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Viscount c/n 344

Operational Record

Photo of Viscount c/n 344
Deutsche Lufthansa AG


Germany flag Germany

This V.814 series Viscount was built for
Deutsche Lufthansa AG as D-ANIZ

It first flew on Friday, 20 March 1959 at Weybridge, Surrey, England powered by Rolls-Royce Dart 525 engines.


During its life this aircraft was also owned and/or operated by
Nora Air Services (NAS), British Midland Airways (BMA), Cyprus Airways, British Airways (BA), Intra Airways, Dan-Air London, Alidair, Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines, Jersey European Airways (JEA), Southern International Air Transport, Kenton Utilities, SADCO, Baltic Airlines (Sweden), Baltic Airlines (UK) and Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR)


Photo of Viscount c/n 344
Ali Finance Ltd


England flag England

Its final owner/operator was
Ali Finance Ltd as G-BAPG.

Its fate:-
Withdrawn from service and stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England in June 1992. Broken up for scrap in June 1997.


Operational record
Photo of Deutsche Lufthansa AG Viscount D-ANIZ

Country of Registration Germany

April 1959 to July 1971

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

D-ANIZ - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

15 June 1956
An order was placed by Deutsche Lufthansa AG for nine aircraft.

9 March 1959
German Permit to Fly issued.

20 March 1959
First flight from Brooklands Airfield, Weybridge, Surrey, England.

It landed at Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England for fitting out and test flying.

4 April 1959
Noted at Blackbushe Airport, Hampshire, England.

6 April 1959
Departed from Wisley Airfield, Surrey, England on delivery to West Germany.

9 April 1959
German Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) issued.

13 April 1959
First entered service for Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

14 August 1965
The nose undercarriage leg collapsed on landing at an unknown location.

Repaired and returned to service.

1 December 1969
Withdrawn from service and stored at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany.

26 July 1971
Sold to Nora Air Services (NAS).


Photo of Nora Air Services (NAS) Viscount D-ANIZ

Country of Registration Germany

July 1971 to February 1973

Nora Air Services (NAS)

D-ANIZ - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
Germany registered

26 July 1971
Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

4 November 1971
Rolled out at Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany in full Nora Air Services (NAS) livery but the sale was not completed as they were having financial difficulties.

11 February 1972
Ferried from Fuhlsbuttel Airport, Hamburg, West Germany to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England in full Nora Air Services (NAS) livery after they went into liquidation.

February 1973
Sold to British Midland Airways (BMA).


Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1973 to July 1975

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

February 1973
Purchased from Deutsche Lufthansa AG after the sale to Nora Air Services NAS) was not completed.

12 February 1973
Registered to British Midland Airways (BMA) .

16 May 1973
First entered service for British Midland Airways (BMA).

30 July 1975
Leased to Cyprus Airways.


Photo of Cyprus Airways Ltd Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1975 to March 1976

Cyprus Airways Ltd

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

30 July 1975
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA).

9 March 1976
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).


Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1976 to April 1976

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

9 March 1976
Returned from Cyprus Airways lease.

1 April 1976
Leased to British Airways (BA).


Photo of British Airways (BA) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

April 1976 to March 1977

British Airways (BA)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 April 1976
Leased from British Midland Airways (BMA) in full BA livery together with G-BAPE (C/N 341) and used on the feeder service from Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland and Abbotsinch Airport, Glasgow, Scotland to Prestwick Airport, Ayrshire, Scotland in full BA livery. This was necessary at the time because there were no long haul international flights approved from these two airports. They replaced G-AMOG (C/N 7) and G-AMON (C/N 27).

31 March 1977
Returned to British Midland Airways (BMA).

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Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1977 to January 1978

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

31 March 1977
Returned from British Airways (BA) lease and returned to service in basic BA livery less titles.

<>circa September 1977
Noted in a basic blue and white livery with BMA titles.

26 January 1978
Sold to Intra Airways.


Photo of Intra Airways Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1978 to November 1978

Intra Airways

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

26 January 1978
Purchased from British Midland Airways (BMA) and delivered to Jersey Airport, Channel Islands.

10 November 1978
Leased to Dan-Air London.


Photo of Dan-Air London Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

November 1978 to February 1979

Dan-Air London

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

10 November 1978
Leased from Intra Airways in Intra livery with 'Dan-Air' painted near the front door.

February 1979
Returned to Intra Airways for an overhaul by Alidair at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.


Photo of Intra Airways Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

February 1979 to July 1979

Intra Airways

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

February 1979
Returned from Dan-Air London lease for an overhaul by Alidair at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

July 1979
Leased to Alidair.


Photo of Alidair Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

July 1979 to September 1979

Alidair

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

July 1979
Leased from Intra Airways.

28 September 1979
Returned to Intra Airways.


Photo of Intra Airways Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

September 1979 to September 1979

Intra Airways

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

28 September 1979
Returned from Alidair lease.

28 September 1979
Leased to Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines.


Photo of Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd Viscount 4X-AVH

Country of Registration Israel

September 1979 to December 1979

Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines Ltd

4X-AVH - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
Israel registered

28 September 1979
Leased from Intra Airways.

United Kingdom registration cancelled as aircraft temporarily exported.

29 September 1979
Delivered in basic Intra Airways livery with Arkia titles.

1 October 1979
Intra Airways changed its name to Jersey European Airways (JEA).

3 November 1979
Re-registered for Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines as 4X-AVH.

18 December 1979
Returned to Jersey European Airways (JEA).


Photo of Jersey European Airways (JEA) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

December 1979 to March 1980

Jersey European Airways (JEA)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

18 December 1979
Returned from Arkia - Israel Inland Airlines lease at East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England and stored.

28 December 1979
Registered to Jersey European Airways (JEA).

23 March 1980
Leased to British Midland Airways (BMA).


Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1980 to January 1981

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

23 March 1980
Leased from Jersey European Airways (JEA).

9 January 1981
Last service for British Midland Airways (BMA) from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England to Aldergrove Airport, Belfast, Northern Ireland and return.

24 January 1981
Returned to Jersey European Airways (JEA) in a basic blue and white livery with Southern International titles applied.


Photo of Jersey European Airways (JEA) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1981 to January 1981

Jersey European Airways (JEA)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

24 January 1981
Returned from British Midland Airways (BMA) lease in a basic blue and white livery with Southern International titles already applied.

24 January 1981
Sold to Southern International Air Transport.


Photo of Southern International Air Transport Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1981 to October 1981

Southern International Air Transport

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

24 January 1981
Purchased from Jersey European Airways (JEA) and ferried from East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire to Stansted Airport, Essex, England and stored.

1981
Proposed sale to Royal American Airways (RA) was not completed.

15 October 1981
Ferried to British Air Ferries (BAF) at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England for maintenance.

October 1981
Sold to Kenton Utilities.


Photo of Kenton Utilities Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

October 1981 to January 1987

Kenton Utilities

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

October 1981
Purchased from Southern International Air Transport and ferried to East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England.

March 1982
Ferried to Exeter Airport, Devon, England still in partial British Midland Airways (BMA) livery with no titles.

16 August 1982
Certificate of Airworthiness expired.

April 1986
Noted with Westcountry Aircraft Servicing Ltd at Exeter Airport, Devon, England in bare metal condition, ready for a major check.

May 1986
Noted parked outside at Exeter Airport, Devon, England still in bare metal condition minus engines and tail section.

1987
Sold to SADCO.


Photo of SADCO Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

January 1987 to March 1988

SADCO

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1987
Purchased from Kenton Utilities. SADCO funded the setting up of Baltic Airlines (Sweden). Sean T Hulley provided technical assistance.

November 1987
Engines and other parts transferred by Westcountry Aircraft Services Ltd from G-BMAT (C/N 349) which arrived at Exeter Airport, Devon, England 16 October 1987.

22 December 1987
Ferried from Exeter Airport, Devon, England to Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England by Captain Joe Gunnett for overhaul by British Air Ferries (BAF).

1988
Sale to World Executive Airways for 'Silver Arrow' coach/air services out of Ferryfield Airport, Lydd, England to Beauvais Airport, France not taken up.

Painted up in full Baltic Airlines (Sweden).
Baltic Airlines (Sweden)
livery

February 1988
Painted up in full Baltic Airlines (Sweden) livery with the allotted registration SE-KBU but the sale was not completed and the registration was never applied to the aircraft.

21 March 1988
Stall tests carried out by Captain Joe Gunnett to verify the operation of the stick-shaker system as part of the renewal of the Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA).

25 March 1988
Leased to British Midland Airways (BMA) in full Baltic Airlines livery.


Photo of Baltic Airlines (Sweden) Viscount SE-KBU

Country of Registration Sweden

February 1988 to February 1988

Baltic Airlines (Sweden)

SE-KBU - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
Sweden registered

February 1988
Painted up in full Baltic Airlines (Sweden) livery but the allotted registration SE-KBU was not taken up.


Photo of British Midland Airways (BMA) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1988 to June 1988

British Midland Airways (BMA)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

25 March 1988
Leased from Baltic Airlines via Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd in full Baltic livery.

17 June 1988
Returned to Sean T Hully (Sales) Ltd / Baltic Airlines.


Photo of Baltic Airlines (UK) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

June 1988 to June 1988

Baltic Airlines (UK)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

17 June 1988
Returned from British Midland Airways (BMA) lease.

30 June 1988
Leased to Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR).


Photo of Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

August 1988 to May 1989

Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

3 August 1988
Wet leased, i.e. using Baltic crews from Baltic Airlines for use on their Lisbon to Porto, Portugal service while their HS748 was away on major overhaul.

1 May 1989
Returned to Baltic Airlines.


Photo of Baltic Airlines (UK) Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

May 1989 to March 1990

Baltic Airlines (UK)

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

1 May 1989
Returned from Ligacoes Aereas Regionais (LAR) wet lease.

July 1989
Operated a feeder service from various European airports for passengers travelling on Virgin Atlantic Airways continental services out of Gatwick Airport, West Sussex and Ringway Airport, Manchester. Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, England was the main base.

It was still in Baltic Airlines livery with the Virgin logo on the tail.

2 March 1990
Repossessed by ALI Finance Ltd of London, England.


Photo of Ali Finance Ltd Viscount G-BAPG

Country of Registration United Kingdom

March 1990 to June 1997

Ali Finance Ltd

G-BAPG - c/n 344 - a V.814 series Viscount
United Kingdom registered

2 March 1990
Repossessed from Sean T Hulley (Sales) Ltd / Baltic Airlines (UK).

Registered to Ali Finance Ltd but the aircraft remained stored at Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England.

23 March 1990
Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) expired.

17 June 1992
Registration cancelled as aircraft permanently withdrawn from use.

June 1997
Broken up for scrap after spares recovery.


Photo of BEA - British European Airways Viscount G-AOJC

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