July 2nd 2014;
Again i have fallen behind in my updates, too much going on at home, and been to USA as well. Anyway.....
World Airways ceased operation at the end of March 2014. They had been in Chapter 11 since October 2013 and were unable to find financial support to continue. World operated MD11's and Boeing 747-400's and had been a long time McDonnel Dougls customer with DC10's and latterly MD11's. They operated a lot of 3rd party flights, wet lease aircraft and a large amount for the US military.
Centurian Cargo have announced they will replace thier MD11's and become a Boeing 747 only operator.
A new Ghanian airline called Goldstar are rumoured to begin operations with either an MD11 or Boeing 747. Fllying from Accra to London, Baltimore, Guangzhou amongst others. The airlines web site pictures a 747 so i guess they will get no MD11. Services should of commenced in late June but as yet have not started.
April 7th 2014;
KLM MD11 PH-KCC left Amsterdam today for the final time, being ferried to San Bernardino, CA as KL 9865. It has been sold for spare parts. (Thanks to Rego S Meijer for the picture)
April 1st 2014;
Worlds final 2 passenger MD11's N271/272WA have flown to Goodyear, AZ this week for storage leaving just the 4 KLM pax versions flying now.
N271WA is pictured above on final approach to Goodyear (hopefully not for the last time yet). Picture courtesy of Jeremy D. Dando
Saudia MD11F HZ-AND made a rare visit to the UK on Sunday 30th, originally planned to go to Heathorw, it ended up going to Stansted unfortunately which is not so easy for me to get to.
March 30th 2014;
KLM MD11 PH-KCC is pictured at Amsterdam in mid March devoid of titles. She has been sold for part out and scrap and is due to fly to San Bernardino, CA (KSBD) on April 7th. (with thanks to Wil Teunissen for the picture)
EVA MD11F B-16112 is now stored at San Bernardino, CA. Not sure why its gone there but PH-KCC is also due to go there in April too.
Old news really but as i haven't had much time of late to update i am a bit behind. Anyway, Ethiopian MD11F ET-AND made a rare visit to Geneva on February 18th bringing in parts for the Boeing 767 that was hijacked and landed there. It stayed just under an hour. Since Swissair finnished MD11 service, they have been quite rare there with Fedex N595FE making an appearnace in 2012.
February 14th 2014;
I'm slowly getting round to updating the site, been real busy at work lately. Thanks for recent info i've been sent, i will get round to reply.
Updated the prod list today. If correct there are now 26 MD11's stored along with 8 that are for scrap and the 9 already scrapped/written off. This makes 43 now, nearly a quarter of the aircraft built. Looking a bit grim with newer aircraft on the scene.
Of the recently stored aircraft, D-ALCO is Lufthansa's first and has gone to Tulsa after the carrier has recieved its first new 777 freighters.
The 3 Aeroflot 11's are now at Victorville.
EVA hve recently put B-16110/110 into storage and 112 will be not far behind i am told.
KLM's PH-KCC is at Amsterdam, and will be ferried to Victorville in the Spring for part out and scrap.
A petition has been launched in the Netherlands to keep a KLM MD11 from the scrap man, Its in Dutch of course, although if you open the page with google chrome it should offer a translation. Please sign it, hopefully with many signatures notice will be taken and KLM will be able to save one. Click the link below;
KLM MD11 petition
If you fancy getting yourself a 2014 Calender of MD11 pictures then check out what Felix Gotttwald has done and order one via the link below;
2014 MD11 Calender
November 2nd 2013;
Something i forgot to add earlier is that all 3 Aeroflot MD11F's are now in store since August at Victorville, CA. The airline blamed rising costs and returned the 3 MD11's to the lessor. They will instead market cargo space in the hold of passenger flights. VP-BDP/BDQ/BDR are stored in the desert with several others now from World, KLM, EVA, Shanghai Airlines to name a few.
October 31st 2013;
World Airways MD11 N273WA is currently in store at Baltimore and is expected to go for scrap to Goodyear, leaving only N271/272WA as passenger aircraft along with KLM's 4 MD11's.
Courtesy of Airliner Routes, KLM currently plans to operate FINAL MD11 service on 25OCT14. In October 2014, KLM’s MD11 operation as follow.
Amsterdam – Montreal
KL671 AMS1525 – 1645YUL M11 D
KL672 YUL1900 – 0735+1AMS M11 D
Amsterdam – Toronto
KL691 AMS0935 – 1140YYZ M11 D
KL692 YYZ1735 – 0645+1AMS M11 D
Planned MD11 Final service remains subject to change.
This could no doubt change but as of now 1900 at Montreal on 25th October would be the place to be for the last flight......................
October 28th 2013;
PH-KCK has become the sixth MD11 to retire from service with KLM. She operated her last service on 20/21st October to Toronto KL691/692.
At the moment her future is unclear. One would hope she'll escape the axe man but i am not optimistic. SHe will be parked up at Amsterdam for the time being until her future is sorted, joing sister ship KCC.
Talking of PH-KCC, she was recently used by KLM for a childrens event in a hanger at Schipol.300 lucky children got to watch a dsiney movie on board in a hanger along with popcorn and other goodioes provided. Special lighting lit up the aircraft in different colours.
Only now PH-KCA/B/D/E remain in active service with KLM. PH-KCA is the next aircraft expected to be withdrawn from use in September 2014 with the remaining 3 by the end of October 2014.
PH-KCB opertaed a scheduled Amsterdam-London Heathrow sector today, KL1021/1022 probably enjoyed the larger aircraft due to the disruption caused by the storms across Europe. PH-KCE also made a visit to Heathorw on October 7th operating KL1017/1018 i think because of disruption caused by a French ATC strike.
September 5th 2013;
PH-KCC pictured at Amsterdam recently, now retired from use by KLM.
In late October/early November she will have all titles/logo's etc painted out.
Lufthansa Cargo are expected to dispose of the first of thier MD11 freighters early 2014. The carrier will recieve thier first 777 freighters later this year and it is expect the 2 former Alitalia MD11's will be first to leave. D-ALCR/CS are slightly different inside than the others in the fleet with a little less cargo space and they seem to need a bit more TLC than the rest of the fleet too.
August 28th 2013;
Another new airline with MD11's start up could be in the air soon.
Western Global Airlines, from Florida, USA plan to start operation shortly with an ex World Airways MD11F cn 48435 ex N384WA which is currently undergoing checks in Singapore. Not sure about initial routes or even where they will be based. They are set up with a former CEO of Southern Air and plan to have 4 MD11's by the end of the year.
Operations at AV cargo seem to be going to the extent that further MD11 freighters will join the fleet this year. Currently operations are with Z-BAM cn 48746. 2 more MD11's have been acquired, with one join shortly and one expected in Novemember;
Z-BAM cn 48746 (ex World N278WA) active
Z-BPL cn 48756 (ex World N729WA) due September
Z-BVT cn 48410 (ex Varig Log PR-LGE) due November
August 21st 2013;
EVA MD11F B-16111 is now in storage at Victorville, CA
KLM have put PH-KCC up for sale and is now the fifth MD11 to be withdrawn from use. KCC has not flown for some time now (exact date unknown) but KLM decided that 5 aircraft can support the current route network. This will be down to 4 when PH-KCK retires from service in October leaving PH-KCA/B/D/E for the final 12 months.
Current Winter 2013/14 destinations are (subject to alteration) expected to be Montreal, San Francisco and possibly Cairo though the latter is not confirmed.
Fedex MD11F N590FE was at Birmingham (BHX) airport in the UK last week involved with loading trials. Normally BHX has Boeing 757 and ATR72 service from Fedex so it will be quite a jump up to an MD11 assuming the trials were a success.
July 14th 2013;
Another visit to London's Heathrow airport yesterday by KLM MD-11 on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam. PH-KCK operated the KL 1009/1010 rotations, apparently in response to delays that occured at Heathrow on Friday after the incident involving an Ethiopian Boeing 787.
July 13th 2013;
Nice picture of AV Cargo MD11F Z-BAM taken at Liege recently. (Thanks to Robin Bamps for the picture)
June 13th 2013;
Could we have a new operator for the MD11?? Air Algerie have expressed an interest in acquiring 2 MD11F's for cargo operation. Originally it was mentioned that the 2 from Ethiopian airlines may be acquired but now also rumoured was 2 from KLM, which will then need freighter conversion.
May 29th 2013;
KLM MD-11 PH-KCE made a rare visit to London last week on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam. It operated KL 1019/1020 on 24th May. Usually Heathrow flights are operated by Boeing 737, Fokker 70 or Embraer aircraft. The upgrade was likely due to earlier cancelations caused by an engine fire on a British Airways A319.
April 27th 2013;
Quite a few things to update on so here goes;
PH-KCG's return to Amsterdam on the 15th was due to an engine oil loss problem. She departed again to Victorville on 18th and is pictured above leaving Amsterdam for the very last time and now joins PH-KCF/H/I in the desert. (with thanks to Aaron Willis for the picture).
Avient have had some financial difficulties of late and were placed into administration on April 5th. Their sole MD-11F Z-BVT cn 48410/495 has been at Zurich for some time on a 'C' check.
However, operations will continue after the administrators approved a deal for services to be operated by AV Cargo on behalf of Avient. AV Cargo have acquired former world MD11ER N278WA cn 48746/597. It has been converted to a freighter and operations are expected to commence on 30th April. Av Cargo are expected to get 2 more MD11's.
The 2 ex World MD11's registered to Fedex N68092/68093 that are stored at Victorville are i imagine for spares rather than to use in active serive. N579FE cn 48470/546 is no longer stored.
A few changes at Centurion & Skylease Aero to report.
N951AR cn 48495/461 is currently stored in the USA, possibly at at Marana.
N954AR cn 48498/522 is currently stored at Miami.
N988AR cn 48434/476 is to be scrapped, assume in Brazil.
PH-MCT cn 48629/596 has now been reregistered to N956AR fro Skylease Aero.
April 15th 2013;
However, all has not gone to plan for PH-KCG for she is returning to Amsterdam after developing a technical fault en route. It looks like she got as far as Greenland before turning around. Watch this space.....
As planned, PH-KCG is making her last ever flight today, from Amsterdam to Victorville, CA. She left Amsterdam at 0900 this morning on KL7431. The above is a screen capture from FlightRadar24 showing PHKCG en route over the North Sea.
April 13th 2013;
PH-MCT has left the Martinair fleet and was ferried from Amsterdam to the USA at the end of March. It is currently stored at Orlando Sanford airport awaiting it fate, possibly with a future at Centruion Air Cargo. It is pictured above at Amsterdam the day before its ferry flight to the U.S
PH-KCG's fate is now sealed withe aircraft having been sold for scrap. It is due to be ferried from Amsterdam to Victorville on 15th April to join sister ships PH-KCF/KCH/KCI in the desert. PH-KCK has also been sold for scrap but will fly fro KLM for the Summer season.
Summer 2013 schedules updated for KLM. Daily flights to Montreal, a return to Toronto several days a week plus seasonal LAX service again is about the lot now with just 6 aircraft operating.
March 9th 2013;
N987AR cn 48427/471 is now in Centurions hands, i saw it at Miami recently looing very shiny in its new colours. It seems however N988AR cn 48434/476 which had a landing incident in Brazil in October 2012 will now be scrapped and not repaired as first thought.
PH-MCT cn 48629/586 has been withdrawn from use by Martinair and will in all likelihood be scrapped. It is currently parked at Amsterdam awaiting its fate.
January 11th 2013;
This impressive line up of 8 Lufthansa Cargo MD-11's was taken at Frankfurt over the Christmas holidays with the aircraft laid up for the holiday period. From the front are D-ALCP/F/S/D/B/A/L/J.
(Photo courtesy of Thomas Merkl (& Airliners.net))
January 3rd 2013;
Happy New Year and we start with some good news......
Martinair MD11F PH-MCY which has been stored at Amsterdam since early 2012 returned to service today on flight MP1155 to Miami and Buenos Aires. (Thanks to Javier for the info.)
December 20th 2012;
Good news for N988AR, its being repaired in Brazil. (thanks to Michael Kutner for the pictures)
Former CargoItalia MD11F EI-UPI c/n 48428 has been reregistered N216AW and is currently stored at Marana.
KLM MD11 PH-KCF flew to Victorville for part out and scrap at the end of November to join sister ships PH-KCH and KCI.
November 20th 2012;
Centurion have taken another MD11 freighter. N987AR was ex EI-UPE, previously one of the former stored CargoItalia machines.
The 2 MD11's recently acquired from World airways are to be registered;
N68092 (ex N276WA)
N68093 (ex N274WA)
KLM's fourth MD11 has been withdrawn from use. PH-KCG arrived into Amsterdam on KL 434 from Tehran at 0434 on the 15th. It will be parked at AMS for a while as its future is as yet undecided.
November 12th 2012;
KLM's third MD11 has now been retired from service. PH-KCF arrived in Amsterdam on 28th October at 0920 on KL 761 from Curacao and Bonaire. She will have logo's/branding etc removed before heading to Victorville,CA on November 26th to join PH-KCH/KCI for part out and scrap.
PH-KCG will be the fourth MD11 to leave the fleet, around the 19th November 2012.
November 1st 2012;
Nordic Global Airlines (NGA) have taken delivery of a fourth MD11F. OH-NGB cn 48456 was aquired from EVA Air, ex B-16107.
October 23rd 2012;
PH-KCC is pictured at Curacao recently. KLM MD11's will no longer fly to Dutch Caribbean destinations after the time table change on 28th October.(thanks to Cornelis Boerma for the picture)
Good news in that 2 World Airways MD11's are to be spared the axe as Fedex are to acquire 2 that are currently stored at Victorville. They are N274WA cn 48633 and N276WA cn 48632.
October 15th 2012;
Centurion MD11F N988AR has suffered damage landing at Viracopos (VCP) airport near Sao Paolo, Brazil. The left main landing gear has apparently collapsed. This is the same aircraft that suffered a similar accident in Montevideo in 2009 when it was registered N701GC.
PH-KCI has left Amsterdam for the final time today, being ferried to Victorville, CA to join sister ship KCH in the desert. 'KCI' left Amsterdam around 9 am today on flight KL 7431. She is pictured below at Amsterdam last week devoid of markings, decals etc.
World MD11's N274 & 276WA have been ferried from Goodyear to Victorville to join many of their stablemates in the California desert. Hopefully they may escape or soon they'll end up looking like ship '269' below. Thanks to Andre for the picture.
October 2nd 2012;
Former Cargoitalia MD-11F EI-EMS cn 48766/600 has been re-registered N460BC. Its still stored at Victorville as far as i know.
September 27th 2012;
World Airways restructuring is hopefully proving successful. The airline is currently operating 2 B747's and 7 MD11's (N271/272/273/380/381/382/383WA) with some on work from Ostend in Belgium to various African destinations. 3 of them are pictured together on the ramp at Ostend recently. (with thanks to Michael Rairden for the picture)
September 19th 2012;
More news from KLM. First bad news;
PH-KCI cn 48563/593 was retired from service on the 17th September. Its last flight was KL 622 from Atlanta, GA on the 15th, arriving at Amsterdam at 1221 on the 16th September. It will now follow sister ship PH-KCH to Victorville, CA for part out and scrap. Some seats will be removed at Amsterdam, titles and markings painted out before its ferry flight to the USA, expected to be on the 15th October.
Winter 2012/13 time table news and the following routes are to be MD-11 operated this Winter ( i will update the operators pages with times and frequencies later) - Dubai, Havana, Kilimanjaro, Montreal, San Francisco & Tehran.
The next MD11 to leave the fleet is expected to be PH-KCF around the end of October this year. I was fortunate enough to fly on PH-KCF recently from Amsterdam to Atlanta so i have now flown on all KLM MD-11's.
After that PH-KCG is expected to be withdrawn at the end of November 2012. That will leave PH-KCA/B/C/D/E/K in service until late 2013 when PH-KCK is expected to be withdrawn.
I took the photo's below at Amsterdam on September 6th before flying to Atlanta on PH-KCF. They show PH-KCA/B/F/I.
August 31st 2012;
I 've been sent Some pictures from Victorville that i can share with you. There are some showing the arrival of PH-KCH from Amsterdam - note the writing on the nose wheel door from the crew - very touching! Another shows 'KCH' with her engines removed, and then World MD11 N269WA looking rather sad being stripped down in a hanger.
August 30th 2012;
As well as KLM's PH-KCH going to Victorville for parting out recently, 3 World MD11's are also to be scrapped. N269/270/277WA are to be part out and scrapped. Things are starting to look a bit grim on the MD11 front. Currently around 17 aircraft are stored and of these, the 4 above will be parted out and scrapped. I guess they are worth more as spare parts than airframes now! Heres the list;
455/48449 N270WA World Airways - for part out and scrap at Goodyear
460/48445 PH-MCY Martinair - stored at Amsterdam (could return to service later this year)
471/48427 EI-UPE CargoItalia - stored, at Mohave?
474/48428 EI-UPI CargoItalia - stored, at Mohave?
476/48434 N988AR Centurion - stored at Miami?
478/48435 N384WA World Airways - stored at Goodyear
479/48450 N269WA World Airways - for part out and scrap at Victorville
546/48470 N579FE Federal Express - stored at Victorville?
563/48633 N274WA World Airways - stored at Goodyear
576/48415 N304MS (Shanghai Airlines) - stored at Taipei
579/48631 N275WA World Airways - stored at Goodyear
582/48632 N276WA World Airways - stored at Goodyear
590/48743 N277WA World Airways - for part out and scrap at Goodyear
591/48562 PH-KCH KLM - for part out and scrap at Victorville
597/48746 N278WA World Airways - stored at Goodyear
600/48766 EI-EMS CargoItalia - stored at Victorville
623/48756 N279WA World Airways - stored at Goodyear
I believe the 2 Saudi VIP MD-11's are also stored at present too.
August 2nd 2012;
PH-KCH has now been ferried from Amsterdam to Victorville, CA for part out and scrap. It departed Amsterdam on 30th July as KL 7431 at 0945 . Another 2 of the KLM fleet are likely to go the same way later this year too.
Pictures show PH-KCH departing Amsterdam on the 30th July. Many Thanks go to Cornelis Boersma for being able to get these pics of it departing AMS for the last time.
July 12th 2012;
PH-KCH stands in the KLM hangers at Amsterdam now devoid of any titles/markings in preparation for its ferry flight to the USA for part out and scrap.
July 6th 2012;
Noridc Global Airlines (NGA) have acquired a third MD11F in thier fleet. OH-NGA is cn 48542 and ex B-16101 of EVA Air. The airline have been operating flights recently out of Ostend airport, Belgium and fly still with Finnair flight numbers.
July 4th 2012;
PH-KCH 'Anna Pavlova' has performed its last flights for KLM. The arrived back into Amsterdam on July 2nd from New Delhi on KL 872 and will now be taken out of service before being ferried to Victorville, CA where it will be parted out and scrapped. The aircrfat was delivered to KLM in August 1995 so completed 17 years of service with the airline.
PH-KCI will be withdrawn around mid-September and PH-KCF at the end of October. Both are also expected to be scrapped. The aircraft is pictured above this week at Amsterdam in the hangers as it gets prepared for teardown. It wil have all branding removed before its ferry flight to the USA.
June 5th 2012;
Sad news from KLM is that they are expected to take their first MD11 out of service at the beginning of July. PH-KCH will leave the fleet first, followed by PH-KCI sometime in September and PH-KCF later in the year. More on this when i get it.
I just spent 10 days in the USA. Whilst at Baltimore airport on May 20th i was fortunate to see World MD11 N272WA. It departed later that evening to Ramstein, Germany, presumably on a military charter.
World Airways has been reorganising the company and fleet and several MD11's will be displaced. This is the current situation;
N269WA - lease return
N270WA - lease return
N271WA - staying with WOA
N272WA - staying with WOA
N273WA - staying with WOA
N274WA - lease return
N275WA - lease return
N276WA - lease return
N277WA - lease return, on freighter conversion
N278WA - lease return, on freighter conversion
N279WA - lease return
N380WA - staying with WOA
N381WA - staying with WOA
N382WA - staying with WOA
N383WA - staying with WOA (currently on a 'c' check)
N384WA - lease return
So World will be left with 3 PAX MD11's (271/272/273) and 4 freighters (380-383), plus 2 B747 freighters. Quite a drop in fleet size but hopefully the reorganisation will leave the company more stable and able to continue successfully. As yet i do not know what will happen to the MD11's returned off lease. Hopefully they'll get snapped up but with new 330 and 777 freighters on the market maybe no one will want them.
May 1st 2012;
PH-KCF touches down in Vancouver on 29th April. This is the last MD11 flight to Vancouver this Summer season as the flight now downgrades to 777 equipment. Thanks to Rex Pak for the picture.
March 9th 2012;
Former CargoItalia MD11's EI-UPE/UPI were ferried from Singapore to the USA last week (i think to Mohave) for onward storage. No customer has yet had them so they could be there a while.
I believe the other MD11 in the fleet EI-EMS is still at Frankfurt.
March 1st 2012;
It seems over half of the World Airways is currently parked up, (it could be more), exact status unknown. Hopefuly the airline can sort out thier financial woes soon and get these fine aircraft back in the air!
N269WA at Victorville, CA
N270/273/274WA at Goodyear, AZ
N271WA at Tampa, FL
N277WA at Miami, FL
N278WA at Singapore on freigter conversion?
N383WA at Victorville, CA
(with Thanks to Lee Marrow for telling me about this.)
February 27th 2012;
Myabe not the best of starts to the year. Cargoitalia ceasing flying late 2011 and World Airways into Chaper 11 in February. Martinairs fleet replacement of teh MD11's had begun with athe airline looking at an all B747-400 fleet and the first KLM MD11's will leave the fleet this year too.
Took the pictures below last week in Miami from our room at the Comfort Inn&Suites of Sky Lease MD11 N954AR having some work done on it.
The last remaining scheduled passenger operator will see its first aircraft leave the fleet this year. 2 MD11's, expected to be PH-KCH and KCI will leave the fleet this year as the carrier get's new Airbus 330's. Summer services begin in around a month's time. KL620/621 to Atlanta goes to an MD11 for the Summer and a new thrice weekly serivce to Los Angeles operates June-September.
Martinair MD-11F PH-MCY has placed into storage at Amsterdam. Martinair's fleet will be concentrated on the B747-400F with those from KLM cargo and some from Air France making up the fleet eventually.
Global Aviation Holdings, the parent company of World Airways and North Amercian filed for Chapter 11 on Febraury 6th citing a large mixed fleet and high labour costs. Alongwith the 14 MD11's World operates, there also B747, B757 and B767 within the group. Some of the MD11's operate for other customers such as Etihad and Alied Cargo but i believe some of the fleet is parked. On my recent visit to the USA, at Tampa there were 5 North American aircraft and N271WA MD11. N277WA was at Miami.