Start-up French cargo airline Air Open Sky is preparing to begin operating the first of three Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias which have been configured for quick change (QC) passenger-to-freighter operations.

The airline planned to start flying the Brasilias late in 1997 but hit delays due to problems in securing the aircraft.

The Brasilias are ex-Comair aircraft modified as QCs. They have been acquired from Bombardier, which took them back as a trade-in as part of the deal with Comair for 75 Canadair Regional Jets.

Air Open Sky is also talking to Bombardier about de Havilland Dash 8-300s to replace two Fokker F27 freighters.

Source: Flight International