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Unusual delivery flights - thread

Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:45 pm

On FR24 I picked up this long 12 sector delivery flight of a De Havilland Canada Dash 8-100 registration C-FXUZ travelling from Calgary to Dar-es-Salaam, leaving the Avmax Group to join Auric Air:

https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/c-fxuz

The routing was:

Calgary (YYC) - Geraldton (Greenstone Regional) Airport (YGQ) - I believe as airport not confirmed on FR24
Geraldton (Greenstone Regional) Airport (YGQ) - Goose Bay (YYR)
Goose Bay (YYR) - Narsarsuaq (UAK)
Narsarsuaq (UAK) - Reykjavik (KEF)
Reykjavik (KEF) - Prestwick (PIK)
Prestwick (PIK) - Venice (VCE)
Venice (VCE) - Heraklion (HER)
Heraklion (HER) - Hurghada (HRG)
Hurghada (HRG) - Khartoum (KRT)
Khartoum (KRT) - Addis Ababa (ADD)
Addis Ababa (ADD) - Mwanza (MWZ)
Mwanza (MWZ) - Dar-es-Salaam (DAR)

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=yyc-ygq-yy ... dd-mwz-dar

I thought it might be interesting to start a thread to recall or track other unusual delivery flights, especially smaller aircraft that need to travel ULH
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:24 pm

I have seen quite a few long ferries come through BTV over the years. I don't have the full routings but a couple that stood out and I recall are a DC-3 that went to Russia and an SC-7 that came from Saudi Arabia.
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:42 pm

Looks like to most direct way to get it there other than shipping each part individually and assembling upon arrival. On the positive note for the delivery pilot - fly 3 hours, take a break and refuel, fly another 3 hours, take a break and refuel, repeat... Not a bad couple of days work if you ask me.
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:03 pm

Right now there is an ATR-72 departing YUL on delivery flight to Silver Airways

https://www.flightradar24.com/2EATA/276320ab

Routing is:

TLS - GLA
GLA - GLA
GLA - DUB
DUB - KEF
KEF - YYR
YYR - YUL
YUL - FLL
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:19 pm

rojo wrote:
Right now there is an ATR-72 departing YUL on delivery flight to Silver Airways

https://www.flightradar24.com/2EATA/276320ab

Routing is:

TLS - GLA
GLA - GLA
GLA - DUB
DUB - KEF
KEF - YYR
YYR - YUL
YUL - FLL


The aircraft returned to GLA with a technical problem. It then went to DUB to have this rectified before continuing the journey across the pond.
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:53 am

I've been tracking G-ECOI (ex Flybe) DHC-8-400 which has so far done:

North Bay to Goose Bay
Goose Bay to Reykjavik
Reykjavik to Wick
Wick to Toulouse
Toulouse to Heraklion
Heraklion to Sharm el-Sheikh
Sharm el-Sheikh to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi to Karachi

I have seen a photo of the aircraft and it's now in Cobham Australia colours, so looks like this is one long delivery flight!!
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:37 am

The DHC-6 get delivered all over the world. I worked with -400 pilot on a delivery thru the Russian Far East; he wanted to know about Magadan, Sakhalin as a routing. My department had experience on the routing. Saved him a couple of hours.
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:18 am

For those of you on Twitter, I recommend following Steve Giordano (https://twitter.com/JTTsteve), one of the owners of JTT Jet Test & Transport, a company that does worldwide delivery and recovery of aircraft. The guy is rated on nine different passenger aircraft types ranging from the DHC8 to the Triple Seven and doing some insane stuff, living an avgeek dream come true life. On his twitter feed, he provides nice photo and video reporting of him criss-crossing the world.

Currently he is in the middle of a seven day trip covering more than 32.000nm that has seen him leaving his home in the Philly area for Phoenix to deliver a Boeing 737-800 from the Arizona desert via Hawaii and the Marshall Islands to Brisbane. There he hopped on a SQ flight to Singapore and onwards on the ULH SIngapore - New York flight - only to head back to Phoenix from there to collect an Airbus A320 for a delivery flight to Moscow via Portsmouth and Keflavik and heading back on a commerical flight to New York. He is also doing interesting Dash 8 deliveries from time to time - recently he brought a DHC8 from Siberia via Alaska back to the lower 48s.
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:53 am

I'm always looking for ferry flights. Usually between Greenland-Iceland-Scotland. Used to spot a few of the Cape Air Tecnams on their way from Italy.

There was a really good series about this called Dangerous flights. I think one guy sadly passed away though due to an accident when filming.
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:30 am

What's noticable as well are the DC-3 flights from Canada all the way to Antarctica. I can't recall the airline though but others will know for sure.
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 8:42 am

I believe the original United 777-222s landed in Wyoming initially after being delivered from Seattle, this was for tax purposes.
So imagine a routing like PAE-CYS-IAD for example.
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:07 am

paullam wrote:
What's noticable as well are the DC-3 flights from Canada all the way to Antarctica. I can't recall the airline though but others will know for sure.


Ken Borek Air?
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:33 am

Canuck600 wrote:
paullam wrote:
What's noticable as well are the DC-3 flights from Canada all the way to Antarctica. I can't recall the airline though but others will know for sure.


Ken Borek Air?

Yes, I think it was them.
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:08 pm

Skylinerworld wrote:
I've been tracking G-ECOI (ex Flybe) DHC-8-400 which has so far done:

North Bay to Goose Bay
Goose Bay to Reykjavik
Reykjavik to Wick
Wick to Toulouse
Toulouse to Heraklion
Heraklion to Sharm el-Sheikh
Sharm el-Sheikh to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi to Karachi

I have seen a photo of the aircraft and it's now in Cobham Australia colours, so looks like this is one long delivery flight!!


Still with Karachi -> Bhubaneswar -> U-Tapao -> Kuala Lumpur -> Jakarta -> Port Hedland -> Perth to go!

Cobham's other Q400s have originated their delivery flights from Saarbrucken to Heraklion, with the rest of the onward journey being very similar (but not identical) to what G-ECOI is flying.
B737/738/739/744ER/752/753/763/77L/77W/788/789
A223/320/321/332/333/346/359/388
MD82/MD88/717/F100/RJ85/RJ100/146-100/200/300
E175/190/CRJ700/900
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:23 pm

vfw614 wrote:
For those of you on Twitter, I recommend following Steve Giordano (https://twitter.com/JTTsteve), one of the owners of JTT Jet Test & Transport, a company that does worldwide delivery and recovery of aircraft. The guy is rated on nine different passenger aircraft types ranging from the DHC8 to the Triple Seven and doing some insane stuff, living an avgeek dream come true life. On his twitter feed, he provides nice photo and video reporting of him criss-crossing the world.

Currently he is in the middle of a seven day trip covering more than 32.000nm that has seen him leaving his home in the Philly area for Phoenix to deliver a Boeing 737-800 from the Arizona desert via Hawaii and the Marshall Islands to Brisbane. There he hopped on a SQ flight to Singapore and onwards on the ULH SIngapore - New York flight - only to head back to Phoenix from there to collect an Airbus A320 for a delivery flight to Moscow via Portsmouth and Keflavik and heading back on a commerical flight to New York. He is also doing interesting Dash 8 deliveries from time to time - recently he brought a DHC8 from Siberia via Alaska back to the lower 48s.


I’d lovetoknow how he stays legal on so many types.
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:08 pm

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
vfw614 wrote:
For those of you on Twitter, I recommend following Steve Giordano (https://twitter.com/JTTsteve), one of the owners of JTT Jet Test & Transport, a company that does worldwide delivery and recovery of aircraft. The guy is rated on nine different passenger aircraft types ranging from the DHC8 to the Triple Seven and doing some insane stuff, living an avgeek dream come true life. On his twitter feed, he provides nice photo and video reporting of him criss-crossing the world.

Currently he is in the middle of a seven day trip covering more than 32.000nm that has seen him leaving his home in the Philly area for Phoenix to deliver a Boeing 737-800 from the Arizona desert via Hawaii and the Marshall Islands to Brisbane. There he hopped on a SQ flight to Singapore and onwards on the ULH SIngapore - New York flight - only to head back to Phoenix from there to collect an Airbus A320 for a delivery flight to Moscow via Portsmouth and Keflavik and heading back on a commerical flight to New York. He is also doing interesting Dash 8 deliveries from time to time - recently he brought a DHC8 from Siberia via Alaska back to the lower 48s.


I’d love to know how he stays legal on so many types.


I know a guy like this - type rated on every Boeing aircraft out there and runs his own aircraft ferrying company. It seems like he's in the sim doing a check ride every other week, but business must be good if he can afford it! A lot of these guys in the ferrying business also work as sim instructors/check airmen with CAE, Pan Am, FlightSafety, etc. on the side - I wonder if they get a bulk discount for all the sim sessions?
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:34 pm

The first Dash-8 for Nok Air ferried this route:

YZD-YYR
YYR-UAK
UAK-RKV
RKV-BOH
BOH-MLA
MLA-LXR
LXR-MCT
MCT-GOI
GOI-DMK

All over 2 days in 2014.

As for wide-bodies, there were two QF B789s (VH-ZNI/J) that went: PAE-LAX-JFK-SYD-MEL (JFK-SYD was for two Project Sunrise tests) (instead of the standard straight to Australia--one went via HNL). Then you have DL taking delivery of A339s or A359s in other countries.

In addition to JTT Test & Transport, Southern Cross Aviation is another carrier that does delivery, repo, and scrap flights. They stay current because they have to ferry many different models.

What makes ferries interesting is that there are only two really good places where one can store planes in low moisture and dry heat...the US desert, and Alice Springs in Australia. I'm surprised that there aren't more storage fields in central Australia.
 
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Re: Unusual delivery flights - thread

Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:19 pm

Skylinerworld wrote:
I've been tracking G-ECOI (ex Flybe) DHC-8-400 which has so far done:

North Bay to Goose Bay
Goose Bay to Reykjavik
Reykjavik to Wick
Wick to Toulouse
Toulouse to Heraklion
Heraklion to Sharm el-Sheikh
Sharm el-Sheikh to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi to Karachi

I have seen a photo of the aircraft and it's now in Cobham Australia colours, so looks like this is one long delivery flight!!



I was tracking it to, it seems it stayed today at Karachi.

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