Air National acquires a BAe 146


Impression of an Air National BAe 146

Impression of an Air National BAe 146 (Air National)

After a six-year absence, a BAe 146 is set to once again grace New Zealand’s skies. Charter airline Air National has acquired former Jazz BAe 146-200 C-GRNX (msn E2130). Auckland-based Air National operates a diverse fleet of aircraft on private air charters throughout New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific. The company chose the 146 because “[t]he type offers fantastic field performance, good range, solid payload capability and most of all great passenger accommodation.” C-GRNX was initially built for Air Nova and later transferred to Jazz. She was withdrawn from use in 2005, and eventually returned off-lease to BAE Systems Regional Aircraft. After a period of storage at Kemble, she returned to Canada in anticipation of a lease to Mexico’s Quest Mexicana, but that deal fell through and she remained in storage at Calgary. It was there that Air National picked her up. She departed on 11 December, and ferried via Prince George, Anchorage, Adak Island, Midway Island, Honolulu, Christmas Island (Kiribati), Apia (Samoa), and Nuku’alofa (Tonga), finally arriving in Auckland late on 15 December. She should enter service with Air National in mid-February, following approval by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.

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