Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44 Posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3716 times:
I'm sure many people remember Air UK.
They were one of the major British domestic airlines from 1980 until the mid-1990's, operating a very large network of scheduled services from many UK airports. However, from the mid-1990's onwards, many of the domestic routes were dropped in favour of focussing on european services from it's STN base and continuing to offer the huge number of feeder services from the UK regions to AMS which KLM Cityhopper now provide today. Finally in 1998, with a controlling interest now held by KLM, Air UK was rebranded into KLM UK and soon afterwards, part of the company became the LCC, Buzz.
I was thinking that if Air UK had not had the controlling interest from KL, whether they could still have been such a dominant airline in the UK? Would they have gone low-cost by now, like a number of other carriers have found they have needed to?
I seem to think that FlyBe are in the position now where Air UK could have been, ie operating a comprehensive domestic network, with a number of european schedules thrown in.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3603 times:
Nice pictures, brings back some memories.
I think that AirUK would have done well, even in this difficult market. My guess is that they would specialize in connecting the regional UK airports with key cities in Europe (AMS was well established - thats why KL wanted them, but UK would have added many other European routes over time) with good frequencies and full inflight service. They would not be an LCC but a reasonable fare full service carrier. If UK was still around, no doubt that they would be taking advantage of BMI's lack of focus and BA's continued focus on London and lack of interest in other UK airports.
My guess is that this airline, if it remained independent, would have gone to ATR72s to replace the F27s, and the 146s would have been phased out in favor of a larger F100 fleet with possibily a few 733s for the highest-demand routes. By now, a second phase of fleet renewal would be underway, the Air UK operation would have been well suited for aircraft such as the new E170 family or CRJ700/900 type of airliners.
Ciaomc2002 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3446 times:
There is nothing I would love more then to set up Air Uk again. If you remember that young lad who set up an airline, using another companies planes between Oxford and Cambridge, he simply used the planes and did the marketing, design, brading etc etc. There is no reason why i cannot do it with the Air UK brand! Money isnt exactly an object.