Taipei Songshan: 25-Jun to 01-Jul-2017

A few things to note this week. Sovereign N578AB (25th), Challenger D-AFAD (26th), King N350KF (30th and 1st), LAS VEGAS BBJ N887LS (1st), and G150 VH-PFV (1st).

Little else to tear me away from watching the tennis  though.

Beech 350 N350KF

Beech 350 N350KF – Chung Cheng Hsueh

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Bits and Pieces: 5-Jul-2017

FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT
ATR 72-212A(600) B-28068 (which to correct an earlier error is msn 1171) is currently AOG (presumably in Paphos) due to some avionics software issues. These have been fixed but there is still some paperwork to be completed. Current ETA in Taipei is Saturday or Sunday.

TRANSASIA AIRWAYS
I’d previously reported that the 2 remaining A321s and A330s had been sold. That deal fell through, and another deal to send the A330s to South America was struck but that is also floundering. Yet another deal is now being negotiated with someone else. An announcement is expected later this month. Yeah right. By the way, I’m keeping this deliberately vague as none of this supposed to be public knowledge.

UNITED AIRLINES
Last Boeing 747-400 service from SFO will be on 31-Jul (arriving here on the evening of 1-Aug). From 1-Aug, the SFO-TPE-SFO service will be operated by Boeing 777-300ERs. Oh dear, some more 777s for the log!

Smiley
Taoyuan, 5-Jul-2017

Credits: Me, Keith, Roger.

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Taipei Taoyuan: 24-30 Jun 2017

Unusually for TPE, pride of place goes to a biz this week. Sovereign N95TE was in an out on 28-JUN. And if that’s making you think ‘that’s not special’ it’s because there was little else about.

ROYAL FLIGHT Boeing 767-300ER VP-BLC was in and out on 24-Jun but has been here before. There were a couple of fist visits  CATHAY PACIFIC Airbus A350 B-LRP (24th) and EMIRATES Airbus A380 A6-EUP (27th). Probably not first visits but there were a couple of CHINA EASTERN Boeing 777-300ERS in as well; B-7343 (28th)  and B-7349 (29th).

As mentioned elsewhere, there were 2 EVA AIRWAYS deliveries; Boeing 777-300ER B-16738 (28th) and Airbus A330 B-16339 (29th). There was also a CHINA AIRLINES departure; Boeing 737-800 B-18609/N101TU (28th).

One thing I didn’t expect when I came to Taiwan was to clear the SKYMARK fleet. I haven’t done that yet but Boeing 737-800 JA73NL which arrived on 24-JUN was the 16th different one to arrive at EGAT for maintenance since I’ve been here (which is just over a year now) so I’m well on my way.

I’ve raided my own archives for a photo this week. As we’ve been talking about SKYMARK and ROYAL FLIGHT, here’s a SKYMARK Boeing 767-300ER JA767A which is now with ROYAL FLIGHT as VP-BLC which as you’ve read was here on 24-JUN. This was taken at Haneda in January 2003.

Skymark B767-3Q8ER JA767A

Skymark B767-3Q8ER JA767A

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Bits and Pieces: 1-Jul-2017 part 2.

While doing my weekly round-up of TPE movements, I found out about this one.

CHINA AIRLINES
Boeing 737-800 B-18605 (line/msn 130/28404) has become N101TU and ferried (GUM/HNL/VCV) on 28/29-Jun.

Smiley,
Taoyuan, 1-Jul-2017.

CreditsFR24Skyliner, me.

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Bits and Pieces: 1-Jul-2017

Is it really the 1st July? Where does the time go…

Some of the following is a little old but I’ve included it for the sake of completeness. There’s also some new stuff though, so pay attention…

CHINA AIRLINES
A new service to London Gatwick using Airbus A350-900s will commence on 1-Dec-2107. Initially the service will be 4 times a week.

Airbus A340-300 B-18806 (msn 433) was ferried to Victorville on 14-Jun-17. This was the last A340 in service with the airline.
Boeing 737-800 B-18609 (line/msn 161/28407) was wfu on 1-Jun-17. Last service was [CAL178/CAL179] to Takamatsu on 31-May-17. The aircraft is currently parked at TPE.

EVA AIRLINES
A330-302 B-16639 (msn 1794) has been delivered, arriving in TPE on 29-Jun-17. It’s using a hex of 899085 which was previously assigned to MD-11 B-16109.
B777-35EER B-16738 (line/msn 1503/42105) has been delivered, arriving in TPE on 28-Jun-17. Its hex is 899081 which as far as I know is the first use.

FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT
ATR 72-212A(600) B-28068 (msn 1171) has been delivered. According to Skyliner, it’s currently at Paphos on its way to Taiwan. It’s ex-OY-JZA and was previously with SAS and Jettime. And, no, I don’t know the hex yet. Interestingly, B-28068 appears to have been previously reserved by FAT for Boeing 737-86J (line/msn 4264/37772) which is now VT-SZM. This was one of two (Boeing 737-8SH (line/msn 5931/41345) which was reserved as B-28066 and is now VT-SZN was the other) that FAT tried to lease some time ago. I bet not many of you knew that!

Smiley,
Taoyuan, 1-Jul-2017.

CreditsFR24Skyliner, me.

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Taipei Songshan: 18-24 Jun 2017

Slightly later than usual with the report this week. Those who worry about me slowing down in my dotage will be reassured to hear that alcohol rather than senility is to blame (although the end results are often confused with each other).

There’s been a lot of runway changes recently and as I may have mentioned, my SBS struggles with arrivals and departures from the east. So the following is by no means complete. The Facebook group for the airport has recently posted photos of Falcon 7X B-2805 and MD-87 N168CF but they’re undated so I’m not sure if they were recent movements.

Anyway, enough, let’s get on with what I know was here…

There’s actually not that much to comment on. BAe 125 HS-CPH was in out on 18-Jun, VISTAJET MALTA Global 9H-VJS arrived on 19-Jun, and Learjet 35 VH-PFA was in on 20-Jun. 21-Jun was possibly the best day with Sovereign N10TS, Challenger N605PS, Gulfstream G550 N885WT and Global N3389H all arriving. 22-Jun saw Legacy B-3799 arrive. I think most of the preceding have been in before, but one I didn’t recognise was Global N810TS on 23-Jun.

With thanks to Chung Cheng Hsueh here’s HS-CPH arriving on 18-Jun.

BAe 125-800 HS-CPH

BAe 125-800 HS-CPH – Chung Cheng Hsueh

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Taipei Taoyuan: 17-23 Jun 2017

Little to comment on really. The most interesting visitor was VP-BLG a ROYAL FLIGHT Boeing 767-300ER but it’s been in before (and like before, I missed it!). For a while I thought we were going to get all of the AIR CANADA Boeing 777-9s in one after the other but the sequence of first visits stopped on 18-Jun with C-FGDX making a return visit. There were still a couple of new ones during the week though.

One other visitor of note was B-2761 a XIAMEN AIR Boeing 787-8 which was in and out on the morning of 20-Jun.

Our sole ‘foreign’ Boeing 747 passenger service will soon be coming to an end as UNITED AIRLINES have announced that they will be retiring the type by the end of the year. N175UA was in on 23-JUN and here’s a photo of her at Tokyo Narita back in 2003.

United Airlines B747-422 N175UA

United Airlines B747-422 N175UA

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Taipei Songshan: 11-17 Jun 2017

Another steady week here. Nothing really brilliant but still a few things worth pointing out.

Nicest of was probably UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT’s A318 N777UE. Close second would be MINSHENG Lineage B-3219. There was another Lineage too: N966MS. As well as these, there were some nice smaller biz as well: Challengers N898DL and 9H-VFH; Global 9H-VJS; Gulfstreams B-HHI and N33LR; Falcon 7X M-ARVY and Sovereign N10TS. Finally, Global VH-CCX was in too. From Facebook I gather that Brittany Spears was on board (no, I don’t know who that is either).

Here with thanks to Justin Lee here’s a photo of N777UE.

A318-112CJ N777UE

A318-112CJ N777UE – Justin Lee

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Taipei Taoyuan: 10-16 Jun 2017

First up is a grateful thank you to those awfully nice schedulers at AIR CANADA who sent us a different Triple-Seven every day this week; much appreciated!

Staying with Canada, SKYSERVICE Learjet 45 C-GEJD was a nice visitor at the end of the week. The only other biz of note was Gulfstream G550 N881WR.

EMIRATES A380 A6-EOY arrived on the usual [UAE366] on 15-JUN but didn’t depart that evening. It eventually left on 16-JUN as [UAE367] with A6-EOR (the 16th’s [UAE366]) departing as [UAE367D].

On the cargo scene, we had an extra POLAR Boeing 747 on 11-JUN and an extra MALAYSIA A330 on 14-JUN. Neither of them bothered the scorers.

Not much happened on the maintenance side of things although the arrival of JA804X a SOLASEED B737 is worth a mention.

Finally, locally based A318 B-55411 arrived on 14-JUN and has decided to stay. She’s seen here at Songhshan; her normal home.

A318-112CJ B-55411

A318-112CJ B-55411

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Taipei Songshan: 04-10 June

I suspect no one saw the best visitor here this week: SR JET Legacy 500 B-3385 was in for an hour early on 9-JUN.

Of the rest, HYUNDAI’s BBJ HL8290 was probably the star, but Cessna U206 Float Plane D-EBIW has to be a close second. There were a some unusual biz visitors too including Globals N788ZJ, OY-LGI, and 9H-VJS.

E550 B-3385

E550 B-3385

Boeing 737-7GE HL8290

Boeing 737-7GE HL8290

Cessna 206 D-EBIW

Cessna 206 D-EBIW

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Taipei Taoyuan: 03-09 June 2017

Big news this week was the start of an AIR CANADA service from Vancouver. First one was on 9-JUN using Boeing 787-9 C-FRSR (and on a personal note friends and neighbours, that puppy was well received indeed!). [ACA11] has an ETA of 14:15 and [ACA12] departs at 15:55 and I believe it’s a daily flight.

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 C-FRSR

Air Canada Boeing 787-9 C-FRSR

As much as the AIR CANADA triple was nice, on a professional level EMIRATES A380 A6-EUQ on 5-JUN was perhaps more satisfying as this was the first visit of one of their Rolls-Royce powered A380. It may well have been the first time a Rolls-Royce A380 has been here too.

Other than that, it was fairly quiet. SCOOT Boeing 787 9V-OFI made a first visit. Dreamlifter N718BA arrived for some TLC at EGAT and ANA swapped their Boeing 787 that’s there with JA819A being replaced by JA821A. That last one means I made 3 Triple-Sevens this week!

Sole biz was local A318 B-55411 which was in and out on 8-Jun.

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Bits and Pieces: 04-Jun-2017

CHINA AIRLINES
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Boeing 737-809 B-18606 (line/msn 132/28405) became N262MA a couple of days ago and departed TPE for GUM using its reg as a call-sign on 3-Jun-2107.

With thanks to Skyliner.

Smiley,
Taoyuan, 04-Jun-2017.

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Taipei Songshan: 28-May – 03-Jun 2017

Another week, another Frenchie. Another Gulfstream G650 too. The Frenchie was Falcon 900LX F-HRAY and the Gulfstream was N368GW. There were some other G650s too including B-88322 making a return from wherever it’s been hiding recently. The week was ended off quite nicely with VISTAJET MALTA Challenger 9H-VFH.

One I’m not sure about was Embraer 145 HL8054 of KOREAN EXPRESS AIR. Something pinging A9558D (which equates to N700LE which is a different E145 that I think is in storage) and using  a KOREAN EXPRESS call-sign of [KEA902] landed somewhere on 2-JUN and then left on 3-JUN. FR24 shows A9558D still as N700LE but it also shows it has occasionally been using a call-sign of HL8054. I think it landed here at TSA but none of the locals seem to have seen or reported it which makes me wonder if it landed at Fuzhou which is just across the Taiwan Strait (my SBS picks up stuff landing there). All I can tell from FR24 is that it was at XSP earlier in the week and headed north from there on the 2nd.

I’m once again indebted to 蘇昱夫 and Charlie Cheng from the Private Flight Alliance Facebook group for the following.

Gulfstream G650 N368GW

Gulfstream G650 N368GW

Falcon 900LX F-HRAY

Falcon 900LX F-HRAY

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Diamonds B-88123 and N858BR

I’ve made a quick raid on this excellent Facebook group to share a couple of things from the lighter side of aviation in Taiwan.

First up is one from Johnny Chung. It’s Diamond DA-40NG B-88123 (msn 40.N088).

DA-40NG B-88123

DA-40NG B-88123

Next one is one that seems to be based around here. It’s another Diamond. This time DA-42NG N858BR (msn 42.N122). From what I can tell, this one is connected to EVA rather than APEX Aviation who operate the other Diamonds on the island. With thanks to Chung Cheng Hsueh.

DA-42NG N858BR

DA-42NG N858BR

Smiley

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Bits and Pieces: 03-Jun-2017

CHINA AIRLINES
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A340-313 B-18806 (msn 433) China Airlines’ last A340 appears to have been retired as scheduled at the end of May. It operated [CAL915/CAL916] to and back from Honkers on 31-May and hasn’t flown since.

Meanwhile, the new A350 B-18907 (msn 105) flew its first service on 29-May as [CAL073]. This was supposed to be to Amsterdam but it ended up in Brussels instead. Not sure what went wrong at AMS (there were apparently lengthy delays for arriving aircraft), and ‘907 diverted to BRU because of fuel concerns.

DELTA AIR LINES
Delta Air Lines

The airline has ceased operations to Taiwan. The last service was operated on 23/24-May as [DAL69/DAL578] by Boeing 767-300ER N156DL.

Smiley,
Taoyuan, 03-Jun-2017.

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