Ex-BMI A330 heads for part-out

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A 2001-vintage Airbus A330-200 aircraft previously operated by BMI has attained the dubious honour of being the first of its type to be parted-out after its sale to a US investor.

Millennium Aircraft Leasing, a fund co-managed by Novus Aviation and Alafco, confirms it has sold the aircraft, MSN401, to private investment firm TPG Capital for disassembly.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 772B-60 equipped aircraft was operated by BMI in its international operation and was retired from service on 31 October.

The only other A330 to have been dismantled to-date was a General Electric-powered -300 variant, MSN59, previously operated by Aer Lingus which was sold and broken up by General Electric in 2011.

Last month Deucalion Capital II A330 Parts acquired three A330-300s, previously operated by Malaysian Airlines for disassembly. The company has taken the first - MSN73, a 1995-built aircraft and consigned the fuselage to Universal Asset Management while the engines are being sold to Total Engine Support.