Friday, December 31, 2010

Austrian Arrows Fokker 100 in special Austrian Ski team colors (OE-LVM) in Athens

Austrian Arrows Fokker 100 registered OE-LVM that is painted with the special Austrian Ski team colors arrived in Athens today on the scheduled flight from VIE (Vienna, Austria).

Fokker 100 / OE-LVM / about to land on rwy 03L

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Three British Airways Boeing 747s diverted to Athens due to LHR closure

Three British Airways Boeing 747s diverted to Athens today due to the closure of London Heathrow airport. The weather in LHR was so bad that all the inbound flights had to be diverted to other airports and only a couple of departures were made possible. Three of the longhaul flights of BA were diverted to Athens early in the morning. Those were:

G-BNLY operating BA010 between SYD (Sydney, Australia) - BKK (Bankong, Thailand) - LHR
G-BYGB operating BA012 between SIN (Singapore) - LHR
G-CIVB operating BA028 between HKG (Hong Kong, China) - LHR

All three of them are parked in the southern apron of Athens and according to London Heathrow airport, the flights are expected to operate -weather permitting- on Monday.

Boeing 747-400 / G-BNLY / parked in the southern apron of Athens

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Amjet Executive Falcon 50 registered SX-CRC still in GVA

The Falcon 50 registered SX-CRC that is expected to be added to Amjet Executive's fleet is still parked in GVA (Geneva, Switzerland) and as it looks from the picture, which was taken yesterday, it is not ready to fly soon.
Thanks to Jean-Luc ALTHERR for the picture!

Dassault Falcon 50 / SX-CRC / parked in GVA

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Islamic Republic of Iran government Airbus A321 registered EP-AGB departing Athens

Since yesterday the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran was in Greece on an official visit. He departed today back to IKA (Tehran, Iran) onboard the Islamic Republic of Iran government's Airbus A321 registered EP-AGB. The flight, MRJ05 operated by Meraj Air, departed at 13:40L from runway 21L.

Airbus A321 / EP-AGB / just departed from rwy 21L

State of Kuwait Airbus A319CJ registered 9K-GEA in Athens

The Airbus A319CJ owned by the State of Kuwait, registered 9K-GEA (c/n 3957), arrived today in Athens from BTS (Bratislava, Slovakia) as KU035. It landed at 15:10L and was schedule to depart at 15:50L to KWI (Kuwait City, Kuwait).

Airbus A319CJ / 9K-GEA / about to land on rwy 21R

Friday, December 3, 2010

Lao Airlines ATR 72 registered RDPL-34137 arrived in Athens

A rare visitor in Athens today! Lao Airlines ATR 72-200 registered RDPL-34137 (c/n 316) arrived from TZX (Trabzon, Turkey) as LAO137. It landed on runway 21R at 15:55L and is expected to depart tomorrow. It is probably being ferried on return to lessor or for maintenance.

ATR 72 / RDPL-34137 / about to land in Athens

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Strange Boeing 727-200/Adv(F) registered 5Y-GMA arrived as AKQ456 in Athens

Updated 24/11/2010 11:50L

A Boeing 727-200/Adv(F) registered 5Y-GMA arrived last night in Athens as AKQ456, probably from LXR (Luxor, Egypt). The plane landed at 20:35Z (22:35L) on runway 21R. This plane had filled several times in the past a flight plan from LXR to Athens but the flight was subsequently cancelled every time (that's why the speculation about its origin this time). Since this plane hadn't appeared in the past anywhere under this registration, it is yet uncertain which B72F this is. Most probably though it is c/n 21930 (ex N740DH), which was cancelled from FAA registry on 02/09/2010 and exported to Kenya.

The flight was operated by Aerospace Consortium International, a Kenyan based air operator.

Thanks to Alex for the photo.
Boeing 727-200/Adv(F) / 5Y-GMA / parked in Athens' southern apron

FC Barcelona arrived in Athens on an Iberia A340-600 registered EC-LCZ

FC Barcelona arrived today in Athens for a Champion's League match on board an Iberia Airbus A340-600 registered EC-LCZ from BCN (Barcelona, Spain). The flight, IB2820, landed at 13:35L on runway 21R. At 14:45 it departed as IB2819 on a ferry flight back to MAD (Madrid, Spain).

Airbus A340-600 / EC-LCZ / about to land on runway 21R

Saturday, November 20, 2010

LOT ERJ-170 registered SP-LDC with special colors visited Athens

LOT Embraer ERJ-170 registered SP-LDC painted in the special Krakow & Malopolska titles and the Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" painting on the tail, visited Athens today on the schedule flight from WAW (Warsaw, Poland).

Embraer ERJ-170 / SP-LDC / ready to depart from Athens

Friday, October 15, 2010

Iberia Airbus A321 registered EC-JLI with FEB sticker in Athens

Iberia's Airbus A321 registered EC-JLI carrying the "Siempre con la seleccion" titles and the FEB (Federacion Espanola de Baloncesto) sticker on the fuselage arrived today on the scheduled flight from MAD (Madrid, Spain) to Athens. Iberia is supporting the Spanish Basketball Federation on its social programs in various African and other developing countries.

Airbus A321 / EC-JLI / carrying the FEB sticker on the fuselage

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bluebird Airways took delivery of Boeing 737-400 registered SX-DAV in Athens

Bluebird Airways took delivery today in Athens of their first Boeing 737-400 registered SX-DAV (c/n 24704). The plane arrived as BGG1000 from KEF (Keflavik, Iceland) via KVA (Kavala, Greece) and landed at 18:30L on rwy 03L of Athens. This was previously registered N744VA in MIA (Miami, USA) and before that it was operating for Olympic Airways and Olympic Airlines as SX-BKI.

Boeing 737-400 / SX-DAV / about to land on rwy 03L of Athens

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Bluebird Airways to take delivery of Boeing 737-400 registered SX-DAV today in Kavala

Bluebird airways will take delivery today of a Boeing 737-400 registered SX-DAV (c/n 24704, ex N744VA). It is scheduled to arrive in KVA (Kavala, Greece) at 15:35L from KEF (Keflavik, Iceland). The plane was seen recently in MIA (Miami, US) wearing the company's titles.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Two USAF V-22 Osprey registered 06-0032 and 07-0034 made a fuel stop in Athens

Two USAF CV-22B Osprey assigned at the 8th Special Operations Squadron (8th SOS) of the 1st Special Operations Wing (1st SOW) made a fuel stop in Athens today. The two V-22s were the 06-0032 (c/n D1013) and the 07-0034 (c/n D1015).
Thanks to Alex for the photos.
CV-22B Osprey / 06-0032 / parked in ATH

CV-22B Osprey / 07-0034 / parked in ATH

Fuel stop of Boeing 737-500 registered N139MN while on delivery to Dubai

A Boeing 737-500 operated by Azizi Group registered N139MN (c/n 24649) arrived from BOH (Bournemouth, UK) in Athens for a fuel stop. The plane will continue to DXB (Dubai, UAE) tomorrow morning. It was previously registered as LN-BRS (SAS Norge, SAS Braathens and Braathens). It arrived in Athens at 15:20L in Azizi Group colors. It's future registration will be N55AZ.
Thanks to Alex for the photo.
Boeing 737-500 / N139MN / parked in Athens

It was initially believed that this plane was delivered for Gainjet but it appears that Gainjet just facilitated in the fuel stop of the plane.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Amjet Executive new Dassault Falcon 50 registered SX-CRC in Geneva

Amjet Executive, a business jet operator based in Athens, will soon take delivery of another plane to add to their fleet. It is a Dassault Falcon 50 registered SX-CRC (c/n 226) which was previously under the registration CS-DPO (never flew with this reg) and VP-BBD with Blue Herron Aviation. The plane is still in GVA (Geneva, Switzerland) in its new colors since late July 2010.
Here is the picture of SX-CRC in GVA, taken on July 27th. Thanks to Jean-Luc ALTHERR.

Dassault Falcon 50 / SX-CRC / parked in GVA

The current fleet of Amjet Executive is:
SX-IFA (McDonnell Douglas MD-83)
SX-SEA (Gulfstream G200)
SX-MLA (Dassault Falcon F2000LX)
They operate under AOC GR-44 for passenger and cargo flights.

Monday, October 4, 2010

HiFly military charter with PacificFlier titles and Oman Air c/s on the Airbus A310 registered CS-TEI

A big surprise this morning in Athens Airport. A military charter from Brize on behalf of RAF arrived on an Airbus A310-300 operated by Portuguese HiFly registered CS-TEI with Pacific Flyer titles on basic Oman Air colors!
Thanks to Alex for the photo!

Airbus A310 / CS-TEI / taxi in Athens

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Air China Boeing 747-400 registered B-2472 bringing China's PM to Greece

China's Prime Minister is paying an official visit to Greece and arrived today on an Air China Boeing 747-400 registered B-2472. The flight, Air China 031, landed at 13:50L on runway 03R of Athens and was parked on the VIP stand.

Boeing 747-400 / B-2472 / about to land on rwy 03L

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

F.C. Copenhagen arrived on Tor Air Boeing 737-400 registered SE-RJA

F.C. Copenhagen arrived today in Athens to play a Champions League match against Panathinaikos. The team arrived on a Tor Air Boeing 737-400 registered SE-RJA from CPH (Copenhagen, Denmark) at 13:45L.

Boeing 737-400 / SE-RJA / arriving in Athens from Copenhagen

Friday, September 24, 2010

Aircraft traffic over Hellenic airspace on a time lapse movie

Here is a small time lapse video that was created from pictures taken from and show the aircraft traffic over the Hellenic airspace on a 14 hour period. The goal was to create a 24 hour time lapse movie but unfortunately after 16:00L there was a problem with connection to the website. In the movie you can clearly see the movement of the aircrafts on specific airways, the departures and arrivals in Athens, Thessaloniki and Rhodes airport and more!
Thanks a lot to for the great service to all the aviation enthusiasts! Keep up the good work!

Enough with the details, here is the movie:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hellenic Imperial Boeing 747-200 registered SX-TIE departed to KHI

Hellenic Imperial Boeing 747-200 registered SX-TIE departed today at 12:15L as IMP311P to KHI (Karachi, Pakistan)

Boeing 747-200 / SX-TIE / departing from rwy 03R to KHI

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Air Europa Airbus A330-200 registered EC-JQQ in Athens

Air Europa's Airbus A330-200 registered EC-JQQ arrived yesterday in Athens on a charter flight from MAD (Madrid, Spain) as UX847.

Thanks to Panagiotis Pietris for the photo:
Airbus A330-200 / EC-JQQ / arriving from MAD

Monday, September 20, 2010

Turkish Airlines special 2010 FIBA World Championship B738 registered TC-JHF in Athens

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 registered TC-JHF that is painted in the special 2010 FIBA World Championship arrived today in Athens on the scheduled IST-ATH afternoon flight.

Boeing 737 / TC-JHF / about to land on rwy 03L

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Skywings International Boeing 737-300 (winglets) registered Z3-AAJ in Athens

Skywings International Boeing 737-300 (with winglets) registered Z3-AAJ arrived today in Athens from SPU (Split, Croatia) as flight FLM302.

Boeing 737 / Z3-AAJ / about to land on rwy 03R

Today's special movements page

As of today I will be starting to post all the important movements of each day for Athens airport on a page, so people to know in advance what to expect. Unfortunately these info are not available many hours in advance so you would have to check back regularly.

You can access the page at anytime by clicking the "Today's special movements - DATE_HERE @ UPDATE_TIME_HERE(L)" that you see below the blog's header or by following this links:
or shorter

The page will be updated whenever new info come for an upcoming special movement and the page title would be changed with the new updated time so that you know when there is something new posted. The previous day's movements would be kept for one more day at the end of the post. This service is still in beta and might be stopped at any time.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lufthansa B747-400M registered D-ABTC on the Frankfurt-Athens flight

The scheduled LH 3382/3383 Lufthansa flight from FRA (Frankfurt, Germany) to Athens was operated today, out of a sudden, by a Boeing Boeing 747-430M registered D-ABTC instead of the usual Airbus A321! If I am not mistaken this is the first Lufthansa B747 to visit Athens airport.

Boeing 747 / D-ABTC / departing from rwy 03R back to Frankfurt

Friday, September 3, 2010

U2 arrived in Athens on Blue Line MD-83 registered F-GMKL

U2 arrived in Athens from NCE (Nice, France) on a Blue Line MD-83 registered F-GMKL as BLE910. The plane landed at 17:05L on runway 03L and the band left the airport on 6 limos for the place where the concert will be held tonight.

MD-83 / F-GMLK / U2 arriving in Athens

Extra present to the U2 fans, a picture of Bono as he was leaving on one of the limos:

Live broadcast of U2 plane arrival in Athens airport (Blue Line MD-83 F-GMLK)

This is going to be an attempt to broadcast live the arrival of U2 in Athens onboard the Blue Line MD-83 registered F-GMLK that they use for their flights throughout the European portion of the "360" tour.
The plane is scheduled to arrive around 17:15L in Athens airport and to land on runway 03R. Through the embedded player below you can watch live the arrival of the plane. The broadcast will begin a few minutes before the landing of the plane. The exact time of the broadcast will be posted on our twitter page along with a link to this post in order to be able to see it. If you don't see the live stream at that time, try to refresh the page by hitting F5.

Live streaming of U2 plane arrival in Athens

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

U2 "360" tour support crew arrived in Athens on Niki A319 registered OE-LED

The support crew and the rest of the people involved in the U2 "360" tour arrived in Athens today at 16:50L from Vienna onboard a charter flight operated by Niki Airlines. The plane, an Airbus A319 registered OE-LED, arrived as HG 1150 from VIE (Vienna, Austria) and landed on runway 21R before parking on stand A43 on the southern apron.

Airbus A319 / OE-LED / about to land on rwy 21R carrying the support crew and other people from the U2 "360" tour

Airbus A319 / OE-LED / taxiing to stand A43 at Athens airport

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Athens International Airport movements - Facebook page

It has been a while since the last post, the blog will still be running on "reduced power" as I am not ready yet to go "full throttle". In the mean time there has been a new page available on Facebook where all the important movements of Athens International Airport are recorded by up to the minute photo coverage!
Those who are interested to keep track of all that unusual, rare, interesting movements please take a look at this page here:

Athens International Airport movements


The page is not a replacement of this blog. It is just a photographic coverage of the important movements of LGAV/ATH. When the blog returns in "full throttle" it will still have all the latest news and stories as it used to have in the past!