You do seem to have "a bit of a flare" for those things Peter
Can't blame you though .... since the interests of most of us a founded first and foremost upon/within our own geographic regions .... or operators might have particularly strong connections with/to
Mark C AKL/NZ
Yes it's true Mark... And I have a secondary connection to Flair, I know someone who worked there when they were still a Sport Charter op... though he now works for Canadian North and I don't talk to him much.
Anyways, considering how slow Flair was to implement the Purple/Blue scheme I won't guess when the first -400 will show up with that green bottom.
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Post by Peter Liddell - HJG Admin on Feb 14, 2019 15:28:51 GMT
Yes I'm sure you will
Anyways... something different now...
Just like the MD-80/90... I've not done HJG DC-9s because I had done so many for the FFX/SGA one... but... time to change that
N94454 circa 1983 American International Airways DC-9-33RC
Not to be confused with the later Kalitta associated cargo operator of the same name, this AIA flew DC-9s, Dash 7s, MD-80s and a couple 727-100s out of Atlantic City (KACY) in the early 80s. This DC-9 N94454 was one of the start up 3 DC-9-33CFs/RCs leased from Hawaiian Airlines. The Dash 7s flew in a similar scheme. They later leased a couple more DC-9-31s from Midway (Mk1) in a hybrid color scheme, then 2 MD-81s from Hawaiian, 1 DC-9-32 (ex-Republic) and 2 727-100s from Global Air in a very different blue top color scheme in 1983... and finally 1 more DC-9-32 ex-Spantax in a hybrid color scheme (I shouldn't have to say it but stay tuned! )
This AIA collapsed in late 1984... Cargo operator bought the name rights and started up as American International Airways Ltd in 1986.
Just as an FYI while unpacking stuff into my new den i came upon Deregulation Knockouts Round 1 in my book collection which i had not looked at in a few years... and well don't be surprised to see a whole lot of early 80s US airlines showing up in this thread soon
Post by Peter Liddell - HJG Admin on Feb 19, 2019 2:51:23 GMT
Ok the last of AIA, N949HA MD-81:
One note... this one picked up a name at some point but I can't make it out at all nor was it on the aircraft in the first part of it's AIA service... but you may see it in some photos.
And something different...
N55AJ, Challenge Air International circa 1987:
This little airline was started up by Challenge Air Cargo in 1984 with 1 737-200. They leased various 737-200s over the years to serve routes like Miami-Tegucigalpa-San Pedro Sula-Miami and Miami-Panama City. The 727 was acquired in 1985 and flew in no less than 5 different variations mostly flying on Miami-Newark with very little publicity for 2 years. This is N55AJ as it appeared in 1986... it will be done in at least 3 other variations soon
Problem with this airline is they changed logos several times, and had titles as Challenge, Challenge International Airlines or Challenge Air International variously on different planes. The 727 was the only plane to carry all 3 though. Many of the 737s were operated in various hybrid schemes including America West, Transavia and Pacific Western.
Post by aerofoto - HJG Admin on Feb 19, 2019 12:11:36 GMT
Normally production records (and mine are quite extensive) list name changes to aircraft where these have been applied, but, in this particular case I can only confirm the aircrafts HA name .... since nothing else is recorded for its NI service