Bond Air Services

Halton G-AHDS

Operated from c.Jun 1946 to Oct 1951

Main Base – Gatwick

Founder/Director – Mr D.E. Bond

Bond Air Services was primarily a freight airline that made a name for itself during the Berlin Airlift, flying essential supplies to the beleaguered Western sector of this city. As many as twelve ex-RAF Halifaxes and Haltons went into service transporting mostly fuel oil carried in under belly panniers, some of which had been fitted by SEN’s very own Aviation Traders. In fact, many of these aircraft belonged to ATL whose owner Freddie Laker at the time, did not have the facilities nor the infrastructure in place to carry out airline operations and as such, leased these aircraft to Bond for an equal share of the profits. Sufficed to say, other aircraft were also procured during this time with Viking G-AHPE arriving at SEN a few days before Christmas 1948, although she never entered service and was quickly despatched to B.W.I.A. having been converted from a Type 614 to a Type 657 Viking.

With the Berlin Airlift subsequently coming to an end, six of the Halifax freighters returned to SEN from Hamburg, Germany on August 17th 1949 and were for a time based at the airport, although little in the way of work was forthcoming and the fleet was quickly reduced to just two aircraft with the rest having been returned to Aviation Traders. The remaining aircraft (G-AHDU & G-AIWN) did however fly a number of textile flights from Lille to Southend on behalf of L.E.P. Air Services until February and April 1950 respectively, after which they were finally withdrawn from use at SEN and then scrapped not long afterwards by ATL. Despite this, Bond continued to operate until 1951 flying freight and passenger charters from Gatwick and Skegness with a small fleet of De Havilland Rapide and Express aircraft.

 

Bond Air Services fleet from 1947 to 1949

All aircraft marked * were leased from Aviation Traders

Handley-Page Halton

G-AHDN* – 7/48 to 3/49

WFU 3/49 and B/U at SEN 11/50

G-AHDO* – 3/49 to 6/49

WFU and B/U at SEN 11/50

G-AHDP* – 7/48 to 8/49

WFU 8/49 and later B/U at SEN

G-AHDS* – 7/48 to 7/49

WFU at SEN 7/49 and B/U 3/51

G-AHDT* – 7/48 to 11/49

B/U for spares in Germany 11/49

G-AHDU* – 7/48 to 4/50

WFU 4/50 and B/U SEN 7/50

G-AHDW* – 7/48 to 12/48

WFU at B/U SEN 11/50

G-AHDX* – 7/48 to 8/49

Sold to Worldair Carriers Ltd 2/50

Handley-Page Halifax Mk.8

G-AIOH – 5/47 to 5/47

Crashed in Barcelona

G-AIOI – 3/48 to 2/49

DBR taxing at Tegel, Berlin

G-AIWN* – 5/49 to 2/50

WFU at SEN 2/50 and B/U 5/50

G-AIZO – 5/49 to 5/48

Crashed in Bedfordshire 23/5/48

G-AJNX – 2/48 to 5/48

Sold to Pakistan Airways

Handley-Page Halifax Mk.9

G-ALON* – 6/49 to 8/49

WFU 8/49 and B/U SEN 6/50

G-ALOS* – 6/49 to 8/49

B/U SEN 8/49

De Havilland D.H.86 Express

G-ADUH – 10/47 to 2/51

Sold to Aerocontacts Ltd

G-ADVJ – 10/47 to 2/51

Sold to Aerocontacts Ltd

De Havilland D.H.89 Dragon Rapide

G-AKOG – 11/50 to 10/51

Sold to A. Mechin of Northern Rhodesia as VP-RCH

 

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