2004 news

 

11/12/2004: Thomas Cook is leasing out 2 aircraft for operations with Apple Vacations. G-FCLD (c/n 28718) and G-JMCD (c/n 30757) were both seen at Manchester in basic Thomas Cook c/s with “Apple Vacations” titles and tail logo; Skyservice Airlines is leasing several Boeing 757-200s from British operators this winter. G-OOOZ, G-OOBG and G-OOBH are being leased from First Choice Airways, while G-WJAN is being leased from MyTravel Airways. All aircraft will get Canadian registrations.

06/12/2004: Phuket Airlines has received its second Boeing 757-200. The aircraft, registered HS-KAA, had been stored since June 2001 when it was returned by LAPA to the lessor.

05/12/2004: US Airways has painted 3 Boeing 757s (N620AU, N622AU and N623AU) in full ‘Star Alliance’ c/s.

26/11/2004: Dutchbird has been taken over by the Exel Group. The company will continue to fly as Dutchbird this winter. As of next summer season, the airline will operate as Holland Exel.

24/11/2004: Air Astana intends to acquire an additional 7 Boeing 757-200s for route expansion.

23/11/2004: Astraeus has received a second 757. The aircraft, G-OOOB, previously operated by First Choice Airways, was seen in full Astraeus c/s.

10/11/2004: Aeroflot is also interested in the Boeing 757. The airline is interested in 3 aircraft from MyTravel Airways; Axis Airways could be the first French Boeing 757 operator. The company is in negotiations to introduce at least one aircraft to its fleet before the end of the year. No indication at this moment where the plane is coming from. Axis Airways could be looking at more 757s next year.

02/10/2004: Uzbekistan Airways has not added 1, but 3 Boeing 757s to its fleet. They are c/n 28487, 28488 and 30339.

20/09/2004: Air China plans to establish a Tibetan subsidiary operation  that will use Air China’s exiting 2 Boeing 757-200s based in Lhasa as well as five more A319s.

13/09/2004: Varig has received their first Boeing 757-200; the aircraft, PT-VTQ (c/n 25247), was ferried from Madrid via Sal to Rio de Janeiro September 4.

04/09/2004: Azerbaijan Airlines is operating a new Boeing 757-200; 4K-AZ43 was seen at Paris/Charles de Gaulle August 11 in all white c/s with red ‘Azerbaijan Airlines’ titles.

25/08/2004: Uzbekistan Airways is about to get another Boeing 757-200; N719TW (c/n 28487) was seen in full Uzbekistan Airways c/s at Goodyear on the TIMCO ramp August 21.

26/07/2004: MyTravel Airways has plans to return their Boeing 757 fleet (5 aircraft) by the end of the summer season to the leasing companies; Varig could be a new Boeing 757 operator. Brazilian CAA approved the import of 4 Boeing 757-200s (all ex-Iberia); all will be leased from ILFC; import was authorized based on Varig’s promise to use them mostly on international routes.

13/07/2004: Vim Airlines is a new Boeing 757 operator from Russia; the first aircraft, RA-73017, was seen in full c/s at Moscow/Domodedovo June3 30.

20/06/2004: Thomas Cook Airlines (operated by Condor) is talking with an undisclosed customer in China about the sale of 6 Boeing 757-300s.

14/06/2004: Far Eastern Air Transport has leased a Boeing 757-200 freighter from AWMS I; the aircraft, N868AN, was previously operated by Icelandair as TF-FIT (c/n 24868); it was seen at Taipei in all white c/s with ‘TNT’ titles on left side only.

12/06/2004: America West Airlines, according to rumors, is looking for upto 8 more Boeing 757-200s.

05/06/2004: Shanghai Airlines will be converting B-2808 and B-2809 to freighters; Primaris Airlines is a new Boeing 757-200 operator. The airline from the United States has recently received their first aircraft, registered N497GX, which before was operated by Air Scotland; TACV – Cabo Verde Airlines has leased a second 757-200. The aircraft is D4-CBP, and was with AeroMexico before.

21/05/2004: Santa Barbara Airlines of Venezuela could be a new 757 operator. The airline intends to lease 2 Boeing 757-200s believed to be coming from TransMeridian, and start operations between Caracas and Miami July 8th.

19/05/2004: Royal Tongan Airlines ceased all international services as of April 23rd after its only Boeing 757-200 was repossessed by Royal Brunei Airlines; Canada 3000 Airlines intends to restart operations in December with 2 Boeing 757-200s, operating to Mexico and the Caribbean; FlyJetGreen.com suspended operations after only 5 days of flying; AV8Air ceased operations April 7th.

10/05/2004: Volare has leased a Boeing 757 from Icelandair this summer. The aircraft, TF-FIU, arrived at Milan/Malpensa May 7th in all white c/s with “Volare” titles.

01/05/2004: Icelandair‘s TF-FIS rolled out at Maastricht in full FlyJetGreen.com c/s April 30th; Air Scotland returned SX-BLV to Thomas Cook Airlines, and leased another Boeing 757-200, SX-BLW, which was seen at Glasgow April 30th in full Air Scotland c/s with “www.Greece-Airways.com” titles on aft fuselage.

26/04/2004: Royal Tongan Airlines‘ only Boeing 757 was reportedly grounded April 23rd after Royal Brunei Airlines took possession of the aircraft. Royal Brunei is the owner of the aircraft; TF-FIT of Icelandair is currently flying in full TNT c/s and homebase is Liege.

22/04/2004: Shanghai Airlines will have 2 757s converted to freighter by Precision Conversions LLC. Both aircraft are owned by ILFC and will re-enter service early 2005; TACV – Cabo Verde Airlines will lease a second Boeing 757 from ILFC.

24/03/2004: Fly Air has returned their last Boeing 757 this March. The airline operated 3, TC-FLB, TC-FLC and TC-FLD, for just over a year.

17/03/2004: HMY Airways has added a Boeing 757-200. The aircraft, registered C-GTSN, is an ex-Air Transat aircraft and will replace C-GMYH which will be returned to CIT Leasing Corporation this month.

16/03/2004: Loftleidir Icelandic will operate one of its 757s out of Dublin for JetGreen starting May. JetGreen is a tour operator and flights are to destinations in Spain.

03/03/2004: Air Holland has suspended operations February 28th and all aircraft have been returned to the leasing companies. Most of the staff and flights have been taken over by Holland Exel. It is not known if Holland Exel will be using the 757 for some of its operations.

24/02/2004: Condor has signed an agreement to sell 12 Boeing 757-200s to Center Capital, a Russian aircraft finance company. The first aircraft was due to be handed over by the end of January, and all 12 aircraft should be handed over by October of this year. All aircraft will be leased to Vim Airlines.

21/02/2004: Cebu Pacific is in talks about adding a 4th Boeing 757 to its fleet.

12/02/2004: Bluebird Cargo is about to become a Boeing 757 operator; the Icelandic airline signed a lease agreement for a single 757-200 freighter with Boullion Aviation Services; the aircraft will be delivered during this coming summer season.

21/01/2004: Thomas Cook (powered by Condor) is reducing its fleet from 47 to 35 aircraft with the sale of 12 Boeing 757-200s to Center-Capital, a Russian investment group. Condor already grounded 8 of the 12 aircraft last year.

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