List of defunct airlines of the United Kingdom

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This is a list of defunct airlines of the United Kingdom.[1][2]

Airline Image IATA ICAO Callsign Commenced operations Ceased operations Notes
A2B Airways 2005 2006 Until 2005, was Flykeen Airways, then bought by British NorthWest Airlines
AB Airlines AB Airlines Boeing 737-300; G-OABA@SXF, July 1998 (8354046512).jpg 7L AZX AZTEC 1993 1999 Entered administration
Aberdeen Airways (1934) 1934 1937 Became Allied Airways
Aberdeen Airways (1989) Aberdeen Airways HS.748 McKnight-1.jpg SM 1989 1992
Aberdeen London Express 1994 1994
ACE Freighters Lockheed L-749A Constellation, G-ALAL, ACE Freighters.jpg 1964 1966
ACE Scotland Lockheed L-749A G-ASYF Ace Scot CVT 15.10.66 edited-3.jpg 1966 1966 Subsidiary company of ACE Freighters
Air 2000 Air 2000 Boeing 757-200 PER Wheatley-1.jpg DP AMM JETSET 1987 2003 Renamed/merged to First Choice Airways
Air Anglia Air Anglia F-27-200 Friendship.jpg AQ AQ 1970 1980 Merged with British Island Airways to form AirUK
Air Atlanta Europe Boeing 747-267B, Air Atlanta Europe JP5940566.jpg 5A EUK SNOWBIRD 2003 2006 Merged into XL Airways UK
Air Belfast 7L AZX 1995 1996 Former Air Bristol, integrated into AB Airlines.[3]
Air Bridge Carriers Vickers 808C Freightmaster, Air Bridge Carriers - ABC AN0639189.jpg 1972 Renamed/merged to Air Bridge
Air Bristol BAC 111-510ED One-Eleven, Air Bristol (European Aircharter - EAL) AN0215792.jpg 7L AZX 1992 1997 Formed by Brymon Airways's founder (Charles Stuart who died 1993), reorganized 1993 by British Aerospace. Doing business as AB Airlines from 1997.
Air Caledonian CSF 2003 2005 [4]
Air Cavrel ACL 1996 2002 [5]
Air Charter Limited Avro 685 York XF919.G-AMUS Air Charter STA 10.4.55 edited-2.jpg 1947 1960 To British United Airways[6]
Air Commerce 1938 1947 To British European Airways
Air Commuter British Aerospace BAe-3101 Jetstream 31, Air Commuter AN0634993.jpg 1984 Renamed/merged to Venture Airways[7]
Air Condor 1960 1960 [8]
Air Contractors 1946 1949
Air Cordial 2000 2004 Aircraft operated by Air Scandic
Air Couriers 1938
Air Ecosse G-BEDR-Trislander-AirEcosse.jpg EC ECS AIR ECOSSE 1977 1988 Mainly scheduled operations from Aberdeen, subsidiary of Fairflight Charters of Biggin Hill.
Air Enterprises 1946 1955
Air Europe Boeing 757-236 G-BNSF Air Europe Newcastle Airport.jpg AE AOE AIR EUROPE 1979 1991
Air Europe Express Short 360-100, Air Europe Express AN0193481.jpg AX AEE 1982 1991
Air Faisal Air Faisal Bristol 175 Britannia 253F at Manston Airport.jpg 1975 1979
Air Ferry Limited G-AIVF Vickers V610 Viking 3B Air Ferry LPL 25NOV64 (5641058013).jpg 1962 1968
Air Foyle HeavyLift Air Foyle Antonov 124; CCCP-82008, August 1991 (6162380428).jpg GS UPA FOYLE 1978 2006 Formed as a joint venture between Air Foyle and HeavyLift Cargo Airlines.
Air Freight 1967 1975 Renamed/merged to Skyways Aviation[9]
Air Gregory 1963 1968 [10]
Air International G-APPX V.702 Viscount Air Intl (stored) EMA FEB74 (5646896519).jpg AK 1971 1973 [11]
Air Kent G-BGFY Piper PA31 Navajo Chieftan Air Kent EMA 30-08-79 (30954717893).jpg 1979 1979
Air Kilroe G-OAKJ 1 B.Ae Jetstream 31 Air Kilroe MAN APR90 (6854883692).jpg 1978 1992 Merged to Eastern Airways
Air Kruise Ramsgate Airport Miles M65 Gemini 1A G-AJZO.jpg 1946 1958 [12]
Air Links G-ALDA HP Hermes 4 Air Links B-Hill 04MAY63 (6890683751).jpg 1958 1966 Renamed/merged to Transglobe Airways[13]
Air Luton Air Luton DC-3 G-ANAP at NCL (16143134805).jpg 1983 1986 [14]
Air Manchester Air Manchester BAC 1-11 (6222466954).jpg SUREWAY 1982 1982
Air Safaris HP.81 Hermes 4 G-ALDA Air Safaris Rwy 08.61 edited-2.jpg 1960 1962
Air Sarnia G-UERN Islander Air Sarnia CVT 30-05-86 (26652914904).jpg 1985 1990
Air Scandic Air Scandic Airbus A300 JetPix.jpg SCY AIRSCAN 2003 2005
Air Scandic International Aviation Airbus A300B4-203FF, Air Scandic AN0308678.jpg SCY AIRSCAN 1997 2003 Renamed/merged to Air Scandic
Air Scotland Air scotland boeing 757 SX-BLW.jpg GRE GREECE AIRWAYS 2003 2005
Air Southwest Airsouthwest.dash8.g-wowd.bristol.arp.jpg SZ WOW SWALLOW 2003 2011
Air Sylhet Air Sylhet Boeing 757-200 Simon.jpg SL SHR SYLHET 2007 2009
Air Transport Charter Douglas C-47A G-AJVZ Air Tpt Charter RWY 27.03.51.jpg 1947 1950
AirUK AirUK BAe 146-200 Volpati.jpg UK UKA UKAY 1980 1998 Renamed/merged to KLM uk
Air UK Leisure Boeing 737-2S3-Adv, Air UK Leisure AN0359210.jpg MV UKL LEISURE 1988 1999
Air Ulster 1967 1970 [15]
Air Wales Atr.airwales.artr42.arp.750pix.jpg 6G AWW RED DRAGON 2000 2006
Aircraft Transport and Travel DH16-AT&T.jpg 1916 1921
Airflight Avro Tudor - Airflight at Wunstorf - The Berlin Airlift 1948 - 1949 HU98411.jpg 1948 1950
Airspan Travel 1948 1952
Airfreight Express Airfreight Express Boeing 747-200 KvW.jpg 5Z AFX 1999 2003
Airtours Boeing 757-225, Airtours International Airways JP6213134.jpg VZ AIH KESTREL 1993 2002 Renamed/merged to MyTravel Airways
Airways International Cymru Airways International Cymru BAC 111-432FD One-Eleven Aragao-1.jpg AK CYM WELSHAIR 1984 1988
Airwork Limited Airwork Hermes IVA at Blackbushe.jpg AW 1928 1960 Merged with Hunting-Clan Air Transport to form British United Airways
Airworld Airworld Airbus A320 Spijkers.jpg RL AWD ENVOY 1994 1998
Alderney Air Ferries 1979 1985 Evolved into Metropolitan Airways[16]
Alidair G-AVJL V.812 Viscount Alidair MAN JUL74 (5658947373).jpg QA 1972 1981 Renamed/merged to Inter City Airlines
All Cargo Airlines UF 1978 1979 [17]
All Leisure Airways Airbus A320-231, All Leisure Airlines JP5943087.jpg ALT 1994 1997 Merged with TransAer International Airlines
Allied Airways De Havilland DH-89A Dominie, Caernarfon Air World (Atlantic Air Transport) AN0230937.jpg 1934 1947 Merged to British European Airways[18]
Alpha One Airways 2005 2006 Small regional airlines[19]
Ambassador Airways Boeing 737-204(Adv), Ambassador Airlines JP166806.jpg B3 AMY AMBASSADOR 1992 1994
Amber Airways DD ABM DIAMOND 1989 1990
Amberair Amberair Boeing 737-200 Aragao.jpg 1988 1989 Renamed/merged to Amber Airways
Anglo Cargo G-TOMO B1-11 Anglo Cargo (4158522690).jpg EC ANC 1983 1992
Aquila Airways Short Sunderland 3 of Aquila Airways.jpg 1948 1958
Astraeus Airlines Astraeus b737-700 g-strf arp.jpg 5W AEU FLYSTAR 2002 2011
Atlanta Airways Lockheed L-1011-385-1 TriStar 50, Atlanta Airways AN0452550.jpg KG 1996 1996 Renamed/merged to International Airways
Atlantic Air Transport Atlantic Air Transport Bristol 170 Freighter.jpg 1985 2007 Renamed/merged to RVL Aviation
Atlantic Airlines Atlantic.airlines.electra.g-lofd.arp.jpg NPT NEPTUNE 1994 2013 Renamed/merged to West Atlantic UK
Atlantic Express ATR 42-300, Atlantic Express JP5772251.jpg SBV RIPPLE 2007
Autair BAC 1-11 416EK G-AWXJ Autair Intnl Ringway 26.07.69 edited-2.jpg OU 1953 1969 Renamed/merged to Court Line Aviation
AV8 Air MNF AV8 2003 2004 [20]
BA Connect BA Connect Dash 8-311Q.jpg TH BRT BRITISH 2006 2007 Merged into flybe.
BAC Express Airlines Fokker F-27-500 Friendship, BAC Express Airlines AN0558259.jpg RPX 1994 2005 Renamed HD Air Ltd
Baltic Airlines G-BAPG Vickers V.814 Viscount Baltic Airlines MAN OCT88 (13793590903).jpg 1986 1989 Merged into British Air Ferries[21]
British European Airways (BEA) BAC 111-510ED One-Eleven, BEA - British European Airways AN1809096.jpg BE BEE BEALINE 1946 1974 Merged with British Overseas Airways Corporation to form British Airways
BEA Airtours BEA Airtours 707-436.jpg KT 1969 1974
Berlin European UK Boeing 737-3L9, Berlin European UK JP88108.jpg WZ RGN 1985 1991 Acquired by Germania
Birmingham European Airways BAC 111 Birmingham European G-BBMG, AMS Amsterdam (Schiphol), Netherlands PP1167662711.jpg BEA 1989 1992 Merged into Brymon Airways
Birmingham Executive Airways Birmingham Executive BAe 3102.jpg VB BEX BEA 1983 1989 Renamed/merged to Birmingham European Airways
BKS Air Transport Airspeed AS 57 Ambassador 2 G-AMAD, BKS Air Transport, Southend, UK, Oct 1966 (9184456733).jpg 1952 1970 Acquired by British European Airways and renamed Northeast Airlines
British Airways Helicopters British Airways Helicopters Vertol 234 G-BISP.jpg 1964 1986 Sold to Maxwell Aviation and renamed British International Helicopters
British Mediterranean Airways (B|MED) British Mediterranean A320-321.jpg KJ LAJ 2004 2007
bmi British Midland BMI Airbus A319-131 by Dn280.jpg BD BMA 2001 2012 Merged into British Airways
bmi Regional Embraer ERJ-135ER, bmi Regional JP6232293.jpg WW;BM GNT;BMR 2001 2015 Renamed/merged to Flybmi
bmibaby Bmibaby Boeing 737-36M (G-TOYJ) by Martin Woudstra.jpg WW BMI BABY 2002 2012 Acquired by British Airways and subsequently closed
BOAC-Cunard Vickers Super VC10 ‘G-ASGC’ (35785185993).jpg 1962 1966
Britannia Airways Britannia Airways Boeing 737-200 at Zurich Airport in May 1985.jpg BY BAL BRITANNIA 1964 2005 Renamed Thomsonfly
British Air Ferries Vickers 806 Viscount, British Air Ferries - BAF AN1915909.jpg VF BAF 1967 1993 Renamed/merged to British World Airlines
British Air Transport (BAT) DH.95 Flamingo Redhill 1953.jpg 1932 1951
British Airtours British Airtours 747-236B.jpg KT;4E 1974 1988 Founded as BEA Airtours, renamed British Airtours in 1974; to Caledonian Airways
British Airways Ltd CASA 352 (AKA Junkers Ju 52-3m) at RAF Museum Cosford.jpg 1935 1940 Merged with Imperial Airways to form British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
British Airways Ltd (2012–15) British Airways A318.jpg BA BAT GHERKIN 2012 2015
British Airways CitiExpress Embraer ERJ-145EU, British Airways (CitiExpress) JP154097.jpg TH BRT 2002 2006 Renamed/merged to BA Connect
British Airways World Cargo British Airways World Cargo 747-8 G-GSSE.jpg 2001 2014 Merged with Iberia Cargo to form IAG Cargo
British Amphibious Airlines 1932 1933
British Asia Airways BRITISH ASIA AIRWAYS B747-436 (G-BNLZ27091964).jpg BR BAW SPEEDBIRD 1995 2001 Part of British Airways
British Caledonian British Caledonian Boeing 747-200 Rees.jpg BR 1971 1988 Merged into British Airways
British Caledonian Airways Charter British Caledonian Charter DC-10-10.jpg JB 1982 1985 Renamed/merged to Cal Air International
British Cargo Airlines FF 1979 1980 [22]
British Caribbean Airways EO 1986
British Continental Airways 1935 1936 Merged into British Airways in 1936.[23]
British Eagle International Airlines G-AWDG B707-138B British Eagle LGW 01FEB69 (6052144525).jpg EG EGT 1963 1968
British European British European CRJ-200.jpg BE BEE 2000 2002 Renamed/merged to Flybe
British International Helicopters Pre-Flight - Aberdeen Airport - geograph.org.uk - 1470105.jpg BS BIH BRINTEL 2000 2012
British Independent Airways 1989 1991 [24]
BIA HP Herald 210 G-AVEZ BIA LGW 05.71 edited-3.jpg UK BIA BRITISLAND 1970 1980 Original BIA merged with Air Anglia, Air Wales and Air Westland to form AirUK; second BIA formed in 1982 from AirUK's charter operations
British Island Airways British Island Airways at Basle - 1985.jpg KD BIA BRITISLAND 1982 1990
British Marine Air Navigation Co Ltd 1923 1924 Merged with Handley Page Transport, Instone Air Line and Daimler Airway to form Imperial Airways
British Mediterranean Airways British Mediterranean Airways Airbus A320-231; G-MEDA@LHR;04.04.1997 (5491901680).jpg KJ LAJ 1994 2004 Renamed BMed[25]
British Midland Airways British Midland Airways Boeing 737-400; G-OBMN@LHR;04.04.1997 (5491356027).jpg BD BMA BEE MED 1964 2001 renamed to bmi british midland
British Midland Commuter G-GNTF SF.340A BMA Commuter MAN 28JUL99 (6923683219).jpg BD GNT 1998 2001 Renamed/merged to bmi Regional
British Midland International BMI 737-500 G-BVZH.jpg BD BMA MIDLAND 1938 2012 Founded as Air Schools Limited, renamed British Midland Airways in 1964, renamed British Midland International in 2001; integrated into British Airways
British NorthWest Airlines W9 BNW BRITISH NORTH 2001 2006 [26]
British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) BOAC Boeing 747-136 landing at Heathrow.jpg BA SPEEDBIRD 1939 1974 Merged to form British Airways
British Regional Airlines/British Airways Express ATR ATR-42-300, British Airways Express (Cityflyer Express) AN0220914.jpg TH MXE 1996 2002 Renamed/merged to British Airways Citiexpress Isle of Man
British United Airways (BUA) British United BAC 111.jpg BR BRITISH UNITED 1960 1970
British South American Airways (BSAA) 1946 1949 To British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
British United Air Ferries G-ANVR Bristol 170 Freighter 32 British United Air Ferries LPL 08OCT67.jpg BUAF 1963 1967 Renamed/merged to British Air Ferries
British United Island Airways (BUIA) British United Airways C-47A.jpg UK 1968 1970 Renamed/merged to British Island Airways
British Westpoint Airlines Douglas C-47A G-ALYF Br Westpoint RWY 10.65 edited-2.jpg 1963 1966
British World Airlines Boeing 737-3Y0, British World Airlines AN0205163.jpg VF BWL 1993 2001 See British United Air Ferries
Brymon Airways Brymon HPR-7.jpg BC BRY BRYMON 1972 1992 Merged with British Regional Airlines and renamed British Airways Citiexpress Limited
Brymon European Airways Brymon DHC-7-110.jpg BC BRY 1992 1993
Business Air Saab-Fairchild SF-340A(QC), Business Air AN0216713.jpg 1987 1996 Based at Aberdeen; eventually evolved in to bmi Regional
Buzz G-UKRC B.Ae 146-300 Buzz FRA 14JUN02 (8222731795).jpg PL BUZ BUZZ 1999 2003 Renamed/merged to Buzzaway
Buzzaway Buzz Boeing 737-300 KvW.jpg UKA;BUZ 2003 2003 Merged into Ryanair
Cal Air International Douglas DC-10-10 G-BJZD Cal Air RWY 25.06.88 edited-2.jpg EN CAI CALJET 1985 1988 Renamed/merged to Novair International Airways
Caledonian Douglas DC-7C G-AOIE Caledn RWY 240764 edited-1.jpg CA 1961 1970 Renamed/merged to Caledonian // BUA
Caledonian // BUA G-AWYV One-Eleven 501 Caledonian BUA MAN 14MAR71 (6785554123).jpg CA 1970 1971 Renamed/merged to British Caledonian
Cambrian Airways Cambrian viscount g-amon in 1963 arp.jpg CS CAMBRIAN 1955 1974 Merged into British Airways
Capital Airlines BZ CPG CAPITAL 1983 1990 [27]
CargoLogicAir G-CLAA (35222376085).jpg P3 CLU FIREBIRD 2015 2020
Cello Aviation G-RAJG (17755436409).jpg CLJ CELLOJET 2010 2018
Celtic Airways G-BIYH (14177529066).jpg CIC 1988 1993 Became part of Airwork Services
Channel Air Bridge ATL 98 Carvair G-ARSF, Channel Air Bridge, Southend, UK, 20 Jul 1962 (9127001119).jpg 1959 1962
Channel Airways Douglas DC-4 G-ARYY Channel RWY 02.06.63 edited-3.jpg CW Channel Air 1962 1972
Channel Express G-CELP Channel Express.jpg LS EXS CHANNEX 1983 2006 Renamed/merged to Jet2
Chieftain Airways PQ 1986 1987 [28]
Citelynx Embraer ERJ-135ER Citelynx G-CDFS, AMS Amsterdam (Schiphol), Netherlands PP1173001354.jpg 2005 2007
CityFlyer Express CityFlyer ATR-42.jpg CJ CFE FLYER 1992 2002
City Star Airlines Dornier 328-110, City Star Airlines AN0857085.jpg X9 ISL ISLANDIA 2003 2008
Club 328 SDJ SPACEJET 2005 2008 [29]
Cobham Air Routes Westland Wessex plane.jpg 1935 1935 Sold to Olley Air Services
Community Express Airlines Short 360-200, Community Express AN0197202.jpg 5V UNI 1993 1996 [30]
Continental Air Services 1957 1959 Renamed/merged to Continental Air Transport[31]
Continental Air Transport 1959 1960 [32]
Cougar Airlines G-OPMN B727-225 Cougar Airlines MAN 22SEP01 (6939319014).jpg GCR 2001 2003
Court Line Court Line Lockheed TriStar Manteufel.jpg OU COURTLINE 1969 1974 Originally Argus Air Transport, then became Autair (Luton), then Autair International Airways
Crilly Airways 1930s 1936 Aircraft purchased by British Airways Ltd and used to form British Airways Iberia Ltd
Cunard Eagle Airways G-ARKA Britannia 324 Cunard Eagle LHR 02SEP63 (5666673508).jpg EG 1960 1963 Renamed/merged to British Eagle
Daimler Airway DH34 Biplane 1.jpg 1922 1924 Merged with British Marine Air Navigation Co Ltd, Instone Air Line and Handley Page Transport to form Imperial Airways
Dan-Air Services Douglas C-47B G-AMSU Dan-Air BLA 09.04.55 edited-2.jpg DA DAN DAN-AIR 1953 1992 Merged in British Airways
Dan-Air Skyways Dan-Air Skyways Hawker Siddeley HS-748 at Le Bourget Airport.jpg 1972 1973
Debonair Debonair BAe 146-200.jpg 2G DEB DEBONAIR 1993 1999
Derby Airways G-ALHS Canadair C-4 Argonaut Derby Aws LPL 26MAR64 (5562138639).jpg 1959 1964 Renamed/merged to British Midland International
Derby Aviation G-AOFZ DC-3 Derby Aws MAN 14APR63 (5550561489).jpg 1949 1959 Renamed/merged to Derby Airways
Donaldson International Airways Bristol 175 Britannia 312 G-AOVF Donaldson RWY 4.9.71 edited-3.jpg DI DONALDSON 1964 1974
Duo Airways Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200LR, Duo Airways AN0437694.jpg VB DUO FLY DUO 2003 2004
Eagle Airways Vickers Viking 1B G-AIVO Eagle Aws Ringway 07.59 edited-2.jpg EG 1953 1960 Renamed/merged to Cunard Eagle Airways
East Anglian Flying Services DH.80A Puss Moth G-ABKZ (2) EAFS Ringway 11.06.48 edited-2.jpg 1947 1962 Renamed Channel Airways
Eastern Airways (1978-1981) CE;EN 1978 1981 [33]
Emerald Airways 1965 1967 [34]
Emerald Airways Emerald Airways G-JEMB Bae ATP (4) (22757931100).jpg G3 JEM GEMSTONE 1992 2006
Emerald European Airways YE 1994 1995 [35]
Euravia Lockheed L049 Const G-AMUP Euravia RWY 23.08.64 edited-3.jpg EY 1961 1964 Renamed Britannia Airways
Euroair Transport Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante, Euroair AN1447417.jpg EZ;VC URO;EUZ 1977 1997
Eurocity Express G-BNGF DHC Dash 7 EuroCity Express MAN SEP87 (12901103573).jpg II ECE 1986 1988 Founded by British Midland as Eurocity Express and renamed as London City Airways
Euroscot Express Airways BAC 111-510ED One-Eleven, Euroscot Express (European Aircharter - EAL) AN0198847.jpg MY EUJ Happyjet 1996 1999
Eurodirect British Aerospace BAe-3109 Jetstream 31, Euro Direct Airlines AN0597247.jpg 9R 1994 1995
EuroManx EuroManx Dash 8-311Q.jpg 3W EMX EUROMANX 2002 2008
European Aviation Air Charter European Air Charter Boeing 747-200 Zammit.jpg E7 EAF EUROCHARTER 1993 2008
Euroworld Airways Short 360-100 AN0215702.jpg 1991 1992 Renamed/merged to CityFlyer Express[36]
Excalibur Airways Excalibur Airways Airbus A320 Aragao.jpg EQ EXC Camelot/Excalibur 1992 1996
Excel Airways Boeing 757-225, Excel Airways AN0921460.jpg JN XLA EXPO 2000 2006 Renamed/merged to XL Airways UK
Executive Air Transport 1960 1972 [37]
Express Air Freight 1975 1980 Renamed/merged to Express Air Services[38]
Express Air Services Express Air Services Handley Page HPR-7 Herald 209 Marmet-1.jpg LS EXS 1980 1983 Renamed/merged to Channel Express
Falcon Airways HP.81 Hermes 4 G-ALDC Falcon Aws RWY 06.60 edited-2.jpg 1959 1961 AOC revoked due to safety concerns
First Choice Airways First choice b757-200 g-ooox lands arp.jpg DP FCA JETSET 2003 2008 Merged with Thomsonfly to create Thomson Airways
Flightline Flightline.bae146-300.g-bsns.arp.jpg B5 FLT FLIGHTLINE 1989 2008 Contract passenger and ad hoc charters
Fly Salone Fly Salone aircraft at Lungi airport cropped.jpg 5L 2015 2016
Flybe DASH.8-400 G-JEDR 4087 FLYBE PURPLE 09 02 15 TLS (16217391023).jpg BE BEE JERSEY 1979 2020 Entered administration
Flybmi Bmi embraer erj145 g-rjxd arp.jpg BM BMR MIDLAND 1987 2019 Went bankrupt
Flyglobespan Flyglobespan G-CDPT glasgow.jpg Y2 GSM GLOBESPAN 2002 2009
Flying Colours Airlines Flying Colours Airbus A320 Aragão.jpg MT FCL COLOURS 1996 2000 Merged with Caledonian Airways to form JMC Air
Flyjet Flyjet Boeing 757 Spijkers.jpg Y7 FJE FLY JET 2002 2007
Flykeen Airways JFK KEENAIR 1968 2005 Became A2B Airways, then bought by British NorthWest Airlines[39]
GB Airways GB Airways Boeing 737-200 Aragao.jpg GT GBL GEEBEE 1981 2008
Gibair Douglas C-47A G-AMFV Gibair EMA 11.04.70 edited-3.jpg 1947 1981 Renamed/merged to GB Airways[40]
Gill Airways Gill Air ATR-72 G-BWDA at AMS (15949325487).jpg 9C GIL GILLAIR 1995 2001
Global Supply Systems Global Supply Systems (British Airways World Cargo) Boeing 747-400F; G-GSSB@FRA;16.07.2011 609ia (6190039475).jpg XH GSS JET LIFT 2001 2014
Go Boeing 737-36N, Go Fly JP6327148.jpg GO GOE GO FLIGHT 1998 2003
Guernsey Airlines Guernsey Airlines Vickers Viscount Marmet-2.jpg HW;GE GER 1977 1989
Handley Page Transport Handley Page O.10 G-EATH Handley Page Transport Dübendorf - LBS SR02-10030.tif 1919 1924 Merged with British Marine Air Navigation Co Ltd, Instone Air Line and Daimler Airway to form Imperial Airways
HeavyLift Cargo Airlines NP HLA 1980 2002 Renamed/merged to HC Airlines[41]
Highland Airways British Aerospace Jetstream 31, Highland Airways JP472316.jpg 8H HWY HIWAY 1991 2010
Highland Express Airways Highland Express Boeing 747-100 rear Watt.jpg VY TTN TARTAN 1986 1987
Hillman's Airways 1931 1935 Merged with Spartan Air Lines and United Airways Limited to form Allied British Airways
Humber Airways HM 1968 1975 [42]
Hunting-Clan Air Transport Avro 685 York G-AMXM Hunting Clan Ringway 27.08.55 edited-3.jpg 1946 1960 Founded as Hunting Air Travel, renamed Hunting-Clan Air Transport in 1953, merged with Airwork Services to form British United Airways
Hunting Air Cargo Lockheed L-188C(PF) Electra, Hunting Cargo Airlines AN0252967.jpg AG;HG ABR;HTG 1992 1998 Renamed/merged to Air Contractors
IAS Cargo Airlines Douglas DC-8-55(F), IAS Cargo Airlines AN0573983.jpg FF 1971 1979
Imperial Airways Tanken van een vliegtuig Airplane provided with fuel.jpg 1924 1939 Merged with British Airways Ltd to form British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
Independent Air Transport / Blue-Air 1954 1959 Changed name to Blue-Air in 1958 after crash on 2 September 1958, went out of business the next year.[43]
Instone Air Line De havilland dh-18.jpg 1919 1924 Merged with British Marine Air Navigation Co Ltd, Handley Page Transport and Daimler Airway to form Imperial Airways
Instone Airline (1981) Bristol 170 Freighter Mk31, Atlantic Air Transport (Instone Air Line) AN0648798.jpg 1981 1996
Inter City Airlines Inter City Airlines Vickers Viscount Volpati-1.jpg QA 1981 1983
Inter European Airways Inter European Airways Airbus A320 Aragão.jpg IP IEA ASPRO 1986 1993 Merged with Airtours International Airways|Airtours International
Intra Airways Douglas C-47B Dakota 4 (DC-3), Intra Airways AN1279465.jpg JY 1969 1979
Invicta Airlines DC-4 G-ASZT Invicta MAN 20.08.66.jpg 1964 1971 Renamed/merged to Invicta International Airlines
Invicta International Airlines Invicta International Vickers Vanguard G-AZRE 01.jpg IM 1971 1981 Assets sold to Seabourne Aviation
Isle of Man Air Services IOMAS Rapide Ringway 1939.jpg 1937 1947
Janus Airways Janus Airways Handley Page Herald at Basle Airport - April 1984.jpg 1982 1986 Acquired by Euroair
Janes Aviation G-AMPZ Janes Aviation CVT 27-11-1988 (34443156055).jpg JAN JANES 2006 2009
Jersey Air Ferries Jersey Air Ferries Vickers Viscount Marmet-1.jpg 1983 1984
Jersey Airlines De Havilland DH-114 Heron 2B, Jersey Airlines AN0728286.jpg 1948 1963 Absorbed by British United Island Airways
Jersey European Airways Jersey European BAe 146-300.jpg JY JEA 1979 2000 Renamed/merged to British European
Jersey Airways DH84 ACMJ 1269.jpg 1943 1947 Became part of British European Airways
Jetstream Express JX JXT VANNIN 2007 2007
jetXtra.com 2012 2017 Virtual airline
JMC Air Boeing 757-2Y0, JMC Air JP5962513.jpg MT JMC 2000 2003 Rebranded to Thomas Cook Airlines
KLM uk KLM uk BAe 146-300 KvW.jpg UK UKA 1999 2002 Merged with KLM Cityhopper
Knight Air 1990s Based at Leeds; folded shortly after fatal crash of scheduled Leeds to Aberdeen flight 24 May 1995
Laker Airways Boeing 707-138B G-AVZZ Laker LGW 21.06.70.jpg GK LKR LAKER 1965 1982
Leisure International Airways G-UKLI B767-39HER Leisure Intl MAN 21MAY97 (6741773285).jpg MV ULE LEISURE 1992 1998 Merged into Air 2000
Lloyd International Airways Bristol 175 307 G-ANCD Lloyd Int STA 09.09.72 edited-2.jpg LW 1961 1972
London City Airways DHC-7 G-BOAY London City Aws LCY 31.10.88 edited-2.jpg LCY STOL 1986 1990 Founded by British Midland as Eurocity Express and later reabsorbed by British Midland
London European Airways G-BNIH BAC One-Eleven 561 London European Airways MAN JAN88 (13324820123).jpg UQ LON 1986 1991 Operated for a while as Ryanair Europe.
Macedonian Aviation 1972 1974 [44]
Maersk Air UK G-MSKJ (16478769526).jpg VB MSK BLUESTAR 1993 2003 Renamed/merged to Duo Airways[45]
Malinair WG MAK Malin 1985 1987 [46]
Manx Airlines Manx Airlines BAe 146-200 Aragao-2.jpg JE MNX MANX 1982 2002
Manx Airlines Europe MXE 1995 1996 Renamed/merged to British Regional Airlines / British Airways Express[47]
Markoss Aviation MKO 2001 2008 [48]
McAlpine Aviation British Aircraft Corporation BAC 1-11 Series 475EZ, McAlpine Aviation JP6071552.jpg MAL 1992
Mediterranean Express G-AZUK 1 BAC One-Eleven 476 Mediterranean Express MAN OCT87 (13029928254).jpg MEE 1986 1988
Mercury Airlines G-AOZN DH114 Heron 1 Mercury Airlines LPL 13JUN64 (6812537259).jpg 1957 1964
Meredith Air Transport 1952 1954 Became African Air Safaris
MK Airlines MK Airlines Boeing 747-200 Zammit.jpg 7G BGB BRITISH GLOBAL 2006 2010
Monarch Airlines G-EOMA 3 A330-243 Monarch PMI 27MAY12 (7281499666).jpg ZB MON MONARCH 1967 2017 Entered administration
Morton Air Services Douglas C-47B G-AMRA Morton LGW 06.68 edited-3.jpg 1945 1967 Absorbed into British United Island Airways
MyTravel Airways Mytravel.a320.takeoff.arp.750pix.jpg VZ MYT KESTREL 2002 2008 Merged into Thomas Cook Airlines
MyTravelLite Airlines Airbus A320-231, MyTravel Lite JP288614.jpg VZ MYL MY LITE 2002 2005 Reintegrated into its parent airline MyTravel Airways
Nexus Airlines 2005
Northeast Airlines Vickers Viscount 806 G-APEY Northeast LHR 22.08.71 edited-3.jpg NS Norjet 1970 1976 Merged into British Airways
North-South Airlines 1959 1962 [49]
Novair International Airways Boeing 737-46B, Novair International Airways JP5947866.jpg EN NGK STARJET 1988 1990
OpenSkies G-BPEJ OpenSkies (British Airways) (3706934323).jpg EC BOS 2007 2009
Orion Airways (1956) 1956 1960 Blackbushe Airport based Viking operator[50]
Orion Airways Orion Airways Airbus A300 Aragao.jpg KG ORN ORION 1979 1989 East Midlands Airport based Jet operator
Overseas Aviation 1957 1961 [51]
Paramount Airways McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (DC-9-83), Paramount Airways AN0607447.jpg QJ PAT PARAMOUNT 1987 1989 Entered receivership
Peach Air Peach Air Boeing 737-200 Spijkers.jpg KGC GOLDCREST 1997 1998 Merged with Flying Colours Airlines to form JMC Air
Prime Airlines Prime Airlines Airbus A300 Aragao.jpg PRM PRIME AIR 2001 2002 Formed by HeavyLift Cargo Airlines
Princess Air G-PRIN B.Ae 146-200 Princess Air MAN OCT90 (6035193386).jpg 8Q PRN WHISPERJET 1989 1991 Charter airline passenger/freight with two aircraft
Provincial Airways 1933 1935
Railway Air Services DH.89 Dragon Rapide G-ACPR Rly AS Ringway 07.38 edited-2.jpg 1933 1947 Nationalised and merged into British European Airways
Redcoat Air Cargo Bristol 175 Britannia 253F, Redcoat Air Cargo AN1287454.jpg RY 1977 1982
Regionair JA RGL 1987 1991 Scheduled passenger Southend to Brussels/Rotterdam/Paris
Rockhopper 2003 2006 Renamed Blue Islands
Sabre Airways Boeing 727-276 G-BNNI Sabre RWY 23.07.95 edited-3.jpg JN SBE 1994 2001 Renamed XL Airways UK
Scimitar Airlines Boeing 707-321C (Scimitar AL) at FRA.jpg JA 1979 1982
ScotAirways Scotairways G-BWIR Dundee airport.jpg CB SAY 1999 2011 Renamed/merged to Suckling Airways
Scottish Airlines Douglas C-47B G-AMJU Scottish Als RWY 11.52 edited-2.jpg 1946 1961 Prestwick based
Scottish European Airways Hawker Siddeley HS-748 Srs2A-334, Scottish European Airways AN0199482.jpg WW SEU 1988 1990
Silver City Airways Douglas C-47B G-AMYX Silv City RWY 13.02.54 edited-2.jpg SS 1947 1962 Became part of British United Air Ferries
Silverjet Silverjet.b767-200.g-sjet.arp.jpg Y7 SLR SILVERJET 2006 2008 Bankruptcy, business class only
Skysouth G-STHA-Navajo.jpg SDL 2006 2009
Skyways Coach-Air Limited Hawker Siddeley HS-748 Srs.1-101, G-ARMX, Skyways Coach Air.jpg SX 1956 1971 Renamed Skyways International
Skyways International SY 1971 1972 [52]
Skyways Limited Lockheed L749A G-ANUR Skyways Ringway 11.08.63.jpg 1946 1962 Taken over by Euravia
South Coast Airways Douglas DC-3, South Coast Airways JP5981650.jpg GAD 1995 2002
South East Air G-ATIG HP Herald 214 South East Air CVT 13-12-87 (30388695205).jpg XX 1987 1988
South West Aviation UX 1966 1973 [53]
Southern International Air Transport G-CSZA V,Viscount Southern International CVT 08-05-79 (19535969201).jpg CS 1976 1981 [54]
Spartan Air Lines 1933 1935 Merged with United Airways Limited to form British Airways Ltd
Starways G-APZB 1 V.707 Viscount Starways LPL 01JAN64 (5646897331).jpg 1948 1963 Bought by British Eagle
Suckling Airways Dornier 228-202K, Suckling Airways AN0205272.jpg CB SAY 1984 1999 Integrated into its parent company Loganair
Sunjet Airlines Boeing 737-3Q8, Sunjet (Air Foyle (British Airways)) AN0491327.jpg SUJ 2002 2003 Renamed/merged to Now Airlines
TAC Heavylift Transmeridian Air Cargo Short Belfast at Stansted - 1979.jpg 1978 1980 Renamed/merged to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines
TBG Airways Lockheed L-1011-1 Tristar, TBG Airways JP14657.jpg 1996 1997
TEA UK TEA UK Boeing 737-200 Aragao.jpg EQ TUK 1989 1991
Tempair International Airlines 1972 1976
Thomas Cook Airlines Thomas Cook Airbus A321 (35367258335).jpg MT TCX THOMAS COOK 2003 2019 Entered liquidation
Thomsonfly Thomsonfly Boeing 737-800 Spijkers.jpg BY BAL 2005 2008 Merged with First Choice Airways to form Thomson Airways
Thomson Airways Thomson Airways, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, G-TUIA (18570987296).jpg BY BAL TOMSON 2008 2016 Renamed TUI Airways
Tradair Vickers Viscount 707, G-APZC, Tradair.jpg 1957 1962 Taken over by Channel Airways, Southend based, Viking aircraft[23]
Tradewinds Airways Canadair CL-44D-4 G-AWDK Tradewinds LGW 18.05.74 edited-3.jpg IK IKA Tradewinds 1967 1990
Trans European Aviation Lockheed L-049E Constellation, G-AMUP, Trans-European Airways.jpg 1959 1962 Renamed Trans European Airways in 1961
Transair Douglas C-47B G-AMVL Transair Ringway 07.02.53 edited-2.jpg 1947 1960 Absorbed into British United Airways (BUA)
Transglobe Airways G-ATGD B175 Britannia 314 Transglobe Aws PMI 11SEP65 (5666674556).jpg 1959 1968
Transmeridian Air Cargo Canadair CL-44D-4 G-AXUL Tr Meridian STA 16.05.76 edited-2.jpg KK TRANSMERIDIAN 1971 1981 Merged with IAS Cargo Airlines to form British Cargo Airlines
UK International Airlines IH UKI MAGENTA 2005 2007 [55]
United Airways Limited A.W. Argosy United Airways 1935.jpg 1934 1935 Merged into Allied British Airways
Virgin Atlantic Little Red Virgin Atlantic "Little Red" Airbus A-320 (8641959763).jpg VS VIR VIRGIN 2013 2015 Operated on a wet-lease by Aer Lingus
Virgin Sun Airlines Virgin Sun Airbus A320-214; G-VMED, June 2001 (8297179365).jpg VS VIR VIRGIN 1998 2001 Sold to Air 2000
Westminster Airways 1946 1949
Westpoint Aviation 1960 1963 Renamed/merged to British Westpoint Airlines[56]
Whoosh SP-KCN-ATR42-0282.jpg W2 2007 2007 Formed in partnership with White Eagle Aviation, Poland. Started services 29 May 2007 using White Eagle's AOC. Ceased all ops on 9 December 2007.
World Airlines World Airlines BAe 146-200A Durand.jpg W2 WRD 1995 1996
XL Airways UK XL767-g-vkng.jpg JN XLA EXPO 2006 2008 Bankruptcy, was Sabre Airways
Yorkshire European Airways 1992 1993 See Air Britain Pictures[57]. YEA operated flights between Southampton, Leeds/Bradford and Edinburgh
Zoom Airlines Limited G-CZNA B767-306ER Zoom UK YVR 26JUN08 (3193173361).jpg ZX UKZ FLYZOOM 2007 2008

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  6. ^ Air Charter. "Air Charter". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  7. ^ Air Commuter. "Air Commuter". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  8. ^ Air Condor. "Air Condor". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  9. ^ Air Freight. "Air Freight". Retrieved 27 March 2019.
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