BAC Express Airlines

Operated from Sep 1992 to Sep 2007

Main Base – Birmingham later Oxford

Founders/Directors – Neil Dickson and Graham Pasquill

If there was one, visiting airline that maintained an almost lifelong relationship with the airport, then it would have to be BAC Express. Starting out in the autumn of 1992 as BAC Aircraft (part of the BAC Group which included BAC Charter & BAC Leasing) this airline could trace its roots back more than a decade to fledgling outfit ‘Business Air Centre’ and by the mid-1980s, it also held a 50% stake in Euroair. By 1995 a slight name change saw the company emerging as BAC Express Airlines, a title that would remain for another 12 years. In 2004, the airline was subsequently bought out by Irish concern Air Contractors although it would return to U.K. soil approximately one year later, this time being acquired by the 2morrow Group who would then go on to absorb the airline into its HD division in September 2007 and to this day, operates as HD Air.

BAC operations at SEN got off to a very early start and its Twin Otters became regulars at the airport from 1993 onwards. These were soon replaced with Short SD-360s which would become the most popular type, these aircraft also operating a number of summer season flights between Southend and Jersey on and off between 1995 and 2000. By September 2000, BAC had opened a purpose built engineering facility at SEN which would naturally bring about a further increase in traffic. By this time, the fleet comprised solely of SD-360s and F-27s although a few of the latter aircraft were quickly sold off to other airlines. With that being said, five F-27s were retained with one being given a slightly more luxurious interior for use on executive charters while the others were reserved for leasing, emergency and ad-hoc freight services and regular passenger charters.

 

BAC Express Airlines fleet from 1993 to 2007

Embraer Bandeirante

G-BGYT – 7/93 to 2/95

Sold to Thornhill Music Ltd

G-BLVG – 4/94 to 5/94

Sold to ATS Vulcan Ltd

G-BTAA – 5/90 to 1/94

Sold to Euroair as G-OEAA

G-BVRT – 12/95 to 5/96

Sold to Mustique Airways as J8-VAZ

G-LOOT – 1/91 to 5/94

WFU and stored at SEN – Now derelict

G-OEAB – 5/96 to 2/04

Re-reg as G-OBPL 11/98 – Sold 1/99 – Ret 5/01 – PWFU & B/U at SEN

G-PBAC – 6/96 to 11/96

Sold to Thornhill Aviation

G-SWAG – 1/91 to 6/93

Sold to John P. Downey

G-ZUSS – 3/91 to 8/92

Sold to Flightline as G-FLTY

De Havilland Canada D.H.C.6 Twin Otter

G-BFGP – 3/90 to 3/91

Sold to Kenn Borek Air as C-GKBX

G-BGMD – 3/89 to 8/89

Sold to Air New Zealand as ZK-KHA

G-BGZP – 4/89 to 3/90

Leased from Spacegrand Ltd

G-BIEM – 2/90 to 4/90

Sold to Kenn Borek Air as C-GKBH

G-DOSH – 7/91 to 10/92

Also leased from Scenic Airways 12/89 – Sold to Baltic Asset Finance as G-BUOM

G-JEAC – 4/89 to 1/90

Leased from Jersey European

G-OILY – 5/91 to 11/92

Sold to Abu Dhabi Aviation as A6-ADC

Short SD-330

G-BGNB – 2/95 to 12/96

Sold to Freshleave Ltd as G-SSWP

G-BHHU – 5/97 to 3/98

Sold to ERB Immobilien und Vertriebs GMbH

G-BIOE – 12/94 to 5/97

Leased from Gill Airways for 16 months on and off between the dates above

G-BIYG – 6/95 to 10/96

Sold to SAFT Telecom Gabon as TH-LEH

G-SLUG – 7/91 to 7/94

Re-reg as G-BKIE 9/92 – Stored Newcastle from 11/92 to 4/94 – WFU and B/U 7/94

Short SD-360

G-BKMX – 8/00 to 2/05

Sold to ATA-Aerocondor

G-BLCP – 6/99 to 7/00

Sold to ATA-Aerocondor

G-BMAR – 1/99 to 5/99

Sold to Pacific Coastal Airlines as C-GPCJ

G-BNMU – 12/02 to 7/06

Sold to Air Seychelles as S7-PRI

G-BOEG – 12/02 to 3/05

Sold to ATA-Aerocondor

G-BOEI – 2/02 to 11/05

Sold to Air Cargo Carriers as N3735W

G-BPKW – 8/03 to 3/04

Sold to Lynrise Aircraft Financing

G-BPKZ – 12/02 to 1/05

Sold to Air Cargo Carriers as N360AB

G-CBAC – 10/95 to 2/02

PWFU Canton, China – Fate Unknown

G-CEAL – 1/97 to 1/06

Sold to the Bolivian Military as FAV-4113

G-CLAS – 4/96 to 3/05

Sold to ATA-Aerocondor

G-EXPS – 5/99 to 11/04

Sold to ATA Aerocondor 11/02 – Ret 4/04 – Sold to ACL Aviation Trading

G-KBAC – 1/98 to 9/02

Sold to Air Seychelles as S7-PAL

G-LEGS – 1/00 to 3/00

Sold to Associated Aviation as 5N-BBL

G-OBLK – 01/01 to 6/04

Sold to ACL Aircraft Trading

G-OBOH – 11/96 to 7/06

Re-reg as G-XPSS 5/01 – Sold to ACL Aircraft Trading

G-OCEA – 4/97 to 10/05

Sold to the Bolivian Military as FAV-2358

G-OJSY – 12/95 to 10/00

Leased until 2/97 – Sold to Associated Aviation as 5N-BBZ

G-RMCT – 11/92 to 6/95

Leased until 9/94 – Sold to Gill Aviation

G-SBAC – 2/92 to 9/95

Sold to Shorts Aircraft Delivery Inc as N408SA

G-TBAC – 10/92 to 6/94

Sold to Shorts Aircraft Delivery Inc as N419SA

G-UBAC – 4/93 to 1/98

Leased until 10/93 – Sold to Bombardier Services Corp as N6368X

G-VBAC – 9/97 to 4/06

Sold to Air Cargo Carriers as N376AC

Fokker F-27 Friendship

G-BMXD – 10/98 to 3/05

Sold to ACL Aircraft Trading

G-BVOB – 11/97 to 2/05

Sold to ACL Aircraft Trading

G-BVZW – 6/96 to 12/98

Leased From Jersey European until 8/97 – Sold to Tulip Air as PH-FOZ

G-JEAD – 4/00 to 9/07

Sold to Fly540.com as 5Y-BVF 11/07

G-JEAE – 10/99 to 7/04

TFR to Air Contractors Ltd as EI-SMF

G-JEAF – 8/99 to 4/01

Sold to Six Cargo as I-SIXA

G-JEAG – 9/99 to 10/99

Sold to Skyteam as D-ACCT

 

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