englandair
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English Airlines

Sat Oct 21, 2000 7:07 am

Now that Scotland is getting another airline, I (and probably quite a few others) would like to know:
When's England going to get an airline. OK, I know that most British airlines are based in England...but it's not the same.
Has their been an English airline?
I know that BD were thinking of a name change...how about becoming more English?
 
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RE: English Airlines

Sat Oct 21, 2000 7:49 am

Someone did set up a company called Air England (logo: Coss of St George) in the mid 80's - I have no idea whether or not it actually took off. Actually, out of the cobwebbed recesses of my mind, I seem to recall it was some old codger who offered it to a mate of mine when I was at LTN ...

Actually, the primary reason we're going all out as the Scottish flag carrier is that every other UK airline (with the exception of Air Wales, which got their AOC today - congratulations to them!) is actually English based and/or owned - even Loganair, part of BRAL.  
 
fanofjets
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RE: English Airlines

Sat Oct 21, 2000 1:51 pm

The only one I can think of is Air Guernesy, which flew Vickers Viscounts.
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RE: English Airlines

Sat Oct 21, 2000 9:45 pm

Which one is the Scottish airline you're talking about?

ScotAir?

Thanks
BSL
 
gkirk
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RE: English Airlines

Sat Oct 21, 2000 11:49 pm

Pardon me for saying this but i thought all BA cared about was London. So i would call them an English airline.
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
philb
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RE: English Airlines

Sat Oct 21, 2000 11:57 pm

GKirk,

Doesn't that make BA a regional airline, not a truly English one?  
 
gkirk
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RE: English Airlines

Sun Oct 22, 2000 1:02 am

Hmmmm.... You have a point there PhilB. Although BA does have a hub at MAN i suppose so that makes it an English one. Does anyone know if BA will ever expand ops from Glasgow or Edinburgh?
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
 
philb
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RE: English Airlines

Sun Oct 22, 2000 1:07 am

Its interestng how the "Hub" at MAN is very BRAL and other "partner" airline intensive, leaving BA with the Heathrow Shuttle, Gatwick and New York, plus a handful of European B737 trips, having withdrawn as much as possible from long haul (e.g. Canada, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, LAX)
 
EGBB
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RE: English Airlines

Sun Oct 22, 2000 1:16 am

mmm...don't forget the BA Euro-Hub at Birmingham
 
g-beak
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RE: English Airlines

Sun Oct 22, 2000 3:29 am

Guernsey Airlines was not an English Airline. Guernsey is in the Channel Islands not England. As someone of Guernsey descent I am extremely insulted by this suggestion.

As far as Scottish Airlines as concerned I can't think of too many still in existence. If the English want their own airline they are welcome to it but don't deprive us of one. We get little enough here as it is. Easyjet won't give us any European routes, the charter airlines rip us off with supplements and don't go anywhere exotic and I can't say I've ever noticed Virgin Atlantic operating schedules out of Glasgow or Edinburgh. I think England does pretty well aviation wise.
 
englandair
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RE: English Airlines

Sun Oct 22, 2000 5:00 am

Scotty,
I'm refering to Caledonian Wings.
 
philb
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RE: English Airlines

Sun Oct 22, 2000 5:19 am

egbb,

my comments on the MAN situation are equally as valid for BHX
 
caribb
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RE: English Airlines

Sun Oct 22, 2000 9:13 am

Wasn't their an airline called Highland Express? I remember seeing pictures of a 747-200 with a blue tail and a white diagonal cross on it.. supposed to be based in Prestwick or Glasgow? I don't think it ever began actual revenue service.
 
philb
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RE: English Airlines

Sun Oct 22, 2000 9:20 am

Highland Express did run revenue services across the Atlantic from Stansted and Prestwick in 1987.
Its only 747, G-HIHO was repossessed in January 1988 and became Virgin's G-VMIA

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