Zela Aviation Preserves Historic Aircraft for Posterity

BAC 1 11

Zela Aviation, a Cypriot company, has recently acquired two historic aircraft that have been abandoned at Hellenikon Airport since 2001. These aircraft hold significant historical value to the aviation history of Greece and Cyprus.

One of the planes is a BAC1-11, which was previously part of the Cyprus Airways fleet and is one of the few remaining aircraft of its kind worldwide. It will be restored and then donated to the Municipality of Lavrio to be displayed next to the city's harbour. Initially, the plan was to transport the aircraft to Cyprus in the colors of Cyprus Airways, but transporting it at this stage was found to be particularly challenging.

The second aircraft is a Boeing 727, which was acquired by Aristotle Onassis in 1968 for the Olympic Airways fleet. After undergoing maintenance and renovation, this aircraft will be preserved until a decision is made regarding its display location.

According to Zela Aviation President Andreas Christodoulides, these two aircraft hold significant historical value and their display will allow the public, especially the younger generation, to travel back in time and experience the fascinating world of the aviation industry.

The transportation and reassembly of the aircraft will be handled by Notis Cranes, a Greek company specializing in specialized lifts, ensuring safety, reliability, and promptness.

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