Author Archives: Smiley
The end may be in sight for A380 production, but it looks like its future in TPE is assured for some time to come. See the comments about EMIRATES in the News section. NOK AIR B737-800 HS-DBG was in and out in the very early hours of 9-Feb. Little else worthy of comment in, but … Continue reading
Not much from me this time, as I was away for nearly the whole month. Away from the SINGAPORE AIRLINES B787-10s that dominate the list below, there are a couple worthy of mention. First up was HS-VKC A320 of THAI VIETJET AIR which kicked off the year in some style for me on 1-JAN. I … Continue reading
Short rations this time as I was away for a week or so. There’ll be even less next month as I’m going to be spending most of this month in Beijing (where I may even learn something about the Trent 1000 – see the note about 9V-OJG below). Anyway, onwards! Plenty of neos this month, … Continue reading
What a puppy! Global 5000 B-602L provided some excitement this month. For those who use Facebook, click on the photo for the full image. Credit: Charlie Cheng Honda Jet N707FH on the 1st and again on the 3rd was nice (and missed both times by me). Another Honda Jet, N420HR, was in on the 12th … Continue reading
AERONEXUS Boeing 767-35DER ZS-NEX was an interesting visitor during November.Click on the image or here to view the full image. Credit: Mikko Mertanen News: AIR NEW ZEALAND [NZ/ANZ] Started a AUK-TPE-AUK B787-9 service on 1-Nov. First service was operated by ZK-NZD. I’ve listed the various aircraft as 1st visits, but I believe ANZ have operated here … Continue reading
As promised earlier, here’s a round up from Sung Shan. Mostly biz related as you’ll see. There was something of a Farnborough feeling from the 11th to the 13th. Two of the attendees from that show, F-GCDP Falcon 8X and PR-ZGQ Embraer 190E2 were here. Both did demo flights on the 12th. Among the rest, … Continue reading
I’m hoping to put out a report for Sung Shan tomorrow, but I’m off to Honkers later to kill off a few more brain cells, so no promises. Lots to report this month, so let’s get on with it… News: CAMBODIA AIRWAYS [KR/KME] Started a new twice a week (Tues and Sun) Siam Reap (REP) … Continue reading
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. … Continue reading
A couple of quick updates… AIR FRANCE: 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 … Continue reading
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) … Continue reading
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. Photo is courtesy of Ethan Tang and Jet Photos. Smiley, Taoyuan, 17-Apr-2018. Credits: FR24, Skyliner, Ethan Tang, Jet Photos, me.
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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.