Nice Cote D’Azur & Monaco 6-4-18 to 9-4-18

The following is a report from a trip to Nice on the Cote D’Azur that was supposed to be mainly non-spotting, however given the proximity of the airport to the town, its very difficult to not see the aircraft. The hotel of choice for this trip was the Raddison Blu which is located on the Promenade De Anglais about 2 miles from the airport. The promenade runs the full length of the bay, which is a gently curving stretch of coastline from the Airport to the old town (Vieille Ville). We had a sea view room with balcony on the third floor (Room 348) and from this vantage point, the extreme western end of the airport could be seen with a couple of parked bizjets able to be read off with minibins. The hotel is very expensive though with a sea view room coming in at £280 per night including breakfast, but was very clean and comfortable and the rooftop pool, and health club very useful.


The Raddison Blu Hotel Nice.

Upon arrival on Friday until Midday on Monday, aircraft were arriving from the west, with departures easily seen from the hotel or anywhere on the promenade as the aircraft turn sharply to the south once airborne. From midday on Monday however they switched to direction with aircraft making very impressive curved approaches along the bay.

The airport itself is fairly busy and hosts a ‘standard’ mix of European mainline carriers, some using smaller equipment, with easyJet and Air France dominating. The airport also handles a large amount of Bizjets, and the ramps were crammed although the majority were fairly common visitors to the UK. Air Corsica ATR’s shuttle to and from Corsica throughout the day but no A320’s were seen (you need to go to Marseille up the coast for these), and no Aigle Azur were seen. On the far side of the airfield is the busy Heliport however reading them off is nearly impossible, as they tend to come in and depart over the sea from the south (They also tend to not show on FR). We had booked the Heli transfer from Nice to Monaco on the sunday, which enabled a closer look, although the weather was extremely windy which grounded most ops until late in the day (We were lucky as our flight was one of the only ones to depart that morning).

The old town at the western end of the Promenade, contains some castle ruins atop the hills and a lift can be taken to the top (or steps if you prefer). From here a great view of the entire airport can be had in the distance as well as the town and even the snow capped Alps in the distance. Despite the fairly tame traffic, I would definitely recommend a trip to Nice, especially with the family in tow, as the touristy bits can be done whilst keeping an eye out for airport movements. The town is also very charming.

Our flights operated from Terminal 2 which has no view of the action from Landside from what we could see. Once airside however we sat in a ‘Jamies Deli’ which has stools and a counter top facing out to the airport with large (and very dirty) windows which gave a great view of the 2 runways. Departing aircraft taxy past this point (if they are departing to the east).


An Air Corsica ATR 72 gets airbourne from RWY04R. Photo taken from the balcony of room 348 at 400mm Zoom on my Sony RX10


An Aeroflot A321 gets airbourne from RWY 04R – Photo taken from the castle ruins in the old town


Airport overview showing the plethora of Bizjets


Rooftop Pool area


View from the rooftop pool looking toward the airport.

Flights were with Easyjet from Luton. On with the logs:

Friday 06 Apr 2018 Luton

B-KVC Gulfstream Aerospace G550 5219 Metrojet Ltd
G-EZGA Airbus A319 111 4427 easyJet Airline (LTN-NCE)
G-EZUF Airbus A320 214 4676 easyJet Airline
G-FDZS Boeing 737NG 8K5/W 35147 TUI Airways
G-WUKF Airbus A320 232SL 8210 Wizz Air UK
M-CCCP Bombardier Global 5000 9418 Nomad Aviation AG

Friday 06 Apr 2018 Nice 21:30-22:15


EC-MBF Airbus A320 214 3492 Vueling Airlines
EC-MTO Bombardier CRJ 1000 NG 19059 Iberia Regional
EI-DLI Boeing 737NG 8AS/W 33591 Ryanair
F-HBNI Airbus A320 214 4820 Air France
G-EZIZ Airbus A319 111 2646 easyJet Airline
G-EZOU Airbus A320 214SL 6754 easyJet Airline
OE-IVH Airbus A320 214 4286 easyJet Europe
PH-HZO Boeing 737NG 8K2/W 34169 Transavia
VP-BZS Airbus A320 214 3644 Aeroflot Russian Airlines


CS-PHE Embraer Phenom 300 50500252 NetJets Europe


D-ATUM Boeing 737NG 8K5/W 37240 TUIfly
UR-CNN Antonov An-12 B 7345004 Cavok Air
HA-LYH Airbus A320 232SL 6235 Wizz Air
F-HZPG Airbus A320 216 5906 Air Corsica

Saturday 07 Apr 2018 Nice


7T-VJO Boeing 737NG 8D6/W 30207 Air Algerie
7T-VKB Boeing 737NG 8D6/W 34165 Air Algerie
A6-EUM Airbus A380 842 225 Emirates Airline
A7-BCY Boeing 787 8 38343 Qatar Airways
CN-RGR Embraer EMB-190 AR 19000684 Royal Air Maroc
CS-TPR Embraer EMB-190 LR 19000460 TAP Express
D-AINC Airbus A320 271NSL 6920 Lufthansa
D-AISQ Airbus A321 231 3936 Lufthansa
D-AIUU Airbus A320 214SL 7158 Lufthansa
D-AIZN Airbus A320 214 5425 Lufthansa
EC-LYM Airbus A320 216SL 5815 Iberia Express
EI-FJN Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 41152 Norwegian Air International
EI-FVN Boeing 737NG 800/W 42085 Norwegian Air International
EI-FVZ Boeing 737NG 800/W 42093 Norwegian Air International
EI-RNC Embraer EMB-190 100 19000503 Alitalia
EW-276PJ Bombardier CRJ 200ER 7799 Belavia
F-GMZA Airbus A321 111 498 Air France
F-GMZD Airbus A321 111 529 Air France
F-GRGP Embraer ERJ-135 ER 145188 Aero4M
F-GRHI Airbus A319 111 1169 Air France
F-GRPJ ATR 72 500 724 Air Corsica
F-GRPX ATR 72 500 734 Air Corsica
F-GRZE Bombardier CRJ 700 10032 HOP
G-BNWB Boeing 767 336ER 24334 British Airways
G-DBCK Airbus A319 131 3049 British Airways
G-EUXE Airbus A321 231 2323 British Airways
G-EZAA Airbus A319 111 2677 easyJet Airline
G-EZBZ Airbus A319 111 3184 easyJet Airline
G-EZGB Airbus A319 111 4437 easyJet Airline
G-EZOB Airbus A320 214SL 6416 easyJet Airline
G-EZTE Airbus A320 214 3913 easyJet Airline
HA-LWE Airbus A320 232 4372 Wizz Air
HA-LXO Airbus A321 231SL 7562 Wizz Air
HB-IJL Airbus A320 214 603 Swiss International Air Lines
HB-JBD Bombardier C Series 100 50013 Swiss International Air Lines
HB-JXF Airbus A320 214SL 7340 easyJet Switzerland
LN-DYW Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 39010 Norwegian
LN-NHB Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 41134 Norwegian
LN-NHC Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 41128 Norwegian
LN-RGL Airbus A320 251NSL 7290 Scandinavian Airlines System
OE-IVH Airbus A320 214 4286 easyJet Europe
OE-IVO Airbus A320 214 3979 easyJet Europe
OE-IVT Airbus A320 214SL 7632 easyJet Europe
OE-LBF Airbus A321 211 1458 Austrian
OE-LKD Airbus A319 111 3720 easyJet Europe
OH-LVK Airbus A319 112 2124 Finnair
OO-SSB Airbus A319 111 2400 Brussels Airlines
OO-SSS Airbus A319 111 2030 Brussels Airlines
OO-TEA Embraer EMB-190 STD 19000665 TUI Airlines Belgium
PH-EXP Embraer EMB-175 STD 17000678 KLM cityhopper
PH-EXV Embraer EMB-190 STD 19000750 KLM cityhopper
PH-TFC Boeing 737NG 8K5/W 35146 TUI Airlines Netherlands
SE-REZ Boeing 737NG 76N/W 32738 Scandinavian Airlines System
SP-LIO Embraer EMB-175 LR 17000321 LOT Polish Airlines
TC-JRF Airbus A321 231 3207 Turkish Airlines
TS-IMS Airbus A320 214 4689 Tunisair
TS-IOR Boeing 737NG 6H3 29502 Tunisair
VP-BDC Airbus A321 211 5271 Aeroflot Russian Airlines
VP-BUS Boeing 737NG 8MC/W 44435 Rossiya Russian Airlines
YL-CSD Bombardier C Series 300 55006 Air Baltic


9H-VCA Bombardier Challenger 350 20513 Vista Jet Malta
9H-VCB Bombardier Challenger 350 20514 Vista Jet Malta
9H-VTD Bombardier Global 6000 9763 Vista Jet Malta
CS-CHB Bombardier Challenger 350 20553 NetJets Europe
CS-LTD Textron Aviation Citation Latitude 680A-0097 NetJets Europe
CS-PHE Embraer Phenom 300 50500252 NetJets Europe
D-IMGW Cessna Citation CJ2+ 525A0498 Air Hamburg GmbH
M-OCNY Bombardier Challenger 350 20581 RCR Jets
N786XJ Cessna Citation X 750-0286 Avangard Aviation
N923WC Gulfstream Aerospace G650 ER 6009 Warner Chilcott Leasing Equipment Inc
VP-CBF Bombardier Global 5000 9584 Europ Star Aircraft GmbH
VQ-BMT Gulfstream Aerospace GIV SP 1362 Gama Aviation
YU-PZM Textron Aviation Citation XLS+ 560-6226 Air Pink


TS-IOK Boeing 737NG 6H3 29496 Tunisair
D-CFHZ Embraer Phenom 300 50500415 DAS Private Jets GmbH
OK-AOA Bombardier Challenger 300 20295 CTR Group AS

Sunday 08 Apr 2018 Nice


7T-VJT Boeing 737NG 6D6 30546 Air Algerie
A7-BCB Boeing 787 8 38320 Qatar Airways
D-AISP Airbus A321 231 3864 Lufthansa
D-AISZ Airbus A321 231 4085 Lufthansa
D-AKNQ Airbus A319 112 1170 Eurowings
D-ATUR Boeing 737NG 8K5/W 41664 TUIfly
EC-MEG Airbus A320 214 1439 Iberia Express
EI-FJH Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 42071 Norwegian Air International
EI-FVT Boeing 737NG 800/W 42280 Norwegian Air International
EI-RDF Embraer EMB-175 STD 17000337 Alitalia
F-GPMD Airbus A319 113 618 Air France
F-GRGH Embraer ERJ-145 EU 145120 HOP
F-GRPI ATR 72 500 722 Air Corsica
F-GRPJ ATR 72 500 724 Air Corsica
F-GRPX ATR 72 500 734 Air Corsica
F-GRXB Airbus A319 111 1645 Air France
F-GUGM Airbus A318 111 2750 Air France
F-HBNG Airbus A320 214 4747 Air France
F-HBNH Airbus A320 214 4800 Air France
F-HBNI Airbus A320 214 4820 Air France
F-HBNJ Airbus A320 214 4908 Air France
F-HBNK Airbus A320 214 5084 Air France
F-HMLJ Bombardier CRJ 1000 EL NG 19015 HOP
G-BZHC Boeing 767 336ER 29232 British Airways
G-DBCK Airbus A319 131 3049 British Airways
G-EUYN Airbus A320 232 4975 British Airways
G-EZAV Airbus A319 111 2803 easyJet Airline
G-EZOB Airbus A320 214SL 6416 easyJet Airline
G-EZRA Airbus A320 214SL 7597 easyJet Airline
G-EZUH Airbus A320 214 4708 easyJet Airline
G-GATU Airbus A320 232 3089 British Airways
G-MEDL Airbus A321 231 2653 British Airways
HB-IPX Airbus A319 112 612 Swiss International Air Lines
HB-JYK Airbus A319 111 4705 easyJet Switzerland
LN-NGT Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 41125 Norwegian
LN-NHF Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 42075 Norwegian
LX-LGS Boeing 737NG 7C9/W 33956 Luxair
OE-IZJ Airbus A320 214SL 6902 easyJet Europe
OH-LVD Airbus A319 112 1352 Finnair
OM-GTB Boeing 737 49R 28882 Go2Sky
OO-SNF Airbus A320 214 2810 Brussels Airlines
SP-LND Embraer EMB-195 LR 19000516 LOT Polish Airlines
TC-JNT Airbus A330 303 1476 Turkish Airlines
TS-INQ Airbus A320 214 2158 Nouvelair Tunisie
TS-ION Boeing 737NG 6H3 29499 Tunisair
YR-ASD Airbus A318 111 3225 Tarom
YR-BAO Boeing 737 42C 24813 Blue Air

Bizjets and GA

3A-MAC Aerospatiale SquirrelAS350B 1673 H eli Air Monaco
3A-MGA Dassault Falcon 8X 435 Monaco Royal Family (Dep)
3A-MVI Airbus Helicopters EC130 T2 8201 Monacair
3A-MVT Airbus Helicopters EC130 T2 8203 Monacair (Nice-Monaco)
9H-VCG Bombardier Challenger 350 20545 Vista Jet Malta
9H-VFJ Bombardier Challenger 605 5987 Vista Jet Malta
CS-GLG Bombardier Global 6000 9757 NetJets Europe
D-ISAR Raytheon Premier I RB-148 Euroflug Frenzel GmbH
F-HJAV Cessna Citation CJ1 525-0473 CM-CIC Bail SA
F-HMER Aerospatiale SquirrelAS350B 1316 Heli Securite
HA-YFK Beech 400 RJ-56 Jet-Stream LLC
HB-JFL Embraer Legacy 600 14501057 Nomad Aviation AG
OE-FAT Cessna Citation Mustang 510-0312 Globe Air AG
OE-FHK Cessna Citation Mustang 510-0315 Globe Air AG
OE-FZC Cessna Citation Mustang 510-0196 Globe Air AG
OK-JRT Textron Citation Sovereign+ 680-0558 Travel Service Airlines
OY-JJK Hawker Beechcraft 4000 RC-64 Sun-Air
S5-ADE Bombardier Challenger 300 20236
SP-FMG Embraer Legacy 600 14501102 Jet Story
VP-CGN Gulfstream Aerospace G650 6112 TAG Aviation (UK) Ltd

Sunday 08 Apr 2018 Monaco Heliport

3A-MPJ Eurocopter EC130 B4 3662 Heli Air Monaco
I-AWTK AgustaWestland AW.139 31353 Monacair

Monday 09 Apr 2018 Nice

7T-VJS Boeing 737NG 6D6 30210 Air Algerie
A6-EUM Airbus A380 842 225 Emirates Airline
CS-TTW Embraer EMB-195 AR 19000407 TAP Express
D-ABMV Boeing 737NG 86J/W 37785 TUIfly
D-AEBC Embraer EMB-195 LR 19000320 Lufthansa Regional
D-AEWJ Airbus A320 214SL 7216 Eurowings
D-AIPE Airbus A320 211 78 Lufthansa
D-AIUH Airbus A320 214SL 6225 Lufthansa
D-AIZW Airbus A320 214SL 5694 Lufthansa
D-AKNR Airbus A319 112 1209 Eurowings
EC-LYM Airbus A320 216SL 5815 Iberia Express
EC-MUG Bombardier CRJ 1000 NG 19061 Iberia Regional
EI-CPE Airbus A321 211 926 Aer Lingus
EI-EIB Airbus A320 216 4249 Alitalia
EI-EWI Boeing 717 2BL 55170 Volotea
EI-FVR Boeing 737NG 800/W 42279 Norwegian Air International
EI-FXA ATR 42 320F 282 FedEx Feeder ABR4CE
EI-IMT Airbus A319 111 5018 Alitalia
F-GKXK Airbus A320 214 2140 Air France
F-GMZB Airbus A321 111 509 Air France
F-GMZD Airbus A321 111 529 Air France
F-GMZE Airbus A321 111 544 Air France
F-GRHE Airbus A319 111 1020 Air France
F-GRHU Airbus A319 111 1471 Air France
F-GRPI ATR 72 500 722 Air Corsica
F-GRPJ ATR 72 500 724 Air Corsica
F-GRPX ATR 72 500 734 Air Corsica
F-GTAP Airbus A321 212 3372 Air France
F-GUGE Airbus A318 111 2100 Air France
F-HBNA Airbus A320 214 4335 Air France
F-HBNC Airbus A320 214 4601 Air France
F-HBNG Airbus A320 214 4747 Air France
F-HBNH Airbus A320 214 4800 Air France
F-HBNK Airbus A320 214 5084 Air France
F-HMLC Bombardier CRJ 1000 EL NG 19006 HOP
G-BNWB Boeing 767 336ER 24334 British Airways
G-CELE Boeing 737 33A 24029 Jet2
G-DRTA Boeing 737NG 85P/W 33972 Jet2
G-EJAR Airbus A319 111 2412 easyJet Airline
G-EUUO Airbus A320 232 1958 British Airways
G-EUXF Airbus A321 231 2324 British Airways
G-EZBC Airbus A319 111 2866 easyJet Airline
G-EZBE Airbus A319 111 2884 easyJet Airline
G-EZDS Airbus A319 111 3702 easyJet Airline
G-EZON Airbus A320 214SL 6605 easyJet Airline
G-EZRA Airbus A320 214SL 7597 easyJet Airline
G-EZWZ Airbus A320 214SL 6353 easyJet Airline
G-GATR Airbus A320 232 1771 British Airways
HA-LPZ Airbus A320 232 4174 Wizz Air
HB-IJO Airbus A320 214 673 Swiss International Air Lines
HB-IPT Airbus A319 112 727 Swiss International Air Lines
HB-JXB Airbus A320 214 5111 easyJet Switzerland
HB-JYM Airbus A319 111 4667 easyJet Switzerland
HB-JZZ Airbus A320 214 4233 easyJet Switzerland
I-ADJV Embraer EMB-195 LR 19000308 Air Dolomiti (Star Alliance Colours)
I-BIXM Airbus A321 112 514 Alitalia
LN-DYC Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 39164 Norwegian
LN-DYG Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 39165 Norwegian
LN-NHF Boeing 737NG 8JP/W 42075 Norwegian
LX-LGQ Boeing 737NG 7C9/W 33802 Luxair
OE-IJE Airbus A320 214  4636 easyJet Europe
OE-IJI Airbus A320 214SL 6509 easyJet Europe
OE-IJO Airbus A320 214 3922 easyJet Europe
OE-IVK Airbus A320 214 4591 easyJet Europe
OE-IVM Airbus A320 214SL 7537 easyJet Europe
OE-IVO Airbus A320 214 3979 easyJet Europe
OE-LQM Airbus A319 111 3824 easyJet Europe
OE-LYX Airbus A319 132 4285 Eurowings Europe
OK-MEK Airbus A319 112 3043 Eurowings
OM-FEX Boeing 737NG 8Q8/W 28213 Air Explore
OO-SNG Airbus A320 214 1885 Brussels Airlines
OO-SSN Airbus A319 112 1963 Brussels Airlines
OY-KBO Airbus A319 132 2850 Scandinavian Airlines System
PH-BGA Boeing 737NG 8K2/W 37593 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
PH-EXI Embraer EMB-175 STD 17000578 KLM cityhopper
PH-HSC Boeing 737NG 8K2/W 34173 Transavia
SP-LNF Embraer EMB-195 LR 19000596 LOT Polish Airlines
TC-JTR Airbus A321 231SL 7518 Turkish Airlines
TS-IMT Airbus A320 214 5204 Tunisair
TS-INP Airbus A320 214 1597 Nouvelair Tunisie
TS-IOR Boeing 737NG 6H3 29502 Tunisair
VP-BTR Airbus A321 211 5913 Aeroflot Russian Airlines
VQ-BVU Boeing 737NG 8LJ/W 41202 Rossiya Russian Airlines

Bizjets and GA

3A-MGA Dassault Falcon 8X 435 Monaco Royal Family (Arr)
9H-JPC Embraer Legacy 600 14501010 Air X Charter
9H-VFE Bombardier Challenger 605 5974 Vista Jet Malta
9H-VJD Bombardier Global 6000 9472 Vista Jet Malta
D-AFUN Embraer Legacy 650 14501168 Air Hamburg GmbH
D-ALOA Embraer Legacy 650 14501223 Air Hamburg GmbH
D-ASAP Embraer Legacy 650 14501230 Air Hamburg GmbH
D-BUZZ Cessna Citation X 750-0256 Air X Charter
D-CKJE Embraer Phenom 300 50500404 Luxaviation Germany
D-CSUN Cessna Citation XLS+ 560-6102 Air Hamburg GmbH
D-IAAD Embraer Phenom 100 50000215 Arcus Executive Aviation
G-CJOF Bombardier Challenger 350 20650 Luxaviation UK
HB-JLG Bombardier Challenger 350 20670 TAG Aviation SA
I-FXRK Piaggio P-180 Avanti II 1213 K-Air SpA
I-PZZR Raytheon Aircraft 125 800XP 258722 Aliparma SRL
LX-GJM Cessna Citation CJ4 525C0174 Global Jet Luxembourg SA
LX-OLA Embraer Legacy 600 14500995 Luxaviation SA
M-IAMI Dassault Falcon 7X 230 Artjet Ltd
N529QS Gulfstream Aerospace G550 5156 NetJets
OE-FAT Cessna Citation Mustang 510-0312 Globe Air AG
OE-FNP Cessna Citation Mustang 510-0185 Globe Air AG
OE-FZC Cessna Citation Mustang 510-0196 Globe Air AG
OO-NEY Embraer Legacy 450 55010003 Air Service Liege
SP-FMG Embraer Legacy 600 14501102 Jet Story
TC-AAA Bombardier Challenger 605 5864 AF Havacilik Hizmetleri AS
VP-CNR Gulfstream Aerospace G650 6034 Rashid Engineering

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