is slowly but surely losing it's character.
Air Arabia is growing its fleet of A320s and Phoenix (the traditional Il-18 operator) is now becoming a 737 and 767 operator. I think there are now less than 5 Il-18s based at SHJ
. Very few 707s still operate.
is still a major Il-76 airport and of course lots of maintenance on older Russina types.
The first time I visited SHJ
nearly half the movements were Il-18s. The last time I went, I didn't see one Il-18 in the air. SHJ
is always worth a visit because you can never be sure what will be there, but it's definitely a case of quality over quantity. You have to be patient to spend a whole day there!
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!