Donaldson International Airways

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Donaldson International Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1968
Ceased operations 1974
Destinations Europe
North America

Donaldson International Airlines was a British charter airline from 1968 to 1974.


Donaldson International Britannia 312 at Manchester Airport in 1971
Donaldson International Boeing 707 at Prestwick Airport, Scotland

Donaldson International Airways (a trading name of Donaldson Line (Air Services) Limited) was formed in 1968 to provide inclusive tour and charter flights for Mercury Air Holidays of Glasgow. The airline took delivery of two four-engined Bristol Britannia turboprop aircraft and commenced flights from its bases at London Gatwick Airport and Glasgow Airport.

As business expanded the airline acquired another two Britannia aircraft. These aircraft were also operated on charter flights from other major UK Airports including Manchester.

Donaldson Airways started charter flights across the North Atlantic with the delivery of two Boeing 707 aircraft in 1971. Another two 707s were obtained in 1972, and the Britannia aircraft were sold.

Three of the 707s were fitted with a cargo door to enable the airline to operate both passenger and freight charters. One Boeing 707 was used in all-cargo configuration during 1973 and 1974. Donaldson took part in the evacuation of Ugandan refugees during the 1972 expulsion of Asians from Uganda in 1972, flying a Boeing 707 to London Gatwick Airport as well as to London Stansted Airport.

In May 1974 the airline operated services for Iraqi Airways, but all flying ceased on 8 August 1974 and the Boeing 707s were repossessed by Pan American Airways.[citation needed]

Aircraft operated[edit]


  • Merton Jones, T. (1972). British Independent Airline & Operators Since 1947. UK: LAAS International. NONE. 
  • Pither, Tony (1998). The Boeing 707 720 and C-135. UK: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-236-X. 
  • Merton Jones, T., ed. (Autumn 1992). Propliner magazine issue 52 "Thistle-tailed Britannias". 

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