Air International 1999-05
The new German associate airline of Airtours, FTI (Frosch Touristik International), is due to commence operations in May 1999 with three Airbus A320s. The first aircraft, N444RX, was delivered from Manchester to Munich as D-ACAF on 27/3/99. The remaining two aircraft will be the former Oman Air machines A40-MA/G-BYDS, which is due to become D-AFRO, and A40-MB
Extensively modified by the Defence Research Agency (DERA) at Farnborough during 1991/1992, former Queen’s Flight Andover CC.2 XS790, has been scrapped at Boscombe Down. The Ministry of Defence placed the aircraft in the Phillips auction in September, 1998 but after failing to reach its reserve price, it was eventually sold to an aircraft parts dealer, who stripped all the useful spares from the airframe. The remains were broken up in November. The cockpit section has been saved for use as a museum exhibit and is currently retained at Boscombe Down. Total flying hours were in excess of 14,200, some 13,700 of these being with the Queen’s Flight.