TNT Airways

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Not to be confused with TNT (TV channel), an unrelated TV network.
TNT Airways
TNT NV logo.svg
IATA
3V
ICAO
TAY
Callsign
QUALITY
Founded 1999
Hubs Liège Airport
Fleet size 42
Destinations ~90
Parent company TNT Express
Headquarters Liège, Belgium
Key people Niky Terzakis (MD)
Website tntliege.com

TNT Airways, a subsidiary of TNT Express, is a cargo and (since 2004) passenger airline, operating chartered flights to mainly European destinations. The airline was founded in 1999 and has its head office in Liège, Belgium, on the grounds of Liège Airport, its hub.[1]

History[edit]

1999 TNT Airways is founded and incorporated in Belgium. AOC and Air Transport License application with the Belgian Authorities.

2000 First BAe 146-300 QT Type Certification in Belgium. TNT Airways resumes air operations immediately between Liege and Vienna with its first BAe 146-300 QT. Introduction of its first Airbus A300B4F into service. Full member of IATA. Extension of its operation area from European coverage to Worldwide coverage.

2001 TRTO (Type Rating Training Organization) approvals allowing in-house crew training for the A300, BAe146 and extended to training of instructors and examiners. Recognized as Scheduled Operator by Belgian Authorities.

2002 US Department of Transport and FAA approval to conduct operation with inter-modal capability between the US and Belgium. License by Liege Airport Company (SAB) to provide ramp handling services to 3rd party carriers whether passenger or cargo operators. TRTO approval extended to include the Boeing 747-400ERF. Code share agreement with China Southern for a daily Boeing 747 freighter service between Liege, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

2003 Introduction in service of its first Boeing 737-300 SF. KLM Engineering awarded in the maintenance support agreement for TNT Airways Boeing 737-300SF. Recognized as JAR-Ops 1 (European Safety Standard) compliant. AOC updated accordingly. TRTO approval extended to include the Boeing 737-300.

2004 Cat III approval for 737 operations extended to Passenger Charter Services. TNT Airways is granted passenger transport approval - AOC and Air Transport License are modified accordingly - and starts its passenger charter operations to different Mediterranean destinations.

2005 Entry into service of 1st Boeing 737-300 in passenger version. TNT Airways introduces a first Boeing 737 QC (Quick Change).

2006 TNT Airways introduces a BAe 146 QC in its fleet. TNT Airways introduces its first wide body aircraft, a Boeing Boeing 747-400ERF.

2007 First flight Liege - Shanghai with a Boeing 747 Entry into service of the second 747-400ERF

2008 First flight between Liege - Singapore - Shanghai with a 747

2009 First flight Liege - Hong Kong with a 747

2010 TNT expends its long haul network with a five day per week air cargo service linking Moscow and its main European hub Liege as well as with a direct flight between Chongqing and Liège. The same year, the company introduces three Boeing 777s in his fleet (delivery in 2011)

2011 In January, the two divisions, TNT Post and TNT Express, split to create two separate companies. The split is effective from the 1st of May 2011.

2012 TNT Airways and Emirates SkyCargo expand their cooperation by signing a code-share and blocked-space agreement. Emirates SkyCargo will place its airline code and use space on TNT Airways' 777 freighter flights on the New York JFK to Liege and Hong Kong-Dubai-Liege routes.

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

An Air Foyle BAe 146-300 cargo airliner at Dublin Airport, operating a flight on behalf of TNT. At that time (1993), TNT had not set up an in-house airline yet. Today, this airplane belongs to TNT Airways.
A TNT Airways Boeing 737-300 cargo aircraft at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (2009).

As of August 2013, the TNT Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 18 years:[2][3]

TNT Airways fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
BAe 146-200QT 8 6 operated by PAN Air
BAe 146-300QT 7 2 operated by PAN Air
Boeing 737-300F 6 2 operated by Bluebird Cargo
Boeing 737-400F 10 1 operated by Bluebird Cargo
Boeing 747-400ERF 4 2 wet-leased from Emirates
Boeing 757-200F 4 2 operated by Icelandair
1 operated by Cygnus Air
Boeing 777F 3
Tupolev Tu-204-120C 1 Operated by Cairo Aviation
Total 43 0

Additionally, there are several aircraft of other airlines that have been contracted to operate on behalf of TNT Express.[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 15 June 2006, TNT Airways Flight 352, a Boeing 737-300 cargo aircraft operating a flight from Liège Airport to London Stansted Airport had to divert to East Midlands Airport due to bad weather. On final approach the autopilot was disengaged for a short period. The aircraft touched down off the runway to the left, resulting in the right main landing gear being detached and the right wing tip and engine scraping the ground. The pilots managed to lift off again and subsequently made an emergency diversion to Birmingham International Airport, where a landing was performed on the remaining two landing gears, during which the aircraft scraped on its nose and right engine. There were no injuries. The cause of the crash was determined to be 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.[4]

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