Taipei Taoyuan: 27-May – 02-Jun 2017

The highlight for me this week was the balloon in Taoyuan City that was the subject of my last post. It was just as well I saw that as over here at TPE it a bit slow. We did have one very nice biz but, unfortunately for me, it was Seletar based Gulfstream G150 VH-PFV. Still, nice to see it again. Here’s a photo courtesy of Murad Hashan.

Gulfstream G150 VH-PFV

Gulfstream G150 VH-PFV

Little else to report other than a trio of first visits on 29-May.

On the maintenance scene, JA706A an ALL NIPPON Boeing 777 that I hadn’t realised was here departed on 1-Jun.

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Ultramagic M-120 B-00006

Wasn’t expecting to see this in the local park this morning. Apparently there’s going to be some Star Wars balloons here in June. This one came up from Taitung to be present at a press-conference launching the event. I’m hoping to attend one of the launches so watch this space.

Ultramagic M-120 B-00006

Ultramagic M-120 B-00006

 

Ultramagic M-120 B-00006

Ultramagic M-120 B-00006

Smiley,
Taoyuan, 1-Jun-2017.

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Taipei Songshan: 21-27 May 2017

Sir Thomas of Cruise was in town this week to promote his latest movie. The Short One arrived on his Gulfstream IV-SP N808T on 24-May and departed the following evening. The 24th was a busy day with Gulfstream G450 N483CM and VISTAJET MALTA Global 9H-VJM also in. Normally one of those would have earned a photo here, but they were trumped at the death by the arrival of Dassault’s Falcon 8X F-HFSD on 27-May. Pretty sure that’s a first visit of the type to Songshan and indeed the island. It came in from Jeju and departed to Seletar. With thanks to Eddie Tang, here’s a photo.

Falcon 8X F-HFSD

Falcon 8X F-HFSD

One other visitor of note was  an old friend from Singapore: ORIENT GLOBAL’s BBJ VP-BEL which was in for a couple of days.

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China Airlines B-18907 A350 Hex Code

My new toy’s hex is 8990F4 which used to belong to MANDARIN AIRLINES Embraer 190 B-16826 (which I believe is currently stored at Warsaw as M-ABJD).

Just thought you’d like to know…

Smiley,
Taoyuan, 27-May-2017.

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Taipei Taoyuan: 20-26 May

Quite a bit to talk about this week, so let’s get right into it…

SCOOT Boeing 787-8 9V-OFH made a first visit on 20-May and also returned later on the same day.

We had the last of the Antonov AN-124 visits on 21-May with UR-82027 arriving (this time from (KRW) not (DAC)) and departing the following day.

Honkers was down to one runway for a few hours on Wednesday 24-May and there were a few diversions to TPE. Apparently B-6366 CHINA EASTERN A321 slid off of the runway while landing in heavy rain. I don’t know how many diversions we eventually had, but 3 caught my eye.

First was JET AIRWAYS Boeing 777-300ER VT-JES.

Jet Airways B777-35RER VT-JES

Jet Airways B777-35RER VT-JES

This was followed by one that attracted professional interest too; ASIANA A450-941 HL8078.

Asiana A350-941 HL8078

Asiana A350-941 HL8078

Final one was JA05KZ a NIPPON CARGO Boeing 747-400. Many thanks to Hung-Hsin, Hu for the excellent photos.

Also in on 24-May was a CHINA EASTERN B-2020 Boeing 777-300ER. There was another one of these on 25-May too: B-7343.

Our sole biz of the week arrived on 25-May in the shape of returning EVA BBJ N888YF.

The week was rounded off in style with a couple of EMIRATES arrivals. Boeing 747-400ER OO-THC arrived just after lunch. It was operating [UAE9866] which normally arrives on a Saturday and is usually operated by a Boeing 777-200F. The freighter was preceded by Triple-Seven A6-ENI which arrived from DXB as [UAE2630].

Emirates B747-4HAFER OO-THC

Emirates B747-4HAFER OO-THC

As well as all of that, there were a few maintenance movements too, and of course the previously documented arrival of my 6th baby: B-18907. So read on dear chaps, read on…

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China Airlines A350 B-18907

CHINA AIRLINES have taken delivery of their 6th A350. B-18907 (msn 105) arrived at Taoyuan this afternoon (25-May). Here’s a photo of her at Toulouse just before departure. And no, Keith, the wheelbarrow isn’t for my salary; it’s not big enough!

China Airlines A350-941 B-18907

China Airlines A350-941 B-18907

Smiley,
Taoyuan, 25-May-2017.

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Bits and pieces: 21-May-2017

CHINA AIRLINES
Blog Thumb CALa

Boeing 737s B-18605 (130/28404) and B-18606 (132/28405) are currently WFU at TPE. ‘605 is all white, and ‘606 is also white but has the remnants of the CAL colour-scheme on its nose. There was also another CAL Boeing 737-800 in bare metal here last week, but I think that was one being repainted rather than one being WFU.

EVA AIRWAYS
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A330-203 B-16309 (661) is currently in an all white colour-scheme and parked at TPE. It was in a Hello Kitty scheme and EVA announced that they were going to paint some of the ‘Kitty Jets’ in different schemes, but I think ‘309 has probably been WFU as EVA are slowly getting rid of their A330-200s.

Smiley,
Taoyuan, 21-May-2017.

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Taipei Songshan: 14-20 May 2017

My recent choices for ‘star visitor of the week’ seem to be akin with story of Goldilocks And The 3 Bears. Two weeks ago it was a spindle: Cirrus-Design SR-22, last week some heavy metal: an Antonov An-124, and this week it’s something pretty much in the middle: an A318.

Airbu A318-112CJ B-6936

Airbu A318-112CJ B-6936

GCL Poly Energy’s  B-6936 arrived at Songshan on Monday and left on Wednesday. Many thanks to Chung Cheng Hsueh for the photo.

Other biz are worthy of mention; Global T7-LRW; G450 N904G; G550s B-8128, N888HK, N888XS.

Finally, DA-42 N858BR turned up as well.

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Taipei Taoyuan: 14-19 May 2017.

The ANTONOV AIRLINES’ An-124s dominated proceedings this week, with UR-28029 returning again and UR-82027 also turning up. All have come from Dhaka and departed to Turkmenbashi. I’m told there will be one more flight next week.

After a period of absence, JC INTERNATIONAL returned again with pretty much a daily service (there wasn’t one on Friday). I’ve reported them below this week, but probably won’t bother in future.

Just two biz: B-3799, a Chinese Legacy.  B-6936 GCL Poly Energy’s A318 came in from TSA; more of which tomorrow in the TSA round-up. EVA’s BBJ N888YF emerged from hiding and departed to Manila; it has been here since 14-Mar-2017.

What’s that? No photo? Oh, go on then, here’s one.

SHANDONG AIRLINES operate a couple of daily flights to Taipei from Qingdao and although she wasn’t in this week, Boeing 737-800 B-5491 is a regular visitor.

Shandong Airlines B737-85P B-5491

Shandong Airlines B737-85P B-5491

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Taipei Songshan: 7-13 May 2017

Little to report this week other than another Japanese visitor. This time it was Sovereign JA680C. On the basis that it’s easier (and quicker) to get forgiveness than permission, I’ve ‘alf-inched’ a photo from Flickr. You can see the full version by 阿樺樺 here. She arrived on 12-May.

Cessna 680 JA680C

Cessna 680 JA680C

Another one worthy of mention was Gulfstream G550 N3788B which stayed a few days. I did briefly consider more internet theft (in for a penny and all that) but in the end decided enough was enough.

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Taipei Taoyuan: 6-12 May 2017

Well, take a look at this puppy…

Antonov An-124 UR-82029

Antonov An-124 UR-82029

From the sublime to the ridiculous is a phrase that springs to mind this week. Last week’s star visitor to the island was JA007F the dinky little Japanese Cirrus Design SR-22 which was over at TSA. This week (as you’ve just seen) it was a slightly more substantial aircraft that took the honours: ANTONOV AIRLINES’ Antonov An-124 UR-82029 which arrived from Dhaka on 11-May. I was fortunate enough to see her blasting off the following morning as I drove to work: marvelous!

Many thanks to Hung-Hsin, Hu for the excellent photo.

After that, everything else might seem a little mundane, but it wasn’t really. We had another STARFLYER A320 which was nice. On the maintenance scene an ALL NIPPON Boeing 787 arrived (which, friends and neighbours just happened to be one that I never saw while I was in Singapore; how cool is that?) along with some SKYMARK and SOLASEED pigs. There were even a couple of biz. So, all in all a very satisfying week.

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N2052A part 2

I know that many of you get the email version of the blog and so don’t necessarily view the web version so won’t see updates or comments (tut, tut). So I thought I’d publish this update to an earlier post separately.

Alan from Global Trek Aviation has told me that my unknown hex A1A735 is the Cessna 208 (msn 208B2208) that used to be N2052A. It’s still B-9430 and is operated  by Hainan Asia Pacific General Aviation.

Next job is to see it!

Cheers,

Smiley

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N2052A

A plea for help.

I’ve had hex A1A735 with a call-sign of N2052A on my SBS recently. That hex does equate to N2052A so that bit makes sense. N2052A itself is currently a reserved registration. Looking on the FAA website, there was a Cessna 208 registered N2052A which was cancelled to China as B-9430 some years ago and seems to be still current.

From what I can see from SBS. it seems to be operating in and out of Songshan.

If anyone knows anything about this, I’d love to know.

Smiley

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Taipei Songshan: 30-Apr – 6-May 2017.

When it comes to aircraft, this blog is very much an equal opportunities site. And while I can’t deny I’m partial to a bit of Gulfstream action, I’m very pleased to be able to share this photo of a nice visitor to TSA last weekend. With thanks to Clarence.

Ce750 N510CX

Ce750 N510CX

I’m equally pleased to be able to share Jim Hung‘s photo of this little puppy.

JA007F Cirrus Design SR-22

JA007F Cirrus Design SR-22

She was in for a couple of days and makes a welcome change from the usual diet of airliners and biz. From what I can gather, she went on to Kagoshima and then Hokkaido.

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Taipei Taoyuan: 29-Apr – 5-May 2017

Not too much doubt about the star visitors this week: STARFLYER A320 JA08MC was in an out on 3-May and JA05MC was in and out on 5-May. Actually, if Maltese Falcon 7X 9H-FCB which arrived from Haneda on 1-May had been a frame rather than paint, it might have taken pride of place. But it wasn’t. So it doesn’t.

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