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Sunday 16th December

A Lufthansa Airbus A380 LH441 registration D-AIML diverted into Manchester at 0637 hrs this morning whilst en route from Houston to Frankfurt.  The aircraft continued its journey to Frankfurt departing at 0925 hrs.

Today will also see an Ethiopian Airlines B777-200LR  (ET-ANO) operating on the ET728 from Addis via Brussels. This afternoons Etihad 021 is due to be a B787-9 (A6-BLH) and the TK1995 from Istanbul will this afternoon be operated by an Airbus A330-200. Tab on “Whats due” above for further info and scroll down.

Monday (17th December) See’s the traditional end to the TAS year with our Social Evening finale taking place at the Concorde Restaurant (RVP). We will have complimentary Christmas nibbles and refreshments available in the TAS shop from 1900 hrs and some aviation pre entertainment in the main room from 1930hrs with the Airport Solutions “where am I now world tour” kicking off at 2000hrs. The evening will also see our TAS Mega raffle with plenty of prizes. Proceeds this year going towards some important restoration work soon to be taking place on Concorde (G-BOAC) nose. Hope to see you on Monday.

Friday 14th December

Was changeover day at Air Livery (The Manchester Paint Shop!) with an A330-200 MRTT (Multi Role Tanker Transport) of the Royal Australian Air Force MRTT 040 inbound  and one outbound MRTT054.

Photo below “one in, one out” With thanks to Paul Rowland.

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Tuesday 11th  Another history making day for Manchester as Ethiopian launch scheduled services to Addis Ababa with B787 Dreamliners. The first flight B787-9 (ET-AUO) arrived at 0743 . Conveniently (for photographers) it operated a promotional flight departing at 1030 and returning at 12.20 prior to the inaugural outbound flight at 1805.A big thanks to everyone who sent in their shots.

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A big thanks to John Wood who captured todays Ethiopian B787-9 on touch down following a “promotional” flight over the North Sea. (above) And to Stuart Prince for his shot of the aircraft on Stand 202 (below). It’s also interesting to note the progress on the Pier in the back ground but also the ominous collection of Snow Clearing equipment “ready and waiting”…oh dear is Winter on it’s way?


As I mentioned snow in the narrative above, a quick delve into the archive revealed that 37 years ago today….the heavens opened..11th December 1981. Photo Peter H

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Yesterday Etihad changed aircraft types on the EY015/6 morning Abu Dhabi scheduled service to a Boeing 787-10. Thank you to Andy Davies who took this excellent shot of the “type first visit” –  B787-10 (A6-BMC) just prior to making its first departure from Manchester to Abu Dhabi.

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 The Airshows section of this site (tab above) has now been “populated” with dates of events for 2019, more photos from 2018 and some useful links to help you with “away day” planning for next year  – please take a look.

Sunday congratulations to Stuart Prince who nicely captured the “One World” Qatar B777-300 registration A7-BAG on landing .


 Friday 8th – Steve Ashworth “captured the moment” below when Cathays “newest” fleet member.. A350-1000 X-ray Golf lifted off 23 Right for Hong Kong.


January Winged Words will distributed to e members on Tuesday 18th December and  be available for collection from the TAS Shops by Friday 21st December. Postal copies should arrive before Christmas Eve – Monday 24th.

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United Airlines announced 1st December that they are replacing the Boeing 757-200 on their Newark – MAN – Newark scheduled service as follows:-

30th March – 28th April 2019 – Boeing 767-300ER

22nd May – 25th October 2019 – Boeing 767-400 ER

Etihad have filed additional changes to its Abu Dhabi – Manchester route. Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft, scheduled from 10DEC18 to 31DEC18 as EY015/016, will be served on permanent basis starting 01FEB19, replacing 787-9.

At the launch of summer 2019 season from 31MAR19, B787-10 will continue to serve EY015/016, replacing previously filed 777-300ER. EY021/022 787-9 service, replacing 777-300ER.EY015/016 on Day 2 (Tuesday)  operates with 787-9 from 25JUN19 to 10SEP19.

Drones The Aviation Shops at the airport NOW has a large selection of “Hobby Drones” in stock – many on Special Christmas offer and come complete with cameras. Note; Official UK CAA operational guidance is given to anyone purchasing Drones from the TAS Shops.

Monday 26th November – Etihad  operated their brand new  B787-9 A6-BLV (Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Livery) on the morning EY015 from Abu Dhabi .This was the aircrafts first revenue service and of course its first visit to Manchester. See below…with the compliments of our A1 photographer of F1 ..Stuart Prince!


Sunday 25th November Qatar Airways A350-9 A7-ALZ made it’s first visit to Manchester on the QR027 lunch time service from Doha. She is seen touching down (photo below)  on Runway 05 Left. The aircraft is certainly quite distinctive in the One World livery.


Ryanair have announced a new twice weekly service to Kiev (Ukraine) commencing April 2019.

Airshows (tab above) is a new section on this web site. It will have advice, info and photos on airshows at home and abroad. The site will be frequently updated with reports, photos and news. Take a look…

Christmas shopping… check out the TAS Shops at the RVP and T1…. now in full swing for Christmas having stocked up with all the latest Books, Models, T-Shirts, Scanners, Scopes, Binoculars, Aviation Gifts, Drones, Pilot Shop, Memorabilia, Badges, Coins, Baseball Caps, Aviators clothing range, Flight Sim gear…You name it…we’ve got it! TAS Members …don’t forget your loyalty discount card!


With thanks to Andrew Jennings for sharing with us  UR-82007 AN 124 which he photographed on short finals to Runway 05 Left at Manchester 25th November.

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and after the arrival …came the departure…With many thanks to Stuart Prince!


More photos and reports have been added to the Airshows and Manchester Memories sections.

News from the TAS Shops is that the Airlines to Europe 2019 book is now in stock priced £6.95 and Aviation Photographer Phil Stevens has delivered his fantastic new book “Thunder through the Valleys …Priced at £25 the book makes the perfect pressie for Christmas with lots of very good stories and some truly magnificent photo’s.

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ELAL have announced that they intend to resume scheduled services to / from Manchester. From 26th May 2019 the airline is expected to commence a 3 times per week B737-800 service. LY301 will arrive MAN from Tel Aviv (TLV) at 1140 hrs on Tues, Thurs and Sun and depart back to TLV as the LY302 at 1300 hrs. The flights are now open for bookings.

We’ve had some new arrivals:- in the TAS shops. A new airline T shirt range and the very popular MAN and DXB ATC tower shirts have been re stocked.

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Two dates for the diary have been released for next year:- The Manchester Airport Aviation and Transport Festival will take place at the RVP on 13th and 14th July and the Avro Air Fair “Wings and Wheels” event will take place at Woodford on 10th and 11th August.

Qatar Airways have announced a further increase in capacity on their Manchester Doha scheduled service with the introduction of the B777-300ER on the route from 1st December – 30th March. This will mean the A350-9,B777-300ER and B787-9 all operating into MAN.

Air Canada (Rouge) are set to operate a daily B767-300 service from MAN to Toronto in Summer 2019.

A reminder that we are looking for your support by sending in photos for publication on this web site and in Winged Words. All contributions welcome:-



It’s not every day that the Author of a new book drops into the TAS Shop to deliver his latest best seller by hand. But just this happened last week  when Capt James Mc Bride called in direct from the publishers with his new book ” Air Crew Stories”…James will be back on Monday 17th Sept to launch the book (and sign copies) at the TAS Social Evening in the Concorde Restaurant – commencing 20.00hrs. In the mean time he was off to Milan…by Harley of course!


It has been brought to our attention that there have been difficulties getting through to the new “What’s due” page on this web site. This is because people have been using the old address to get onto the site. May we remind everyone that the new site and all the benefits / access to links (including membership downloads) and data is accessed via (the old address may also appear in some google or similar search engines – please only use


 “What’s due”

We have sought advice from you (our readers and contributors) with respect to the most appropriate title for a news page which gives information on interesting flights due into Manchester and airline route news for the airport. The most appropriate short title which people could identify with was “What’s due”. Therefore, with immediate effect please use the “What’s due” tab above to find up to date information on what’s due into Manchester!

By scrolling down the page you will also find other information including the very popular “Manchester Memories” section. Enjoy!

Pilot Store  – Now Open

Due to popular demand we now have a “Pilot Corner” in both the T1 and RVP Shops.

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TAS membership surge!

We are delighted to report that TAS are currently experiencing a surge in New Membership applications. In order to assist with the process may we remind everyone that you may join TAS via this web site – just press the Membership tabs on the top of the header page and make payment by Paypal or by other electronic methods. Existing members may also renew their membership this way or why not renew / join at one of the TAS SHOPS at Manchester Airport (T1 / RVP).

Welcome on board….47 years and still flying high!

The next – TAS Social Evening:-

Monday 17th December – TAS Christmas Social / Airport Solutions


We start the Social Evening calendar for 2019 with a real cracker!

Monday 14th January – Test Flying the F35B – Peter Kosogorin Snr Test Pilot BAE Systems (See Social Evening pages – tab above for further details)

Future Guest Speakers

With a Social Evening taking place almost every two weeks throughout the year (that’s over 20 Guest Speakers per year!) its quite a challenge to organise an interesting and varied programme.  As such, if you would like to offer your services as a Guest Speaker, know someone or perhaps have seen someone who could be a potential Guest Speaker or have ideas for Guest Speakers – Please drop our Social Evening Organiser (Peter Hampson) an e mail :-  Your help and support would be very much appreciated.

 RVP – Reduced Car Parking Fees

Many people who visit the Runway Visitor Park are not aware of the special discounted parking fees for frequent visitors. Check out the RVP Page on this web site for further info and download an application form…You could save yourself a lot of money!

TAS RJX Volunteers make great progress..

Significant progress  is now being made on the aircraft .The Team have been joined by a specialist from Air Livery who has been giving superb advice on the painting – Just look at the difference so far…RJX 2 SEPT The airport have recently re painted the Runway and trimmed the shrubs at the back of the aircraft.

BAE Systems staff from Farnborough and Prestwick have recently joined the TAS Team.

With plenty of work still to be done, a number of RJX “Engineering days” are planned  throughout 2018. If you are interested in joining the Team – please

Keep up the good work guys – we really appreciate it!