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Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continued)

Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:32 am

The old thread:
Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2013/14 (by HAM Sep 30 2013 in Aviation Polls)
is archived for some reason, so I thought I'd continue it with this from [email protected]:
European Coastal Airlines - To Use Grumman Goose (by [email protected] Jan 31 2014 in Civil Aviation)

Quoting [email protected]:
Croatia-based European Coastal Airlines is to start in May using the DH6 and the Grumman Goose (!): http://www.ec-air.eu/home/

The website looks a bit unusual, but perhaps this really will happen... fingers crossed that it will be as nice as this blog post makes it sound:

http://croatiatraveller.com/blog/cro...lane-a-dream-come-true/2014/01/17/

[Edited 2014-02-01 00:37:35]
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Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:44 am

Thanks Mr. Loges for resurrecting this thread!

Here's some up to date info about Nextjet's ATP operations.
I flew with them 2 weekends ago, and it was an unforgettable experience.
It's a bit unpredictable which flights are flown by ATP, but it's mainly the Arvidsjaur and Hemavan rotations, but not all departures. The web site doesn't list the equipment type, but their email support will answer your query within less then a day and tell you which flight times are operated by ATP.
I did the Hemavan rotation with a short stop at Vilhelmina. The Hemavan trip is highly recommended because there is a good and cheap hostel in walking distance of the airport. Arvidsjaur has no budget priced accommodation.

The pilots let me fly in the jumpseat from VHM-ARN. It was an unforgettable experience! The captain told me that Nextjet has no plans to get rid of the ATP in the near future, in fact they are looking at more frames. I asked the obvious, if the Dash 8 is a potential replacement (as deployed by Wideroe on similar flights in Norway), and the answer was that apparently the ATP can fly the same missions at half the price and Nextjet is very successful at chartering them out.

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Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:45 am

Thanks for opening this topic for 2014.
There are two questions floating around where I am hoping someone can shed some light into:

1) Is Fil Asian's YS-11 now flying or not? There were some rumors that they took off a week ago, but their website still lists no flights and sadly their reservations office does not reply to any emails any more (which they usually did within a day).

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2) Will the M836D be restored into flying condition at some stage?

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Hope someone can share some infos.
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Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:05 pm

Fil-Asian is not flying.
One YS-11 is grounded (rather impounded) at Interisland Air due to non-payment of bills ...
The second YS-11 has not been taken over "properly". It seems some obscure financial transactions have taken place but the aircraft is not officially transfered into Fil Asian ownership.
I received this information through a friend who´s in the Phils. / MNL right now and has been talking to people "involved" ...

Well, unfortunately I don´t see this venture taking off, really.

[Edited 2014-02-01 14:06:42]
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Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:10 pm

Penultimate Monarch A300 is now retired, so last chance to fly on their final example is the Farewell Flight on 13th April...

http://blog.monarch.co.uk/tickets-av...monarch-airlines-airbus-a300-605r/

Aircraft is doing Friday rotations LGW-BJL bookable via avro.co.uk or alternatively, book yourself a ski holiday to Grenoble or Friedrichshafen... seats to those destinations aren't bookable via any other means...
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Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:05 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 2):
2) Will the N836D be restored into flying condition at some stage?

Things don't look too well regarding this DC-7B in Eastern colours. For the engine change they need money, a lot, I heared the figure of $ 300.000. They wait for some big donation by a corporation or millionaire, fundraising or ticket sales won't cover it and the operator doesn't have it. There is no development now.
Personally I expect no moves within 1-2 years but perhaps then a new group or someone like Travolta comes forward to get it repaired and flying.
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Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:39 pm

I emailed European Coastal Airways and then quickly replied (this is just a snapshot):

"Thank you for your interest in European Coastal Airlines.

Our schedule and prices are not yet 100% defined and will be rolled out together with the launch of our reservation system by mid of March 2014 at ec-air.eu, starting flight operation in May 2014.

We cannot at this moment confirm the operations covered by our Grumman Goose yet, which will probably start operating at a later stage in 2014.

Please stay tuned on our website and our Facebook Page for more information to be released soon."
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Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:38 pm

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 6):
We cannot at this moment confirm the operations covered by our Grumman Goose yet, which will probably start operating at a later stage in 2014.

Would be nice to fly that aircraft-type, indeed !!!

Another one high on my list is the Trislander: Aurigny, here we come  
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Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:58 pm

Servaas is right, the DC-7B in Charlotte needs a new engine which is north of $250,000, and sadly this simply won't happen. In fact interest in flying on this old bird was already greatly diminished before the emergency in Charlotte and the operators were looking to do a transatlantic ferry to Europe where there are a lot more type-bashers than in the USA.

This really is the last year for so many types, as discussed elsewhere - the DC-10 and the MD-11 of course, but also the A300 in Europe (Monarch), the Il-96 with Aeroflot (which just leaves Cubana), and possibly the final year of the old Russian stuff in North Korea (which wraps up a whole pile of types - Il-18, Il-62, pax Il-76, Tu-134, Tu-154…).

There is a Tu-154 in Kazakhstan at an airline called "Kazakh Air Trans" who are operating charters, and KZ is also home to a couple of random Yak-40s and An-24s.

Anyone know anything about the Uzbek Il-114s? I would seriously love to fly on one of those. A new Ilyushin! Anyone?
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Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:47 pm

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 8):
Anyone know anything about the Uzbek Il-114s? I would seriously love to fly on one of those. A new Ilyushin! Anyone?

It is flying now with Uzbekistan Airways but is also rumoured to be withdrawn in april just like the Il-96. They might sell their fleet, but I think chances are small they will go to another scheduled passenger airline.
I am planning to go to Tashkent early march (via Moscow and on a SU Il-96 of course) with some friends to fly on one or a few. We built in some slack as Uzbekistan is known for swapping types (to their A-320s mainly  ) or cancelling.
We will make domestic flights to Il-114 destinations Termez and Nukus (close to the dry Aral Lake which should be interesting).
This weekend another type collector is there as well so we should know more as of next week.
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Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:51 pm

Perhaps not so rare for UK-based folks, due to Eastern Airways' fleet, but as I was recently looking into booking JNB-RCB on SA Airlink, I noticed that they are using the BAe Jetstream 41 on the route. Not a type seen in the U.S. for some time.

IIRC, the J31 is also used on a few routes (like BLL-DUS) by Sun Air of Scandinavia.
 
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Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:33 am

Quoting whiskeyhotel (Reply 10):
BAe Jetstream 41 on the route. Not a type seen in the U.S. for some time.

For anyone in the US interested in Jetstreams, I flew MDW-MBL this past November on a J32. During the summer it was operated by a larger J41, hopefully this will continue next summer. Flights are EAS subsidized flights sold by publiccharters.com and operated by Corporate Flight Management. Prices were about $120 r/t.


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Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:46 pm

Quoting classicjets (Reply 11):
For anyone in the US interested in Jetstreams, I flew MDW-MBL this past November on a J32. During the summer it was operated by a larger J41, hopefully this will continue next summer. Flights are EAS subsidized flights sold by publiccharters.com and operated by Corporate Flight Management. Prices were about $120 r/t.

Nice find; much appreciated.

Also in the semi-rare category for N. America, Calm Air operates DoJets on YWG-YYQ-YRT. Churchill is actually a pretty interesting destination (great for seeing polar bears and beluga whales, with several lodges in the surrounding area that cater to such tourism). Calm Air is an Aeroplan partner (can transfer either Amex Membership Rewards or SPG points to Aeroplan). Redemptions are 15,000mi/person, and are not bookable online or combinable with other Aeroplan partner flights. Considering that YWG-YYQ roundtrips generally price at about $1,100.00 USD, it's a great deal if you can find award space.

In Europe, Sun Air of Scandinavia operates the type, and BA Avios redemptions are cheap (as low as 4,500 Avios for a shorthaul one-way booking).
 
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Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:05 pm

CityLine Swiss will start with LET410 ELBA-Milan/MXP & Lugano:

http://citylineswiss.com/site/orario-elba-estate-2014.pdf
 
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Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:47 am

Does anyone have an update on Sun Air's FRJs? Some Avios have found their way into my account and I've searched a couple of itineraries on ba.com, such as AAR-OSL, AAL-OSL, BLL-OSL, BLL-DUS. All I could find was Do 328 props, a Jetstream and missing aircraft info.
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Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:55 am

BLL-MUC is a FRJ, for instance.

I've seen it scheduled on BLL-BMA, BLL-GOT and a few flights out of AAR, AAL, but less consistently.
 
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Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:37 am

Thank you! Don't know why I didn't check BMA...  
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Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:34 pm

Quoting aloges (Reply 14):
, such as AAR-OSL, AAL-OSL, BLL-OSL, BLL-DUS.

Are you sure about that?

I'm booked on AAR-AAL-OSL on March 3 and it's showing as FRJ operated.
 
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Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:48 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 17):
I'm booked on AAR-AAL-OSL on March 3 and it's showing as FRJ operated.

I am flying the same route on April 14, going BMA-AAR-AAL-OSL. Currently both flights show as operated by FRJ.

By the way, would appreciate if you could report back once you have taken your flight. Would be nice to know what kind of service they offer on the flight.
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Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:50 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 17):
Are you sure about that?

No, not at all, the information on ba.com was not too helpful - hence my confusion.

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 17):
I'm booked on AAR-AAL-OSL on March 3 and it's showing as FRJ operated.

A while ago, I checked several of those flights on amadeus.net and most (if not all of them) were indeed scheduled with FRJs. Considering they've got more of those than of the props, I'd go with that info.
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Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:19 pm

If anybody is interested in Russian aircrafts,
there will be a tour to Belarus ex WAW with TU154, AN12 and optional AN25 and IL76, but prices are rather high.

http://merlintour.fr/tour/30
 
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Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:23 pm

I am booked on the Tu154 flight as it's a normal scheduled flight. Of course keep in mind that you require a Visa for Belarus
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Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:49 pm

For anyone who is in Southeast Asia and interested in flying a Sukhoi Superjet, it can now very easily be done on Sky Aviation from Denpasar to Surabaya or viceversa. Flight leaves every day and tickets are anywhere between 30 and 50 EUR oneway. Bookings can be done through Sky´s website. I would definitely recommend it!
 
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Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:54 pm

Is there any way to get a halfway guaranteed 767-200 in the USA on a domestic flight? Would be sad to get an equipment change. Preferably in the Southeast.

Thanks for any ideas!
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Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:31 pm

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 23):
Is there any way to get a halfway guaranteed 767-200 in the USA on a domestic flight?

There are several daily flights on US Airways between MCO-CLT and vice versa that are consistently 762 according to FlightAware. Another good bet is CLT-PHL which I flew a couple weeks ago.
 
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Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:03 pm

Not a classic plane but still interesting: I flew on Rotana Jet on Monday which operates UAE domestic flights! www.rotanajet.com

It’s a fleet of two ERJ-145s which operate mainly from Al Bateen Executive Airport (AZI) to Dubai International, Fujairah, Abu Dhabi International, Dalma Island and Sir Bani Yas Island. Recently some international destinations were also added.

Most interesting was AZI airport and the flight routing. I flew AZI-DXB, flight time 25 minutes at FL90 across AUH and DWC airports, then along Dubai’s artifical coast and Skyline for a runway 12 approach. Although it’s a domestic flight I got my passport stamped again upon arrival at DXB T2 which caused some confusion when leaving the UAE.

Most importantly, I was the only pax, making the load factor 2%! The total revenue of this flight was USD 25, the price of my ticket and the cheapest ticket I ever bought. A taxi on the same route is more than double the amount. I am not sure how long this service will last. Seems that not many people know about it and it is definitely a unique experience.

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Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:08 pm

Quoting MH017 (Reply 7):
Another one high on my list is the Trislander: Aurigny, here we come



To keep you updated: just booked JER-GCI-ACI-SOU on GR, date 02jul14...JER-GCI by Blue Islands (J31 ?) and GCI-ACI-SOU by Trislander...ACI will be a new airport for me, as well as GR a new airline...needless to say, I'm quite excited !  
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Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:01 pm

It's still possible to grab an A340-200 on a short flight, as opposed to the expense of going long haul with Royal Jordanian..but be careful if you book this. I was due to fly the A340 from Dubai to Amman in 3 weeks time, today it changed to an A321, so this trip is probably a write-off for me
 
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Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:24 am

Hi to you all, I would love to fly the AN148/158 in Europe on a cheap ticket, without Russian Visa...

Any idea if Rossiya Airlines is offering any affordable flights via St. Petersburg on the Antonov?
 
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Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:09 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 18):
I am flying the same route on April 14, going BMA-AAR-AAL-OSL. Currently both flights show as operated by FRJ.

By the way, would appreciate if you could report back once you have taken your flight. Would be nice to know what kind of service they offer on the flight.

Just came back from my trip.

Monday afternoon there were 3 Sun Air flights leaving Aarhus.

Jetstream 31 OY-SVF leaving for Bromma.
DO328 Jet OY-NCL to Gothenburg
DO328 Jet OY-NCP to Aalborg-Oslo.

Service: To start some Italian style mini pretzels and drinks (full bar service), after that a cold meal consisting of bread (+ butter and paprika cream) and a chicken salad. For dessert we were given a cup of stracciatella ice cream.

[Edited 2014-03-05 07:11:02]
 
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Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:27 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 29):
Jetstream 31 OY-SVF leaving for Bromma.

So they send the elusive J31 to BMA. Hopefully one of my flights will be on that bird!

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 29):
ervice: To start some Italian style mini pretzels and drinks (full bar service), after that a cold meal consisting of bread (+ butter and paprika cream) and a chicken salad. For dessert we were given a cup of stracciatella ice cream.

That is plenty for such short flights.


For how long were you on the ground at AAL?
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Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:10 pm

Quoting B747forever (Reply 30):
For how long were you on the ground at AAL?

Stop was scheduled to be 20 minutes, but we ended up leaving our stand 13 minutes after arrival.
 
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Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:18 pm

Sun Air only fly the Dornier to GOT as it flies AAR-GOT-MAN-GOT-AAR. Don't think a Jetstream would make that. However Direktflyg flies Jetstream to GOT from Borlänge. Why not combine them?  
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Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:28 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 31):
Stop was scheduled to be 20 minutes, but we ended up leaving our stand 13 minutes after arrival.

That is a short stop.

Quoting axelesgg (Reply 32):

Sun Air only fly the Dornier to GOT as it flies AAR-GOT-MAN-GOT-AAR. Don't think a Jetstream would make that. However Direktflyg flies Jetstream to GOT from Borlänge. Why not combine them?  

Direktflyg flies the J32, and not the J31. I flew on them between VBY-BMA a few years ago.
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Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:13 am

Check this out: A weird start-up operation in the USA.

http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/ne...n-west-jets-eyes-747s-l1011s-md83s

L1011s and high-density 744s on exotic routes, using former Ryan International's AOC.

I doubt this will be viable, but it would be cool to see L1011s back in the sky with scheduled pax service.
 
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Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:29 pm

Quoting debonair (Reply 28):
Hi to you all, I would love to fly the AN148/158 in Europe on a cheap ticket, without Russian Visa...

Despite the actual situation in Ukraine ...
Maybe you should consider flying PS out of KBP.
Don´t know whether they still use their AN-148
I just checked KBP-HEL (which was almost guaranteed to be an AN-148 for a long time) but only EMB-190´s are listed now ...
I´d get in touch with them an inquire on which route(s) you´ll get it.

Just keep that option in your mind but I´d wait until Ukraine becomes a less dangerous place to visit eventually ...
If you are German then you don´t need a visa for Ukraine - not even any special arrangements (like proof of onward travel, etc.)


... and to all those looking for J31/32:

Why not consider flying Avies ?
They do not only serve TLL - KDL (Estonian domestic) but also sell tickets on quite long positioning flights (for J31/32) between their TLL homebase and their Swedish operational bases !
In particular TLL - PJA is a pretty long ride for a J31 with just under 1000kms and 2h20mins ...
Fares are quite reasonable starting at 112,-€ ow all-in for TLL-PJA and TLL- SDL (Sundsvall) 525kms/1h45 at 129,-€ all-incl.
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Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:02 pm

Quoting HAM (Reply 34):
Check this out: A weird start-up operation in the USA.

http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/ne...n-west-jets-eyes-747s-l1011s-md83s

L1011s and high-density 744s on exotic routes, using former Ryan International's AOC.

I doubt this will be viable, but it would be cool to see L1011s back in the sky with scheduled pax service.

Oh, wow, that would be quite something. I wonder where they are thinking of getting four L-1011-500s from. Maybe the RAF? ATDB doesn't show anything else as operational beside those six plus N91011, which I believe is being preserved. There are still a few ex-ATA birds that flew not long ago, I think.
 
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Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:43 am

Quoting MHG (Reply 35):
Maybe you should consider flying PS out of KBP.

Too late...
 
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Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:35 am

Quoting HAM (Reply 34):
L1011s and high-density 744s on exotic routes, using former Ryan International's AOC.

I doubt this will be viable, but it would be cool to see L1011s back in the sky with scheduled pax service.

Yeah, they're going to be in an alliance with Baltia, California Pacific, People Express, and Family Airlines.
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Sun Mar 09, 2014 12:36 pm

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 38):
Quoting HAM (Reply 34):
L1011s and high-density 744s on exotic routes, using former Ryan International's AOC.

I doubt this will be viable, but it would be cool to see L1011s back in the sky with scheduled pax service.

Yeah, they're going to be in an alliance with Baltia, California Pacific, People Express, and Family Airlines.

Code share's are also expected in cooperation with Hellenic Imperial!

This airline will never get off the ground. Why on earth would someone start an airline with Tri-Stars these days?

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Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:04 pm

I missed Biman's last DC-10 flight and now I am barely missing A300 retirement, as I am visiting London few days later...damn!   
 
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Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:09 pm

Quoting ALexeu (Reply 40):

No, you don't. It's only Monarch retiring the A300.

Worldwide there are still

8 A300B2
5 A300B4
43 A300-600

flying.
 
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Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:30 pm

Does anyone have a idea of how to get on a Saab 340A?

I am aware that Nextjet (Swedish regional airline) flies both the Saab 340A and 340B, but unfortunately they dont distinguish between the two models. I was in contact with them a few days ago and asked if they could give me a list of flights that their fleet of 340As would fly on for the next couple of days. Unfortunately I was told that they dont decide the aircraft shortly before departure, so there is no way to plan a trip on the 340A.

On what routes is one “guaranteed” a SF340A?
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Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:40 pm

Sprint Air operates a Saab 340A only fleet.

It's possible to catch one of those on their 6 weekly Warsaw-Zielona Gora route. Tickets from 38€ oneway.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:40 pm

A bit closer to you Danish Air Transport flies two SF340A. Their website doesn't show what plane will operate what route. Since they have ATR42 and 72 and Dash as well maybe you should ask if any route is exclusively a Saab route  
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:54 am

Quoting B747forever (Reply 42):
Does anyone have a idea of how to get on a Saab 340A?

Are you still in LAX? 8P fly several ex YVR.

Talking about 8P, I keep meaning to call to ask about the status of their Goose fleet.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:15 pm

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 9):
We will make domestic flights to Il-114 destinations Termez and Nukus (close to the dry Aral Lake which should be interesting).
This weekend another type collector is there as well so we should know more as of next week.

I flew the route Tashkent - Nukus in December 2012 in one of their Il-114's. Hilarious to see how most of the seat backs slammed forward upon landing like a row of dominos.
At Aral Lake - around two or three hours driving north of Nukus - there are just a few abandonend ships left and it's difficult to tell where the former sea moves over into the dry land.
 
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:47 pm

Quoting Skyeurope (Reply 43):
Sprint Air operates a Saab 340A only fleet.
Quoting axelesgg (Reply 44):

A bit closer to you Danish Air Transport flies two SF340A.

Thanks. Will look into those options. Nextjet has some reasonable prices on their stand by tickets, so time permitting, I might head out to ARN on Friday and try my luck.

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 45):
Are you still in LAX? 8P fly several ex YVR

No, I am in Stockholm now. Though will head back to LAX in June, so might consider them.
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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:31 am

Quoting StevenG (Reply 46):

We just returned from Uzbekistan yesterday morning. We can say the trip was a success, got 2x Il-96 regs to and from TAS (RA-96015 and RA-96008 return), and we flew three sectors on the Il-114-100. We had UK91109 to and from Termez (TMJ) and UK91107 to Nukus (NCU), a 2.5h sector of 800 km.


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It appeared all Il-114s are operating normally. We saw 5 active regs with 2 parked on the maintenance side of the airport. Of these two only UK91102 appeared to be completely withdrawn with engines missing. MEA-707 has a complete record of all tails.

Unfortunately photography was very restrictive in Uzbekistan, probably also the reason why only 2 photos of HY's Il-114s exist on this database. We had several photos deleted by police and military, we even got into a major passport and photo check in the Lake Aral area. Nevertheless an interesting trip and highly recommended, altough the Il-96s will be gone from the TAS route by end of this month.

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RE: Flying Rare/Classic Aircraft In 2014 (continue

Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:28 pm

Quoting Loran (Reply 48):

Good to hear you had an exciting trip in Uzbekistan. I enjoyed it as well. Fortunately I didn't face the same kind of police checks and troubles like you did, or at least can't I remember.
I knew that photographing at airports in Uzbekistan is a bit tricky. I didn't get any further than the not so exciting picture showed below at TAS. The aircraft that really did matter (Il-76's and retired TU-154's) were almost out of sight.
On the other hand, making pictures at Samarqand Railway Station was possible. After asking so, I could make a picture of the Afrosiyob, the high speed train of Uzbekistan.

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