TS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3311 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3560 times:
AFAIK, they only operated a single B737-300. According to the database, this 737 was a 3Q8 (24300 LN 1666) and was registered G-KKUH, a strange registration as Air2000/First Choice is normally G-Oxxx.
After having flown for one year for AMM, the bird went to Linjeflyg (SE-DLA), British Midland Airways (G-OBML), Shanghai Airlines (B-2980), IAI Israel (N737FA), TAESA (XA-AMH), IAI Israel again (N737FA), Panair (EI-PAR), then Fly Air of Turkey (TC-FLH).
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3422 times:
The 737-300, G-KKUH, was delivered in Jauray 1989 and stayed until October 1990. It was due to be replaced by 2 737-400s for the 1991 summer season registered G-OOAA and G-OOAB.
However a change of policy lead to the cancellation of that order and 4 A320s were ordered instead. In the meantime additional 757s were introduced which were available following the collapse of Eastern Airlines and Air Europe. In April 1992 Air 2000 became the first UK charter airline to take delivery of an A320, the first being G-OOAA followed by G-OOAB shortly afterwards.
While at the airline G-KKUH was mainly based at Glasgow but did also spend some time operating through Manchester.
Diesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1633 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3335 times:
As well as G-KKUH, Air2000 has had flown on their behalf a number of other 737s - these have been British Midland aircraft chartered (afaik never leased). Both 737-300 & 400 series aircraft have been used.
Perhaps the most interesting of these operations was the 737-3Q8 (24963/G-OBMP) flown by British Midland from LHR during the summer of 1992.
IIRC, this was the first aircraft based at LHR to operate IT flights for many years.
Operating to the usual summer sun destinations, a couple of 'W' pattern flights were also operated during the week - I flew on one of these on a FAO-BRS-FAO charter.
The service was very much British Midland - although there was an AMM flight number and a couple of Air2000 menu cards everything else was BM.
AFAIK there were no Air2000 markings anywhere on the aircraft, inside or out.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2592 posts, RR: 59 Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3302 times:
You're correct. Every summer between 1 and 3 British Midland 737-400s were wet leased by Air 2000 every year from 1992 to 1997, in full British Midland markings. It was only from 1998 when British Midland A321s were used instead of 737s that the aircraft received external Air 2000 markings; G-MIDC/J/M were the 3 A321s used and the summer 2001 season was the last year British Midland aircraft were used. Post September 11 cutbacks meant the end of the agreement which had lasted 10 summers...
Baexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 692 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3236 times:
I remember flying out on this aircraft to Majorca when I was a boy, on the inbound flight they're was a problem with one of the engines so they transferred us to a Via Bulgarian Tu135 or Tu154!! I remember yellow/orange fur being plastered all over the walls and thinking it looked something like that spaceship from the film Barbarella!