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 for the most part, a freight carrying airline that made a name for itself during the Berlin Airlift flying essential supplies to the beleaguered population of the Western sector of this city. As many as twelve former RAF Halifaxes and Haltons were put into service freighting mostly fuel oil carried in under belly panniers, some of which had been fitted by SEN’s very own Aviation Traders. In fact, a considerable number 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 instead, leased these aircraft to Bond for an equal share of the profits.

With the Berlin Airlift over, six of these 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. These two aircraft (G-AHDU & G-AIWN) did however fly a number of textile flights from Lille to Southend until February and April 1950 respectively after which they were finally withdrawn at Southend and then scrapped not long afterwards. Bond however would continue 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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