737/93-CI/F-UKCI, one of eleven C-135FR tankers operated by the French Air Force, performed three touch and goes at Shannon on 12/3/99 before returning to Istres via Cork. The French Air Force also operates three ex USAF KC-135Rs which were delivered during 1998
The new German associate airline of Airtours, FTI (Frosch Touristik International), is due to commence operations in May 1999 with three Airbus A320s. The first aircraft, N444RX, was delivered from Manchester to Munich as D-ACAF on 27/3/99. The remaining two aircraft will be the former Oman Air machines A40-MA/G-BYDS, which is due to become D-AFRO, and A40-MB
MM62165/GF13, c/n 500, one of two ATR-400MP maritime patrol aircraft operated by the Italian Government's Guardia di Finanza or customs service, visited Dublin and Edinburgh on 10/3/99.
The IPTN CN.235-220 PK-XNV arrived at Prestwick on 9/3/99 for four weeks of icing trials. The prototype of the increased weight, long range version of the CN-235 first flew in 1996
Pictured at Birmingham on 30/3/99, Crossair’s Saab 2000 HB-IYD, which has the emblem of the Canton of Valais on the tail, advertises Sion’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2006. A decision on the venue will be made by the International Olympic Committee on June 19th
Emirates Airline's first Airbus A330-200 A6-EKQ arriving at Manchester from Dubai on 28/3/99. The airline, which now operates a twice weekly service into Manchester, has 16 further A330-200S on order plus six options. The aircraft will replace A300s and A310s