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

    Pick of the week: a choice between a visit from Venezuela, an unknown San Marino registered aircraft from a previously unknown airport in Ukraine, and another unknown San Marino registered aircraft coming from Chennai . Also, of course, some holiday flights to and from the Maldives!

    Monday 5 April: An aircraft of Pontair (a nice name!) going to Tashkent via Rumania, a US-registered (N711LS) Global 6000 going to Puerto Rico, and another Global 6000 of VistaJet going to Hamilton Bermuda via the USA.

    Tuesday 6 April: Clients of Albinati Aeronaitics leaving for Uruguay and Nassau.. However, not to forget a couple of flights going to Jersey and Guernsey (maybe to visit a bank there?).

    Tuesday 6 April: Aircraft registered as M-OVIE came back from Johannesburg, then left for Farnborough. . If Jim Rartcliffe was aboard, might he have discovered some talented footballers for Lausanne FC?

    Wednesday 7 April: the Venezuela-registered Airbus A340 arrived from Caracas. The aircraft operator, Conviasa, was decreed by Hugo Chávez to be the national airline. Given the sanctions aimed at the current government, in particular on Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A,, supported by Switzerland, one might wonder what is/was the reason for coming to Geneva! It is possible that refuelling the aircraft here in Geneva would have been forbidden, which would explain the return of the aircraft via Belgrade (the wrong direction!).

    Thursday 8 April: The Bombardier Global aircrafft, HB-JII, an aircraft owned by Credit Suisse (receiving unfavourable treatment on the stock markets right now), operated by Albinati Aeronautics and believed to be used by a very rich Geneva family, left for Liberia.

    Friday 9 April. The Falcon 2000 operated by Jet Aviation Business Jets AG left for Kazan via Venice. They try to request no tracking: maybe a bit embarrassing to avoid us wondering why business people should want this flight.

    Saturday 10 April : the arrival of two new unknown aircraft registered in San Marino. One from a long distance (Chennai), the other just a short distance (Aosta via Nice). No doubt we will eventually find their identity.

    Sunday 11 April: Once again the aircraft of “Aeroservicios Ejecutivos Corporativos” coming from Toluca,Mexico, calling in here then off to Luton London.

    Sunday 11 April : A Falcon 7X of the Danish operator going to the Maldives. That makes 6 flights this week: three each way: must be a nice place! However, the Swiss  list of risk zones includes the Maldives.I  wonder how rich people get treated on their return here!

     

    Like last week, the top  European destinations for scheduled airlines were Portugal , France and  Spain.

    Top executive airports: Le Bourget 32 flights, Nice 17 flights, Vnukovo 15 flights.

    Top non-EU countries visited during the week (excluding scheduled airlines): United Kingdom (29 flights) and Russia (25 flights).

    Top inter-continental countries visited during the week: UAE (8 flights), Maldives (7 flights), USA (7 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 29 March 2021 to Sunday 4 April 2021.

    During the week Geneva received aircraft belonging to the German, French, Hungarian and Polish Air Forces. Perhaps they all want to know what fighter aircraft Switzerland may choose!

    Monday 29 March: Arrival from Gabarone of an aircraft registered as M-OVIE, and owned by Hampshire Aviation. This is one of several aircraft owned by the INEOS Group of Jim Ratcliffe, who owns Lausanne FC. The same aircraft then left for Johannesburg. Talent-spotting in Africa?

    Monday 29 March: the Swiss globetrotting company Nomad Aviation AG sent its aircraft HB-JLC to the Maldives, Other aircraft going to the Maldives during the week included one belonging to Volkswagen Air Service! Note that the list of risk zones valid from 5 April includes the Maldives, so returning holidaymakers will be required to self-quarantine!

    Tuesday 30 March: US-registered N455QS, believed to be operated by Netjets USA, off to Palm Beach Florida. The USA is also a COVID risk zone.

    Wednesday 31 March: Arrival from Sao Paolo Brazil of the business jet PR-BBS owned by Safra Sarasin SA bank. There are so many reports of problems in Brazil  that one might ask who and what came in the flight!

    Wednesday 31 March: a Malta-registered aircraft 9H-FAB, operated by Air X Charter, left for Puerto Vallarta Mexico.

    Thursday 1 April: A Vistajet Malta arriving from Tampa Florida via Colorado, Texas and Sarajevo. Not an April fool joke!

    Thursday 1 April: A Gulf-5 aircraft registered as 4K-JJ888 came from Baku, Azerbaijan. The operator is registered as Silk Way Business Aviation (makes one think of the Silk Road), but it is thought that the real owner may be the government of Azerbaijan. It returned to BAKU the next day.

    Thursday 1 April: San Marino registered Global-600 aircraft T7-SFG  coming from Liberia, then leaving for Dubai via Munich. Unsurprisingly, like many aircraft registered in San Marino, we have no idea who owns it!

    Friday 2 April: Another regular visit by the Airbus A319 registered as M-KATE of Dmitry Rybolovlev. This time it arrived from Windhoek, Namibia, via Nice, then left the following day for Basel.

    Saturday 3 April: flight N919FG, a very new (March 2019) Global 7500 jet aircraft, arrived direct from the airport of the University of Illinois-Willard, the home base of the aircraft. It left the following day to return home via Hilton Head Virginia airport. According to an aviation source
    The Global 7500 aircraft stands alone as the world’s largest and longest-range business jet. Within its carefully designed cabin are four true living spaces, a full-size kitchen, and a dedicated crew suite.”
     Of course, we do not know who is the real owner of the aircraft, but we can assume that the proposition to charge a Swiss carbon fee of up to 3000 CHF will not be a financial problem!

    Saturday 3 April: flight AHO9674, a German-registered Falcon 7X of Air Hamburg, left for Maafaru airport on Noonu Atoll, Maldives. This is becoming a very popular Maldives resort, which even has a dedicated Covid-19 testing centre developed by resort operator Soneva.

    Sunday 4 April: Another quick visit of the Airbus A319 of Rinat Leonidovych Akhmetov, coming from Kiev Boryspil airport then immediately returning there.

    Top European scheduled airlines: Portugal (110 flights), France (98 flights), Spain (85 flights).

    Top executive airports: Le Bourget 15 flights, Nice 12 flights, Vnukovo 9 flights.

    Top non-EU countries visited during the week (excluding scheduled airlines): United Kingdom (12 flights) and Russia (11 flights).

    Top inter-continental countries visited during the week: UAE (8 flights), Maldives (7 flights), USA (7 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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