747400sp
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Did You Know WO Operated 2 BAe 146?

Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:00 am

I was a little shock to find out that World Airway operated 2 BAe 146. What was they used for ?





http://www.airfleet.net/flottecie/World%20Airways-history-bae146.htm
 
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RE: Did You Know WO Operated 2 BAe 146?

Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:09 am

Its actually World Airlines.

Here is a photo off eBay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aviation-Air...Airlines-BAe-146-200-/110619043135

Funny your fleet website makes no mention the 727 fleet operated over the years by WO nor the 707s and DC-8s.

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RE: Did You Know WO Operated 2 BAe 146?

Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:26 am

Quoting 747400sp (Thread starter):
What was they used for ?

Since one of the two 146s was registered G-WLCY I am guessing that they were leased with the intention to operate them out of LCY. But since this aircraft was returned to the lessor - US Air - after only seven months . . . Perhaps someone else knows if that actually happened?
 
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RE: Did You Know WO Operated 2 BAe 146?

Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:18 am

I'm pretty sure "World Airlines" has nothing to do with the U.S. based World Airways. It's a mixup.

Link to "Britsh World Airlines" fleet list...

http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/B...World%20Airways-history-bae146.htm

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RE: Did You Know WO Operated 2 BAe 146?

Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:27 pm

Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 3):
I'm pretty sure "World Airlines" has nothing to do with the U.S. based World Airways. It's a mixup.

Link to "Britsh World Airlines" fleet list...


It is more than a mix up. It is a triple mix up.

There is the American airline, World Airways.

There was the British airline British World Airways.

There was also the apparently short-lived British airline, the one in question in this instance, World Airlines. Here are what appear to be their only two aircraft:

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Since my Reply 2 I have determined that back in 1996 World Airlines were a very small airline. Their address is given in "Airlines 1996" (published by The Aviation Hobby Shop (TAHS)) as "London City Airport, Royal Docks, London E16 2PX". This book, published in Aporil 1996 lists the World Airlines fleet as being a single aircraft, 146 G-WLCY.

The same address with the addition of "Building 114" is given for World Airlines on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) web site under the registration details of the two 146s listed in the link provided by the Thread Opener.

All of this confirms my original deduction that World Airlines operated out of LCY.

In "Jet Airliner Production List Vol 2 - European Manufacturers" published in August 2009 also by TAHS I can only find the two 146s in the Thread Opener's link as aircraft ever operated by World Airlines. Both of these aircraft were (perhaps a little more confusingly) leased from what was then US Air but became US Airways. Here I should say that my search was narrow but I think it was comprehensive in terms of aircraft types authorised back in 1996 to operate into LCY.

The second of these aircraft, G-OWLD, which had previously been operated by Pacific Southwest Airlines and then US Air as N353PS and N173US, was leased by World Airlines on 16 July 1996. It was returned to US Air in October of that same year. It did not recross the Atlantic before it was leased by Cityjet the following month and re-registered EI-CNQ.

The aircraft pictured in the link in Reply 1, G-WLCY, was leased from US Air in March 96 and registered to them on 26 March. It was also returned to US Air in October 96. It remained registered to World Airlines until it was re-registered by Titan Airways on 9 April 1997. This suggests that the return to US Air was not physical and that the aircraft also remained in the UK.. [The source for this data is the CAA web site.]

All of this strongly suggests that World Airlines only survived for the Summer Season of 1996.

Incidentally G-WLCY had the same origins as G-OWLD and was previously registered N352PS and N172US.
 
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RE: Did You Know WO Operated 2 BAe 146?

Tue Nov 15, 2011 3:20 pm

I think British World Airlines used to be called BAF (British Air Ferries). They were based in SEN - Southend on Sea. UK
They have a couple of BAC 1-11's and used to run HP Heralds. They did not seem to last long after the name change.
They went bust years ago.
 
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RE: Did You Know WO Operated 2 BAe 146?

Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:55 pm

Quoting antonovman (Reply 5):
I think British World Airlines used to be called BAF (British Air Ferries). They were based in SEN - Southend on Sea. UK
They have a couple of BAC 1-11's and used to run HP Heralds. They did not seem to last long after the name change.
They went bust years ago.


Yes. British Air Ferries was renamed British World Airways in April 1993. However they did not operate the Herald. The two types of prop-jets in their fleet were the ATR72, two of which were operated in Scotland linking ABZ with Sunburgh in the Shetland Islands for the North Sea oil industry and the Vickers Viscount. They ended up with nine of the latter of which five were operated in their own colours and four were all red and operated on behalf of Royal Mail.

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Their five BAC 1-11s were appropriately registered G-OBWA to 'WE.

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