Birmingham European Airways
|Operating bases||Birmingham International Airport|
|Headquarters||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
Birmingham European Airways was originally established in 1983 (as Birmingham Executive Airways). The airline as its name implies was based at Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB) in the UK and operated services geared towards business travellers. The airline began operations on 6 June 1983 with three Jetstream 31 aircraft, flying services from Birmingham to Copenhagen, Zurich and Milan. A Saab 340 was introduced in February 1985, but it suffered severe reliability problems in the airline's service, and was retired at the end of the year. To replace the Saab, Birmingham Executive chose the Gulfstream I, operating a wet-leased aircraft from September 1986, with the airline receiving the first of its own Gulfstreams, fitted out as 24-seat airliners in February 1987. Birmingham European Airways later introduced a number of BAC 1-11 aircraft into its fleet.
The airline's route network included points such as Amsterdam, Milan, Oslo, Stuttgart, Newcastle, Belfast and Cork.
In January 2006 there was news of a new "Birmingham European Airways" being established, once again using Jetstream aircraft to serve European destinations from Birmingham and with the stated aim of starting operations during 2006.
- Wright 1988, p. 16.
- Wright 1988, pp. 16–17.
- Wright, Alan J. (January 1988). "Birmingham Executive Relaunches". Aircraft Illustrated. Vol. 21 (No. 1): 16–18.
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