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Embraer Emb.121 Xingu (121043)


Date: 03/1981

Location: RTM/EHRD

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this factory fresh Embraer Xingu was on March 5 1981 registered to the Belgian State, department Ministry of Communications, for Ecole d’Aviation Civile / Burgerlijke Luchtvaartschool (founded in May 1952) but operated by Sabena and based at Brussels Airport. It arrived at its home base early March 1981 after a three day ferry flight from São José dos Campos Airport as "PT-MBK". Here seen in a white Sabena livery with small "EAC-BLS" titles above the cheatline and "Aeronautique Civile" titles in the tail.

Date: 15/04/1981

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: seen from the other side with small "BLS-EAC" titles above the cheatline and "Burgerluchtvaart" titles in the tail. After the Belgian State ended its financial support on December 31 1989, Sabena was on January 12 1990 authorized to continue these kind of operations by creating a few weeks later on January 26 a 100% subsidiary of Sabena called the Belgian Aviation School (B.A.S.), based at Grimbergen airfield. But this airframe operated from Brussels Airport, officially being transferred to B.A.S. on January 15 1991.

Date: 08/03/1993

Location: ANR/EBAW

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: on January 7 1993 it went to Business Àir Services, established on November 23 1981 and based at Antwerp airport, here seen such in their livery without titles. On March 3 1995 it moved on to Belair in coöperation with Fast Air, latter established April 4 1995, and the aircraft also based at Antwerp airport. On April 5 2001 it migrated to GLPK Aviation based at the same airport in coöperation with Air Service Liège. It made its final flight in March 2005 and had to go in maintenance which didn't materialise due to the high costs. Instead it went on November 30 of the same year on a trailer to Dinan - Trélivan airport (France) where it became a source for spares.


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