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Southern International - a British Viscount operator

Old 25th Aug 2016, 20:57
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Southern International - a British Viscount operator

Does anyone know if this company ever flew its aircraft into Leeds Bradford ? I don't remember but it is quite likely, given LBA's status as something of a Viscount hotspot from the mid-sixties up to the early nineties. Might have subbed for the likes of BA, BMA, Dan-Air and BAF.

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Old 25th Aug 2016, 21:33
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A Viscount of theirs was at STN in 72 or 73 for a few weeks on crew training and ad-hoc charter but cannot recall who they operated for.
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Old 26th Aug 2016, 19:43
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Although I cannot answer your question I did place a Lien on G-BBDK Southern Inernational Cargo and taped up the door late one night at Luton for unpaid debts in either '80 or '81. Freight was ready to be loaded. Problem finally solved but obviously a company with problems. Didn't make many friends that night :-)

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Old 30th Aug 2016, 07:18
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As suggested above both CSZA and CSZB flew for Dan Air on numerous charters during their time in Southern International`s distinctive blue/green/white colours. A 700 series aircraft XY-ADH flew into Southampton and was broken up for spares. BBDK was the ex BAF Freightmaster
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Old 30th Aug 2016, 09:50
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IIRC G-BBDK went to BAF after Southern.
Can't get a production list on the web at the moment, but I think it was Aer Lingus originally, Oman Air Force until 1976, then Southern and then BAF.
It was one of the few with double doors at the front to allow cargo loading.
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Old 31st Aug 2016, 05:34
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I was a regular in at LBA from the mid 70's onwards and don't recall either ZA or ZB visiting.
But then I wasn't there all the time ;-)
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Old 31st Aug 2016, 10:18
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I'm so far concluding that Southern never graced the LBA concrete. Perhaps that's a good thing.

On the other hand, Viscounts operating for Dan Air definitely passed through. 1979-1980,the two late-build 800s which they either damp leased or chartered from Fields/Air Bridge on the CI routes.
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Old 4th Sep 2016, 14:24
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My fading memory inclines me to think that both aircraft visited LBA??
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Old 4th Sep 2016, 15:29
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G-BGLC and G-BCZR were the two Fields/ABC Viscounts. I didn't do registrations at the time but I expect these are the ones.
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Around 1981 Southern International were supposedly interested in purchasing two MD83s so they could enter the IT market but the airline soon went into financial difficulties and ceased trading.

I liked their colour scheme of white with blue and green and I have fond memories of seeing their Viscounts at my local airport of Southampton.
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Old 23rd Jun 2017, 15:19
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During my 4 week stint at Sumburgh in Sep/Oct 1972, the competitors for the Southern TV Sea Angling Competiton were delivered in a yellow and white Viscount; I cannot remember which airline it was but it only did charters so I was told.
A few days later when the anglers were due to depart, it all hit the fan. The airline with the yellow and white Viscount was no more; a rescue mission using a BMA Viscount was launched. We described the approach to runway 33 to him on the way in (a Spitfire type curved approach following a line of sodiums in order to avoid Sumburgh Head).
He only landed a little bit sideways after kicking off considerable drift on short final.
Would this Viscount have been Southern International?
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Old 23rd Jun 2017, 16:04
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Not Southern International Chevvron, they were later than that - Alidair perhaps?
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Old 23rd Jun 2017, 17:41
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IIRC, Alidair were still around in the late seventies.
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Old 24th Jun 2017, 07:54
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Alidair would fit the bill. They had a couple of VC7s based at Aberdeen during the 70s & frequently visited Sumburgh. Moreover, the colour scheme was yellow & blue. I seem to remember that Southern International were around at the end of the 70s. We certainly saw their VC8 in Jersey at that time - 79/80, I think.
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Old 24th Jun 2017, 14:50
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Air Britain website has picture of CSZB at Lydd/Ferryfield in full Dan Air colours.


As alluded above it (and possibly others) were used on various DA Jersey routes, either scheduled or IT, in summers of 79/80. Never saw one on ground at LBA but ISTR seeing them on climb out mid afternoon Sunday when I'd usually be preparing to return to my digs in London
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Old 3rd Jul 2017, 18:28
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Would this Viscount have been Southern International?
No. Probably this one.

Air International ceased operations in October 1972

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Old 4th Jul 2017, 04:44
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Recollect it was often at STN where it ceased trading and was parked for a short time?
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