I just read a very interesting section on Wikipedia about Air Europe (the charter airlines that ceased trading in 1991), I have to give praise to the detail of the article...
For example it covers how Air Europe was not just a charter airline, but also flew to 20 European cities as scheduled service, how they were the first charter airline to operate the 757 with ETOPs across the Atlantic to Florida, Mexico and South America(!) and how they were LGW's largest airline in the late 80's. All stuff I never knew...
They also operated a very modern fleet for its time and seemed to do what Ryanair do now, only keeping aircraft in the fleet for a few years to sell on... Flying 752, 732, 733, 734, F100 and Shorts 360's.
I never had the opportunity of flying on Air Europe, but I remember back in the days of the 80's going on holiday with my parents seeing all those Air Europe tails parked up and seemed to dominate LGW. My parents were loyal Thomson holiday customers so only ever seemed to fly Britannia as a kid!
If their parent company had not gone into liquidation, I wonder what they would be like now?
747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7844 times:
Yes, I remember Air Europe well. A common sight at LGW back in the day.
I on flew their first 757 LGW-BOH-LGW. (I believe it was the first 757 to fly for a UK airline, although I may be wrong).
I remember doing a slow fly past at BOH and then pulling up to do a circuit and land. We all got off via the stairs and spent an hour or so wandering around the apron before re-boarding for the return to LGW.
A great day.
Pelican22 From Ireland, joined Mar 2006, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7779 times:
Yes a very good forward thinking airline,it was them who introduced long haul holidays to Florida on 757s,which brought about a significant reduction in the prices,they also had 6 MD-11s on order, to be powered by Rolls Royce engines.
Jetranger01 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7765 times:
I remember Air europe. It was my very first flight back in the very early 90's just before they disappeared. I was very nervous but the cabin crew were all very nice and helpful, it was before i got intrested in spotting, but it was a flight out to malta on a 737-200(remember seeing the small engines compaired to others) The return flight was cancelled and we came back on a dan air 727, what a joy it was
Gpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7766 times:
I remember them as well. We flew with them every year when I was a child until they liquidated. We were actually booked to fly with them to PMI in May of the year that they liquidated but they were out of business by then. We ended up on an Airtours holiday to Mallorca instead but I was gutted to find out we wouldn't be flying with Airtours International on their MD-83's as advertised in the brochure, but with the Spanish charter airline NortJet (anyone remember them?). When we flew out, it turned out to be a Meridiana MD-83 (which seemed such a long aircraft to me at the time) but we flew back with NortJet on a 737 (can't remember what series) and the landing back in CWL was one of the hardest I have ever had. Still remember that to this day. Sorry if I waffled on there. The basic point of the post was yes, I do remember Air Europe and enjoyed all my flights with them as a child. Shame they're not still around.
According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
Antonovman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7744 times:
They were indeed a good airline but like all airlines they could not make it as a schedule service carrier based at LGW
BCal , Dan-Air , Air Europe and others all tried and failed.
It seems LGW has always been a charter airport
As Pelican22 wrote, they did indeed have MD11's on order with RR engines
It has been written here, if the deal had gone through they would probably be the only MD11's in existance with RR engines and could have proved very difficult to sell on
EGNR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 516 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 7597 times:
Quoting Jetranger01 (Reply 6): I never knew they ordered the MD 11, now that would of been nice to see
"British charter ailine Air Europe flew short haul charter services to Europe before expanding into the long haul market in 1988. It ordered 2 GE powered MD11's to be leased from Mutsui of Japan in November 1988 for delivery May 1990. Con nos. 48411 and 48412 were allocated and registrations G-MDII and G-OLAN were reserved. In February 1989 6 firm + 12 options were also ordered. These were to be the first Rolls Royce RB211 powered MD11's. Con nos. 48506-48511 were allocated. Unfortunately, Air Europe abruptly ceased operations in March 1991 after its parent company International Leisure Group collapsed. The order was cancelled except for the 2 leased aircraft which Delta then took to start MD11 operations early."
Courtesy of: md-eleven.net
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 29270 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7570 times:
I remember them with affection. My Aunt used to be a Stewardess with them. Their uniform was a wine colour with a flat round cap . She once brought me home a meal tray for dinner when I was staying with them LOL.... I had a model but lost it . They were a good airline even though I never flew with them I knew alot due to my Aunts job based at LGW. She left before they went down though. Wernt they linked to Intersun Tour operator???
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7559 times:
Yes they were linked to Intasun and the ILG group and flew the majority of their packages, also other ILg tour ops including Lancaster. Intasun also made good use of Dan Air too despite having their own in house carrier.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 28140 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7340 times:
Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 22): Quoting 747438 (Reply 1):
(I believe it was the first 757 to fly for a UK airline, although I may be wrong)
Indeed - BA was first; in fact they were launch customer.
BA was ONE of the launch customers for the 757. Eastern was the other, and the first operator. Eastern put their first 757 into service on January 1, 1982, almost a month before BA took delivery of their first 757.
: Air Europe took two of BA's original 757s from its order of 19. As such all subsequent 757s ordered by Air Europe were 757-236s as this was the type r