Australia’s Pionair began BAe 146 freighter operations on behalf of Virgin Australia Cargo (which itself is operating on behalf of TNT) on 13 July, using former Titan Airways 146-200QC VH-SIF (msn E2119 ex G-ZAPN). The flights were supposed to begin on 4 July, but VH-SIF found it hard to get back to work after over three years sitting idle at Bankstown, so Convair 580 VH-PDW covered for her. Pionair had acquired VH-SIF in April 2013, for its proposed Skyforce operation. However, it failed to obtain the necessary approvals, and VH-SIF remained parked at Bankstown. VH-SIF flew a test flight on 6 July, then undertook crew training and route proving flights to Melbourne, Brisbane, Townsville, and Cairns over the next few days, before entering the hangar at Cairns to address a few technical issues. She operated her first service for Virgin Australia Cargo on 13 July, VOZ9564 from Cairns to Brisbane. A second BAe 146 freighter is due to join her in a few months.
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