segunda-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2018

Highlights 2017 at Madeira

Last year has been marked by the disappearance of 3 major visitors at Madeira Airport: Monarch, Air Berlin and Niki so, the first highlights should be definitely to these airlines that flew the Madeira skies for so many years...
Monarch A321 with sharklets G-ZBAM landing on runway 05
More on Monarch HERE

Air Berlin A320 special Etihad livery D-ABDU departing from runway 23
More one Air Berlin, HERE
For Niki...a real oldie (at least for me...), back from Aug.2006, still with the first livery I saw them use (looked kind of a chocolat bar....)..A321 OE-LOS :
More on Niki, HERE

In February made the firsts (and only) shots to Hawker 900XP of Madjet after its complete refiting.
This plane used to be based at Madeira...
Check all pics HERE

In March we had a premiera from down under... :)
First time I got a Royal Australian Air Force plane and also first time we got a C-27 Spartan at Madeira, on a technical stop. Check HERE

A34-004 departing from runway 05
Also in March, had (probably for the last time) the oportunity of photographing a couple of Sata A310's together...check HERE

Transavia special liveries are dificult to find around here, so  it was nice to get for the first time F-GZHO with #MyPicOnAPlane special livery....Check HERE

In April, Brussels Airlines made its first flight to Madeira:
A319 OO-SSM being received with the water salute on the airline's first flight to Madeira.
check HERE
Also in April, Condor made us a surprise with a Condor 767...
D-ABUI, check HERE

Continuing in April, finally made a few shots to Easyjet's Shakespeare special livery, G-EZBI. Check HERE

In May, we had an Air Tractor and a couple of helicopters for some aerial fire fighting tests at Madeira...
Spanish EC-LNT, during the take-off for the tests:
More of the Air Tractor, HERE
The Helicopters were operated by HTA (CS-HBB made the tests and the other remained on backup).
Check HERE

In June we had, for the first time, Air Europa's B737, with a series of charter flights from Spain.
Check HERE
EC-MKL departing from runway 23 with 30th aniversary special sticker. More, HERE

In July, Aerovip brought another Jetstream to ensure the inter-island route while the usual CS-DVQ went to the mainland for a deep maintenance...
Swedish registration SE-FVP arriving for the first time at Madeira. Check HERE
The maintenance of CS-DVQ included the new Sevenair Group livery that fits really nice (personal opinion) on the Jetstream:

Also in July, Arke (Tui Nederland) made a few flights with something diferent: A canadian registration (Sunwing) B738 with a Tui Family Life special livery:
C-FTOH lining up to runway 05. More, HERE
Still on July, Madeira got finally the return of the daily cargo flights from / to the mainland (Lisbon).
Check HERE

Now the flights are beeing made with an ATR-72, by Swiftair, which has already flew several cargo flights to Madeira, with the B737 and ATR-42

In August, a UEFA competitions provided us another premiere...Ukranian Wind Rose came for the first time at Madeira, with Dynamo Kiev, to play to local team C.S.Marítimo. Check HERE

There was another premiere regarding the UEFA championship but didn't manage to get A319 of the Bulgaria Government.

In September, a birdstrike in the nose of Tuifly D-ATUH provided us another nice traffic, although not for the first time...Ukraine Air Alliance An-12 UR-GCV had to bring another nose to the grounded plane...Check HERE

Also in September, got another Arke from Sunwing...C-GOWG, more HERE:

In October,  Brussels Airlines finally started flying to Madeira with the A320 opening the possibility of getting some special liveries...and it did...first A320 flight was made with OO-SNA (Red Devils livery). Check HERE

Also in October, and due to the backrupt of Air Berlin, Eurowings started flying to Madeira. The first flight was made....with an Air Berlin plane........
More, HERE
Still in October, Madeira received the first A321 NEO to operate to Portugal. Novair's SE-RKB. More HERE

October was a really nice month, regarding highlights... :)
at the end of the month we got, for the first time, a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130, on a technical night-stop. Check HERE

130613  landing on runway 05

In November, a special present...the second ever A318 at Madeira. An Austrian CJ OE-ICE that arrived almost at night.

In December, finally got my first pic of a Eurowings plane..Check HERE

A319 D-AGWD landing on runway 05

Also in December it was time for Brussels Airlines "Magritte" to visit us...(there are still a few special liveries to come....hello!!! Brussels!), check HERE

OO-SNC landing at runway 05, on a dull day...

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