RJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
Can someone explain me what exactly GB Airways is. I remember that they wear BA colours but why? Is it a different airline, maybe franchise partner?
I have seen a GB plane in Gibraltar once so I was thinking it would be Gibraltar Airways.
Thanks for your help.
Mick From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1194 times:
Spot on - the website reads:
GB Airways operates under a franchise agreement with British Airways. This agreement ensures all elements of our service are delivered in the style of British Airways; our flight numbers use a BA prefix; our aircraft are painted in British Airways livery; our Cabin Crew wear the British Airways uniform and offer on-board service that matches the highest standards of British Airways.
In other words - BA let us run their short hauls routes that they don't want to - we make money off them (maybe) and BA gets a fee and flight numbers and a big route network. It also may be to avoid some high costs that may be associated with BA (ie Unions and staff) and also reduce the number of aircraft types BA deals with.
Banco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1182 times:
RJ100, Further to the earlier reply GB Airways did grow out of the old Gib Airways and are still owned by the Bland Group, a Gibraltar based company run by the Gaggero family. The airline is UK based though, as it has to be in order to get EU status in terms of routes etc. They have a sister company running a tour operating business in the shape of Cadogan Holidays.
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