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Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:31 am

Way back when..I took a flight from BDL aboard an airline by the name of BEST Airlines. A very small carrier that had but two old DC-9's. Flew to IND with two stops enroute. I think BUF and CLE. On the return flight four days later, not only did we have the same plane, but we had the same crew working the trip. I don't recall the airline lasting very long...this was back in the 80's when all the various post deregulation start ups were coming and going. Going with that, how many airlines both past and present are, or have existed with only two aircraft at the most?
 
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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:40 am

Quoting CairnterriAIR (Thread starter):
Going with that, how many airlines both past and present are, or have existed with only two aircraft at the most?

A very short-lived GVA-based carrier called Swiss World Airways only had one aircraft, an ex-NZ 767-200ER. They gave up after about 6 months on the GVA-EWR-GVA route in 1998.


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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:30 am

Well I know it's not TWO at the maximum, but OpenSkies only has three or four planes.
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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:03 pm

Again like the preceding post, a little off but Myanmar's Air Mandalay has three ATRs; two 72-212 and one 42-320.
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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:49 pm

"Our Airline", formerly known as Air Nauru, is the national airline for the tiny island nation of Nauru. Their sole aircraft is a 737-300. They fly it between BNE and Nauru (no idea what the IATA code is) a few times a week as well as offering flights to a couple of other nearby islands.


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And with all the press they've gotten regarding their charging passengers based on weight, I looked up Samoa Air the other day. It looks like their fleet consists of 2 BN Islanders and a single Cessna 172.
 
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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:07 pm

And with the size of some Samoan guys, that airline will have enough money to buy a nice shiny SSJ-100 in no time!  
 
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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:12 am

There are literally dozens of airlines in Canada flying DHC or Cessna products with just a couple of aircraft.

Here in YVR we have KD Air flying scheduled services with a pair of Piper Navajo's and a Cessna 172.

There is also Air Saint Pierre in the French territory of St Pierre & Miquelon who fly an ATR 42-500 a Cessna 406.

I think Air Malawi are now down to just two aricraft, a 737-200 and a Cessna 208.

Mega Maldives have a pair of 767-300ER's.
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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:07 pm

Air Vanuatu.
Royal tongan used to have one, even 1/2 a plane for a while
Air Nauru
Air Solomons
Air Tahiti Nui did for a while.
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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:21 am

Maastricht Airlines based in MST has only 2 planes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maastricht_Airlines) but isn't operating any flights at the moment. They hope to start flying on the 1st of May 2013.

They will be flying with 2 Fokker 50 planes from MST to AMS, TXL and MUC.
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RE: Airlines With Only One Or Two Airplanes

Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:36 pm

B&H Airlines:

Used to have an Airbus A319 aswell a year ago, but is now Down to 2 ATR 72 200

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%26H_Airlines

Color Air:

Considered to be the first lowcost airline in Norway. In operation between 1998 and 1999. Lasted for only a year. Had 3 Boeing 737 300's:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_Air#Fleet

Norway Airline:

Norwegian airline which operated between 1988 and 1992. Charterairline wich operated 2 Aircraft of the 737 200 type.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norway_Airlines#Fleet


Vildanden:

Vildanden AS ("The Wild Duck") was a virtual, regional airline in Norway operating between 2004 - 2011. It operated 2 Aircraft

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vildanden_(airline)

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