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Although I am adamantly for Airbus, I love seeing these old boeings flying around the UK and if it makes my favourite EU carrier make money, keep them.
Allegiant now have their ETOPS and other permissions in place. Service to Hawaii starts soon, with other markets kicking in later this year. As they already have 757s over there those should be able to begin the services, but I would expect LSAL and LSAM to be off across the pond as our summer finishes and the Hawaii season in the US starts in November.
What would be interesting is if Jet2 have done an Air Florida/Air Europe type deal with the planes coming back here for our summer season, which is low season in some US markets. Used to be a regular thing, with Britannia also taking aircraft in the summer from Canadian operators who serviced the snowbird market and then had spare capacity in summer.
I think that as part of the deal Jet2 were able to use the basic Allegiant livery for their logojets. I can't see Allegiant wanting to take the 733 and 738s on winter lease somehow. Their fleet is MD80 and 757 based.
The said aircraft will operate the inbound LS876 direct to Manchester then position back into Leeds at 00:55 as LS041A.
Boeing 737-300, G-CELG was driven into and badly damaged down in Barcelona on Sunday afternoon. It is expected that the aircraft will be flown back to the UK tomorrow for a full assessment and repair to take place, So while the LBA base is short of an aircraft the spare back up Boeing 757-200, G-LSAC which is normally MAN based is currently working as a replacement.
Volumes were however amazingly high, with an 87% load factor across the operation. Dart Group as a whole remains profitable. Fuel costs increased by something of the order of 24% per tonne so this small drop in profits would easily have been a gain if fuel was stable.
Just to add it has got winglets fitted
any idea where it might be being based? I'm guessing it will do routes like the canaries and madeira due to the winglets, could jst2 roll out winglets on more 733's if this is the case? Hoping it'll be in normal jet2 livery.
SkyEurope did a few as they were ex-Easyjet and not that old. Thomson ended up with one of them (THOO)
Then again a normal 733 can do BLK-DLM
As Jet2 have today announced another new route from Leeds for next Summer 2013 with a once weekly service to Zante - (Zakynthos) commencing from Wednesday, May 22nd.
Meanwhile the latest Boeing 757-200, G-LSAN was positioned from Southend up to Norwich today for Paint and should be delivered to Leeds for Cabin fitout and Seats later this week. So not too long to wait for it to enter service now.
Once weekly flights will operate every Sunday morning commenceing from May 23rd and run until the end of September.
Flight times as follows
LS225 = Leeds 07:45 - Pula 11:30
LS226 = Pula 12:15 - Leeds 14:00
Avion Express Airbus A319-112 LY-VEU (ex US Airways N739US) is positioning in from Budapest as EXS043A to operate this afternoon's LS315/316 Paris Cdg and the evening LS327/328 Belfast Int'l flights. It will night stop tonight and continue to operate from LBA tomorrow and also maybe Tuesday.
The Fly Hello aircraft has replaced the Cosmo Airlines A320, LY-COM which positioned out in the early hours of this morning to Madrid as EXS043R.
It is hoped both the Boeing 757-200WL, G-LSAN and Boeing 737-300WL, G-GDFL should be in service within the next 10 days based at Leeds to replace some of these leased machines.
It is thought that the aircraft will re-enter revenue service this afternoon operating the EXS315/316 LBA-CDG-LBA service.
Also, can anyone tell me the status of G-LSAL, it arrived into LBA from Mahon yesterday and after about an hour it was towed over to multiflight, is it being stripped for returning to allegiant?
Boeing 757-200, G-LSAH is due to return to LBA this evening as EXS041A after it's decompression incident on Tuesday down in TFS. It requires all it's oxygen and masks putting back in so will be out of service for a few days longer.
Boeing 757-200, G-LSAA will return to MAN later this evening after going tech last night in BJV and the crew running out of hours. LBA based Boeing 757-200WL, G-LSAL was sent to MAN this morning to help out as EXS042A and it will position back to LBA this evening as EXS043A.
By doing this left the LBA base short of a B757 today. So the EXS271/272 ALC and EXS265/266 AGP services have seen flights been doubled up using 2x Boeing 737-300's
1x off the LBA based Boeing 737-300's will be swapped with a MAN based aircraft this evening. EXS031E will position from MAN to LBA while EXS032E will go LBA to MAN.
Good news to report is that Boeing 757-200WL, G-LSAN is due to position into LBA from Southend tomorrow morning at 10:00 as EXS051D and will enter service sometime on Sunday. Also Boeing 737-300, G-GDFH has had its skin repaired, It was pulled out of the Multiflight hanger this morning and will operate a test-flight tomorrow afternoon between 13:00-14:00 as EXS051B.
Meanwhile the leased Airbus A319, LY-VEU and Airbus A320, LY-COM will no longer be required on lease so both aircraft will position out of LBA on Sunday evening.
2x Boeing 737-300's have been sent out this afternoon to pick up the passenger's and take them down to Alicante before doing the returning EXS272 service back to Leeds.
Meanwhile, bmi baby, Boeing 737-500, G-BVKB has now been leased by Jet2.
Forgot about LSAH's decompression incident, just remembered when you mentioned it (I was on it on monday). Do you know whats happening with G-LSAG?
Good news about G-GDFH, bad news about G-LSAN.
What are the chances I'll get G-BVKB on saturday going to milan?
You don't want BVKB. Baby interiors are crap. They have no money to spend on stuff like that so the entire fleet was on minimum maintenance for interiors.
Saying that things may change, As it seems that Newcastle based B733WL, G-GDFL has gone tech down route in Pisa this evening. The Leeds based B733, G-CELU has just been positioned out empty to bring back the stranded passengers.
Newcastle based Boeing 757-200, G-LSAG went tech down route in Tenerife last night. The spare Leeds based Boeing 757-200WL, G-LSAN was positioned out empty this morning as EXS041A to pick up the stranded pax.
Meanwhile Spare Leeds based Boeing 737-300, G-GDFH was again sent up to Newcastle this morning as EXS043A to help cover some flying duties today.
Leeds based Boeing 737-300, G-GDFB was positioned out to Manchester this morning as well.
And to make matters worse it looks like Glasgow based Boeing 757-200WL, G-LSAL has a problem as its also just made an emergency landing squawking 7700 into Frankfurt while operating the EXS157 service to Cyprus-Paphos.
Anyway first to appear was Avion Express, A319, LY-VEU which positioned into LBA on Friday and then after 2 days operating she positioned over to MAN yesterday afternoon to operate for Monarch.
Then Swiftair MD82, EC-JUF positioned into LBA from Madrid yesterday afternoon to operate the delayed Toulouse service last night and just now Danish Air Transport MD87, OY-JRU has positioned into LBE from Billund as EXS049A
LS4015 = Leeds 08:00-Marrakech 11:00 = Friday, April 26th
LS4016 = Marrakech 17:00-Leeds 21:05 = Monday, April 29th
LS4015 = Leeds 08:00-Marrakech 12:00 = Saturday, May 11th
LS4016 = Marrakech 17:00-Leeds 21:05 = Tuesday, May 14th
LS4011 = Leeds 07:30-Reykjavik 09:20 = Friday, May 3rd 2013
LS4012 = Reykjavik 18:00-Leeds 21:50 = Monday, May 6th 2013
LS4017 = Leeds 07:30-St. Petersburg 13:50 = Saturday, May 4th
LS4018 = St. Petersburg 18:00-Leeds 18:30 = Tuesday, May 7th
LS4017 = Leeds 07:30-St. Petersburg 13:50 = Friday, May 10th
LS4018 = St. Petersburg 18:00-Leeds 18:30 = Monday, May 13th
Gutted that I didnt win the competition and even more gutted that they are during school term time.
Will these flights be regular like the New York flights? Perhaps even a few times a year, after all each of them are all year round destinations.
It is expected to depart the fleet in the next few days heading out over the Atlantic to its owners Allegiant. Boeing 757-200, G-LSAM is expected to follow shortly afterwards as well.
No they not short of aircraft now as the summer flying programme has started to be wound down with some of the summer sun routes are finishing and other routes seeing frequencies been reduced. The 757 fleet over the next few weeks will in fact be busy operating hajj charters to Jeddah from several UK airports. Then they will be operating quite a few other Charters over the winter period. I hear there are some really interesting places that the aircraft and crews will be visiting.
there might be a slight delay with LSAM as it had that hydraulic failure and diversion to Faro yesterday http://www.avherald.com/h?article=4576a3b8&opt=0
The position regarding the planes has changed and Allegiant may have excess capacity to lease out in their quiet season. Their friends at Jet2 would possibly be the first they approach. I do know LSAN was acquired partly to cover for these when they go, and future expansion is planned using the 738, but if the deal is right next summer who knows. Allegiant is buying British planes in bulk at the moment with those Easyjet A319s as well (and they look smart!)
six new 738s to be added by Summer 2013. Now for the speculation as to where they will come from.
My bet is some from Thomson who have their early 738s being replaced by later build models. However they could literally be from anywhere as there are so many in service.
By way Glasgow will be losing both its based B737-800's with in the next few weeks or so just leaving 1x B757 based up there during the quite winter period. 1x aircraft is heading to MAN whlist the other is heading to LBA. This is so to get crews trained up for next summer. It also allows for G-GDFC & G-GDFD to be swapped between LBA and MAN bases, so that they can under go some maintenance in the hangar at Multiflight thats well over due...
Meanwhile Boeing 737-300, G-CELF is currently in the Multiflight hangar having some down time and maintance done to it, Hence she has been out of service since November 1st.
So the sole remaining Glasgow based G-GDFD was sent to Manchester as EXS146C this afternoon to help cover meanwhile Boeing B757-200, G-LSAI was positioned into Leeds as EXS033E instead.
So all 4x of Jet2's Boeing 737-800's ARE currently at Manchester for the time been..
ready for Summer 2013 means delivery in winter and the trip to the hangars for new interiors, maintenance and painting. Looks like LBA get the Travel Service one as well next summer which is doing what Strategic did at Manchester. So with that, it's five extra 738s due for next summer and an A320 down at EMA from somewhere (source Jethros http://jethros.org.uk/fleets/fleet_listings/jet2.htm
with pictures of the components that failed causing an engine to be damaged. Flown on that a while after the incident, it's a lovely plane inside.
The following aircraft are out off service having c-checks. Boeing 737-300's G-CELH, G-CELU are both in Budapest whilst G-CELD is down in Belgrade. As looks like Boeing 737-800WL is parked up at Manchester as a spare back up aircraft as its not flown since late November.
It will mainly operate on routes to Malaga, Tenerife, Arrecife & Geneva to begin with by the looks of things. Flight deck will initially mainly be from Manchester because the Leeds based crews hav'nt been on the 737NG rating courses as yet, But they should be doing so in early January.
B757-200WL, G-LSAC & G-LSAE have now both been repainted from there Jet2 Sliver and Red livery in to the Jet2holidays colours at Air Livery in Norwich
B757-200, G-LSAA is currently sat in London Luton have some Maintenance work done
B737-300's, G-CELH, G-CELU & G-GDFE are all down in Budapest having c-checks
B737-300, G-CELD is in Belgrade having a c-check
B737-800WL, G-GDFD is due to position into Leeds to have some Maintenance work done at Multiflight.
Also Jet2 will open a new base at Alicante this summer 2013 season. 1x Boeing 737-300 will be based at the Spanish airport and will only operate 7 weekly flights to existing bases. It will also act as a spare back up aircraft for the fleet in the afternoon.
B737-800's G-GDFF & J have both been into LBA for Maintenance and now returned to MAN
B737-300, G-CELH & G-GDFE have both returned from Belgrade after having C-checks. G-CELX has now gone the other way.
Also here are details of the 8x aircraft that Jet2 are said to have acquired and should be delivered before the start of the summer season.
G-GDFM = B737-36N (Ex Brussels Airlines OO-VEN)
G-GDFN = B737-33V-W (Ex Air Baltic YL-BBK)
G-GDFO = B737-3UV (Ex Thomson Airways G-THOP)
G-GDFP = B737-8Z9 (Ex Austrian Airlines OE-LNJ)
G-GDFR = B737-8Z9 (Ex Austrian Airlines OE-LNQ)
G-GDFS = B737-36M (Ex bmi baby G-TOYJ)
G-GDFT = B737-36Q (Ex bmi baby G-TOYM)
G-GDFV = B737-85F (Ex Air Algeria/Travel Service EC-LKO)
So by the summer the fleet should be 53 aircraft as follows.
22x = B737-300 - G-CELB/C/D/E/F/G/H/I/J/K/S/U/V & G-GDFB/G/H/K/M/O/S/T
8x = B737-300QC - G-CELA/O/P/R/X/Y/Z & G-GDFE
1x = B737-300F - G-CELW
2x = B737-300WL - G-GDFL/N
5x = B737-800 - G-GDFF/J/P/R/V
2x = B737-800WL - G-GDFC/D
6x = B757-200 - G-LSAA/D/G/H/I/J
5x = B757-200WL - G-LSAB/C/E/K/N
Plus leased fleet
1x = A320-200 (Leased from Hamburg Airways to be based EMA)
1x = B737-800WL (Leased from Travel Service to be based LBA)
1x = B757-200 (Leased from Titan Airways to be based MAN)
Other aircraft seem to be rotating through heavy maintenance, repaints and interior mods for the summer season. Jet2 is starting the year with an expanded fleet which says to me a new base is imminent.
Outside bets...BOH and CWL anyone? Stansted will probably see jet2holidays routes before long. Even Blackpool is expanding very slowly and steadily with their one based 733. Happy days at LBA's resident airline.
LS085 GLA 08:30 EWR 11:00 = THU 14/11/13 / LS086 EWR 20:00 GLA 07:50 = SUN 17/11/13
LS073 EMA 08:10 EWR 11:15 = THU 14/11/13 / LS074 EWR 22:00 EMA 10:00 = SUN 17/11/13
LS075 NCL 08:00 EWR 11:00 = THU 21/11/13 / LS076 EWR 22:00 NCL 10:00 = SUN 24/11/13
LS077 MAN 08:15 EWR 11:15 = THU 21/11/13 / LS078 EWR 20:00 MAN 08:00 = SUN 24/11/13
LS087 LBA 07:40 EWR 11:15 = THU 05/12/13 / LS088 EWR 20:00 LBA 08:00 = SUN 08/12/13
LS075 NCL 08:00 EWR 11:00 = THU 05/12/13 / LS076 EWR 22:00 NCL 10:00 = SUN 08/12/13
LS087 LBA 07:40 EWR 11:15 = THU 12/12/13 / LS088 EWR 20:00 LBA 08:00 = SUN 15/12/13
LS077 MAN 08:00 EWR 11:00 = THU 12/12/13 / LS078 EWR 22:00 MAN 10:00 = SUN 15/12/13
As seen at Bournemouth after repaint 11/02/13. http://www.flickr.com/photos/leeweston/8463826307/in/photostream/
Jet2 latest Boeing 737-800WL, G-GDFR was UK registered last week and ferried from Shannon to Southend last Friday for per service works. Sister ship, Boeing 737-800WL, G-GDFP was UK registered on Thursday and was ferried from Shannon to Southend yesterday afternoon.
Titan Airways Boeing 757-200, G-ZAPX at Manchester
Smart Wings Boeing 737-800 OK-TVP & Transavia Boeing 737-800, PH-HZD at East Midlands.
Albastar Airlines Boeing 737-400, EC-LNC at Leeds/Bradford
Meanwhile Boeing 737-300QC, G-CELA returned to the UK this past weekend after having its C-check completed in Budapest and has been swapped with Boeing 737-300QC, G-GDFE which went the following direction a week ago.
recent pics of G-GDFP in Austrian basic colours show a red painted rudder section, so I would guess that's going to be silver with the red tail as well.
Also several rumours have been going around lately that Jet2/Dart group was looking to relocate some of its Office based staff. Yes even the new business park at Manchester was mentioned. But the good news is that it was confirmed today that Dart Group PLC will remain Yorkshire based as it has done a deal to acquire several floors of office space at The Mint block in Leeds City Centre.
Up to 200 new jobs will be created in expanding the airline and holidays business. The group will be moving its customer contact centre, finance, IT and human resource operations to the new office, and will be home up to 700 staff when fully operational later this year. In doing so, it will allow the group to devote more space to the operational side of its Airline at its Low Fare Finder House at Leeds Bradford Airport.
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