ASL ends BAe 146QT operations


ASL Airlines Spain BAe 146-300QT EC-LMR

ASL Airlines Spain BAe 146-300QT EC-LMR, seen here at Leeds Bradford on one of her last flights, had already been stripped of her titles (Stephen Mason)

As planned, ASL Airlines Spain was closed down as it brought its BAe 146QT operations to an end. The airline’s parent, Ireland’s ASL Aviation Group, announced in February that it was planning to shut down ASL Airlines Spain as part of a consolidation of the Group’s operations. The airline’s 146-300QTs have been gradually disposed of, with four going to Jota Aviation, one to Cobham Aviation Services, and two to WDL Aviation. By the beginning of August, only two aircraft, EC-MEO (msn E3186) and EC-LMR (msn E3151), remained in ASL service. EC-MEO last service came on 8 August and ended on a negative note, as she developed technical problems while returning from Roma Ciampino on flight 3V 72, and had to divert to Antwerp. She was later delivered to Jota AviationEC-LMR continued flying for another two weeks, but focusing primarily on charters rather than regular schedules, including several charters carrying racing horses. Her last services involved a series of flights between Leeds and Shannon over 20-24 August. Then in the evening of 24 August she ferried back to base. Her landing at Liège just after midnight on 25 August brought to an end just under thirty years of 146QT operations, initially as Pan Air Líneas Aéreas. Pan Air and then ASL hold the record for the longest period of operations for the freighter version of the 146 and for the 146 itself, and the second-longest overall for the combined BAe 146/Avro RJ family. 

Correction: An earlier version of this post prematurely announced ASL as having ended 146QT operations in early August.

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