Aircraft of the week:

Aircraft 6Y-JME for Air Jamaica, CF-TJA for Trans-Canada Airlines and Air Canada and OB-R-1205 for Aeronaves del Peru. This Douglas DC-8-40 was first delivered to Trans-Canada Airlines in September 1960 from Douglas’ Long Beach assembly unit. Trans-Canada Airlines only operated Douglas DC-8s. After Trans-Canada Airlines ceased operations (and was renamed Air Canada) in June 1964, the aircraft was transferred to the new Air Canada on the same day that it started operations: the 1st of June 1964. In 1974, the aircraft was re-registered C-FTJA. In July 1977, the aircraft was leased to Air Jamaica (the flag carrier of Jamaica) from Air Canada. It spent a period of exactly 3 years there before joining Peruvian cargo carrier Aeronaves del Peru’s fleet in July 1980. This airline also operated a fleet of uniquely Douglas DC-8s before ceasing operations in 1996. Almost 6 years later, in January 1986, the aircraft was scrapped at Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport, Peru’s main international airport. Thus ended a long 26.5 year history for this aircraft. 4th of October 2020.

Air Jamaica Douglas DC-8 6Y-JII similar to aircraft 6Y-JME and one of Air Jamaica’s 11 Douglas DC-8s approaching London Heathrow Airport.

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