Atlantic Airlines (United Kingdom)

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Atlantic Airlines
West atlantic logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2001
Operating bases Coventry Airport
Secondary hubs East Midlands Airport
Bournemouth Airport
Fleet size 12
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 as part of the West Atlantic Group. The company fleet is composed of Boeing 737 and British Aerospace ATP aircraft. 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 merged with the Swedish airline "West Air Europe" in 2008 to establish the West Atlantic Group.

Atlantic Airlines holds an EU Ops Air Operators Certificate with the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority and a Type A Operating Licence, permitting it to carry cargo and mail on aircraft.[1]


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.[2]

In October 2008, it was announced that the airline would merge with West Air Sweden to form a new airline called West Atlantic with its headquarters in Sweden.[3][4]

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.[5] Atlantic Airlines moved all Coventry flights to Birmingham on a temporary basis as a result.[6] However, the airline recommenced operations out of Coventry Airport due to the re-opening after it was bought by Sir Peter Rigby.

In early 2013, Atlantic Airways retired the last Lockheed L188 Electra from its fleet in Cargo service. Atlantic was the last operator of the type outside of Canada and subsequently, most of the fleet was sold and transferred to companies in Canada.


Atlantic Airlines serves daily the following destinations:

Terminated destinations[edit]


Former Atlantic Airlines Lockheed L-188 Electra

The Atlantic Airlines fleet included the following aircraft (as at October 2016)[7]

Atlantic Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders
Boeing 737-300F 6
Boeing 737-400F 6
Total 12 0


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