UK: Castle Air add fifth AW109E on AgustaWestland contract

UK: Castle Air add fifth AW109E on AgustaWestland contract

30-Jan-2012 Source:

British operator Castle Air already leases four AgustaWestland AW109E back to the manufacturer for their Operational Flight Training Centre at Newquay.  Last week, Castle Air registered serial number 11084 on the British Register, having bought it from a distressed sale in Ireland.  The previous owner was the Quinn Group of companies, whose boss Sean Quinn was declared personally bankrupt on Monday 16th January – having once been reported as Ireland’s richest man with a fortune valued at around 4 billion euros.

The aircraft is now registered G-TRAW, which is believed to refer to TRaining for AgustaWestland – and thus the fifth aircraft for the AW training centre at Newquay.  Castle Air have been providing various non-liveried 109Es in the last few months as they hunt for a permanent fifth aircraft.  Non-liveried stand-in aircraft have included G-CRST and G-EVIP.  We expect the newly acquired G-TRAW to be painted in the scheme shown in the images here and to soon join the other four aircraft, which are G-HCFC, G-HSAR, G-OFTC and G-TRNG

Jeremy Parkin –

Photo credit Graeme Lovell

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