BAE Systems’ first example of its British Aerospace 146QT freighter has performed its first flight since the conversion programme was restarted last year.
The aircraft is an ex-Flybe BAe 146-200, with serial number E2099, and it took off from Romanian company Aerostar’s centre at Bacau on 25 June.
Modification to the aircraft has included installation of a large freight-door – which is being manufactured by Romanian firm Avioane Criaova – and the fitting of an E-class freight interior, which features a 9g bulkhead, cargo-handling equipment, smoke-detection systems and a loadmaster seat.
Aerostar has also undertaken a heavy maintenance check on the aircraft.
A spokesman for BAE Systems says the company is “very close” to securing a launch customer for the jet, and is in the process of finalising details.