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IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1989
Ceased operations 3 December 2008
Hubs London Southend Airport
Fleet size 11
Destinations 16
Headquarters London Southend Airport, United Kingdom
Key people Alan Trotter, Gareth Evans, Kevin Callan

Flightline was an airline based in Southend-on-Sea, England. It operated branded wet lease, ad hoc and contract passenger and freight charter services, as well as VIP flights and aircraft sales and maintenance. Sub-services were flown for major airlines in Europe as required. Its main bases' were London Southend Airport.[1]

The company held a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, and was permitted to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[2]

Flightline operated up to 14 flights a day between Aberdeen (ABZ) and Scatsta in the Shetland Isles (SCS) on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell and other members of the IAC (Integrated Aviation Consortium). Offshore workers were flown to Scatsta Airport and then transferred onto helicopters to several oil platforms, however this contract was due to end in February 2009.

Flightline also had a maintenance facility at its Southend base which provided base maintenance for the BAe-146 fleet as well as a small number of 3rd party aircraft. The engineering facility was closed in July 2008 in order to raise more funds to keep the airline running.

At time of closure of the airline in December 2008, they had contracts to operate several services on behalf of British Airways out of London City Airport, and also for the Ford car company from their base at Southend (near the Ford European headquarters) to Cologne, Germany. The MD-80 fleet operated a range of holiday charter flights to the Mediterranean, Manchester being a common departure point. The MD-80 fleet were grounded at Southend in November 2008 due to the lack of business in the winter season. Upon Flightlines demise the airline had debts exceeding £6 Million.


The airline was established in April 1989 and started operations in 1990. It was formed for the purchase and sale of executive aircraft and operations and maintenance services for its own and customer's aircraft at Southend Airport. Initially it had two Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante aircraft (G-OFLT and G-FLTY) which operated mail and small parcel flights from Southend. It began jet operations in March 1992 operating on behalf of independent tour operator Palmair from Bournemouth until 1999. In November 2001 it took over the contract (previously operated by British World Airlines) between Aberdeen and Scatsta, transporting oil rig workers.

In August 2007, a Flightline plane operating from Lisbon, Portugal to Dublin, Ireland had to make an emergency go-around after the pilot mistook the lights of a local hotel for the runway and proceeded on approach towards it. The aircraft only diverted from its approach towards the 16 story hotel after being alerted to his mistake by Air Traffic Control.[3]

The company was placed into administration on 3 December 2008.[4]


A Flightline BAe 146-300 landing at Heathrow Airport, England. (2004)
A Flightline MD-83 parked at London Southend Airport, England. (2007)




The Flightline fleet consisted of the following aircraft (at July 2008):[5]

Flightline Fleet
Aircraft Total
BAe 146 8
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 3


  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 82. 
  2. ^ Operating Licence Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Incident Report
  4. ^ Tait, Jim (5 December 2008). "Eastern takes over early as Flightline goes bust". The Shetland Times. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  5. ^ UK CAA Aircraft Register

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