Atlantic Airlines (United Kingdom)
|Parent company||West Atlantic Group|
|Headquarters||Coventry, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Tony Auld (CEO)
Nigel Hiorns (Maintenance Director)
Russell Ladkin (Managing Director)
Atlantic Airlines Limited trading as West Atlantic, is a British cargo airline based in Coventry, United Kingdom. It operates contract and ad hoc cargo flights worldwide, especially within Europe and across the Atlantic as part of the West Atlantic Group. Most of their flights depart from East Midlands and Bournemouth. The airline specialises in the transport of dangerous goods and radioactive products and other specialist aerial work, including oil spill response, dispersant spraying and icing trials. The prime activity of the business is the supply and operating of aircraft to night-time freight integrators and consolidators and the operation of ad hoc air charters on behalf of other airline, freight brokers and forwarders.
Atlantic Airlines is a partner airline with Atlantic Flight Training which was also once part of the Atlantic group.
Atlantic Airlines merged with the Swedish airline "West Air Europe" in 2008 to establish the new airline "West Atlantic".
The airline was established in 1994. It was formed as part of the Air Atlantique Group of Companies to specialise in the supply of contract and ad hoc cargo services. Since July 2001 Atlantic Airlines has traded independently and continues to broaden its product range and capability through the marketing of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and Part 145 Maintenance capabilities. Atlantic also performs all of its own aircraft maintenance.
The company Atlantic Airlines Limited was established in March 2001 when the management performed a buy-in to the trading company. A full management buy-out was achieved on May 28, 2004 when the same management purchased all the assets of the business including aircraft, spares, engines etc.
In January 2006, Atlantic acquired the first of an order for 5 BAe ATP freighter aircraft.
In February 2007, Atlantic Airlines signed an agreement with BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to long-term lease a further 6 BAe ATP freighters bringing the total orders to 11. The company has currently converted 9 aircraft with the remaining two expected to be converted during 2010.
On 8 December 2009, Atlantic Airlines' biggest base, Coventry Airport, was closed due to financial reasons causing Atlantic Airlines to cease all cargo flights to and from the airport. Atlantic Airlines moved all Coventry flights to Birmingham on a temporary basis as a result.
Atlantic Airlines serves daily the following destinations:
- Crown Dependencies
- United Kingdom
- Northern Ireland
- Italy - Naples
- Slovenia - Ljubljana
The Atlantic Airlines fleet included the following aircraft (at February 2015):
- CAA Operating Licence
- Atlantic Airlines agrees to lease a further 6 BAe ATP freighters
- Baltic Air Charter Association
- West Air Europe and Atlantic Airlines to merge
- Coventry Airport closes immediately due to financial difficulties
- Atlantic Airlines moves to Birmingham following Coventry closure
- Atlantic Airlines Fleet at CAA
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