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By Matt Falcus and Chris Smith

Friday 24th March

It had been a while since I last was at Manchester and quite a bit has changed, including Singapore Airlines introducing A350s, Saudia introducing B787-9s, Hainan Airlines have recently started an A330 service and Cathay Pacific are due to transfer to the A350 in May or June, Matt Falcus expressed an interest in joining so we planned a Wednesday as this is the only day of the week when you can catch two Singapore A350s on the ground at once. Unfortunately the weather was awful on the Wednesday, so we postponed till the Friday when sunshine was forecast all day - not a difficult decision to make given this was still fresh in my memory! As it turns out neither me nor Matt required one of the A350s so no loss in that respect, but neither Saudia nor Cathay operate on Fridays so we missed out on these. I would have liked more A350s and NEOs but luckily the resident Jet2 fleet was dominated by the new builds and my first Citation Longitude was nice - well I say it was nice...does seeing the top few inches of the tail section peaking above a rooftop count as a cop?! It always puzzles me why Manchester does so poor with biz...we often have a busier day than they do!! If London can sustain four major biz hubs you'd have thought the UKs second city could manage one!

Manchester Airport

9H-BOO Canadair CL-600-2B19 Challenger 850 (CRJ-200) Air X Charter  
9V-SMF Airbus A350-941 Singapore Airlines "10,000th Airbus Aircraft" titles
A6-EEA Airbus A380-861 Emirates  
A6-EEK Airbus A380-861 Emirates  
A6-ETB Boeing 777-3FXER Etihad Airways  
A6-ETE Boeing 777-3FXER Etihad Airways  
A7-BCQ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Qatar Airways  
B-5950 Airbus A330-343 Hainan Airlines  
CS-LTB Cessna 680A Citation Latitude NetJets Europe  
D-ABOC Boeing 757-330 Condor Engine running
D-AGWN Airbus A319-132 Germanwings  
D-AILK Airbus A319-114 Lufthansa  
D-AIUA Airbus A320-214 Lufthansa  
D-AIUQ Airbus A320-214 Lufthansa  
D-IBAK Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1 Stuttgarter Flugdienst  
D-IBJJ Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2 Air Hamburg  
D-IHKW Cessna 525 CitationJet CJ1+ E-Aviation  
EC-MKN Airbus A320-232 Vueling Airlines  
EI-DLK Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-DPB Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-DWG Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-DWJ Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-EBI Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-EMR Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-FAS ATR-72-600 Aer Lingus Regional (Stobart Air)  
EI-FJI Boeing 737-8JP Norwegian Air International  
EI-FMJ ATR-72-600 Aer Lingus Regional (Stobart Air)  
EI-FOB Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-FPA Bombardier CL-600-2D24 CRJ-900LR SAS Scandinavian Airlines (CityJet)  
EI-FRH Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-FTJ Boeing 737-800 Ryanair  
EI-FTK Boeing 737-800 Ryanair  
EI-FZE Boeing 737-800 Ryanair  
EI-REL ATR-72-212A (ATR-72-500) Flybe (Stobart Air)  
F-GUGC Airbus A318-111 Air France  
F-HEPG Airbus A320-214 Air France  
G-BYAY Boeing 757-204 TUI  
G-COBO ATR-72-212A (ATR-72-500) Aurigny Air Services  
G-ECOH Bombardier DHC-8-Q402 Flybe  
G-ECOM Bombardier DHC-8-Q402 Flybe  
G-EZBA Airbus A319-111 easyJet  
G-EZDP Airbus A319-111 easyJet  
G-EZFE Airbus A319-111 easyJet  
G-EZFI Airbus A319-111 easyJet  
G-EZFS Airbus A319-111 easyJet  
G-EZOO Airbus A320-214 easyJet  
G-EZOT Airbus A320-214 easyJet  
G-EZPE Airbus A320-214 easyJet  
G-FBEN Embraer ERJ-195-200LR Flybe  
G-FBJF Embraer ERJ-175-200STD Flybe  
G-FBJG Embraer ERJ-175-200STD Flybe  
G-FBJK Embraer ERJ-175-200STD Flybe  
G-GDFT Boeing 737-36Q  
G-JECF Bombardier DHC-8-Q402 Flybe  
G-JECG Bombardier DHC-8-Q402 Flybe  
G-JECR Bombardier DHC-8-Q402 Flybe  
G-JZHB Boeing 737-8K5  
G-JZHF Boeing 737-8K2 Jet2 Holidays  
G-JZHL Boeing 737-800 Jet2 Holidays  
G-JZHM Boeing 737-800 Jet2 Holidays  
G-JZHN Boeing 737-800 Jet2 Holidays  
G-JZHR Boeing 737-800  
G-JZHS Boeing 737-800  
G-JZHT Boeing 737-800 Jet2 Holidays  
G-LGNS Saab 2000 Flybe (Loganair)  
G-LSAC Boeing 757-23A Jet2 Holidays  
G-LSAD Boeing 757-236 Jet2 Holidays  
G-LSAJ Boeing 757-236 Jet2 Holidays  
G-LSAK Boeing 757-23N Jet2 Holidays  
G-MDBD Airbus A330-243 Thomas Cook Airlines  
G-MLJL Airbus A330-243 Thomas Cook Airlines  
G-OZBO Airbus A321-231 Monarch Airlines  
G-TAWF Boeing 737-8K5 TUI  
G-TAWL Boeing 737-8K5 TUI  
G-TAWM Boeing 737-8K5 TUI  
G-TAWU Boeing 737-8K5 TUI  
G-TCDD Airbus A321-211 Thomas Cook Airlines  
G-TCDL Airbus A321-211 Thomas Cook Airlines  
G-TCDY Airbus A321-211 Thomas Cook Airlines  
G-TUID Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner TUI  
G-TUIE Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner TUI  
G-VGAL Boeing 747-443 Virgin Atlantic Airways  
G-VRAY Airbus A330-343 Virgin Atlantic Airways  
G-VROM Boeing 747-443 Virgin Atlantic Airways  
G-VYGK Airbus Voyager KC2 (A330-243 MRTT) Thomas Cook Airlines (AirTanker Services)  
HB-IJB Airbus A320-214 Swiss International Airlines  
LN-DYT Boeing 737-8JP Norwegian Air Shuttle  
LN-NGF Boeing 737-8JP Norwegian Air Shuttle  
LN-NHD Boeing 737-8JP Norwegian Air Shuttle  
LN-RRB Boeing 737-783 SAS Scandinavian Airlines  
M-ISKY Cessna 550 Citation Bravo Mysky LLP  
N13138 Boeing 757-224 United Airlines  
N292AY Airbus A330-243 American Airlines  
N705TW Boeing 757-231 Delta Airlines  
OE-LWL Embraer ERJ-195-200LR Austrian Airlines  
OH-LKK Embraer ERJ-190-100LR Finnair  
OO-DWL British Aerospace Avro RJ100 Brussels Airlines  
OY-KAW Airbus A320-232 SAS Scandinavian Airlines  
OY-NCP Dornier 328JET-300 British Airways (Sun Air of Scandinavia)  
PH-BCD Boeing 737-8K2 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines  
PH-BGA Boeing 737-8K2 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines  
PH-BGT Boeing 737-8K2 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines  
PH-CDH Boeing 737-86J Corendon Dutch Airlines  
TC-JTG Airbus A321-231 Turkish Airlines  
TF-ISV Boeing 757-256 Icelandair  
ZH106 Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 Royal Air Force - 8/54(R) Squadron's  

We called into City Airport & Heliport (Barton) on the way back, and it was a productive and worthwhile visit but the place was incredibly quiet for such a perfect flying day, the main grass apron had less aircraft than normal, the eastern grass ramp was completely empty, and the three main hangars all had less aircraft in than previous visits...many would no doubt be up flying but not that many. We didn't attempt airside access as neither of us had hi-viz and also the Friends of Barton Aerodrome has recently been formed and anyone wishing for access for reasons other than flying needs to be a member at a cost of £12 for a year. I would have happily paid it given our own association with a friends group (I'd have tried to negotiate free access first given we are "colleagues") but the reception area under the tower was locked up for the most part of our visit!! The biggest frustration here was we just missed two Army Air Corps Apaches!

City Airport & Heliport

G-ASHX Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee Powertheme Ltd  
G-AVER Reims Cessna F150G LAC Flying School  
G-AWVA Reims Cessna F172H Skyhawk Barton Air  
G-AYGC Reims Cessna F150K Alpha Aviation Group  
G-BAKH Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Private  
G-BEZZ Jodel D112 G-BEZZ Group  
G-BLDK Robinson R22 Flight Academy (Gyrocopters)  
G-BNTP Cessna 172N Skyhawk Westnet Ltd  
G-BOIL Cessna 172N Skyhawk LAC Flying School  
G-BPVA Cessna 172F Skyhawk South Lancashire Flyers Group  
G-BSTZ Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Air Navigation and Trading Company  
G-BTJA Luscombe 8E Silvaire Deluxe Private  
G-BTNV Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II Private  
G-BTRS Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II Airwise Flying Group  
G-BTRT Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow Romeo Tango Group  
G-CFZX Rotorsport MTOSport Gyro-1 Ltd c/o Flight Academy  
G-CGOM Flight Design MC Private  
G-CGVD Vans RV-12 RV12 Flying Group  
G-CGVT Cosmik EV-97 TeamEurostar Mainair Microlight School  
G-CIRB LSA EV-97 Eurostar SL Private  
G-CIRZ Red Ikarus C42 FB80 Mainair Microlight School  
G-CJDA Red Ikarus C42 FB80 Mainair Microlight School  
G-GURU Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II Avro-Marine Ltd  
G-HALC Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow Halcyon Aviation  
G-HINZ Jabiru SK Private  
G-IHXD Reims Cessna F150M Air Navigation and Trading Company  
G-ISHA Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior III LAC Flying School  
G-JODL Jodel DR1050-M Excellence Private  
G-KNYT Robinson R44 Astro Private  
G-LACB Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II LAC Flying School  
G-LCMW TL 2000UK Sting Carbon Private  
G-LYFA Yak-52 Fox Alpha Group  
G-MHGS GlaStar Private  
G-NWAE Eurocopter EC135 T2 Babcock MCS Onshore North West Air Ambulance
G-NWEM Eurocopter EC135 T2 Babcock MCS Onshore North West Air Ambulance
G-OBIO Robinson R22 Beta SD Helicopters LLP  
G-OGAN Europa Private  
G-PLAN Reims Cessna F150L G-PLAN Flying Group  
G-POLC Eurocopter EC135 T2+ NPAS Barton  
G-RACO Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow GRACO Group Ltd  
G-SGSE Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II Private  
G-SPVK Eurocopter AS350B3 Squirrel SD Helicopters LLP  
G-TIFG Pioneer Ikarus C42 FB80 The Ikarus Flying Group  


Noted OTT over the course of the day:

A6-ETG Boeing 777-3FXER Etihad Airways  
A7-BEH Boeing 777-3DZER Qatar Airways  
C-FKAU Boeing 777-333ER Air Canada  
C-GHPQ Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Air Canada  
D-AIGL Airbus A340-313X Lufthansa  
D-ALPD Airbus A330-223 Air Berlin  
D-ALPF Airbus A330-223 Air Berlin  
EC-KDG Airbus A320-214 Vueling Airlines  
EI-DEA Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-EFD Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-EGB Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
EI-FNJ Airbus A320-216 Aer Lingus  
EI-FRV Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair  
F-HPJA Airbus A380-861 Air France  
G-EZFM Airbus A319-111 easyJet  
G-EZUD Airbus A320-214 easyJet  
G-GDFK Boeing 737-36N Jet2 Holidays  
G-JZHD Boeing 737-808 Jet2 Holidays  
G-JZHO Boeing 737-800  
G-LCYI Embraer ERJ-170-100LR BA Cityflyer  
G-VAHH Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Virgin Atlantic Airways  
G-VCRU Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Virgin Atlantic Airways  
G-VIIB Boeing 777-236ER British Airways  
G-VNEW Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Virgin Atlantic Airways  
G-XLEC Airbus A380-841 British Airways  
G-XLED Airbus A380-841 British Airways  
G-YMMH Boeing 777-236ER British Airways  
KAF343 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III Kuwait Air Force ex Newcastle
N172DN Boeing 767-332ER Delta Airlines  
N178UA Boeing 747-422 United Airlines  
N26952 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner United Airlines  
N734AR Boeing 777-323ER American Airlines  
N816AA Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner American Airlines  
PH-BQK Boeing 777-206ER KLM Royal Dutch Airlines  
SU-GDL Boeing 777-36NER EgyptAir  
TF-FIV Boeing 757-208 Icelandair  
TF-ISJ Boeing 757-256 Icelandair  
VT-JEV Boeing 777-35RER Jet Airways  
YR-BAJ Boeing 737-430 Blue Air  
YR-FZA Fokker 100 Carpatair  
ZK-OKP Boeing 777-319ER Air New Zealand  
ZZ337 Airbus Voyager KC3 (A330-243 MRTT) Royal Air Force - 10/101 Squadron's  

Click here for Matts Manchester photos, here for Chris' Manchester photos and here for Chris' Barton photos.

Stats MF CS
Framed 78 83
Paint scrape 08 04

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