Classic jetliners lined up for restoration in Greece

BAC One-Eleven and Boeing 727 set for preservation following sale

At the abandoned Hellenikon Airport in Athens, plans are being drawn up to restore BAC One-Eleven 200 SX-BAR and Boeing 727-284 SX-CBA following their recent acquisition by Cypriot company Zela Aviation, an air charter group based in Cyprus.

The One-Eleven is the only one of the type to have been registered in Greece, having been delivered to Hellenic Air in 1992, although it was never to actually enter service with the company. Built at Weybridge, it was originally delivered to Aloha Airlines as N11181 in April 1966 and given the fleet name Queen Kapiolani. Three years later it was acquired by Mohawk Airlines, re-registered N1130J and named Minnesota. It was sold to Allegheny Airlines in April 1972 and operated until 1979, when it went to US Air. The 727, SX-CBA, was delivered new to Olympic Airways in December 1968 and named Mount Olympus. It gave sterling service to Olympic, flying with the flag-carrier for 23 years before retirement in 1992.

BAC One-Eleven 200 SX-BAR, built at Weybridge in 1966 and now due for restoration at Hellenikon Airport, Athens.
BAC One-Eleven 200 SX-BAR, built at Weybridge in 1966 and now due for restoration at Hellenikon Airport, Athens. ZELA AVIATION

The president of Zela Aviation, Andreas Christodoulides, says, “The exhibition of these two aircraft to the public will provide an opportunity for people, especially the younger generation, to travel back in time and discover the fascinating world of the aviation industry”. After restoration is completed, the two historic jetliners will be donated to the town of Lavrio, at the south-eastern tip of the Attica peninsula, and put on display close to the harbour.

With 23 years of service to Olympic Airways to its credit, Boeing 727-284 SX-CBA is deserving of a full refurbishment.
With 23 years of service to Olympic Airways to its credit, Boeing 727-284 SX-CBA is deserving of a full refurbishment. ZELA AVIATION