Um balanço diferente, feito por spotters de LHR:
January - 63 first visits
The first 'new entrant' of the year was Oman Air, who commenced daily Muscat services from the 15th with A310 CS-TEI (an old friend from its visits with Air Portugal). Qantas began using the A380 from the 17th, with VH-OQC being the first one here. On the 18th we had our first Thai A346 (HS-TNE), these becoming daily visitors for the rest of the winter. One of the highlights of 2009 was Tu134 UR-65556, which made a surprise short stop on the early evening of the 15th. This was the first Tu134 here for 7 years.
February - 45 first visits
Aeroflot A320 VQ-BAY visited on the 26th. This was our first "VQ-" reg in the modern era. Slightly less modern Russian equipment were a pair
of ex BA B737-500s which were painted up as VP-BOI and VP-BXN, these departed on delivery to Aeroflot Nord on the 14th and 15th respectively. A welcome biz movement was Turkmenistan CL605 EZ-B023 on the 27th.
March - 48 first visits
China Eastern operated their last service (for the time being) on the 3rd. Gulf Air introduced B777-300 equipment, with aircraft leased from Jet A/W. VT-JEG was the first one here (on the 12th) The summer season change on the 29th gave us Singapore B777-300s (9V-SWO being the first), and Air One A320s in abundance on many Alitalia services (EI-DSZ and DSX initially). Lufthansa Italia also commenced LHR services (D-AKNF inaugurated the flights). The season change also saw us lose Air India B747s, the last one to visit on a scheduled service was VT-ESM on the 28th (although VT-ESN did make a VIP flight later on in the year - 26Oct). One of the biz highlights appeared on the 31st, that being Mexican Navy G450 AMT-205. It later made a second visit in September. A Polish AF YAk40 (047) was a nice sight on the 4th.
April - 95 first visits
An excellent month for newcomers, although the new types mentioned in March (above) tended to dominate. 23 of the newbies were Air One
A320s, and 14 were SQ B773s. Delta A/L began using B767-400s on the 2nd (N840MH being the first), eventually transferring all its LHR
operations to this aircraft type. EVA Air reverted back to B777-300 equipment again from the 10th.
May - 60 first visits
Our first SAS CRJ900 visited on the 20th (OY-KFA). These continued to visit on adhoc flights for 6 months. Our first Aeroflot A330 appeared
on the 1st (VP-BLY). The 1st also saw Oman Air introduce A330s, with leased example VT-JWE being the first one. An unusual aircraft sub was Arik Air B738 5N-MJN (17th) visiting when their A340 was unserviceable. This airplane made a couple more visits in July also. Another novelty movement was China A/L B767 B-2496 on the 10th on a VIP flight. A most pleasing biz arrival on the 2nd was Pakistan AF G450 J-756 (which subsequently made a second visit on 27Sep). Another Polish AF Yak40 appeared on the 29th (044).
June - 54 first visits
The last Lufthansa A300 to visit was D-AIAM om the 28th. The type was retired shortly after this date. Our first Transaero B737-800 appeared on the 21st (EI-EDZ). An unusual movement on the 10th was FlyGlobespan B737 G-MSJF. This was our first and last GSM B737.
July - 81 first visits
Another very good month for newcomers, with almost a quarter of the monthly total attributed to Spanish visitors. The Vueling take-over of Click Air meant that the former's A320 fleet started to visit LHR. The first pair (on the 9th) were EC-JAB and EC-JGM. A rare visitor appeared on the 24th, with Quantum Air B717 EC-HUZ being used on a Royal Air Maroc service. This was only the third ever visit by a B717, N717XE in 1999, and SX-BOC in 2003 being the previous visitors. Another rarity was Air Dolomiti E190 I-ADJL On the 5th, flying a Lufthansa service from MUC. July was most definitely the top month for rare types, as Transaero brought us a Tu214 in the shape of RA-64549 on the 17th. This would probably have been classified as the most interesting visitor of the year, had they not sent another one here on 02Nov. Bellview of Nigeria had their own aircraft seized, our last sight of one of their airplanes was 5N-BGG on the 8th. They soldiered on for a few more weeks using leased aircraft. A biz highlight was very rare (in the UK) Gulfstream IVSP N444QG on the 31st.
August - 41 first visits
A mixed bag of movers this month. Our first ever American A/L B757 visited on the 23rd (N185AN). A Freebird A320 (TC-FBR) flew a KTHY service on the 24th.
September - 58 first visits
Olympic A/L were wound up on the 28th, the last aircraft of the old airline to visit was B734 SX-BKE. Olympic Air replaced the previous operator, and the first visitors from this carrier were A320s SX-OAQ and SX-OAR on the 29th. Another carrier to give up the ghost was Bellview, who finally stopped operating to LHR on 12Sep (with A310 CS-TEI). A novelty movement on the 20th was Airborne Express B767-200F N740AX on the 20th. Our only Gulf II of the year was N829NL on the 25th. Delta A/L brought in their last B777 200ER N708DN on the 7th, for a final 'fumigation' flight. These adhoc flights are now operated elsewhere (China I think). We said goodbye to Northwest A/L, our final A330 being N860NW on the 1st.
October - 62 first visits
Gulf Air reverted to A330 equipment, as their B777 operation came to an end. The final Triple to visit was VT-JEH on the 5th. Jet A/W ceased using A330s, the last one this year was VT-JWL on the 2nd. Yemenia ceased LHR ops on the 24th (but resumed after a short break, returning again on 16Dec). The winter season change brought us a few new operators and types, details as follows (all on the 25th):
Aegean A/L with A321s (SX-DGA and SX-DVO), US A/W upgraded to A330-200s (N280AY), plus CSA changed from B737 to Airbus equipment, and Air France began using ATR72s on a couple of their Paris-CDG services. (No new visitors from CSA or AF this month though). This month's novelty visitor was ATR72 F-WWEL in Trip Linhas Aereas colours, flying a Rugby charter on the 16th.
November - 69 first visits
Arik Air commenced Abuja flights on the 26th, with B738 5N-MJP. Oman Air upgraded their flights to A330-300s, with A4O-DB being the first on the 22nd. A second Transaero Tu214 operated on the 2nd (RA-64518). One of the most interesting military visitors appeared on the 1st, which was '2590', a Brazilian AF VC-2 (Embraer 190). It made a second visit on the 4th. Our second American A/L B757 visited on the 2nd, N173AN was another diversion (as was the first one). The last of the ex BA B737-500s departed on the 26th after a repaint in Air Midwest (Nigeria) colours, wearing registration 5N-PVA. And finally, the 23rd was a historic day, as this was the final day of Terminal 2 operations. T2 and the Queen's building are now being demolished to make way for 'Heathrow East'.
December - 50 first visits
Our first Aeroflot A330-300 (VQ-BCV) visited on the 18th. Qatar A/L used a B777 200ER on the 16th for the first time (A7-BBD). A BA A318 diverted in on the 18th (G-EUNA) due a runway closure at LCY. Turkmenistan B737 EZ-A007 made a short stop on the 12th on a VIP flight (and made a second trip on the 25th).
My lasting memory of Heathrow in 2009 would have to be the amazing number of airline terminal switches. I still can't get used to seeing planes parked where they are today, the scene has altered dramatically in the past few months.
Now here is some data regarding the first time visitors:
Total new visitors: 727. This is a healthy figure, which was never going to reach the open-skies-inflated total of 804 last year, but is still much better then the previous year (2007 - 605).
The first new visitor of 2009 was C-FIVQ B773 on 02-Jan, and the last was SP-LIG E175 on 30-Dec (assuming nothing unexpected appears tonight - 31st).
The 727 total was made up of:
490 (554) Airliners (incl military owned)
216 (208) Bizjets and GA
13 ( 24) Helicopters (excl mil)
8 ( 18) Military
The figures in parenthesis are 2009 totals.
Breaking down the airliner types, the make up was: 2009 v (2008)
223 (195) Airbus
185 (277) Boeing
30 ( 6) Bombardier
16 ( 15) Embraer (incl Legacies)
10 ( 30) Fokker
7 ( 9) BAe
6 ( 3) ATR
5 ( 13) MDD
3 ( 0) Tupolev
2 ( 1) Dornier
2 ( 1) Yakovlev
1 ( 1) Saab
0 ( 1) Antonov
0 ( 2) Ilyushin
The Bombardier increase is mainly due to CRJ9's becoming more common.
With regard to Bizjets, the figures are: 2009 v (2008)
54 (61) Cessna
50 (36) Gulfstream
44 (43) Bombardier (incl Learjet)
39 (33) Dassault
24 (27) Hawker Beechcraft Corp
So who were the most prolific operators bringing in new aircraft?
36 Alitalia / Air One
23 Singapore A/L
17 US Airways
And what were the most significant types in terms of volumes?
Those in double figures only:
109 A320 (just 42 last year)
48 B773 (only 25 last year)
Top type last year was the B763. Only 6 new ones came this year. Obviously the A320 is notable this year (thanks to AZA/VLG), plus also the CRJ9 (due to DLH/SAS).
The country prefix totals on new visitors look like this:
105 N USA
69 G- UK (incl. Mil)
51 D- Germany
45 EI- Eire
32 A6- UAE
31 SX- Greece (incl. Mil)
30 EC- Spain
24 CS- Portugal
24 VQ- (various, mainly Russia)
23 9V- Singapore
22 TC- Turkey
22 F- France
20 OE- Austria
19 VP- (various)
Greece have never appeared in this list before, and VQ- is good tally, seeing as we didn't see our first one until this year.
The highest number of first visits in a single day?
Well, there were 4 dates all tied for first place, each with 7 first timers.
31-Mar 9V-SWR, AMT205, D-AKNI, EI-DSJ, EI-DSS, EI-EDS, VQ-BAZ
04-Apr 9V-SWF, A6-FLG, EI-DSE, EI-DSH, F-GKXS, N843MH, VQ-BAR
28-Apr 4120, D-ADCB, G-LLOD, JY-AYM, N202UW, OE-IKG, PT-MUA
05-Jul A6-ALN, CS-DKK, D-AISQ, I-ADJL, OE-GNY, OE-HPZ, SE-RIK
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