Geneva special aircraft movements

  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 26 July 2021 to Sunday 1 August 2021.

    Monday 26 July: After over a week in the Dominican Republic the BD-700 Global Express  registered as 9H-III and operated by Albinati Aviation Ltd returned to Geneva via Majorca. From one holiday place to another one: do the passengers ever go to real work, or at least tele-travail?

    Monday 26 July: A big luxury Company Jet Airbus A319, supposedly used by the Indian billionaire businessman Mukesh Ambani, arrived from Mumbai (ex Bombay). His company, Reliance Industries Limited, specialises in the petrochemical domain. The aircraft returned to Mumbai two days later.

    Tuesday 27 July: A Falcon 900, owned by Lukoil Ava  (a Russian airline based at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport) coming from Moscow. Obviously the oil industry is much involved in aviation!

    Tuesday 27 July: A TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd Falcon 7X arriving after 10 pm, coming from Addis Ababa. Why could they use the scheduled service to Addis Ababa?

    Wednesday 28 July: The Lukoil which cane here the day before, left for Nigeria (lots of oil there) and the Bahamas (lots of money there!).

    Thursday 29 July: An old and noisy Falcon 50, operated by Sonnig International Private Jets (who like to be secretive) went to Dole-Jura and back, before leaving for Libya and then Saudi Arabia. Oil again?

    Friday 30 July: A Global Express BD-700 coming from Palm Beach, Florida. One can doubt that the passengers were looking for nicË sunny and warm weather

    Saturday 31 July: a MEDICAL FLIGHT, OPERATED BY Jetflight, a Nordic charter operator, left Helsinki for somewhere in eastern Europe, then back to Geneva, landing at 22h12. It then left again for Helsinki at 28 minutes after midnight. Obviously, medical flights are permitted at all hours, but one can wonder if there were passengers on the flight back to Helsinki!

    Sunday 1 August: A Gulf 4 belonging to someone in the Ivory Coast came from Abidjan to Geneva, using the strange call sign IVOIR14. Come to see the fireworks?

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 19 July 2021 to Sunday 25 July 2021.

    An overall observation is that the holiday destinations are greatly in evidence. One which seems particularly attractive for taxi and tourism flights is Olbia in Sardinia, currently in the Italy white zone. A particularly revealing  statement on the web site my-sardinia.com states that the numbers of new Delta infections has recently been rising because of the celebrations around the European Football Championship! GOOOOAL !

    Monday 19 July: After coming from Baku to Geneva via Riyadh on the afternoon of Sunday 18 the Airbus A319 aircraft registered as 4K-8888 left for Baku. According to the sites airframes.org and planespotters.net this aircraft was built in December 2015 in a VIP Company Jet (CJ) configuration, was named Baku and is at the disposal of the Government of Azerbaijan.

    Tuesday 20 July: Two of the UAE Royal Jet fleet of Boeing 737 Luxury Business jets transferring passengers between Geneva and Abu Dhabi. Clearly the Emirates has many important people coming to Geneva to escape the heat.

    Wednesday 21 July: A Global 6000 of Nomad Airlines once again going to Princess Juliana Airport Antilles , this time via Zurich. The previous flight of this aircraft was on 1 July, when it took off just before midnight; not nice!

    Wednesday 21 July: A Global Jet 7500 taking passengers to the Yucatan Peninsula via George Town in the Grand Cayman Islands. Business, pleasure or both?

    Thursday 22 July: arrival from Little Rock, Arkansas of a very new Falcon 8X just registered with the San Marino tail number T7-ONEX (nothing to do with the Geneva Onex). Quite unusual to have four letters after the T7! As usual, owner identification is a closely guarded secret for San Marino registrations, but it appears to belong to ExecuJet Middle East. It then left for Bucharest vis Baghdad.

    Friday 23 July: A Global 7500 flight operated by Vistajet Malta taking passengers to the Yucatan Peninsula via George Town on the Cayman Islands. Business, pleasure or both?

    Saturday 24 July: A nice Pilatus PC12 of the UBS bank coming from Lugano via Pisa and St Moritz, then leaving back to Lugano via Locarno. Requests no tracking of this aircraft!

    Sunday 25 July: A quick trip to Naples and back for the Gulf 5 operated by Albinati Aeronautics, owned by Credit Suisse and normally used by the ultra-rich Swiss businessman.

    In total, 12 scheduled (low-cost) flights to or from Olbia and at least 13 flights to or from Olbia by taxi or business/tourism operatosr.

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

     

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 12 July 2021 to Sunday 18 July 2021.

    Overnight last week

    from Geneva to Chennai, in India, after a week in Geneva, a Bombardier Global 6000 belonging to Sun TV Network. That company, based in Chennai, is one of India's largest media Conglomerates. Perhaps they have been making a program about us!

    Monday 12 July: The Boeing 767 Business jet which brought Paul Biya, president of Cameroon, to Geneva for one of his regular stays (probably at the hotel Intercontinental), left for Las Vegas, apparently without him. Any demonstration against the president has not been reported.

    Tuesday 13 July: A Learjet 35 of the US Air Force, apparently built in 1984, came from the Ramstein military base in Germany. After landing it took off for a 20 minute ride around the airport, then landing again. A reconnaissance flight?

    Wednesday 14 July: After midnight, I, e, in the very early hours of Thursday, no less than four very late arrivals of easyJe Switzerland (from Porto, Malaga, Ibiza and Nantes). Clearly, the holiday season is in full swing: will there be a return of COVID Delta?

    Thursday 15 July: Return from New York of the very modern (delivered in December 2000) Global 7500 registered as HB-JLF and owned by Rolex). I wonder how many watches have to be sold to buy it?

    Thursday 15 July: A nice modern VIP Falcon 7X landing at two minutes past 6, clearly back from somewhere way down South in Africat. The aircraft, registered as G-STMT and owned by TAG Aviation (UK ) Ltd , seems to go to Africa quite frequently.

    Friday 16 July: Arrival at 7h12 of a Bombardier Global 6000, registration T7-RSP (a San Marino registration) coming to Geneva from Bangalore, India, via Chennai, then continuing to Basel. The owner of the aircraft, Manipal Health Systems P/L, is a corporate hospital group with 17 operational hospitals under its wings, based in Bangalore. Maybe a link with the Delta COVID variant!

    Friday 16 July: A new airline: a Gulf 5 of Tiriac Air coming from Madrid and going to Bucharest  via Zurich.

    Saturday 17 July: A new destination (to add to all those visited by aircraft of Albinati Aviation Ltd.): a Global Express, registration 9H-III , going to El Catey Samaná airport in Dominica.

    Sunday 18 July: Return from that up-market holiday Island, Muscat) of a Gulf 6, owned by Zanoshfa Capital Ltd , a 2-bit enterprise listed as in the British Virgin Islands and registered in Bermuda as VP-BZF.

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

     

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 5 July 2021 to Sunday 11 July 2021.

    With the holiday season on us, several visits of big Boeing Busine jets. Especially of note were Boeing 737 aircraft in the United Arab Emirates. If they were coming here to escape the heat then they have found the right place: cool and wet weather in Geneva. Climate change?

    Monday 5 July: departure for Nice of  of a Boeing 737 , registration N737ER, believed to be owned/used by a Saudi eminence.

     Tuesday 6 July: An Albinati jet registerd as I-PFLY (an Italian registration) going to Boston, USA,

    Wednesday 7 July: A VistaJet  registered as 9H-OPE (Malta) going to Fort Lauderdale Florida (much sad news from there of a building collapsing), but stopping I n George Town, Grand Cayman Islands.

    Thursday 8 July: A Falcon 8x coming here from Sao Paolo, Brazil. (hopefully with no virus passengers!)

    Friday 9 July: A rather peculiar visit. An Airbus A330, registration code 2-AODZ Jersey, Channel Islands), apparently owned by Merced Capital , landed at 17h20 from Valencia, using an unreal flight code 001, then left at  19h06 for somewhere unidentified in the Camargue region of the South of France.

    Saturday 10 July: Lots of private traffic ti well-known holiday resorts. Especially Greek Islands. Included in them, an Albinati  Aeronauticsjet owned by Credit Suisse, believed to be much used by a very rich Geneva personality.

    Sunday 11 July: Another of our regular visit of a big and luxurious Airbus A320, registration M-YBUS , coming from Almaty. Certainly, someone rich!

     

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

     

     

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 28 June 2021 to Sunday 04 July 2021.

    Monday 28 June: A round trip from and to Hamburg - of a jet of JK Jetkontor, based in Hamburg

     Tuesday 29 June: Landing of a Gulf 5, registration M-IPHS (An Isle of Man tax-economising registration), call sign MIPHS (, coming from Moscow Vnukovo via TBS : Tbilisi, arriving at 22h34. This was classified by the airport as a non-commercial flight, which are authorised only between 6am and 10pm, so why was it late?

    Wednesday 30 June: A falcon 7X of Albinati Aeronautics SA leaving at 21h30 for Vancouver. I understand that thanks to Global Warming Canada is having excessive heat and fires.

    Thursday 1 July: Just before midnight a Global Express registered in Switzerland as HB-JLC, operated by Nomad Aviation AG, callsign HBJLC, took off to go to Princess Juliana Airport Antilles via Portugal. This is a repeat of a similar trip on 4 January, also after 22h.. Nomad Aviation is known for flights all over the world, and a flight like this tends to leave late for an overnight flight.

    However, the airport classified this as a taxi flight, with description “Other commercial flights”, yet declaring an objective to be no departures after 22h.   An expensive taxi!

    Friday 2 July: A Falcon 900 of the Swiss Air Force, coming from Berne then leaving again for Berne via Lugano. I can think of one politician that might have taken such a flight. However, the track of the flight from Geneva to Berne seems to show that it went past Berne almost to Althausen before (without landing anywhere) turning due south for a landing at Lugano, then directly to Berne.

    It is interesting to note that the following day the same Falcon went to, and then back from, Banjul, the capital city of Gambia. One might wonder who were the passengers!

    Saturday 3 July: A fascinating set of flights of a Gulf 5 with the Polish registration SP-ZAK, operated by Jet Story. From Warsaw to Tel Aviv then Reykjavik then Los Angeles then Bedford, Massachusetts, and finally to Geneva. Some story!

    Saturday 3 July: A scheduled flight from and then back to Malta. The particular aircraft was a very new Airbus A320 Neo, with registration 9H-NEO (9H is a Maltese registration). A nice way to show that the company has new and quiet aircraft.

    We can wonder if the first such Airbus to be sometime acquired by easyJet Switzerland might be registered as HB-NEO?

    Sunday 4 July: A quick visit by the big luxury Airbus A319, registered as P4-RLA, and believed to be used by  Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov ,coming from Kiev Boryspil then going back again. Would have been back in the Ukraine in time to watch the football match against England (but would not have enjoyed the result).

    Sunday 4 July:  A nice Boeing 737 Business Jet, supposed to be owned by  Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, arrived from Saudi Arabia.

     

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 21 June 2021 to Sunday 27 June 2021

    Monday 21 June: Departure  of a Gulf 5, registration VP-CDF ( a Cayman Islands registration), owned by Business Aviation Asia. It went first to Hong Kong, then to Shanghai Pudong. One can assume that the criticisms of the treatment of Hong Kong do not prevent business!           

     Tuesday 22 June: Arrival from the Moscow executive airport of a big Airbus ACJ319 Company Jet. This aircraft, which may seat up to 39 passengers, is owned by the Russian Magnate Andrey Guryev and operated by the company MJET. Since it specifically avoided overflying Belarus, one can assume that its passengers were not all Russian.

    Wednesday 23 June: Two jets (a Gulf 5 and a Gulf 7) belonging to Rolex went simultaneously to and back from Bern. A big delegation! Important Meeting?

    Thursday 24 June: A long flight of a NetJets Gulf 5, coming from Seletar Singapore via Baku. That might have cost a lot, but be related to Football! The aircraft went back to Singapore the next day.

    Thursday 24 June: A new company called Hibernian Airline, registered in Ireland,  sent a Challenger CL-600 from Maastricht to Geneva, then quickly back to Maastricht. Hibernian Airline is a “wet lease” company, which provides an aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) to another airline or other type of business acting as a broker of air travel (the lessee), which pays by hours operated.

    Friday 25 June: an Embraer Legacy 600 of London Executive Aviation came from Luton London to Geneva, calling in on the way at Marseille, Le Bourget Paris, and Rome Ciampino. These executives certainly get around!

    Saturday 26 June: Albinati Aviation Pilatus PC24 off to Glasgow. I think there are some football matches there! Quarantine on return?

    Sunday 27 June: Another new Global 6000 from NetJets Sales Inc, going from Geneva to Addison Texas via Fort Lauderdale. The sort of route that ex-president Donald T could take.

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 14 June 2021 to Sunday 20 June 2021.

    The BP show (Biden-Putin, not British Petroleum!).

    Monday 14 June: A Falcon 200 jet owner by the Bulgarian Government appears to have come to Geneva from Hyperspace. Maybe, for privacy, the pilot turned off the aircraft transponder information  .                                                                                        

    Tuesday 15 June: The arrival of Air Force one, with President Biden aboard. The aircraft had stopped first in Newquay Cornwall for the G7, then London Heathrow (tea with the Queen), then Brussels  (NATO). Also this same day, two USAF Boeing 757 aircraft: one having followed  the same itinerary as Air Force one (probably the American journalists), the other not having stopped in Brussels. However, Delta Air Lines flew an unscheduled Airbus A330 from Brussels to Geneva.

    Also on the Tuesday there came from the Moscow Vnukovo  executive airport an Ilyushin IL96 aircraft. Perhaps this contained the car to be used by President Putin , and maybe some secret service persons.

    Wednesday 16 June: Putin arriving in the first of two Ilyushin IL96 aircraft. Perhaps the second was the Russian journalists. Both of these came from Sochi (where the Olympics were staged a few years ago).

    As we expected, both presidents land their entourages left on the Wednesday evening: the Russians to Moscow Vnukovo and the Americans to Andrews Air Force base in Virginia. Interestingly, one of the American Boeing 757 had to make a refuelling stop in Bangor, Maine.

    Thursday 17 June: Clean-up time! The three Globemasters, which had been waiting in the US military base in Ramstein Germany, came to Geneva to pick up a few objects (President Biden’s heavy limousine), then back to the USA, two to the military base in Virginia and one to theMarine Corps Air Facility Quantico, stopping to refuel in Bangor..

    The special Delta airlines went back to Atlanta.

    Friday 18 June: Two new destinations: a Gulf 5 of PPG INDUSTRIES INC Pittsburgh going to Allegheny County Pittsburgh via Pittsburgh International.

    Saturday 19 June: A hot day for international flights (maybe related to the Biden/Putin exchange. An Albinati Aeronautics Falcon 7x flight to Kuala Lumpur and a Gulf 5 of Business Aviation Asia coming from Nanjing China.

    Sunday 20 June: The second interesting flight was a Gulf 5 of Falconair , noise class 4, coming from Cape Town and arriving in Geneva, overflying Versoix on the approach. at 6h04 am. This was exactly 5 hours and  52 minutes after the last returning flight of the previous evening, landing at 12 minutes after midnight, also over Versoix  : an easyJet Airbus A320 (noise class 4) an hour late coming from Marrakech.

    Just remind me how many hours it is recommended that we need to sleep each night! I seem to remember that it is an integral number between 7 and 9!

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 7 June 2021 to Sunday 13 June 2021

    Nearing the Biden-Putin storm!

    Monday 7 June: an Avcon Jet aircraft went from Geneva to Moscow Vnukovo, and later a Falcon 900 of TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd came from Moscow Vnukovo via Nice. Both aircraft went to the north of Belarus. However, an Embraer Legacy 600, registration T7-SYL (San Marino) flew to and from Moscow Vnukovo over Belarus. This latter aircraft is supposedly owned by an entity called VJET Inc, but a quick investigation via Linkedin immediately shows that it is controlled by Russian-based persons.

    It will be interesting to check other flights to or from Moscow and see which overfly Belarus!

    Monday 7 June: a Cessna CJ3 jet , registration S5-CES (Slovenia) flew from Geneva to Athens then on to Moscow Vnukovo. Slovenian authorities have forbidden overflights of Belarus for three months. However, this flight from Athens also avoided flying over Ukraine.

    Monday 7 June: a Falcon 900 owned by Gazprom (Russia) flies all around Geneva for 2 hours. Curious!

    Monday 7 June: A Canadian Learjet 35 ambulance aircraft came from Toronto to Geneva via Reykjavik. Since this aircraft requests no tracking one can wonder if anyone from Toronto wants not to be seen coming to Geneva.

    Monday 7 June: A Bulgarian Government Falcon 2000 coming to Geneva from Sofia.

    Tuesday 8 June: T7-OCC, a San Marino registered Citation 750 of Unifox Holdings Ltd going to 

    Wednesday 9 June: CS-TFO, a Portuguese LearJet 4 going to Brac Island, in Croatia. Is this a new holiday spot?

    Thursday 10 June: Another San Marino registered aircraft of VJet on the Geneva to/from Moscow Vnukovo flying directly over Belarus. Also over Belarus was a Maltese Gulf 5 owned by Emperor aviation based in Malta), plus a Falcon 2000 owned by Gazprom. This latter aircraft flew without any call (a vain attempt to be anonymous!). However, an Austrian Gulf 5 belonging to LaudaMotion (after Niki Lauda) did avoid overflying Belarus.

    Friday 11 June: the visit of the first of four American Globemaster 4-engine cargo transporters this week, aircraft belonging to the US Air Force. With the  current weather conditions they have all been landing over Vernier and taking off over Versoix. A check of the ARAG noise measurement station in the region of Satigny/Vernier shows that these landings are always the loudest of the day. After unloading their cargo they then go to the US Air Force base in Ramstein, Germany.

    Saturday 12 June: the arrival from Russia of two llyushin IL-76 4-engine aircraft. These venerable aircraft are, like the US Globemaster, rather noisy!

    Sunday 13 June: The remaining three USAF Globemasters coming from the USA and then going too Ramstein .

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 31 May 2021 to Sunday 6 June 2021.

    Perhaps the calm before the Biden-Putin storm!

    Monday 31 May: Two aircraft in from the USA West Coast region, plus one out to there.

    Tuesday 1 June: A Falcon 900 going to Alexandria Borg El Arab  (did you know that is in  Egypt?

    Tuesday 1 June: A big Airbus A330 from then back to Doha! Does not seem to have been a scheduled flight!

    Wednesday 2 June: Two arrivals from Ostafievo (Russia) of Falcons belonging to Gazpromavia.

    Thursday 3 June: A Citation CJ3 , registration 2-TEAM, belonging to a company based in Jersey came from there and returned.

    Friday 4 June:  two arrivals from Washington of enormous C-17A Globemaster cargo aircraft belonging to the US Air Force.. All for Biden’s visit, of course.

    Saturday 5 June: Another Globemaster from Washington arriving then leaving for the British RAF station in Mildenhall.

    Sunday 6 June: Nothing special.

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

     

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 24 May 2021 to Sunday 30 May 2021.

    Monday 24 May: A Gulf5 of the Royal Moroccan Air Force came from, then returned to, Rabat. It seems that Spain and Morocco do not see eye to eye right now.

    Tuesday 25 May: The U.S Air Force Globemaster that arrived the previous Sunday returned home to Charleston via Washington. Certainly, something related to the Biden-Putin meeting here in June.

    Tuesday 25 May: A nice Falcon 900, registered in the USA (owner unknown behind a trust fund), off to San Fernando Argentina via Nice. One of few to or from that country.

    Wednesday 26 May: Arrival of a Gulf 5 belonging to LUKoil-Avia, a Russian airline based at Moscow. It came here from Accra in Ghana, then left quickly for Moscow.

    Thursday 27 May: A Bombardier BD-700 here directly from Brazil. One would hope that the occupants, including the flight crew, are in quarantine!

    Friday 28 May: A Gulf 5 owned by Rolex went to Florence and back (and again on Sunday). A conference on watches? Note that it is an aircraft that requests no tracking Pretty well an impossibility in this internet-connected world.

    Friday 28 May: A British- registered Falcon 7X owned by Tag Aviation UK left for Lagos.

    Saturday 29 May: A Czech-registered Embraer Phenom 300 arrived from Jersey (that small Channel isles resort often linked with avoiding taxes) then continued to Palma de Mallorca and then somewhere around Greece Island-hopping?

    Sunday 30 May: Another regular visit of a private luxury Airbus A31, coming from Kiev and then returning!

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 17 May 2021 to Sunday 23 May 2021.

    Monday 17 May: Harmony Jets Malta sending a Falcon 50 to Misrata Libya via Dubai.

    Tuesday 18 May: a Qatar Executive Gulf 5 went to Yaoundé-Nsimalen, in the Cameroons, returning later in the week. They used to have a good football side some time ago.

    Wednesday 19 May: A long trip (!) of a jet owned by Rolex SA went to the Lyon executive airport and back again.  

    Thursday 20 May: A Falcon 2000 owned by Patek Philippe S A did a round trip to Athens. A Gulf 6 of Orecla Services SA Lausanne (Philip Morris?) also went to Athens! That region is trying hard to open to tourists again, and that could be started with Whitsun visitors..

    Friday 21 May: A jet aircraft operated by Black Eagle Havacilik Anonim Sirketi went to Alexander Kartveli Batumi airport . Batumi is a city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia. The mnemonic for the airport is “BUS”, but I would not want to take a bus for such a long distance!

    Saturday 22 May: A Pilatus PC24 of Albinati Aviation  did a spin around Geneva airport before taking passengers to St Tropez.

    Sunday 23 May: An American-registered Gulf6 came to Geneva from Sao Paolo. One wonders who wants to leave Brasil.

    Perhaps because of the Whitsun holiday weekend the number of taxi and business jets has significantly increased from the previous week.

    The Islands of Ibiza and Palma figure frequently in the destinations. The operator Global Jet  Luxembourg, which tries to avoid that the general public can track its flights, frequently figures in such holiday destinations.

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

     

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 10 May 2021 to Sunday 16 May 2021.

    Monday 10 May: Return from Panama of a Falcon 7X of VW Air Services: promotion of VW cars in South America?

    Tuesday 11 May: A Bombardier BD-100, registration M-MTOO, coming from the Amman Civil airport. After taking off the aircraft went south of Israel before turning towards Geneva,, obviously to avoid overflying Israel. A history of its previous flights  showed that previous flights to or from Geneva, Zurich, London and Turkey always avoid overflying Israel. The owner of the aircraft is understood to be Nadrenal Air Holding Ltd. in Guernsey A tax minimising island. A web lookup on Nadrenal, and also the previous owner of the aircraft (Collisto) reveals information obtained in the disclosures of the Pradise Papers.

    Wednesday 12 May: A Polish Gulfstream 280 belonging to AMC Aviation came here from Astrakhan in Russia, known for their fur coats.

    Thursday 13 May: Several flights to or from Vnukovo.

    Friday 14 May: Arrival of a very modern Gulf 7 registered as VP-BTM (Bermuda) coming from Las Vegas via New York Teterboro. First thought: some lucky punter who scooped a Vegas jackpot. Further investigation shows that the owner organisation, Kai Aviation Ltd., has as its Director of Technical Services a certain Christian Waldmeier, of Jet Aviation Basel, whose linkedin profile says that he is “esponsible for the Airworthiness of a Bermuda registered Gulfstream G600 operating world wide”. Shows the global influence of Swiss personalities.

    Friday 14 May: Return from Nassau of the aircraft HB-IBJ (at last a Swiss registration!) . This aircraft, ExecuJet Europe AG , makes regular visits to Nassau

    Friday 14 May: Arrival of an Israeli-built Gulf Astra SPX registerd as C-FYLD, operated by Latitude Air Ambulance.The aircraft came here from Lima, Peru, via Punta Cana and  St.Johns Newfoundland, then left again for the USA via Reykjavic and Toronto.

    Friday 14 May: arrival of a Gulf 4 from Dubai, via Hyderabad India. Every time that I see India marked I worry about the state of that country, and also the fact that Geneva sems to have many India-related COVID cases. Perhaps it would be not surprising that the ability of people to fly easily over land borders could have an influence on virus transmission.

    Friday 14 May: A mystery Learjet LJ31 aircraft, built in 1999, registered in San Marino as T7-TFC, with no owner information, came from Zurich, then went to Le Bourget, back to Geneva and finally back to Zurich. The real mystery is that it did not register any call sign! The only information I that it started life as ZS-OML (South Africa) before going as N833KC (USA) to Cochrane USA Inc., but was then transferred to Sam Marino in 2017.

    Saturday 15 May: A Canadian jet constructed in 2000 by Israel Aircraft Industries, operated by Latitude Air Ambulance and registered as C-FYLD, came from Lima, in Peru, via Punta Cana and  St.Johns Newfoundland.It then left for Hamilton, in Canada, via Reykjavik

    Sunday 16 May: A really long-distance arrival of a Falcon 8X of Maritime Investment and Shipping Co Ltd from Los Angeles.

    With no new destinations, the top  European destinations for scheduled airlines were, like the previous week,  Portugal and Spain. This may soon change with Greece and Italy opening up for holidays.

    Top executive airports: Vnukovo (21 movements), Le Bourget (27 movements) and  Nice (1 movements). Vnukovo, Moscow, is gaining in importanc e.

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 3 May 2021 to Sunday 9 May 2021.

    By far the most interesting day was Thursday 6 May., with many flights of aircraft owned by air forces of different countries.  
    At 8h40 a 4-reactor C-17A Globemaster III, a cargo transport aircraft owned by the US Air Force, landed after a flight from the US Air Base in Ramstein, Germany. It left again at 11h for an unknown airport, probably in the region of Jordan.

    Between the two there was an East to West overflight by a F/A-18 fighter jet of the Swiss Air Force. On the ARAG Noise measurement station at the Versoix Mairie this registered the maximum level possible o100 DbA : the equivalent noise to over 20 times the next-noisiest overflight in Versoix (86 dBA at 8h40 of the above-mentioned landing of the C-17A Globemaster III).

    On the same day, after the above departure, a Challenger 604 of the Swiss Air Force went from Geneva to the Swss military air base in Dubendorf, then back to Geneva, then again to Dubendorf.

    Also on that same day a Falcon 7X of the Royal Australian Air Force came to Geneva from Farnborough: it left two days later for Al Minhad Air Base, Dubai.

    Monday 3 May: A Falcon 2000 owned by Cartier Europe going twice to Milan Linate airport. This airport seems very popular for general aviation.

    Tuesday 4 May: at 22h10 a night flight take-off for a LearJet 60 of Laudamotion GmbH going to St Petersburg.

    Wednesday 5 May: Albinati Aeronautiques  took delivery of an aircraft in Buochs, home airport for Pilatus, then flew it to Malta, where it was registered (registration as yet unknown) then back to Geneva.  It seems very likely to be a new PC24 jet. Why do Albinati Aéronautics, whose offices are next to Geneva airport, not register aircraft in Switzerland? Perhaps because, since Albinati encourages people to possess a private Jet, it has been bought for someone who wishes to avoid paying Swiss Value Added Tax on the purchase?

    Wedneday 5 May: on the 200th anniversary of the death of Napoléon Bonaparte, a Falcon 50 of a company called Channel Jets visiting both Jersey and Guernsey, the sites of  fa ishing dispute between England and France.

    Thursday 6 May: Arrival of a Gulf 4 owned by Bank of America, coming from Rutland–Southern Vermont via Teterboro. Not seen this Vermont airport before!

    Friday 7 May: Swiss Air Force PC24 registered as T-786, coming from Bern at 15h26, then leaving again at 18h21. A politician?

    Saturday 8 May: A Gulf 5 of the Royal Moroccan Air force from Rabat visiting Geneva, and a Falcon 7X of the Royal Australian Air Force leaving for the Al Minhad military Air Base in Dubai. A military connection?

    Sunday 9 May: at 6h05 the arrival of a Falcon 8X, operated by Abelag Aviation (based in Brussels), coming from La Romana, in Dominica, where it had stayed for about a week. After only 40 minutes the aircraft left for Brussels!

    Sunday 9 May: an Embraer E135 of Avcon Jet left for Kuwait via Beirut and Baghdad. Not a very usual set of airports!

    Sunday 9 May: A Gulf 5 belonging to ExecuJet Europe AG left at 18h55 for a joyride from Geneva to near Nantes, with several circles, then back to Geneva at 21h15 without landing anywhere! Do they really have to disturb us so late on a Sunday night?

     

     

     

    With no new destinations, the top  European destinations for scheduled airlines were, like the previous week,  Portugal , Spain and France.

    Top executive airports: Le Bourget and Farnborough. Farnborough. Linate, in Italy, was about equal with Nice: is it becoming an executive jet airport?

    Quite an increase in flights to or from the USA (9).

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 19 April 2021 to Sunday 25 April 2021.

    Picks of the week : the arrival on Thursday from Lagos, Nigeria, of a rather old Gulf 4, registration 5N.BYO. The standard sources seem to know nothing about the aircraft. However, an investigation shows that previously it was N990EA, an American registration, and operated by Nestoil Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos. See https://nestoilgroup.com/
    The aircraft left Geneva for Luton later in the week.

    On Tuesday the arrival from Stansted, via Le Bourget, of a big Boeing 737 Business Jet  with the Bermuda registration VP-BWR. It appears to regularly fly to Europe,, including Geneva and Basel. The owner is listed as USAL Ltd, about which nothing seems to be known except that it appears to own just this one aircraft.

    Monday 19 April: An old Dassault Falcon 900 of an airline called Falcon Wings (Falcons do indeed have wings!). The company, based in the UAE and is represented in Geneva and in Benghazi,Libya. It came from somewhere in Libya, but unsure where!

    Monday 19 April: a departure of a Gulf 5 for Nassau (one of several around now!).

    Tuesday 20 April: Arrival of a VistaJet Global 6000 jet from the Bahamas via Westchester and Teterboro, on the US East Coast.

    Tuesday 20 April: 7 flights to or from Moscow Vnukovu. Maybe seeking a dialog with Russia to avoid a war with Ukraine!

    Wednesday 21 April : Air Hamburg flight to New Delhi India, from where it returned to London Luton. Any passengers should certainly have been COVID-chackedi

    Thursday 22 April: The Boeing 737 Business jet owned by the Safra banking group returned to Brazil. Another country in a mess with COVID.

    Friday 23 April: the Gulf 6 aircraft , owned officially by Orecla Services SA Lausanne but strongly believed to be used by Philip Morris (tobacco!), performed several flights from Geneva to Geneva. I guess that the passengers were allowed to smoke!

    Friday 23 April : VW (Volkswagen) Air Services Falcon 7X from Geneva to Antigua, then Rhode Island and finally to Marthas Vineyard. Have a nice holiday, all you VW executives

    Saturday 24 April: A lot of traffic, including a Malta-registered (9H-LDN) of Blue Falcon Sarl, used by TAG Aviation Malta to go to Nassau. One of several during the week to or from Nassau.

    Sunday 25 April: a GULF5 of Jet Aviation Business Jets AG took off to go to Zurich and then to the Turks and Caicos islands. For what sort of business?

    Sunday 25 April: Vistajet Malta from a new place: Togo.

     

    As usual, the top  European destinations for scheduled airlines were Portugal , Spain and France.

    Top executive airports: Le Bourget , Nice,  Farnborough and Vnukovo.

    Top inter-continental countries visited during the week: Turkey  and the Gulf states (with scheduled flights, of course).

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 12 April 2021 to Sunday 18 April 2021.

    Pick of the week: a choice between flight VPCVS  on Monday 12 April, operated by International Jet Management GmBH, flying from Geneva via Ra'sal-Khay, in the UAE to Kathmandu, in Nepal , and a Falon 7X of the  Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) arriving in Geneva from Canberra (the administrative capital of Australia) on 16 April via Perth, Male (Maldives) and Muscat . Two flights which would have left the passengers quite tired and jet-lagged!

    Monday 12 April: A Falcon 7X owned by Volkswagen AG returning from the Maldives (perhaps with VW executives having had a holiday?).

    Monday 12 April: a flight operated by VistaJet Malta, going to Nassau, Bahamas, via George Town Grand Cayman Islands.

    Tuesday 13 April: a long flight of TAG Aviation Malta (Malta registration again) to Cancun in the Yucatan Peninsula.

    Wednesday 14 April : A flight of an aircraft registered in Malaysia but later re-registered in the US, left for Los Angeles via Guernsey (that well-known tax haven ), Shannon, (Ireland) and Albuquerque New Mexico. Another tiring flight!

    Wednesday 14 April: a Falcon 7X 7X owned by Volkswagen AG returning from Martha’s Vineyard and Reno. More executives back from a holiday?

    Thursday 15 April: a flight of the nicely named British company Oasis Ltd left for the holiday resort of Muscat, just

    Friday 16 April: after several local there and back trips, a Falcon 2000 owned by Cartier Europe left Geneva for Ibiza via Lyon. Maybe picking up some Cartier frontaliers in Lyon?

    Saturday 17 April: did you know that someone could have taken a flight with a Falcon 2000 of MHS Aviation GmBH from the small airport of Sion, in the Valais, to Santa Maria in the Azores, then to Hamilton Bermuda, Washington USA, back to Shannon in Irelnd and finally to Athens. That would not have been cheap!

    Sunday 18 April: the return of the Gulf 5 registered as M-USIC and believed to be often used by Rim Ratcliffe, owner of Lausanne FC. He would be happy to know that Lausanne FC beat Vadux 2-1.

     

    As usual, the top  European destinations for scheduled airlines were Portugal , France and  Spain.

    Top executive airports: Le Bourget as usual, followed by Farnborough UK, which is gaining in importance.

    Top non-EU countries visited during the week (excluding scheduled airlines): United Kingdom (69 flights) and Russia (25 flights).

    Top inter-continental countries visited during the week: Turkey  and the Gulf states (with scheduled flights, of course).

    More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/movements.pl

    D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG

    http://www.aragge.ch/cgi-bin/mouvements.pl

     

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