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TNT Airways is a cargo and passenger charter airline based in Li├Ęge Airportmarker, Belgiummarker.TNT Airways is a subsidiary of TNT N.V. and was founded in 1999. It is a part of the network of TNT Express. TNT has cargo flights to more than 67 airports everyday (mainly European). In May 2004 they started to operate passenger charter flights.

Incidents and accidents

On June 15, 2006 a Boeing 737-301SF en route Liegemarker (Belgium)-London Stanstedmarker (Flight TAY352) was redirected to East Midlands Airportmarker due to weather conditions. On final approach the autopilot was momentarily disengaged and re-engaged. The aircraft landed heavily to the left of the runway and the right main landing gear detached from the aircraft. The right wing tip and engine scraped on the ground then the aircraft became airborne again and made an emergency diversion to Birminghammarker. It landed with only the left landing gears, scraping on its nose and right engine. There were no injuries. The cause of the crash was determined to be due to a poorly timed message from local air traffic control which the pilot misinterpreted, causing him to descend too quickly. The team of pilots were said by the airline to have managed the situation with skill once the error had been detected, however were dismissed from service with the company as a result of the incident.

Fleet

The TNT Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:

TNT Airways Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Airbus A300B4-200F
1
OO-TZA, OO-TZC and OO-TZD have been withdrawn from service and is stored at MHV


BAe 146-200QT
3


BAe 146-200QC
2


BAe 146-300QT
8


Boeing 737-300QC
2


Boeing 737-300SF
8


Boeing 747-400ERF
4
2 in TNT colors (OO-THA, OO-THB), 2 in Emirates colors (OO-THC, OO-THD)


The airline is currently in talks with Airbus about a new-build A320 family freighter programme. It is planning a big order to replace its Boeing 737-300 fleet. The biggest potential blocking stone for the programme is the A320 production backlog.

References

  1. BBC News Cargo plane crash pilots sacked
  2. CH-Aviation - Airline News, Fleet Lists & More
  3. Flight Global - TNT in talks with Airbus about launch of new-build A320 family freighter programme
  4. TNT Airways mulls huge order of Airbus freighters | Business Magazine


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