Oldest BAe 146 in passenger service retired

E1002 makes her last landing,

E1002 makes her last ever landing, at Adelaide on 7 September (Tom Antal)

The oldest BAe 146 in passenger service has been retired, and is due to be scrapped. Cobham Aviation Services‘s BAe 146-100 VH-NJX (msn E1003) flew her last service as NJS5593 from Barimunya to Perth on 6 September. On the following day, she was ferried to Adelaide as NJS5500 for parting out. E1003 had first flown on 2 April 1982 as G-SSCH. After being used for flight testing, she entered airline service in 1986, with British Caribbean, as N246SS. When that airline proved short-lived, she moved to the USA, where she flew for PSA, Aspen, and Air Wisconsin, as well as on a brief lease to WestAir. In 1998, she was acquired by Australia’s National Jet Systems (NJS), but first she took a detour to Europe, being leased to CityJet as EI-CPY. CityJet, in turn, operated her on behalf of KLM uk, Jersey European, and Air France. After some time at Bournemouth to repair wing cracks, she finally continued on to Australia, arriving in late August 2001. She was initially operated on behalf of QantasLink, and then on NJS’s, and more recently Cobham’s, own services. Although E1003 was the oldest 146 in passenger service, the two oldest 146s remain in service: E3001 as FAAM’s BAe 146-301ARA research aircraft, G-LUXE, and E1002 as Cobham’s 146-100QT freighter, VH-NJV.

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