• 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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