Air Seychelles - Airbus A300B4
After looking high and low for this model, I finally found it at a reasonable price and at a very good retailer. After covering the current Airbus fleet of Air Seychelles, it was time to take a look at the historical fleet and one of those aircraft was Airbus A300 F-BVGM.
The Real Deal
F-BVGM was the 78th Airbus A300 built and first flew at Toulouse, France on April 6, 1979 and was powered by two GE CF6 engines.
The aircraft was delivered to Air France on May 31, 1979 and served with the French flag carrier for six years. F-BVGM was one of 28 Airbus A300s that have served with Air France over the years.
After completing six years with Air France, the Seychellois national carrier leased F-BVGM on October 2, 1985.
Air Seychelles had the aircraft painted into the colours of national carrier at the time. In 1985, the livery for Air Seychelles was predominately green and red to match the national flag.
F-BVGM was the only Airbus A300 that served with the Seychellois carrier with the airline operating mainly Boeing 767s and 737s after this. F-BVGM departed the Air Seychelles fleet in May 1988 when it was leased to Malaysia Airlines.
The aircraft was only with Malaysia Airlines for a short time and by short time, I mean just over one year. Unfortunately I couldn't find any photos of the aircraft in the Malaysia Airlines livery.
After serving with Malaysia Airlines from May 1988 to May 1989, F-BVGM returned to Air France.
In 1998 F-BVGM was re-registered N828SC was sold to the First Security Bank of Utah and at some point between March 1998 and February 1999 it was converted from a passenger aircraft to a cargo only aircraft.
Then in February 1999, N828SC became C-FICB for ICC Cargo in Canada. C-FICB was operating in and out of Canada for three years before heading to a warmer climate in Mexico.
On April 12, 2002, C-FICB became XA-TUE and was bought by Aerounion and quite frequently operated between Mexico City and Los Angeles.
Unfortunately on April 13, 2010, XA-TUE crashed on approach to Monterrey-General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Mexico. The aircraft crashed due to a lose of control during a missed approach and all five crew onboard were killed and two people on the ground were killed as the aircraft crashed on a highway 2km shy of the runway.
An investigation into the crash can be found here: http://avherald.com/h?article=42a18e75
The Collector's Item
Aeroclassics released this Air Seychelles model in 2014 with a limited quantity. This the third Air Seychelles model released by Aeroclassics, the other two being an Airbus A330-200 (which I've previously covered) and a Boeing 707 which I am yet to find to add to my collection.
This A300 produced by Aeroclassics is very hard to find, it took my 3 years to find it and at a reasonable price but I can see why.
Aeroclassics have absolutely nailed this model with the colours being spot on and every part of the simple, yet elegant Air Seychelles livery being correct and well done.
I'm hoping to see some more Air Seychelles models by Aeroclassics using their 767-200 mould.