Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Emirates Airbus A380 registered A6-EDK on medical diversion to Athens

An Emirates Airbus A380 performing flight EK017 from DXB (Dubai, UAE) to MAN (Manchester, UK) had to divert to Athens today due to a medical emergency. According to the pilot's transmission a 47 year old female passenger had a stroke while enroute near Istanbul on FL380 and the pilots chose to divert to Athens. This is the first ever A380 visit to Athens and as expected a lot of people had gathered to watch its arrival and departure. The plane, registration A6-EDK, landed at 12:20L on runway 21L and taxied to gate A13. Two hours later, it departed from Athens and continued its journey towards Manchester.

Airbus A380 / A6-EDK / first touchdown of an A380 in Athens

Airbus A380 / A6-EDK / slowing down on runway 21L

Airbus A380 / A6-EDK / taking of from runway 21L

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Brazilian Air Force planes registered 2592, 2591, 2590 and 2101 in Athens

In the past 3 days there had been a lot of Brazilian Air Force movements in the airport of Athens, probably due to the visit of the President of Brazil to Greece. The President of Brazil arrived today on an Airbus A319 of the Brazilian Air Force, registered FAB2101. The flight BSR01 from NAT (Natal, Brazil) landed at 16:30L on runway 21R and taxied to the VIP stand for the officials to disembark, before being towed to stand A39 of the satellite terminal.
The past three days 2 Embraer VC-2s (military version of the ERJ-190s) arrived in Athens. One of those departed to DKR (Dakar, Senegal) and the other one remains parked in Athens since its arrival. Those were the FAB2590 and FAB2591.
In addition to those two, a third one arrived today at 19:05 from DKR. This was registered FAB2592. Its a very new plane that the Brazilian Air Force has leased from Embraer in order to be used as a reserve because the two VC-2s will be temporarily out of service soon due to cabin interior modifications. Its previous registration was PT-SDD, its c/n is 19000177 and is a ERJ-190BJ Lineage 1000.

Embraer ERJ-190BJ / 2592 / about to land on rwy 21R of Athens

Airbus A319 (VC-1) / 2101 / about to land on rwy 03R of Athens

Embraer ERJ-190 / 2591 / about to land on rwy 03R of Athens

Embraer ERJ-190 / 2590 / about to land on rwy 03R of Athens

Monday, April 4, 2011

Thomson Boeing 757-200 registered G-OOBI diverted to Athens due to bomb threat

A Thomson Boeing 757-200 registered G-OOBI, performing flight BY226 from Bristol (UK) to Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt), diverted to Athens after a bomb threat was received. The plane landed safely at around 15:00L and was parked in a special remote stand in order to be inspected. The flight, with 213 passengers on board, is expected to continue later this evening for Sharm el Sheikh.

Boeing 757 / G-OOBI / parked and inspected in a remote position in Athens