Blue Islands plane features in historic stamp series

The Blue Islands Dornier 328 aircraft is to feature on the Jersey Post 'Aviation History XI' series stamps, commissioned for the 75th anniversary of Jersey Airport.

In choosing which aircraft to feature on the stamps, philatelic researcher Melanie Gouzinis opted for a theme in which each stamp would feature a different decade and an aeroplane which has landed at Jersey Airport during that time. 

"At the outset of every research project, we gather together as much information as possible about the subject. Here in Jersey, we are lucky to have quite a few experts who are always happy to work with us and share their knowledge. Once we have decided what to feature on the stamps, the artist is commissioned; on this occasion, it was Tony Theobald.  Tony has provided the artwork for many of our stamp issues, particularly featuring aviation and ships".

Mrs Gouzinis explained, "For the £3 stamp, we decided to bring the issue up-to-date and feature a plane which has recently frequented Jersey Airport. Blue Island's Fairchild Dornier 328 is depicted in flight during 2009".

The Dornier 328 aircraft was used between November 2007 and June 2010 to service to Blue Islands Swiss services to Zurich and Geneva, and more recently the new London City service until the airline purchased the ATR 42-500 in May 2011.

The stamps will be released on the 10th March and the Blue Islands aircraft will feature on the £3 stamp. All the products in this issue will be available to view and buy online from 1 February 2012 on www.jerseystamps.com or ordered by emailing stamps@jerseypost.com or calling the Jersey Philatelic Bureau: +44 (0)1534 516320.