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Boeing 737-247 (20128)

Date: 16/05/1985

Location: OST/EBOS

Photo: Pol Van Damme

Description: this B737-200 was the fourth airframe of Air Belgium. It was ordered on April 1 1980 but was leased immediate to Bahamasair as "C6-BEI" till May 1982. Then, it was delivered at Brussels on June 12 1982 in full colors, just like depicted, it was also the only color scheme with the Belgian charter carrier.


Date: 12/1985

Location: LAS/KLAS

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: between November 4 1985 and April 22 1986, it was leased to America West Airlines wearing their full colors, but retaining the Belgian registration.


Date: 09/1986

Location: ZRH/LSZH

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: when returned from the States, it was immediate leased to Britannia, wearing basic America West Airlines colors but devoid of titles. This lease ended on October 22 of the same year, and after a month of storage at Stansted, it was cancelled to the USA as "N501AV".


Date: 01/01/1987

Location: MIA/KMIA

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: as "N501AV" with its new operator Challlenge Air International but at first still seen in the basic America West Airlines livery.



Belgian register