BAF Subsidiaries

This page will concern itself with minor sister or subsidiary airlines that existed exclusively during the BAF period of this time line. While most of these airlines were never actually based at SEN, their aircraft were an integral part of BAF’s operations and could often be seen at SEN in their respective liveries, either as a result of positioning flights or for engineering work.

Jersey Air Ferries

Jersey Air Ferries emerged as a sister airline to BAF during 1983. Due to BAF’s ever growing relationship with the Channel Islands, the Jersey Viscount G-AOYP 2intention was to permanently base two Viscounts on the island of Jersey to carry out flights to and from Rotterdam, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. A base was opened on the island in April 1983 and a single aircraft was painted up in a JAF ‘Bee’ livery (G-AOYP) while another (G-AOYN) would later be painted up in a modified version of the first BAF red, white and blue livery although this aircraft would never actually enter service with the airline. However during peak times, Herald G-ASVO was occasionally called upon to bolster the sole Viscount working these routes. These services were only to last one season though and by October 1983, operations had ceased and the Viscount summarily returned to BAF.

Guernsey Airlines

Guernsey Airlines was bought by BAF as a going concern after the collapse of its previous owner Alidair in 1983. This acquisition was comprised of two Guernsey G-AOYGrather elderly 700 series Vickers Viscounts G-ARGR & G-ARIR (both of which were operated in Intercity Airlines colours) & more importantly, the airline’s former routes which included the Channel Islands and rather lucrative oil charter flights which operated between Aberdeen and Sumburgh in support of the offshore oil drilling rigs. After continuing to fly the latter routes for another year, the 700 series Viscounts were sold off and temporarily replaced with BAF’s own 800 series aircraft, until specific Viscounts could be adorned in Guernsey livery, after which they were then transferred to the airline and went straight into service on the Jersey and Guernsey routes.

Two Viscounts were eventually painted in the distinctive Guernsey livery which was in many ways identical to BAF’s except the blueGuernsey G-BITX had been replaced with green, while cabin interiors were also upholstered to match. G-AOYG and G-AOYI (the latter of which retained BAF’s ‘bee’ livery with Guernsey titles) were the first to ply these routes, with G-AOYI later being replaced by G-BLOA these being the only passenger services this aircraft operated as she would later be converted to a pure freighter. By 1985, Short 330s were beginning to take over and by this time Guernsey Airlines were achieving load factors of between 70-80% on many of their routes, making it the largest operator to both islands with weekend flights now also operating from SEN. Postal services were also flown from Guernsey to Gatwick and as such a Short 330 G-BKMU was brought in to work this route. In 1986, a further Short 330 – G-BITX – replaced one of the Viscounts followed by G-BHWT which arrived in February 1987. The company was eventually sold to Guernsey based Aurigny during the latter part of 1987.

BAF Leasing/Panavia Air Cargo

Another small, SEN based concern was BAF Leasing which was set up in the mid ’70s by Mike Keegan’s son Jeremy. This company which later became Panavia Air Cargo after Jadepoint’s take over of most of the other BAF assets in 1983, chiefly dealt with aircraft procurement and hire and as such, most aircraft (Heralds and Viscounts) that were bought by this company were more than often leased back to BAF. While in effect a part of the BAF group of companies, this wing of the business finally went into receivership in August 1984 with the title of most aircraft passing onto BAF itself.

G-BLOA

With thanks to Peter Clark for providing additional information for this page.