Titan adds BAe 146 freighter


Former Ansett BAe 146-200QT VH-JJZ

Former Ansett BAe 146-200QT VH-JJZ at Broome on her ferry flight to the United Kingdom (Simon Wilson)

Stansted-based Titan Airways has acquired a former Ansett Cargo BAe 146-200QT freighter to supplement its current three 146-200QC convertible freighters. The aircraft, VH-JJZ (msn E2114), is one of two that Ansett had operated on its cargo services. She had been undergoing heavy maintenance in Blenheim, New Zealand, when Ansett ceased operations, and was stranded there. She finally returned to Australia in August, and joined other former Ansett 146s in storage in Melbourne. She was test flown at Melbourne on 11 December, then departed on her ferry flight as AN146 on 15 December, with Captain Peter Holmberg at the controls. She first flew to Alice Springs, where she overnighted, then to Broome and Christmas Island and on to Kuala Lumpur, where she overnighted again. She continued west via Colombo, Karachi, and Dubai, where she overnighted. She then continued on to Amman. Her next leg was to have taken her to Luqa, Malta, but strong headwinds forced a diversion to Heraklion and then Nice. She finally arrived in Norwich at 18:20 local time on 18 December. By the next day, she had been re-registered G-ZAPR.

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