Airlines Remembered

Channel Express (Air Services)


Photos © R.Leeuw


Ceased operations: 2006
Homebase: Bournemouth
Founded: 1978
ICAO callsign: Channex
IATA / ICAO prefix: LS / EXS
Operations: cargo



G-CEXI A300 Channel Express
Airbus A300B4-203F G-CEXI (c/n 121) of Channel Express is seen here at Sharjah 27Apr2000

G-CEXI, having moved on to new operator ACT Airlines (TC-ACB) met its doom at Bagram Air Base;
Part of Bagram (OAIX) NOTAM:
A0529/10 - QMRXX RUNWAY OBSTACLE DATA: FOR OBSTACLE CLEARANCE SURFACE CRITERIA ONLY, 5400 FT AVAILABLE FOR RUNWAY 03 DEPARTURES BASED ON AIRCRAFT EXECUTING A 200 FT PER NAUTICAL MILE CLIMB GRADIENT.
RUNWAY 03 DEPARTURES NOT AVAILABLE FOR AIRCRAFT UNABLE TO MEET TO ABOVE LISTED CRITERIA OR AIRCREWS UNWILLING TO ASSUME RISK.
(REFER TO DISABLED AIRCRAFT NOTAM). 01 MAR 16:08 2010 UNTIL 05 MAR 23:59 2010. CREATED: 01 MAR 16:12 2010

A0528/10 - QXXXX DISABLED AIRCRAFT WITH A HEIGHT OF 56 FT LOCATED 90 FT WEST OF RUNWAY 03 CENTERLINE. POSITION: LEFT RUNWAY SHOULDER, APPROXIMATELY 500 FT NORTH OF TAXIWAY CHARLIE JUST SOUTH OF THE 3000 FT REMAINING DISTANCE MARKER (RDM). 01 MAR 16:08 2010 UNTIL 05 MAR 23:59 2010. CREATED: 01 MAR 16:09 2010
Video
Landing gone wrong: G-CEXI


From another source:
"An Airbus A300 cargo plane, reportedly registered TC-ACB, suffered a landing mishap at Bagram Air Base (BPM), Afghanistan. It came to rest on the left runway shoulder of runway 03, approximately 500 ft north of taxiway Charlie and just south of the 3000 feet remaining distance marker.
It has been reported that the airplane suffered a collapse of, presumably the left hand, main undercarriage."
Aviation Safety Network

During 2005 Channel Express ceased operations, its cargo services terminated, as its parent company started low-cost
passenger operations under the brandname 'Jet 2' instead

 

G-CHNX L.188 Channel Express
Lockheed L.188AF Electra G-CHNX (c/n 1068) is seen here at Bournemouth,UK 29May03, awaiting the scrapper

Express Aor Service began operations from its home base at Bournemouth,UK in 1978 with a small fleet of Handley Page Heralds. The Channel Islands were provided with their daily needs and cut flowers provided the backload.
During the summer holidays, passengers were also carried, though that wasn't a profitable exercise. Contracts for the carriage of mail made more aircraft necessary and the fleet grew to 8 aircraft.
In 1983 the name was changed by the addition of 'Channel'.
The whole fleet of Heralds were modified and updated, but in the mid-1990s this process could not be economically sustained on the ageing airframes and the Fokker F.27 was introduced, gradually as a replacement. The last Heralds left the fleet in 1998 after 20 years service for the type.
In order to be able to handle other freight contracts, Lockheed L.188 Electras were introduced. These are able to carry palletised cargo which provided the advantage of reducing loading and turnaround times; the type is also more capacious and has greater range than the F.27. The Electras were used on nuew international routes.
With the delivery of the airline's first Airbus A300B4 freighter in 1997, new possibilities were opend for Channel Express. Long-term contracts with DHL led to the acquisition of more Airbus A300B4 freighters during 1998 and 1999.
Channel Express operated, besides long-term contracts, also adhoc freight assignments and provided aircraft & crew for wet-lease operations for other companies.
[Source: 'Airlines Worldwide' by B I Hengi - NARA-Verlag and Midland Publishing, 2000]

 

G-CEXA F.27 Channel Express
Fokker F.27-500CRF G-CEXA (c/n 10503), stored at Bournemouth,UK (29May03).
It was being parted out, leaving Bournemouth (BOH) in spareparts.

So all three met their end, but all in different styles...



From JP Airline Fleets 2004:

Source: www.Aerotransport.org a.k.a the ATDB.org


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