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Air Berlin Registration Swap

Fri May 23, 2003 6:06 pm

I've just noticed that B737-700 D-ABAB of Air Berlin is carrying the registration a B737-400 (c/n 24769, now EC-HXT with Air Europa) used a few years ago.

Does anybody know how "easily" a reg. swap is authorised by the German Authorities or how long a reg. needs to be cancelled in the german register?

Thanks for all info!

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luxair66
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RE: Air Berlin Registration Swap

Fri May 23, 2003 7:10 pm

I thought the only 737-700's operated by Air Berlin are leased from Hamburg International and carry the registrations D-AHIA and D-AHIC???

I see from the arrivals/departures pages at Zurich this morning that D-ABAB has visited twice so far (and is listed as a -700), can you confirm these sightings or is it somebodies typo? (Uniques's pages are usually accurate in my experience). I didn't think the German authorities allowed re-issue of previously used reg's! Interesting. If this is infact D-AHIB, note that Hamburg International have already re-registered it in the past few years (from D-AWAH)
 
Fabian Schuetz
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RE: Air Berlin Registration Swap

Fri May 23, 2003 7:26 pm

As far as I know Air Berlin has ordered two own B737-700s ! D-ABAB must be on of it.
There are many registrations which were previously used. I think of Lufthansa´s B737-430 which used older B727-230 registrations, same with some Airbusses I think.

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Fabian
 
Fabian Schuetz
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RE: Air Berlin Registration Swap

Fri May 23, 2003 7:30 pm

Here are a few examples:


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You see, not a problem in Germany.

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Fabian
 
luxair66
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RE: Air Berlin Registration Swap

Fri May 23, 2003 7:52 pm

I didn't realise the 430's recycled the 727 reg's (should of since I use to see the 727's often enough). Thanks for the info. Any idea how long the Hamburg -700's will remain with Air Berlin?
 
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RE: Air Berlin Registration Swap

Fri May 23, 2003 8:25 pm

I can definitely confirm that D-ABAB is a B737-700 as I've seen it with my own eyes and read off with binoculars (both reg. and aircraft type written on rear fuselage).

Thanks for all your replies! Cheers
 
Fabian Schuetz
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RE: Air Berlin Registration Swap

Fri May 23, 2003 9:16 pm

By the way, Air Berlin´s D-ABAB is a B737-76Q, cn 30277/947 ex PR-SAA of Rio Sul, in service since May 16th.
 
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RE: Air Berlin Registration Swap

Fri May 23, 2003 9:18 pm

Fabian, many thanks for this important info!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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