Channel Express

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Channel Express
Channel Express Logo.png
IATA
LS
ICAO
EXS
Callsign
CHANNEX
Founded 1978 (as Express Air Services)
Commenced operations 1978
Ceased operations January 2006 (rebranded as Jet2)
Hubs Bournemouth Airport
Fleet size 10 (2005)
Headquarters Christchurch, Dorset
Website channel-express.co.uk
Channel Express Boeing 737-300 in Friedrichshafen

Channel Express (Air Services) Limited was an airline with its head office in Building 470 at Bournemouth International Airport in Christchurch, Dorset, near Bournemouth.[1] It operated scheduled services from Bournemouth to the Channel Islands and nightly cargo services to Europe and throughout the UK on behalf of Royal Mail and other overnight express carriers. Short notice and ad hoc charters were also operated throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as wet-lease operations on behalf of major scheduled airlines. Its main base was Bournemouth International Airport (BOH).

In January 2006 the name Channel Express was dropped, and the company rebranded entirely to become Jet2, the name given to the company's successful low cost airline.

History[edit]

The airline was established in January 1978 and started operations in 1978. It started with daily services to the Channel Islands under the name of Express Air Services using Handley Page Dart Herald aircraft. After securing Post Office contracts in the early 1980s the airline adopted the Channel Express name in 1983. In 2002 Channel Express established its low cost brand Jet2, whose name it took in January 2006.[2]

Fleet[edit]

As of 2005 the Channel Express fleet was made up of:[3]

Destinations[edit]

Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Guernsey
Ireland
Italy
Jersey
Kosovo
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Spain
United Kingdom

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Information." Channel Express. Retrieved on 31 December 2011. "Channel Express (Air Services) Limited Building 470 Bournemouth International Airport Christchurch Dorset. BH23 6SE."
  2. ^ Flight International 3 April 2007
  3. ^ "Fleet Data". Planespotters.net. 

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