• Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 22 March 2021 to Sunday 28 March 2021.

    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

    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 15 March 2021 to Sunday 21 March 2021.

    “Top of the Pops”, In a very interesting week and some fascinating destinations, must go to flights to or from Ecuador. On Friday 19 March the Global Express T7-VSR (a San Marino registration) came to Geneva from the Ecuadorian Eloy Alfaro de Manta airport , then left again almost immediately for Moscow Vnukovo airport.

    The following day a Swiss-registered Falcon 7 of Albinati Aeronautics left for the Ecuadorian airport Guayaquil, stopping in at Santiago de Compostela (the final town for pilgrimage walks). Perhaps someone had done the walk and hitched a lift home!       

    Monday March 15: Arrival from Lagos Nigeria of a Gulf 5 operated by Avcon Jet AG, stopping in at Barcelona and Farnborough, and a departure of another Gulf 5 for the Maldives (getting very popular: see below!)

    Monday 15  March: Departure of a Falcon 7 belonging to TAG Aviation UK , going to for Addis Ababa., Ethiopia . This country, which has several late night scheduled departures, is increasingly subject to  ethnic conflicts .  

    Tuesday 16 March; another flight to Africa, this time to Nairobi, then on to an unknown destination! Also, a flight of Nomad Aviation AG to the Maldives: it returned on Saturday. Nomadic indeed!

    Wednesday 17 March: Another flight to the Maldives of a British-registered Gulf 5 belonging to Harley Airlines (not to be confused with Harley Davidson transport!) and registered as M-BIGG (Mr Big?).

    Wednesday 17 March: an unusual visitor from Toluca Mexico. Operated by icenciado Adolfo Lopez Mateos: even my brain can translate that! It went back again two days later.

    Wednesday 17 March: a Gulf 5 registered as VP-CDF, (Cayman Islands) operated by Busines Aviation Asia, going to Hong Kong, after coming from Shanghai two days ago.

    Thursday 18 March: The Gulf 5 aircraft registered here as as HB-JII is officially listed as owned by Credit Suisse and operated by Albinati Aeronautics. Highly credible information on the Web states that it is for the use of the Bertarelli family. In this case the aircraft went to Liberia via the Dominican Republic. Having noted that New Zealand retained the Americas Cup Yacht race one might have expected a trip to New Zealand to register a competitor for the series in two years time.

    Thursday 18 March: The Maltese-registered Gulf7, operated by Hyperion Aviation, arrived from Cape Town (hopefully without any COVID South African strain).One day later it left again for Mexico.

    Friday 19 March: two departures for Nassau, Bahamas: one of Netjets and one of Avcon Jet. Maybe there is an interesting business conference there which cannot be ZOOMed!

    Saturday 20 March:a Netjets flight taking people to Turks & Caicos islands. On the Web it is stated that there is no quarantine on arrival, but that a COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than 5 days before arrival is required. Also stated is that local COVID-19 testing is widely available. Many hotels offer free tests for guests.

    Saturday 20 March: an interesting flight of a Vista Jet Malta aircraft registered as 9H-IGH (maybe operates at high altitude?). The flight came from Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) via Road Town airport in the British Virgin Islands (cited often in the offshore leaks database) , Miami and Nassau.

    Sunday 21 March: A Danish-registered Falcon 2000, operated by Air Alsie, left for Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan, My limited knowledge of Geography means that I do not know where that is: Help!

    Top non-EU countries visited during the week (excluding scheduled airlines): United Kingdom (34 flights) and Russia (29 flights).

    Top inter-continental countries visited during the week: USA (6 flights), Maldives (5 flights), Nassau 4 flights),

     

     

     




    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 8 March 2021 to Sunday 14 March 2021.

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  • Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 1 March 2021 to Sunday 7 March 2021.

    Interesting flights to or from Geneva airport for the week from Monday 1 March 2021 to Sunday 7 March 2021.

    The pick of the week: the Gulf 6 long-distance jet with registration HB-JXL left Geneva at 10:24 on Wednesday 3 March, heading south over Africa, and returned at 6:32 on Friday 5 March. The arrival time is typical of an overnight flight, suggesting a destination in the southern region of Africa.

    According to the official Swiss register, the aircraft HB-IXL is owned and operated by Orecla Services SA, avenue de Cour 107, 1007 Lausanne. Since this is also the address of the tobacco giant Philip Morris SA it is safe to assume that this company is the real owner and operator.

    A recent report from OCCRP (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project), dated 26 February, contains a reference to the company, with the headline
    Marlboro’s Man: Philip Morris’ Representative in Burkina Faso is a Known Cigarette Smuggler

    1 March : another Aruba-registered aircraft P4-BAR (P4 is reserved for Aruba, a small country with “tax efficient offshore jurisdiction!)specialising in aircraft registrations). Arrived from Dubai via Cairo, then off to Saint Louis via Chicago. How the rich live!

    2 March : A Pilatus PC24 of Albinati Aviation back from Oxford. Probably not big enough to have many Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines on board. Note that despite Pilatus aircraft being Swiss, Albinati (just across the road from Meyrin Mediamarkt) often choose to register aircraft in Malta.

    3 March: a luxury Airbus A319 P4-RLA believed to be the property of a Ukrainian billionaire (who also, like many ultra-rich from the East, likes to register aircraft in Aruba). This was just a quick trip here from Kiev, then back 90 minutes later.

    4 March: A Falcon 8x, registration MATEX, owned by Maritime Investment & Shipping Co. Ltd (anything starting with M is from the Isle of Man) coming from the lesser Antilles islands just north of South America, stopped near Saint Moritz to drop off a few skiers. From the hot to the cold!

    5 March; another Isle of Man registered  luxury Airbus A319 (M-KATE, belonging to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev) dropped. In from Nassau for about an hour, before going to Basel. Maybe he had time to char to Yves Bouvier! Interestingly, the flight was organised by Tag Aviation (UK) Ltd, using the flight code VIP083 : clearly the company likes transporting VIP persons!

    5 March: A Falcon 900, with registration N721FH (owned by an anonymous Delaware trust fund) arrived from San Fernando, Argentina. Who remembers the song “Last Train to San Fernando”, of Johnny Duncan and his Blue Grass Boys?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg8DhjQOtzM

    6 March: another globetrotting itinerary for an aircraft of Qatar Executive, from Cape Town, via Columbo and Chennai. They may be spending the weekend here (in quarantine?).

    7 March: After having come from Dubai to Sion on 28 January, the Bombardier B)) continued D700 registration M-YGJL (built in 1999, currently owned by Ansakl Aviation Two Ltd., continued to Geneva. That company is registered in the Cayman Islands and has just the one aircraft. Moral: to get rich, buy an old aircraft, move to the Cayman Islands and hire it out for charter!

    7 March: finish with a flourish, A Gulfstream G650ER (ER usually stands for Extended Range) arriving in the evening from Nagoya Japan.PS This week there were 100 flights requesting anonymity, as against 64 last week: secrecy is increasing (are people reading this blog?). One can think that our airport will be looking towards the East to have more traffic!

    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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