|Founded||1969 (as Gill Aviation)|
|Ceased operations||20 September 2001|
|Operating bases||Newcastle Airport|
|Headquarters||Newcastle Airport, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Michael Gill (Founder)|
Founded in 1969 by Michael Gill, the airline originally operated as Gill Aviation, mainly providing cargo and mail flights for various companies including the British Royal Mail. Following the acquisition of passenger aircraft in June 1989, the airline changed its name to Gill Air. The arrival of Fokker 100 aircraft in 1995 resulted in the airline entering into a codeshare agreement with Air France between Newcastle upon Tyne and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. The title of Gill Airways was adopted in 1995, to reflect the growing importance of passenger operations to the airline.
Administration and closure
After emerging from administration in 2000, the airline seemed to have a promising future ahead of it. However, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the principal financier, the Bank of Scotland, withdrew funding. The final day of operations was 20 September 2001, with the airline placed into liquidation and the loss of 240 jobs.
Revival and rebranding
On 1 September 2009, an application for a Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence was made by Gill Airways Ltd, of Birmingham. However, in early 2010, the company rebranded as Cello Aviation. The new company has nothing to do with the former Gill Airways, hence the change of name. Cello now successfully operates from Birmingham as a charter business jet company.
Gill Airways used to have the following types of aircraft:
Aircraft on display
- A Gill Airways Shorts 330 G-OGIL preserved in its original colours can be found at the North East Aircraft Museum, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear.
- "Contact Us." Gill Airways. 23 April 2000. Retrieved on 22 September 2010.
- http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/213/1916.pdf CAA[dead link]
- "Gill Airways fleet information". 2 February 2001. Archived from the original on 31 March 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
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