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Do Atlantic now only have the 1 Electra left flying? G-LOFE working out of Leipzig (to Katowice on NPT612/613) for DHL... the route that used to be a stronghold for them (Bournemouth-Jersey NPT543/544) now appears to be a Titan 737.
I have seen both the "peak" of NPT electra ops, and the draw-down (and been a part of it, I suppose). DaySleeper has the maximum airworthy fleet correct, I think another few were registered for financial reasons, although there were various paperwork / spares issues on those.
All have gone to Canada, except the two still flying, with 'FBs wing being damaged beyond economical repair, and 'JR having severe corrosion I believe.
Atlantic Management say they will still be flying until 2013, but the rumour is both will be gone by the end of the year, one to ConAir and the other to Buffalo.
It will be sadly missed; we used to get the Electras into Jersey, arriving at about 5am and then leaving at 7.30pm; where I live, in the north of the island, they would often fly overhead after departure, climbing low and slow. Great sound!
LOFD was de-registered on 12 Feb 2010 FIJR was de-registered on 8 Oct 2010
Both went to Canada
Yeah I guess the high point would have been about 2007 ish. Interesting destinations, mix of sched and ad-hoc, good bunch of folk.
What are the company replacing them with?
Dunno if this is still the case but apparently the group has the A320F on order, should be interesting. Of course they could go to one of the other group companies.
West Atlantic, parent of ERA member West Air Sweden, has become the first operator to order the Airbus A320 P2F (passenger-to-freight conversion) from Aercap, the lessor which has worked with Airbus as launch customer.
West Atlantic will lease three aircraft from Aercap, which has ordered 30 A320 P2Fs from Airbus Freight Conversions (AFC).
If it comes (there's a certain degree of skepticism - a kind of "i'll believe it when I see it" mentality) the A320 is supposed to go to WestLux. Having said that, its all gone very quiet on that front, and you never know what madcap schemes management are drawing up.
The (2 as far as I was aware) Tu-204s were being "evaluated" - the only way they could be used on the AOC at that time i believe. I think AA management were lured in by the thought of a brand new 757 size aircraft for the cost of a used 737. That is until they realised that the price was for the Russian certified version, the JAR/EASA one would be 10x the original cost. That and the spares had to come from Vladivostock. Still, they are still flying for Cairo Aviation out of LEJ on a night, and presumably doing alright for themselves.
The only replacement for an Electra at this moment in time is 2 ATPs. Any serious desire to replace the Electra would have seen things happening by now (crews being trained, a/c arriving or orders placed).