Bristol 170

B170 G41-2-66

Bristol 170 Freighter

Laker’s airline wing Air Charter Ltd had a long running relationship with the ungainly looking Bristol Freighter, a number of which would go on to be employed on his well renowned ‘Air Bridge’ services. However, Aviation Traders had also been instrumental in their construction and a good number of wing sections were built on behalf of Bristol in the ATEL hangars. Otherwise, six of of these aircraft would pass through the hands of Aviation Traders, the first during 1950, which involved a month of renovation work on an aircraft destined for BEA and the last in 1965, when a total of four arrived from Spain.

With Carvair production well under way, Spanish airline Iberia made its intention clear that its wished to purchase two of these aircraft for its AVIACO wing. A deal was struck with ATL who agreed to take four B170s in part exchange for the conversion work. These aircraft sat at SEN for several months until SAFE of New Zealand expressed an interest in taking all of them and thus they were renovated and readied for their long flights to the other side of the world. However, for some, unknown reason, only three of these aircraft would eventually make their overseas, the fourth aircraft going to Autair instead. As of 2016, ZS-CPT survives and is on display at Omaka, New Zealand.

 

List of Bristol aircraft acquired by ATEL

G-AICS – 8/50 to 9/50

(to BEA)

G-AINL – 9/54 to 3/56

(Previously leased by Air Charter)

EC-AHH – 1/65 to 7/66

ATEL B170 EC-AHH

Taken in part exchange from Aviaco for Carvairs – Sold to Straights Air Freight – New Zealand as ZK-CPU

EC-AHI – 1/65 to 9/65

Taken in part exchange from Aviaco for Carvairs – Sold to Straights Air Freight – New Zealand as ZK-CPT

EC-AHN – 1/65 to 11/66

ATEL B170 EC-AHN

Taken in part exchange from Aviaco for Carvairs – Reg as G41-2-66 – Sold to Straights Air Freight – New Zealand as ZK-CQD

EC-ADL – 2/65 to 2/66

Taken in part exchange from Aviaco for Carvairs – Sold to Autair as G-AIFS

 

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