BAE’s Jetstream regional airliner family enjoyed a successful year in 2004, delivering 25 turboprops to lease customers, and expecting to achieve its 2005 target of 30 more.
In May Proflight of Zambia took delivery of the first Jetstream 32 to fly in the country, while South Africa’s Airlink agreed to lease extensions on two of its 15-strong J32 fleet. Israeli operator Tamir Aviation also took its first-of-type, and Coast Air of Norway ordered two further airframes for delivery by October.
O’Connor Airlines of Australia added to its fleet of three Jetstreams another trio of J32s, slated to fly on scheduled routes between Mt. Gambier to Adelaide and Melbourne, and from Adelaide to the industrial center of Whyalla in South Australia.
Charter operator Corporate Flight Management of Smyrna, Tennessee, leased another J32 to fly for a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration contract out of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The aircraft is configured with 14 passenger seats. CFM also agreed to lease another J32 in a 12-seat configuration. Scheduled for delivery in October, CFM plans to lease and sell the aircraft to Christian music act the Newsboys.