British Nederland Airservices

British Nederland

Operated from Jun 1947 to Dec 1950

Main Bases – Tollerton and Bovingdon

Founders/Directors – Mr A.H. Bryant and Mr J.A. Theones

In much the same way that many other independent airlines started out, British Nederland would form primarily to provide passenger and freight charters from its local base, in this case Tollerton. Its rather unusual name had come about as a result of a close association with Dutch airline Aero Holland although this particular entity would be wound up during 1949. As such, the airline commenced operations with two Miles Aerovans, although these would only remain in service until November when they were removed from operations. Flights began again in the spring, although a C-47 had now replaced the Aerovans with a second aircraft joining the fleet in the summer.

During 1948, British Nederland’s activities would increase dramatically and as a result, this called for a move to Bovingdon from where they would engage in textile flights from Lille on behalf of Lep, a destination and a contract that would soon become all too familiar to Southend; while a huge number of other freight and passenger flights would also be flown. Meanwhile, having been impressed with the versatility of the Aerovan, British Nederland acquired a further example of the type and put her to work carrying mostly pigeons, furniture and office equipment back and forth across the Channel. This airline would also occasionally fly support services for the Berlin Airlift mostly on behalf of Bond Air Services.

In fact, it was these airlift flights that brought this airline to Southend during the spring and summer of 1949 from where they would fly a good number of airliner crews between SEN and Hamburg. The occasional cargo flight would be operated too with ship’s spares being moved between Southend and Cherbourg at the end of June. However with the airlift over by mid-1949, British Nederland’s two C-47s would then return Bond’s staff and supplies to SEN on August 17th 1949 accompanied by a gaggle of Halifaxes that were summarily returned to ATEL. By May 1950 the airline was back again, this time operating textile flights between Lille and Southend for Lep which had now opened a branch at Southend.

While the airline was kept reasonably busy during the early part of 1950, the quantity of work available was down dramatically compared to the previous year. The collapse of partner airline Aero Holland had not helped matters either and by June, with no charters on its books, things were starting to look grim. Although operations picked up again in July and August, by October the down turn was back. So, rather than push things to the limit and face the spectre of going into administration, the board of British Nederland decided to quit while they were ahead. At the time, used Dakotas were being sold at a premium and thus the aircraft were slowly disposed of, with operations finally coming to an end on December 31st.

 

British Nederland fleet from 1947 to 1950

Miles M-57 Aerovan

G-AISE – 6/47 to 11/47

Fate unknown

G-AISI – 4/48 to 4/50

Sold to Aviation Traders

G-AJTK – 6/47 to 11/47

WFU and B/U 11/47

Douglas C-47 Dakota

G-AJZD – 3/48 to 11/50

To Shell Oil as PH-AKG

G-AJZX – 6/48 to 12/50

To Garuda Oil Company as PK-PAB

Vickers 498 Viking

G-AHOP – 1/50 to 12/50

Sold to Crewsair 3/51

G-AHOV – 8/50 to 12/50

Sold to Crewsair 3/51

 

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