Fordair

Has Operated from Jun 1903 to Present

Founder/Director – Henry Ford

Another huge multinational which has made good use of the airport is the Ford Motor Company or more correctly, subsidiary Ford of Britain which has since the 1960s, been freighting in parts, machinery and materials from its other facilities on the Continent mostly for use at Dagenham and later for its research facility at Dunton too. However as a rule, these flights have always been chartered out to various airlines and freight companies, the number of which are too numerous to list here, although some of the more common companies to frequent SEN on regular Ford business included local airline BAF plus Channel Express, Eastern Airways, Heavylift and Air Atlantique while a number of foreign airlines such as Air Truck, Farner Air Transport, Southern Air Transport and WDL would bring in spares and parts from Cologne, Saarbrucken and Valencia although on occasion, these flights would also operate in the other direction.

However, Ford would also on occasion charter aircraft to and from SEN for its V.I.Ps and company executives although again, these were invariably operated by third party air taxi or charter concerns. Yet despite this, Ford still had a few aircraft of its own which flew under the banner of Fordair, the first coming in the form of three Grumman Gulfstreams, two of which would become regular visitors to the airport during the latter part of 1969 and early 1970, often on diversions from Stansted although a few flights would actually operate to or from SEN. Other visitors came later in the form of BAC 1-11s which were added to the fleet from December 1976 onwards. The first visit would be made by G-BEJM on January 18th 1978, while a second aircraft G-BEJW put in it first appearance just over three years later on January 28th 1981.

 

Fordair fleet from 1969 to 1985

Grumman G-159 Gulfstream I

G-ASXT*– 7/67 to 9/83

WFU Denver, CO & B/U

G-AWYF*– 1/69 to 6/94

Sold to General Aviation Services as N213GA

G-BRAL*– 10/80 to 4/96

Sold to Trans Global Aviation as P4-JML

BAC-1-11

G-BEJM*– 12/76 to 10/97

Sold to Indonesia Air Transport as PK-TST

G-BEJW*– 12/76 to 7/93

Sold to Kabo Air as 5N-GGG

G-BFMC – 11/77 to 7/93

Sold to Kabo Air as 5N-KKK

 

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