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Young Cargo

Taken at Ostend, the photo shows both B707s in the last c/s, based on its previous operator "Qantas".  (Photo: collection Skystef)    



Base: Charleroi, Ostend
Fleet: 2x CL-44 (OO-ELJ + TR-LWF leased from SOACO Gabon 12/77), 8x Britannia (OO-YCA, OO-YCB, OO-YCC, OO-YCD, OO-YCE, OO-YCF, OO-YCG, OO-YCH), 2x B707 (OO-YCK, OO-YCL)
History: the company was formed on September 9 1974 by Edouard Le Jeune, hence the name "Young", and Robert Laurent. They operated cargo charters on world-wide basis and contract flights for other airlines. The first revenue flight was Milan-Stavanger on March 4 1975 using a swing-tail CL-44 leased from Cargolux. During 1975-1976 eight Bristol Britannia's were bought from the RAF: three were used for spares of which two were ferried to Charleroi and one remained in Stansted. The latter never wore a Belgian registration, although written into the register as OO-YCF. The turboprops only saw briefly service as they were replaced by two ex Qantas B707's during 1977, initially under the umbrella of a proposed sub division called "Young Ostend" as these jets were to be operated from this coastal airport. But gradually during the late seventies contracts for third parties dried up and Young ceased all activities on July 16 1979 and were declared bankrupt on July 25 1979.


Belgian Airlines