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  1. On 6/17/2020 at 4:52 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

    Qantas has retired its second last Boeing 747-400. Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEE flew as flight QF6001 from SYD-LAX yesterday, June 16th.

    Today, June 17th, VH-OEE flew as flight QF6001 from Los Angeles (LAX) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV). 

     

    VH-OEE was the first 747-400ER built, and was used as a testbed for Boeing (reg: N747ER). N747ER was later refurbished, repainted for Qantas, then handed over to Qantas as VH-OEE.

     

     

    Qantas' last Boeing 747 in their fleet, Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEJ, will follow VH-OEE to retirement soon.

      

    Qantas has retired its last Boeing 747. Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEJ flew as flight QF7474 from SYD-LAX on July 22nd.

    Today, July 24th, VH-OEJ flew as flight QF7474 from Los Angeles (LAX) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV). 

     

    More information on Qantas' last Boeing 747, as well as some interesting facts and history regarding Qantas' fleet of Boeing 747s, is available here:

    https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-farewells-queen-of-the-skies/

     

     

     

    Saying Farewell to the Queen of the Skies:

    Qantas bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747 with three special farewell flights.

    The airline operated three special ‘Farewell Jumbo Joy Flights’ on July 13, 15, and 17; with its last remaining Boeing 747; VH-OEJ.

    • The first farewell flight occurred on July 13 in Sydney (SYD). The flight was QF747 from SYD-SYD.
    • The second farewell flight occurred on July 15 in Brisbane (BNE). The flight was QF747 from BNE-BNE.
    • The third farewell flight occurred on July 17 in Canberra (CBR). The flight was QF747 from CBR-CBR.

    Each flight lasted approximately one hour, and gave customers and employees a final chance to fly on a Qantas Boeing 747.

    Customers were able to purchase a seat on board one of the farewell flights. The number of seats available for purchase were limited, in order to maximize passenger comfort.

    All proceeds/profits from the three farewell flights were donated to two aviation museums in Australia, to support their efforts to preserve/promote the Boeing 747 legacy for future generations.

     

    Qantas also hosted a hangar farewell event for employees, prior to VH-OEJ's final departure from SYD on July 22nd.

     

    Here is the press release from Qantas regarding the ‘Farewell Jumbo Joy Flights’:

    https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-to-give-final-747-jumbo-jet-a-farewell-fit-for-a-queen/

     

     

    The Final Departure:

    After completing the three ‘Farewell Jumbo Joy Flights’, VH-OEJ departed Sydney (SYD) for the final time as flight QF7474 on July 22nd, bringing an end to nearly 50 years of Boeing 747's in Qantas' fleet.

     

  2. On 6/29/2020 at 6:10 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

    After several delays in delivery, G-ZBLA was delivered to British Airways on June 28, 2020. G-ZBLA was delivered to BA as flight BA9151 from Charleston (CHS) to London (LHR).

    G-ZBLA departed CHS at 23:37 local time on June 27th. It landed at LHR at 11:49 local time on June 28th.

    Days after taking delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 (G-ZBLA), British Airways has taken delivery of its second Boeing 787-10 (G-ZBLB).

     

    G-ZBLB was delivered to British Airways on July 1, 2020. G-ZBLB was delivered to BA as flight BA9151 from Charleston (CHS) to London (LHR).

    G-ZBLB departed CHS at 22:43 local time on June 30th. It landed at LHR at 11:00 local time on July 1st.

    See the screenshot below.

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  3. On 6/11/2020 at 4:03 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

     

    Porter has further extended their flight shutdown to August 31.

    More info here: https://www.flyporter.com/en-ca/about-us/news-details?title=Porter+Airlines+announces+new+restart+date+of+Aug.+31+2020+06

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    Porter Airlines announces new restart date of Aug. 31

    TORONTO / June 29, 2020 - Porter Airlines is modifying its return-to-service date in light of ongoing government travel restrictions. The new restart date is Aug. 31, instead of the previously-announced target of July 29.

    “Our ability to successfully relaunch service is directly tied to the lifting of travel restrictions,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO, Porter Airlines. “We believe it is getting closer to a time when people can travel more freely and are optimistic that key border closures and mandatory quarantines will begin easing, so that we can recommence operations.”

    Details on Porter’s new Healthy Flights program, designed to keep both passengers and team members safe, will be shared in the coming weeks.

    To provide flexibility and give travellers peace of mind when purchasing for future travel, Porter is waiving change and cancellation fees on all fares booked between today and Aug. 31. This also applies to Porter Escapes vacation packages.

    Porter temporarily suspended operations as of March 21, due to increasingly-restrictive government travel limitations associated with COVID-19.

     

  4. Update: As of today, June 29, three of KLM's Boeing 747 Combis (PH-BFT, PH-BFV, PH-BFW) continue to fly from Asia to the Netherlands, and back, carrying cargo.

     

     

    In other news, Boeing 747-400M PH-BFY flew as flight KL747 from Amsterdam (AMS) to Chicago (ORD) today, June 29th.

    After clearing customs in Chicago, PH-BFY flew as flight KL747 from Chicago (ORD) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) today, June 29th.

    See the screenshot below for full final flight information.

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    Here is a tweet I found about PH-BFY flying its last flight.

     

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  5. On 5/18/2020 at 3:47 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

    British Airways is due to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on Thursday morning (May 21st) at LHR. Registration is G-ZBLA.

    This is the first of twelve Boeing 787-10s for British Airways.

    More information: https://www.executivetraveller.com/news/british-airways-boeing-787-10-delivery

    After several delays in delivery, G-ZBLA was delivered to British Airways on June 28, 2020. G-ZBLA was delivered to BA as flight BA9151 from Charleston (CHS) to London (LHR).

    G-ZBLA departed CHS at 23:37 local time on June 27th. It landed at LHR at 11:49 local time on June 28th.

    See the screenshot below.

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  6. On 6/19/2020 at 9:34 AM, John Oke said:

    LEVEL, IAG’s low cost subsidiary is gone, they’ve filed for bankruptcy and have ceased trading

    Sadly, another casualty of COVID-19.

     

    LEVEL Europe had six Airbus short-haul jets in its fleet: 2 Airbus A320s and 4 Airbus A321s.

    IAG also operates a long-haul airline called LEVEL, which is separate from LEVEL Europe and is not affected by the bankruptcy of LEVEL Europe.

     

    The article about LEVEL Europe filing for bankruptcy, that is referenced in the tweet below (from June 18th), can be found here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-airlines-level-eur/iag-airline-level-europe-files-for-insolvency-idUSKBN23P1OJ

     

     

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    Forgot to post this last week, but the last street convoy of Airbus A380 fuselage sections made its way through rural southwestern France, en route to the Toulouse Final Assembly Building last Wednesday night (June 17th). The fuselage sections will become the very last A380 to be built.

    See the tweet below from June 18th.

     

    The article about the last A380 convoy that is referenced in the tweet below can be found here: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-airbus-a380/last-a380-convoy-in-french-village-spells-end-of-an-aviation-era-idUKKBN23P07O

     

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  7. Qantas has retired its second last Boeing 747-400. Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEE flew as flight QF6001 from SYD-LAX yesterday, June 16th.

    Today, June 17th, VH-OEE flew as flight QF6001 from Los Angeles (LAX) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV). 

     

    VH-OEE was the first 747-400ER built, and was used as a testbed for Boeing (reg: N747ER). N747ER was later refurbished, repainted for Qantas, then handed over to Qantas as VH-OEE.

     

     

    Qantas' last Boeing 747 in their fleet, Boeing 747-400ER VH-OEJ, will follow VH-OEE to retirement soon.

    See the tweet below from yesterday, June 16th.

     

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  8. Another airline has retired their 747 fleet. French airline Corsair retired their last Boeing 747-400 today.

    Corsair's last Boeing 747-400, F-GTUI, flew from Paris Orly (ORY) to Kemble Cotswold (GBA) in Great Britain.

    See the tweet below.

     

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  9. Air Transat is planning to resume flying on July 23.

    More info here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/air-transat-earnings-air-canada-1.5607476

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    Montreal-based airline Air Transat is planning to start flying again on July 23, after a hiatus of almost four months because of COVID-19.

    The airline says it is planning to slowly return to normal, offering flights to 23 destinations across Europe, the Caribbean, the U.S. and Canada starting on that date.

    "This is a first step towards getting healthy operations back on track, from both a business and financial perspective," CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said.

    While the move represents the airline's first tentative steps at getting back to normal, it's clear it won't be business as usual.

    Transat's network of travel agencies will be adhering to physical distancing requirements by limiting appointments to one customer at a time, and Plexiglas partitions will be installed at travel agents' desks.

     

    The CBC article also has an update on the Air Canada takeover of Air Transat.

     

  10. On 4/27/2020 at 7:24 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

    Porter has extended their flight shutdown to June 29.

    More info here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/porter-airline-grounding-1.5546363

     

    Porter has further extended their flight shutdown to July 29.

    More info here: https://www.flyporter.com/en-ca/about-us/news-details?title=Porter+Airlines+deferring+resumption+of+service+to+July+29+2020+05

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    Porter Airlines deferring resumption of service to July 29

    TORONTO / May 26, 2020 - Porter Airlines is deferring its resumption of flights until July 29, one month later than previously scheduled, due to ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions. 

    “We want to see our planes in the sky as soon as possible and are actively working to prepare for our resumption of service. However, the ongoing uncertainty presented by government travel restrictions, including border closures, is impacting our ability to operate flights,” said Michael Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “We are closely watching developments and know that Porter will be an important part of providing people with travel options as the economy recovers.”

    Seasonal summer markets that Porter intended to serve in 2020 are being cancelled as part of this service deferral. Muskoka, Ont., and Stephenville, N.L., are the two destinations affected.

    Porter is preparing to introduce enhanced health and safety measures for its return to service. Details of these initiatives will be announced closer to when flights restart, so that plans are as closely aligned with the latest public health recommendations as possible.

    To provide flexibility and give travellers peace of mind when purchasing for future travel, Porter is waiving change and cancellation fees on all fares booked between today and July 29. This also applies to Porter Escapes vacation packages.

     

  11. A few nights ago, a skunk sprayed in my backyard. Even with all of the windows closed in my house, the smell was somehow still able to waft into the house. Absolutely Disgusting!!

    Anyways, here is a photo I took from my kitchen of a skunk in my backyard. I took this photo a few years ago.

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    When it comes to wildlife, there is no shortage of it at my house. My house in suburban Ottawa borders the NCC Greenbelt, which means that there is a large forest and a large marsh/wetland behind my house.

    Every day, I see tons of wildlife around my house, including: chipmunks, squirrels, whitetail deer, rabbits, raccoons, skunks, and a variety of small and large birds and waterfowl. Surprisingly, these are only a few of the animals that I see on a daily basis.

    Amazingly, on a few occasions, I have even seen coyotes, wolves, lynx, and a few black bears in the forest behind my house over the years.

     

    Here is a winter photo from a few years ago looking out into my backyard, taken from my kitchen.

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    The NCC Greenbelt is a 20,000 hectare area of green space, including farms, forests, and wetlands. It was created in the 1950s to protect the rural land bordering Ottawa from urban sprawl.

    Here is some more information about the NCC Greenbelt:

    https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/places/greenbelt

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenbelt_(Ottawa)

     

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  12. In case anyone is interested, here are the relevant press releases regarding the closure of the Mitsubishi deal. Both press releases are from June 1, 2020.

    Bombardier: https://www.bombardier.com/en/media/newsList/details.binc-20200601-bombardier-concludes-sale-of-the-crj-series-region.bombardiercom.html?filter-bu=bombardier

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries: https://mhirj.com/news/mhi-rj-aviation-group-launches-mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-closes-acquisition-crj-series

     

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  13. As an aviation enthusiast, I have lots of memories of spotting and photographing Air Canada's 767s. I also have many memories of standing on the third level Observation Deck at YOW, waiting for them to arrive from LHR and FRA, as well as YYZ.

    Whenever I would head up to YOW to do some spotting, I would make sure to visit when an AC 767 was arriving or departing. It was always nice to see these beautiful birds.

     

    For the last several years, Air Canada operated the year-round flights from LHR-YOW and YOW-LHR; as well as the seasonal FRA-YOW and YOW-FRA flights with 767s. AC also operated some of the YYZ-YOW and YOW-YYZ flights with 767s as well. The AC 767s were definitely a regular feature around YOW.

    One time, due to mechanical issues with one of the 767s, as well as bad weather, there were four AC 767s at YOW at once. Now that was a sight to see! One of the AC 767 pilots was on the Observation Deck later that day, and he and I ended up having a nice long chat about the 767s.  

     

    Sadly, I am not much of an overseas traveller, so I never got the chance to fly on any Air Canada 767s. However, from now on, whenever I go to YOW to do some spotting, I will be reminded of the Air Canada 767s, and how they played a role in introducing me to the fascinating world of aviation.

     

     

     

    Here is a photo I took of two Air Canada Boeing 767-300s at YOW in 2016. I took this photo from the third level Observation Deck inside the Main Terminal Building.

    image.thumb.png.fb077bb4c123acba9844f4ba0f1e7c83.png C-FXCA (foreground) and C-FOCA (background) at Ottawa International Airport (YOW). Taken on June 30, 2016.

     

     

     

    On 6/3/2020 at 4:30 PM, John Oke said:

    Sad but not surprising, the final Air Canada Boeing 767-300ER flight was early yesterday evening between Montreal-Pierre Eliot Trudeau (YUL/CYUL) and Toronto-Lester B. Pearson (YYZ/CYYZ). Tail 638 registered as C-FTCA flew as Air Canada flight 439 from YUL-YYZ. This ends 38 years of 767 Service with Air Canada (Both the -200 and -300)

    A few days after completing its final revenue flight, C-FTCA flew to Marana (MZJ) on Friday, June 5th. See the screenshot below from Flightradar24.

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  14. The Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) on Thursday afternoon (June 4th), carrying PPE. See the tweet below.

    This will be the third visit of the AN-225 to YMX since the beginning of May 2020. The AN-225 previously visited YMX on May 1-2, 2020; and May 24-26, 2020.

     

    UPDATE: (June 5, 2020): The AN-225 landed at YMX at 16:50 EDT on June 4th. It left YMX the next morning, on June 5th, at 05:29 EDT.

     

  15. On 5/30/2020 at 3:26 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

    A Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th.

    The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82043) landed at YEG at 22:02 MDT on May 29th (00:02 EDT on May 30th).

    UPDATE: (May 30, 2020): The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG the next day, on May 30th, at 14:02 MDT (16:02 EDT).

     

    On 5/30/2020 at 3:26 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

    A second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 also arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th.

    The second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82046) landed at YEG at 22:39 MDT on May 29th (00:39 EDT on May 30th).


    Another Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) today, May 30th. See the screenshot below.

    The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82078) landed at YEG at 18:54 MDT (20:54 EDT) on May 30th.

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    UPDATE: (June 1, 2020): The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG on June 1st at 17:37 MDT (19:37 EDT).

     

     

     

    RA-82078 is the third Volga-Dnepr Airlines AN-124 to arrive at YEG within 24 hours; with RA-82043 and RA-82046 being the other two Volga-Dnepr Airlines AN-124s.

    Additionally, an Antonov Airlines AN-124 (UR-82072) visited YEG on May 25th-26th. 

    On 5/25/2020 at 9:00 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

    As I type this post (21:00 EDT on May 25th), an Antonov AN-124 is heading to Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Registration is UR-82072 (the same AN-124 that visited YMX on Wednesday, May 20th).

     

    UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-124 (UR-82072) landed at YEG at 20:32 MDT (22:32 EDT) on May 25th. It left YEG the next day, on May 26th, at 13:01 MDT (15:01 EDT).

     

     

     

    Edmonton International Airport has a news article on their website regarding the three Volga-Dnepr Airlines AN-124s arriving at YEG: https://flyeia.com/corporate/media/news/eia-setting-records-with-cargo-charter-flights/

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    May 30, 2020 (Edmonton, AB) – Edmonton International Airport is a hub of activity this weekend with the arrival of multiple cargo-related charter flights, helping set new records for this service and providing needed revenue.

    Cargo charter flights are unique flights that are contracted specifically for dedicated cargo, beyond what would normally be transported in the underside of regular passenger flights or scheduled freighter services. With the substantially reduced flight schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cargo charters continue enabling the movement of critical goods. In the first quarter of 2020, total cargo volumes at EIA were up seven per cent compared to Q1 in 2019.

    This tremendous bright spot for EIA will be highlighted by the arrival of three Antonov AN-124 planes within 24 hours. The Antonov-124 is one of the largest planes in the world, surpassed only by the Antonov AN-225 and a small group of specialty transport planes. These AN-124 planes will be parked at multiple aprons at EIA as they require complex logistical operations and need large maneuvering and handling areas for safety.

     

  16. 8 hours ago, Doppelkupplung said:

    Any ideas when it’s taking off? Couldn’t make the landing because of class.

     

    -edit, is this Tuesday departure accurate?

    The AN-225 is scheduled to leave Toronto Pearson around 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM local time, tomorrow, May 31. Hope you are able to catch it! :) 

    Here is a tweet with the scheduled departure time: https://twitter.com/TomPodolec/status/1266822193880674308

    Note: the scheduled departure time could change last minute, or the aircraft could depart earlier/later than scheduled.

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  17. A Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th. See the two screenshots below (both taken after the AN-124 departed YEG on May 30th).

    The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82043) landed at YEG at 22:02 MDT on May 29th (00:02 EDT on May 30th).

    UPDATE: (May 30, 2020): The Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG the next day, on May 30th, at 14:02 MDT (16:02 EDT).

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    A second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 also arrived at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) yesterday, May 29th. See the screenshot below.

    The second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 (RA-82046) landed at YEG at 22:39 MDT on May 29th (00:39 EDT on May 30th).

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    UPDATE: (May 31, 2020): The second Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124 left YEG on May 31st at 20:01 MDT (22:01 EDT).

     


     

     

    On 5/26/2020 at 6:23 PM, OC Transpo Route 95 said:

    Just had another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The webpage/article has now been updated with the revised scheduled arrival date of Friday, May 29, 2020. 

    Some people on social media are hinting at an afternoon AN-225 arrival on Friday. However, as I post this, there is currently no specific arrival time.

     

    EDIT (May 29, 2020): Took another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The article now says that the AN-225 will arrive on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

    I thought that I would put it on the record that the AN-225 landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) at 09:51 EDT on May 30th. It landed on Runway 24R.

    For archival purposes, here is the flight information (see screenshot below). Flight information is from Flightradar24.

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    UPDATE: (May 31, 2020): The AN-225 departed Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) the next morning, on May 31st, at 08:34 EDT. It departed on Runway 06L.

    For archival purposes, here is the flight information (see screenshot below). Flight information is from Flightradar24.

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  18. On 5/29/2020 at 9:44 AM, John Oke said:

    Several A319’s, a E190 and a 763 are heading for scrap today

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    According to Flightradar24, a few more aircraft than expected went to Marana (MZJ) for storage/scrap yesterday, May 29. See the screenshot below for full information.

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    Note: For the three aircraft with "Unknown" status:

    • C-FNAP (E190) - Landed at Marana (MZJ) at 09:10 local time on May 29;
    • C-FYIY (A319) - Landed at Tucson Marana Regional Airport (AVW) at 09:51 local time on May 29;
    • C-FYJE (A319) - Landed at Tucson Marana Regional Airport (AVW) at 10:43 local time on May 29.

    I found this information by going to the individual plane's data page, as well as the "On Ground" page for Tucson Marana Regional Airport (AVW).

    Flight numbers and origin airports for these three aircraft in the screenshot above are correct.

     

     

     

    Also, I should mention that a 737 MAX 8 left Marana (MZJ) yesterday, May 29, bound for Windsor (YQG). Registration is C-GEJL, which is a different 737 MAX 8 than the one that arrived earlier in the day (C-GEHY). See the first screenshot below.

    C-GEJL Landed at YQG at 17:26 EDT yesterday, May 29.

     

    Also, the E190 (C-FNAP) is flying from Marana (MZJ) to Toronto (YYZ) as AC2336 today, May 30. The E190 is bringing the flight crews back to Toronto. See both screenshots below.

    UPDATE: C-FNAP Landed at YYZ at 17:14 EDT today, May 30.

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  19. On 5/22/2020 at 1:19 PM, 43 Kennedy said:

    Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to land at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Wednesday May 27 carrying medical supplies, as per Pearson's website. Not sure what time however.

    Anyone who plans to catch it should take the appropriate safety precautions I think we all know by now.

    https://www.torontopearson.com/en/whats-happening/stories/antonov-an-225-mriya

    Just had another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The webpage/article has now been updated with the revised scheduled arrival date of Friday, May 29, 2020. 

    Some people on social media are hinting at an afternoon AN-225 arrival on Friday. However, as I post this, there is currently no specific arrival time.

     

     

    EDIT (May 29, 2020): Took another look at the AN-225 article from Pearson's website. The article now says that the AN-225 will arrive on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

     

  20. Update: As of today, May 25, three of KLM's Boeing 747 Combis continue to fly from Asia to the Netherlands, and back, carrying cargo.

    The three 747's are: PH-BFT, PH-BFV, and PH-BFW.

     

    In other news, Boeing 747-400M PH-BFS flew as flight KL747 from Amsterdam (AMS) to Chicago (ORD) today, May 25. After clearing customs in Chicago, PH-BFS will head to the Mojave desert. See the tweet below.

     

     

    EDIT: (May 26, 2020): PH-BFS flew as flight KL747 from Chicago (ORD) to the Mojave Air and Space Port (MHV) today, May 26. See the screenshot below for full final flight information.

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  21. As I type this post (21:00 EDT on May 25th), an Antonov AN-124 is heading to Edmonton International Airport (YEG). Registration is UR-82072 (the same AN-124 that visited YMX on Wednesday, May 20th).

    See the two screenshots below.

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    UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-124 (UR-82072) landed at YEG at 20:32 MDT (22:32 EDT) on May 25th. It left YEG the next day, on May 26th, at 13:01 MDT (15:01 EDT).

     

     

     

     

    In other news, the Antonov AN-225 has an engine issue (#4 engine) and will not leave Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) until around 08:00 EDT tomorrow, May 26th. An Antonov AN-74 is bringing in the required parts to fix the engine, and repairs are expected to be done overnight. See the tweet below.

    The engine issue will likely result in the AN-225 being delayed into Toronto (YYZ).

     

    UPDATE: (May 27, 2020): The AN-74 (UR-74010) landed at YMX at 01:57 EDT on May 26th. It left YMX the next morning, on May 27th, at 01:40 EDT.

    AN-225 UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-225 departed Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) at 07:19 EDT on May 26th (headed back to Tianjin, China (TSN) via Anchorage, Alaska, U.S. (ANC)).

     

  22. Some interesting statistics from Air Canada on their cargo operations. Yesterday (May 20th), Air Canada announced that they have completed their 1,000th cargo-only flight during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 22, Air Canada Cargo has shipped 15.3 million kilograms of cargo across Canada and the world.

    Tweet below is from yesterday, May 20th.

     

     

    Additionally, here are two articles from Air Canada regarding two of the interesting types of cargo that Air Canada Cargo is hauling: lobsters and honeybees.

    Lobsters: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/about/media/media-features/lobster.html

    Honeybees: https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/about/media/media-features/honeybee.html

     

  23. An Antonov AN-124 is scheduled to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) tomorrow afternoon (May 20th), carrying PPE. See the tweet below.

    UPDATE: (May 21, 2020): The AN-124 (UR-82072) landed at YMX at 17:36 EDT on May 20th. It left YMX the next morning, on May 21st, at 04:57 EDT.

     

    In related news, although still unconfirmed, the Antonov AN-225 is scheduled to arrive at Montreal Mirabel International Airport (YMX) on Sunday morning (May 24th), carrying PPE. See the tweet below.

    UPDATE: (May 26, 2020): The AN-225 landed at YMX at 07:29 EDT on May 24th. It left YMX on May 26th at 07:19 EDT (after being delayed due to an engine issue).

     

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