segunda-feira, 30 de outubro de 2017

Photo of the Week: Belgium Red Devils...

Finally, almost 7 months after Brussels Airlines premiere at Madeira, we got one of its A320 and more importante one of the most beautifull special liveries (personal opinion) they have on those planes....
The closing of Thomas Cook Belgium and integration of its operations into Brussels Airlines made possible the second weekly flight from Brussels to Madeira, operated by this airline.
Having a Saturday flight to our island carried trough by A319, they started a new weekly route from the Belgian capital, this time with an Airbus A320 and the start was in big :)
(opposite to the lack of view of some other "cheap" airline that also started flying to Madeira that day....)
unfortunately a runway 23 landing, with the plane arriving in front of us almost stopped....

entering the aprong....

great painting job, indeed.....


go pro on board? I left right after their arrival but as far as I've seen from other spotters pics, a great crew indeed...nice one, Brussels!

sábado, 28 de outubro de 2017

Remembering Air Berlin

Air Berlin made its last flight yesterday...the farewell to an airline that I was used to see around here for many years and definitely one with an important role on Madeira Tourism.
Saw it with Boeing and with Airbus, with narrow-bodies and wide-bodies...it was one of the few airlines that, at some point had some regular wide-bodies fligths to Madeira...
Bye bye Air Berlin...and the best of luck for all your employees...

A few shots of Air Berlin at Madeira during my spotting sessons...maybe not my best shots nor the most important but tryed to go for a wide selections of types, colors and ocasions....
Check all Air Berlin pic's I've published on the blog, HERE

 B738 D-ABME with the One World livery take-off, with an amazing rainbow
May, 2014
a dificult catch....we waited about 2 years for the oportunity of getting D-ABDU, with the Etihad special livery...
Down on the apron, Swiss (former Belair) Air Berlin A320 HB-IOZ
A330 D-ALPB, Jan.2009, already on duty with Air Berlin but still with LTU last livery, after that airline beeing bough by AB
Milo...the special livery highlighting the airline's frequent flyer program on a really winter day...only a plane like this to make me go out spotting on this weather :)
A320 D-ABFO, Feb.2015
A320 D-ABGA and D-ABDR back in Nov.2007, showing a couple of previous liveries



May 2016: A320 OE-LEU still with Air Berlin tail and Niki titles

Air Berlin with 757? :)
Yes... :)
Belair HB-IHS back in Fev.2008

Sharklets A321 D-ABCO with airdusseldorf titles

Airbus and Boeing...with a couple of diferent liveries
Allways nice to have a bird like the 330 over you :)
D-AERS, Mar.2011
A320 D-ABHC with One World titles back in Dec.2016

Belair / Air Berlin B767 HB-ISE, Sep.2009

A320 D-ABDL with the old livery, Nov.2008

B738 D-ABMP departing from runway 23, back in Aug.2015

A320 D-ABFK with Fan Force One livery, Apr.2015

Those were the days....Apr.2014 A330's D-ALPA and D-ABXA

A320 D-ABDP still with the old livery on very short final to runway 05, Jan. 2009

A bit of Christmas's spirit with B737 D-ABMJ, in Dec.2012

A320 D-ABDB with a OLT Express hybrid livery


Currently flying as OE-LBK in Austrian, back here (Jan.2010) was D-ALTK, a former LTU A320 with a livery that didn't last long at Air Berlin.

A321 D-ABCB, Dec.2009



quarta-feira, 25 de outubro de 2017

Feriado Nacional

De regresso ao 10 de Junho, cores nacionais num dia de algum vento...o A319 CS-TTO sobre a 05 ainda a tentar corrigir os efeitos desse vento....

terça-feira, 24 de outubro de 2017

The Swiss Easyjet

Finally after after about a year, managed to get my first Easyjet Switzerland....

A320 HB-JXB pushing back for the departure to Basel
On the apron, a bunch of 737's...Primera YL-PSF, Tuifly D-AHFW and Enter Air SP-ESA

sábado, 21 de outubro de 2017

Photo of the Week: My farewell to Air Berlin

Despite we will still have a few more Air Berlin flights during next week, today was most probably my last oportunity to photograph the Air Berlin before the scheduled shut as from Oct.28th 2017...
A320 D-ABFG arriving from Berlin-Tegel

A321 OE-LCC preparing to return to Munich

The stickers resume pretty much the last days of operation to Madeira...Niki callsign, Austrian registration and Niki stickers....I guess not much of Air Berlin left, just the main titles on the fuselage... 

quinta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2017

TAP na final

Por hoje fica um registo rápido de um A319 da TAP (CS-TTR) na final para a 05, num dos dias de vento que fustigaram recentemente o Aeroporto da Madeira.
A aproximação deste TAP e do Transavia seguinte seriam relativamente calmas mas, tendo seguido viagem, soube que algum tempo depois os ventos ficaram fora do limite, impedindo várias das aterragens ao longo do dia...

quarta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2017

Primera

There isn't a single time I see a Primera that I don't remember the first time they came to Madeira (JetX back then...)...what a run...after an in extremis photos, realised that I had not card in the camera.... :)

Long were those days, and now I don't really rush to the airport just for a Primera...but still, it's very nice to catch one...it's been a long time since I last photographed it....
This one was photographed on the day of the Novair A321NEO first flight to Madeira (check HERE)

starting push-back to runway 23

B738 YL-PSB departing from runway 23


terça-feira, 17 de outubro de 2017

Operação Estrelícia 2017..o "Pikeno"

Na passada segunda-feira tivemos por cá, como já é da tradição, os companheiros da Portugal Spotters, que levaram a cabo a sua Edição de 2017 da Operação Estrelícia :)
Como também é já da tradição juntámo-nos a eles para algum convívio e spotting conjunto...
Para mim a spottada acabou antes do almoço mas, foi sempre bom aquele pequeno tempinho de convívio e rever de caras conhecidas.

Por hoje fica um registo do mais "pikeno" do dia...o Jetstream da Aerovip, CS-DVQ, aguardando no holding do taxiway "Charlie" a autorização de entrada na 05, para a descolagem em direcção ao Porto Santo...

domingo, 15 de outubro de 2017

Photo of the Week: The almost gone canadian

You know you're getting lazy on the pics when you realise you are about to delete a card with the pics of a one time catch and still haven't copied them to you HDD....almost one month later...
Still, managed to save them...
Tui Nederlands (Arke) made some flights to Madeira using Sunwing hybrid planes. Already had caught C-FTOH (check HERE) but after spotting C-GOWG over Amsterdam (high on the sky) they finally brought it to Madeira at least a couple of times...got it once...

Landing on 05


A colorful TUI apron :)
(Tuifly's CEWE, D-ATUH still with the white nose, after its birdstrike the previous week, at Madeira)

quinta-feira, 12 de outubro de 2017

Q400 da Sata

Os spotters locais têm uma velha "piada" em que costumamos dizer que o Q400 da Sata CS-TRD tinha mais horas de voo que toda a restante frota junta, já que a esmagadora maioria das vezes era aquele aparelho que efectuava os voos PDL-FNC e posteriormente para LPA ou FAO

Curiosamente este é o primeiro Q400 da Sata que publico este ano e é o CS-TRE...uma variação :)

CS-TRE à saída da 05, para Ponta Delgada

quarta-feira, 11 de outubro de 2017

Novair: Double premiere

Yesterday we had Novair for the first time at Madeira, which makes it a double premiere as it was also the first time we had the A321 NEO here!

Arriving from Stockholm Arlanda around lunch time (crappy light time.....) on runway 23....
...and taxiing to the apron through taxiway "Charlie"

Those engines look really nice :)
 The departure back to ARN was on a positioned flight, also from runway 23

domingo, 8 de outubro de 2017

Foto da Semana: "Ponte Aérea"

Depois de 2 dias de operações bastante condicionadas no Aeroporto da Madeira, devido ao vento e aos limites estabelecidos na pista, a TAP efectuou um par de voos em A330 para escoamento dos passageiros entretanto retidos nos aeroportos de Lisboa e da Madeira por esta situação.
Há já muito que não víamos um 330 por cá (da última vez que cá tivemos um aparelho destes foi noutra situação do género), ainda por cima sendo o CS-TOH, que ostenta a pintura Star Alliance.
Claro, fantástico mesmo, seria terem o utilizado o "retro", CS-TOV :)   (pedir não custa...hehe)

Na final da 05, durante o voo da tarde




Taxi no "Bravo" para a placa

quinta-feira, 5 de outubro de 2017

One Wheel smoke

Sei que hoje seria expectável que publicasse fotos A330 da TAP que ontem efectuou os dois voos extra, devido à normalização dos ventos que fustigaram o aeroporto nos últimos dias  mas, apeteceu-me partilhar esta do "minorca" da zona...afinal de contas as aterragens aos comandos deste, por estes dias, devem ter sido bem mais cheias de adrenalina que as dos outros aviões....
BAe Jetstream CS-DVQ da Aerovip / Sevenair chegando do Porto Santo com uma aterragem a "1 ponto"...

segunda-feira, 2 de outubro de 2017

Monarch ceased operations.....

One year after beeing in a dificult situation, looks like Monarch has really hit the end...
Monarch has confirmed that the following companies have ceased trading and now entered administration:

Monarch Airlines Ltd
Monarch Holidays Ltd (ATOL Number 2275)
First Aviation Ltd (ATOL Number 4888) previously trading as Monarch Airlines
Avro Ltd (ATOL Number 1939)
Somewhere2stay Ltd

Other airline planes are beeing positioned to retrieve the passengers abroad.

A320 G-ZBAP landing at Madeira's runway 05
This was taken one year ago, when it seemed like it would be its lasts flights....
Managed to keep flying for one more year, but now it looks like it's really the end of the line for Monarch....