The pick of the movements this week must go to the flight KAY57 of the airline K5-Aviation. The aircraft was the first Airbus A319 “re-motorised” with the new, quieter and less polluting NEO engines, to be seen in Geneva. It is actually a VIP version, with a capacity of only 19 passengers and 2 crew.
The aircraft arrived from Munich in the morning of Tuesday 23 March, then departed at 21h30 heading due south over Africa. This would seen to imply an overnight flight to the region of South Africa, where the airline has a base.
In Germany the airline offices are at Katharina ell 5 in Gammelsdorf. The origin of the street name is probably in memory of Katharina Schütz Zell, a Protestant reformer and writer during the Protestant Reformation, who died on 5 September 1562.
Here in Switzerland, we would be happy if/when easyJet Switzerland will replace all their old Airbus A319/320 aircraft by NEO versions (although they would hardly want the VIP versions!).
Monday 22 March:
The Avcon Jet Embrair aircraft OE-ITA (an Austrian registration) left at 6h20 in the morning, heading due south over Africa, then returned at 19h30, just before leaving again for Vnukovo Moscow airport ! Probably going somewhere in the middle of Africa.
The same Monday aircraft 9H-LDN, a Maltese registration) came back from Belize/Guatemala.
Also that same Monday the first of 5 flights during the week to or from Nassau.
AOJ95C back from Nassau via Palm Beach
Tuesday 23 March: another Avcon jet left for Costa Rica. That region was mentioned in Le Matin Dimanche of Sunday 28 March as a possible holiday destination not currently requiring quarantine on return!
Thursday 25 March: P4-BAR an old GulF 5 of Sonnig International Private Jet company coming back from the Maldives (one of many!)
Friday 26 March: As is often the case, VistaJet Malta had several interesting intercontinental flights. Amongst these, flight VJT525 to Bahrain to see Lewis Hamilton win the Formula 1 Grand Prix and VJT836 to Turks & Caicos islands (nice place for a holiday!).
Saturday 27 March: ECC701 of Eclair Aviation to Antilles and VP-BMP of Oasis Ltd to Muscat. Also, one of several flights between Payerne and Scottsdale Arizona. Makes me remember that Switzerland wants new fighter planes for its Air Force.
Sunday 28 March: a Swiss-registered aircraft (one of not many!) of Execujet Europe coming back from back from Kuala Lumpur Subang airport (not seen that airport before).
Top non-EU countries visited during the week (excluding scheduled airlines): United Kingdom (37 flights) and Russia (32 flights).
Top inter-continental countries visited during the week: Maldives (7 flights), Nassau 6 flights), USA (5 flights).
More details for these flights, and all other since 2009, can be obtained via the ARAG Web site
D’autres détails pour ces vols, et tous les autres vols depuis 2009, peuvent être obtenus via le site WEB de l’ARAG