Source: Mickey McBryan
Buffalo Airways might be best known for their very old fleet, consisting of aircraft of over 60 years old which they fly all around Canada on cargo and passenger flights.
These aircraft include, but are not limited to Douglas DC-3/C-47s, Curtis C-46s and Lockheed Electras. The DC-3s/C-47s and C-46s having flown during World War 2 are workhorses for the airline, and the Electras were possibly the first fleet modernisation Buffalo went trough. But now, another type is entering their fleet, and it isn’t a piston or turboprop aircraft this time.
The Canadian airline has acquired a 35,5 year old Boeing 737-301(BDSF) according to Mikey McBryan, the Director of Operations and the son of the president of the airline, “Buffalo” Joe McBryan.
The 737 is question has a long record of operations. Built as a passenger aircraft and flying for the first time on the 1st of October 1986. It was delivered to Piedmont Airlines on the 16th of October that same year.
This aircraft then went on to USAir and US Airways as a passenger aircraft, before being converted to a freighter. After it’s conversion, it was delivered to TNT Airways on the 29th of September 2006 and then went on to Swiftair.
The aircraft, currently registered as 2-ESKA, has been stored at Bournemouth Hurn (BOH/EGHH) since August 2017, the assumption of being scrapped not being far off before Buffalo swooped in.
The 737 is expected to enter service this summer. No set destinations known yet, but it’ll be “coming to a paved runway near you”.
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