The airline's confidence was almost misplaced as the winter of 1961-62 was very harsh causing losses at the carrier which briefly looked like it might fold. A pair of Viscounts that had been leased in from Maitland Drewery had to be returned and credit was hard to come by. Fortunately the airline's underpinning financials were sound and though receivers were called in at the end of the year it was able to recover. The Hs-748s were only deferred and not cancelled. On October 1, 1962 BKS became the first airline to operate the HS-748 domestically in the UK when a leased example flew Leeds-London. The type cut the time by 25 minutes and more than doubed the load factor of the route (from 31-80%). By April 1963 all four of the airline's ordered HS-748s were in service.
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