Airtours International Airways

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Airtours International
Airtours logo.svg
IATA
VZ
ICAO
AIH
Callsign
KESTREL
Founded 1990
Ceased operations 2004 (Rebranded as MyTravel Airways)
Operating bases Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff Glasgow, London Gatwick, Newcastle, East Midlands
Fleet size 28
Destinations Europe, North America
Parent company Airtours Group PLC
Headquarters Parkway Three
Parkway Business Centre
Manchester, United Kingdom
Website airtours.co.uk

Airtours International Airways was a charter airline based in the United Kingdom with its head office in Parkway Three in the Parkway Business Centre in Manchester.[1]

History[edit]

Launched in March 1991 with just five MD83 series aircraft, Airtours International Airways was to be the in-house airline of Airtours Holidays.

In 1993, Airtours acquired Aspro Holidays (Ireland) including Aspro's Inter European Airways subsidiary. This acted to further strengthen the process of vertical integration that was becoming popular among UK holiday companies.

In 1996, Airtours took full control of Scandinavian airline PremiAir.

In 2004, as part of the final phase of its financial restructuring, Airtours International Airways was re-branded as MyTravel Airways UK. PremiAir, the Scandinavian operator, was re-branded as MyTravel Airways A/S.

In June 2007 it was announced that MyTravel Airways UK was to merge with Thomas Cook Airlines, and that MyTravel Airways' Scandinavian subsidiary was to become Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia. The merger between the two UK airlines was completed in March 2008 and the rebranding of MyTravel Airways A/S was completed in May 2008.

Fleet[edit]

Airtours DC-10 landing at Manchester Airport.
Airtours Boeing 747-200 seen in 1998.
Airtours Airbus A320 seen in 2001.

Airtours International Airways operated the following fleet (summer 2000):[citation needed]

Many of these aircraft were rebranded and transferred to Thomas Cook Airlines although the MD83's were retired in 1996.

Rebranding[edit]

The rebranding of Airtours International Airways was part of a larger rebranding of the whole MyTravel Group. Airtours Holidays still trades as part of the Thomas Cook Group PLC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines." Flight International. 12–18 March 2002. 68.

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