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User currently offlineNCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4297 times:

Who were Leisure Airways?


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I was under the impression it was Air Uk Leisure but the logo on the planes just say Leisure! What fleet did they have, where did they fly to and from? What happened to them?

I know they did some long haul to SFB and i did see their planes in NCL now and again.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.


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User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4275 times:

They used to be associated with Unijet, before being amalgamated into the AMM/FCA fleet, but Im not sure if they were owned by them. Thier fleet included B767 and A320 (i think). I always saw Air Uk, but never saw Leisure Airways at NCL unfortunately.

User currently offlineNCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

i did work experience with Air Uk at NCL when I was at school. It was cool. Im sure I saw a plane at NCL which had Air Uk Leisure on it?? Maybe im mistaken. What did happen to Air Uk by the way? They used to fly the Bae146 from NCL. I just popped up to the airport earlier and had a wander into the 'viewing area'. All I could see was a BA A320.


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User currently offlineJamman From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 142 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4254 times:

Did First Choice absorb them? isn't that where the 76's come from or am I way off?  Smile

Regards,



Phoning it in from a place with no phones.
User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4246 times:

I flew once on an Air UK Leisure 737-400, so they must have had 737s at one point.

User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4238 times:

Hello,

Leisure International Airways formed in 1987 and where part of the AirUK group before 1997, in 1997 they became the in-house operator of flights on belalf of the Tour-Operator Unijet.

They were a subsidiary of Unijet from 1997.

Unijet was to become part of First Choice in 1998/9 and so, the Leisure international fleet was passed over to air2000 (First Choice Airways).





They had A330's on order.

They operated a fleet of: A320's A321's and Boeing 767's

G-UNIF--A321--- NOW OPERATING FCA / KFCA), USA - Montana">FCA-- G-OOAE
G-UNID/UKLO--A321---NOW OPERATING FCA / KFCA), USA - Montana">FCA-- G-OOAF
G-UNIE--A321---NOW OPERATING FCA / KFCA), USA - Montana">FCA-- G-OOAH

G-UKLH--B767---NOW OPERATING FCA / KFCA), USA - Montana">FCA-- G-OOAN
G-UKLI--B767--- WAS OPERATING FCA / KFCA), USA - Montana">FCA AS-- G-OOAO

It's ashame they went, they were apparently a good Airline!

Cheers Ryan Big grin

[Edited 2005-03-10 21:51:42]

User currently offlineNCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4231 times:

yeah they used to have 737-400's at NCL. So they were part of Air Uk then? Im sure some of their planes were branded Air Uk Leisure as opposed to just 'Leisure'.


Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to Newcastle
User currently offlineNCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4226 times:

A330's on order?? I wonder why Air 2000/First Choice did not accept those planes. They are one of the only UK Charters not using the 330 for Long Haul.


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User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

The planes were branded AirUk Leisure pre 1997.

In 1997 AirUK Leisure became a Wholly owned subsidiary for Unijet, so their relationship with AirUK ended, and the Airline began flying Charters as just Leisure for the company which owned them, Unijet.

Cheers Ryan  Cool Any questions on this Airline, just ask Big grin


User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

I will try and find out about those A330s. Probably cancelled because First Choice would not of needed them because of the 767's they received after buying Unijet and so Leisure International Airways.

Cheers Ryan  Smile


User currently offlineNCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4205 times:

they should have ditched the 767's and gone for the A330. Much better plane!!


Ladies and Gentlemen welcome to Newcastle
User currently offlineA321fly From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4203 times:

They did in fact order a substantial amount of A330's more than 4 i believe. However when First Choice took over ops, the order was cancelled in favour of keeping the B767 in the fleet.

I could be wrong.


User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4192 times:

Hello Everyone,

I've found some information on those Leisure international A330's

Here's an article from the time. (1997). The main bits are highlighted below.

http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=40257

"A $230 million order for two A330-200 wide-body aircraft has been placed with Airbus Industrie by travel group Unijet Group PLC on behalf of its Leisure International Airways subsidiary."

"When the A330s are delivered in the first quarter of 2000, Leisure International will operate an all-Airbus fleet."

"The aircraft will replace two Boeing 767-300ERs, acquired new in 1993, on transatlantic services to the USA and the Caribbean which Leisure International operates on behalf of Unijet and other tour operators."

"Seating configuration for the aircraft has still to be finalised but in a one-class layout the A330-200 is capable of seating up to 380 passengers at a 30-inch seat-pitch compared with 327 for the 767."

"By ordering the A330 Leisure International becomes the first UK airline to choose Airbus exclusively for its long and short-haul fleet requirements."

Just shows what could of been!

Cheers Ryan Big grin

[Edited 2005-03-10 22:11:02]

User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4184 times:

And just to finish the story off nicely, the two A330s (well, delivery slots) that had been ordered for Leisure International ended up as F-HBIL of Corsair and EI-EWR of Aer Lingus:


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User currently offlineNCLairport From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4168 times:

ah the rise and fall of Leisure/Air Uk Leisure captured in less than 10 posts.


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User currently offlineAtcrick From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 772 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4144 times:
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There was a Leisure Air here in the states for a short period of time. Their HQ was somewhere near Tysons Corner, Virginia. Hap Perretti was in charge and he pretty much ran that one into the ground like he did at Presedential. Anybody else have some info?

Rick



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User currently offlineThomasCook From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 793 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4136 times:

Hi,

It is only the second UK airline order to be announced for this long-range, twin-engined model from the European aircraft maker in which British Aerospace is a major partner.

I prosume that Airtours where the first?

Regards
ThomasCook



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User currently offlinePecevanne From Mexico, joined Jun 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4124 times:

I work for AIRBUS training center in Miami in 1997 and I was Flight Instructor of 2 LEISURE AIR crews based in STANTED.
Are We talking of the same Airline?
Will be great for me to know how they are doing.
Terry Bridle
John Mullin
Jeremy Straton
And I forgot one name...sorry
They were my pupils during A-320 ground and full flight simulator.
By


User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

Hello,

Quoting ThomasCook (Reply 16):
I prosume that Airtours where the first?


Yes, Airtours was the first, as JMC received theirs in 2001, and they hadn't even formed in 1997.

One of Airtours's first A330's G-MOJO (G-OMYT) was registered on 08/11/99

Cheers  Cool Ryan


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User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

Quoting SignalOne (Reply 18):
Yes, Airtours was the first, as JMC received theirs in 2001, and they hadn't even formed in 1997.

Didnt MON receive their A330s before Airtours?


User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

Monarch's G-SMAN was delivered on 26/03/1999, so Monarch get the title of first British A330 operator. G-EOMA was delivered a month later on 26/04/1999, so Monarch had a 2 aircraft head start on Airtours!

User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

Hello, must of forgot about Monarch Airlines. Sorry for my mistake.

Ryan  Cool


User currently offlineFLVILLA From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4027 times:

I flew on AirUK Leisure 763 to MCO many moons ago, I think it was 1996.

I remember the flight very well because on our return journey home a lady in the front Y cabin had a heart attack and we landed in EWR and I can remember the emergency vehicles following us around the airport and then an ambulance pulling up along side and she was taken away. The captain came on and said because the crew would run out of their hours before we would arrive back at LGW we would have to overnight in New York and they were going to try to find us hotels. 3 hours later captain comes back on tells us that they can't find any hotel rooms available  liar  , I find it hard to believe they couldn't find any hotel rooms in a huge city full of hotels ! Me thinks someone was saving alot of money.

So we were told that they where trying to arrange for us to sleep in the airport, another 2 hours passes and were told that the airport won't allow us to sleep in the departure lounge as there's not enough security. El Capitain decides to fly back to MCO and change crews there instead. So 2 and a half hours later were back in MCO, waited another 3 hours and the airport workers had to open up Burger King at 3am for passenger to get something to eat of anything to eat and drink. I think after that whole ordeal we arrived at LGW some 26 hours after our original departure.



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User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

FLVILLA, that sounds terrible. Some of the stories involving Charter Airlines and Long delays are unbelievable!  Sad

Ryan  Smile


User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4001 times:

But sadly very true! Remeber that Excalibur DC10 they tried to fly to and from Florida Big grin

25 BigOrange : FlyVilla It's not uncommon not to be able to find a room in NYC. The first week in December when the tree is lit at Rockefeller Center is just one of
26 Capital146 : As has been mentioned, Air UK Leisure commenced ops in 1987 as a charter offshoot of the scheduled service airline, Air UK. The first year of ops saw
27 Post contains images SignalOne : Hello, Capital146. I'm not being a big-head here, but after 1997 wasn't the Leisure part of the company of AirUK brought by the tour operator Unijet
28 Capital146 : Hi Ryan, I'll take your word for it as to the time Unijet took control of the operations as I am not sure of this myself, but the thing I was trying
29 A321fly : Theres B767's were actually good in quality interior wise, not a bad ontime record either.
30 Post contains images Gkirk : And to confuse y'all even more, any of you remember the airline All Leisure that operated A320s?
31 Post contains links and images SignalOne : Hello, Yes I remember that the Leisure Airways operated by Unijet had A320's. G-UKLK Now in France View Large View MediumPhoto © Luis Rosa G-UKLJ
32 Post contains images Gkirk : SignalOne, nope not them, I said the airline "All Leisure" [Edited 2005-03-12 16:32:21]
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