CharterFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1320 times:
I would like to know what happened with Classic Airways. I know that this was a charter airline that operated a L-1011 Tristar registered as G-IOII. Is Classic Airways another "start-up-then-shut-down" airline?
Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1291 times:
Yes - Startup and Go Bust!
Classic Airways were based at London-Standsted. They initially operated just one TriStar G-IOII, commencing services in early 1997. Flights were mainly ad-hoc and sub-services for other airlines rather than regular scheduled charters. They later added a second TriStar G-IOIT. Their slogan was "Small enough to care - Large enough to compete" I can't say anything about the former, but the latter wasn't true as they ceased operations in February 1998.
They were operating in a very crowded market in the UK, Air Atlanta had a substanital L1011 fleet for this type of work, while Aer Turas had 2 L1011s. TransAer had a large fleet of A300s, and European Air Charter was offering 2 A300s for ad-hoc work. There just wasn't really room for a newcomer, plus G-IOII was notorious for techical problems. The last thing an airline customer wants when their plane goes technical and they call in a backup, is for that to go technical too!!!!