|Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 3):|
I'm pretty sure "World Airlines" has nothing to do with the U.S. based World Airways. It's a mixup.
Link to "Britsh World Airlines" fleet list...
It is more than a mix up. It is a triple mix up.
There is the American airline, World Airways.
There was the British airline British World Airways.
There was also the apparently short-lived British airline, the one in question in this instance, World Airlines. Here are what appear to be their only two aircraft:
Since my Reply 2 I have determined that back in 1996 World Airlines were a very small airline. Their address is given in "Airlines 1996" (published by The Aviation Hobby Shop (TAHS)) as "London City Airport, Royal Docks, London E16 2PX". This book, published in Aporil 1996 lists the World Airlines fleet as being a single aircraft, 146 G-WLCY.
The same address with the addition of "Building 114" is given for World Airlines on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) web site under the registration details of the two 146s listed in the link provided by the Thread Opener.
All of this confirms my original deduction that World Airlines operated out of LCY
In "Jet Airliner Production List Vol 2 - European Manufacturers" published in August 2009 also by TAHS I can only find the two 146s in the Thread Opener's link as aircraft ever operated by World Airlines. Both of these aircraft were (perhaps a little more confusingly) leased from what was then US Air but became US Airways. Here I should say that my search was narrow but I think it was comprehensive in terms of aircraft types authorised back in 1996 to operate into LCY
The second of these aircraft, G-OWLD, which had previously been operated by Pacific Southwest Airlines and then US Air as N353PS and N173US, was leased by World Airlines on 16 July 1996. It was returned to US Air in October of that same year. It did not recross the Atlantic before it was leased by Cityjet the following month and re-registered EI
The aircraft pictured in the link in Reply 1, G-WLCY, was leased from US Air in March 96 and registered to them on 26 March. It was also returned to US Air in October 96. It remained registered to World Airlines until it was re-registered by Titan Airways on 9 April 1997. This suggests that the return to US Air was not physical and that the aircraft also remained in the UK.. [The source for this data is the CAA web site.]
All of this strongly suggests that World Airlines only survived for the Summer Season of 1996.
Incidentally G-WLCY had the same origins as G-OWLD and was previously registered N352PS and N172US.