Air Scotland

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Air Scotland
user
IATA
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ICAO
GRE
Callsign
GREECE AIRWAYS
Founded November 2002
Commenced operations 29 March 2003
Ceased operations October 2005
Operating bases Glasgow International Airport
Focus cities Manchester International Airport
Fleet size 1 (at closure)
Destinations 15
Headquarters Glasgow, Scotland
Key people Dhia Al-Ani (Founder)
Air Scotland's logo
An Air Scotland Boeing 757-200 departs Glasgow International Airport, Scotland. (2005)

Air Scotland was a low-cost airline based in Glasgow, Scotland. It operated scheduled services from Glasgow International Airport, and other UK airports, to the Mediterranean and Athens using the air operator's certificate of Greece Airways, a Greek registered company and licensed by the Greek Civil Aviation Authority.

The airline formerly known as Air Scotland is no longer operating, as the Greek Civil Aviation Authority suspended their Operating Licence and AOC in December 2006.

History of the Airline[edit]

Air Scotland was established in November 2002 by Iraqi-born businessman Dhia Al-Ani and started operations on 29 March 2003, using 2 Boeing 757-200 aircraft operated by Electra Airlines, to Spanish holiday resorts. The company was a ticket provider for Electra Airlines until 25 April 2003, when the Electra aircraft were grounded by BAA plc over debts owed to the airport operator. Air Scotland ceased the agreement with Electra and began operating with Air Holland, who agreed to resume operation of the former Electra routes. With the demise of Air Holland, it then began operating under the air operator's certificate of Greece Airways, which was formed out of Electra and owned by Mr Al-Ani, albeit with only one 757 aircraft. All aircraft (before 2006) that have operated for Air Scotland have carried the operator's livery of white fuselage with the Flag of Scotland design on the aircraft tailfin.[citation needed]

Under Mr Al-Ani's ownership, there were reports of Air Scotland looking to lease two Lockheed L-1011 Tristar to utilise on services from Glasgow to Miami, New York City and Cuba,[1] and to fly between Glasgow and London Stansted Airport to Baghdad, but these failed to materialise.

At the start of October 2005 Mr Al-Ani sold his stake in the airline to H Top Hotels Group of Barcelona, Spain. However, administrative difficulties in transferring ownership of the airline resulted in the operator's solitary aircraft being grounded at Palma over unpaid fuel bills. Passengers were left stranded for up to 17 hours and in one instance armed police were called to calm angry passengers delayed in Palma.[2] The knock-on effect to the airline's network as a result of the delay was considerable. An aircraft was chartered from Fischer Air Polska to help clear the backlog, but returned to Poland empty after the pilot refused service to Air Scotland as he believed that they had not paid. Air Scotland had in fact transferred money to Fischer Air Polska's account that morning.[3]#

Destinations[edit]

Taken from air-Scotland.com in 2006:

Fleet[edit]

Air Scotland Fleet before closure
Aircraft Total Routes Notes
Airbus A320-211 1 Short-medium haul
Europe
Boeing 757-236 5 Short-medium haul
Europe

[citation needed]

On the day the Airline ceased trading, it operated a single A320-211 based in Glasgow, it had also operated a Boeing 757-200 which wore a combination of Air Scotland & Greece Airways decals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1 Evening Times
  2. ^ The Scotsman
  3. ^ BBC News Scotland

External links[edit]