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DHL TU-204C At London Heathrow?  
User currently offlineDrColenzo From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 134 posts, RR: 1
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8352 times:

I have a quick query that someone might be able to answer.

This afternoon I was watching a rugby match at Twickenham (my team lost, badly) and I saw a DHL aircraft coming into land over the stadium.

Initially I thought it was a 757 but something about the aircraft did not look exactly right. I know that Aviastar of Russian flies a TU-204c liveried in DHL colours, but I assumed at the time that this could not be the case for a flight into London Heathrow.

However, looking online afterwards I can almost swear that I did see a DHL TU-204c.

I cannot find any information online but the time was somewhere around 17:30hrs on the 1st September, anyone want to check it out?

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User currently offlinemarky From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 8321 times:

It must have been a 757, they are regular at LHR on Saturday afternoons/evenings. A TU-204 would have been VERY well reported......

User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8072 times:

Don't the TU-204s have winglets? Don't the 757s, well.........not? I know it's kind of hard to see if it's flying overhead a stadium while paying attention to the game, but it would be an easy way to tell them apart.

User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3901 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8045 times:
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To add to your sportive misery, I think what you saw was the A300F that operates AMS-LHR (BCS771/BA3403). A DHL 757 isn't scheduled into LHR (from LIS as BCS729/BA3393) until an hour later.

Either way, it couldn't have been DHL's TU-204c. It flew LEJ-SVO early this morning as TUP952 and headed back as TUP953 about 4 hours after you thought you'd seen it overhead.

[Edited 2012-09-01 21:07:49]


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User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7944 times:

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 3):

Also, does the TU-204 even have permission to operate in the EU?


User currently offlineMcoov From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 128 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7933 times:

If it flew to and from LEJ, I'd assume so.

User currently offlineRubberJungle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7723 times:

Quoting spiritair97 (Reply 4):
Also, does the TU-204 even have permission to operate in the EU?

Yes. The Tu-204-120CE received type certification from EASA in 2008.


User currently offlineTC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 790 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7657 times:

I was at LHR on Saturday afternoon, it was a DHL 757 D-ALEB that came in around that time.

User currently offlineDrColenzo From UK - Scotland, joined Jan 2012, 134 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7467 times:

Quoting TC957 (Reply 7):
I was at LHR on Saturday afternoon, it was a DHL 757 D-ALEB that came in around that time.

That must of been it.

Thanks, I appreciate all your posts, even if I am a little sad that it was not a Tu-204!


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