mercredi 24 août 2011

Bizjets in groups!

June 13. 1981

At that time, a rare ramp access opportunity for me! During
that year, Swissair was celebrating its 50th anniversary and
a small display was exhibited on the South-West corner of
the apron, also permitting to shoot the nearby parked bizjets.
From right to left: Lockheed Jetstar 6 N5UD of U. Dantata,
Nigeria, just before being sold, Gulfstream 2s HZ-AFH
of Saudia Special Flight,N700PM of Philip Morris
and N7000G of Ash Air Inc.

September 24. 1983

This shot well shows the size difference between the Cessna
Citation 500 (right) and 550 (left). PH-HET was operated by
Nederlands company Heerema Engineering, The Hague, a faithfull
customer for the 550 model as they are still using one today, the
more recently built "Bravo" model PH-HMA.
Citation 500 HB-VHI was operated by Stauffer Chemical
Europe, which had its head office at Geneva until 1998.

August 21. 1984

Founded in 1977, Gestair is the oldest executive airline in Spain
and still operates today. Begins were modest and the entire
fleet used at that time can be seen on this picture, comprising
Learjet 55 EC-DSI and Learjet 35A EC-DEB "Virgen de Lluch".

December 20. 1985

Already seen on another post on this blog, Geosurvey's Canadair
Challenger 600 N55PG is seen here in company of Fayair's Grumman
Gulfstream 3 G-XMAF. Owner is Harrod's head Mohamed Al-Fayed,
who flew in almost all Gulfstream's models, using G550 M-MOMO
in a similar red livery today.

March 16. 1986

Spotting 3 executive BAC-111s was not so unusual in the
mid-eighties! Most of them were second hand aircraft
outfitted with luxury interiors and knew success with
Arabian Golf customers. From left to right: HZ-MAJ,
HZ-HR1 and N500CS. Note the State of Qatar's
Boeing 707-3P1C A7-AAA in the background.
On the left foreground, the tail of Noranda Mines'
Gulfstream 2B and behind, Noga Hilton's
Gulfstream 2TT N18RN, which was based at Geneva.

March 5. 1986

During the annual Motorshow, the parking positions on
the North General Aviation Center had to be densified
to welcome all the executive visitors! At present days,
this kind of densification is done on the South Apron
only, using large airliners positions whose are divided
in three or five, depending of the bizjets size.

December 7. 1987

Parked in size order! From left to right, Oxford based
Solid State Logic Ltd's Cessna 500 G-BEIZ, Olympic
Maritime's Dassault Falcon 50 VR-BHX, which was
used by Onassis family and Gatair's Falcon 900
HB-IAK, which was home-based here.

lundi 22 août 2011

Swiss duets!

July 18. 1990

Privatair's flagships of the early 90s. On the left, Boeing 757-23A HB-IEE
was delivered just a few months earlier and is still in service today. It has been
repainted in two different liveries since this photo was taken! On the right,
Boeing 737-2V6 HB-IEH (see below for further details).

September 18. 1989

Two Geneva based competitors! On the left, Air City's Aerospatiale
SE-210 Caravelle 10B3 HB-ICJ, one of two operated by the carrier
(the other was HB-IKD) in their old livery and HB-IUD,
one of four MD87s used by CTA, Compagnie de Transport Aérien.
Air City remainded independent and changed its name to Aero Jet in 1993
and only HB-ICJ was kept in the fleet, until Aero Jet's demise in 1996.
Opposite, CTA was included as a member of Swissair (hence the titles)
and later merged with Balair and became Balaircta.

March 10. 1989

Classic Air's two Douglas DC-3s HB-ISB & ISC were
common visitors, bringing cars fans to the annual Motorshow,
which held during the first and second week of March. 
HB-ISC was fitted with large panoramic windows and is seen
here with colourful Lugano based Sunshine Aviation's
Fokker 27-200 HB-ISH

August 31. 1986

On the left, the first large cabin aircraft in Petrolair's fleet was Boeing 737-2V6
HB-IEH. This private Geneva based company was later renamed
Privatair and is still in operation today. This Boeing 737 is still privately
used in the United States as N787WH. On the right, Mc Donnell Douglas
DC-9-14 HB-IEF, one of two operated by also Geneva based Aeroleasing (later
integrated in the TAG Aviation Group). It was the 15th DC-9 built and rolled-out of
the manufactory in 1966, delivered to Delta Airlines. It ended its carrier 40 years
later with mexican carrier Aerocalifornia.