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Boeing 737-2Q8 Advanced (22453)

Date: 03/1981

Location: MIA/KMIA

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: the third airframe for Air Belgium was leased from ILFC and registered on March 20 1981 with the registration referring to founder Rudolf Van Moerkerke. It was immediate leased for one month to Bahamasair in an all white livery without titles.

Date: 04/1981

Location: NAS/MYNN

Photo: Michel Vandaele

Description: afterwards from April 21 onwards it was for six months leased to Britannia Airways, here seen being prepared such already its tail motive adopted but still without titles.

Date: 05/1981

Location: MAN/EGCC

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: the aircraft was ferried to England where the titles were adopted. It was also temporary reregistered to "TF-VLK" of Eagle Air which on its turn subleased it to the British carrier.

Date: 04/1982

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Olaf Luettjohann

Description: on November 8 1981 it returned to Air Belgium and was accordingly resprayed in their full colors during March 1982 serving the airline till being leased to Orion Airways from October 26 1982 onwards.


Date: 1984

Location: EMA/EGNX

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: on February 28 1983 it returned to ILFC which on its turn leased it the next day to Orion Airways as "G-BKMS", still in basic Air Belgium colors.


Date: 02/1984

Location: OAK/KOAK

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: between October 10 1983 and April 22 1984, the airframe was temporary leased to Wien Air Alaska without changing its outfit.



Belgian register