Titan Airways ends BAe 146 operations

Titan BAe 146QC G-ZAPK

Titan BAe 146QC G-ZAPK at Stansted shortly before her retirement (Łukasz Stawiarz)

Titan Airways ended to over 17 years of BAe 146 operations in November. Since acquiring its first BAe 146 in 1996, Titan operated a total of five BAe 146s and one RJ100, including one series 200 (G-ZAPL, msn E2030), three series 200QCs (G-ZAPK msn E2148; G-ZAPN, msn E2119; and G-ZAPO, msn E2176), one series 200QT (G-ZAPR, msn E2114), one series 300 (G-BUHB, msn E3183), and an RJ100 (G-POWF, E3373). For many years, the trio of 146QCs were the backbone of the airline’s fleet, operating on a number of long-term contracts and short-term charters. Eventually, though, the airline’s growth required larger aircraft, which gradually displaced the 146s. Ironically, the Titan’s last two examples of the type were its oldest (series 200QC G-ZAPK) and its newest (RJ100 G-POWF). G-POWF had been acquired to operate in the Middle East on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, a contract which ended in late September. She was then ferried to Kemble, where she is being prepared for her new owner, Canada’s North Cariboo Air. G-ZAPK had been Titan’s very first 146 (and also its first jet), having been acquired in 1996. In her time at Titan, she wore three very different color schemes. She operated what turned out to be her last flight for Titan on 8 November, from Stansted to Belfast and back. A final flight had been scheduled for the following day, but that was cancelled after she suffered minor damage to her elevator when she struck a hangar door. Then, on 11 November, she was delivered to her new owner, Australia’s Skyforce, and departed for Bacău where she will undergo a C check prior to heading down under.

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