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.
Sad news at the end of 2011 is Cargoitalia is grounded. Although the airline is successfull and had plenty of work, the collapse of the banking system in Italy has left the airline without any financing. The fleet is currently parked up, EI-UPE in Singapore and EI-UPI/EMS at Frankfurt. Hopefully a buyer can be found soon and get the fleet back in the air.
KLM's new winter service to Miami looks set to be just that - a Winter service. The flights will ceases at the end of March 2012 but are scheduled to resume at the end off October 2012 with MD11's operating the route.
October 31st 2011;
After retiring its own fleet of MD11's, China Cargo have now inherited 3 more after the acquisition of Shanghai Cargo Airlines. B-2179 has now been repainted into China Cargo colours whilst the others retain Shanghai's livery. Not sure how long China Cargo will keep thier 'new' MD11's as they have quiet a few B777 freighters in the fleet with more coming.
Major news from KLM is that it is expected their first MD11 will be withdrawn from service around March/April 2012 when the carrier recieves it first A330-300. It is expected PH-KCH will be the first aircraft to go.
KLM winter schedules have commenced. Main changes are loss of MD11 services to Quito, Tehran, Vancouver and Delhi but services resume to Dar Es Salem, Dubai and Accra, as well as taking over services to Havana and Punta Cana from Martinair for the Winter - see the operators/passenger page for full details.
The first of the new flights to Cuba, KL 721 was operated by PH-KCF on Monday 31st October.
An additional 3 x weekly MD11 service to Los Angeles is planned next Summer June-September.
September 22nd 2011;
Former Shanghai MD11F B-2176 has returned to Taiwan and been re-registered N304MS and painted all white. It has been parked up for a while, not yet sure of its fate.
After retiring its MD11F's recently, China Cargo have now inherited 3 more with the merger of China Eastern and Shangahi Airlines. China Cargo have also taken in Great Wall Airlines and its Boeing 747's as part of the merger.
The KLM/Air France group have placed a long awaited order for wide body aircraft. The order is made up of B787 and A350 aircraft. KLM's MD11's will be replaced by the 787 which are due to enter service in 2016 - so the MD11's have got a good few years left yet which is fantastic news. Some of the fleet will probably not make it through to that time. They are going through 'D' checks now and not all maybe done.
August 31st 2011;
Lufthansa MD11F D-ALCC has had special stickers applied celebrating 100 years of air cargo from Germany.
August 23rd 2011;
World Airways MD11 N269WA was chartered by Air Transat on 19/20th August to operate TSC522/523 Toronto-London Gatwick vv.
A new cargo airline in Finland commenced operatins on 4th August. Nordic Global Airlines (NGA) are a joint venture between Finnair and Neff Capital management. Ilmarinen mutual insurance also have a stake. Former Finnair MD11F OH-LGD is thier first aircraft, painted all white and operated the first service on 4th August from Helsinki to Hong Kong. OH-LGC continues to operate for Finnair at this time.
August 1st 2011;
All remaining China Cargo MD11's have now gone to Skylease cargo which ends the carries (and parent company China Eastern) 20 year association with the MD11 to a close.
KLM's new service to Calgary commenced on 29th June with PH-KCB. The flight is only an MD11 short term though, going over to A330 operation after August.
April 11th 2011;
Lufthansa Cargo have started a 3 x weekly MD11 service Frankfurt-Barcelona though you'll have to stay up till 2225 to see it on days 357. It departs back to Franfurt the following morning at 0205. Another new service commenced to Shenzhen, also 3 x weekly with 2 of teh services operating via Kolkata (also a new destination) and the other via Riyadh outward and Delhi on the return. With thanks to Airlineroute.net for the info, these are the Summer 2011 MD11 routes;
2 weekly Frankfurt Atlanta vv
5 weekly Frankfurt Chicago vv (4 from 18APR11; 3 from 02JUL11)
5 weekly Frankfurt Chicago Mexico City Dallas Frankfurt (4 from 18APR11)
1 weekly Frankfurt Dallas Manchester Frankfurt
1 weekly Frankfurt Dallas Mexico City vv
5 weekly Frankfurt New York JFK vv
1 weekly Frankfurt New York JFK Manchester Frankfurt (till 27JUL11)
2 weekly Frankfurt Toronto Atlanta Frankfurt
3 weekly Frankfurt Dakar Viracopos vv
2 weekly Frankfurt Dakar Viracopos Buenos Aires vv
1 weekly Frankfurt Dakar Viracopos Curitiba vv
1 weekly Frankfurt Dakar Viracopos Curitiba Quito Bogota Aguadilla Amsterdam Frankfurt
2 weekly Frankfurt Dakar Viracopos Manaus Quito Bogota Aguadilla Amsterdam Frankfurt
4 weekly Frankfurt Nairobi Johannesburg vv (1 weekly from 24APR11 till 30JUN11)
4 weekly Frankfurt Bangalore Chennai Sharjah Frankfurt
2 weekly Frankfurt Cairo Sharjah Hong Kong Almaty Frankfurt
3 weekly Frankfurt Delhi Guangzhou Krasnojarsk Frankfurt
1 weekly Frankfurt Doha Sharjah Hong Kong Almaty Frankfurt
1 weekly Frankfurt Jeddah Sharjah Hong Kong Almaty Frankfurt
2 weekly Frankfurt Kolkata Shenzhen vv
4 weekly Frankfurt Krasnoyarsk Osaka Tianjin Krasnoyarsk Frankfurt (1 weekly from 02MAY11)
9 weekly Frankfurt Krasnodar Shanghai Pu Dong vv
7 weekly Frankfurt Moscow Sheremetyevo Tokyo Narita Krasnojarsk Frankfurt
2 weekly Frankfurt Mumbai Hong Kong Almaty Frankfurt
3 weekly Frankfurt Mumbai Hyderabad Sharjah Frankfurt (2 from 01MAY11)
1 weekly Frankfurt Riyadh Sharjah Bangkok Hong Kong Almaty Frankfurt
1 weekly Frankfurt Shenzhen Riyadh Delhi Frankfurt
1 weekly Frankfurt Sharjah Bangkok Hong Kong Almaty Frankfurt
Barring charter flights operated by World Airways,(and 2 the 2 Saudi vip aircraft of course) KLM are the sole operator of passenger configured MD11's. KLM annual Summer/Winter time table alterations continue apace. The airline resumed services to Miami in March with a 4 x weekly MD11 service after a 4 year absence. A new 3 x weekly MD11 service to Havana commences in October with 2 of the 3 flights going Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. These services were previously opertaed by Martinair who are ceasing passenger flights this Summer. MD11 services to Ecuador cease in October when the 5 x weekly service changes to 777 operation and will run non stop instead of going via Bonaire. Bonaire however retains MD11 services daily though, with a 5 x weekly Amsterdam-Aruba-Bonaire-Amsterdam and twice weekly Amsterdam-Curacao-Bonaire-Amsterdam schedule. Also returning to MD11 operations in October 2011 is the Amsterdam-Kilimanjaro-Dar Es Salem-Amsterdam service. Adjustmenst on other routes continue as well. See the operators-passenger page for more details.
Only 1 MD11F now left operating for China Cargo airlines now that B-2172 and B-2175 have joined Skylease Cargo. B-2174 will also join Skylease later this year bringing to end almost 20 years of MD11 operations with the carrier ( including China Eastern Ailrines) as they re-equip with Boeing 777 freighters.
Skylease Cargo have taken 2 more MD11F's from China Cargo and will in fact have taken all 6 by the end of 2011. N953AR is ex B-2175 and N955AR is ex B-2172. N954AR will be the last to join the fleet (ex B-2174).
As last reported in January, Fedex have taken the 4 ex Transmile MD11F's. I believe they are not yet in service and probably need looking over as they have been parked in Kuala Lumpur for some time. They are registered;
N642FE (9M-TGR), N643FE (9M-TGS), N644FE (9M-TGP) and N645FE (9M-TGQ). Hopefully they'll be back in service soon.
January 15th 2011;
It would seem the legalities at Transmile have now been sorted out as the 4 Transmile MD11S's that have been parked up at Kuala Lumpur are now to be sold to Fedex.