Princess Air

146 G-BRXT

Based at Southend from Jun 1990 to Feb 1991

Founder/Director – Ivor Burstin

Burstin Travel was a name that had for many years been synonymous with package tours and charter holidays from Southend. However, this company had a policy of contracting well known airlines to transport its sun seeking customers overseas, the result of which saw a variety of household names flying to and from the airport on these holiday flights during the ’80s and ’90s. However late in 1989, Burstin decided to start its own airline – Princess Air – its three, brand new, Barbie pink and white BAe 146QC (Quick Change) aircraft subsequently being tasked with flying I.T. charters to the Mediterranean and Alps during the day while at night the seats would be removed so that cargo flights could be flown between Southend and Brussels/Cologne in attempts to make these aircraft cost effective.

In fact, things got off to a good start and routes were quickly established between a number of regional British airports and destinations such as Alicante, Dubrovnik, Faro, Malaga, Palma and Venice and while operations still looked promising going into the winter season, the airline began to suffer financial difficulties. It would also appear that this venture had quite simple emerged at the wrong time and with the slump in leisure travel as a result of the 1991 Gulf War this would only serve to make the situation even more dire for Princess Air. By the beginning of 1991, things had become serious enough to call in the receivers, this resulting in the planes being repossessed and the airline going into administration not long after this.

Princess Air fleet while based at SEN

Bae-146QC

G-BRXT – 6/90 to 2/91

Later to Malmö Aviation

G-PRCS – 9/90 to 2/91

Later to Trident Aviation Leasing

G-PRIN – 6/90 to 2/91

To Air U.K.

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