sequence 'G-CB..' registration occurred during the afternoon, another new Robinson R.44, G-CBEG passing through from Wellesbourne to Kintore.
XLA4063/4082 G-XLAC AIH060/063P G-MDBD BAL994F/559A G-OBYD HCY1614/5 5B-DBH JKK3341/2 EC-GVO MON5897/6 G-MONZ XLA4083/4036 G-XLAC JEA032P G-JEAT JKK3183/4 EC-GQG RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ XLA4037 G-XLAC CFE62MF G-CFAD JEA082P G-JEDB CUS4612/3 SX-BGI JKK3151/2 EC-HRP
Friday 26th October
Lufthansa Cityline substituted an RJ.85 for the usual CRJ on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule for just the second time, producing the first-visiting D-AVRP, just the third of the fleet to appear here. The British Regional Airlines Oslo scheduled service came to an end after just under four months of operation - in this time all but two of the fleet of ERJ.145s had appeared on the scheduled service, the missing aircraft being the new machine G-EMBV and G-EMBG, which ironically had visited on a Brymon Airways sub-charter on the eve of the beginning of the service on the 30th June. The last flight was flown by G-EMBN.
Cougar Boeing 727 G-OPMN gave us a first look at its tremendous colour-scheme in the daylight, its second visit in two days occurring during the late afternoon, another line training flight, from Prestwick to East Midlands this time, the aircraft spending just twenty four minutes on the ground.
XLA7024 G-XLAC AMM39D/44F G-OOAL AIH059P/059 G-MDBD BRT870/1 G-EMBN DLH5960/1 D-AVRP AMM147/6 G-OOAF XLA7025/4062 G-XLAC FUA1607/8 EC-HHH FUA1437/438P EC-GVB
Thursday 25th October
A brilliant day with a first-visit-of-type, only our second, but first proper, look at another type, and the first appearance at Newcastle of a derivative of a much older type !. The first ERJ.135 to land at Newcastle did so mid-morning, what was always going to be a good candidate for the accolade, a Belgian Air Force machine CE-02 arriving from Melsbroek with a VIP, the aircraft departing to Northolt during the afternoon. An IAI Galaxy, now of course called the Gulfstream 200, had first-visited Newcastle on 8th December 1998, although this had involved a test aeroplane making two landings, taxi-arounds and immediate departures whilst on a test flight, on a particularly grotty day. Our first proper look came courtesy of the Oakmont Corporation's N414KD which arrived direct from Teterboro during the morning for an extended stay on the south apron. The first 'Super 27' conversion of a Boeing 727 appeared during the evening, Cougar's G-OPMN first-visiting on a line training flight from Prestwick to Stansted, giving us our first look also at the carrier's quite stunning colour-scheme.
If that wasn't enough there was a further three visiting foreign executive jets, including two Falcon 10s, Aero Services Executive's F-GFPF visiting briefly during the morning from/to Le Bourget, and Andersson Business Jet's SE-DYB which stayed slightly longer, from Gatwick to Sundsvall during the afternoon. Much more interesting was the Orange County Aviation Challenger 604 N237GA which arrived from Dublin during the afternoon to join the Gulfstream 200 on the south apron for a few days.
XLA4017 G-XLAC AMM39F/C G-OOAL BRT870/1 G-EMBB FUA1419/1420 EC-HLN DLH5960/1 D-ACHI
Wednesday 24th October
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT departed to Luton during the early morning after spending six nights on the south apron, and Agusta 109 N109AR followed up one or two visits to sites in the local area in previous days with a visit to the airport itself, day-stopping from/to one of those sites in Washington. The BBJ A6-HRS departed back to Cambridge during the early evening, after three nights on the north apron.
XLA223P/4016 G-XLAC BRT870/1 G-EMBB IWD3217/8 EC-GZE JKK3113/4 EC-GOU DLH5960/1 D-ACLG
Tuesday 23rd October
King Air 90 F-GJSD day-stopped from/to Le Bourget, and the only other movements of note all concerned ATR positoning sectors. City-Flyer's ATR.72 G-BYTO arrived from Gatwick during the early afternoon, the third of the fleet to be looked at by Anglo Normandy, and two of the ex-Gill Airways aeroplanes departed during the early evening, ATR.72 G-BWDB and ATR.42 G-ORFH departing to Dinard within twenty minutes of each other.
XLA222P G-XLAC OHY455/6 TC-ONO ECA860/1 5B-DBB AMC5199 9H-ADI BRT870/1 G-EMBN DLH5960/1 D-ACLJ
Monday 22nd October
One of the year 2001's many star visitors at Newcastle Airport made a re-appearance during the afternoon, Enimex/Channel Express Antonov 72 ES-NOB positioning in from Shannon to operate a freight flight out to the European airport that a different type of '72' had departed to just yesterday, Maastricht, using Channel Express callsigns. The aircraft had made two landings at Newcastle on the 14th and 15th June.
TAG Aviation Learjet 45 HB-VMC made just its second visit to Newcastle, at around the same time as the Antonov, being on the ground for less than an hour from/to Blackpool. City-Flyer ATR.72 G-BYTP departed back to Gatwick during the late afternoon after its maintenance period with Anglo Normandy.
XLA4080 G-XLAC BRT870/1 G-EMBO AIH846/5 C-FTDF MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACJB OHY441/2 TC-ONN XLA4081 G-XLAC
Sunday 21st October
Our third BBJ of the year appeared during the afternoon, the Dubai Air Wing's A6-HRS arriving from Cambridge for an extended stay. Having been the first BBJ to appear at Newcastle during 1999, this was actually its sixth visit, but its first fitted with winglets.
Beech Baron N79AP spent the afternoon with us from/to Southend, presumably in connection with the football match at St.James Park, and the first ex-Gill Airways ATR to depart its home after the carrier's failure was ATR.72 G-BXYV, which departed to Maastricht just before mid-day.
XLA4037/4044 G-XLAC BAL559B/994F G-OBYI BRT872/1 G-EMBD BRT091 G-EMBN XLA4045/4064 G-XLAC DLH5960/1 D-ACHG AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBD FUA1569/1570 EC-HLN PGT415A/6A TC-APH XLA4065 G-XLAC
Saturday 20th October
Another of the Britannia Airways Boeing 767-300 fleet that had previously stayed away from Newcastle first-visited during the morning, G-OBYF arriving from Birmingham to operate an extra Mahon departure.
Tyrolean Air Ambulance Citation 560 OE-GAA visited during the afternoon from Alicante to Innsbruck.
BAL994F/559A G-OBYI AIH060/060P G-MLJL BAL258A G-OBYF HCY1614/5 5B-DBH MON5897/6 G-MONZ JKK3341/2 EC-FTS RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ JKK3183/4 EC-FXI XLA4083 G-XLAC CUS4612/3 SX-BGJ JKK3151/2 EC-HRP
Friday 19th October
The first British European BAe146-300 to appear on the carrier's Belfast City schedule filled in for a u/s 146-100 during the evening, G-JEBA in Air France colours positioning in from Birmingham, operating a single rotation, and then positioning back out to Birmingham.
XLA063P/7024 G-XLAC AMM39D/44F G-OOAM AIH059P/059 G-MLJL BRT870 G-EMBN AMM147/6 G-OOAH DLH5960/1 D-ACLJ JEA041J/428 G-JEBA XLA7025/4062 G-XLAC FUA1607/8 EC-HJJ JEA429/042J G-JEBA CUS4602/3 SX-BGH FUA1437/8 EC-HBZ
Thursday 18th October
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT arrived from Gander before dawn for another extended stay. Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV departed to Lisbon during the early afternoon.
XLA4017/017P G-XLAC AMM39F/C G-OOAM BRT870/1 G-EMBU FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG DLH5960/1 D-ACLG
Wednesday 17th October
Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV appeared again, arriving from Copenhagen at lunch-time for a night-stop. Atlantic Airways Douglas DC-6 G-SIXC had operated a freight flight earlier, spending just twenty five minutes on the ground from/to Coventry. Cessna 310 N510PS passed through later in the afternoon from Glenrothes to Sheffield.
British Regional Jetstream 41 G-MAJL operated the carrier's mid-day Cardiff rotation, wearing an all-white colour-scheme after its lease period to Eastern Airways.
XLA058P/4016 G-XLAC BRT870/1 G-EMBO BRT653/2 G-MAJL IWD3217/8 EC-HCR JKK3113/4 EC-GGV DLH5960/1 D-ACLV
Tuesday 16th October
Falcon 20s providing the interest again; Armstrong World's N620A departed to Geneva early morning after two nights with us, while Audeli Air's EC-EHC arrived from Torrejon late in the evening to operate a freight flight out to Barcelona just before midnight.
Slingsby T.67 G-FORS returned to *Turweston during the morning, and a change-over in the City-Flyer ATR.72 for maintenance at Anglo-Normandy Engineering saw G-BXTN departing to Gatwick during the morning, and G-BYTP arrive during the afternoon.
OHY455/6 TC-ONN ECA860/1 5B-DBK AMC5199 9H-ADM BRT870/1 G-EMBU XLA057P G-XLAC DLH5960/1 D-ACLE AMC5180/1 9H-ABS
Monday 15th October
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN visited again during the afternoon, but the most interesting aircraft of the day was probably Slingbsy T.67 G-FORS which arrived from Turweston at lunch-time for a night-stop, wearing a basic KLM colour-scheme.
XLA081P/4080 G-XLAC BRT093/871 G-EMBK AIH845P/845 C-GTDB MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACLC OHY441/2 TC-ONR XLA4081 G-XLAC
Sunday 14th October
TBM.700 N356F continued onwards to Reykjavik early morning, and the rest of the day produced three foreign biz-jets, two of which were Falcon 20s. DARTA's CS-DCK visited again, from Liverpool to Le Bourget during the morning, Tyrolean Air Ambulance Citation 560 OE-GAA visited over lunch-time from Alicante to Innsbruck, and the trio was completed with the much more interesting Falcon 20 N620A of Armstrong World Industries, which arrived from Keflavik during the evening for a two-night stop. It had actually visited Newcastle previously however, as N12FU during 1995.
Five and a half months of a based Finnair Boeing 757 came to an end as expected just after midnight, OH-LBO departing to Helsinki as 'SCY902A'. The remainder of the programme will be operated, as planned, by Excel Airways with a Boeing 737-800.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYJ CUS4614/5 SX-BGJ BRT872/1 G-EMBP AIH900/899 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACJI BRT870/3 G-EMBP FUA1569/1570 EC-HHG PGT415A/6A TC-APV SCY902A OH-LBO
Saturday 13th October
Finally we get to see a Global Express on the ground ! - the long-awaited first-visit-of-type involved N53GX which spent much of the afternoon/early evening with us from/to Humberside. We had of course seen the aircraft before 'above the ground' at Newcastle, the pre-delivery machine N700HF having performed two training approaches on the 4th April. Not much else, just a TBM.700 on delivery, N356F arriving from Tarbes early evening for a night-stop.
BAL994F/559A G-OBYJ AIH060/060P G-MDBD JKK3341/2 EC-GGV XLA4019/018P G-XLAA MON5897/6 G-OZBB JKK3183/4 EC-GXU RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ HCY1614/5 5B-DBH MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA CUS4612/3 SX-BGJ JKK3151/2 EC-HXA
Friday 12th October
A weather diversion from Heathrow just after dawn produced only the third Boeing 747-400 ever to land at Newcastle, British Airways' G-CIVB making the trip north for a 'gas and go', departing to Heathrow after just under two hours on the ground. Having originally set off from Bombay, the machine wore the 'Chelsea Rose' tail design, and interestingly, British Asia Airways titles.
Tyrolean Air Ambulance Dornier 328 OE-GBB departed back to its birthplace at Oberpfaffenhofen during the morning.
AMM39D/44F G-OOAM AIH059P/059 G-MDBD BRT870/1 G-EMBJ DLH5960/1 D-ACLE AMM147/6 G-OOAH FUA1607/8 EC-HMK CUS4604/5 SX-BGI MCS2777/2787 SX-BMA FUA1437/8 EC-GUG AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU
Thursday 11th October
The last flight of the Air Transat summer programme produced the carrier's first Tristar of the year, C-FTNG making only its third visit to Newcastle, and its first visit since 1997.
Another freight flight produced Cessna 340 D-IAGC during the first hour of the day, from Munster to Finow, and Bizair CitationJet D-IRWR came back for another short visit during the afternoon, from/to Tempelhof again as 'BZA241/2'. Tyrolean Air Ambulance Dornier 328 OE-GBB arrived from EGBB (Birmingham) !, during the early evening for a night-stop.
TSC202/3 C-FTNG AMM39F/C G-OOAM BRT870/1 G-EMBK FUA1419/1420 EC-HLN DLH5960/1 D-ACJB
Wednesday 10th October
Another day, another German executive jet, the first-visiting Bizair CitationJet D-IRWR arriving from Tempelhof as' BZA231' with freight early afternoon, returning as 'BZA232' after just half an hour on the north apron. Other foreign GA included Bristol Flying Centre King Air 200 N1120Z from Aberdeen to Leeds as 'CLF91' over mid-day, and Carry Air Twin Commanche F-GBVS during the late evening, as 'EEC02' with freight from Lyon-St.Exupery to Lyon-Bron.
BRT870/1 G-EMBK IWD3217/8 EC-GZE JKK3113/4 EC-GVO DLH5960/1 D-ACHC
Tuesday 9th October
Back to just one noteworthy movement - German Air Rescue Learjet 35 D-CCAA which visited from/to Baden-Baden during the late evening as 'AMB062'.
OHY455/6 TC-ONN ECA860/1 5B-DBJ BRT870/1 G-EMBK DLH5960/1 D-ACJB AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 8th October
Highlight was another new German CitationJet for us, D-IIJS spending less than an hour on the ground during the afternoon, from Dortmund to Bratislava operating under the MSR Flug-Charter callsign 'EBF608'. Commander 114 N6118R departed to Guernsey during the morning, presumably at the end of its Trans-Atlantic ferry flight.
The first non-Gill Airways maintenance work for the Newcastle Anglo Normandy Engineering facility arrived during the morning, nothing too exciting yet however, City-Flyer ATR.72 G-BXTN arriving from Gatwick as 'CFE072P'.
BRT870/1 G-EMBK AIH846/5 C-FTDF MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACLG OHY441/2 TC-ONR
Sunday 7th October
Just one again, Commander 114 N6118R which arrived during the late afternoon from Reykjavik for a night-stop.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYD CUS4614/5 SX-BGJ BRT872/1 G-EMBD AIH900/899 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLK BRT870/3 G-EMBD FUA1569/1570 EC-HHH PGT415A/6A TC-AFA
Saturday 6th October
Just the one, which visited rather late in the evening, Falcon 10 F-GTOD, making a brief visit from Montpellier to Le Bourget as 'DRT1951'.
AIH060/060P G-MLJL BAL994F/559A G-OBYD MON5897/6 G-MONZ JKK3341/2 EC-GQG HRC3025/4 EC-HUT RZO9456/7 CS-TGP JKK3183/4 EC-GVI CUS4610/1 SX-BGI HCY1614/5 5B-DBH MCS2775/2785 SX-BMC JKK3151/2 EC-HXA
Friday 5th October
Just a Spanish Metroliner, Intermediacion's EC-GMG visiting during the evening from/to Barcelona as 'IEA501/2'.
AMM39D/44F G-OOAN AIH059P/059 G-MLJL BRT870/1 G-EMBJ DLH5960/1 D-ACJB AMM147/6 G-OOAE FUA1607/8 EC-HLN CUS4604/5 SX-BGI AXO9169/9170 SX-BLN FUA1437/8 EC-HBZ
Thursday 4th October
The penultimate flight of the Air Transat Toronto series produced the first-visiting C-GKTS during the morning, only the third Airbus A.330-300 to visit Newcastle.
Two foreign-registered executive transports visited on two occasions each, TAG Aviation Falcon 2000 HB-IAZ passing through during the morning from Geneva to Birmingham and back in the opposite direction during the afternoon, and King Air F-GHIV which arrived from Poitiers and departed to Gothenburg-Save during the afternoon, the reverse routing being flown during the early evening. Piper Seneca N35AL departed to Leeds during the early afternoon.
MON318/318P G-SMAN TSC202/3 C-GKTS AMM39F/C G-OOAN BRT870/1 G-EMBE FUA1419/1420 EC-HMJ DLH5960/1 D-ACLI AMC082/3 9H-ABF
Wednesday 3rd October
Learjet 35 C-GTJL took another day trip, to Luxembourg this time, returning during the evening, and then departing back across the Atlantic via Keflavik. Seneca N35AL arrived from Coventry during the evening for a night-stop.
British Regional Jetstream 41 G-MAJG first-visited in the British Airways 'Union Flag' colour-scheme on the mid-day Cardiff rotation.
LOG874A/B G-BNMU BRT870/1 G-EMBE BRT653/2 G-MAJG IWD3217/8 EC-GZD JKK3113/4 EC-GHE DLH5960/1 D-ACLF RPX360P/361 G-CLAS LOG873A/B G-BPFN
Tuesday 2nd October
The early hours produced two interesting arrivals, Zorex Air Transport Metro II EC-HJC making its first-visit as such on a cargo flight from Zaragoza, departing after an hour and a half to Barcelona - it had last appeared here during 1994 as OY-JEO - and Emerald Airways HS.748 G-OTBA arrived on the early morning Liverpool mail flight, its subsequent day-stop providing us with our first sight of it at Newcastle in daylight !.
JEM03M/04M G-OTBA LOG874A/B G-BNMU OHY455/6 TC-ONN ECA860/1 5B-DBJ BRT870/1 G-EMBE DLH5960/1 D-ACHI AMC5180/1 9H-ADN RPX360P/361 G-XPSS LOG873A/B G-BNMU
Monday 1st October
The late evening saw a change in the Shorts 360 used for the BAC Express-operated Carlisle mail flight, from G-CLAS which had been ever-present since Gill Airways' demise, to the first-visiting G-XPSS which positioned in from Belfast Aldergrove. An ex-Jersey European machine, it never visited Newcastle as G-OBOH. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACHC made just its second visit to Newcastle on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule.
Cessna 441 N22CG operated by Jubilee Airways diverted in during the afternoon en-route from Augsburg to Prestwick as 'DKE02', the aircraft continuing to Prestwick after a forty-five minute stay, and Learjet 35 C-GTJL which had spent the previous four nights on the Samson apron took a trip to Dublin during the late afternoon, returning later in the evening for another night-stop.
HMS1917/8 LZ-HMW BRT870/1 G-EMBE AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACHC MMZ7310 CS-TIG RPX360P/361 G-XPSS OHY441/2 TC-ONR LOG873A/B G-BNMU
Sunday 30th September
The one-time G-ZOOM, Intermediacion's Learjet 35 EC-HLB, made its third visit to Newcastle as such at lunch-time, the aircraft spending exactly an hour on the ground from/to Barcelona as 'IEA902/3'.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYI ICB2043/44P TF-FDA BRT872/1 G-EMBC XLA4067/6 G-XLAD DLH5960/1 D-ACLK AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBC FUA1569/1570 EC-HJJ PGT415A/6A TC-APV
Saturday 29th September
Nothing really worth mentioning .....
FUA1437/8 EC-GRX AIH060/060P OY-VKF BAL994F/559A G-OBYI JEA3091 G-JEAW JEA422 G-JEAT JEA423 G-JEAT JKK3341/2 EC-HBP JEA3092 G-JEAW MON5897/6 G-MONZ XLA4019/8 G-XLAA JEA426 G-JEAT JEA9136/7 G-JEAY HRC3025/4 EC-HUT JEA427 G-JEAT JKK3183/4 EC-FXI RZO9456/7 CS-TGP HCY1614/5 5B-DBH CUS4610/1 SX-BGI MCS2775/2785 SX-BMC JEA9166/094P G-JEAJ JKK3151/2 EC-HXA
Friday 28th September
Not too much of interest, just the departure of Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV to Lisbon during the afternoon, and the appearance of the relatively rare Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLC on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, only its third visit to Newcastle.
AMM39D/44F G-OOAN JEA422 G-JEAT JEA3091 G-JEAW HMS1947/8 LZ-HMQ JEA423/4 G-JEAT AIH059P/059 OY-VKF BRT870/1 G-EMBH JEA3092/3 G-JEAW JEA425/6 G-JEAT DLH5960/1 D-ACLC JKK3133/4 EC-GBA AMM147/6 G-OOAE JEA427/8 G-JEAT JEA3094/5 G-JEAW JEA429 G-JEAT FUA1607/8 EC-HHH PGT411/2 TC-APL CUS4604/5 SX-BGI JEA3096 G-JEAW AXO9169/9170 SX-BLM
Thursday 27th September
Only one movement of note but quite a special one, the very smart Learjet 35 C-GTJL arriving from Keflavik during the afternoon for a night-stop.
MON318/318P G-EOMA JEA3091 G-JEAW JEA422 G-JEAT TSC240/1 C-GTSN JEA423/4 G-JEAT JEA3092/3 G-JEAW AMM39F/C G-OOAN BRT870/1 G-EMBH FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG JEA425/6 G-JEAT DLH5960/1 D-ACLE JEA3094/5 G-JEAW JEA427/8 G-JEAT JEA429 G-JEAT JEA3096 G-JEAW AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 26th September
A now fairly normal 'post-Gill Airways' day with the usual British European 146s coming and going. SABENA RJ.100 OO-DWB departed back to Brussels in the early hours after its mishap of the previous evening, and another early morning positioning sector saw the return of Finnair Boeing 757 OH-LBO, from Helsinki, to become probably the last of the fleet to be detached to Newcastle this summer, the Finnair-operated part of the Air Scandic programme coming to a close in mid-October. OH-LBO had been the third of the fleet of five aircraft to spend time with us this summer, having spent much of July based at Newcastle. Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV made its fifth appearance of the year during the late evening, arriving from Skavsta for a two-night stop.
SAB6090 OO-DWB FIN7493 OH-LBO JEA3091 G-JEAW JEA422 G-JEAT MON319P/319 G-EOMA JEA423/4 G-JEAT BRT870/1 G-EMBE JEA3092/3 G-JEAW JKK3113/4 EC-GVI IWD3217/8 EC-GUR JEA425/6 G-JEAT DLH5960/1 D-ACHA JEA427/8 G-JEAT JEA3094/5 G-JEAW JEA429 G-JEAT JEA3096 G-JEAW
Tuesday 25th September
The evening Stansted mail departure produced another first-visiting Loganair Shorts 360, G-BNMU, which wears the British Airways 'Colum' colour-scheme, positioning in from Glasgow during the evening. The first of the six Gill Airways aeroplanes parked on the airfield to depart after the carrier's failure did so during the evening, Fokker 100 G-BYDO leaving to return to the lessor at Eindhoven. SABENA RJ.100 OO-DWB caused some excitement (and some ludicrously sensationalised reporting in the local press the following day !) by leaving the runway onto the grass at the end of its landing roll on the afternoon arrival from Brussels. The airport was subsequently closed for ninety minutes, with the aircraft finally taxiing back onto the runway and onto a stand under its own power. One of three aircraft to divert during the closure was the Finnair/Air Scandic Boeing 757 OH-LBT, on its way back from Santorini, which diverted to Manchester. This was the last planned flight for the machine before returning to Finland after its four weeks as the Newcastle-based aircraft, the aeroplane presumably positioning straight back to Helsinki from Manchester.
SCY4086 OH-LBT JEA3091 G-JEAW JEA422 G-JEAT OHY455/6 TC-ONN JEA423/4 G-JEAT ECA860/1 5B-DBK JEA3092/3 G-JEAW BRT870/1 G-EMBL JEA425/6 G-JEAT DLH5960/1 D-ACJF JEA3094/5 G-JEAW SAB60J OO-DWB JEA427/8 G-JEAT JEA429 G-JEAT AMC5180/1 9H-ABR JEA3096 G-JEAW
Monday 24th September
British European BAe146-200 G-JEAK positioned in during the early morning from Edinburgh to operate the first two Belfast City departures of the day, BAe146-100 G-JEAT taking over during the afternoon - BAe146-200 G-JEAW operated the day's Paris flying. With BAC Express continuing to operate the evening Carlisle mail departure with Shorts 360 G-CLAS, the Stansted departure became a Loganair operation also with a Shorts 360, the first-visiting G-BPFN positioning in from Glasgow during the late evening. The aircraft wore the British Airways 'Benyhone Tartan' tail design.
JEA041P/422 G-JEAK JEA3091 G-JEAW HMS1917/8 LZ-HMI JEA423/4 G-JEAK BRT870/1 G-EMBO AIH846/5 C-FTDF JEA3092/3 G-JEAW JEA425/6 G-JEAT MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACLK JEA427/8 G-JEAT JEA3094/5 G-JEAW JEA429 G-JEAT OHY441/2 TC-ONR JEA3096 G-JEAW
Sunday 23rd September
Another day, and yet more British European aeroplanes ! - today's highlight was only the second appearance at Newcastle of one of the carrier's CRJs, G-JECD first-visiting during the morning, positioning in from Dublin and operating three Belfast City rotations during the day. Wearing Air France colours the aircraft positioned out to Belfast City during the evening. BAe146-200 G-JEAW which had arrived the previous evening from Verona, operated the day's Paris flights. Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYTY returned during the evening on its football charter with a well defeated Newcastle United, arriving from London City and positioning out later to Edinburgh.
Citation 550 VP-CTJ departed to Leeds during the morning, and Beech Baron N800VP spent the afternoon with us from Biggin Hill.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYI ICB2043/4 TF-FDA JEA096P/424 G-JECD BRT872/1 G-EMBD JEA3093 G-JEAW XLA4067/6 G-XLAA JEA425/6 G-JECD DLH5960/1 D-ACLE AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBD JEA3094/5 G-JEAW JEA427/8 G-JECD FUA1569/1570 EC-HMK JEA429/049P G-JECD PGT415A/6A TC-AFA JEA3096 G-JEAW
Saturday 22nd September
British European BAe146 G-JEAT operated the first Paris rotation of the day, and then three Belfast City sectors - two more 'Jersey' 146s passed through as usual on the Saturday Verona and Jersey charters, and Dash Eight G-JEDB returned, positioning in from Birmingham to take Charlton FC back to Stansted during the evening.
Another football charter produced just the second visit to Newcastle of Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYTY, which took Newcastle United to Stansted during the afternoon after having positioned in from Edinburgh. The aircraft's first-visit to Newcastle had been as long ago as the 28th December 1999 in connection with another televised Sky Sports football match. Aurigny Air Services Saab 340 G-GNTC departed to Guernsey in the early hours after having operated the early morning mail arrival from Stansted, and Citation 550 VP-CTJ made its first appearance here since 1998, arriving from St.Mawgan during the early evening for a night-stop.
FUA1437/8 EC-GNZ JEA3091 G-JEAT AIH060/060P G-MDBD JEA093P/9161 G-JEAW BAL994F/559A G-OBYI JEA3092/424 G-JEAT JKK3341/2 EC-FXY MON5897/6 G-MONZ TYR959X/960X OE-LCO XLA4019/8 G-XLAB JEA425/6 G-JEAT JEA9136/7 G-JEAV HRC3025/4 EC-HUT BRT563/557 G-MAUD RZO9456/7 CS-TGP JKK3183/4 EC-FZC JEA427Z/8422 G-JEDB HCY1614/5 5B-DBH CUS4610/1 SX-BGI JKK3151/2 EC-HRP MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA JEA9166 G-JEAW
Friday 21st September
Only eighteen minutes into the day, and another first-visiting British European BAe146 appears, 146-100 G-JEAT positioning in from Southampton for the first Air France Paris departure of the day, previously flown of course by Gill Airways Fokker 100s, the aircraft subsequently flying all six of the day's Paris sectors, and conveniently wearing Air France colours. Two aircraft were used by British European for the day's Belfast City flying, Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS positioning in from Stansted for two rotations, positioning out later back to Stansted, and BAe146-200 G-JEAY which operated a late afternoon rotation from Belfast City, and an evening arrival, the aircraft positioning back out to Belfast City. If that wasn't enough British European aeroplanes, Dash Eight G-JEDB arrived from Stansted during the evening with Charlton Athletic Football Club, the aircraft positioning out later to Birmingham. The first British European Dash Eight to operate a revenue service at Newcastle, the aircraft had actually visited once before, as OE-LLX on the 2nd June 1999, on delivery back to Canada at the end of its service for Tyrolean Airways.
Aurigny Saab 340 G-GNTC operated the early morning mail arrival from Stansted, subsequently day-stopping to operate the late evening departure, and BAC Express Shorts 360 G-CLAS returned again during the evening for the Carlisle departure.
JEA047P/3091 G-JEAT AMM39D/44F G-OOAL JEA042P/422 G-BUPS HMS1947/8 LZ-HMW AIH059P/059 G-MOJO JEA3092/3 G-JEAT BRT870/1 G-EMBN JEA423/4 G-BUPS DLH5960/1 D-ACLZ JKK3133/4 EC-FXI JEA425/043P G-BUPS JEA427/8 G-JEAY JEA3094/5 G-JEAT AMM147/6 G-OOAE JEA8421/082P G-JEDB FUA1607/8 EC-HHH JEA429/049P G-JEAY PGT411/2 TC-APK CUS4604/5 SX-BGI JEA3096 G-JEAT AXO9169/9170 SX-BLM
Thursday 20th September
An important day in the history of Newcastle Airport, mid-day seeing the demise of based airline Gill Airways. The last Gill Airways flight involving Newcastle was flown by ATR.42 G-BVJP, arriving from Aberdeen as GIL86N at 1305L. Significantly British European Airways began operations on the Belfast City route just a few hours later, with two round-trips being flown during the afternoon and evening, both rotations operated by BAe146s, 146-200 G-JEAY, which had first-visited just five days previous, during the afternoon and the first-visiting 146-100 G-JEAU wearing Air France colours during the evening.
Gill Airways' evening mail flights were picked up by BAC Express, Shorts 360 G-CLAS in the carrier's full colours positioning in from Exeter to operate out to Belfast via Carlisle, and by Aurigny Air Services, Saab 340 G-GNTC positioning in from Guernsey to operate the Stansted departure.
Aeronova Metroliner EC-HZH spent three hours on the ground during the afternoon, from Rotterdam to Barcelona as 'OVA541/2', and Navajo N500UD visited in the middle of the day from/to Sleap.
MON318/318P G-EOMA TSC240/1 C-GTSN AMM39F/C G-OOAL BRT870/1 G-EMBC DLH5960/1 D-ACJF FUA1419/1420 EC-HJJ JEA4475/6 G-JEAY JEA4479/8 G-JEAU AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 19th September
Brtish Regional Airlines used an ATP for the first Birmingham rotation of the day, G-MANB positioning in from, and out to Glasgow, its first-visits of the year.
BRT091/650 G-MANB MON319P/319 G-EOMA BRT870/1 G-EMBH BRT651/092 G-MANB IWD3217/8 EC-HCR JKK3113/4 EC-GVO JMC543L/K G-CVYD DLH5960/1 D-ACLV
Tuesday 18th September
An interesting morning with three heavily-delayed Orlando arrivals landing within the space of just under four hours. First to arrive was a surprising first-visitor, Britannia Airways Boeing 767-300 G-OBYG operating a flight which should have arrived on Sunday morning, the aircraft returning to McCoy later in the morning, followed by the Airtours DC-10 G-BYDA which operated a flight that should have arrived the previous Saturday morning, and which positioned out to Manchester. Monarch Airlines DC-10 G-DMCA came last, operating the flight that should have arrived the previous Thursday morning, and a flight which was meant to arrive back early on Monday morning but was delayed a further twenty-four hours due to technical problems, the aircraft positioning back out to Sanford mid-morning. Ultimately being five days late, could this be the longest delay in Newcastle Airport history !?.
Boeing 737-200 HZ-MIS returned to Stansted at lunch-time after its single night-stop.
BAL559B/637A G-OBYG AIH060/004P G-BYDA MON318/329P G-DMCA OHY455/6 TC-ONN ECA860/1 5B-DBJ BRT870/1 G-EMBP DLH5960/1 D-ACLG AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 17th September
The rumoured visitor that had prompted a certain amount of hysteria amongst local enthusiasts in previous weeks appeared just after mid-day, not a Chinese Air Force Il-76 after all, but the privately-owned Boeing 737-200 HZ-MIS which arrrived from Stansted for a night-stop. The aircraft wasn't even a first-visitor, having previously appeared here as CS-TME of Air Sul in early 1991 !. Braathens Boeing 737-700 LN-TUH made just its third visit to Newcastle, substituting for the late morning Fokker 50 - its previous two visits had been made during April and May 2001.
Cessna 172 N90SA departed to Lands End during the morning after three nights with us, and Wal Mart's Commander 695 N83WA made its second visit of the year during the afternoon, from Leeds to Glasgow.
HMS1917/8 LZ-HMI BRA571/2 LN-TUH BRT870/1 G-EMBD AIH846/5 C-GTDB DLH5960/1 D-ACJI MMZ7310 CS-TIG OHY441/2 TC-ONR
Sunday 16th September
Only the third NetJets Europe/Air Luxor Hawker 800XP to appear at Newcastle, CS-DNM, day-stopped from/to Ibiza, and Gazelle F-GGTJ departed to Bristol-Lulsgate during the afternoon.
British Regional Embraer 145 G-EMBM followed up its first-visit during the previous week with its second and third on the day's two Manchester/Oslo turnarounds. It was another Regional Jet type that produced the day's highlight however, our first CRJ.700 appearing on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule in the shape of Lufthansa Cityline's D-ACPC.
IWD3441/2 EC-GZE BRT872/1 G-EMBM ICB2043/4 TF-FDA XLA4067/6 G-XLAA DLH5960/1 D-ACPC BRT870/3 G-EMBM AIH900/899 C-GTDB FUA1569/1570 EC-HMK PGT415A/6A TC-AFA
Saturday 15th September
The second Axon Airlines Boeing 737-400 operated the Friday night Heraklion charter in the early hours, SX-BLN not being a first-visitor either, the aircraft having visited previously under various guises, most notably as EC-GYK of Futura in 1999 and as G-OABF in 1998. Prime Airbus A.300 G-HLAD made its second visit to Newcastle during the afternoon operating the return leg of the Oslo charter of two Sundays previous, the aircraft positioning out to East Midlands after two hours on the ground, and the British European afternoon Jersey rotation, which hasn't produced too much in the way of variety this summer, was unexpectedly operated by the first-visiting BAe146-200 G-JEAY. Avanti Air Beech 1900 D-CARA passed through from Skavsta to Dublin at dawn.
Robin DR.400 F-GUXL continued onwards to Inverness during the morning, and another interesting French visitor was Gazelle F-GGTJ which arrived from Sheffield during the afternoon for a night-stop. Grosvenor Estates Citation 650 VP-CGE day-stopped from/to Chester.
AXO9169/9170 SX-BLN FUA1437/8 EC-HBZ JEA093P/9161 G-JEAJ BRT552/564 G-MAUD JKK3341/2 EC-GQG MON5897/6 G-MONZ XLA4019/8 G-XLAD TYR959X/960X OE-LCM HRC3025/4 EC-HUT BRT563/557 G-MAUD JEA9136/7 G-JEAY JKK3183/4 EC-HKP RZO9456/7 CS-TGP IWD3555/6 EC-GUR HCY1614/5 5B-DBI CUS4610/1 SX-BGI MCS2775/2785 SX-BMC JEA9166/094P G-JEAJ JKK3151/2 EC-HXA
Friday 14th September
Still not much, just two pretty common foreign twins, Navajo EI-CNM and King Air N444BK, and two quite interesting foreign singles, Cessna 172 N90SA from Sturgate during the afternoon for a night-stop, and Robin F-GUXL from Humberside during the evening, also for a night-stop.
HMS1947/8 LZ-HMS BRT870/1 G-EMBK DLH5960/1 D-ACJH JKK3133/4 EC-GQG AMM147/6 G-OOAI FUA1607/8 EC-HHH PGT411/2 TC-APH CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
Thursday 13th September
Two first-visiting foreign biz jets - Airailes Citationjet F-GTRY day-stopped from/to Nancy-Essey as 'EOL700/710', and the very smart Interjet Falcon 2000 SX-DCF which made a fuel-stop from Goose Bay to Athens late in the evening. Gold Air Learjet 45 G-OLDL visited again, during the evening from Thessaloniki to Biggin Hill.
BRT870/1 G-EMBE DLH5960/1 D-ACLK FUA1419/1420 EC-HJJ BRY6HB/6CR/7CR/7NC G-ZAPM AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 12th September
A very quiet day with the only foreign visitor being King Air 300 OE-FME during the afternoon. A notable first however - the first time that all of the day's six Heathrow arrivals were operated by Airbus A.319s.
JMC543L/K G-BXKD BRT870/1 G-EMBN IWD3217/8 EC-GUR DLH5960/1 D-ACJH JKK3113/4 EC-GOU
Tuesday 11th September
The last of the current fleet of British Regional Embraer 145s to appear at Newcastle operated the late morning Oslo schedule, G-EMBM in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme.
Falcon 100 N606AM departed to Prestwick at tea-time, and the only other GA visitors of note were two regulars, King Air OE-FME during the morning, and Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM during the afternoon.
OHY455/6 TC-ONN ECA860/1 5B-DBC BRT870/1 G-EMBM DLH5960/1 D-ACLJ AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 10th September
Air Luxor Airbus A.320 CS-TNB first-visited during the evening substituting for the Euro-Atlantic Boeing 737-300. Falcon 100 N606AM arrived from Leeds also mid-evening for a night-stop ... and G-EMBO brought me back from Oslo !.
HMS1917/8 LZ-HMI BRT870/1 G-EMBO AIH846/5 C-FTDF MMZ7310 CS-TNB OHY441/2 TC-ONR
Sunday 9th September
British Airways' latest appeared twice during the day, the very new Airbus A.319 G-EUOE operating the early afternoon Heathrow rotation, and then the early evening one too. BBJ N500LS departed to Aberdeen at lunch-time after spending three nights on stand 13, and Seneca N5325A continued to Prague during the afternoon after its single night-stop.
On the one day of the week when the British Regional Embraer 145 passes through twice, from Manchester to Oslo and then back again, G-EMBK appeared only once, passing through from Manchester to Oslo at lunch-time, but then not appearing on the return sector during the afternoon, the flight being cancelled with the aircraft positioning back to Manchester direct from Oslo ... something that wouldn't have normally been a newsworthy event, if it wasn't for the fact that it was another flight deck familiarisation for me, and consequently I was stranded in Oslo - but that's another story.
BAL599B/994F G-OBYJ BRT872/1 G-EMBK ICB2043/4 TF-FDA XLA4067/6 G-XLAD BAW12G/13J G-EUOE DLH5960/1 D-ACLZ AIH900/899 C-FTDF FUA1569/1570 EC-HMK BAW12Q/13L G-EUOE PGT415A/6A TC-AFA
Saturday 8th September
Challenger N63ST came visiting again, an even shorter one this time of just twenty-six minutes duration, mid-afternoon from/to Biggin Hill. Not much else just Seneca N5325A from Reykjavik during the early evening for a night-stop.
JEM03M/65E G-OTBA BAL994F/559A G-OBYJ AIH060/060P G-MDBD JEA093P/9161 G-JEAJ BRT552/564 G-MAUD JKK3341/2 EC-GVI MON5897/6 G-MONZ XLA4019/8 G-XLAB TYR959X/960X OE-LCH BRT563/557 G-MAUD JEA9136/7 G-JEAW HRC3025/4 EC-HUT JKK3183/4 EC-HBP RZO9456/7 CS-TGP IWD3555/6 EC-GUR HCY1614/5 5B-DBH CUS4610/1 SX-BGI JKK3151/2 EC-HRP MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA JEA9166/094P G-JEAJ IWD3441/2 EC-GZE
Friday 7th September
Axon produced one of their non-'NextGen' Boeing 737s for the first time this summer on their late night Heraklion flight, -400 SX-BLM actually arriving just after midnight - the aircraft had last visited during 1995, as G-UKLF of UK Leisure.
Malcolm Wilson Motorsport's Agusta 119 I-RALY visited twice, from/to Cockermouth during the morning and afternoon, sporting a new black and white 'checkerboard' colour-scheme, and further GA vsitors included Beech baron N273TB from/to Elstree over lunch-time, and Tobago D-EAFV which stopped for fuel early afternoon from Monchengladbach to Wick.
AMM39D/44F G-OOAM HMS1947/8 LZ-HMS AIH059P/059 G-MDBD BRT870/1 G-EMBL DLH5960/1 D-ACLG JKK3133/4 EC-HKP AMM147/6 G-OOAI PGT411/2 TC-APV CUS4603/4 SX-BGI FUA1607/8 EC-HLN FUA1437/8 EC-HBZ AXO9169/9170 SX-BLM
Thursday 6th September
An extremely busy GA day, the star visitor being another BBJ, only our third, N500LS arriving direct from Port Columbus during the morning for a night-stop. Challenger N63ST made a thirty minute visit later in the morning, from/to Oslo, and the two German night-stoppers got away before midday, Duke D-INSP to Hamburg and Cessna 337 D-IAAM to Lubeck.
ERJ G-EMBL visited on the Oslo flight for the first time, just its third visit to Newcastle, one of only three British Regional ERJ145s yet to appear on the carrier's Oslo schedule. Emerald Airways HS.748 G-OTBA made just its fourth landing at Newcastle during the late evening, positioning in from Liverpool to operate the carrier's mail departure back to Liverpool, and Brymon Airways Dash Eight G-BRYO, the last to wear the old British Airways colour-scheme, first-visited after its repaint into the 'Union Flag' scheme, on the morning Bristol/Aberdeen turnarounds.
BRY2HB/2CR G-BRYO MON318/318P G-SMAN TSC240/1 C-GTSE AMM39F/C G-OOAM BRT870/1 G-EMBL FUA1419/1420 EC-HJJ DLH5960/1 D-ACJH AMC082/3 9H-ABF JEM71E/04M G-OTBA
Wednesday 5th September
The first British Midland Embraer 145 to visit Newcastle did so during the late evening, G-RJXC positioning in from East Midlands to collect those South of England-based England footballers, and transport them to Luton, departing just four minutes before midnight.
GA visitors were dominated by German-registered machines again, Beech Duke D-INSP arriving from Hamburg during the morning for a night-stop, followed by Cessna 337 D-IAAM during the afternoon from Reykjavik also for a night-stop. Citation 560 D-CHDE departed back to Stuttgart during the afternoon. Gold Air Learjet 45 G-OLDL appeared again, from Birmingham just before kick-off, departing to Malaga afterwards.
BRT870/092 G-EMBS MON330P/319 G-SMAN JMC543L/K G-BXKA BRT091/871 G-EMBE JKK3113/4 EC-HNC IWD3217/8 EC-GLT DLH5960/1 D-ACLG BMA9731/7960 G-RJXC
Tuesday 4th September
After the three different Falcon 20s that visited us during August, another appeared during the morning, the first-visiting Elbe Air Luftransport machine D-CLBE, spending just forty-five minutes on the Samson apron mid-morning, from Paderborn to Falconara. One of the previously referred to trio of Falcon 20s appeared again a little later in the day, CS-DCK making a similarly brief visit early evening from Beziers to Le Bourget. Navajo EI-WYO was present over lunch-time from/to the Isle-of-Man, and another foreign corporate jet spent the night with us, Stuttgarter Flugdienst's Citation 560 D-CHDE, which had last visited during 1995, arriving from Stuttgart during the evening.
OHY455/6 TC-ONN ECA860/1 5B-DBC BRT870/1 G-EMBH DLH5960/1 D-ACLV AMC5180/1 9H-ABR
Monday 3rd September
The first British Airways Boeing 767-300 to appear here since mid-April operated the last Heathrow rotation of the day, G-BNWB still in the 'Chelsea Rose' colour-scheme.
Danish Air Transport King Air 90 OY-JRO visited on another freight charter during the afternoon, from Southend to Cardiff, and Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM made another ambulance flight visit during the evening, from/to Dublin.
HMS1917/8 LZ-HMI BRT870/1 G-EMBS AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACJE BAW12Q/13L G-BNWB MMZ7310 CS-TIG OHY441/2 TC-ONR
Sunday 2nd September
The victorious England football team arrived from Munich within the first hour of the day, in preparation for their next game midweek at St.James Park, on the Britannia Airways Luton-based standby Boeing 757 SE-DUK, the aircraft departing to Luton a little later. It had only appeared here three times previous, the aircraft flying three Britannia Airways rotations on the 13th August 1999. Another passenger charter produced the first-visit to Newcastle of Prime, the passenger carrying arm of Heavylift Cargo Airlines, the first-visiting Airbus A.300 G-HLAD in an all-white colour scheme with Prime titles and tail logo, positioning in from Milan-Malpensa just before mid-day and departing to Oslo during the early afternoon.
Excellent Air Citation 560 D-CZAR appeared here for the first time, making two visits during the day, from Munster to Belfast-Aldergrove during the morning, and back from Belfast to Amsterdam early afternoon. Seneca D-GDTP departed to Damme early on, and Cherokee N2CL departed back to Frensham during the afternoon.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYD ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRT872/1 G-EMBS HLA940P/940 G-HLAD AIH900/899 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLI BRT870/3 G-EMBS FUA1569/1570 EC-HHH PGT415A/6A TC-AFA
Saturday 1st September
Three substitutions provided the day's interesting airliners - a delayed Friday evening Airtours Dalaman 'W' was operated by two different aircraft during the morning, Boeing 757 G-MCEA operating the inbound sector during the early hours and then positioning out to Manchester, while Air Scandic Airbus A.300 G-SWJW arrived from Manchester mid-morning to operate the outbound sector. Much more interesting was a first-visiting Tristar, Euro-Atlantic's CS-TEB operating the early evening Air Azores Faro charter.
Gold Air Lear 45 G-OLDJ departed to Stansted during the second hour of the day, and a mini German invasion during the afternoon produced five 'twins' returning from the US, most of which were diversions from original destinations in Scotland. Beech Baron D-IIPW came first from Reykjavik to Braunshweig, followed by another Baron D-IGBH from Reykjavik to Bremen, Aerostar N35WA, that had passed through before in company with the German 'Flyer's, from Reykjavik to Baden-Baden, Cessna 340 D-IAIN from Reykjavik to Elchingen, and finally Seneca D-GDTP which arrived from Wick for a night-stop. Another foreign night-stopper was Cherokee N2CL which arrived at lunch-time from Fensham.
AIH834/834P G-MCEA AIH060/060P G-MDBD BAL994F/559A G-OBYD JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV BRT552/564 G-MANO AIH833P/833 G-SWJW MON5897/6 G-MPCD XLA4019/8 G-XLAA TYR959X/960X OE-LCP HRC3025/4 EC-HUT JEA9136/7 G-JEAW JKK3341/2 EC-FXY BRT563/557 G-MANO JKK3183/4 EC-GXU RZO9456/7 CS-TEB HCY1614/5 5B-DBH IWD3555/6 EC-GZE CUS4610/1 SX-BGI JEA9166/094P G-JEAV JKK3151/2 EC-HRP MCS2775/2785 SX-BMB IWD3441/2 EC-GLT
Friday 31st August
Just a pair of executive jets worth mentioning today, both of which had appeared recently. DARTA Falcon 20 CS-DCK passed through during the early afternoon from Edinburgh to Montpellier, having appeared on the 7th August, and Gold Air's Learjet 45 G-OLDJ made just its second visit, the aircraft having first visited exactly two weeks previous, arriving from Heraklion just before midnight.
AMC082/3 9H-ABE AMM39D/44F G-OOAN HMS1947/8 LZ-HMP AIH059P/059 G-MDBD BRT870/1 G-EMBP DLH5960/1 D-ACLL JKK3133/4 EC-GNY AMM147/6 G-OOAI FUA1607/8 EC-HLN PGT411/2 TC-APF CUS4604/5 SX-BGI FUA1437/8 EC-GVB AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU
Thursday 30th August
Just one decent visitor, Senator Aviation Learjet 35 D-CFCF which spent an hour here during the early afternoon from Cologne to Barcelona as 'SNA245'.
MON318/144P G-DMCA TSC240/1 C-GTSJ AMM39F/C G-OOAN BRT870/1 G-EMBP FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG DLH5960/1 D-ACHI
Wednesday 29th August
Would anybody have forecast at the beginning of the summer season that we'd get five different Finnair Boeing 757s on the first five Air Scandic detachments ? - the last one to appear here duly arrived from Helsinki after dawn, OH-LBT departing to Rhodes on its first flight as the new Newcastle-basd aircraft. If I remember my 'A'-Level Maths & Stats correctly, that's an approximate 1 in 10 probability (?)!. Only other airliner movement of note concerned another 757 statistic, the first British Airways machine to appear here since the 28th August (aircraft that used to visit six times a day !) - G-BPEE on the early evening Heathrow rotation.
The DLR Dornier 228 D-CALM that had arrived from Oxford the previous afternoon, departed in the early hours as 'Science01' again, ultimately bound for Oxford again. Atlantic Airways DC-3 G-AMRA made its second visit of the month during the evening, arriving from Coventry and operating a freight flight out to Liege.
FIN7475/SCY4016 OH-LBT MON319P/319 G-DMCA BRT870/1 G-EMBI JMC543L/K G-CVYE IWD3217/8 EC-GUR JKK3113/4 EC-HKP DLH5960/1 D-ACLL BAW12Q/13L G-BPEE
Tuesday 28th August
Finnair Boeing 757 OH-LBR completed its stint as the Newcastle-based aeroplane during the afternoon, its last rotation being to/from Santorini as SCY4086/7. It positioned out to Helsinki late afternoon, with the fifth detachment due to start the following morning - would we be asking too much for OH-LBT and the fifth different Finnair 757 in the five detachments so far this summer ?!.
DLR Dornier 228 D-CALM arrived from Oxford at lunch-time, operated a local flight during the afternoon and then night-stopped, using the callsign 'Science01' throughout.
OHY455/6 TC-ONO ECA860/1 5B-DBJ BRT870/1 G-EMBE BRY6HB/6CR G-BUPS DLH5960/1 D-ACLQ FIN7476 OH-LBR BRY7CR/7NC G-BUPS AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 27th August
Yesterday's first-visiting Learjet 45, Gold Air's G-OLDL, appeared again, spending less than an hour on the Samson apron during the early evening from Nice to Biggin Hill. Sukhoi 29 RA-1610 departed to White Waltham during the afternoon after spending two nights with us.
HMS1917/8 LZ-HMQ AIH846/5 C-FTDF MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACLL BRT870/1 G-EMBI OHY441/2 TC-ONM
Sunday 26th August
British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUOD made its second visit on the early evening Heathrow rotation, and another airliner making its second appearance here was Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-BUVD, which spent much of the day on the Samson apron from/to Luton in connection with the Sky Sports coverage of the local derby.
Another Gold Air Learjet 45 first-visited during the afternoon, G-OLDL spending a few hours with us from/to Biggin Hill.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYJ ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRT872/1 G-EMBA XLA4067/6 G-XLAD DLH5960/1 D-ACJH AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBA BAW12Q/13L G-EUOD FUA1569/1570 EC-HMJ PGT415A/6A TC-AFA
Saturday 25th August
The entire IBM Gulfstream fleet left for home at White Plains during the morning, GV N780F departing from the south apron first followed just seventeen minutes later by GIV N780E off the north apron, where it had spent the night.
Interesting arrivals during the afternoon included two pairs of Robinson helicopters, two R.22's G-ODCS and G-ZAPY and two R.44s G-TAND and G-LUKI, routing through to Northern Ireland, and the slightly more interesting Sukhoi Su-29 RA-1610 which arrived from White Waltham for a night-stop.
BAL994F/559A G-OBYJ AIH060/060P G-MLJL JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV BRY50P/5MA G-ZAPJ BRT552/564 G-MANO JKK3341/2 EC-GHH MON5897/6 G-MONZ XLA4019/8 G-XLAA TYR959X/960X OE-LCM BRY5MB/51P G-ZAPJ BRT563/557 G-MANO JEA9136/7 G-JEAW HRC3025/4 EC-HUT JKK3183/4 EC-FZC RZO9456/7 CS-TGP IWD3555/6 EC-HCR HCY1614/5 5B-DBH CUS4610/1 SX-BGI MCS2775/2785 SX-BMB IWD3441/2 EC-GUR JEA9166/094P G-JEAV JKK3151/2 EC-HXA
Friday 24th August
Two first-visiting 'single aisle' Airbus' appeared during the afternoon, the unexpected Airtours Airbus A.321 G-NIKO on the Naples arrival, positioning out to East Midlands, and the somewhat more predictable new British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUOD a little later on the late afternoon Heathrow rotation. Futura Boeing 737-400 EI-CRC made just its second visit as such on the late evening Palma flight.
The late afternoon saw more simultaneous biz departures, the two Astras departing within eight minutes of each other, both to Cologne, while Euro Continental Metro EC-GPS, which had also spent two nights on the Samson ramp, positioned out just five minutes after the second Astra to Barcelona. Visitor of the day however was yet another American Gulf IV, IBM's N780E arriving direct from White Plains late in the evening, coming to the assistance of sister ship GV N780F.
AMM39D/44F G-OOAN HMS1947/8 LZ-HMS AIH059P/059 G-MLJL AMC083 9H-ABF AIH816/107P G-NIKO DLH5960/1 D-ACHF JKK3133/4 EC-GHE AMM147/6 G-OOAE BAW12N/13K G-EUOD BRY56P/5MG G-ZAPK PGT411/2 TC-APL CUS4604/5 SX-BGI BRY5MH/57P G-ZAPK FUA1607/8 EC-HHG FUA1437/8 EI-CRC AXO9169/9170 SX-BLT
Thursday 23rd August
The early hours produced another football charter, Sunderland Football Club arriving from Luton on the first-visiting New Air Fokker 50 OY-MMS, in an all-white colour-scheme, which positioned out at one minute past two to Billund. Bin Air Metroliner D-ICRK departed to Valencia during the morning after its night-stop.
Biz Jets dominated proceedings again however, the three 'big Falcons' that sat very impressively on the south apron until the late afternoon, all departing within eight minutes of each other, all back to Luton, in the reverse order to how they arrived, Falcon 50 N840FJ departing first, followed by Falcon 900s PH-LBA and N662P. Even better was yet to come however, our fourth Gulfstream V arriving from Edinburgh an hour later, IBM's N780F for a two night stay.
There was one more visitor for the ship 'launch', British World Boeing 737-300 G-OBWX spending much of the day here from/to Aberdeen, and a quite rare British Citation registration visited during the evening, Fairflight Corporate Jets' Citation 550 G-RDBS arriving from Luton and operating an ambulance flight to Cork.
MON318/318P G-SMAN TSC240/1 C-GTSJ AMM39F/C G-OOAN BRT870/1 G-EMBA FUA1419/1420 EC-HHH DLH5960/1 D-ACHI AMC082 9H-ABF
Wednesday 22nd August
Seven biz jets in the same day ! - I would be a happier man if that happened a bit more often. The commissioning of an oil exploration vessel brought three 'big Falcons' from Luton within fifteen minutes of each other at lunch-time, all three being vectored by an extremely helpful Newcastle Approach controller for visual flyby's of the vessel at Wallsend !. First lander at the airport was the only first-visitor, Phillips Petroleum's Falcon 900EX N662P, only our third 900EX ever, followed by the Lost Boys Aviation Falcon 900 PH-LBA, which had last visited during July 2000, and finally by Kerr McGee's Falcon 50 N840FJ which had last visited during March. All three parked in a pretty impressive line on the south apron, and night-stopped. Tyrolean Jet Service Falcon 10 OE-GSC visited during the afternoon on an ambulance flight from Linz, departing after two hours to Innsbruck, Dravidian Air Services BAe125 G-BLTP visited briefly a little later in the afternoon from/to Northolt, actually the machine's first-visit since 1997, with the final pair, two Astras, arriving within three minutes of each other just after six o'clock. Unconnected with the ship 'launch' Challenge Air's D-CRIS and Knauf KG's VP-CKG, two aircraft that had visited together during mid-August last year, arrived from Cologne and Manston respectively, the German machine joining the Falcons on the south apron, with the Cayman-registered machine being handled on the north apron, both aircraft also night-stopping.
Three Metroliners appeared during the day, Euro Continental's Metro III EC-GPS from Barcelona in the early hours to spend the rest of the day on the Samson apron, Atlantic Airways' G-BUKA on an early morning ambulance flight, and Bin Air's Metro II D-ICRK which arrived from Berlin-Schonefeld late in the evening. A slightly larger freighter, Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV, departed to Helsinki during the afternoon.
MON319P/319 G-SMAN BRT870/1 G-EMBJ JMC543L/K G-BXKA JKK3113/4 EC-GQG IWD3217/8 EC-GLT DLH5960/1 D-ACJH
Tuesday 21st August
The day's only arrival for the Inter Toto Cup Final appeared during the morning, King Air 90 F-BXON arriving from Troyes as 'CPH030', joining the two Metroliners on the Samson apron - could these be the fewest aircraft ever to visit anywhere in connection with a 'European Final' !?. Anyway the last European football visitors we are going to see this season all departed back to Troyes during the last hour of the day.
GAMA Aviation Learjet 35 G-JETG spent much of the day alongside the two Metroliners on the south apron, having arrived from Heraklion on an ambulance flight at dawn, departing to Luton during the late afternoon. Commander 690 N425RR spent a few hours during the late afternoon/early evening with us, using an Alan Mann Helicopters callsign, from Fairoaks to Southampton, and Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV made its fourth visit of the year, arriving all the way from Winnipeg during the evening for a night-stop.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACHF followed up its first visit last Friday with just its second visit to Newcastle on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, and Brymon Airways Dash Eight G-BRYM made its first appearance since its recent repaint into the British Airways 'Union Flag' colour-scheme on the morning Bristol/Aberdeen rotations.
BRY2HB/2CR G-BRYM OHY455/6 TC-ONP ECA860/1 5B-DBJ BRT870/1 G-EMBJ DLH5960/1 D-ACHF AMC5180/1 9H-ABT
Monday 20th August
The Troyes football team arrived during the morning on a pair of fairly regular Champagne Airlines-operated Metroliners, F-GJPN and F-GPSN arriving within twenty-five minutes of each other to remain until after the game on Tuesday evening. Both had last visited Newcastle also together, on the 15th June 2000. Small freight charters returned in numbers during the afternoon, with three aircraft arriving to take cargo out to various points in Europe. Our first DC-3 movement since the end of January produced Atlantic Airways' pretty smart looking G-AMRA from Coventry mid-afternoon, on its first appearance here since 1998, departing later with freight to Antwerp. Next came Danish Air Transport King Air 90 OY-JRO from Southend, which departed last to Hannover, followed by Atlantic Airways Cessna 406 G-FIND, also from Coventry and departing just after the 'Dak' to Skovde.
The Leeds-based Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-GTDB made its first-visit of the summer on the Airtours Reus 'W' from Teesside, replacing C-FTDA, the Teesside-based Airtours unit this summer, on a one-off, delay-reducing substitution.
HMS1917/8 LZ-HMQ BRT870/1 G-EMBP AIH846/5 C-GTDB DLH5960/1 D-ACLK MMZ7310 CS-TIG OHY441/2 TC-ONR
Sunday 19th August
Only aeroplane of note was a Boeing 737-700, substituting for the programmed -500 on the evening Braathens Stavanger flight, LN-TUF making its first-visit since 1999, and actually only its fifth appearance ever at Newcastle.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYI BRT872/1 G-EMBB XLA4067/6 G-XLAA BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJB DLH5960/1 D-ACLI AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBB ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJB FUA1569/1570 EC-HJJ BRA575/8 LN-TUF PGT415A/6A TC-AFA
Saturday 18th August
Yesterday evening's first-visiting Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYHG was joined during the late morning by another of the fleet, G-BWWT making its first visit since 1999, arriving from Cambridge. Both aircraft departed back to Cambridge during the evening after the game.
Only other thing of note was the relatively rare Spanair MD.82 EC-HNC on the afternoon Palma - having only visited twice before as a Spanair machine during 2000, it had appeared much further in our past however, as EC-EZU of Oasis in the early 90s, and first as EI-BTV of Eurofly Express in 1988.
AIH060/060P G-MLJL BAL994F/559A G-OBYI JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV JKK3341/2 EC-GOM MON5897/6 G-MONW BRT552/564 G-MANF XLA4019/8 G-OXLA TYR959X/960X OE-LCG JEA9136/7 G-JEAW BRT563/557 G-MANF JKK3183/4 EC-HNC RZO9456/7 CS-TGP HRC3025/4 EC-HUT HCY1614/5 5B-DBH IWD3555/6 EC-HCR CUS4610/1 SX-BGI JEA9166/094P G-JEAV JKK3151/2 EC-HRP MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA IWD3441/2 EC-GZD
Friday 17th August
Yet more 'RJ' excitement with one of the three remaining Lufthansa Cityline CRJs yet to appear at Newcastle, D-ACHF, operating the afternoon Dusseldorf service. Yet another British Regional ERJ.145 made its first appearance on the Oslo schedule, G-EMBJ having visited as many as five times in the past, now leaving just four of the fleet yet to appear on the schedule after just a month and a half. Cronus Airlines Boeing 737-300 SX-BBU made its first visit of the year on the evening Athens charter, its first appearance here since the summer of 1999, and four weeks of CityJet 146s on the Gill Paris schedules came to an end during the evening, EI-CMS operating the last arrival and then positioning back out to CDG. Gill Airways Fokker 100 G-BYDP had arrived back from Dinard earlier in the evening, the first Gill Fokker to make it to Newcastle in just under four weeks.
Gold Air Learjet 45 G-OLDJ departed to Nice during the morning as 'GDA92B', with the other biz night-stopper leaving for Cologne early evening, Challenger Air Astra D-CRIS as 'CLS815'. Ipswich Town Football Club arrived from Cambridge during the evening on Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYHG as 'SAY500' for a night-stop, quite surprisingly a first-visitor.
GIL91C G-DEBE AMM39D/44F G-OOAL HMS1947/8 LZ-HMW GIL90D/93E EI-CMS AIH059P/059 OY-VKF BRT870/1 G-EMBJ DLH5960/1 D-ACHF AMM147/6 G-OOAJ JKK3133/4 EC-GBA GIL92F/95G EI-CMS GIL100P G-BYDP GIL94H/BCY803P EI-CMS CUS4604/5 SX-BBU PGT411/2 TC-APV FUA1607/8 EC-HHH FUA1437/8 EC-GRX AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU
Thursday 16th August
Monarch DC-10 G-DMCA returned from Sanford during the early morning, positioning back out to Manchester, and both of our RJ-operated scheduled services produced aircraft of note - Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACHA made just its second visit to Newcastle on the afternoon Dusseldorf, and the British Regional Oslo operation was actually flown by two different ERJ.145's, both aircraft making their first appearances on the new service, and both having visited just twice in the past. G-EMBF operated the inbound sector late morning, positioning out to Manchester mid-afternoon, while G-EMBP had positioned in from Manchester in the meantime to operate the outbound sector.
Our eleventh different Learjet 45 first-visited during the afternoon, Gold Air's G-OLDJ arriving from Groningen as 'GDA92A' for a night-stop. TBM.700 N228CX visited during the middle of the day, from Exeter to Cannes, with Airlink Airways Cessna 340 EI-CIJ spending a couple of hours here during the afternoon, from/to Dublin as 'HYR340/1'.
GIL91C EI-CSK MON318/318P G-DMCA GIL90D/93E G-DEBE TSC240/1 C-GTSJ AMM39F/C G-OOAM BRT870/092 G-EMBF BRT091/871 G-EMBP FUA1419/1420 EC-HMK DLH5960/1 D-ACHA GIL92F/95G G-DEBE GIL94H G-DEBE AMC082/3 9H-ABF
Wednesday 15th August
Monarch used DC-10 G-DMCA for their Sanford departure, replacing the usual Airbus A.330, the aircraft positioning in from Manchester during the morning. British Regional Airlines ERJ.145 G-EMBS which first-visited two days previous, made its second visit to Newcastle on the late morning Oslo schedule.
Robin F-GMGP made an attempt at leaving for Le Touquet during the morning after a few days here, only to return nine minutes later, a more succesful attempt being made half an hour later. Oxaero CitationJet G-OHAT spent an hour on the north apron early afternoon from Manchester to Kindlington as 'OXE525', and our most regular Astra visitor (in fact one of only three of the type to ever land at Newcastle Airport !) made another appearance late afternoon, Challenger Air's D-CRIS arriving from Cologne as 'CLS815' for another two-night stay.
JEM03M/EXS928P G-BNIZ GIL1C G-DEBE GIL90D/93E EI-CSL MON319P/319 G-DMCA BRT870/1 G-EMBS JMC543L/K G-BXKA JKK3113/4 EC-HBP IWD3217/8 EC-HCR DLH5960/1 D-ACLD GIL92F/95G EI-CSK GIL94H EI-CSK
Tuesday 14th August
The only airliner of note appeared on the British Regional Oslo schedule again, ERJ.145 G-EMBK making its first-visit on the service, having visited Newcastle just twice previously during the summmer of 2000. In the 'Benyhone Tartan' tail design it becomes just the twelth '145' to operate the Oslo service over the last six weeks.
Citation Bravo N555BK departed back to East Midlands mid-morning, with the only other GA movement of note involving Robin F-GMGP which had arrived on Sunday evening, and which flew a forty-five minute local flight during the afternoon.
GIL91C EI-CWB ECA860/1 5B-DBC GIL90D/93E EI-CSL BRT870/1 G-EMBK OHY455/6 TC-ONP DLH5960/1 D-ACLZ GIL92F/95G EI-CSL AMC5180/1 9H-ADM GIL94H G-DEBE
Monday 13th August
One of only two British Regional ERJ.145s yet to visit Newcastle operated the late morning Oslo rotation, G-EMBS wearing the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme. Hemus Air Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-HMQ operated the morning Varna flight, still in Balkan colour-scheme but now with the 'bi-lingual' titles on either side of the fuselage, and Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWX positioned out to Glasgow at lunch-time, after having operated the Gill Airways mail arrival from East Midlands the previous evening.
Our run of American Gulfstreams continued, GIV N418QA spending just thirty-six minutes on the south apron late morning from Luton to Bangor, while a busy Samson ramp at lunch-time held Koop Holdings Citation Bravo N555BK, which had arrived from East Midlands earlier in the morning and which subsequently night-stopped, and Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM which operated an ambulance flight from/to Dublin, amongst others which included the interesting 'Colum'-liveried Loganair Islander G-BJOP.
GIL91C EI-CSL HMS1917/8 LZ-HMQ GIL90D/93E EI-CWC BRT870/1 G-EMBS AIH846/5 C-FTDF SSW101P G-SSWX MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACHD GIL92F/95G EI-CWC OHY441/2 TC-ONR GIL94H EI-CWB
Sunday 12th August
Highlight of the day involved still quite a rare type at Newcastle, only the eighth example of a Dornier 328 'prop' to appear here, Welcome Air's OE-LIR operating an ambulance flight from the Mediterranean via Londonderry. Only on the ground for twenty five minutes, departing early evening to Innsbruck, the aircraft wore the carrier's yellow and purple colour-scheme, with Welcome Air titles on the engines and fin. The evening produced two more GA arrivals of interest, Robin F-GMGP from Gamston for a night-stop and our third Falcon 20 of the month, TAG Aviation's HB-VKO which spent an even shorter time on the south apron, just fourteen minutes at dusk, from Luton to Ajaccio.
JEA094P G-JEAW BAL559B/994F G-OBYI ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRT872/1 G-EMBE XLA4067/6 G-XLAA DLH5960/1 D-ACLT AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBE FUA1569/1570 EC-HLN PGT415A/6A TC-AFA BCY802P EI-CSL GIL70B G-SSWB
Saturday 11th August
Sunderland Football Club returned from Eindhoven during the morning on another KLM City Hopper Fokker 50, PH-KXM making its first appearance at Newcastle on a KLM flight - the aircraft had of course been regular on the Braathens Stavanger services at the beginning of the year, when it was leased to Norwegian Air Shuttle. It positioned out to Amsterdam after just twenty-five minutes on the ground.
Only other movement of note involved Cherokee Arrow N235PF which passed through briefly mid-afternoon from East Fortune to Southend.
AIH060/060P G-MOJO BAL994F/559A G-OBYI JEA093P/9161 G-JEAW BRT552/564 G-MANH JKK3341/2 EC-GAT MON5897/6 G-OZBB TYR959X/960X OE-LCP XLA4019/8 G-XLAB HRC3025/4 EC-HUT JEA9136/7 G-JEAV BRT563/557 G-MANH JKK3183/4 EC-GNY RZO9456/7 CS-TGP IWD3555/6 EC-GUR HCY1614/5 5B-DBH CUS4610/1 SX-BGJ MCS2775/2785 SX-BMB JKK3151/2 EC-HRP IWD3441/2 EC-GZD JEA9166 G-JEAW
Friday 10th August
One of the four Lufthansa Cityline CRJs yet to appear at Newcastle operated the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, D-ACHB being our first first-visitor from the fleet since the end of June. Not much else, just Robin F-BNJF continuing onwards to Southend during the morning.
GIL91C G-DEBE AMM39D/44F G-OOAM HMS1947/8 LZ-HMS AIH059P/059 G-MOJO BRT870/1 G-EMBH GIL90D/93E EI-CWC DLH5960/1 D-ACHB JKK3133/4 EC-GHE AMM147/6 G-OOAJ GIL92F/95G EI-CWC PGT411/2 TC-APK GIL94H/BCY803P EI-CWC CUS4604/5 SX-BGJ FUA1607/8 EC-HHG FUA1437/8 EC-GVB AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU
Thursday 9th August
The very attractive JetFlite colour-scheme appeared again, on Falcon 20 OH-WIN this time, the green and gold aircraft arriving from Helsinki at noon, and departing to Luton after spending the afternoon on the south apron. Archer D-EFEA departed to Lononderry mid-morning after its night-stop, and an unusual type for an arrival from Reykjavik appeared during the afternoon, Robin F-BNJF subsequently night-stopping.
The only airliner movements of note were the Air 2000 Boeing 767-300 which positioned in for the Orlando departure, G-OOAO wearing an all-white colour-scheme with no titles, and British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPZ which operated three Heathrow rotations during the day, its first appearances here since its first two visits to Newcastle on the 13th July.
GIL91C EI-CSK MON318/318P G-SMAN TSC240/1 C-GTSV GIL90D/93E EI-CNB BRT870/1 G-EMBD AMM39F/C G-OOAO FUA1419/1420 EC-HMJ DLH5960/1 D-ACJD GIL92F/95G G-DEBE GIL94H G-DEBE AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 8th August
Newcastle United returned from Chalons just thirty six minutes into the day on Air Liberte MD.83 F-GPZA, which then positioned out to Orly after over three hours on the ground. This one wasn't a first-visitor however, having appeared here before as TC-INA of Sunways, the last time during 1997.
King Air F90 N502SP departed to Biggin Hill during the late afternoon, and an interesting visitor at around the same time was SF.260 HB-ELH on a ferry flight, from Zweibrucken to Wick.
GIL91C G-DEBE GIL90D/93E EI-CSK MON813P/319 G-SMAN BRT870/1 G-EMBH JMC543L/K G-BXKA IWD3217/8 EC-GLT JKK3113/4 EC-GGV DLH5960/1 D-ACLT GIL92F/95G EI-CSK GIL94H EI-CSK
Tuesday 7th August
With Newcastle United away in Europe and due back later in the evening from their French trip, Sunderland FC departed during the afternoon for a few games in Holland, leaving on KLM City Hopper Fokker 50 PH-KVD to Eindhoven. The aircraft, which had earlier positioned in from Amsterdam, had visited Newcastle just once before, also on a charter for Sunderland FC late one night last December. Another British Airways Boeing 737-400 returned to the Newcastle scene, G-DOCH in the 'Grand Union' tail fin arriving on the last Heathrow of the day and night-stopping. This one had last visited during 1998, when it wore the same scheme as it does now.
DARTA Falcon 20 CS-DCK visited briefly during the afternoon, arriving from Montpellier and returning to its home at Le Bourget - the aeroplane had visited Newcastle previously wearing an earlier identity, as long ago as June 1983 as N121EU ! - and further GA arrivals of note were Cherokee Archer D-EFEA from Southend during the late morning, and King Air F90 N502SP from Biggin Hill during the afternoon, both for night-stops.
GIL91C EI-CMY OHY455/6 TC-ONO ECA860/1 5B-DBK GIL90D/93E G-DEBE BRT870/1 G-EMBH DLH5960/1 D-ACLZ GIL92F/95G G-DEBE AMC5180/1 9H-ADN GIL94H G-DEBE BAW12T G-DOCH
Monday 6th August
Newcastle United departed for their 'European final' mid-morning on a first-visiting MD.80, Air Liberte's F-GPZE positioning in from Orly and departing to Chalons. The aircraft was all-white with no titles. CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CMY which had first-visited overnight last Tuesday/Wednesday, made its second visit to Newcastle mid-morning on the Gill Airways Paris-CDG arrival, the aircraft subsequently flying the remainder of the day's services, and Hemus Air's colourful Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-HMI made just its second appearance here as such, on the mid-morning Bourgas charter. The rest of the day was as exciting as the weekend had been !.
GIL91C EI-CWC HMS1917/8 LZ-HMI GIL90D/93E EI-CMY BRT870/1 G-EMBH AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLZ MMZ7310 CS-TIG GIL92F/95G EI-CMY OHY441/2 TC-ONP GIL94H EI-CMY
Sunday 5th August
Still nothing of note ....
IWD3441/2 EC-GUR BAL559B/994F G-OBYJ ICB2044 TF-FDA BRT872/1 G-EMBC XLA4067/6 G-OXLA DLH5960/1 D-ACJF AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBC FUA1569/1570 EC-HMJ PGT415A/6A TC-AFA BCY802P EI-CWC
Saturday 4th August
Nothing of note .....
BAL994F/559A G-OBYJ AIH060/060P G-MLJL JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV BRT552/564 G-MANH JKK3341/2 EC-GHH MON5897/6 G-MONX XLA4019/8 G-XLAC TYR959X/960X OE-LCH HRC3025/4 EC-HUT BRT563/557 G-MANH JEA9136/7 G-JEAW RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ HCY1614/5 5B-DBH JKK3183/4 EC-GNY IWD3555/6 EC-GZE CUS4610/1 SX-BGI MCS2775/2785 SX-BMC JEA9166/094P G-JEAV JKK3151/2 EC-HRP
Friday 3rd August
Our fourth 'new-production' Dash Eight delivery of the year finally made it to Newcastle during the afternoon after a 24-hour delay, -300 B-15239 in full Uni Air colour-scheme arriving from Reykjavik and spending just over an hour on the south apron, departing onwards to Nice.
Emerald Airways HS.748 G-OTBA, which had visited only once before, exactly three weeks ago, actually made its second and third appearances at Newcastle at either end of the day, operating the early morning mail arrival from Liverpool and then positioning out to Liverpool, returning from Liverpool later in the day to operate the late evening Liverpool mail departure. The end of the second week of CityJet BAe146s on the Gill Airways Paris schedules, and the fifth first-visiting aircraft over the last eleven days arrived mid-morning, EI-CMS operating the remainder of the day's flying and then positioning back out to CDG late in the evening. Further scheduled service substitutions included Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ on the afternoon/evening Brymon Airways Bristol/Aberdeen sectors, and British Regional BAe146-100 G-MABR for the last Birmingham rotation of the day, the aircraft positioning in from, and out to, Manchester. These two landings were only the aircraft's second and third appearances at Newcastle, it's first having been on the 26th February 2000.
Air Atlanta operated the return sector of last Saturday's Lourdes departure, Tristar TF-ABT arriving from Lourdes during the afternoon and departing later to Dublin. The aircraft had been one of two used on the carrier's Friday afternoon Tenerife charter series last summer. European Air Charter Boeing 737-200 G-CEAH operated a charter flight from Stansted during the evening, (having started out from Lourdes also ?), the aircraft positioning out to Stansted just before midnight.
Bellanca Super Decathlon N669MM passed through northbound during the late afternoon, en-route to Glenrothes.
JEM03M/67E G-OTBA GIL91C EI-CNB AIH082P/059 G-MOJO AMM39D/44F G-OOAL HMS1947/8 LZ-HMQ GIL90D/93E EI-CMS BRT870/1 G-EMBB DLH5960/1 D-ACLS JKK3133/4 EC-GQG AMM147/6 G-OOAJ GIL92F/95G EI-CMS BRY6HB/6CR G-ZAPJ BRT097/659 G-MABR BRY7CR/7NC G-ZAPJ FUA1607/8 EC-HLN GIL94H/BCY803P EI-CMS PGT411/2 TC-APK BRT660/098 G-MABR JEM65E/04M G-OTBA CUA4604/5 SX-BGI FUA1437/8 EC-GVB AXO9169/9170 SX-BLT
Thursday 2nd August
Not much worthy of mention, just King Air 90 D-IKIW which day-stopped from/to Paderborn, and the departure of Sky Team Fokker F-27 D-ADUP to Cologne mid-morning after spending two nights here.
GIL91C EI-CWD MON318/318P G-EOMA TSC240/1 C-GTSE GIL90D/93E EI-CSL BRT870/1 G-EMBB AMM39F/C G-OOAL FUA1419/1420 EC-HJJ DLH5960/1 D-ACLI GIL92F/95G EI-CNB AMC082/3 9H-ABF GIL94H EI-CNB
Wednesday 1st August
A new Finnair Boeing 757 duly positioned in from Helsinki during the early morning, the fourth to be detached this summer, and the fourth different one, the first-visiting OH-LBR operating its first service as the Newcastle-based machine to Rhodes just after dawn. The previous evening's first-visiting CityJet BAe146 EI-CMY departed on the early morning Paris departure, the return flight, and the remainder of the day's flying, being flown by yet another first-visitor, EI-CWD.
The Sky Team Fokker F-27 D-ADUP which remained on the south apron throughout the day, was joined by FAI Airservice Citation 560 D-CNCI from Munich during the morning, also presumably in connection with the football match, the aircraft departing to Nuremburg after the game.
FIN7415/SCY4016 OH-LBR GIL91C EI-CMY BRA571/2 LN-TUI MON319P/319 G-EOMA BRT870/1 G-EMBO GIL90D/93E EI-CWD JMC543L/K G-CVYE IWD3217/8 EC-GLT JKK3113/4 EC-HBP DLH5960/1 D-ACLS GIL92F/95G EI-CWD GIL94H EI-CWD
Tuesday 31st July
Another CityJet BAe146-200 first-visited, EI-CMY operating the last Paris arrival of the day, and Finnair Boeing 757 OH-LBO completed its four weeks as the Newcastle-based Air Scandic machine, positioning out to Helsinki during the afternoon.
Skyteam Fokker F-27 D-ADUP arrived from Munich during the afternoon with a football team, looking very smart in an apparently new white/light grey colour-scheme. Cessna 182 D-EDOG passed through during the afternoon from Egelsbach to Stornoway.
GIL91C EI-CSK OHY455/6 TC-ONO ECA860/1 5B-DBK GIL90D/93E G-DEBE BRT870/1 G-EMBO DLH5960/1 D-ACJB FIN7416 OH-LBO GIL92F/95G G-DEBE AMC5180/1 9H-ADH GIL94H EI-CMY
Monday 30th July
Yesterday's first-visiting CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CNQ operated the first Paris departure of the day, not to return however, with EI-CSK operating the remainder of the day's flying. British Regional used an Embraer 145 on their Birmingham schedule for the first time, G-EMBU presumably deputising for a sick J41, positioning in from Birmingham for the first departure/arrival of the day, positioning out to Edinburgh late morning. Brymon Airways Dash Eight G-BRYJ positioned in from Bristol during the early morning, its first-visit since re-paint into the British Airways 'Union Flag' colour-scheme (ex old BA c/s) indeed its subsequent departure to Southampton was its first revenue service after its re-paint.
The only exciting civilian visitor during the day was the very welcome Hawker 800XP N168BF which spent a few hours with us from late morning to early afternoon from Luton to St.Mawgan.
It was another extremely hectic day for military aeroplanes however, with twenty different military aircraft performing a take-off or landing, or both, during the day, as well as a few unservicable ones that saw the day out on the south apron.
GIL91C EI-CNQ BRY01P/ 91B G-BRYJ BRT091/650 G-EMBU HMS1917/8 LZ-HMN BRT651/092 G-EMBU GIL90D/93E EI-CSK BRT870/1 G-EMBT AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACJI MMZ7310 CS-TIG GIL92F/95G EI-CSK OHY441/2 TC-ONM GIL94H EI-CSK
Sunday 29th July
A quieter day although still with the Sunderland Airshow-related activity; Gulfstream V N91CW departed to Le Bourget during the afternoon after its night-stop, while British World ATP G-OBWR positioned out to Aberdeen at lunch-time. The first aircraft to appear for the second week of a CityJet-operated Gill Airways Paris schedule positioned in during the late evening, the first-visiting BAe146-200 EI-CNQ.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYD ICB043P/2044 TF-FDA BRT872/1 G-EMBC XLA4067/6 G-XLAD BWL37P G-OBWR DLH5960/1 D-ACLD AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBC FUA1569/1570 EC-HLN PGT415A/6A TC-AFA BCY802P EI-CNQ
Saturday 28th July
One of the busiest days of the year, with the first day of the Sunderland Airshow traditionally bringing hundreds of onlookers to the airport perimeter to see the show traffic operating from the airport for their displays at Whitburn. Presumably lost on all of them was what would have been the real highlight of the day, if it wasn't for a certain 'black jet', only our third Gulfstream V, Crown Corp.'s N91CW which arrived from Philadelphia-Northeast at dawn for a night-stop on the north apron stands, owing to all of the military 'metal' on the south apron.
This particular day in the calendar is also notable for the annual charter departure to Lourdes, which this year produced the first-visiting Electra DC-10 SX-CVP, which positioned in from Brussels just after the GV, its departure to Lourdes being delayed, as is also normal, until mid-morning. Right at the other end of the day, Helios Boeing 737-800 5B-DBI made just its second visit to Newcastle on the second week of the Larnaca series, and Spanair's second Airbus A.320 EC-HXA first-visited a little later in the evening on the weekly Las Palmas charter.
No fewer than four different British World Airlines aircraft visited during the day, three ATPs and a single Boeing 737-300. The ATPs flew three round-trips from/to Aberdeen, G-OBWO and G-OBWR visiting simultaneously mid-morning, the departures being positioning flights, both aircraft then returning mid-afternoon, 'WR' apparently going u/s and subsequently night-stopping, with 'WO' and G-OBWL positioning in during the late afternoon/evening to operate the last departures of the day back to Aberdeen. All flights were passenger charters thought to be on behalf of the Royal Mail. Boeing 737-300 G-OBWZ operated a further Lourdes departure at tea-time after arriving from Stansted.
Of course the real star of the day was F-117A 86-0821 which flew a superb fast, low flyby down runway 25 mid-afternoon after its display at Whitburn, without doubt the most advanced aeroplane ever to get anywhere near Newcastle Airport. Just as impressive however was the little show put on by the Belgian Air Force F-16 an hour later, just prior to its recovery.
ELD731P/7310 SX-CVP AIH060/060P G-MLJL BAL994F/559A G-OBYD JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV BWL3442/442P G-OBWO BWL9771/771P G-OBWR BRT552/564 G-MANP JKK3341/2 EC-HKP MON5897/6 G-OZBB XLA4019/8 G-OXLA TYR959X/960X OE-LCN BWL3443/4 G-OBWO BWL9772 G-OBWR HRC3025/4 EC-HUT JEA9136/7 G-JEAW BRT563/557 G-MANP BWL115 G-OBWZ BWL444P/3445 G-OBWO JKK3183/4 EC-FZC BWL773P/9774 G-OBWL RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ BWL445P/9773 G-OBWO IWD3555/6 EC-GZE CUS4610/1 SX-BGI HCY1624/5 5B-DBI JKK3151/2 EC-HXA JEA9166/094P G-JEAV MCS2775/2785 SX-BMB
Friday 27th July
A relatively old Lufthansa Cityline CRJ made just its second visit to Newcastle on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, D-ACLC's previous visit having been on the very last flight of the old Munich schedule on the 26th March 1997. A couple of extra ad-hoc charters during the afternoon produced the Aurigny Air Services Saab 340 G-GNTG, wearing an all-white colour-scheme with titles and various inscriptions advertising the carrier's scheduled services, which arrived from Guernsey and departed to Exeter early afternoon, and Danish Air Transport ATR.42 OY-JRJ, presumably operating the 'return' leg of the charter flown on Sunday the 15th, arriving from Gardermoen late afternoon, and positioning back to Oslo after an hour on the ground.
The once very rare, but now becoming quite common, Pilatus PC.12 appeared again, Avcon's HB-FOI which had been just the third of type to visit Newcastle, on just the types fourth landing two days ago, returning from Altenrhein at lunch-time, departing to Frankfurt after an hour. Rockwell Commander N139JV departed to Leeds early morning after its night-stop, and Ducair Learjet 35 LX-ONE operated another ambulance flight, from Noumerate in Algeria late afternoon, departing later to Luxembourg.
GIL91C EI-CSL AIH082P/059 G-MLJL HMS1947/8 LZ-HMQ GIL90D/93E G-DEBE BRT870/1 G-EMBT AUR1780/1 G-GNTG DLH5960/1 D-ACLC JKK3133/4 EC-GVI AMM147/6 G-OOAJ GIL92F/95G G-DEBE DTR2641/264T OY-JRJ FUA1607/8 EC-HMK PGT411/2 TC-APU CUS4604/5 SX-BGI GIL94H/BCY803P G-DEBE FUA1437/8 EC-HVY AXO9169/9170 SX-BLT
Thursday 26th July
Newcastle United returned from Munich in the early hours in a different British World Boeing 737-300, G-OBWX subsequently staying until the afternoon when it positioned out to Stansted.
Bosch's Hawker 800 HB-VLG day-stopped from Stuttgart to East Midlands, Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM visited during the afternoon from/to Dublin on an ambulance flight, and Rockwell Commander 114 N139JV arrived from Lands End at tea-time for a night-stop.
BWL5297/97P G-OBWX MON318/318P G-SMAN GIL91C G-DEBE TSC240/1 C-GTSJ AMM39F/C G-OOAM GIL90D/93E EI-CSL BRT870/1 G-EMBI FUA1419/1420 EC-HMJ DLH5960/1 D-ACJH GIL92F/95G EI-CSL AMC082/3 9H-ABF GIL94H EI-CSL
Wednesday 25th July
The CityJet BAe146 operating for Gill Airways on the Paris schedules became G-DEBE during the morning, wearing an all-white colour-scheme with 'Air France by CityJet' titles. The aircraft had last visited Newcastle operated by Debonair on a Lourdes charter at the end of July 197.
Brymon Airways sub-charters during the afternoon/evening produced the usual Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS, and a British Regional ATP, G-MANH positioning in from Glasgow to operate out to Aberdeen, and then back again through to Bristol. This machine had last visited during 1998.
There was a few very interesting foreign GA movements; after the return of the Pilatus PC.12 to Newcastle in the last two months in the shape of VP-BLS, only our third of the type visited during the late afternoon, HB-FOI spending just thirty minutes on the ground from Bordeaux to Altenrhein, and then the last hour of the day saw the almost simultaneous arrival of two of last year's most interesting foreign 'twins'. The Pek Servis pair of Cessna 414 OK-CIA and Cessna 340 OK-FBI, which had both appeared on a few occasions on freight flights during the last two months of 2000, landed within four minutes of each other, the 414 arriving first followed by the 340 both from Munster, and each staying until just after midnight, the 340 departing first direct to Prague, with the Cessna 414 departing thirteen minutes later to Munster.
GIL91C EI-CWC MON319P/319 G-SMAN GIL90D/93E G-DEBE BRT870/1 G-EMBH JMC543L/K G-BXKD JKK3113/4 EC-GVO IWD3217/8 EC-GUR DLH5960/1 D-ACLT BRY091E/6CR G-MANH GIL92F/95G G-DEBE BRY6HB/64P G-BUPS BRY7CR/7NC G-MANH GIL94H G-DEBE
Tuesday 24th July
CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CWB operated the first three Gill Airways Paris sectors of the day, swopping with EI-CWC during the afternoon for the last three. Having first-visited during early June wearing a basic ex Braathens Malmo 'logojet' colour-scheme, the machine now wears full Air France colours.
Citation 550 F-HACA spent a few hours on the south apron during the evening, arriving from Sheffield and departing to Lyon-Bron, both flights using the DARTA callsign 'DRT1694'. By no means a new Citation, it had last visited Newcastle as F-GEFB on Thursday 15th December 1988. Schweizer 269 OO-NQD passed through yet again, during the afternoon from Perth to Netherthorpe.
Newcastle United departed to Munich during the morning on British World Boeing 737-300 G-OBWZ which had positioned in earlier from Stansted, only the aircraft's third visit to Newcastle.
GIL91C EI-CWB OHY455/6 TC-ONO ECA860/1 5B-DBJ GIL90D/93E EI-CWB BRT870/1 G-EMBB DLH5960/1 D-ACLR GIL92F/95G EI-CWC AMC5180/1 9H-ADM GIL94H EI-CWC
Monday 23rd July
CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CNB operated the first flight of an expected four weeks worth of flying (Monday-Friday only) for Gill Airways on the three-times daily Paris schedule, departing early morning, with the return flight being operated by the first-visiting EI-CWB, also in full Air France colours, which then operated the remainder of the day's flying. A substitution on the late morning Braathens Stavanger schedule produced the first-visit this year of Boeing 737-700 LN-TUI.
GIL91C EI-CNB HMS1917/8 LZ-HMN GIL90D/93E EI-CWB BRT870/1 G-EMBI BRA571/2 LN-TUI AIH846A/5 C-FTDF MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACJA GIL92F/95G EI-CWB OHY441/2 TC-ONM GIL94H EI-CWB
Sunday 22nd July
As usual one of the busiest days of the year for light aircraft, the Newcastle Aero Club Open Day attracting numerous single-engined 'oddities' coming out of the region's 'woodwork' !. In amongst the homebuilds and vintage types were a pair of German light aircraft heading west, Seneca D-GGOH departing to Wick during the morning after its night-stop, and Cessna 182 D-EIGY which spent just an hour on the ground during the early afternoon from Egelsbach to Stornoway.
CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CNB positioned in during the late evening from Paris-CDG as 'BCY803', to become the first CityJet 146 detached to Newcastle to operate the Gill Airways Paris schedules, the carrier's aircraft substituting for Gill Fokker 100s on maintenance for the next four weeks. The aircraft had last visited just once before, on an Aer Lingus sub-charter during August 1996.
IWD442/3442 EC-HCR BAL559B/994F G-OBYD BRT872/1 G-EMBO XLA4067/6 G-XLAD BRT870/3 G-EMBO AIH900/899 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLF FUA1569/1570 EC-HHG PGT415A/6A TC-APH BCY803 EI-CNB
Saturday 21st July
The beginning of Helios Airways' Saturday evening Larnaca series, the carrier's first flights through Newcastle since April, produced the first-visit of their second Boeing 737-800, 5B-DBI arriving from Edinburgh during the late evening and departing onwards to Larnaca. British Airways Boeing 737-400 G-DOCR made its first visit to Newcastle since 1995 on the tea-time Heathrow rotation, its first-visit however wearing the 'Waves of the City' colour-scheme, and VLM Fokker OO-VLJ departed back to Wevelgem during the last hour of the day after the football match at St.James Park.
Piper Seneca D-GGOH arrived from Munster during the afternoon for a night-stop.
BAL994F/559A G-OBYD AIH060/060P G-MLJL JEA093P/9161 G-JEAJ BRT552/564 G-MANP MON5897/6 G-MONX TYR959X/960X OE-LCN XLA4019/8 G-OXLA JEA9136/7 G-JEAW HRC3025/4 EC-HUT BRT563/557 G-MANP JKK3183/4 EC-GXU BAW12Q/13L G-DOCR ICB3039/2040 TF-FDA IWD3555/6 EC-GLT RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ CUS4610/1 SX-BGJ HCY1624/5 5B-DBI JEA9166/094P G-JEAJ JKK3151/2 EC-HRP MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA
Friday 20th July
Significant visitor during the afternoon was our first 'wingletted' Boeing 737 'NextGen', and only our second 'BBJ', Amiri Flight's A6-LIW arriving from Abu Dhabi during the afternoon, and departing to Heathrow after just over an hour on the ground. Another first-visiting 'NextGen' appeared later in the evening, Pegasus Boeing 737-800 TC-APV operating the Dalaman charter. Hemus Air Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-HMW appeared on the morning Varna flight, arriving via Manchester, wearing a basic Balkan Airlines colour-scheme but now with large Hemus Air titles, in Bulgarian (?) on the port side, but in English on the starboard side.
VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLJ arrived from Wevelgem early afternoon with a football team for a night-stop, and Airlink King Air OE-FME visited briefly during the early evening from Humberside to Salzburg.
AIH082P/059 G-MOJO HMS1949/1950 LZ-HMW BRT870/1 G-EMBT DLH5960/1 D-ACLT AMM147/6 G-OOAJ JKK3133/4 EC-GOM FUA1607/8 EC-HHH PGT411/2 TC-APV CUS4604/5 SX-BGH FUA1437/8 EC-GRX AXO9169/9170 SX-BLT
Thursday 19th July
Yet another first-visiting British Airways Airbus A.319 appeared during the afternoon, our third of the month so far, G-EUOC operating the late afternoon Heathrow rotation.
Aerovento Metro EC-HCU operated a freight flight out to Oporto during the late evening, having earlier positioned in from Pamplona.
MON318/318P G-SMAN TSC240/1 C-GTSV BRT870/1 G-EMBT AMM39F/C G-OOAM FUA1419/1420 EC-HJJ BAW12N/13K G-EUOC AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 18th July
The return of Sunderland Football Club from Le Touquet produced another first-visiting KLM Exel ATR.42, PH-XLK arriving mid-morning and positioning out to Eindhoven just before mid-day. Monarch Airlines' 'other' Airbus A.330-200 G-SMAN made its first-visit of the year on the second week of their new Orlando series.
'Based' King Air 90 OY-SBU departed to Esbjerg at lunch-time as 'DTR021P' ... to return ?.
MON319P/319 G-SMAN BRT870/1 G-EMBT JMC618L/543K G-BXKD JKK3113/4 EC-GNY IWD3217/8 EC-GUR
Tuesday 17th July
Almost nothing of interest, the only thing anywhere near out of the ordinary being Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS, which flew the morning Brymon Airways Bristol/Aberdeen schedule.
OHY455/6 TC-ONO BRY2HB/2CR/3CR/3NC G-BUPS ECA860/1 5B-DBK BRT870/1 G-EMBT DLH5960/1 D-ACLT AMC5180/1 9H-ADN
Monday 16th July
Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-HMI first-visited as a Hemus Air aeroplane, on the morning Bourgas flight, operating out via Manchester. Having last appeared as LZ-BTI during 2000, the aircraft is in contrast to most of the carrier's other 154s, in that it wears a very attractive and colourful special scheme, advertising Balkan Holidays.
Gulfstream IV N1PG departed to Geneva during the afternoon after its night-stop, and Schweizer 269 OO-NQD passed through again, from Nottingham to Aberdeen during the afternoon.
HMS1951/2 LZ-HMI BRT870/1 G-EMBO AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLI MMZ7310 CS-TIG OHY441/2 TC-ONM
Sunday 15th July
Our first '1-Papa-Golf' since 1998 arrived from East Midlands during the afternoon, the new Gulfstream IVSP N1PG making its first visit to Newcastle and night-stopping. The previous GIVSP to wear this registration (now flying as N4PG) last visited on ??. Beech Baron N80VS departed to Lelystad during the morning after its night-stop, and Fournier RF-5 D-KLEE left for Oban during the afternoon after having spent three nights on the Samson apron.
Islandsflug Boeing 737-300 TF-SUN made just its third visit to Newcastle, with all three actually occurring within the last two weeks, returning Newcastle United from Ostend within the first hour of the day, the aircraft subsequently positioning out to Manchester. The multi-coloured Danish Air Transport ATR.42 OY-JRJ operated a passenger flight to Oslo during the morning, after having earlier positioned in from Gardermoen.
The second Sunday operation of our new Oslo scheduled service produced just the second and third visits to Newcastle of British Regional Embraer 145 G-EMBD.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYD BRT872/1 G-EMBD XLA4067/6 G-XLAB JEA094P G-JEAJ DLH5960/1 D-ACLH AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBD FUA1569/1570 EC-HLN PGT415A/416A TC-APL
Saturday 14th July
The only airliners of note on an extremely wet day both had a Tyrolean Airways connection, the Dash Eight OE-LLY leaving the fleet, heading westbound towards Reykjavik and beyond during the morning after its night-stop, followed by the last of the fleet of CRJs to appear at Newcastle, OE-LCO first-visiting on the lunch-time Salzburg rotation, now the only Saturday Tyrolean flight following the end of the Innsbruck series last week.
Pharma Nord Falcon 100 OY-PHN departed to Billund during the afternoon after three nights on the Samson apron, and Beech Baron N80VS arrived from Reykjavik just before midnight for a night-stop.
AIH060/060P G-MDBD BAL994F/559A G-OBYD JEA093P/9161 G-JEAJ BRT552/564 G-MAUD MON5897/6 G-OZBB XLA4019/8 G-XLAA TYR959X/960X OE-LCO BRT563/557 G-MAUD JEA9136/7 G-JEAK HRC3025/4 EC-HUT ICB2039/2040 TF-FDA RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ JKK3183/4 EC-HKP IWD3555/6 EC-GZE CUS4610/1 SX-BGH MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA JEA9166 G-JEAJ JKK3151/2 EC-HRP
Friday 13th July
British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPZ finally made its way north to Newcastle, first-visiting on the mid-morning Heathrow schedule, and then making its second visit on the afternoon rotation. British Regional ERJ.145 G-EMBT made its second visit to Newcastle on the Oslo schedule, and another first-visitor came from an unusual source, Emerald Airways HS.748 G-OTBA finally making it to Newcastle, positioning in from Belfast-Aldergrove to operate the late evening Liverpool mail departure.
Icebird Boeing 737-300 TF-SUN, which had first-visited as such just eleven days previous, operated a football charter to Antwerp during the morning, the aircraft having positioned in earlier from Manchester, and the ex-Tyrolean Airways Dash Eight OE-LLY arrived from Insbruck during the evening for a night-stop, on its return to Canada, the aircraft wearing full Tyrolean colours but with no titles. It had actually been delivered to Tyrolean Airways through Newcastle, back on 3rd February 1994.
AIH082P/059 G-MDBD HMS1949/1950 LZ-HMQ BAW12H/13F G-EUPZ BRT870/1 G-EMBT DLH5960/1 D-ACHI JKK3133/4 EC-GXU AMM147/6 G-OOAJ BAW12N/13K G-EUPZ FUA1607/8 EC-HHH PGT411/2 TC-APU CUS4604/5 SX-BGJ JEM65E/04M G-OTBA FUA1437/8 EC-HBZ AXO9169/9170 SX-BLT
Thursday 12th July
Two of the trio of night-stopping executive jets departed during the morning, Citation 525 N860DB, presumably at the end of its ferry flight to Geneva, and Falcon 50 N740R to Birmingham mid-morning. The unusual shape of the Fournier RF.5 provided the remainder of the day's interest, D-KLEE arriving from Beverley to spend a few nights with us.
TSC240/1 C-GTSV BRT870/1 G-EMBI FUA1419/1420 EC-HJJ DLH5960/1 D-ACJJ AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 11th July
Another pair of interesting aircraft on our two RJ-operated scheduled services - the morning Oslo service was operated by the first-visiting British Regional Embraer 145 G-EMBT ('Union Flag'), and the afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf flight by another first-timer on the new service, CRJ D-ACLK, only its third visit to Newcastle Airport. Monarch Airlines began their Orlando series during the morning, the first flight being flown by Airbus A.330 G-EOMA which positioned in from Manchester, and Brymon Airways used Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS again, for the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen flights.
Another Dutch-registered, 'all-blue' first-visitor operated a charter flight to Le Touquet during the afternoon, the first-visit to Newcastle of Air Exel producing ATR.42 PH-XLI which had positioned in at lunch-time from Eindhoven, and no less than three foreign executive jets appeared during the afternoon/evening. Pharma Nord's Falcon 100 OY-PHN came first, from Edinburgh during the afternoon, followed by the slightly more interesting Falcon 50 N740R of TRW Inc., from Zurich during the early evening, its last visit having been during March 1997, and the much more interesting Citation 525 N860DB from Keflavik during the late evening, on a ferry flight bound for registry in Switzerland, the aircraft joining the previous two for the night on the Samson apron.
MON319P/319 G-EOMA BRT870/1 G-EMBT JMC534L/K G-BXKD IWD3217/8 EC-GLT JKK3113/4 EC-GNY DLH5960/1 D-ACLK BRY6HB/6CR/7CR/7NC G-BUPS
Tuesday 10th July
A substitution on the early afternoon KLMuk Amsterdam service produced yet another first-visiting Fokker 50 from the 'low countries', KLM City Hopper's PH-KVI, and King Air 200 D-ILIN returned to Mannheim during the afternoon.
OHY455/6 TC-ONN ECA860/1 5B-DBC BRT870/1 G-EMBN UKA87L/2140 PH-KVI DLH5960/1 D-ACJA AMC5180/1 9H-ADN
Monday 9th July
The third Lufthansa Cityline CRJ to make its first appearance on the new Dusseldorf schedule in the space of six days, involved D-ACLP, making just its second visit to Newcastle during the afternoon, its first having been on the 15th July 1996. Yesterday's first-visiting British Regional ERJ.145 G-EMBN operated the Oslo schedule again, and British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUOB, which had also first-visited yesterday, made its second appearance too, on the tea-time Heathrow rotation again.
Cherokee D-EOLF arrived from Egelsbach at lunch-time for a few nights here, with King Air 200 D-ILIN following it from Mannheim during the evening, also for a night-stop. An interesting movement was Air Luxor Citation S550 CS-DDA which flew a single ILS approach followed by a go-around mid-afternoon, from/to Luton.
HMS1951/2 LZ-HMS BRT870/1 G-EMBN AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLP MMZ7310 CS-TIG BAW12N/13K G-EUOB OHY441/2 TC-ONM
Sunday 8th July
The first Sunday British Regional Oslo operation, with the aircraft passing through twice, during the morning and afternoon, on a split-load basis with Manchester produced the first-visiting Embraer 145 G-EMBN in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme. Another first-visiting aircraft in the same colour-scheme was British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUOB, another to beat a previous delivery G-EUPZ to Newcastle, which flew the tea-time rotation.
A couple of foreign GA visitors were Cherokee N8471Y which spent less than an hour on the ground at lunch-time from Panshangar to Teesside, and the interesting Robin F-PZSM which spent a few hours with us either side of mid-day, from Glenrothes to Lydd.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYI ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRT872/1 G-EMBN XLA4067/6 G-XLAB JEA094P G-JEAJ DLH5960/1 D-ACJJ AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRT870/3 G-EMBN FUA1569/1570 EC-HLN BAW12Q/13L G-EUOB PGT415A/416 TC-AFZ
Saturday 7th July
A first-visiting British European BAe146-300 G-JEBE operated the aftenoon Jersey rotation, while Brymon Airways' Jersey flight, normally operated by the based Dash Eight, was flown by Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS, which positioned in from, and out to, Stansted.
AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU BAL994F/559A G-OBYI AIH060/060P G-MOJO JEA093P/9161 G-JEAJ TYR935W/6W OE-LCI BRT552/564 G-MANP TYR959X/960X OE-LCN MON5897/6 G-OZBB XLA4019/8 G-OXLA HRC3025/4 EC-HUT BRY18P/68J G-BUPS ICB3039/2040 TF-FDA BRT563/557 G-MANP JEA9136/7 G-JEBE RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ JKK3183/4 EC-GOM IWD3555/6 EC-GZE BRY68K/19P G-BUPS CUS4610/1 SX-BGI JEA9166 G-JEAJ MCS2775/2785 SX-BMC JKK3151/2 EC-HRP
Friday 6th July
Another Lufthansa Cityline CRJ first-timed on the Dusseldorf schedule, D-ACLI having visited four times on the old Munich schedule during 1996/97, and British Regional Embraer 145 G-EMBO first-timed on the Oslo schedule, having visited three times previously on Jersey flights during 2000.
The rather smart Ducair Learjet 35 LX-ONE operated an ambulance flight during the afternoon, from/to Luxembourg as 'DUK1AMB', and the increasingly regular and less newsworthy King Air N444BK visited briefly again, from Groningen to East Midlands at lunch-time.
AIH082P/059 G-MOJO HMS1949/1950 LZ-HMW BRT870/1 G-EMBO DLH5960/1 D-ACLI JKK3133/4 EC-GBA AMM147/6 G-OOAJ FUA1607/8 EC-HHH PGT411/2 TC-APL CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
Thursday 5th July
Two recent first-visiting 'RJ's made their second appearances at Newcastle during the day, yesterday's first-timing British Regional ERJ G-EMBU operating the Oslo schedule again, and the special-schemed Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJH giving us a second chance to guess the European cities symbolised along its fuselage !.
British World ATP G-OBWR positioned out to Stansted during the afternoon as 'BWL462P'.
TSC240/1 C-GTSJ BRT870/1 G-EMBU FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG DLH5960/1 D-ACJH AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 4th July
Two more first-visiting airliners ! - another 'new' Finnair Boeing 757 duly arrived from Helsinki during the early morning, OH-LBO being the third of the fleet to be detached to Newcastle this summer for Air Scandic flying, its first departure being to Rhodes as 'SCY4016', and the third day of the British Regional Oslo schedule rather conveniently produced their new 'pointy jet', G-EMBU looking immaculate in the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme. Our other 'RJ'-operated scheduled service, the afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf, was flown by CRJ D-ACLQ, only its second visit to Newcastle, its first being as long ago as the 12th February 1997.
Another British Regional ATP substitution during the late evening produced ATP G-MANF again, operating the last Birmingham arrival, and then positioning out to Glasgow, as Jetstream 41 G-MAJE was just positioning in from Glasgow to be the new based machine, its first-visit to Newcastle since its repaint into the 'Union Flag' colour-scheme.
British World ATP G-OBWR operated its day-trip to/from Filton as 'BWL3461/2', and Aerovento Metro EC-HCU finally departed to Oporto during the evening as 'OTO201'.
FIN7377 OH-LBO BRT870/1 G-EMBU JMC543L/K G-BXKD IWD3217/8 EC-GZD JKK3113/4 EC-FTS DLH5960/1 D-ACLQ BRT660/094 G-MANF BRT096 G-MAJE
Tuesday 3rd July
Two more first-visiting airliners, another Gill Airways Paris substitution producing the very smart Channel Express Boeing 737-300 TF-ELP for the first time, positioning in from Stansted at dawn for the early morning departure and late morning arrival, positioning back out to Stansted at lunch-time, and a British Regional Embraer 145 on the second day of the Oslo schedule, G-EMBD ('Animals and Trees') actually being the last of the first (!) twelve aircraft in the fleet to appear at Newcastle. The first 'British' Birmingham rotation of the day was flown by ATP G-MANF, its positioning sectors being from/to Glasgow. Finnair Boeing 757 OH-LBU ended its five week stint as the based Air Scandic unit, positioning out to Helsinki during the late afternoon.
The recently renamed Magna Air International, JetAlliance made its first-visit to Newcastle, Citation 560 OE-GDA day-stopping from/to Dublin as 'JAF321', and Danish Air Transport King Air 90 OY-SBU operated its first rotation as a Newcastle-based aircraft, to/from Glasgow as 'DTR801/2'. Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV departed to Lisbon at lunch-time as 'UKS512', and the float-equipped Cessna 208 Caravan I N5263S passed through again, during the early evening from Siegerland to Reykjavik. It had been ferried through Newcastle on the 25th May at the beginning of its European demo tour.
British World ATP G-OBWR positioned in from Southend during the afternoon as 'BWL461P' to night-stop for a passenger charter the following day.
GIL091P/91C TF-ELP OHY455/6 TC-ONR BRT094/650 G-MANF ECA860/1 5B-DBB BRT870/1 G-EMBD GIL90D/090P TF-ELP BRT651/096 G-MANF DLH5960/1 D-ACJC AMC5180/1 9H-ADM FIN7378 OH-LBU
Monday 2nd July
The 'fallout' from a delay-filled weekend produced a pair of interesting airliners at either end of the day - the first Islandsflug flight of the summer season so far not to be operated by TF-FDA, a heavily-delayed Sunday afternoon Ibiza rotation, produced Boeing 737-300 TF-SUN during the early hours, the aircraft actually positioning out to Manchester. It had last visited Newcastle as long ago as fourteen years ago, as EC-EAK of Air Europa during 1987. A first-visiting airliner flew a delayed afternoon Euro-Atlantic Funchal, Air Luxor Airbus A.320 CS-TNE arriving via Glasgow just before midnight. Hemus Air Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-HMS made just its second visit to Newcastle on the morning Bourgas, CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CSL flew two Gill Airways Paris rotations, during the morning and afternoon, and another scheduled service substitution produced another first-visitor, SABENA Boeing 737-300 OO-SDW operating the late afternoon Brussels schedule.
The late morning saw the beginning of another scheduled service link to a European capital, British Regional resuming the Oslo link relinquished by Braathens six months ago, flown by a 'W'-ing Embraer 145 from Manchester Monday-Friday, and as a split load at weekends. The 'Blomsterang'-liveried G-EMBH flew the first service, its first-visit to Newcastle since 1999.
King Air 200 PH-ECF appeared again, spending a little longer on the Samson apron than we are used to during the morning/early afternoon, from/to East Midlands, and a couple of freight-related movements during the afternoon involved Aerovento Metro EC-HCU from Pamplona as 'OTO201', ultimately to spend two nights here, and the Ukrainian Cargo Airways Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV for the third time in four weeks, from Manston as 'UKS512' for a night-stop.
BAC Express Shorts 360 G-EXPS, which had operated the East Midlands mail arrival the previous evening, spent all day on the remote stands eventually departing at one minute before midnight, to Exeter as 'RPX809P'.
ICB2043/203P TF-SUN HMS1917/8 LZ-HMS GIL90D/AFR3093 EI-CSL BRT870/1 G-EMBH AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLF SAB60J/P OO-SDW GIL92F/95G EI-CSL OHY441/2 TC-ONM MMZ7310 CS-TNE
Sunday 1st July
Islandsflug Boeing 737-300 TF-FDA finally got away on the Saturday afternoon Palma departure, almost twenty-four hours late, and at about the same time as the aeroplane should have operated the Sunday Ibiza departure. BAC Express Shorts 360 G-EXPS arrived during the late evening from East Midlands on the return sector of the Gill mail flight, and night-stopped.
Cherokee N65JF departed to Crowfield at lunch-time, and King Air 90 OY-SBU arrived from Billund during the afternoon as 'DTR1008', reportedly to become more or less based in the immediate future.
JEA9166 G-JEAV BAL559B/994F G-OBYJ XLA4067/6 G-XLAB ICB3040 TF-FDA JEA094P G-JEAV DLH5960/1 D-ACLD FUA1569/1570 EC-HHG AIH900/899 C-FTDF PGT415A/6A TC-AFA RPX809 G-EXPS
Saturday 30th June
Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 TC-APK operated a delayed Friday night Dalaman flight during the early hours, only its second visit to Newcastle, the first having been during mid-May. The problems at Palma produced some substantial delays, affecting the afternoon Spanair MD.83 departure, which was delayed until just before midnight, the afternoon Islandsflug Boeing 737-300 which night-stopped, not departing until Sunday, and the afternoon Iberworld Airbus A.320 which was also delayed until the late evening, not departing until after midnight. Brymon Airways used British Regional Embraer 145 G-EMBG for the evening Dublin rotation, giving us a taste of what to expect on the coming week's new Oslo schedule, the 'Water Dreaming'-schemed aeroplane positioning in from, and out to, Manchester.
The biggest day in the year's racing calendar up here produced lots more GA, with presumably non-related foreigners including just our third visit from a Pilatus PC-12, VP-BLS which had made the type's second visit to Newcastle during May, passing through at lunch-time from Islay to Braunschweig, and another returning machine, Cherokee N65JF, which arrived from Nottingham during the afternoon for a night-stop.
PGT411/2 TC-APK BAL994F/559A G-OBYJ JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV AIH060/060P G-MOJO BRT552/564 G-MAUD TYR935W/6W OE-LCH MON5897/6 G-MONX TYR959X/960X OE-LCM XLA4019/8 G-OXLA DLH5960/1 D-ACJA HRC3025/4 EC-HUT JEA9136/7 G-JEAX BRT563/557 G-MAUD RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ ICB2039 TF-FDA JKK3183/4 EC-FZC BRY01P/5MG G-EMBG BRY5MH/02P G-EMBG CUS4610/1 SX-BGJ IWD3555/6 EC-GUR JKK3151/2 EC-HRP MCS2775/2785 SX-BMC
Friday 29th June
Another day, another interesting Lufthansa Cityline CRJ, with the long-awaited first-visit of the special-schemed D-ACJH on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule. British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUOA made its second appearance on the afternoon Heathrow rotation, Braathens Boeing 737-700 LN-TUG operated the return leg of last Tuesday's Oslo charter arrival, and Hemus Air Tu-154 LZ-HMW appeared again on a re-scheduled Varna, split with Manchester, passing through during the morning again, as it did last Friday.
Only foreign GA movement, amongst the masses of British-registered machines and RAF Hawks on the south apron, was the now usual Koop Holdings King Air 200 PH-ECF, from Groningen to East Midlands at lunch-time.
AMM39D/44F G-OOAN HMS1949/1950 LZ-HMW AIH082P/059 G-MOJO DLH5960/1 D-ACJH JKK3133/4 EC-GAT AMM147/6 G-OOAI BAW12N/13K G-EUOA BRA8241/1242 LN-TUG FUA1607/8 EC-HLN CUS4604/5 SX-BGJ AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU
Thursday 28th June
Just two German-registered aeroplanes worth mentioning - Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLA made just its third visit to Newcastle, but its first on the Dusseldorf schedule, during the afternoon, its previous appearances having been during September 1996 and March 1997, while Partenavia P.68 D-GIFR day-stopped from/to Henstridge.
TSC240/1 C-GTSJ FUA1419/1420 EC-HMK DLH5960/1 D-ACLA AMC082/3 9H-ADM
Wednesday 27th June
Next to nothing, just Learjet 45 N708SP presumably deputising for N66SG twice, during the morning and late evening, and Grob 109 G-KNEK which made the short trip over from Currock Hill during the afternoon for a night-stop.
JMC543L/K G-BXKD JKK3113/4 EC-GBA IWD3217/8 EC-GUR DLH5960/1 D-ACLT BRT094 G-MAJA
Tuesday 26th June
An unservicable based British Regional Jetstream 41 from the previous evening, produced the recently re-painted G-MAJH positioning in from Manchester during the early morning to become the based aeroplane, at the same time becoming the first J41 to visit in the 'Union Flag' colours.
Citation Bravo N555BK made another two short visits during the day, from Farnborough to Liverpool during the morning, and from/to Norwich at lunch-time. Icaro Metroliner I-VICY appeared again, from Forli to Falconara during the morning, and a further two Citations during the late afternoon were Tyrolean Jet Service Citation V OE-GAA from Venice to Innsbruck, and Aviation Beauport Citation 501 N527EW from/to Jersey as 'AVB5EW'.
BRT091E G-MAJH OHY455/6 TC-ONR ECA860/1 5B-DBC DLH5960/1 D-ACJJ AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 25th June
The latest first-visiting British Airways Airbus A.319 operated the first Heathrow rotation of the day, G-EUOA actually beating the previous delivery G-EUPZ to Newcastle, which has yet to appear.
Only other moveemnt of note was Koop Holdings Citation Bravo N555BK which spent an hour on the Samson apron late morning, from Liverpool to Groningen.
BAW12J/13E G-EUOA HMS1917/8 LZ-HMN AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACHD MMZ7310 CS-TIG OHY441/2 TC-ONM
Sunday 24th June
A Braathens charter arrival during the morning was operated by Boeing 737-700 LN-TUE, bringing passengers in from Oslo, and positioning out back to Oslo. The aircraft's last visit to Newcastle had been during 1999. Two Boeing 737-800s made just their second visits, Excel's leased-from-Miami Air G-OXLA, which had first-visited eight days ago, and Pegasus' TC-APU which had first-visited on the evening Bodrum rotation exactly a week ago.
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN visited again during the afternoon, its thirteenth appearance at Newcastle.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYI ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRA1241/8142 LN-TUE XLA4067/6 G-OXLA DLH5960/1 D-ACLL JEA094P G-JEAV AIH900/899 C-FTDF FUA1569/1570 EC-HHH PGT415A/6A TC-APU
Saturday 23rd June
Airtours Airbus A.330-200 OY-VKF made just its third landing at Newcastle during the early morning, operating the return Orlando-Sanford leg in place of the previous day's delayed G-MLJL. Tyrolean Airways CRJ OE-LCP made just its second appearance at Newcastle on the morning Innsbruck rotation, the aircraft having first-visited on the first flight of the series on the 26th May.
NetJets Europe Hawker 800XP CS-DNJ departed to Luton during the morning after its night-stop, and Icaro Metro 23 I-VICY operated a freight flight to Falconara mid-morning, having positioned in earlier from its base Forli.
AIH060/060P OY-VKF BAL994F/559A G-OBYI JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV BRT552/564 G-MAUD TYR935W/6W OE-LCP MON5897/6 G-MONZ XLA4019/8 G-XLAA TYR959X/960X OE-LCN DLH5960/1 D-ACLL BRT563/557 G-MAUD HRC3025/4 EC-HUT ICB2039/2040 TF-FDA JEA9136/7 G-JEAW RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ JKK3183/4 EC-HKP IWD3555/6 EC-GLT CUS4610/1 SX-BGI JKK3151/2 EC-HRP MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA JEA9166 G-JEAV IWD3441/2 EC-GZE
Friday 22nd June
Some rare biz-jet excitement during the afternoon, with three quite interesting frames within the space of an hour and a half. Mid afternoon saw only the second visit to Newcastle of a NetJets Europe Hawker 800XP, CS-DNJ arriving from Heraklion for a night-stop, followed just four minutes later by the very welcome Gulfstream IV N67TM from Edinburgh. Another EMC Corporation exec jet, Hawker 800XP N228TM arrived just over an hour later from Stuttgart, to join the similarly schemed GIV on the south apron, and was the first to leave of the three, to Cork after half an hour, the GIV departing shortly after, back home direct to Bedford, Massachusets. The only one of the three to have visited Newcastle previously, Hawker 800XP N228TM had last visited almost exactly one year ago, on the 19th June 2000.
Flightline BAe 146-200 G-FLTA operated all of the day's Gill Airways Paris schedules as anticipated, positioning out to Bergamo again at the end of the day, and a rescheduled Hemus Air flight was flown by Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-HMW, operating through during the morning instead of the late afternoon, from Manchester to Varna. Another ex-Balkan machine it last visited as LZ-BTW during 2000.
Quite a lot of GA activity again, including the departure of the three night-stopping 'singles' - Cherokee Arrow PH-WCU returned to Lelystad during the morning, followed by Cherokee D-EBLW back to Salzgitter-Drutte at lunch-time, and Cessna 172 OY-BFK to Brussels late afternoon. King Air 200 PH-ECF deputised for Koop Holdings' N444BK and N555BK again, making a short visit at lunch-time from Bremen to East Midlands, and Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM appeared from Dublin just before midnight as 'RDK333', operating a hospital flight back to Dublin just after midnight as 'RDK334'. Bulldog G-BHXA appeared again, from Wombleton during the evening, apparently for another extended stay.
GIL91C G-FLTA AMM39D/44F G-OOAN HMS1949/1950 LZ-HMW GIL90D/93E G-FLTA DLH5960/1 D-ACJA AIH059P/059 G-MLJL JKK3133/4 EC-GQG AMM147/6 G-OOAE GIL92F/95G G-FLTA FUA1607/8 EC-HJJ AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU PGT411/2 TC-APH GIL94H/096P G-FLTA CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
Thursday 21st June
Only airliner of note on a big GA day was Flightline BAe146-200 G-FLTA which positioned in from Bergamo during the afternoon under a Gill Airways positioning callsign, ready for some flying for the based carrier the following day. Having visited on the 19th May with Conservative Party markings, the aircraft now wears full Flightline markings again.
The GA visitors included a number of foreigners - Cherokee D-EBLW visited during the morning from Salzgitter-Drutte to Humberside, and then returned from Humberside during the afternoon for a night-stop, with further night-stoppers appearing during the afternoon in the shape of Cherokee Arrow PH-WCU from Lelystad, and Cessna 172 OY-BFK from Aberdeen. Cherokee N65JF returned to Nottingham also during the afternoon after having spent a full week on the Samson apron.
TSC240/1 C-GTSJ FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG DLH5960/1 D-ACLD GIL091P G-FLTA AMC082/3 9H-ABF
Wednesday 20th June
Even quieter, just Wal-Mart's Rockwell Commander 690 N83WA during the morning from Leeds to Glasgow, and the departure of King Air 200 PH-ECF at lunch-time back to Den Helder.
JMC543L/K G-CVYG IWD3217/8 EC-GUR DLH5960/1 D-ACLH JKK3113/4 EC-GNY
Tuesday 19th June
Returning to quietness again - King Air 200 PH-ECF made two visits during the day, from Den Helder to East Midlands during the morning, and from East Midlands again during the late evening for a night-stop. Ukrainian Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV departed to Lisbon at lunch-time as 'UKS506' after its night-stop.
Star Aviation Citation 550 N145DF spent the afternoon here, from Glasgow to Dublin, and Bulldog G-BHXA departed to Barton again during the morning, after another five nights here.
OHY455/6 TC-ONR ECA860/1 5B-DBK DLH5960/1 D-ACLE AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 18th June
After the end of last week's first-visiting Russian type, the first evening of the new week was to produce two, slightly more regular aircraft of Soviet origin, both examples actually making return visits to Newcastle Airport. Ukrainian Cargo Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV arrived first from Manston as 'UKS506' for a night-stop, the aircraft having first-visited exactly two weeks previous, followed just fifteen minutes later by Pskovavia Antonov An-26 RA-26134, from just the other side of the channel at Ostend as 'PSW931F', the aircraft departing within the hour to Stavanger as 'PSW9931'. The aircraft had actually visited Newcastle twice previously, on consecutive nights in November 1996. Interestingly (for me anyway !) just as this machine was at Newcastle I was spending a very pleasant evening at Copenhagen, watching three An-26s of various origins 'dropping in' !.
Two of our most regular GA visitors made further visits during the morning, Citation Bravo N555BK spending just over an hour on the ground from East Midlands to Groningen, and Airlink King Air OE-FME which day-stopped from Salzburg to Paderborn.
HMS1917/8 LZ-HMN AIH846/5 C-FTDF MMZ7310/1 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACHG OHY441/2 TC-ONM
Sunday 17th June
Two Boeing 737s made second-visits and one its first. Another new Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, TC-APU operated the evening Bodrum flight, while Excel's -800 G-OXLA made its second visit in two day's on the afternoon Kefallinia flight. The Saturday evening Macedonian Airlines Rhodes flight operated in the early hours, flown by Boeing 737-400 SX-BMC, which had first-visited on the first flight of the series, on the 19th May.
Another Gill Airways subcharter was required to cover the evening mail run to East Midlands, flown by Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWB, which positioned in from, and out to, Luton.
MCS2775/2785 SX-BMC IWD3441/2 EC-GZE BAL559B/994F G-OBYI ICB2043/4 TF-FDA XLA4067/6 G-OXLA JEA094P G-JEAV DLH5960/1 D-ACLW FUA1569/1570 EC-HHG GIL071P/71A G-SSWB AIH900/899 C-FTDF PGT415A/6A TC-APU GIL71B/072P G-SSWB
Saturday 16th June
After the previous day's excitement, back to a normal summer Saturday, the only movement of note being the first-visit of Excel Airways' leased-from-Miami Air Boeing 737-800 G-OXLA on the afternoon Kefallinia flight. The aircraft wears a basic Miami Air colour-scheme (actually a new variation) with no titles.
AIH060/060P G-MOJO JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV BRT552/564 G-MANO TYR935W/6W OE-LCG BAL994F/559A G-OBYI MON5897/6 G-MONW TYR959X/960X OE-LCK XLA4019/8 G-OXLA DLH5960/1 D-ACJD HRC3025/4 EC-HUT BRT563/557 G-MANO JEA9136/7 G-JEAS ICB2039/2040 TF-FDA JKK3183/4 EC-GOM RZO9456/7 CS-TGQ IWD3555/6 EC-HCR CUS4610/1 SX-BGI JKK3151/2 EC-HRP JEA9166 G-JEAV
Friday 15th June
Another day, another first-visiting country prefix !. Falcon 900 PT-XSC provided the main excitement on a dreadful day, our first 'PT-' spending almost six hours on the ground from/to Baden-Baden. Present on the north apron stands throughout its visit was one of the previous day's stars, Antonov An-72 ES-NOB having returned from Stansted during the early hours as 'EXS177', and not positioning out to Bournemouth until the late evening as 'EXS178P'. Yet another transient to the Paris Airshow produced just our third Dash Eight '-400', C-GDIU a forthcoming SAS machine wearing full SAS colours, passing through during the early afternoon, from Reykjavik using its registration as a callsign, and then to Le Bourget using the callsign 'DHC07'.
Gill Airways sub-chartered again, using Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-BYRA for some afternoon Aberdeen schedules. The aircraft, which had visited just once previously, having been one of the diversions on the momentous 30th October 2000, positioned in from Humberside, and operated two departures to, and one arrival from, Aberdeen. British Regional ATP G-MANF positioned down from Glasgow during the evening to operate the last Birmingham rotation of the day, rescuing at least part of the day's flying after Jetstream 41 G-MAJD had failed to return from Birmingham during the morning. The ATP positioned back to Glasgow just after midnight, completing an exactly similar operation to that which the aircraft had flown exactly two weeks previous on the 1st of June.
Koop Holdings Citation Bravo N555BK visited again, a slightly longer thirty minute visit this time, at lunch-time from Rotterdam to East Midlands.
EXS177/178P ES-NOB AMM39D/44F G-OOAN AIH059P/059 G-MOJO EZE51P/GIL86R G-BYRADLH5960/1 D-ACJA AIH816/217P G-LCRC JKK3133/4 EC-GGV AMM147/6 G-OOAE GIL86S/V G-BYRA FUA1607/8 EC-HMK BRT097/659 G-MANF AXO9169/9170 SX-BLT CUS4604/5 SX-BGI PGT411/2 TC-APL BRT660/098 G-MANF
Thursday 14th June
The start of a pretty interesting couple of days at Newcastle, with the day producing one particularly stunning statistic - two first-visiting country prefixes !. The first was one of the Mexican prefixes, worn by Aerostar XB-ANQ which spent exactly one hour on the Samson apron at lunch-time en-route from Straubing to Reykjavik. The second came later in the evening, our first Estonian-registered aircraft ever appearing in the shape of a first-visit-of-type, Enimex's Antonov An-72 ES-NOB positioning in from Edinburgh as 'EXS175P' to operate the Gill Airways Stansted departure as 'EXS176'.
Anything after that is pure mundane, however there were a few other noteworthy items. Titan Airways BAe146 G-ZAPK was used by Gill Airways for some Paris-CDG sectors, the mid-morning rotation and afternoon arrival, and then positioning out to Stansted, and Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLL made its first-visit on the Dusseldorf schedule, its last appearance at Newcastle having been on the 21st March 1997. TAG Aviation Learjet 31 HB-VLR day-stopped from/to Geneva as 'FPG926', and a couple of 'singles' arriving within twenty minutes of each other during the early evening were the returning Bulldog G-BHXA from Barton, and Cherokee N65JF from Nottingham, both aircraft night-stopping.
AMM39F/C G-OOAN GIL90D/93E G-ZAPK FUA1419/1420 EC-HMK DLH5960/1 D-ACLL TSC240/1 C-GTSJ GIL92F/P G-ZAPK EXS175P/176 ES-NOB AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 13th June
CityJet BAe146-200 EI-CWC, which had been used for some Gill Airways Paris flights on the 3rd and 4th of June, made another appearance for the Newcastle-based carrier, operating the mid-morning Paris rotation. (This aircraft's history given in the report for the 3rd of June was incorrect - it is in fact c/n E2053, ex SE-DRC and was therefore a first-visitor on the 3rd June - apologies !).
Koop Holdings Citation 550 N555BK, always good for a short stop, spent just ten minutes on the ground during the afternoon, from Farnborough to Coventry.
GIL90D/AFR390V EI-CWC JMC543L/K G-BVYB IWD3217/8 EC-GLT JKK3113/4 EC-GQG DLH5960/1 D-ACHG
Tuesday 12th June
Very little - City-Flyer RJ.100 G-CFAH made its second departure from Newcastle on the early morning Gatwick schedule, and Airlink King Air OE-FME day-stopped, from Biarritz to Bordeaux as 'JAR09/09A'.
CFE63LM G-CFAH OHY455/6 TC-ONR ECA860/1 5B-DBJ DLH5960/1 D-ACLR AMC5180/1 9H-ABT
Monday 11th June
City-Flyer's latest, and indeed last RJ.100 delivery G-CFAH, first-visited on the morning Gatwick rotation, and then made its second landing of the day on the final Gatwick arrival of the day, the aircraft of course subsequently night-stopping. The mid-morning Hemus Air Bourgas flight produced another recently re-registered Tupolev Tu-154M, LZ-HMN presumably being the ex Balkan machine LZ-BTN - if so it was last used through Newcastle by Balkan in 2000. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ.200 D-ACHG made its second visit to Newcastle on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule - and I caught up with it this time, my penultimate Cityline CRJ, just D-ACHK to go now !.
Camouflaged Bulldog G-BHXA, which had been present on the Samson apron since the previous Tuesday evening, departed back to Barton during the morning.
CFE42WX/589X G-CFAH HMS1917/8 LZ-HMN AIH846/5 C-FTDF MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACHG OHY441/2 TC-ONM CFE62MF G-CFAH
Sunday 10th June
Ferry flights produced the most interesting of the day's visitors, two eastbound flights arriving from Reykavik within an hour and a half during the early afternoon. The second aircraft to pass through Newcastle during the past few weeks en-route to the Paris Airshow appeared first, one of Vee Neal Aviation's (of Latrobe, Pennsylvania - where the 'Rolling Rock' comes from !) Jetstream 31s, N733VN continuing on to Le Bourget after a refuelling stop. King Air 90 D-IDCV had arrived just before the J31's departure, this machine continuing on to Nuremburg after just over an hour on the ground.
The return of the Sunday afternoon Excel Airways Boeing 737-800-operated Kefallinia (which incidentally negated the need for the Aerotrans 'Jumbo' on the Air Scandic Larnaca rotation) saw the first-visit to Newcastle as such of G-XLAB - it had last visited Newcastle as G-OJSW on 28th October 2000. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLR made its first-visit to Newcastle since 16th March 1997, on the afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule.
IWD3441/2 EC-HCR BAL559B/994F G-OBYI BRY2HB/2CR G-ERJD ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRY3CR/3NC G-ERJD XLA4067/6 G-XLAB JEA094P G-JEAV DLH5960/1 D-ACLR AIH900/899 C-FTDF FUA1569/1570 EC-HLN PGT415A/6A TC-AFJ
Saturday 9th June
Two first-visitors amongst the usual long list of Summer Saturday airliners, both Boeing 737s - a very rare SABENA 737 substitution produced the first-visit of 737-300 OO-SDV on the mid-morning Brussels schedule, and the continuing Saturday Macedonian Airlines Rhodes charter series, produced the third of the carrier's 737-400s to appear here for the first time this summer, SX-BMB during the late evening. The Tyrolean Airways Innsbruck rotation, the first of the carrier's two CRJ visits during the morning, saw just the second appearance at Newcastle of OE-LCN.
Cessna 414 N414WG passed through eastbound during the early afternoon, from Keflavik to Egelsbach.
AIH060/060P G-MOJO JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV BAL994F/559A G-OBYI BRT552/564 G-MANO SAB60F/Y OO-SDV TYR935W/6W OE-LCN MON5897/6 G-MPCD XLA4019/8 G-XLAC TYR959X/960X OE-LCG BRT563/557 G-MANO JEA9136/7 G-JEAK DLH5960/1 D-ACJA CEE3025/4 EC-HUT ICB2039/40 TF-FDA RZO9456/7 CS-TGP JKK3183/4 EC-GVI IWD3555/6 EC-GUR MCS2775/2785 SX-BMB CUS4610/1 SX-BGI JEA9166 G-JEAV JKK3151/2 EC-HRP
Friday 8th June
With the summer progressing, movements that were once noteworthy are fast becoming regular - in amongst the now usual Pegasus and Axon 'NextGens' and Hemus 154s, the day's only notable visitor was Airtours Boeing 757 G-PIDS, which substituted for the A.320 on the afternoon Naples 'W'.
XLA086P G-XLAD AMM39D/44F G-OOAN AIH059P/059 G-MOJO AIH816/5 G-PIDS DLH5960/1 D-ACJJ JKK3183/4 EC-GGV AMM147/6 G-OOAJ HMS1907/8 LZ-HMQ FUA1607/8 EC-HMJ AXO9169/9170 SX-BLT PGT411/2 TC-APL CUS4604/5 SX-BGI
Thursday 7th June
Futura Boeing 737-400 EC-HVY operated the afternoon Arrecife flight, wearing a white fuselage and a blue fin with no titles or tail motif. Its first-visit as such, the aircraft had previously visited Newcastle wearing various other Spanish registrations. Another Lufthansa Cityline CRJ made its second visit to Newcastle, D-ACJD, and Excel Airways Boeing 737-800 G-XLAD operated the day's Air Scandic Thessaloniki rotation.
XLA4032 G-XLAD TSC240/1 C-GTSN AMM39F/C G-OOAN FUA1419/1420 EC-HVY DLH5960/1 D-ACJD AMC082/3 9H-ABF XLA4033 G-XLAD
Wednesday 6th June
Titan Airways BAe146-200 G-ZAPN operated flights through Newcastle for the fourth day running, for KLMuk this time however, the aircraft flying the late morning and early evening Amsterdam rotations. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJF made just its second appearance at Newcastle, and Excel Airways Boeing 737-800 G-XLAD positioned in from Manchester just before midnight.
UKA65G/68G G-ZAPN JMC543L/K G-BVYB IWD3217/8 EC-GZE JKK3113/4 EC-GXU DLH5960/1 D-ACJF UKA81L/84L G-ZAPN XLA032P G-XLAD
Tuesday 5th June
Ilyushin Il-76 UR-UCV departed to Lisbon during the early afternoon as 'UKS894', and all of the day's Gill Airways Paris flights were flown by Titan 146 G-ZAPN, the aircraft positioning out to Stansted at the end of the day's flying.
Piper Cherokee N235PF day-stopped from/to Southend, and Bulldog G-BHXA made another visit, arriving from Barton during the evening for a night-stop.
GIL91C G-ZAPN OHY455/6 TC-ONR ECA860/1 5B-DBB GIL90D/93E G-ZAPN DLH5960/1 D-ACLF GIL92F/95G G-ZAPN AMC5180/1 9H-ABT GIL94H/94P G-ZAPN
Monday 4th June
A good day for four-engined visitors ! - Air Atlanta/Aerotrans Boeing 747 TF-ATB passed through again at dawn, from Larnaca to Glasgow, and Cityjet BAe146-200 EI-CWC was required again for four Gill Airways Paris sectors, visiting on the late morning and afternoon rotations, with Titan Airways' G-ZAPN operating the last arrival of the day during the evening and night-stopping. Much more interesting though was our first Ilyushin Il-76 of the year, Ukrainian Cargo Airways' UR-UCV arriving from Hamburg during the afternoon as 'UKS899' for a night-stop.
Brymon Airways Embraer 145 G-ERJE replaced the Dash Eight on the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen rotations, and GA visitors included North Flying Metroliner OY-NPC from Liverpool to Aberdeen during the morning, and yet another appearance from Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK during the morning.
PFO224 TF-ATB HMS1917/8 LZ-HMQ GIL90D/93E EI-CWC AIH846/5 C-FTDF BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJE MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACHH GIL92F/95G EI-CWC BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJE OHY441/2 TC-ONO GIL94H G-ZAPN
Sunday 3rd June
Probably the most interesting day of the year so far, with a number of aircraft substitutions all appearing at around the same time during the afternoon. Yet another different aircraft type was used on the Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule, the first-visiting Contactair Fokker 50 D-AFKU operating the flight, wearing Team Lufthansa colours, while another substitution for a scheduled service produced the Cityjet BAe146-200 EI-CWC on the afternoon Gill Airways Paris rotation. Wearing a basic Braathens-Malmo 'logojet' colour-scheme, with an overall red and orange fuselage with a white tailfin and only small Cityjet titles by the forward door, the 146 is another to have visited Newcastle previously in service with Debonair, this one as G-DEBE during 1996 and 1997. The last Paris arrival of the day was flown by Titan Airways BAe146-200 G-ZAPN, the aircraft positioning out afterwards to Stansted.
Charter wise, the Air Atlanta Boeing 747 TF-ATB came through again on the Aerotrans Larnaca flight, departing about six hours late during the early evening, with Air Plus Comet Airbus A.310 EC-HIF returning from Kos on the South Atlantic Airways arrival, almost exactly a day late, the aircraft subsequently positioning out to Madrid. Excel Airways Boeing 737-800 G-XLAD finally departed to Kefallinia at dawn, and the fourth first-visiting Pegasus Airways Boeing 737-800 of the summer season appeared during the evening, TC-APF operating the Bodrum flight.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYI XLA4018 G-XLAD BRY2HB/2CR G-ERJB ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRY3CR/3NC G-ERJB JEA094P G-JEAV BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJA PFO223 TF-ATB GIL92F/95G EI-CWC DLH5960/1 D-AFKU BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJA AIH900/899 C-FTDF FUA1569/1570 EC-HLN CEE305/002P EC-HIF PGT415A/416B TC-APF GIL94H/146P G-ZAPN
Saturday 2nd June
The beginning of certainly the worst weekend for delays yet this summer, produced a couple of interesting substitutions during the evening. One of these was for the afternoon Spanair Palma rotation, the MD.83 being replaced by Boeing 767-300 EC-FCU, the first-visit of one of the once regular Spanair 767s since 1996. A non-existant South Atlantic Airways Boeing 757, made for the subcharter of the first-visiting Air Plus Comet Airbus A.310 EC-HIF, which positioned in from Madrid during the evening, using the wrong callsign owing to a flight-planning error (and making for two Spanish wide-bodied charter airliners on the ground at the same time), to operate out to Kos during the late evening, a number of hours late. Excel Airways Boeing 737-800 G-XLAD arrived from Kefallinia at lunch-time and then went u/s, remaining on the remote stands until early the following morning.
The fifth and final British Midland BAe146-200 op on the Saturday afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule produced last week's first-visiting G-CLHE, and Boeing 737-400 SX-BMA appeared for its second visit on the late evening Rhodes flight, a flight which would appear to be operating every week, and not just a one-off as was thought at the beginning of the season ?.
Technoavia SM-92 Finist HA-YDF made its second visit to Newcastle, pausing for fuel again during the morning, on its usual weekend trip from Hibaldstow to Strathallan.
BAL994F/559A G-OBYI AIH060/060P G-MDBD JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV BRT552/564 G-MANO TYR935W/6W OE-LCH XLA4019 G-XLAD TYR959X/960X OE-LCF MON5897/6 G-MONZ BRT563/557 G-MANO JEA9136/7 G-JEAK ICB2039/2040 TF-FDA DLH4590/1 G-CLHE RZO9456/7 CS-TGP JKK3183/4 EC-FCU EEC001P/CEE304 EC-HIF IWD3555/6 EC-GUR CUS4610/1 SX-BGJ JKK3151/2 EC-HRP JEA9166 G-JEAV MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA IWD3441/2 EC-GLT
Friday 1st June
Hemus Air Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-HMQ made its second visit of the summer on the evening Varna rotation, as did Pegasus Boeing 737-800 TC-APH on the Dalaman rotation later in the evening. Uncannily Axon Airlines Boeing 737-700 SX-BLU also made its second visit during the evening on the carrier's Heraklion rotation. Channel Express F-27 G-CEXD operated the return Stansted mail flight during the early morning, the aircraft then day-stopping and positioning out to Edinburgh during the evening. An unservicable British Regional Airlines Jetstream 41 G-MAJB, produced a 'rescue' ATP, G-MANF positioning in from Birmingham at tea-time to operate the last Birmingham departure and arrival of the day. An aircraft which last visited Newcastle back in 1996, it positioned out to Glasgow during the late evening.
Robin F-BVMH departed southbound to North Weald at lunch-time, and the other foreign night-stopper, Airlink King Air OE-FME, departed to Salzburg during the afternoon.
EXS152/154P G-CEXD AMM39D/44F G-OOAL AIH059P/059 G-MDBD DLH5960/1 D-ACHH JKK3133/4 EC-GVI AMM147/6 G-OOAJ BRT092/659 G-MANF HMS1907/8 LZ-HMQ AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU FUA1607/8 EC-HLN BRT660/093 G-MANF CUS4604/5 SX-BGJ PGT411/2 TC-APH
Thursday 31st May
Our best exec jet visitor for some time spent much of the day with us, only our second Falcon 50EX ever, Merck's N476MK arriving from Stansted early morning, and departing to Waterford during the late afternoon. Beech Baron EI-CPS departed to Donegal during the morning after its night-stop, and a pair of foreign GA visitors of varying degrees of interest arrived during the evening to see the month out on the Samson apron. A regular visitor, Airlink's King Air 300 OE-FME, which arrived from Salzburg as 'JAR09', was followed by something much rarer, Robin F-BVMH from Cherbourg.
Another Lufthansa Cityline CRJ.200 first-visited, D-ACHA on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, and Channel Express Fokker F-27 G-CEXD positioned in from Bournemouth during the late evening, to operate out to Stansted on the Gill Airways mail departure.
TSC240/1 C-GTSJ AMM39F/C G-OOAL FUA1419/1420 EC-HJJ DLH5960/1 D-ACHA EXS151P/151 G-CEXD AMC082/3 9H-ABE
Wednesday 30th May
The second Finnair Boeing 757 to be detached to operate the based Air Scandic flying programme arrived during the early hours, OH-LBU positioning in from Helsinki, and departing to Rhodes on the first flight of its detachment, a 'long W', meaning it was not to return to Newcastle during the rest of the day. The return of last week's Croatia Airlines Split departure unfortunately produced an Airbus A.319 that had appeared here twice before, 9A-CTI arriving from Split and departing to Birmingham, the aircraft having first-visited a year ago almost to the day, on 31st May 2000 and again on the 7th June 2000.
The rather nice first-visiting Citation Bravo D-CCAB, with Berner titles on the engines, spent a few hours on the Samson apron during the middle of the day, arriving from Lahr and departing mid-afternoon to Turin. Oxaero Citationjet G-OHAT returned from Shannon on its medical flight during the early hours, the machine not returning to Oxford until the early afternoon, and London Executive Aviation Citation 550 G-SPUR visited during the evening, as 'LNX561' from Stansted to Heathrow. Beech Baron EI-CPS arrived from Sindal in Denmark during the evening for a night-stop.
FIN7349/SCY4016 OH-LBU JMC543L/K G-BVYB JKK3113/4 EC-FZC IWD3217/8 EC-GZE DLH5960/1 D-ACLB CTN1508/9 9A-CTI
Tuesday 29th May
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLZ made its first-visit to Newcastle since October 1996 on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, and the long awaited change-over of the based Finnair Boeing 757 looked like it was eventually going to happen, OH-LBS which had been present since the 30th April, positioning out to Helsinki during the afternoon using a Finnair callsign.
Camouflaged Bulldog G-BHXA departed to Kidlington very early in the morning, and Cessna 182 N756NP passed through on a westbound ferry flight during the early afternoon from Egelsbach to Stornoway. Citationjet G-OHAT first-visited as such during the evening, arriving from Oxford as 'OXE525' and departing after only twenty minutes to Shannon on a medical mission. The aircraft had previously visited as G-OICE, the last time during 1995, at which point it was only the sixth of type to appear at Newcastle.
OHY455/6 TC-ONR ECA860/1 5B-DBK DLH5960/1 D-ACLZ FIN7350 OH-LBS AMC5180/1 9H-ABT
Monday 28th May
The Air Atlanta 'Jumbo' came back through from Larnaca to Glasgow during the early hours, and the first flight in the Monday morning Hemus Air Bourgas series produced a different Tupolev 154 to last week's LZ-HMS, the ex-Balkan machine LZ-HMQ operating the flight, wearing a basic Balkan colour-scheme. The aircraft had been one of a few Tu-154Ms used through Newcastle by Balkan Airways last summer as LZ-BTQ.
Only our second Gulfstream III visitor of the last three calendar years arrived from Stansted at lunch-time, N711EG making the short trip down to Teesside after a few hours on the south apron. The aircraft had visited Newcastle before however, as the famous N1KE during June 1994. Another interesting GA visitor, of slightly smaller dimensions, was Bulldog G-BHXA, which arrived from Eshott during the afternoon for a night-stop, wearing a camouflage colour-scheme.
PFO224 TF-ATB HMS1917/8 LZ-HMQ AIH846/5 C-FTDF MMZ7310 CS-TIG DLH5960/1 D-ACJE OHY441/2 TC-ONO
Sunday 27th May
Biggest story of the day was of course the Air Atlanta 'Jumbo' operating the previously Air Scandic-operated Larnaca rotation. Now a split load with Glasgow, Boeing 747-200 TF-ATB operated under Aerotrans (PFO) flight numbers, routing through from Glasgow to Larnaca during the early afternoon. The aircraft wore an all-white fuselage with no titles and a green tail. Only other first-visitor was another new Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, TC-APH operating the evening Bodrum flight. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLG made only its second visit to Newcastle during the afternoon, and one of yesterday's first-visiting British European BAe146-200s, G-JEAV, positioned out to Aberdeen during the afternoon after its night-stop on the remote stands.
Only GA visitor of interest was Cherokee N1927H which passed through during the afternoon from Plockton to Rotterdam.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYI BRY2HB/2CR G-ERJG ICB2043/4 TF-FDA BRY3CR/3NC G-ERJG PFO223 TF-ATB JEA094P G-JEAV BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJC AIH900/899 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLG BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJC FUA1569/1570 EC-HHH PGT415A/416B TC-APH
Saturday 26th May
The first 'full' Saturday of the summer season, with most of the season's Saturday series having begun by the last Saturday of May, and a truly impressive bunch of charter flights, which produced five first-visiting airliners. Three of these were BAe 146-200s, two British European machines, G-JEAV positioning in from Aberdeen during the morning to operate the first Verona departure, returning from Verona during the late evening to night-stop, and G-JEAW on the second week of the Jersey series, while the fourth week of British Midland 146s on the Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule produced our fourth different aircraft, G-CLHE first-visiting during the afternoon. The two Saturday Tyrolean Airways series began at lunch-time, the first-visiting CRJ OE-LCP arriving first on the Innsbruck, with OE-LCH following just fourteen minutes later on the Salzburg flight. The second Macedonian Airlines flight was operated by the first-visiting Boeing 737-300 SX-BMA on the late evening Rhodes flight.
Excel Airways began their Saturday Kefallinia series, Boeing 737-800 G-XLAC, the previous G-LFJB first-visiting as such during the afternoon, while South Atlantic Airways Boeing 757 EC-HUT made its second visit on the second flight of their afternoon Kos series. British Regional ATP G-MANO made its first-visit since 1997 on the lunch-time Jersey flight, its first-visit to Newcastle however in the 'Rendezvous' tail design.
GIL274/027P G-SSWB BAL994F/559A G-OBYI JEA093P/9161 G-JEAV AIH060/060P G-MOJO XLA4019/8 G-XLAC MON5897/6 G-MONZ TYR935W/6W OE-LCP TYR959X/960X OE-LCH BRT563/4 G-MANO DLH4590/1 G-CLHE CEE3025/4 EC-HUT JEA9136/7 G-JEAW ICB2039/2040 TF-FDA RZO9456/7 CS-TGP JKK3183/4 EC-FZC IWD3555/6 EC-GUR CUS4610/1 SX-BGJ JEA9166 G-JEAV MCS2775/2785 SX-BMA JKK3151/2 EC-HRP IWD3441/2 EC-HCR
Friday 25th May
Another busy Friday with four first-visiting airliners, and some interesting GA visitors. The last of the four JMC Air Boeing 757-300 visits to be planned during May produced the first-visit of the carrier's second aircraft, G-JMAB arriving from Gerona just after dawn, and departing shortly after to Manchester. The regular Friday afternoon Airtours crew ferry, flown by Eastern Airways Jetstream 31s, finally produced something other than the original Air Kilroe aeroplanes, G-BUVD first-visiting from Manchester to Humberside as 'EZE157/8'. The first Hemus Air flight of the summer, and indeed the carrier's first appearance at Newcastle, occurred at tea-time, Tupolev Tu-154M LZ-HMS arriving from Varna and departing onwards to Glasgow, while the 'other' Axon Airlines Boeing 737-700 finally made it to Newcastle for the first time, SX-BLU first-visiting on the evening Heraklion rotation.
Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 TC-APL made its second visit also during the evening on the Dalaman flight, and Gill sub-chartered two aeroplanes again as they did two Fridays ago, Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ operating three Aberdeen sectors during the afternoon/evening and then positioning out to Stansted, and Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWB, which positioned in from Luton during the late evening, to operate a mail flight to Liverpool.
Taunus Air Learjet 35 D-CGRC departed to Frankfurt during the morning as 'TAQ353', and Bin Air Metro II D-ICRK visited briefly during the afternoon, from Stuttgart to Cologne. More interesting was 'floatplane' Cessna Caravan I N5263S which passed through during the early afternoon on a ferry flight from Reykjavik to Siegerland.
JMC437L G-JMAB AMM39D/44F G-OOAM AIH059P/059 G-MOJO DLH5960/1 D-ACJC JKK3133/4 EC-GCV GIL86S/V G-ZAPJ AMM147/6 G-OOAJ HMS1945 LZ-HMS FUA1607/8 EC-HJJ AXO9169/9170 SX-BLU GIL86W/043P G-ZAPJ PGT411/2 TC-APL CUS4604/5 SX-BGJ GIL026P/271 G-SSWB
Thursday 24th May
Two of April's first-visiting airliners made their second visits during the day, Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJI on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, and Braathens Boeing 737-700 LN-TUH on a substitution on the evening Stavanger schedule.
TAG Aviation Learjet 31 HB-VLR spent an hour on the Samson ramp mid-morning, as 'FPG623', from Bern to Geneva, and Helikopter Service Super Puma LN-OHH departed at lunch-time, making a more succesful attemt this time at getting onto one of the Ekofisk Field's platforms. Taunus Air Lear 35 D-CGRC came back during the late evening this time, arriving from Gibraltar as 'TAQ343'.
TSC240/1 C-GTSN AMM39F/C G-OOAM FUA1419/1420 EC-HHH DLH5960/1 D-ACJI BRA573/4 LN-TUH AMC082/3 9H-ABF
Wednesday 23rd May
The first Croatia Airlines movement of the summer produced the first-visiting Airbus A.319 9A-CTG during the late afternoon, from Belfast to Split, not the first of the fleet to appear however, 9A-CTI having visited last year.
Richer Jet Lear 45 G-JRJR departed to Manchester as 'GDA75B' during the early morning, although there had already been two Learjet movements, Taunus Air's Lear 35 D-CGRC coming and going from Frankfurt to Exeter as 'TAQ333' before 0700L.
Another extremely interesting foreign helicopter made it just before midnight, Helikopter Service Super Puma LN-OHH arriving from Stavanger as 'HKS123', but actually diverting in from the Ekofisk 'H' field.
JKK3113/4 EC-FXY IWD3217/8 EC-GLT DLH5960/1 D-ACLT CTN1509 9A-CTG
Tuesday 22nd May
After the previous day's first-visit of an Agusta A.119, the type's second and third landings at Newcastle were made during the day, I-RALY visiting from/to Cockermouth on both occasions, during the morning and late afternoon. Another type making just its second appearance at Newcastle during the day was the odd-looking Pilatus PC.12, VP-BLS spending an hour and a half here during the late afternoon, from Shobdon to Fairoaks. The only previous visit-of-type involved N321DH on 19th April 1996.
Another Government freight charter produced Slovak Government Tupolev Tu-154M OM-BYR from Bratislava at dawn as 'SSG005', the aircraft returning east later in the morning. Its third visit to Newcastle, its previous appearance had been on the 20th March.
Soloflight Cessna 421 N421N spent much of the day here from/to Bournemouth as 'Solo01', and another first-visiting Learjet 45 arrived during the late afternoon, Richer Jet's G-JRJR operated by Gold Air, arriving from Biggin Hill as 'GDA57A' for a night-stop.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLF made its first appearance at Newcastle since February 1997, its fifth visit here in total, having been used four times on the old Munich schedule.
OHY455/6 TC-ONR ECA860/1 5B-DBC DLH5960/1 D-ACLF AMC5180/1 9H-ABT
Monday 21st May
Euroatlantic Airways took over the previous Air Azores Monday afternoon Glasgow/Funchal charter, a flight that had been operated by Air Azores during both summer and winter seasons, over the last few years. Boeing 737-300 CS-TIG operated the first flight, in the carrier's full colour-scheme, an aircraft that last visited Newcastle as such during 1993 when operated by Air Atlantis.
A few foreign GA visitors included the very interesting first-visit of an Agusta A.119 Koala, I-RALY operated by Malcolm Wilson Motorsport, which visited from/to Cockermouth during the evening, presumably a replacement for the regular Squirrel G-BRVO. Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN passed through again during the morning as 'MMD7066', and Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM spent half an hour on the ground during the afternoon from/to Dublin as 'RDK333/4'.
AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLU MMZ7310 CS-TIG OHY441/2 TC-ONP
Sunday 20th May
Much quieter, Islandsflug began their Sunday Ibiza series with Boeing 737-300 TF-FDA, Excel Airways began their first charter series through Newcastle as such, an early afternoon Kefallinia rotation flown by Boeing 737-800 G-XLAD, and the second week of the Sunday evening Pegasus Airlines Bodrum series saw another visit from Boeing 737-400 TC-AFJ.
IWD3441/2 EC-GUR BAL559B/994F G-OBYJ BRY2HB/2CR G-ERJB ICB043P/2044 TF-FDA BRY3CR/3NC G-ERJB XLA4067/6 G-XLAD BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJF DLH5960/1 D-ACLJ AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJF FUA569P/1570 EC-HJJ PGT415/6 TC-AFJ
Saturday 19th May
Another very busy day, and another three first-visiting airliners. New carrier South Atlantic Airways made their first appearance at Newcastle, Boeing 757 EC-HUT operating the first Kos rotation in their weekly series during the afternoon. An ex Arkia machine a clue to its former identity was apparent in the letter 'Z' on the nose-wheel door, even though it wore the full colour-scheme of the Spanish airline. The first of two Macedonian Airlines Boeing 737-400 flights produced the first-visiting SX-BMC during the evening on a Rhodes rotation, and the third week of British Midland BAe146-200s on the Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule produced the first-visiting G-CLHB. The third week of the Spanair Airbus Las Palmas series produced the second visit of the carrier's sole A.320 EC-HRP during the late evening, and the previous evening's Futura Tenerife rotation came and went during the early hours, operated by Boeing 737-400 EI-CRC, the aircraft's first-visit to Newcastle since 1997 when it wore the identity EC-GNC.
The two Saturday Jersey series began, British Regional reverting to an ATP op this summer, the first flight being flown by G-MAUD its first visit to Newcastle since 1997, the machine wearing the 'Blue Poole' tail design on that visit as it still does now, with BAe146-200 G-JEAS operating the first British European rotation. Airtours Airbus A.330 OY-VKF made its second visit during the early morning, on its return from Sanford.
Flightline BAe146 G-FLTA made another election-related visit, from/to Northolt during the morning, wearing 'Conservative Party' colours and titles, and using some very unusual callsigns, 'B5601' inbound and 'B5602' outbound. Beech Baron N60526 visited during the afternoon, from/to Elstree.
FUA1607/8 EI-CRC BAL994F/559A G-OBYJ AIH060/060P OY-VKF MON5897/6 G-MONX BRT563/4 G-MAUD CEE3025/4 EC-HUT DLH4590/1 G-CLHB JEA9136/7 G-JEAS RZO9456/7 CS-TGP ICB2039/2040 TF-FDA JKK3183/4 EC-HKP IWD3555/6 EC-GZE MCS2775/2785 SX-BMC AXO9145/6 SX-BLT JKK3151/2 EC-HRP
Friday 18th May
A typically busy early summer season Friday, with three first-visiting airliners. The last of the fleet of four Airtours Airbus A.330-200s to appear at Newcastle operated the morning Sanford departure, not as G-CSJS however, but as OY-VKF, the machine having been used by Premiair recently. It did however wear the full Airtours International colour-scheme. A very new Boeing 737-800 began the Friday evening Pegasus Airlines Dalaman series, TC-APK being the second first-visiting Pegasus 'NextGen' of the last two weeks, and one of Air 2000's new Boeing 757s made its first landing at Newcastle, G-OOBB having appeared on a single go-around on 13th April, operating the inbound Airtours Naples sector, and subsequently departing to Manchester.
The first Boeing 757-300 movement to occur in daylight at Newcastle Airport was the third landing here of JMC Air's G-JMAA which arrived from Gerona at dawn, departing immediately after to Manchester.
The foreign GA night-stoppers departed during the day, Gulfstream IV N635AV to Dublin late morning, King Air 200 D-IHUT back to Marl during the afternoon, and finally CitationJet D-IEWS to Glasgow also during the early afternoon. Semitool Europe's Falcon 100 N844F spent the morning here, from/to Cambridge, King Air 90 N213CT spent the afternoon here, from Leeds to Liverpool, and King Air 200 N444BK visited again at lunch-time, from Groningen to East Midlands.
JMC437L G-JMAA AMM39D/44F G-OOAM CUS4600/1 SX-BGI AIH059P/059 OY-VKF DLH5960/1 D-ACLD AIH816 G-OOBB AMM147/6 G-OOAE CUS4604/5 SX-BGJ PGT411/2 TC-APK
Thursday 17th May
A big German day, primarily made up of General Aviation visitors, but with another new Lufthansa Cityline CRJ.200, D-ACHG leaving just five of the fleet yet to appear at Newcastle. Cherokee D-EBLW day-stopped from/to Salzgitter-Drutte, and King Air 200 D-IHUT arrived from Marl mid-morning for a night-stop. There were also two German CitationJets, the first-visiting Excellent Air machine D-IGZA, which spent an hour here mid-afternoon from Eindhoven to Amsterdam, and D-IEWS which arrived from Stuttgart during the evening for a night-stop. The aircraft was the ninth CJ to appear at Newcastle, visiting on 6th November 1997. Another G4 appeared, Avery Dennison Corp's N635AV arriving from Brussels during the morning for a night-stop - the aircraft had last visited Newcastle during 1999.
Another election-related movement involved Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS during the afternoon, a short visit from Birmingham to Stansted.
TSC240/1 C-GTSN CUS4600/1 SX-BGI AMM39F/C G-OOAM FUA1419/1420 EC-HMJ DLH5960/1 D-ACHG
Wednesday 16th May
Dash Eight PH-SDU operated the third consecutive turboprop-operated mid-evening SABENA Brussels scheduled service, and another British Airways Boeing 737-400 re-appeared during the evening, after having presumably transferred back to Heathrow from Gatwick. G-DOCY had last visited Newcastle during 1997, and looked conspicuously different in the old BA colour-scheme. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLS operated the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, its first appearance here since February 1997.
Cessna 210 D-EMHJ passed through on a westbound ferry flight at mid-day, from Egelsbach to Stornoway, and Citation Bravo N555BK made another very brief visit, early afternoon from Groningen to Farnborough.
JKK3113/4 EC-GOU IWD3217/8 EC-HCR DLH5960/1 D-ACLS BAW12Q/13L G-DOCY SAB60E/V PH-SDU
Tuesday 15th May
Just two visitors, both presumably connected with the Arsenal vs Newcastle United football match at St.James Park during the evening - Ambrion Aviation Citation SII N145DF, which often appears for the visit from Arsenal, spent the evening here from/to Luton, departing at 2230L, the first-visiting Maersk (UK) CRJ G-MSKT arriving at exactly the same time, positioning in from Birmingham, departing to Luton, again presumably with a team, just before midnight. The mid evening SABENA Brussels service was downgraded to a turboprop again, operated by ATR.72 PH-SCZ, just the machine's second visit to Newcastle, following its first on 26th April.
OHY455/6 TC-ONR ECA860/1 5B-DBJ DLH5960/1 D-ACLT SAB60E/V PH-SCZ AMC5180/1 9H-ADM
Monday 14th May
Highlight of the day was Gulfstream IV VP-BKH which spent a full ten hours with us from mid-morning to mid-evening, from Leeds to Gatwick, most likely the first of this year's Election-related movements. Citation Bravo N555BK appeared again, making a shorter visit than the Gulfstream, just an hour during the morning from East Midlands to Farnborough, and SABENA used Dash Eight PH-SDU for the mid-evening Brussels rotation.
AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLU SAB60E/V PH-SDU OHY441/2 TC-ONP
Sunday 13th May
British World Airlines Boeing 737-300 G-OBWZ made its second visit to Newcastle on the second week of the carrier's Kefallinia series during the afternoon. Co-incidentally its first-visit to Newcastle had been on the second Sunday of the 2000 Summer season, operating one of the first flights of Seven Air's programme last year, which was also a Kefallinia departure !. The second week of the Pegasus Airlines Bodrum series produced nothing of the same excitement as last week's 'NextGen' first-visitor, although Boeing 737-400 TC-AFJ hadn't appeared here since 1998.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYJ BWL210/209 G-OBWZ BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJE DLH5960/1 D-ACLT AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJE PGT415/6 TC-AFJ
Saturday 12th May
Highlights of the always busy Summer Saturday were a pair of first-visiting Airbus', another Canadian Forces CC-150 Polaris (Airbus A.310) appearing, 15004 arriving at lunch-time to collect the football team that a sistership deposited here early one morning in April, the aircraft departing during the early afternoon to Trenton, and Spanair Airbus A.321 EC-HQZ, which substituted for the programmed A.320 on the late evening Las Palmas rotation, just the second visit of a Spanair A.321 to Newcastle. Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWB operated the return leg of the Gill Airways Stansted mail flight during the early hours, positioning out immediately to Coventry, with the Teesside-based Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-FTDF arriving after dawn, on diversion from Teesside, on a flight from Tenerife. The aircraft operated out from Newcastle on the next flight of the Teesside Airtours programme, direct to Alicante later in the morning. The Sunbird Boeing 737-300 TF-FDA made its second visit on the afternoon 'Icebird' Palma flight, and Axon Airlines' second week of the late evening Rhodes series produced the same Boeing 737-700 again, SX-BLT making its third appearance here. The second week of the British Midland-operated Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule saw the flight operated by BAe146-200 G-CLHC, hardly a first-visitor however - in a previous guise it had been one of the first 146-200s to ever appear at Newcastle, as G-CHSR with Air UK in 1987.
GIL26U/027P G-SSWB AIH060/060P G-MDBD BAL994F/559A G-OBYJ AIH826/801 C-FTDF MON5897/6 G-MPCD MSK107/6 G-MSKE DLH4590/1 G-CLHC ICB2039/2040 TF-FDA JKK3183/4 EC-GOU IWD3555/6 EC-GLT JKK3151/2 EC-HQZ AXO9145/6 SX-BLT IWD3441/2 EC-HCR
Friday 11th May
The recently out-of-administration Gill Airways sub-chartered twice during the day, British World ATP G-OBWL, making its first visits since 1998, operating an Aberdeen inbound and outbound during the afternoon, and another inbound during the evening, subsequently positioning back out to Aberdeen, while one of the recently regular Streamline fleet of Shorts 360s positioned in during the evening from Coventry to operate the late evening Stansted mail departure. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJB made its first appearance on the Dusseldorf schedule during the afternoon, the aircraft having visited four times on the old Munich schedule during 1996/97, and the second of the day's two Cronus Airlines flights produced just the third visit of Boeing 737-400 SX-BGH, an aircraft that had visited on the final two weekends of the 2000 Summer season, operating end of season flights for Seven Air and TransAer.
Falcon 20 N520AW departed to Keflavik early morning, North Flying Metroliner OY-BPH arriving shortly after from Haugesund as 'NFA135' to where it returned using the same callsign during the afternoon. Koop Holdings Citation Bravo N555BK made another brief visit at lunch-time, from Groningen to East Midlands, and Schweizer 269 OO-NQD passed through again, during the afternoon from Edinburgh to Nottingham.
AMM39D/44F G-OOAN CUS460A/4600 SX-BGI AIH059P/059 G-MDBD DLH5960/1 D-ACJB AMM147/6 G-OOAE GIL86S/V G-OBWL GIL86W/078P G-OBWL CUS4604/5 SX-BGH FUA1607/8 EC-HMK GIL026P/26S G-SSWB
Thursday 10th May
Two of the previous Thursdays first-visiting airliners made their second appearances at Newcastle, Air Transat Airbus A.330-200 C-GITS mid-morning, and JMC Air Boeing 757-300 G-JMAA from Manchester to Gerona during the late evening.
An exec jet visitor that had visited at about the same time last year made its second appearance at Newcastle, Armstrong World Industries' Falcon 20 N520AW arriving from Luton during the early morning for a night-stop. It had stayed a single night here on the 16th May 2000. Another foreign helicopter passed through, Schweizer 269 OO-NQD staying for an hour and a half from Nottingham to Dundee during the afternoon. A new resident appeared during the afternoon in the shape of Piper Arrow G-BVDH, the aeroplane arriving from Cardiff.
TSC203 C-GITS AMM39F/C G-OOAL CUS4600/1 SX-BGI FUA1419/1420 EC-HHG DLH5960/1 D-ACLH JMC437K G-JMAA
Wednesday 9th May
Another Lufthansa Cityline CRJ.200 first-visited on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, D-ACHC leaving just four of the new aeroplanes yet to visit on the new flight. British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPY made just its second visit on the mid-morning Heathrow rotation.
Airlink King Air OE-FME departed to Epinal early on, after one night here, and Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT, which had spent two nights here, departed to Goose Bay during the evening. MD.600 Explorer VP-CCW followed up its visit of two days previous, with another brief stop during the afternoon, from St.Andrews to Corby.
BAW12H/13F G-EUPY JKK3113/4 EC-FXY IWD3217/8 EC-GUR DLH5960/1 D-ACHC
Tuesday 8th May
Just GA again - Learjet 55 D-CVIP passed through during the afternoon from Frankfurt to Keflavik and onwards as 'WDL055', and Koop Holdings' Citation Bravo N555BK appeared again during the morning, from East Midlands to Groningen. Airlink King Air OE-FME arrived from Biarritz during the morning as 'JAR09' for a night-stop, and departures included Cessna 303 N6498V to Hawarden during the morning, and Merlin LN-SFT back to Bergen during the early afternoon. Cherokee D-EEED passed through also during the early afternoon, from Egelsbach to Stornoway.
OHY455F/456 TC-ONR ECA860/1 5B-DBJ AMC5180/1 9H-ADM
Monday 7th May
A GA-dominated sunny, Bank Holiday Monday - two blue-coloured, foreign-registered helicopters visited during the afternoon, MD.600 VP-CCW calling for fuel en-route from Corby to St.Andrews, with Twin Squirrel N620LH doing the same, from/to Gosforth Park racecourse. Cessna 303 N6498V arrived from Guernsey during the afternoon for a night-stop, and pollution control-equipped Merlin LN-SFT also stayed the night, having arrived from Bergen during the afternoon. An earlier arrival was Mid American Energy's Falcon 50 N96UT again, direct from Gander during the early hours for another extended stay.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLH appeared on the Dusseldorf schedule for the first time, having visited just twice before on the Munich schedule in '96/'97.
AIH846/5 C-FTDF DLH5960/1 D-ACLH OHY441F/2 TC-ONO
Sunday 6th May
Pegasus Airlines began their first charter series through Newcastle since 1998, with a very nice first-visiting 'NextGen', Boeing 737-800 TC-APL substituting for the programmed -400 on the evening Bodrum rotation. British World began their Kefallinia series during the afternoon, Boeing 737-300 G-OBWX making just its third landing at Newcastle, the previous two being on the 28th and 29th June 2000, and Skyservice Airbus A.320 C-FTDF made its first 'daylight-hours' landing at Newcastle this summer, on the afternoon Faro 'W' ex Teesside.
Even though Brymon Airways had ceased operating to Copenhagen six days earlier, there were still two ERJ.145s during the day, the morning Bristol/Aberdeen and return having been upgraded to jet equipment, and flown by G-ERJE. G-ERJG flew the same routing during the afternoon.
Air Normandie-operated Citation 500 F-GJDG made its first visit since 1998, day-stopping from/to Le Bourget as 'RNO906', and Beech Bonanza N67501 returned to Elstree during the afternoon after a few nights here.
BAL559B/994F G-OBYD BRY2HB/2CR/3CR/3NC G-ERJE BWL210/209 G-OBWX BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJG DLH5960/1 D-ACJE AIH900/899 C-FTDF BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJG PGT415P/416 TC-APL
Saturday 5th May
First Saturday of the summer season, and as usual plenty to keep the local enthusiasts interested. The first Britannia Airways Orlando departure of the summer was flown by Boeing 767-300 G-OBYD, an aircraft that was regular on the carrier's long-haul flights from Newcastle during 1999, but which didn't appear here last year, and the first of five consecutive Saturday afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedules to be operated by British Midland BAe146-200s, produced G-CLHA in the Team Lufthansa colour-scheme. The aircraft had last visited Newcastle as G-DEBC of Debonair during 1996. The first flight of the Islandsflug summer programme, which consists of two weekly flights, produced the first-visiting Boeing 737-300 TF-FDA during the late afternoon, the aircraft wearing Sunbird titles and tail logo (as opposed to its 'Icebird' callsign !), but the real excitement occurred during the late evening. Axon Airlines began their first charter series through Newcastle with Boeing 737-700 SX-BLT from/to Rhodes, not a first-visitor however as the aircraft had operated the carrier's only previous visit to Newcastle, a flight for the defunct TransAer on the 29th October last, while definitely a first-visitor was Spanair Airbus A.320 EC-HRP, which appeared on the first Saturday night Las Palmas rotation just before midnight.
AIH060/060P G-MOJO BAL994F/559A G-OBYD MON5897/6 G-MONW DLH4590/1 G-CLHA ICB2039/2040 TF-FDA MSK107B/106 G-MSKC JKK3183/4 EC-GVO IWD3555/6 EC-GLT AXO9145/6 SX-BLT JKK3151/2 EC-HRP IWD0441/3442 EC-GUR
Friday 4th May
British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPY finally made it to Newcastle, after having been in service for a few weeks, operating the mid afternoon Heathrow rotation. Airtours' Airbus A.330 G-MOJO appeared again for the second weekend running, for the Orlando departure, Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJE made just its second visit to Newcastle, on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, and Cronus Boeing 737-400 SX-BGJ operated both of the day's flights.
North Flying Metro 23 OY-NPE day-stopping from/to Copenhagen as 'NFA105' - the aircraft had visited on only four previous occasions during 1999. Agusta 109 EI-SQG visited again, this time during the afternoon, and Bonanza N67501 arrived from Elstree during the early evening for a night-stop.
AMM39D/44F G-OOAL CUS460P/4601 SX-BGJ AIH059P/059 G-MOJO DLH5960/1 D-ACJE AMM147/6 G-OOAE BAW12N/13K G-EUPY CUS466P/4605 SX-BGJ FUA1607/8 EC-HMJ
Thursday 3rd May
The summer season really got going, with three first-visiting airliners, including one first-visit of type. Always likely to be our first Boeing 757-300, JMC's first machine G-JMAA operated the first of two early season Gerona departures, split with Manchester, routing through Newcastle during the late evening. Similarly the first two Air Transat departures of the summer are expected to be operated by Airbus A.330s, and C-GITS duly appeared from Glasgow during the morning, departing direct to Toronto just after mid-day. The aircraft becomes only our fifth -200 series A.330. Yet another first-visiting Lufthansa Cityline CRJ appeared on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, and a pretty significant one, D-ACLG being the last of the 'Lima series' aircraft to visit.
The first Cronus flight of the summer was flown by Boeing 737-400 SX-BGJ during the morning, only the aircraft's third visit to Newcastle, its first two being at the end of last summer's Seven Air series, and the first Futura flight of the summer was flown by a Boeing 737-400, EC-GVB substituting for the programmed 'NextGen' on the afternoon Arrecife rotation.
Interesting helicopter visitor was Agusta 109 EI-SQG, which spent an hour on the Samson apron during the late morning.
CUS460P/4601 SX-BGJ TSC203 C-GITS AMM39F/C G-OOAL DLH5960/1 D-ACLG FUA419/1420 EC-GVB JMC437K G-JMAA
Wednesday 2nd May
This year's Teesside-based Skyservice Airbus A.320, on its first detachment to Teesside flying for Airtours, made its first-visit of the summer to Newcastle, C-FTDF visiting during the early hours, operating an extra arrival from Tenerife, and then positioning out to Teesside. The aircraft had of course visited Newcastle last as G-BVJV of Airworld during 1997 and 1996.
Yet another Luthansa Cityline CRJ made its first appearance at Newcastle, D-ACJE on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, leaving just two of the 'juliet series' to visit us, and the first Spanish charters of the season were on the ground together from Fuerteventura at lunch-time, Iberworld Airbus A.320 EC-HCR and Spanair MD.83 EC-HBP.
A busy day GA-wise, with the pick of the bunch being First Air's all yellow Eurocopter EC.135 G-SASB, which arrived from the Freeman Hospital at lunch-time, departing after a refuel to Dumfries.
AIH840/840P C-FTDF IWD3217/8 EC-HCR JKK3113/4 EC-HBP DLH5960/1 D-ACJE
Tuesday 1st May
A stunning first day of the summer season, at least weather-wise, absolutely glorious up here in the 'Great North' !. There weren't too many interesting aeroplanes however, with the only first-visitor coming from an unusual source for early May, VLM Fokker 50 OO-VLJ arriving during the morning from Southampton with the town's Football Club, the aircraft day-stopping on the new stand 23 and departing back to Southampton just before midnight. Yesterday's first-visiting Finnair Boeing 757 OH-LBS operated the first flight in this summer's Air Scandic programme, to Santorini during the early morning, returning during the afternoon and then night-stopping.
Soloflight Cessna 421 N421N was a south apron visitor during the day, from/to Bournemouth, and Cherokee N235PF also day-stopped, from/to Southend.
SCY4086 OH-LBS ECA860/1 5B-DBC VLM692/3 OO-VLJ DLH5960/1 D-ACHH SCY4087 OH-LBS AMC5180/1 9H-ADH
Monday 30th April
Helios Airways completed their April Larnaca series during the morning, Boeing 737-800 5B-DBH obviously having operated all five flights during the month - by the time the carrier makes a return in mid-July there will be two aircraft in the fleet. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJA made its first-visit on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, it had however visited five times during 1996/97, and the eve of the summer charter season saw two Boeing 757s position in for the first departures on 'May One' - Britannia Airways' G-BYAH arrived from Leeds during the evening, but much more interesting was the first Finnair Boeing 757 of the summer to operate the based Air Scandic programme. OH-LBS in the full Finnair colour-scheme is the first aeroplane to be detached, which arrived from Helsinki at tea-time as 'SCY901A'.
Brymon Airways' anticipated withdrawal of one of the two based Dash Eights occurred after the last Belfast arrival during the late evening, 'BRY35N' flown by G-BRYZ. The last Copenhagen rotation had been flown by G-BRYX earlier in the day.
Chauffair BAe125-800 G-HCFR first-visited, spending much of the middle of the day here from Coventry to Northolt as 'CFR947', and a pair of westbound deliveries on the ground at the same time during the early afternoon were Commander 114 N4LY from Monchengladbach to Wick, and Bonanza D-EBPF from Bremen to Wick.
HCY1108/9 5B-DBH RZO9400/1 CS-TGP DLH5960/1 D-ACJA SCY901A OH-LBS
Sunday 29th April
Finally an interesting foreign executive jet ! - Gulfstream IV N917W arrived from Luton at dusk, continuing onwards to Glasgow after just twenty-three minutes on the ground, and looking very attractive in an overall silver scheme, with three thin blue cheatlines.
The newest Lufthansa Cityline CRJ.200 at the moment, D-ACHI, made its second visit to Newcastle on the afternoon schedule, and City Jet BAe146-200 EI-CSK was required for a Gill Airways Paris rotation again, EI-CSK operating the late evening arrival on time, followed by a much delayed late afternoon departure.
BAL363B G-OBYB BRY2HB/31C G-ERJB BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJE BRY32C/3NC G-ERJB DLH5960/1 D-ACHI BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJE GIL94H/95G EI-CSK
Saturday 28th April
The most interesting visitors of the day were unexpectedly the two Boeing 737s that appeared on the day's two Air Europa flights - the early afternoon Palma produced a 'different' Air Europa 'NextGen' for the first time this year, -800 EC-HGO having visited Newcastle just once before on the 20th June last year. The aircraft is now in the full new Air Europa colour-scheme. The late night Palma rotation also produced just the second visit of another of the Air Europa 737 fleet, -400 EC-GPI having visited previously as long ago as the 31st August 1997. The aircraft is thought to be in full Iberia colours, although its scheme was not confirmed on this visit.
After yesterday's first-visiting Airtours A.330 on the Orlando flight, which returned on the return sector at dawn, the last Britannia Airways Orlando departure of the winter season also produced an aircraft of interest, the usual Boeing 767-200 flight being operated by -300 G-OBYB, while KLM City Hopper Fokker 50 PH-JXK made its second visit in two days, returning from Southampton during the evening, and then positioning out to Amsterdam.
Twin Commanche N25PR departed back to Staverton during the afternoon.
AIH052 G-MOJO BAL363A G-OBYB BRY2HB/31C G-ERJE AEA252/3 EC-HGO DLH5960/1 D-ACLV BRY32C/3NC G-ERJE ECA902/3 5B-DBK LBT848/9 TS-INA AEA279/281 EC-GPI
Friday 27th April
The last Airtours Orlando departure of the winter season produced the first-visit of the carrier's Airbus A.330-200 G-MOJO, only the third of the fleet to appear at Newcastle. A similar registration made just its third visit to Newcastle later in the day, Monarch Airlines' Airbus A.321 G-MARA operating the return of Wednesday's Faro charter during the evening, the aircraft departing onwards to Glasgow. Yet another first-visiting KLM CityHopper Fokker 50 appeared, PH-JXK operating a football charter to Southampton during the afternoon, the aircraft having positioned in from Amsterdam, and last Tuesday's first-visiting Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJJ made its second visit of the week on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule. The second Excel Airways Boeing 737-800 to visit Newcastle in the carrier's full colours operated the last ever Sabre Airways-callsigned flight from Newcastle, G-XLAA, which had first-visited as such two weeks previously in a basic Excel scheme.
Cherokee OO-IFR departed back to Ostend during the afternoon after spending the whole week on the Samson apron, and Twin Commanche N25PR arrived from Staverton during the early evening for a night-stop.
AIH051 G-MOJO KLM7143/7873 PH-JXK DLH5960/1 D-ACJJ SBE4061/0 G-XLAA MON9329 G-MARA AEA217/8 EC-HKR
Thursday 26th April
Schreiner Airways ATR.72 PH-SCZ made its first-visit to Newcastle on the afternoon Brussels schedule, the aircraft looking very attractive in the new SABENA colour-scheme.
AEA211/2 EC-HKQ DLH5960/1 D-ACHH SAB2189/2190 PH-SCZ
Wednesday 25th April
The first Canadian Forces Airbus A.310 to appear at Newcastle did so in the early hours, 15002 arriving direct from Trenton, and departing after an hour and a half at dawn. Another Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJI first-visited during the afternoon. Monarch Airlines operated an extra Faro departure during the morning with Boeing 757 G-MONC, which had arrived from Glasgow, and Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ was used by Gill Airways for three Stansted sectors during the afternoon/evening.
CFC4172 15002 MON9328 G-MONC DLH5960/1 D-ACJI GIL22D/22F/22G/230P G-ZAPJ
Tuesday 24th April
Interesting first-visitor-of-type was Katana DA40 OE-KPO which spent less than hour on the Samson apron during late morning from/to Gamston.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJJ first-visited on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule.
AMC5180/1 9H-ADN DLH5960/1 D-ACJJ
Monday 23rd April
A cancelled mid-afternoon KLMuk Amsterdam schedule prompted a subcharter for the early evening Amsterdam rotation, the flight being operated by one of three Transavia Boeing 757's to appear here before. PH-TKA had last visited on the 30th June 1999 during the Nissan 'airlift', and previous to that at the start of the 1996/7 Winter season when the Dutch carrier operated a weekly Tenerife flight for the first six weeks of the season following the demise of Centennial Airlines.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ.200 D-ACHH made its second visit to Newcastle on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule.
BRY2HB/2CR/3CR/3NC G-ZAPK HCY1108/9 5B-DBH RZO9400/1 CS-TGP DLH5960/1 D-ACHH UKA81L/84L PH-TKA
Sunday 22nd April
The day's two Brymon ERJ.145s were the last two aircraft to first-visit, G-ERJG on the Bristol/Copenhagen rotation which had first-visited yesterday, and G-ERJE which had first-visited last Saturday. The latter arrived from Bristol during the afternoon, and was subsequently unable to continue to Aberdeen, the aircraft positioning back to Bristol as 'BRY02P'. The afternoon Lufthansa schedule was operated by CRJ D-ACJC, its third visit to Newcastle on the new flight, instead of the expected Boeing 737-500. British Airways Airbus A.320 G-BUSD made its first visit after repaint into 'Union Flag' on the mid-morning Heathrow rotation.
Cherokee OO-IFR diverted in during the evening en-route from Gamston to Cumbernauld, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping.
BRY2HB/31C G-ERJG BRY6HB/02P G-ERJE DLH5960/1 D-ACJC BRY32C/3NC G-ERJG
Saturday 21st April
The last of the current fleet of seven Brymon Airways ERJ.145's appeared for the first time, G-ERJG first-visiting on the day's two Bristol/Copenhagen turnarounds. A blocked runway at Teesside during the afternoon produced KLMuk Fokker 50 G-UKTG on diversion, on a flight from Amsterdam, and the first Aer Lingus aircraft to appear here in almost a month flew a few hours of visual circuits during the evening - Boeing 737-500 EI-CDF made two landings during the sortie for crew changes, and was from/to Dublin as 'Shamrock DF'.
AIH052 G-MDBD BRY2HB/31C G-ERJG AEA252/3 EC-GMY UKA58Q/87Q G-UKTG DLH5960/1 D-ACJC BRY32C/3NC G-ERJG ECA902/3 5B-DBJ AEA279/281 EC-FZZ LBT848/9 TS-INB
Friday 20th April
Bonanza N4469S departed to Roskilde at dawn, and King Air 200 N444BK departed to East Midlands at lunch-time after its night-stop.
Our first look at the full Excel Airways colour-scheme came courtesy of Boeing 737-800 G-XLAD on the late afternoon Tenerife charter, and a few sub-charters produced some airliners of interest. Two were used for Gill Airways Paris schedules, BAe146-200 EI-CSL first-visiting as a City Jet aeroplane on the late morning schedule, the aircraft last visiting as an Aer Lingus machine on the 1st July last year, with the afternoon rotation and evening arrival being operated by Titan Airways Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM, before positioning out to Stansted. Airtours used Air Scandic Airbus A.300 G-SWJW for the inbound sector of their Naples 'W', the aircraft arriving during the evening and positioning out to Manchester.
AIH051 G-MLJL GIL90D/93E EI-CSL DLH5960/1 D-ACLU SBE4061/0 G-XLAD GIL92F/95G G-ZAPM AIH818/818F G-SWJW GIL94H/101P G-ZAPM AEA217/8 EC-HJQ
Thursday 19th April
Still not much - King Air 200 N444BK made three landings during the day, and Beech Bonanza N4469S arrived from Reykjavik during the afternoon on a delivery flight, for a night-stop.
AEA211/2 EC-HJQ DLH5960/1 D-ACLV
Wednesday 18th April
Tuesday 17th April
A Titan Airways ATR.42 appeared again for a different type of flight this time, G-ZAPJ operating some Belfast City/Cork rotations.
Both Koop Holdings-operated recent visitors appeared on the same day, Citation Bravo N555BK visiting during the early morning from East Midlands to Groningen, King Air 200 N444BK following on the same routing at lunch-time. Beech Baron N951SF departed back to Elstree during the morning after a few nights here.
AMC5180/1 9H-ABT BRY30P/2RS/31N/5MC/5MD/53P G-ZAPJ DLH5960/1 D-ACLJ
Monday 16th April
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN returned yet again, spending just twenty-three minutes on the ground during the afternoon before departing home to Sonderborg.
Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS departed to Stansted during the evening.
HCY1108/9 5B-DBH RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
Sunday 15th April
The last of the first six Brymon Airways ERJ.145's to appear here first-visited during the early afternoon, G-ERJE operating the afternoon Bristol/Aberdeen rotations, and City Jet BAe146-200 EI-CSK was required for the afternoon Gill Airways Paris arrival and departure, the aircraft operating substantially late during the late evening.
Commander 114 N139JV returned to Lands End during the late morning, and another Titan Airways ATR.42 appeared on an ad-hoc charter flight, G-BUPS arriving from Stansted as 'AWC574A' for a night-stop - another sports charter ?.
BRY2HB/31C G-ERJA BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJE BRY32C/3NC G-ERJA DLH5960/1 D-ACLU BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJE GIL92F/95G EI-CSK
Saturday 14th April
The day's interest was provided by foreign light aircraft, for the first time in a long time. The most unusual of the four to visit was Technoavia SM-92 Finist HA-YDF which diverted in for fuel en-route from Hibaldstow to Strathallan, to where it continued onto after forty-five minutes on the ground. Cessna 210 D-EEOO arrived from Munster at lunchtime, continuing on to Wick during the afternoon, and a pair of US-registered light aircraft night-stopped, Baron N951SF arriving from Elstree at noon, and the very smart-looking Commander 114 N139JV, which arrived from Lands End during the early evening.
Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ departed to Stansted during the evening with a victorious Tottenham Hotspur, a slightly less succesful Newcastle United arriving back a few hours later on Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYMK from Cambridge, the aircraft subsequently positioning out to Edinburgh.
AIH052 G-MLJL BRY2HB/31C G-ERJF AEA252/3 EC-GUO MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE DLH5960/1 D-ACLU BRY32C/3NC G-ERJF ECA902/3 5B-DBB LBT848/9 TS-INA AEA279/281 EC-GNU
Friday 13th April
A good day for British airliners of all sizes - starting with the biggest, the first of the two new Air 2000 Boeing 757s to appear at Newcastle, G-OOBB didn't actually land but flew a single approach followed by a go-around on a test flight from Manchester as 'AMM757T' during the afternoon. Excel Airways Boeing 737-800 G-XLAA made its first-visit to Newcastle as such on the late afternoon Tenerife charter, still in a basic Excel colour-scheme with the blue tail fin and engines. As G-OKDN it was the very first 'Next Generation' Boeing 737 to appear here, on the 30th July 1998.
Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYMK positioned in from Edinburgh during the early afternoon as 'SAY511P' to take Newcastle United to Cambridge as 'SAY511', while another football charter produced the arrival of Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ with Tottenham Hotspur from Stansted during the late afternoon as 'AWC635A'. Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-IJYS operated the now regular Friday afternoon Airtours crew ferry, from/to Manchester as 'EZE155/6'.
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLW visited for the first time on the Dusseldorf schedule, having appeared here twice before in 1996/97. Falcon 50 N96UT departed to Goose Bay at lunch-time.
JEM3156/SSW315P G-SSWX AIH051 G-MLJL DLH5960/1 D-ACLW SBE4061/0 G-XLAA AMM757T G-OOBB AEA217/8 EC-HKR
Thursday 12th April
The fourth Lufthansa Cityline RJ.200 to first-visit in three weeks appeared in the shape of D-ACHI on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule. The first British Airways Boeing 767-300 to visit since the 22nd March operated the last rotation of the day, G-BNWZ making just its second visit to Newcastle, having first-visited in mid-February.
Falcon 50 N96UT returned from Northolt during the morning for another night-stop, and Koop Holdings' Citation Bravo N555BK made another visit, from Amsterdam to East Midlands over the late morning/lunchtime. Cherokee D-ENHK returned to Aachen during the morning, and was replaced later in the morning by Cherokee Arrow PH-FAM which day-stopped from/to Teuge.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWC AEA211/2 EC-HKR DLH5960/1 D-ACHI BAW12Q/13L G-BNWZ
Wednesday 11th April
With the Lufthansa flight not operating (just about our only source of excitement at the moment !) there was very little of note, just Cherokee D-ENHK which arrived from Aachen during the afternoon for a night-stop.
Tuesday 10th April
Another of the 'Juliet-series' Lufthansa Cityline CRJs D-ACJD, first-visited on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule.
MD.600 Explorer N511VA visited during the morning, from Manchester to Maryport, presumably a stand-in or replacement for Cumbrian Seafoods' Hexham-based MD.600 N600PV, and TWR's Agusta 109 N109TW also spent thirty minutes on the ground later in the morning, from/to Kelso. Falcon 50 N96UT departed to Northolt during the afternoon after just one night here.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWC AMC5180/1 9H-ADN DLH5960/1 D-ACJD
Monday 9th April
Gill Airways used Air Jet BAe146-200 F-GOMA for the mid-morning Paris rotation, the aircraft wearing full Air France (by Air Jet) colours. Helios Airways' first Boeing 737-800 5B-DBH made its second visit on the morning Larnaca charter, and Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACHD visited for the third time on the new Dusseldorf schedule.
Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK visited again, day-stopping from East Midlands to Farnborough, and another regular, Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT, arrived from Gander during the late morning for a night-stop.
HCY1108/9 5B-DBH GIL90D/93E F-GOMA DLH5960/1 D-ACHD RZO9400/1 CS-TGQ
Sunday 8th April
Air Europa's second April-only Palma series began in the early hours, Boeing 737-400 EC-FZZ positioning in from Trondheim as 'AEA079' to operate the first outbound. The two Brymon ERJ's were both aircraft that had been used through Newcastle in the previous seven days, G-ERJC on the Copenhagen again, and G-ERJA on a delayed Bristol/Aberdeen, the aircraft passing through both ways during the evening. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLE made its first-visit on the Dusseldorf schedule, the machine having appeared here four times previously on the old Munich schedule.
AEA079/281 EC-FZZ BRY2HB/31C/32C/3NC G-ERJC DLH5960/1 D-ACLE BRY6HB/6CR/7CR/7NC G-ERJA
Saturday 7th April
Regional Jets again producing most of the interest, Brymon Airways ERJ.145 G-ERJC making its first-visit since the 12th May 2000 on the Bristol/Copenhagen rotations, and Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACJF first-visiting on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule. Air Europa began an April-only Palma series, Boeing 737-300 EC-GEQ operating the early afternoon rotation.
JEM3156/SSW20P G-SSWC AIH051 C-FBUS BRY2HB/31C/32C/3NC G-ERJC AEA252/3 EC-GEQ DLH5960/1 D-ACJF MSK53VE/552 G-MSKE ECA902/3 5B-DBC
Friday 6th April
Our third European Air Charter Boeing 737-200 appeared during the early evening, the first-visiting G-CEAG operating a flight from Rome and onwards to Glasgow, presumably the return leg of Wednesday's Sabre Airways departure to Rome. Lufthansa CRJ D-ACLJ made its first visit since early 1997 on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, having been used three times during the life of the old Munich service, and British Airways Airbus A.320 G-BUSF made its first-visit to Newcastle on the first morning Heathrow rotation, since its recent re-paint into the 'Union Flag' tail design. Excel Airways Boeing 737-800 G-XLAD made its second visit to Newcastle as such on the late afternoon Tenerife charter.
Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK returned to the scene after a couple of visits from Citation Bravo N555BK, visiting briefly at lunch-time from Cambridge to East Midlands.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWX AIH051 C-FBUS DLH5960/1 D-ACLJ SBE4061/0 G-XLAD EAF2173/4 G-CEAG AEA217/8 EC-HKQ
Thursday 5th April
Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACHD became the first CRJ.200 to visit twice on the new Dusseldorf schedule during the afternoon.
Not much else, just Cessna 206 N3523Z which departed onwards to Egelsbach during the early morning.
JEM3156/SSW100P G-SSWC AEA211/2 EC-HKQ DLH5960/1 D-ACHD
Wednesday 4th April
The usual Boeing 737-operated Wednesday morning Braathens Stavanger schedule produced another first-visiting 'NextGen', our ninth Braathens Boeing 737-700 LN-TUH, and the Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule produced our third Cityline CRJ.200 in the space of a week and a half, D-ACHE first-visiting on the afternoon flight. Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWB made its second landing here on the early morning Emerald Airways Bristol mail flight, the aircraft positioning out to Glasgow again during the afternoon, and Sabre Airways operated a Rome departure during the morning with the leased-from-Transavia Boeing 737-800 PH-HZK, the aircraft having arrived from Glasgow.
The Koop Holdings Citation Bravo N555BK made its second visit to Newcastle, apparently still substituting for the regular King Air N444BK, spending just nineteen minutes on the ground during the early afternoon, from East Midlands to Groningen, and Cessna 206 N3523Z arrived from Reykjavik later in the afternoon, for a night-stop.
Biggest news of the day however concerned the first Global Express to get anything like close to Newcastle Airport, with N700HF popping up from Cambridge to fly two VOR/DME approaches during the late afternoon as 'Marshall18', finishing off each approach with a go-around, and therefore not quite becoming our first-visit-of-type. Still in an un-painted state, the aircraft is destined to become JA005G with the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau, and is therefore our third Japanese 'visitor' in the space of exactly three weeks !!.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWB SBE4078 PH-HZK BRA571/2 LN-TUH DLH5960/1 D-ACHE
Tuesday 3rd April
Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWX appeared again on the early morning Bristol mail arrival, positioning out to Glasgow during the early afternoon, and British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPW made its second visit on the first Heathrow rotation of the day. The Lufthansa CRJ was D-ACLB, its third visit to Newcastle.
A new Irish operator to Newcastle visited during the afternoon, Airlink Airways with Cessna 340 EI-CIJ, from/to Dublin as 'HYR340P/341', and Yak 52 LY-AMP arrived from Sherburn during the late morning, flying a local flight to the north over lunch-time, and then returning to Sherburn mid-afternoon.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWX BAW12J/13E AMC5180/1 9H-ADI DLH5960/1 D-ACLB
Monday 2nd April
The beginning of a short Helios Airways April Larnaca series, produced the first-visit of the carrier's new Boeing 737-800 5B-DBH, while the morning also produced the first-visit of Koop Holdings' Citation Bravo N555BK, thankfully giving some respite from the same company's King Air 200 N444BK for one visit, from East Midlands to Farnborough.
Irish Air Transport Navajo EI-CNM visited during the early evening, from/to Dublin as 'RDK333/4'.
HCY1108/9 5B-DBH RZO9400/1 CS-TGP
Sunday 1st April
Eight days into the new Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule, and the first aircraft substitution produces just the second visit to Newcastle of a Lufthansa Cityline RJ.85, D-AVRH first-visiting during the afternoon. The only previous visit from one of the fleet was during the old Munich schedule, D-AVRD substituting for a CRJ on the 25th October 1996. The day's two Brymon Airways 'jungle jets' were both machines that had appeared within the last week, G-ERJA on the Copenhagen rotation, and G-ERJD on the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen turnarounds.
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN made yet another visit, its tenth, as 'MMD7034' during the morning.
BAL363B G-BYAB BRY2HB/31C G-ERJA BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJD BRY32C/3NC G-ERJA DLH5960/1 D-AVRH BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJD
Saturday 31st March
The first Saturday of the summer schedules, and the first Saturday Brymon Airways Copenhagen jet service, flown by Embraer 145 G-ERJD, an aircraft which had first-visited just two and a half weeks previously on a Bristol/Aberdeen substitution. Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLT made its second visit of the last seven days on the afternoon Dusseldorf schedule, Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWX operated the Emerald Airways Bristol mail arrival again, positioning out to Luton in the early hours using a Streamline callsign, and Eurocypria Airbus A.320 5B-DBK made its second visit to Newcastle as such on the evening Paphos charter.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWX AIH052 C-FBUS BAL363A G-BYAB BRY2HB/31C G-ERJD MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE DLH5960/1 D-ACLT BRY32C/3NC G-ERJD ECA902/3 5B-DBK LBT848/9 TS-INA
Friday 30th March
The early morning Emerald Airways Bristol arrival produced another different Streamline Shorts 360, a first-visitor this time, the ex-US Airways Express and Bahamasair G-SSWB, positioning out in the early hours to Coventry.
British World ATP G-OBWR operated the mid-day British Regional Cardiff rotation, delayed slightly to the early afternoon, Lufthansa Cityline CRJ D-ACLD made just its second visit to Newcastle during the afternoon, its first being back in August 1996, and we got our first glimpse of the new Excel Airways colour-scheme, albeit in an incomplete form, during the late afternoon, Boeing 737-800 G-XLAD operating the weekly Sabre Airways Tenerife charter, wearing an all-white scheme with light blue fin and engines.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWB AIH051 C-FBUS BRT653/2 G-OBWR DLH5960/1 D-ACLD BRY6HB/6CR/7CR/7NC G-ZAPJ SBE4061/0 G-XLAD AEA217/8 EC-HJQ
Thursday 29th March
Another Streamline Shorts 360 operated the Emerald Airways early morning mail arrival from Bristol, G-SSWC departing within the hour to Edinburgh, the aircraft's first appearance at Newcastle since 1994, as G-BMHX. Mid-afternoon produced three British Airways-liveried notable visitors, British Regional Airlines ATP G-MANM (old colours) positioning in from Glasgow to rescue the afternoon Birmingham rotations after an unservicable J41, the aircraft positioning out to Glasgow later in the evening after two full rotations, City-Flyer RJ.100 G-CFAF making just its second visit on the afternoon Gatwick rotation, and the first-visit of British Airways' latest Airbus A.319 G-EUPW, all three aircraft being on the ground at the same time.
Another different CRJ on the afternoon Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule, the flight being operated by D-ACLT, one of no less than ten Cityline CRJ's that visited on four separate occasions on the old Munich schedule.
JEM3156/9 G-SSWC AEA211/2 EC-HKQ DLH5960/1 D-ACLT BRY6HB/6CR/7CR/7NC G-ZAPJ BAW12N/13K G-EUPW BRT092/657 G-MANM CFE54VE/29CT G-CFAF BRT658/9 G-MANM BRT660/093 G-MANM
Wednesday 28th March
Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWX operated the Emerald Airways mail arrival again, positioning out to Glasgow again at lunch-time using a 'Streamline' positioning callsign, and British Airways Boeing 737-400 G-DOCT made its first visit to Newcastle since 1999, wearing the 'Crossing Borders' tail design. The fourth day of the Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule produced another different CRJ, and our second first-visitor of the week, D-ACHH operating the mid-afternoon flight.
In what has been an appalling month for executive jet visitors, a rare arrival just before mid-day produced the first-visiting AD Aviation Citation 501 G-FLVU, from Glasgow as 'VUE183', continuing on to Manchester a few hours later.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWX BAW12J/13E G-DOCT BRY2HB/2CR/3CR/3NC G-ZAPJ DLH5960/1 D-ACHH
Tuesday 27th March
The early morning Emerald Airways Bristol mail arrival produced just the second visit of Streamline Shorts 360 G-SSWX, the aircraft positioning out to Glasgow during the early afternoon. Its first visit had been on the 7th April 2000. Four consecutive, and different Airbus A.319's on the day's British Airways Heathrow schedules, allowed for just the second visit of G-EUPS on the late morning rotation.
Another different CRJ on the new Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule - D-ACJC had visited three times in 1996/97 on the old Munich schedule.
JEM3156/SSW10P G-SSWX AMC5180/1 9H-ABS BAW12H/13F G-EUPS BRY2HB/2CR/3CR/3NC G-ZAPJ DLH5960/1 D-ACJC
Monday 26th March
Two more first-visiting airliners, but first the departure of one of Sunday's, City-Flyer RJ.100 G-CFAF making its first take-off from Newcastle on the early morning Gatwick departure. Yet another 'Union Flag'-liveried first-visitor operated the first British Airways Heathrow arrival, Airbus A.319 G-EUPS, which had only transferred from its recent home of Birmingham the day before, while the second day of the Lufthansa Dusseldorf schedule produced first-visiting CRJ D-ACHD during the afternoon.
King Air 200 N444BK arrived from East Midlands again during the morning for another night-stop.
CFE63LM G-CFAF BAW12J/13E G-EUPS RZO9400/1 CS-TGP DLH5960/1 D-ACHD
Sunday 25th March
The beginnings of the winter and summer schedules is always an interesting time, and in terms of new operations and new equipment, the start of the summer schedules this year, is one of the best for some time. In amongst the masses of new Brymon and Gill callsigns were a number of notable movements - the beginning of weekend Embraer 145 operations on the Brymon Airways Copenhagen rotation, which now comes from/goes to Bristol, produced the first-visiting G-ERJF during the morning, and back during the early afternoon. The first Sunday Bristol/Aberdeen afternoon/evening planned jet rotation produced sister-ship G-ERJA, an aircraft which had last visited almost exactly a year ago on 24th March 2000, the two aircraft being on the ground at the same time for ten minutes durng the early afternoon.
Brymon's second based Dash Eight began its new flights during the day, the carrier's first Dublin departure being flown by G-NVSA during the early morning as 'BRY5MA' returning as 'BRY5MB', the aircraft subsequently operating the first Cork rotation, as 'BRY5MC/5MD'.
More interest was provided by Lufthansa, and the beginning of the new daily Dusseldorf service, prompting the first visits to Newcastle of Lufthansa Cityline CRJ's since March 1997. Quite appropriately the first aircraft used was one of two that appeared here the most on the Munich schedule during 1996/7, D-ACLU having visited on a total of five occasions back then, making its sixth visit to Newcastle on the first Dusseldorf rotation during the afternoon.
The second first-visitor of the day appeared during the late evening, City-Flyer's new RJ.100 G-CFAF operating the last Gatwick arrival of the day, and subsequently night-stopping, while Airtours' based Airbus A.320 swoppped over again during the morning, G-COEZ 'turning into' G-BYTH in Faro, the newly-based machine being another to wear the 'red stripe', as did G-JOEM last week, although 'TH' has no titles.
BRY2HB/31C G-ERJF BMA7704/3 G-BXWE BRY6HB/6CR G-ERJA BRY32C/3NC G-ERJF DLH5960/1 D-ACLU AIH808/867 G-BYTH BRY7CR/7NC G-ERJA CFE62MF G-CFAF
Saturday 24th March
Less than two weeks ago we'd never had a Japanese-registered aeroplane on the ground at Newcastle - just before lunch-time our second in ten days emerged out of the gloom of a miserable Saturday lunch-time. Another Dash Eight on delivery, -200 JA801B of Nagasaki Airways, but wearing Oriental Air colours, arrived from Reykjavik as 'DHC566' just before mid-day, continuing onwards to Pescara just over an hour later using its registration as a callsign, just as JA801K had done on the 14th March.
The only other visitors of note on the eve of the summer season both appeared during the late evening, Airtours DC-10 G-BYDA operating a substantially delayed return flight from Orlando, and the second 'new' Eurocypria Airbus A.320 in two weeks, the also assumed ex-TransAer machine 5B-DBK departing to Paphos just before midnight.
Aer Lingus ceased to be one of our scheduled service carriers during the evening after un-interrupted service of over ten years, the last flight (EIN30C/W) being flown by Fokker 50 EI-FKF.
MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE AIH052 G-BYDA ECA810/1 5B-DBK LBT848/9 F-GHEC
Friday 23rd March
Nothing again but regulars; Skyservice A.330 C-FBUS again on the Airtours Orlando, Titan BAe146 G-ZAPO on the Brymom afternoon Bristol/Aberdeen's, and Transavia 737-800 PH-HZK on the Sabre Tenerife flight.
AIH051 C-FBUS BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPO SBE4061/0 PH-HZK AEA217/8 EC-HJQ
Thursday 22nd March
Just a couple of substitutions to report, neither being terribly unusual at the moment however, Brymon Airways using Titan Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM again for the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen's, and British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BNWX making its third visit of the month on the afternoon Heathrow schedule.
AEA211/2 EC-HKQ BAW12G/13J G-BNWX BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPM
Wednesday 21st March
Back to next to nothing ! - the newly-based Airtours A.320 G-JOEM arrived back from Tenerife in the early hours, just its third landing here, and then operated the 'day' Furteventura rotation. Brymon Airways used Titan Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM for their afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen rotations, the aircraft actually positioning in from Cardiff to begin the northbound at Newcastle, and Braathens' usual Wednesday morning Boeing 737 visit produced a 'NextGen', -700 LN-TUC making its fifteenth appearance here.
Airlink King Air OE-FME departed to Epinal at dawn after two nights on the south apron, its spot being filled during the afternoon by the now regular N444BK, which arrived from East Midlands for a night-stop.
The most excitement however was provided by an RAF 'E-3', which flew an extended training sortie at dusk, not entirely unusual at Newcastle, but notable in that each of the five approaches made were followed by 'touch-and-go's - not the first time a Sentry has done this here, but still pretty impressive.
AIH810/861 G-JOEM BRA571/2 LN-TUC BRY56P/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPM AIH862 G-JOEM
Tuesday 20th March
A much more interesting day, with Slovak Government Tupolev Tu-154M OM-BYR arriving from Bratislava at dawn as 'SSG005', to depart back to Bratislava mid-morning. The aircraft had visited just once before, on 28th January 1999. Six minutes before its departure, our ninth Learjet 45 ever arrived from Jersey, Stealth Aviation's N4545 as 'LTH451', looking very attractive in a yellow/blue 'demonstrator' colour-scheme (with the '45' on the fin). It spent just thirty-eight minutes on the ground, on a very busy Samson apron alongside another Lear 45 (N66SG) and four 'big' King Air's (OE-FME, N444BK, G-BPPM & G-OMNH), before departing to Leeds as 'LTH452'.
The based Airtours Airbus A.320 swopped over during the day, G-JOEM returning from Alicante during the afternoon to become based, it's first departure being later in the afternoon to Tenerife. Looking immculate in what appeared to be a new paint job, it wore the 'red stripe' version of the Airtours scheme, with red winglets. The aircraft had visited Newcastle just once before, on the 13th October 2000.
AMC5180/1 9H-ABS BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-ZAPN AIH804/809 G-JOEM BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPN
Monday 19th March
Brymon Airways sub-chartered for a number of service again, Titan Airways ATR.42 G-ZAPJ being used for four Bristol/Aberdeen rotations, and British World BAe ATP G-OBWO operating a delayed morning Aberdeen/Southampton and return.
Quite a bit of foreign GA activity, although nothing that hadn't appeared here before; King Air 200 N444BK arrived from East Midlands during the morning for a night-stop, Mooney M.20 D-ERAW day-stopped from/to Kassel, and Airlink King Air 350 OE-FME arrived from Paderborn as 'JAR09' during the evening for a night-stop. Cessna 421 N132CK departed to Leeds mid-morning.
BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-ZAPJ BRY91A/91B/92A/92B G-OBWO RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPJ
Sunday 18th March
One of Eurocypria's 'new' Airbus A.320's operated a delayed overnight Paphos charter, 5B-DBJ arriving and departing between 0215 and 0315. An ex-TransAer machine, it had last visited as EI-TLR in Khalifa Airways colour-scheme on the 26th and 28th May 2000.
Cessna 421 N132CK arrived from Weston at lunch-time for a night-stop.
ECA810/1 5B-DBJ BAL363B G-BYAA BMA7704/3 G-BVJD
Saturday 17th March
Shorts 360 G-BLCP made another 'early hours' visit on the Emerald Airways Bristol mail arrival, the aircraft positioning back out to Liverpool, and another football charter produced Maersk (UK) CRJ G-MSKS during the evening, arriving from Luton and positioning out to Birmingham.
AEA217/8 EC-HJQ JEM3156/7 G-BLCP AIH052 C-FBUS BAL363A G-BYAA MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKA LBT848/9 F-GHEC
Friday 16th March
Still not a great deal; Skyservice Airbus A.330-300 C-FBUS operated the Airtours Orlando departure again as expected, although it is now back in the full Skyservice colour-scheme obviously having had titles and tail markings applied during the last few days, Titan Airways BAe146-200 G-ZAPN was used for a Brymon Airways Belfast City arrival, the Copenhagen rotation, and then positioned out to Stansted, and British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BZHA ('Wings') made its third visit of the month on the afternoon Heathrow rotation.
Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK visited again over lunch-time, frm Farnborough to East Midlands.
AIH051 C-FBUS BRY31N/131C/32C/32P G-ZAPN BAW12G/13J G-BZHA SBE4061/0 PH-HZK
Thursday 15th March
After the excitement of the day before there was just one movement of note, which occurred within the first two hours of the day, the morning Bristol Emerald Airways mail arrival being operated by BAC Express Shorts 360 G-BLCP, which positioned out to Edinburgh. Wearing a basic Muk Air colour-scheme, with Aero Condor (of Peru !) titles, the aircraft had last visited us as EI-BYU of Aer Lingus, the last time in 1990.
JEM3156/7 G-BLCP AEA211/2 EC-HJQ
Wednesday 14th March
More history made at Newcastle Airport, with the first Japanese-registered aircraft to land here arriving just before mid-day - and what a stunning machine too. Air Nippon Dash Eight -300 JA801K arrived from Reykjavik on its delivery flight as 'DHC565', its c/n, departing onwards to Pescara fifty-eight minutes later, wearing what would appear to be a special colour-scheme, with a green rear fuselage and tail, with large pink flowers of some sort, and the inscription 'Tsubaki'.
Another Embraer 145 substitution on the afternoon/evening Brymon Airways Bristol/Aberdeen schedules, produced the first-visiting G-ERJD, coming through a few hours late, during the early and late evening.
Tuesday 13th March
Cessna 182 N307BC departed to Wick during the morning after its night-stop, although reportedly subsequently diverted into Aberdeen. Cessna 425 PH-JOE spent most of the afternoon on the Samson apron from Farnborough to East Midlands, and Irish Air Corps Super King Air 240 passed through during the evening, from Aberdeen to Birmingham as 'IRL240'.
Monday 12th March
Ex-German registered Cessna 182 N307BC arrived from Bonn-Hangelar at lunch-time for a night-stop, at the beginning of a westbound ferry flight. Piper Arrow G-NELI returned back from Millfield during the morning to become based - it had departed to Millfield on the 8th February as OH-PWW. King Air 200 N444BK visited again during the morning from East Midlands to Antwerp.
Sunday 11th March
Just one movement of note, another British Airways Boeing 767-300 substitution, the 'Chelsea Rose'-d G-BNWB operating the afternoon flights.
LBT848/9 F-GHEC BMA7704/3 G-BXWE BAW12G/13J G-BNWB
Saturday 10th March
Another early morning, and another un-expected F-27 arrival, BAC Express' G-JEAF operating the Emerald Airways Bristol mail arrival, the aircraft subsequently positioning out to Birmingham. Skyservice Airbus A.330-300 C-FBUS came back from Orlando during the early morning, departing back to Manchester after 0700, and British Airways Boeing 737-400 G-DOCM made just its second visit to Newcastle in the 'Rendezvous' tail design, on the early evening Heathrow rotation.
JEM3156/7 G-JEAF AIH052 C-FBUS MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKA BAW12N/13K G-DOCM ECA810/1 5B-DBC
Friday 9th March
Channel Express Fokker F-27 G-BNIZ, which had been a surprising first-visitor last month, made its second visit during the early morning, diverting in on one engine at 0430 en-route from Coventry to Edinburgh. The aircraft continued to Edinburgh during the early evening. Airtours began an expected six week stint of using an Airbus A.330-300 on the weekly Orlando rotation, Skyservice's C-FBUS being the aeroplane involved. Wearing a basic Skyservice colour-scheme, with no titles and a faded Garuda tail design, the aircraft is actually just one of two A.330-300's to have visited us before, on another Airtours 'sub', on the 6th and 7th November 1998. British Airways used Boeing 767-300 G-BNWX for the second day running on the afternoon Heathrow rotation.
Tulip Air Navajo PH-ATM arrived from Rotterdam during the early evening as 'TLP09A', departing to Stansted as 'TLP09B' just before midnight, and notable amongst the small number of British GA visitors was Robinson R.44 G-BZTA, the very new registration passing through at lunch-time from Sywell to 'near Aberdeen'.
EXS609/609E G-BNIZ AIH051 C-FBUS BAW12G/13J G-BNWX SBE4061/0 PH-HZK AEA217/8 EC-HJQ
Thursday 8th March
Just a Boeing 767-300 on the afternoon British Airways Heathrow schedule, G-BNWX in 'Union Flag' having now appeared once during each month of 2001.
BRY51CR/51NC G-ZAPJ AEA211/2 EC-HJQ BAW12G/13J G-BNWX
Wednesday 7th March
Not a lot, Euralair Citation 560 F-GKHL day-stopped from/to Le Bourget, and King Air 200 N444BK made a brief visit during the afternoon from East Midlands to Groningen.
Tuesday 6th March
Titan Airways BAe146-200 G-ZAPN operated the same four Brymon Airways Bristol/Aberdeen turnarounds again, the weekly Air Azores Funchal flight operated exactly twenty four hours late at lunch-time, owing to weather at Funchal on Monday, and a British Airways Boeing 737-400 of interest appeared on the late morning Heathrow rotation. Presumably a recent transfer from Gatwick, G-DOCM had last visited Newcastle during 1997, although then it wasn't in the 'Rendezvous' colour-scheme.
Donington Aviation Beechjet 400 N709EL day-stopped from/to Birmingham, and King Air N444BK was in again during the afternoon, from Farnborough to East Midlands.
BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-ZAPN BAW12H/13R G-DOCM RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPN
Monday 5th March
Falcon 50 N840FJ departed back to Luton during the afternoon, via a low flypast of Bamburgh Castle this time !, while Cherokee SE-ILV had departed before dawn, presumably on the final leg of its ferry flight to Skavsta. Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK spent the morning here again, from East Midlands to Groningen.
European Air Charter Boeing 737-200 G-CEAH positioned out to Bournemouth during the morning, and the start of another week saw more Brymon Airways sub-charters, four of the day's six Bristol/Aberdeen turnarounds being operated by Titan Airways BAe146-200 G-ZAPN, the one in the carrier's new (ie. without the 'Planet' on the fin) colour-scheme.
BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-ZAPN GIL738P G-CEAH BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPN
Sunday 4th March
Kerr McGee Corp.'s Falcon 50 N840FJ made a return to Newcastle after a few years away, arriving from Luton during the afternoon for a night-stop, via an orbit of one of the organisations current projects on the River Tyne. The aircraft had last visited during 1998, and also during the previous year as N633L. Arriving later in the afternoon was Cherokee SE-ILV on a ferry flight from Reykjavik, the machine also night-stopping.
City-Flyer RJ.100 G-CFAE made its second appearance at Newcastle on the first Gatwick rotation of the day, and European Air Charter Boeing 737-200 G-CEAH followed up its first two visits for West Ham United last month, positioning in from Stansted to operate the last Gill Airways Paris-CDG rotation of the day, this aircraft also night-stopping.
LBT848/9 F-GHEC BAL363B G-BYAB CFE42WX/589X G-CFAE BMA7704/3 G-BXWE GIL737P/105C/104W G-CEAH
Saturday 3rd March
Nothing worth mentioning ......
AEA217/8 EC-HKQ AIH052 G-MDBD BAL363A G-BYAB MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKC ECA810/1 5B-DBC
Friday 2nd March
Our second first-visiting Citationjet of the week, and the 46th to visit Newcastle, arrived from Zurich during the morning, Avcon AG's VP-BDS day-stopping and departing to Frankfurt at tea-time. Another first-visitor was the only Irish Air Corps CN.235 yet to appear here, 252 spending a couple of hours on the north apron over lunch-time, from/to Dublin as 'IRL252', having operated an inbound ambulance flight.
Brymon Airways used Titan Airways BAe146-200 G-ZAPO for the fifth consecutive day, for the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen rotations again, Sabre Airways used their currently leased Boeing 737-800 PH-HZK for the third week running on the evening Tenerife flight, and there were a couple of 'wide bodies' of note. Another Boeing 767-300 substitution on the afternoon British Airways Heathrow rotation produced just the third visit of G-BNWC ('Rendezvous'), its previous appearances being during last October and during 1996, and the morning Airtours Orlando departure was flown by Airbus A.330 G-MDBD, the aircraft not wearing any titles on the port side.
AIH051 G-MDBD BAW12G/13J G-BNWC BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPO SBE4061/0 PH-HZK
Thursday 1st March
Icaro Metro 23 I-VICY made its second appearance at Newcastle, operating a freight flight from Forli during the morning, departing to Falconara at lunch-time. The aircraft, which wore an all-white colour-scheme with 'UN' markings on the fin, had last visited Newastle on 19th September 1999.
Two Boeing 767-300 substitutions on the day's six British Airways Heathrow rotations, obviously owing to the latest East Coast railway line disruption, produced the second and third visits to Newcastle of the 'Wings'-liveried G-BZHA, the aircraft which had first-visited just before Christmas, operating the afternoon and late evening rotations.
Brymon Airways used Titan Airways' BAe146-200 G-ZAPO for the fourth day running, the all-white machine (with titles) being used for the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen rotation - the full-coloured G-ZAPK operated the morning Bristol/Aberdeen flights.
King Air 200 N444BK departed to Farnborough at tea-time after its night-stop.
BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-ZAPK AEA211/2 EC-HKR BAW12G/13J G-BZHA BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPO BAW12Q/13L G-BZHA
Wednesday 28th February
City-Flyer's new RJ.100 G-CFAE made its first take-off from Newcastle during the early morning, on the first Gatwick departure of the day, and a somewhat older 146 operated four Brymon Airways turnarounds, Titan's 146-200 G-ZAPO again, operating four of our six daily Bristol/Aberdeen rotations.
Highlight of the day was the first-visiting Gold Air Citationjet G-HMMV, which day-stopped from/to Cambridge as 'GDA525'. King Air 200 N444BK arrived from East Midlands during the afternoon to see the month out on the Samson ramp, providing a now all too familiar sight alongside Learjet 45 N66SG !.
CFE63LM G-CFAE BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-ZAPO BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPO
Tuesday 27th February
The appalling weather in Southern Scotland/Northern England, and the subsequent closing of most surface links across the border, produced a few extra movements during the afternoon/early evening. North Flying Metro II OY-NPA, which had last visited in 1999, positioned in from Aalborg as 'NFA152E' at lunch-time to operate a Britannia Airways crew ferry to Edinburgh as 'NFA152', returning later in the afternoon with the same callsign, and then positioning back out to Aalborg, as 'NFA152E' again. An extra mail flight was flown during the early evening, Channel Express Fokker F-27 G-BNIZ positioning in from Edinburgh as 'EXS168P' before sunset, to operate back to Edinburgh as 'EXS168', its departure from Newcastle being delayed owing to the closure at Edinburgh following the tragic crash of the Shorts 360. Even though the aircraft had seen service with Air UK in the past, it was surprisingly a first-visitor !.
Another North Flying-operated aeroplane was present during the afternoon, Citation 500 OY-CEV arriving from Glasgow early afternoon and departing to Bournemouth after two hours, both as 'NFA042'. King Air 200 N444BK departed to East Midlands late afternoon.
Brymon sub-chartered for more Bristol/Aberdeen rotations, using Titan Airways ATR.42 G-BUPS during the morning and BAe146-200 G-ZAPO again for the afternoon/evening flights, its first arrival actually being a positioning flight from Glasgow. City-Flyer's new RJ.100 G-CFAE first-visited during the late evening on the last Gatwick arrival of the day.
BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-BUPS BRY01P/56CR/57CR/57NC G-ZAPO CFE62MF G-CFAE
Monday 26th February
The morning saw a pair of out of the ordinary BAe146's, Aer Lingus' -300 EI-CTN diverting from Edinburgh due weather, the aircraft being able to get into Edinburgh later in the morning, and just the second use through Newcastle by Brymon Airways of the Titan Airways -200 G-ZAPO, the all-white aeroplane with 'Titan' titles operating the morning Bristol/Aberdeen rotations.
Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK arrived from East Midlands during the morning, and Andersson Business Jets' Falcon 100 SE-DYB visited during the afternoon, from East Midlands to Vaxjo.
EIN25D/252 EI-CTN BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-ZAPO RZO9400/1 CS-TGR
Sunday 25th February
The only British Midland Fokker 100 yet to appear at Newcastle G-BXWF, operated the carrier's weekly Turin ski charter during the morning, and the first Nouvelair Douglas MD.83 to visit Newcastle since the 8th December 1999 operated the second of the carrier's short Monastir series during the early hours.
LBT848/9 F-GHEC BMA7704/3 G-BXWF
Saturday 24th February
Brymon Airways used an Embraer 145 on a scheduled service through Newcastle for the first time, G-ERJB substituting for a Dash Eight, operating the morning Bristol-Aberdeen flight, which subsequently diverted to Edinburgh on its way north from Newcastle, the return Aberdeen-Bristol service being consequently delayed until the early afternoon. One of three of the fleet of, soon to become regular machines through Newcastle, to visit us before on line training flights, 'JB' had actually made 4 landings here during last March.
Probably our two most regular exec jets were the subject of movements during the late afternoon/early evening, Learjet 45 N66SG being on the ground for just thirteen minutes from Farnborough to Luton, and Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT, which departed to Luton after a short period of 'Snowclo', after just a single night on the south apron.
AIH052 G-MDBD BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-ERJB MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE ECA810/1 5B-DBC
Friday 23rd February
Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT came visiting again, arriving direct from Gander during the early hours, for a one-night stay. Night-stoppers departing during the day included Taxi Air Fret Beech 99 F-BTME, to Toussus-le-Noble during the morning, and Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK to East Midlands at lunch-time.
The leased-from-Transavia Boeing 737-800 PH-HZK made its second visit on the Sabre Airways Tenerife flight during the early evening.
AIH051 G-MLJL SBE4061/0 PH-HZK AEA217/8 EC-HJQ
Thursday 22nd February
Still very quiet; Taxi Air Fret Beech 99 F-BTME operated a freight flight from Metz during the evening, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping on the Samson apron, while the evening also saw just the second visit of British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPV, on the last Heathrow rotation of the day.
AEA211/2 EC-HJQ BAW12Q/13L G-EUPV
Wednesday 21st February
Intermediacion Learjet 35 EC-HLB made its second visit to Newcastle as such, its first being in the early hours of 21st June last year, operating a freight flight from Oporto during the late afternoon as 'IEA902', departing to Barcelona within an hour as 'IEA903'. The aircraft is of course the one-time G-ZOOM. Not too much more, but there were two more foreign King Air 200 movements, a mirror-image of yesterday, D-IHUT returning to Marl during the afternoon, and you guessed it, N444BK arriving from Blackbushe at tea-time for another night-stop.
Kuwait Airways Airbus A.300-600 9K-AMC was finally able to get away before dawn, surface winds allowing for a runway 07 departure direct to Kuwait City just before 0630L.
Tuesday 20th February
A pretty dismal day after our recent excitement, the only relevant visitors being a pair of King Air 200's, D-IHUT which arrived from Marl during the morning for a night-stop, and N444BK which departed to Blackbushe during the afternoon after its night-stop.
Kuwait Airways Airbus A.300-600 9K-AMC failed to get away as planned during the morning, due to performance reasons, the crew subsequently going 'out of hours, to try again on Wednesday.
Monday 19th February
Three 'wide-bodies', all parked close to one another on the north apron during the afternoon, produced the most impressive sight of the day; all however had appeared here before more than once. Airtours International Douglas DC-10-10 G-DPSP followed up its two line training visits made on the 9th/10th December 2000, diverting from Manchester during the early hours on a flight from Malaga, and was joined during the afternoon by consecutive 'wide-body' arrivals, British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BNWX, in 'Union Flag' and having visited before last month and last November, providing extra capacity following the cancellation of the late morning Heathrow rotation, and the second Kuwait Airways visit of the year, this time involving Airbus A.300-600 9K-AMC, which arrived from Kuwait City for a night-stop. The machine had visited before during 2000 and 1994. The Airtours 'ten' positioned back to Manchester during the late afternoon.
Titan Airways Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM operated all of the day's Gill Airways Paris schedules, the positioning sectors at the beginning and end of the day being from/to Stansted, and one of yesterday's diversions, BAC Express Shorts 360 G-BKMX finally departed at tea-time, to Edinburgh as 'RPX363P'.
King Air 200 N444BK arrived from East Midlands at lunch-time for a night-stop.
AIH122/122P G-DPSP GIL5101/101L G-ZAPM GIL100G/103S G-ZAPM RZO9400/1 CS-TGR BAW12G/13J G-BNWX KAC5103 9K-AMC GIL102G/105C G-ZAPM RPX363P G-BKMX GIL104W/5104 G-ZAPM
Sunday 18th February
Slightly less of note; Aer Lingus BAe146-300 EI-CTO, the one-time G-BUHC of Dan Air, was a sole diversion from Manchester during the late morning, returning to Dublin just after mid-day, while the evening East Midlands mail flight, normally flown by Gill Airways, was operated by BAC Express with Shorts 360 G-BKMX which positioned in from Edinburgh as 'RPX181P'. An aircraft which last visited in 1994 while being operated by Loganair, it subsequently diverted back to Newcastle later in the evening, having not been able to get into East Midlands, and night-stopping.
BAL363B G-BNYS BMA7704/3 G-BXWE EIN20C/2307 EI-CTO RPX181P/182 G-BKMX RPX182 G-BKMX
Saturday 17th February
Major excitement, bordering on hysteria it seems for the local spotting fraternity, with the much anticipated (... discussed and indeed squabbled over on local mailing lists) pair of Aero Lloyd visitors appearing during the morning. In reality, and taking a more rational and objective view, while the German charter carrier have not been entirely unknown at Newcastle over the years, the movements did however produce the first of the airline's 'single-aisle' Airbus' at Newcastle; Airbus A.320 D-ALAA came first, with supporters for the FA Cup tie at the Stadium of Light, from Stansted as 'AEF9960', followed nine minutes later by Airbus A.321 D-ALAP, also from Stansted as 'AEF9950'. The pair day-stopped on stands 11 and 12, and departed back to Stansted just one minute apart just after 4pm. Yesterday's first-visiting European Air Charter Boeing 737-200 G-CEAH returned from CDG just minutes later as 'AFR398V' subsequently returning the West Ham team to Stansted as 'EAF2227'. Another football charter saw the evening arrival from Murcia of Maersk (UK) CRJ G-MSKO, which positioned out to Birmingham just half an hour later.
Eurocypria's Paphos charter resumed during the late evening, operated by Airbus A.320 5B-DBC, and Nouvelair's Monastir series also began in the final few hours of the day, flown not by an MD.83 after all, but by Airbus A.320 TS-INA.
AEA217/8 EC-HJQ AIH052 G-MDBD AEF9960/1 D-ALAA AEF9950/1 D-ALAP BAL363A G-BNYS MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE AFR398V/EAF2227 G-CEAH MSK087/087P G-MSKO ECA810/1 5B-DBC LBT848/9 TS-INA
Friday 16th February
The end of what felt like an extremely busy week saw no less than four first-visiting airliners !. British Airways' latest Airbus A.319 G-EUPV, the tenth of the fleet to visit Newcastle, first-visited on the first morning Heathrow rotation, while another BA aeroplane first-visited on the last Heathrow rotation of the day, Boeing 767-300 G-BNWZ wearing the 'Union Flag' tail scheme. West Ham United arrived for their cup tie against Sunderland on Saturday, during the afternoon on the first-visiting European Air Charter Boeing 737-200 G-CEAH, the ex-SABENA machine arriving from Stansted, and then positioning out to Paris-CDG under an Air France callsign in order to operate flights for the French 'flag' carrier, rather than night-stop as originally planned. The re-commencement of the Sabre Airways Tenerife series produced the first-visit of the leased-from-Transavia Boeing 737-800 PH-HZK, the delayed flight not operating until the last two hours of the day. The last Monarch Airlines Grenoble flight of the short series, produced just the second visit of Airbus A.321 G-MARA at lunch-time.
One of the previous day's star visitors finally got away during the early evening, Pskovavia Antonov An-26 RA-26120 day-stopping on stand 13, and departing to Ostend as 'PSW924F'. Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK appeared again at lunch-time from Bremen to East Midlands, Bin Air Metro D-ICRK departed to Valencia also just after mid-day, and Piper Navajo N500UD spent the afternoon here from/to Sleap.
BAW12J/13E G-EUPV AIH051 G-MDBD MON6143 G-MARA EAF2226/AFR397V G-CEAH BAW12Q/13L G-BNWZ SBE4061/0 PH-HZK
Thursday 15th February
One of those days that will go down in local spotting folklore; what will probably transpire to be the most exotic visitor of the year arrived from Amsterdam mid afternoon, Nepalese-registered Beech 1900D 9N-AFW stopping off on a delivery flight to the USA, continuing onwards to Reykjavik after just under an hour. The aircraft wore the full colour-scheme, minus titles, of Indian operator Gujarat Airways. If that wasn't enough the late evening saw another exotic arrival from Amsterdam, Antonov An-26 RA-26120 arriving under a Pskovavia callsign 'PSW9923', with spare parts for an 'AOG' aircraft at Newcastle, and although originally being flight-planned to depart immediately to Ostend, the aircraft subsequently night-stopped.
Grenzland Air Services Citation 560 D-CFLY had visited earlier in the day, arriving also from Amsterdam as 'GZA2341' and departing to Cologne as 'GZA2342' just after 9am. Bin Air Metro II D-ICRK operated a freight flight from Cologne during the evening, the aircraft night-stopping on the Samson apron.
Wednesday 14th February
Aurigny Saab 340 G-GNTB operated the Bristol mail run during the early hours again, as 'AUR695' this time, and departing within the hour this time as 'AUR696' to Manchester. The morning Braathens rotation was operated by Boeing 737-700 LN-TUG, presumably a required substitution due to the usual Wednesday morning school parties during the first few months of the year, only its sixth visit to Newcastle, the previous five all being during 1999. Another Boeing 767-300 on the first afternoon British Airways Heathrow rotation, produced just the third visit to Newcastle of G-BNWD, the previous two being during December 2000 and 1992 !.
It was another very busy day on the south apron for military aircraft, with six examples of three Belgian military-operated types visiting it during the day; also over there for parts of the day were Piper Saratoga N620PL during the late morning, from/to Booker, and King Air 200 N444BK yet again, mid afternoon from East Midlands to Augsburg.
AUR695/6 G-GNTB BRA571/2 LN-TUG BAW12G/13J G-BNWD
Tuesday 13th February
The Aurigny Saab 340 G-GNTB appeared again on the early morning Bristol 'extra' mail flight, as 'AUR681', the aircraft day-stopping and departing to Bristol during the late evening as 'AUR694'. On one of the most important days in the history of based carrier Gill Airways, the first Paris rotation of the day was flown by City Jet BAe146-200 EI-CSK, an apparent co-incidental substitution only, following the non-return of the Fokker 100 from Paris the previous evening. Wearing full Air France colours, and using Air France callsigns, the 146 had last visited as EI-CSK of Aer Lingus last April; the Gill Airways Fokker 100 returned during the afternoon to operate the remainder of the day's rotations.
Last month's first-visiting British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BNWY made its second visit of this month during the early afternoon, and the first (reported) visit of the new SABENA colour-scheme to Newcastle, appeared on RJ.85 OO-DJQ during the afternoon, the only slightly modified scheme including a new blue underside and 'The Qualiflyer Group' titles.
King Air 200 N444BK spent much of the afternoon on the Samson apron again, from Farnborough to East Midlands, while a slightly less common American-registered machine, Partenavia P.68 N997JB passed through during the afternoon, spending an hour and a half here from Kemble to Wick, on a ferry flight presumably to the USA. Skydrift Bandeirante G-TABS visited at tea-time from Manston to Southend as 'DFT496'.
On another busy military day, one significant visit worthy of mention here was the first landing at Newcastle of a C-130J, Hercules C.4 ZH869 spending just seventeen minutes on the ground during the last hour of the day, from Hannover to Lyneham as 'RRR5050'.
AUR681/694 G-GNTB AFR5100/3 EI-CSK BAW12G/13J G-BNWY SAB60J/P OO-DJQ
Monday 12th February
Still very little, just King Air 200 N444BK which made a quick visit from Groningen to East Midlands at dawn.
Sunday 11th February
Again just the one visitor of note, Danish Air Transport Beech 1900C OY-JRI brining a celebrity in from Chambery for the Newastle Falcons rugby match as 'DTR330' just after mid-day, the aircraft departing shortly after to Aberdeen as 'DTR330T'. It had visited on three occasions during 2000.
Saturday 10th February
Next to nothing, just London Executive Aviation's Citation 550 G-FJET on a hospital flight from Stansted as 'LNX226' before dawn, returning to Stansted after just sixteen minutes.
AEA218 EC-HKR AIH052 G-MLJL MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKB
Friday 9th February
CL.604 Challenger G-DAAC was a breakfast-time first-visitor, arriving from Manchester as 'NEX06A' and departing to Edinburgh at lunch-time as 'NEX06B'. Beech Baron N28TE visited during the morning from Blackbushe, returning mid-afternoon, and Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK appeared again at lunch-time, from Groningen, departing within the hour to East Midlands, parking on the Samson ramp in between two Sea Harrier's and a Royal Navy Jetstream !. Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT departed mid-afternoon after spending another three nights here, for Goose Bay although it appeared to divert en-route to Luton.
After three weeks of G-OJEG it was time for another first-visiting Airbus A.321 on Monarch Airlines' Grenoble ski charter, G-MARA leaving just G-OZBD now to first-visit, with just one week of the short series remaining. The now usual Boeing 767-300 on the Friday evening British Airways 'last' Heathrow rotation produced another visit from the 'Chelsea Rose'-ed G-BNWB, and a new Air Europa Tenerife series began overnight, the first flight of a rotation which is due to operate within the first hour of Saturday, actually arriving within the last hour of Friday, operated by Boeing 737-800 EC-HKR.
AIH051 G-MLJL MON6143 G-MARA BAW12Q/13L G-BNWB AEA217 EC-HKR
Thursday 8th February
A big day military-wise, with three Sea Harriers being present at one time during the early afternoon, two of which had made emergency landings, amongst others. Certainly the best of these was the Swedish Air Force Gulfstream IVSP 102004/024 which spent just forty minutes on the north apron mid-afternoon, departing to Stockholm-Bromma.
Grsovenor Estates' Citation 650 VP-CGE spent much of the day on the Samson apron from/to Northolt, and Cherokee Arrow OH-PWW flew for the first time since its arrival on 13th January, departing to Millfield during the early afternoon - for good ?.
Wednesday 7th February
A different N-registered King Air 200 appeared mid-morning, N4300X arriving from Dijon and continuing onwards to Reykjavik after just under an hour here, the aircraft wearing the standard Raytheon colour-scheme, but N444BK still appeared during the afternoon, arriving from East Midlands and departing to Amsterdam. Air Alsie Citation 525 OY-JMC departed to Northolt mid-afternoon as 'MMD7009' after its night-stop.
The early afternoon British Airways Heathrow rotation produced another Boeing 767-300, an aircraft that had first-visited just last month, G-BNWY wearing the 'Union Flag' tail.
Tuesday 6th February
King Air 200 N444BK departed to Farnborough during the morning, only to return from East Midlands at lunch-time, and then depart back to East Midlands late afternoon. Mid afternoon saw a rare TBM700 delivery flight through Newcastle, N705AV actually diverting in en-route from Tarbes to Wick, the aircraft continuing to Reykjavik after an hour and a half on the ground. Mid American Energy Falcon 50 N96UT appeared again during the early evening, arriving from Northolt for another extended stay, but much more interest was provided during the late afternoon by CitationJet OY-JMC, which arrived from Sonderborg as 'MMD7008' for a night-stop on the Samson ramp.
Airtours International flew a crew training sortie during the morning with Boeing 757 G-LCRC, the aircraft making a number of visual circuits and touch-and-go's, while the British Airways Heathrow arrival during the early afternoon produced Boeing 767-300 G-BNWB, wearing the 'Chelsea Rose' tail design, an aircraft that has figured in similar substitutions to Newcastle during recent months.
AIH008T G-LCRC BAW12G/13J G-BNWB
Monday 5th February
Koop Holdings' King Air 200 N444BK returned again, arriving from East Midlands during the morning for another night-stop. Following it was Piper Seneca N35AL which stayed for a few hours either side of mid-day, from/to Jersey.
BRY32P G-BUPS RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-BUPS
Sunday 4th February
City-Flyer RJ.100 G-CFAD made just its second visit to Newcastle on the early morning, first Gatwick rotation of the day, and the British Midland Turin ski charter was again operated by the becoming very regular Fokker 100 G-BXWE.
Air Alsie Falcon 2000 OY-CKN made another visit, arriving from Larnaca at dusk as 'MMD6948' departing very shortly back home to Sonderborg as 'MMD9490'.
CFE42WX/589X G-CFAD BAL363B G-BOPB BRY31N/131C G-BUPS BMA7704/3 G-BXWE BRY32C G-BUPS
Saturday 3rd February
On a day dominated by the well publicised 'without-nose-wheel' landing of the Newcastle Aero Club's Piper Seneca G-BMUT at lunch-time, there was only one visitor of note, a delivery flight involving Cessna 208 Caravan N208LW, which made it in just twenty minutes before the temporary runway closure from Reykavik, departing to Cranfield during the mid-afternoon.
AIH052 G-MLJL BAL363A G-BOPB MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKB
Friday 2nd February
Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK departed to East Midlands at lunch-time after spending two nights here, and Metro II PH-RAZ operated by Bin Air spent just twenty-six minutes on the ground during the later afternoon, from/to Cologne.
The Monarch Airlines Grenoble ski charter was again operated by Airbus A.321 G-OJEG.
AIH051 G-MLJL MON6143/2 G-OJEG BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-BUPS
Thursday 1st February
Eastern Airways operated their first Aberdeen-Teesside rotation through Newcastle presumably due to weather at Teesside, Jetstream 31 G-EEST arriving from Aberdeen as 'EZE581' after breakfast, and returning as 'EZE582'. The weekly Air Europa Arrecife rotation produced two Boeing 737-800's for a change, EC-HJQ arriving from Stansted just before mid-day, presumably after maintenance with FLS, to operate the mid-afternoon departure, while EC-HKQ operated the inbound from Arrecife, and then departed thirty minutes before 'JQ', also to Stansted presumably to begin its spell of maintenance.
Another freight flight produced Atlantic Airways' Douglas DC-6 G-APSA, which positioned in from Coventry as 'AAG624' mid-morning, to operate out to Barcelona just before mid-day as 'AAG625'.
EZE581A/582 G-EEST AEA007/212 EC-HJQ AEA211/006 EC-HKQ BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57NC G-BUPS
Wednesday 31st January
Eurojet Citation Bravo EI-PAL made its third visit, and its second this month, to Newcastle, spending the afternoon here from/to Prestwick as 'GOJ315A/B'. The becoming quite tedious Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK returned back from East Midlands during the afternoon to see the month out on the Samson ramp.
British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BNWA first-visited on the lunch-time Heathrow rotation, the aircraft wearing the 'Delftblue Daybreak' tail design, and Airtours International's Airbus A.320 G-BYTH positioned out to Munich before dawn using a Fly FTI call-sign, after having operated the previous day's MoD charter.
FTI131P G-BYTH BRY51P/51NC G-BUPS BAW12H/13R G-BNWA
Tuesday 30th January
Much more exciting, although only for those insomniacs, an extra Emerald Airways mail flight from Bristol during the early hours being operated by RAF-Avia Antonov An-26 YL-RAA, arriving as 'JEM3156', and departing a minute prior to 2am to Liverpool as 'JEM3157'.
Piper Seneca N33PV day-stopped from/to Henstridge, and the two night-stopping King Airs departed within six minutes of each other during the late afternoon, N444BK back to East Midlands, and Airlink's OE-FME back to Salzburg as 'JAR09'.
Monday 29th January
City-Flyer RJ.100 G-CFAD made its first departure from Newcastle before dawn, on the first Gatwick flight of the day, and apart from that there was little else, just the regular Airlink King Air OE-FME, which arrived from Salzburg at tea-time as 'JAR09', and the becoming very regular Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK, which arrived from East Midlands during the morning for another night-stop.
CFE63LM G-CFAD RZO9400/1 CS-TGR AIH002P G-BYTH
Sunday 28th January
British Midland Airways' Fokker 100, which had first-visited on diversion from Teesside on the 5th January, made its fourth visit of the month on the lunch-time Turin ski charter, the machine having operated three of four flights in the series during January. Much more interesting was the first-visit of City-Flyer's new RJ.100, G-CFAD arriving on the last Gatwick inbound of the day, and night-stopping.
BMA7704/3 G-BXWE CFE62MF G-CFAD
Saturday 27th January
Another early morning 'extra' mail flight from Bristol produced BAC Express Fokker F-27 G-BVOB as 'RPX694', the aircraft departing shortly after to Edinburgh as 'RPX695P'. Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYMK departed back to Cambridge during the early evening as 'SAY501'.
AIH052 G-MLJL MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKC
Friday 26th January
A much more varied and interesting day, beginning with another freight flight operated by Intermediacion Metro EC-GMG from Madrid, the aircraft actually arriving from Brize Norton during the early hours as 'IEA502' after having diverted into there en-route. It departed Newcastle an hour and a half after arrival as 'IEA503' to Barcelona. Another cargo flight during the early evening produced the first-timing Ibertrans Merlin IV EC-GDV from Torrejon as 'IBT702', the aircraft also departing back to Barcelona, as 'IBT703'. An interesting exec jet visitor was Citation 525 VP-CIS which spent a couple of hours on the south apron during the early afternoon from/to Elstree as 'FLT01' - the aircraft had visited Newcastle only once before, on its delivery flight to Southend on the late evening of 31st May 1998. Koop Holdings King Air 200 N444BK departed to East Midlands at lunch-time.
Monarch Airlines' second week of the Grenoble ski charter produced the same Airbus A.321, G-OJEG making just its second visit to Newcastle, and Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYMK arrived from Cambridge as 'SAY500' during the late evening for a night-stop, presumably with an East Anglian football team. The last British Airways Heathrow rotation of the day produced just the second visit to Newcastle of Boeing 767-300 G-BZHC, the aeroplane still wearing the 'Waves and Cranes' tail design.
AIH051 G-MLJL BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-BUPS MON6143/2 G-OJEG BAW12Q/13L G-BZHC
Thursday 25th January
Atlantic Airways Douglas DC-3 G-AMPZ operated an extra mail flight inbound from Bristol during the early hours as 'AAG372', our first 'Dak' for over a year departing after thirty minutes on the ground to Coventry as 'AAG373'. Airlec Merlin F-GGVG departed to Bordeaux at tea-time as 'ARL226' after spending almost a full two days here.
The continuing use of Titan Airways aeroplanes by Brymon Airways for some of their daily turnarounds at Newcastle produced Boeing 737-300 G-ZAPM on the afternoon/evening Bristol/Aberdeen rotations, quite possibly the largest aircraft ever used by the carrier on these services through Newcastle.
BRY52HB/52CR/53CR/53NC G-BUPS AEA211/2 EC-HKQ BRY56HB/56CR/57CR/57DR G-ZAPM
Wednesday 24th January
The only visitor of interest was the returning King Air 200 N444BK which arrived back from East Midlands during the evening for a night-stop.
Tuesday 23rd January
The Kuwait Airways Boeing 747 9K-ADB departed to Kuwait City mid morning as 'KAC5104' with its load of cargo, and there wasn't much else, just the departure of Koop Holdings' King Air 200 N444BK to East Midlands during the late afternoon, and the arrival of Airlec Merlin F-GGVG from Zurich as 'ARL226' during the evening for a night-stop.
Monday 22nd January
The first 'Jumbo' of the year appeared on a grotty afternoon in the shape of the much anticipated 9K-ADB of Kuwait Airways, arriving from Kuwait City to be in position for a freight flight the following morning.
Eurojet Citation Bravo EI-PAL paid its second visit to us during the afternoon, as 'JTR2B/C' from Guernsey to Jersey, and Koop Holdings' King Air 200 N444BK arrived later in the afternoon from Farnborough, for a night-stop on the Samson apron.
Both of Sunday evening's extra mail aircraft departed within the first hour of the day, Channel Express F-27 G-CEXG to Gatwick as 'EXS464P' followed by BAC Express Shorts 360 G-CEAL to Exeter as 'RPX807P'.
EXS464P G-CEXG RPX807P G-CEAL RZO9400/1 CS-TGP KAC5103 9K-ADB
Sunday 21st January
Three visiting British turboprops provided the only movements of note, beginning with the first-visit of Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-BYMA from Luton at lunch-time as 'EZE103', with Sky TV for the Sunderland game, the aircraft departing to Norwich during the evening as 'EZE104B', owing to Luton's weather closure.
Weather at East Midlands produced the other two during the late evening, BAC Express Shorts 360 G-CEAL diverting in as 'RPX804' on a flight from Exeter, while Channel Express F-27 G-CEXG arrived just before midnight, presumably with the return Gill Airways load, their ATR.72 having failed to get into EMA from Newcastle earlier in the evening, both aircraft departing just after midnight. This was the first-visit to Newcastle of G-CEXG as such - it had however visited last as OY-APF way back in 1991.
BAL363B G-BOPB DTR2292/229T OY-JRV BMA7704/3 G-BXWE EZE103/104B G-BYMA RPX804 G-CEAL EXS464 G-CEXG
Saturday 20th January
Very quiet again, just the almost ever-present Danish Air Transport Beech 1900D OY-JRV which departed to Den Helder on the twice-weekly charter a day late.
DTR2291 OY-JRV BAL363A G-BOPB AIH052 G-MLJL MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKD
Friday 19th January
There had only been three previous visits to Newcastle Airport by a Monarch Airlines Airbus A.321, G-OZBC actually visiting three times in the space of a week at the end of November/beginning of December 1997, so the beginning of the carrier's short Grenoble ski series during the afternoon, was always likely to produce an interesting visitor. The first-visiting G-OJEG operated the first flight, arriving from Grenoble at lunch-time to operate out to Grenoble an hour later. British Airways produced three aircraft of note on the carrier's three Heathrow rotations, Airbus A.319 G-EUPU making just its third visit to Newcastle on the first arrival of the day, both of its previous visits having occurred on the same day at the beginning of the month, and two Boeing 767-300's, the first-visiting G-BNWY on the tea-time rotation wearing the 'Union Flag' tail design, followed on the next rotation, during the mid-evening, by the 'Benyhone Tartan'-adorned G-BNWT, which has now visited during three consecutive months.
Another first-visitor appeared in the shape of yet another 'Fokker', Sky Team's F-27 D-ACCT arriving from Baden-Baden at lunch-time as 'XST751' to operate out with freight to Dusseldorf as 'XST452'. Senator Aviation Learjet 35 D-CITY followed shortly after, operating a hospital flight from Maastricht as 'SNA018', the aircraft departing to Cologne, again just after the F-27. Soloflight Cessna 421 N421N appeared again, from/to Humberside during the early afternoon.
BAW12J/13E G-EUPU AIH051 G-MDBD MON6142 G-OJEG XST751/452 D-ACCT BAW12N/13K G-BNWY BAW12Q/13L G-BNWT
Thursday 18th January
The return of another triumphant Sunderland Football team during the early hours produced yet another first-visiting Fokker 50, VLM's OO-VLJ arriving from Gatwick, and positioning out to Rotterdam after just nineteen minutes. British Airways Boeing 767-300 G-BNWB ('Chelsea Rose') operated the afternoon Heathrow rotation, its last visit to Newcastle being just last month.
Soloflight Cessna 421 N421N visited during the early afternoon, from Bournemouth to Humberside as 'Solo1'.
AUR695/6 G-GNTB VLM622/622F OO-VLJ AEA211/2 EC-HKR BAW12G/13J G-BNWB
Wednesday 17th January
Very little of note, just the departure of R.44 G-URUH to Denham during the afternoon.
AUR695/6 G-GNTB DTR228P/2281 OY-JRV DTR2282 OY-JRV
Tuesday 16th January
Aurigny Air Services Saab 340 G-GNTB operated an extra mail flight from Bristol during the early hours again, as it is expected to do for the rest of the week, the aircraft departing back out to Bristol this time. Brymon Airways used two Titan Airways aircraft for four of the day's six Bristol/Aberdeen turnarounds, the usual ATR.42 G-ZAPJ operating the afternoon sectors, with the much more interesting BAe146-200 G-ZAPO appearing at Newcastle for the first time as such, on the morning flights. A relatively new addition to the fleet, the aircraft had last visited as F-GMMP of Air Jet way back in 1997.
Lauda Air Challenger OE-HLE departed to Le Bourget late afternoon as 'LDA601', and arriving from Le Bourget on a ferry flight during the early evening was Falcon 20 N264TN, the assumed ex-Portuguese machine departing onwards to Reykjavik after just under an hour on the ground.
A new helicopter visitor was Robinson R.44 G-URUH which arrived from Dishforth during the early afternoon for a night-stop.
AUR695/6 G-GNTB BRY52HB/52CR G-ZAPO BRY53CR/53NC G-ZAPO BRY56HB/56CR G-ZAPJ BRY57CR/57NC G-ZAPJ
Monday 15th January
The last of the current fleet of Norwegian Air Shuttle Fokker 50's to appear on the new Braathens Stavanger schedule operated both of the day's flights, LN-KKA having first-visited on a substitution for a Boeing 737 on April 30th last.
Lauda Air Challenger OE-HLE followed up its most recent visit during last September, with an arrival from Frankfurt during the early evening as 'LDA601', for a night-stop.
BRA571/2 LN-KKA RZO9400/1 CS-TGR BRA573/4 LN-KKA
Sunday 14th January
Freezing fog at Teesside produced yet more diversions during the morning, a similar selection to what we received from them on the 5th January, beginning with British Midland Fokker 100 G-BVJD from Heathrow, followed by KLMuk Fokker 50 G-UKTG from Amsterdam, and Air Europa Boeing 737-800 EC-HKR from Tenerife. This was G-BVJD's first-visit to Newcastle since 1998, and an even rarer machine operated British Midland's Turin ski charter at lunch-time, G-BVJB having last visited during 1996.
More 'Fokker' excitement (!), with the morning Braathens Stavanger service being operated by 'the one we were still looking for', Norwegian Air Shuttle Fokker 50 LN-KKE first-visiting, and effectively ending our interest in the new equipment after just two weeks. Fokker 50 LN-KKA has yet to appear this year however.
BMA5WT/2TW G-BVJD UKA88Q/750 G-UKTG BRA571/2 LN-KKE AEA277/8 EC-HKR BMA7704/3 G-BVJB BRA575/8 LN-BRK
Saturday 13th January
The Aurigny Saab 340 G-GNTB operated an early morning mail arrival from Bristol for the third day running, as 'AUR695' again, the aircraft positioning out to Manchester in the early hours as 'AUR696', and Maersk (UK) CRJ G-MSKS brought Sunderland FC back from Luton during the evening as 'MSK075', positioning out to Birmingham as 'MSK076P'.
Cherokee N8471Y departed back to Panshanger at lunch-time after its night-stop, and a new resident appeared during the evening, Cherokee Arrow OH-PWW arriving from Ostend. The aircraft is expected to take up a G-reg in due course.
AUR695/6 G-GNTB AIH052 G-MLJL DTR229T OY-JRV MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE MSK075/076P G-MSKS
Friday 12th January
Our seventh first-visiting KLM City-Hopper Fokker 50 of recent months (and our fourth first-visiting Fokker 50 of the week !) positioned in from Amsterdam at lunch-time as 'KLM7141', PH-KVK departing to Stansted with Sunderland Football Club during the early afternoon as 'KLM7871'. Another KLM-liveried Fokker 50 PH-KXM operated the day's two Braathens Stavanger rotations.
The Aurigny Air Services' Saab 340 G-GNTB operated another mail flight from Bristol during the early hours, the aircraft departing to Liverpool within an hour this time, and British Airways used a Boeing 767-300 on the Heathrow route for the first time this year, last November's first-visiting G-BNWX ('Union Flag') operating the mid-evening rotation. The lunch-time British Regional Cardiff rotation was operated by the Manx Airlines-liveried Jetstream 41 G-MAJA, an aircraft that also last visited, last November.
Piper Cherokee N8471Y arrived from Panshanger during the afternoon for a night-stop.
AUR695/6 G-GNTB AIH051 G-MLJL BRY52HB/52CR G-ZAPJ BRA571/2 PH-KXM DTR2281 OY-JRV BRY53CR/53NC G-ZAPJ BRT653/2 G-MAJA KLM7141/7871 PH-KVK DTR2282 OY-JRV BRA573/4 PH-KXM BAW12Q/13L G-BNWX
Thursday 11th January
Eventually something other than Norwegian Air Shuttle Fokker 50's to talk about, which is fortunate as the day's two flights saw the return of the previous day's first-visiting LN-BBB. Much more interesting was our first Saab 340 movement since the 24th July 1999, Aurigny Air Services' G-GNTB operating an extra mail flight from Bristol during the first hour of the day as 'AUR695'. The aircraft, wearing an all-white colour-scheme with Aurigny titles and tail logo, and which had last visited Newcastle during June 1998, day-stopped, and departed back to Bristol late in the evening as 'AUR694'.
There still wasn't much else of note however, just Citation 500 OY-CEV which day-stopped from/to Copenhagen as 'NFA044'.
AUR695/4 G-GNTB DTR2282/328P OY-JRV BRA571/2 LN-BBB AEA211/2 EC-HKR BRA573/4 LN-BBB DTR328T OY-JRV
Wednesday 10th January
Another day, another first-visiting Norwegian Air Shuttle Fokker 50, LN-BBB operating both of the day's flights - only a week and a half into the new operation and we're already looking for just the one aircraft, LN-KKD !. Still nothing else .... !
DTR2281 OY-JRV BRA571/2 LN-BBB BRA573/4 LN-BBB
Tuesday 9th January
More variety on the Braathens Stavanger services, with Fokker 50 LN-BBA first-visiting during the morning, and again, also operating the evening flight. Nothing else ..... !
AMC5180/1 9H-ADM BRA571/2 LN-BBA BRA573/4 LN-BBA
Monday 8th January
The second week of Braathens Fokker 50's, and fears that may have arisen following the first week's virtual dominance by the leased-from KLM City Hopper machine PH-KXM, were fortunately dispelled with the first-visit during the morning of LN-BBC, the aircraft also operating the evening rotation. Nothing else .....
BRA571/2 LN-BBC RZO9400/1 CS-TGP BRA573/4 LN-BBC DTR328T OY-JRV
Sunday 7th January
British Midland's Turin ski charter series began during the late morning, the first flight being operated, ironically by the Fokker 100 that had first-visited just two days prior, on diversion from Teesside, G-BXWE.
BRY413P/A G-BUPS BAL363B G-BYAB BRA571/2 PH-KXM BRY31N/411P G-BUPS BMA7704/3 G-BXWE
Saturday 6th January
Cessna 206 D-EJWH departed onwards to Wick just before mid-day, and Beech Bonanza N67501 arrived from Elstree at around the same time, the aircraft returning to Elstree during the early afternoon. Maersk CRJ G-MSKP departed back to Luton during the early evening as 'MSK080' after the game.
AIH052 G-MDBD BAL363A G-BYAB MSK53VA/52GG G-MSKE MSK080 G-MSKP
Friday 5th January
After a superb end of 2000 for diversions, the first of the New Year came in similar numbers, but not quite matching the quality of the 30th October or the 28th December, all four to appear diverting from Teesside. Eastern Airways Jetstream 31 G-EEST arrived first after sunrise, followed by the best of the quartet, the first-visiting British Midland Airways Fokker 100 G-BXWE arriving from Heathrow, and two arrivals from Tenerife, Spanair MD.83 EC-GHE, and Futura Boeing 737-800 EC-HMJ, which diverted just before mid-day. The two British airliners departed back to Aberdeen and Heathrow respectively during the morning, while the two Tenerife departures both got away during the afternoon, both routing to Seville for fuel-stops.
Shorts 360 G-EXPS operated an extra BAC Express mail flight from Stansted during the early hours, subsequently positioning out to Bristol, the aircraft having last visited Newcastle as long ago as 1986, and the latest British Airways Airbus A.319 G-EUPU first-visited, operating the first rotation of the day, and then visiting a second time on the early afternoon arrival.
Maersk(UK) CRJ G-MSKP operated another sporting charter, arriving from Luton during the afternoon as 'MSK079' (Crystal Palace FC ?), and Cessna 206 D-EJWH diverted in during the evening whilst en-route from Hamburg to Wick on a westbound ferry flight, the aircraft subsequently night-stopping at Newcastle.
RPX416/416P G-EXPS EZE581/2 G-EEST BAW12J/13E G-EUPU BMA5WT/2TW G-BXWE JKK3141/2 EC-GHE DTR2281 OY-JRV BRA571/2 PH-KXM FUA1515/6 EC-HMJ BAW12G/13J G-EUPU MSK079 G-MSKP DTR2282/1 OY-JRV BRA573/4 PH-KXM
Thursday 4th January
The first freight charter of the year produced Atlantic Cargo DC-6 G-APSA during the evening, positioning in from Coventry as 'AAG612' to operate out to Barcelona as 'AAG613'.
The two Braathens flights were operated by Fokker 50 PH-KXM again, and Brymon Airways used two Titan Airways ATR.42's during the day, G-ZAPJ for the morning Southampton rotation, and G-BUPS for some afternoon/early evening Bristol/Aberdeen schedules.
BRY91P/B G-ZAPJ BRA571/2 PH-KXM BRY92A/B G-ZAPJ AEA211/2 EC-HKQ BRY56HB/56CR G-BUPS BAW1344/5 G-BIKX BRY57CR/57NC G-BUPS BRA573/4 PH-KXM
Wednesday 3rd January
A case of history repeating itself, with both of last Friday's Learjet 60 visitors returning during the afternoon, Irish Air Transport's EI-IAT arriving from Lourdes as 'RDK012' and departing to Schonefeld after just under an hour as 'RDK013P', the aircraft being joined on the Samson apron for the last thirty minutes of its visit by VP-CRB, which also spent just under an hour on the ground, from/to Bristol/Lulsgate.
The morning Braathens Stavanger schedule produced another first-visiting KLM City Hopper Fokker 50, the leased-to-Norwegian Air Shuttle PH-KXM still wearing full KLM colours and titles - the aircraft returned to operate the early evening rotation also. City-Flyer's latest RJ.100 G-CFAC made just its second visit on the lunch-time Gatwick rotation, and then subsequently its third on the tea-time flight.
An interesting helicopter visitor was our first sight of a Eurocopter EC.120, G-FEDA popping down from Kelso during the morning for fuel.
DTR228P/2281 OY-JRV JGN88 G-SUEE BRA571/2 PH-KXM CFE48YA/51AB G-CFAC DTR2282 OY-JRV CFE54VE/29CT G-CFAC BRA573/4 PH-KXM
Tuesday 2nd January
The first day of the new Braathens schedule, and ironically the first planned Fokker 50 Stavanger rotation during the morning was actually operated by a Boeing 737-500, LN-BUC substituting because of a high passenger load. The first Norwegian Air Shuttle Fokker 50 did however appear on the evening Stavanger rotation, the first-visiting LN-KKD being just the second of the seven-strong fleet (including the leased-from KLM City Hopper PH-KXM) to visit Newcastle, LN-KKA having been the only one to appear here previously, on the evening of Sunday 30th April 2000.
AMC5180/1 9H-ADN BRA571/2 LN-BUC BRA573/4 LN-KKD
Monday 1st January
Scot Airways Dornier 328 G-BYMK returned late morning to collect Ipswich Town, arriving from Cambridge as 'SAY500' and departing back to Cambridge during the early evening as 'SAY501'.
Very little else on the first day of the year, although of interest was the first of, the still quite rare, British Airways Airbus A.319 movements of the year, producing just the third visit of G-EUPT at tea-time.
SAY500/1 G-BYMK RZO9400/1 CS-TGR BAW12N/13K G-EUPT