Saturday 29 November 2014

‘Scene’ at Manchester International Airport (MIA) 2

When I first visited in the 1950’s, ‘MIA” as it is now it was simply Ringway airport where we lads sat on the grass writing down the registrations only a stones throw from the aircraft. 


Only the posh kids possessed cameras, I certainly didn’t. The ladies in the nearby cafe kept us going with cups of tea and bottles of pop.


There are still some old timers (other than me) ‘lurking’ in the background,



A British Aerospace (BAe) RJX 100. An advanced version of the ‘BAe’ 146 series of airliners that for whatever reason ‘BAe’ terminated production of in 2001. Three aircraft had been built against orders for 14 from ‘British Airways’ and ‘Drukair’. The aircraft was flown to ‘MIA’ in 2003 for preservation.

Personally, I thought that an aircraft of its size using 4 engines was a problem to operators. I was always surprised that it was not re-engined with 2 engines much as the Handley Page Herald had been in the 1950’s.





An Airbus A321-231 of ‘Monarch Airlines’. It first flew on the 15th. May 2013 with the test registration of D-AVZO. It was delivered to ‘Monarch’ 8 days later.




An Embraer 170/175 of ‘flybe’ which first flew for the airline in July 2011 with the test registration of PT-TOB. Surprisingly perhaps, it was not delivered to ‘flybe until the following December (11th). The length of time elapsed between the first flight could be because of the aircraft being used for test purposes during the certification process


In my view one of the most visually attractive airliners I have ever seen it is a tragedy is that we as a nation should be importing these aircraft from Brazil. 


If the Brazilians can do it and they do do it very well then this is the type of aircraft that should be being built by the British aircraft industry.


Remember, we still have one, just....!




A Boeing 737-8K5 of ‘Thomson Airways’ (TA). It first flew on the 9th. of May 2011 and was delivered new to ‘TA’ on the 24th.




A Dornier 328-110 registered to ‘flybe’ but is operated by ‘Loganair’. It previously operated with the registration D-CDAE.




A Fokker 100 of Swiss operator ‘Helvetic Airways’ (HA). Built for ‘American Airlines’ as N1468A, it first flew for them on 21st of February 1994 being delivered on March the third. It moved to ‘HA’ almost 10 years later in February 2004.




A Learjet 40 built in 2004 registered to ‘Florida Express Corporation’. It was previously registered N502JM. 


The Americans use a registration more than once providing that the earlier user is no longer current on the American civil register. 


This is N700KG’s third outing having previously been carried by a BAe HS 125-700A and a Piper P-60 Aerostar both of which were eventually sold abroad.




A Boeing 757-236 of Thomson Airways. Its first flight was the 30th. of April 1999 as N544NA. The operator is shown in the records as ‘Rolls-Royce AcM’ to whom it was delivered on the 21st of May 1999. On the 14th. of June 1999 it was delivered to ‘National Airlines’ (NA) with the same registration.

After a period in store following the demise of ‘NA’, it became G-OOBG with ‘First Choice Airways’ (FCA). During its time with ‘FCA’ between 2004 and 2008 it was regularly leased to SkyService as C-FUBG. This was to allow the Canadian operator use of the aircraft when British operations were quieter. ‘FCA’ were merged with Thomson in 2007.





A Bombardier Dash 8 of ‘flybe’. It was delivered new to the airline in July 2009.




An Airbus A330-202 of ‘Qatar airways’. It first flew with the test registration of F-WWKP on the 23rd. of May 2007 and was delivered new to the airline on the 5th. of July 2007.




A Boeing 757-27B which first flew in February 1988 as PH-AHE for ‘Air Holland’ to whom it was delivered the following Month. It was leased twice to ‘Sterling Airways’ as OY-SHE in 1989 and1990. Further leases to ‘Icelandair’, ‘Dinar Lineas Aereas’ and ‘Spanair’ followed under its Dutch registration until eventually going to ‘Air Slovakia’ as OM-SNA in 2004.

It came to Jet2 in September 2006 and carries the name’ Newcastle’.




An Airbus A320-214 which first flew in June 2005 as EI-DEO for ‘Aer Lingus’ and was delivered the following month. 


From March 2013 it has been leased in full ‘Virgin Atlantic’ (VA) livery. One of four all leased from the same source to operate ‘VA’s domestic ‘Little Red’ flight’s between Heathrow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Manchester. The airline has recently announced that these services will be withdrawn at the end of September 2015.




A Boeing 777-3FXER of ‘Etihad Airways’. It first flew in January 2012 being delivered new to the airline on the 17th. of February the same year.





A Boeing 757-21B of Jet2. It first flew in October 1987 as B-2803 of ‘China Southern Airlines’ with whom it stayed until coming to ‘Jet2’ in November 2006.





An Airbus A330-243 of ‘Thomas Cook UK’. First flown in June 1999 with the test registration of F-WWKG. Delivered 20 days later to ‘Airtours’ (At) as G-MDBD. It had a spell with ‘Garuda Indonesian Airlines’ in 2001 before returning to ‘At’. They became 

‘My Travel Airways’ who eventually became part of the ‘Thomas Cook’ organisation in 2007.


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