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Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 12:22 pm
by Deepgreen
9H-EAL is shuttling between Newquay and Cardiff today - does anyone know the reason?

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:07 pm
by FCAFLYBOY
Not sure on the exact reason, but cool to see such a short hop on the rare A340-600! However, it is painted in the "Thank You NHS" livery according to FR24 so I suspect some medical supplies perhaps?

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:22 pm
by PlymSpotter
Wow, I flew this route on a Dash 8 and BN Islander. I'd love to fly it on an A340-600!

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:34 pm
by TheWorm123
That’s an incredibly short flight, I don’t even think they’re more than 200 miles apart.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:40 pm
by GCT64
TheWorm123 wrote:
That’s an incredibly short flight, I don’t even think they’re more than 200 miles apart.


Just under 100 miles apart (great circle) but almost 200 miles by road.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:42 pm
by CWL757
It’s crew training.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:43 pm
by GCT64
It routed: BOH-NQY-CWL-NQY-CWL -- might it be a training flight? although it didn't seem to do multiple approaches

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 1:53 pm
by TheWorm123
GCT64 wrote:
TheWorm123 wrote:
That’s an incredibly short flight, I don’t even think they’re more than 200 miles apart.


Just under 100 miles apart (great circle) but almost 200 miles by road.

Thanks, not sure why I didn’t check it as the crow flies not like planes fly by road :oops: , I reckon I was thinking too much of the meandering coastline in the Southwest.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 2:10 pm
by pegasus1
It did land at CWL earlier, but looking at FR24 now, it appears to be doing circuits between the two. As CWL757 says, crew training.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Tue May 12, 2020 2:43 pm
by Deepgreen
Thanks for the responses. Crew training for 346, and for Newquay or Cardiff (or both)? If not for 346s, it seems an odd (and increasingly rare) choice for training. I think it's on about its 6th circuit of the day now. Those under the flight path must be wondering!

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:04 am
by Deepgreen
I see the 346 is back at Bournemouth. The reg. is 9H-NHS - was this chosen for the NHS livery from options globally, or does Maleth have particular connections here (or was it re-registered specially from 9H-EAL)? Edit - a photo shows it having a sticker over the old reg. and the current one applied. Is there a story here that anyone can share?

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:19 am
by MoonC
Deepgreen wrote:
I see the 346 is back at Bournemouth. The reg. is 9H-NHS - was this chosen for the NHS livery from options globally, or does Maleth have particular connections here (or was it re-registered specially from 9H-EAL)? Edit - a photo shows it having a sticker over the old reg. and the current one applied. Is there a story here that anyone can share?


9H-NHS and 9H-EAL are separate aircraft. Both ex-Virgin.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:31 am
by Deepgreen
Thanks. Was the reg. a coincidence then, as the sticker looks fresh from the photo on FR24 accompanying the flight details?

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 1:39 pm
by Armodeen
Deepgreen wrote:
Thanks. Was the reg. a coincidence then, as the sticker looks fresh from the photo on FR24 accompanying the flight details?


It will be deliberate. It came in from Tianjin this morning, presumably with medical supplies.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 1:51 pm
by GCT64
Deepgreen wrote:
Thanks. Was the reg. a coincidence then, as the sticker looks fresh from the photo on FR24 accompanying the flight details?


No, the registration was deliberate, the aircraft was registered 9H-NHS on the 8 May 20.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 4:56 pm
by Deepgreen
Thanks again. EAL almost passed over us here in east Surrey on its way east the other day, but was just too far away for an attempt at a photo.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 9:30 pm
by airsmiles
9H-NHS and 9H-EAL are separate aircraft. Both ex-Virgin.


9H-NHS is ex-G-VWIN and 9H-EAL is ex-G-VNAP. They also operate another A346, 9H-PGS, which was formerly Etihad’s A6-EHK.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 10:28 pm
by bananaboy
I guess it's registered EAL as I think these are operated by European Aviation Group.

Wondering...is Maleth the airline and European Aviation the charterer?

http://www.euroav.com

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sat May 23, 2020 10:42 pm
by VCVSpotter
bananaboy wrote:
I guess it's registered EAL as I think these are operated by European Aviation Group.

Wondering...is Maleth the airline and European Aviation the charterer?

http://www.euroav.com


Oh. I assumed it was a clever play on words in a different sense: 9H-EAL minus the 9 and the dash = HEAL. Tribute to the NHS and their efforts. :idea:

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 10:47 am
by Deepgreen
Looks like there are about to be two 346s at Bournemouth with 9H-EAL en route from Cardiff. I hadn't thought of the 'HEAL' slant to it. Is there an HS-ICK (etc.) somewhere I wonder?!

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 12:25 pm
by bmibaby737
bananaboy wrote:
I guess it's registered EAL as I think these are operated by European Aviation Group.

Wondering...is Maleth the airline and European Aviation the charterer?

http://www.euroav.com


Two separate companies; the A340s are owned by European and leased to Maleth-Aero and they've been working closely together to get these NHS flights going; there's been quite a lot in the press about these flights.

EAL is for European Aviation Limited, not HEAL, although a nice coincidence

NHS is for the National Health Service

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 12:58 pm
by bmibaby737
Deepgreen wrote:
Looks like there are about to be two 346s at Bournemouth with 9H-EAL en route from Cardiff.


There are four A340-600s at Bournemouth currently (2-EALL, G-VFIT, 9H-EAL & 9H-NHS), plus the 40x British Airways aircraft which includes 5x Boeing 747-400s

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 2:05 pm
by Deepgreen
Thank you for that. I imagine more than a few will be photographing the ensemble before long! Also, Maleth's 9H-BRE (737) is returning from Dublin to Bournemouth.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 6:20 pm
by Eitilt
Very nice, but how long before these birds end up mysteriously in Iran ?

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Sun May 24, 2020 7:35 pm
by goldcrest
Are they still operating 9HPGS ? This aircraft seemed to fly a lot of sub-lease and adhoc missions late 2019, but has been parked since.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 8:26 am
by Vasu
Interesting operator - is this in any way linked to the company based out of Bournemouth that used to fly 747-200s on random charter missions in the early 2000s?

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 12:34 pm
by bananaboy
Vasu wrote:
Interesting operator - is this in any way linked to the company based out of Bournemouth that used to fly 747-200s on random charter missions in the early 2000s?


Yes, looks to be from the same group. The airline ran from 1993 to 2008 with 1-11, 737-200 and 747-200's (happy to be corrected on any of this!). Remember them well as was a holiday rep in 2001 and one of their noisy 737's would zig-zag between Croatia and the UK for us once a week.

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Posted: Wed May 27, 2020 12:42 pm
by Arion640
PlymSpotter wrote:
Wow, I flew this route on a Dash 8 and BN Islander. I'd love to fly it on an A340-600!


That was a while ago then as Air South west have been gone however many years!