Taoyuan round-up: September 2018

A gentle reintroduction to the blog with a round-up of interesting visitors and maintenance movements at Taoyuan (TPE) for September 2018.

Interesting visitors.
The THAI LION AIR A330 on the 17th, was probably the first visit of one of their A330s.The SOLASEED Boeing 737 operated flights from and to Kumamoto (KMJ) on 21st and 24th. The S7 AIRLINES A320 on the 27th routed from DMK/ITK/VVO and departed back to Moscow the same way. The THAI AIRASIA A320neo on the 30th was in and out from Chiang Mai (CNX). I think it’s the start of a 4 x a week service (Sun, Tues, Wed, and Fri).

B-LXB A350-1041 Cathay Pacific
B-3008 CRJ-200ER Jiangsu Jet
N521NW Learjet 60
JA844J B787-8 Japan Airlines
HS-LAI A330-343 Thai Lion Air
B-HNS B777-31H Cathay Pacific (first visit)
JA812X B737-86N Solaseed Air
VN-A654 A320-271N VietjetAir
B-3563 Challenger 850 Astro Air
RP-C8941 A320-216 Philippines AirAsia
JA812X B737-86N Solaseed Air
VN-A646 A321-271N VietjetAir
VP-BOL A320-214 S7 Airlines
HS-CBE A320-251N Thai AirAsia

On maintenance @ EGAT
HL7418 B744 Asiana: (arr 27-Aug/-)
HL7515 B763 Asiana: (arr 30-Sep/-)
JA73NA B738 Skymark: (arr 29-Sep/-)
JA73NR B738 Skymark: (arr 18-Aug/dep 1-Sep)
JA73NJ B738 Skymark: (arr 4-Sep/dep 24-Sep)
JA737Z B738 Skymark: (arr 14-Sep/dep 27-Sep)
JA818A B788 All Nippon: (arr 1-Aug/dep 8-Sep)
JA823A B788 All Nippon: (arr 31-Aug/-)
N304UP B763 UPS: (arr 16-Sep/-)
N331UP B763 UPS: (arr 31-Aug/dep 16-Sep)
N364UP B763 UPS: (arr 15-Apr/dep 25-Sep) ex-JAL, freighter conversion
N538LA B763 LAN Cargo: (arr 7-Aug/-)
N583UP B744 UPS: (arr 24-Jul/-)
N665AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 25-Sep/-)
N668AC B763 (Shanghai Airlines) (arr 3-Aug/-)
N780BA BLCF Atlas Air: (arr 6-Aug/dep 26-Sep)

N487MC Atlas Air: departed 08-Sep (ex-B-16483)

B-16852 ATR 72-212A(600) (1357) Mandarin Airlines: badly damaged after overrunning runway at Taichung (RMQ) following arrival from Penghu (MZG) as [MDA788] on 22-AUG. Still there as of 30-Sep.

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Bits and Pieces

A couple of quick updates…


Air France A320-211 F-GFKP

Air France A320-211 F-GFKP

AFR resumed flights to Taiwan when they started a new 3 times a week service from CDG-TPE service on 17-Apr. For now, at least, the service is being operated by Boeing 777-200ERs. F-GSPU operated the first service, arriving at TPE on the morning of 17-APR.

AFR552 arrives at 0815 on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
AFR557 departs at 1020 on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.


Far Eastern MD-82 B-28033

Far Eastern MD-82 B-28033

FAT have ordered 11 Boeing 737-MAX8s. First 2 aircraft will arrive in 2019. This isn’t the first time FAT have tried to introduce the Boeing 737 into their fleet. They ordered 2 -800s a couple of years ago and even had registrations reserved but problems with financing eventually scuppered the deal.

Taoyuan, 24-Apr-2018.

Credits: me.

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Gulfstream B-95119

We have ourselves a new Gulfstream on the island. Actually we may have two, but I guess not. The one I saw was using a call-sign of B-95119 and it was busy doing touch and gos at Sungshan today. I saw it this afternoon from some distance so I can’t confirm if it’s G650 N99KZ (msn 6283) which Mr Gulfstream confirms has been recently delivered to the island. What I can confirm from FR24 is that it pings 89915C.

Taoyuan, 19-Apr-2018.

CreditsFR24, Bob Holland, me.

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UPS Boeing 767-346ER N364UP

A quick update to record a recent maintenance arrival at TPE. It’s UPS Boeing 767 N364UP which arrived on Sunday morning (15-Apr). It’s an ex-JAPAN AIRLINES machine (JA609J) and is here for freighter conversion.

N364UP B767-346ER UPS

Photo is courtesy of Ethan Tang and Jet Photos.

Taoyuan, 17-Apr-2018.

CreditsFR24Skyliner, Ethan Tang, Jet Photos, me.

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N805AV A321-231 departs Taoyuan

The final ex-TRANSASIA AIRWAYS A321 left Taoyuan this morning (12-APR). It was N805AV (msn 6009) and is ex-B-22608. FR24 shows that it went Guam. I ‘m told it’s for AVIANCA, but I suspect it will be having some TLC somewhere first. Sister-ship N810AV (msn 6294) went to Tucson last month and the two A330s (N803AV and N804AV) ended up in Abu Dhabi.

B-22608 A321-231 V-Air

B-22608 A321-231 V-Air

Taoyuan, 12-Apr-2018.

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OK-TSD Travel Service Boeing 737-8Q8

Here’s a strange one. Not only because it’s a long way from home, but also the route it took to get to TPE.

It’s TRAVEL SERVICE Boeing 737-8Q8 OK-TSD and arrived  on 8-APR. As you can see it’s been on quite a trek. It’s still here as I type on the evening of 9-APR. Photo is courtesy of 徐鴻鑫

OK-TSD B737-8Q8 Travel Service

OK-TSD B737-8Q8 Travel Service

OK-TSD route

I did wonder if it was something to do with Katy Perry’s tour but the dates and locations don’t really match.

Taoyuan, 9-Apr-2018.

CreditsFR24Skyliner, me.

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Taipei Taoyuan maintenance movements – March 2008

I know there have been some spotters from the UK here in the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d get my finger out and post the following about various maintenance movements on the off chance that they might visit the blog.

Courtesy of 徐鴻鑫 here’s a photo of the main talking point this month. It’s N1427A a Boeing 767-300 which was converted to freighter here and delivered to PRIME AIR. This one has now left, but there’s a second one here: N1489A.

N1427A B767-306ER(BCF)

N1427A B767-306ER(BCF)

EGAT (bold type designates that the aircraft was still here on March 31).
HL7413 B744 Asiana (arr 15-Mar)
HL7528 B763 Asiana (arr 17-Mar)
HL7620 B744 Asiana (arr 4-Feb/dep 16-Mar)
JA737R B738 Skymark (arr 19-Feb/dep 4-Mar)
JA737X B738 Skymark (arr 10-Mar/dep 23-Mar)
JA737Y B738 Skymark (arr 24-Mar)
JA603A B763 All Nippon (arr 22-Mar)
JA604F B763 All Nippon (arr 17-Feb/dep 23-Mar)
JA620A B763 All Nippon (arr 7-Mar/dep 27-Mar)
JA622A B763 All Nippon (arr 25-Mar)
JA627A B763 All Nippon (arr 6-Feb/dep 8-Mar)
JA812A B788 All Nippon (arr 17-Mar)
N289UP MD11 UPS (arr 17-Mar/dep 19-Mar)
N303UP B763 UPS (arr 17-Mar)
N317UP B763 UPS (arr 9-Mar/dep 24-Mar)
N340UP B763 UPS (arr 24-Mar)
N408MC B744 Atlas Air (arr 3-Feb/dep 16-Mar)
N477MC B744 Atlas Air (arr 19-Feb/dep30-Mar)
N578UP B744 UPS (arr 9-Feb/dep 6-Mar)
N581UP B744 UPS (arr 28-Feb)
N638GT >> N1427A B763 Atlas Air/Prime Air: outside on 11-Mar (primer) and 23-Mar (c/s?). Air-test on 27-Mar (full Prime Air c/s). Dep to ANC on 28-Mar.
N1489A B763 Atlas Air (arr 27-Jan)
2-AERB B772 Ukraine International (dep 2-Mar)

China Airlines
3701 B738 RoC Air Force (arr 26-Feb)

B-16481 B744 EVA Air >> N485MC Atlas Air: air tests on 8-Mar and 10-Mar. Departed 31-Mar to HKG.
HS-STB B744 Orient Thai: stored in north-western corner of airport.
N805AV A321 Avianca (ex-B-22608): air-test 12-Mar.
N810AV A321 Avianca (ex-B-22610): air test 11-Mar. Has subsequently departed.

B-18916 A350-941 (191) China Airlines: arr TPE 8-Mar, 1st service 12-Mar to HKG as [CAL903/904]

Taoyuan, 3-Apr-2018.

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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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Taoyuan, 1-Jul-2017.

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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…

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.

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.

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!

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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