There was another Air Europe, originally a British Charter Carrier owned by Harry Goodman's Instasun (spelling?) tour operating group in the 1980s to early 1990s. They were a unique airline that took the standards of charter flights up to a higher level. Originally, they had a fleet of 737s operating to European sunspots from Gatwick, Manchester and other regional airports. The fleet expanded with 757s serving the higher density routes and I believe the airline did have two 747s on order.
Following the demise of British Caledonian and Dan-Air, Air Europe expanded into the schedule market eventually serving 18 destinations from London Gatwick including the lucrative London Gatwick-Paris route. They advertised, "You still have a choice" following on from British Caledonian's advertising slogan "We never forget that you have a choice".
Air Europa was the Spanish associate of the company with Instasun owning part of the share capital.
It was exceptionally difficult to get seats on Air Europe's charter flights if you did not book a complete tour package with them. I had the fortune to fly them twice from London Gatwick to Palma de Mallorca. At that time they were the British "expats" living in Majorca "home" airline – BA
did not then have any flights to Palma (or any other Balearic Islands). The standards of service and catering were high and the planes looked brand new inside and out. As regards their schedule operation, I have no idea how they fared but it did seem the airline was on track to become competition to BA
, particularly at London Gatwick and on European short-haul routes. Just as quickly as they appeared, the airline collapsed under heavy debts and folded in the late 1980s (or early 1990s).
Air Europa continued as a separate entity unaffected by the demise of the British Company, and continues to this day as a major Spanish Carrier. I think that the "Air Europe" title was then adopted by another enterprise and this is the Air Europe and Volare Airlines of Italy.
All this is from memory and if someone knows exact dates or knows the number of aircraft that Harry Goodman's Air Europe had, I wait to be corrected.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."