ATR 72-212 – c/n 472 & 473

G-OILA with BWA from Mar 1996 to Nov 1999

Given Name – ‘Shetland Lady’

G-OILB with BWA from May 1996 to Apr 1999

Given Name – ‘Grampian Lady’

With the end of the 20th century looming, the effective life of the Viscount was also coming to an end and as a result, British World needed to find a replacement for these trusty and venerable old airliners. By this time, BWA’s few remaining Viscounts had been mostly confined to either Post Office ‘Parcel Force’ services or the oil charter routes that took workers between Aberdeen and Sumburgh. Indeed, it was on the latter service that these two ATR-72s would gradually begin nudging the Viscounts aside until replacing them entirely by the end of 1996. As a consequence of this, these aircraft would invariably never operate from Southend and were instead sent north to BWA’s base in Scotland, returning to SEN only when maintenance was required.

However, on this extreme northern route, the ATRs were quickly considered to be inferior to the aircraft that they had been sent to replace and some of the British World aircrews had plenty to say about it. While the Viscount was considered to be an extremely stable platform, even when flying into an often wet and blustery Sumburgh. The ATR on the other hand, was considered to be something of a handful in inclement weather, a fact that was also noticed by the oil workers who had flown in both aircraft and at one point, even demanded the return of the more comfortable and perceivably ‘safer’ Viscount.

As for the aircraft themselves, Lima Alpha would end up serving British World for more than 3-1/2 years, doing nothing but flying the short, 45 minute sectors between Aberdeen and the Shetlands before finally heading off to join BA’s Cityflyer in November 1999. Meanwhile, Lima Bravo would also fly the same route, although could on occasion be seen at Edinburgh. In April 1998, the latter aircraft headed off on lease to Debonair before finally returning to BWA in April 1999, before leaving almost immediately to Cityflyer. Despite the departure of the ATRs, the oil charter contract would continue until the demise of BWA in 2001 although from the end of 1999 onwards, this route would instead be flown by the notoriously unreliable BAe ATP.


History of G-OILA

1/96 to 3/96

Avions de Transport Regional as F-WWEJ

3/96 to 11/99

British World Airlines as G-OILA

11/99 to 11/03

Cityflyer Express as G-BYTO

11/03 to Present

Avions de Transport Regional

(On lease to Aero Caribbean as of 5/04 as CU-T1544)


History of G-OILB

2/96 to 5/96

Avions de Transport Regional as F-WWEG

5/96 to 4/99

British World Airlines as G-OILB

4/99 to 11/03

Cityflyer Express as G-BYTP

11/03 to Present

Avions de Transport Regional

(On lease to Aero Caribbean as of 3/04 as CU-T1545)


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