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Taken at Brussels in November 1994, this DC10 airframe was registered OO-JOT, derived from the President's name "Jottrand". The other airframe OO-LRM was derived from the name of Managing Director L.R. Mellaerts (Photo: Skystef)


Base: Brussels
Fleet: 2x DC10 (OO-JOT, OO-LRM), + reservation for 1x DC10(F) (OO-HVA)
History: ChallengAir was formed on April 12 1994 by Luc Mellaerts, Pierre Jottrand and Hans Vanackere to operate world-wide pax & cargo charters from its Brussels base. Besides two pax DC10, there was an attempt to operate a freighter DC10. Although a Belgian registration "OO-HVA" was painted on this airframe (with just like the other airframes the last three letters referring to one of the three founders, in this case Hans Vanackere), it was refused by the Belgian CAA and remained stored at Amsterdam. The two pax DC10 were mainly operated for third parties including Tarom, Corsair, Air Europe, Iberia, Garuda, Caledonian Airways and Britannia Airways. On July 28 1998 the company was declared bankrupt. The activities were supposed to be continued via another project of Mellaerts Belgian World Airlines, but never did materialize. 


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