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Embraer Emb.121 Xingu (121045)


Date: 25/03/1981

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: this factory fresh Embraer Xingu was on April 2 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 in March 1981 after a three day ferry flight from São José dos Campos Airport as "PT-MBM", here seen such in a white Sabena livery with small "BLS-EAC" titles above the cheatline and "Burgerluchtvaart" titles in the tail.

Date: 03/1985

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: seen from the other side with small "EAC-BLS" titles above the cheatline and "Aeronautique Civile" titles in the tail.

Date: 08/1990

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: D & M Lamarque

Description: here depicted once more like the first picture but with Belgian registartion.

Date: 24/05/1993

Location: BRU/EBBR

Photo: Skystef

Description: 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. Here seen such with "B.A.S." titles on the door with  also "Sabena" titles as well.

Date: 11/1997

Location: BRN/LSZB

Photo: collection Skystef

Description: on July 14 1993 it was sold to Deliconsult in coöperation with Sky-Service based at Wevelgem airport. Here seen in their livery with tiny titles on the door (see also upper left inset). It is since August 2000 used for evacuation exercises and spares at Wevelgem airport.


Belgian register