EX-YU airports see unplanned wide-body operations

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Skopje and Belgrade airports have seen wide-body aircraft deployed on scheduled flights over the past few days, which are usually operated by narrow-body jets. On Friday, September 6, Switzerland’s Edelweiss Air ran the Zurich - Skopje service with its 315-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft instead of the usual 184-seat A320 jet. Similarly, over the weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday, Etihad Airways deployed its 262-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft on one of its two daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade. The route is generally maintained by the 136-seat A320. It should be noted however, that one of the two daily flights was cancelled as a result.

Edelweiss Air A330-300 at Skopje Airport

As previously reported, Qatar Airways has scheduled a widebody A330-200 aircraft on its Zagreb service during the second week of October. The carrier will deploy the 260-seat jet on its second morning service from Doha to the Croatian capital on October 8 and 13, as a one-off. On the other hand, Turkish Airlines has also scheduled an A330-200 on its Ljubljana service during the last week of the summer season, as well as the second weekend of the 2019/2020 winter season. The carrier will utilise the 250-seat jet on its morning service from Istanbul to the Slovenian capital on October 24 and 25, as well as the evening flight on November 2 and 3.

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  1. BEG was because of the fuel shortages.

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    1. What do you mean?

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    2. NIS fuel provider at BEG had issues with providing fuel on Saturday and part of Sunday because they had a problem at their refinery. But there was no problem with flights and no one cancelled any flights. Well exception is Etihad because they sent A330. Since yesterday at 6pm fuel is being provided normally at full capacity.

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    3. What is the purpose of large, white fuel tanks behind Cargo building if not for jet fuel? Extra storage for rakia?

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  2. I am really surprised about LJU-IST. Seems like a super busy route.

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    1. LJU-IST is the busiest route so nothing too strange.

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  3. The route is generally maintained by the 136-seat A320.

    136 seats on the A320. :D

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    1. Big business class my friend.

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    2. 16 Business class seats.

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  4. Condor also used 767 instead of A320 on FRA-RJK route last week

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    1. Condor has used the B767 quite a few times to SPU and DBV as well this year.

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    2. Sarajevo also saw a great deal of flights by Qatar operated with A330-200, and they kept the same amount of frequences

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    3. That was in August and that was already reported
      https://tinyurl.com/yyuaaceo

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  5. I think EY will start scheduled wide body ops from BEG in the coming months or weeks. Now they have two daily A320 services with short time difference, disabling the frequency argument. I expect the upgrade once they open up that new huge terminal in AUH. And in meantime they will have more wide-bodies.

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    1. I honestly think Qatar will be quicker in this - they have cargo demand which Etihad meets with dedicated 777F flights from BEG

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    2. What 777F flights ?

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    3. ^
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/05/etihad-cargo-boosts-belgrade-operations.html

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  6. I wonder how long it took EY to get CAD approval for equipment change? :)

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    1. Not long as it was under special circumstances. Als I think there is Open Skies.

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    2. there's an Open Skies agreement between Serbia and UAE

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  7. Would love to see Etihads 777-300ER in BEG ...

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