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European Overseas, style matters
EOAC is the parent company to 5 divisions, employing the flight crews directly, with the five smaller enterprises employing ground crews and owning/maintaining their own aircrafts. Pilots belong to the Union, and are free to chose at any time operations in any of the franchises.
B747-400 are EOAC flagships. EOAC originally ordered sixteen aircrafts in 1987 as replacements for the existing fleet of 747-100s and Tristars. At that time, however, the EOA division were enjoying profitability and permission was sought and eventually received to order a further 30, with options for 30 more. Eventually, the airline was to receive 77.
London LHR based EOAC 744>
Geneva, Switzerland based EOAC 744>
Singapore based EOAsia franchise 744>
London LHR based EOAC 757-200ER>
757s in EOAC fulfill two requirements for an aircraft in the 150-200 seat range - short haul trunk routes, and long range thin routes. Along with 757s, European Overseas have at various times operated almost every version of the 767 but in recent years have converted most it's fleet to 767-300ERs.
London Heathrow based B767>
Stockholm based ESSA franchise B767-300>
Rio De Janeiro EOAmericas franchise B767-300>
Another EOAmericas B767-300>
In medium range market, Airbus 320-200s play very important role. EAC franchise operates 110 aircrafts on European routes:
EAC franchise operations based of Brussels, Belgium;
London LHR based EAC A320-200s
EAC European Airways Company operate 49 Fokker 100.
All of the EAC aircrafts have been refitted according guidelines set down by EOAC regarding seating arrangements. The EAC Fokker 100 aircrafts are fitted out in a 82 seat arrangement offering a generous seat pitch of 107cm (42ins). Meals are served on many flights.
Brussels based F100s:
Paris, France based F100s:
Paris based EAC F100; Paris used to be large EOAC hub in the past; today it is mostly a gateway for EOAmericas and EAC flights.
Stockholm hub is a home for 21 MD-11, long haul workhorsed for Scandinavian franchise ESSA:
49 MD-11s are part of EOAC mainline fleet, based of Geneva Contrin and London Heathrow:
EOAC has always preferred aircrafts with more than two engines, simply to avoid ETOPS restrictions.
14 EOAmericas MD-11s are based in Rio De Janeiro hub for flights to Europe, and Africa.
Singapore based EOAsia franchise operates 9 MD-11s:
In latest schedule, EOAsia operates MD-11s on routes to various European hubs and gatewatys.
MD-90-30ERs are slowly being replaced by A320s; however Scandinavian franchase ESSA franchase based of Stockholm, as well as Brasil based EOAmericas are still operating total of 59 aircrafts.
MD-90-ERs offer an increased fuel load at the expense of cargo space. The EOAC MD-90 aircrafts are fitted out for 14 Business Class and 94 Coach class in an extremely low density arrangement. Business Class passengers enjoy a seat pitch of 152cm (60ins) while Coach Class are guaranteed a generous 107cm (42ins).
Most of EOAC MD-90 fleet - 44 of 59 - has been moved to EOAmericas today.
The ATR 72 was withdrawn from regular European Overseas service in November 2001 as part of the company reorganisation following the downturn in global economy. The aircrafts are currently in storage awaiting clarification regarding European Overseas long term regional strategy.