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Here is Nr.3 in the Editor News series with the latest on items that have been fully overhauled and standardized.
1. Jett8 Airlines Cargo
This Singaporean cargo company was formed in 2005 but only started operations in 2007. Originally the airline flew scheduled cargo services with three B747s, one of which was leased from Jade Cargo International. However, at the time of writing they have abandoned their scheduled flights and only operate charter flights, and with one aircraft only.
2. Iran Asseman Airlines
This Iranian company was formed in 1980 by renaming Pars Air. We have ATR-42, ATR-72 and Fokker F-28 photos in the database. In 2001 the company was renamed with one “s” less as Iran Aseman Airlines. Maybe there was a disagreement about the translation of Farsi into English. See below for the rest of the story.
3. Iran Aseman Airlines
As said above, from 2001 the name Iran Aseman Airlines was used for the company. As computers consider this as two different names, we will do that as well. However, on the airline selection list on the frontal page the two names have been combined into one entry so that you can see them together. But using the “view unique entries” (described in Editor News Nr.1 and 2) you can see the photos separated for the different spelling.
Apart from their own aircraft and an Untitled one, there are also pictures for a lease from Inter Airlines and for leases to Kish Air and Iran Air. There is also a Falcon 20 with Iran Aseman Airlines Air Ambulance titles. Two former Iran Aseman Airlines aircraft are preserved in the Tehran Aerospace Exhibition Center (see Editor News Nr.2). F-28 EP-ASE still carries the titles, but FH-227 EP-SNA has lost them.
4. Airbus A318-112 CJ Elite
The photos of the corporate jet version of the Airbus A318, the Elite, have been standardized.
We have photos of two Maltese, one Chinese, three German, two French, one Swiss and one Luxembourgian registered aircraft.. But, for such a modern aircraft, it is surprising that we do not yet have photos for all aircraft! So, check your archives and fill the gaps!
There are several cabin photos too, so you can check how it is to fly in luxury.
There is no separate entry for the Elite in the search menu under the green bar on the frontal page. But there are two ways to find the photos: the first is to select the Airbus A318 under the green bar and when the photos have come up, click on the “view unique entries” and you will find them together. The second method is to use the Photo Index which you will find below right on the frontal page. Leave the window at the default Aircraft Type, click on the letter “A” and go to the Airbus A318 entry. To the left of it you see a button “V”. Click on it and you get the versions, including the Elite.
5. Tupolev Tu-124
The photos of the smaller sister (by about 25%) of the Tu-104, the Tu-124, have received the full treatment too. The first flight was made in 1960, and it is thought that 163 aircraft were produced. But none are flying anymore. So, if you want to see one you will have to go to a museum or find a stored one. But the photos here at Anet are of course a nice alternative too!
The initial version was the Tu-124, followed by the Tu-124V which had a higher MTOW, greater range and more passenger capacity. The Tu-124Sh was a navigation trainer. Export military aircraft were mostly Tu-124K. There were some more (minor) versions but we have no photos for them yet.
With the first version being the Tu-124 without suffix, it is important that you list photos for which the version is not known as “Tu-124…” instead of “Tu-124”, othwerwise we cannot distinguish between aircraft of the original version and aircraft for which the version is unknown.
This aircraft is interesting for both military and civil enthusiasts. There are photos of Chinese and Indian Air Force examples, and civil ones include of course Aeroflot, but also CSA - Ceskoslovenske Aerolinie and even Iraqi Airways. Interesting is also a Soviet Air Force aircraft with Aeroflot titles and a civil registration.
We were able to find the identity of all Tu-124 photos except one. This is a nose only, at Riga in Latvia. If any of you knows the reg and/or cn, telling us would be appreciated by many. When you have access to this or any other Tu-124, the cn plate is located at the front bulkhead of the nosewheel bay.
6. S-Wing S-Wing
Now over to a more minor aircraft type, the S-Wing, built by a Czech manufacturer with the same name. This is an ultralight aircraft (MTOW 450kg/1000lb) and was only sold locally until 2007 when international marketing in the USA started too with a heavier version at MTOW 575kg/1267lb.
Until now we have only two photos in the database, so you could ask the question if we haven’t better things to do. The answer is that some of us like the challenge to try to keep track of the multitude of designs in these weight classes, and then standardizing these can make the database more efficient. When you browse through the Photo Index you will see that there is an enormous variety of minor aircraft designs, and not looking into these would add even more entries as many people do not list them the same way. In fact, the two photos of the S-Wing were also listed under two different names!
We haven’t found cns for the two registrations. When you are able to help, please step forward!
7. Air California
Air California was an American company based in Santa Ana in, as you guessed, California. Operations started in 1966, and the first pictures in the database are of Lockheed Electras in 1967. Apart from these, Boeing 737-100s and 200s can be seen and a leased DC-9. The latter was leased from Continental Airlines, and other leases in the database are from Aer Lingus, Aloha Airlines and United Airlines. In 1981 the name Air California disappeared when the name AirCal was adopted. See Editor News Nr.2 for this.
8. Nurman Avia
This Indonesian company was formed in 2001. Two Fokker F-28s flew with the company that was connected with Bouraq Indonesia Airlines, seen the additional titles on the aircraft. In 2007 the AOC (Air Operator Certificate) was revoked by the Indonesian government and the airline stopped flying. During the six years of operation, only one photo of a Nurman Avia aircraft was uploaded. If you photographed one, please don’t sit on it, but send it in too!
Photo © Sam Chui
Chief Database Editor