BWIA has 4 MD83s. (THQ, THR, THW,THX). 9Y-THV was returned a couple months ago. They just spent alot of money repainting them. 9Y-THX was painted 2 weeks ago, and now they are giving them up. Hmm..
There was a rumor going around that they wanted too return all the MD83s and get a couple more Boeing 737-800s. But like every issue with BWEE we will just have to wait and see. BWIA currently have 2 MD83 aircrafts as "Trintocan" told us earlier they just returned the other two and also i've read in the Caribbean aviation news. Here is the article:
(From The Antigua Sun, 28 January, 2002)
Presently, the airline operates two MD83s (Aleong announced he was sending back two of the four he has), two Lockheed L-1011 TriStars, six Boeing 737-800s, and three Dash8-300s. When the first Airbus comes on line it will then be operating a fifth type, the A340-313.
How will this impact on last week’s announcement of staff cutbacks remains to be seen?
But whenever a new type of aircraft is added to the fleet, it obviously means that millions of dollars would have to be spent on training – pilots, flight attendants, engineers, mechanics etc.
Can it be that the cutbacks and other cost-saving measures being put in place are to accommodate the introduction of yet another aircraft type to BWIA’s fleet?
BWIA operates twice-weekly London flights out of Antigua, so that UK travelers out of V.C. Bird International can look forward to flying on the Airbuses, if current schedules are maintained.
By the way Trintocan, i'm looking forward to reading your trip report on the BWIA L1011-500.