List of defunct airlines of the United Kingdom

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This is a list of defunct airlines of the United Kingdom.

Table[edit]

An ATR 42 of Air Wales, ceased flying in 2006.
A Boeing 737-300 of Buzz, acquired by Ryanair in 2003.
A BAe 146 of World Airlines.
Name Year of
establishment
Year of
disestablishment
Notes
A2B Airways 2005 2006 Until 2005, was Flykeen Airways, then bought by British NorthWest Airlines
AB Airlines 1993 1999
Aberdeen Airways 1934 Became Allied Airways
Aberdeen Airways 1989 1992
ACE Freighters 1964 1966
ACE Scotland 1966 1966
African Air Safaris 1954 1959 became Air Safaris
Air 2000 1987 2004 became First Choice Airways
Air Anglia 1970 1980 became AirUK
Air Atlanta Europe 2003 2006 taken over and merged into XL Airways
Air Bristol 1982 1993 became AB Airlines
Air Caledonian 2003 2005
Air Cavrel 1997 1999
Air Charter 1947 1960 to British United Airways
Air Commerce 1938 1947 to British European Airways
Air Contractors 1946 1949
Air Cordial 2000 2004 Aircraft operated by Air Scandic
Air Couriers 1938
Air Enterprises 1946 1955
Air Europe 1979 1991
Air Ferry Limited 1961 1968
Air Foyle HeavyLift 2001 2006
Air International 1971 1973
Air Kent 1979 1979
Air Kilroe 1978 1992 to Eastern Airways
Air Kruise 1946 1956
Air Manchester 1982 1982
Air Safaris 1959 1961
Air Sarnia 1985 1990
Air Scandic 1997 2005
Air Scotland 2002 2005
Air Southwest 2003 2011
Air Transport Charter 1947 1950
Air UK Leisure 1987 1996
Air Wales 1997 2006
Aircraft Transport and Travel 1919 1921
Airflight 1948 1950
Airspan Travel 1948 1952
Airtours International Airways 1990 2004
AirUK 1980 1998 became KLM uk
Airways International Cymru 1984 1988
Airwork Limited 1928 1960 to British United Airways
Airworld 1994 1998
Alidair 1972 1982
Allied Airways 1934 1947 to British European Airways
Alpha One Airways 2005 2006 Small regional airline
Ambassador Airways 1992 1994
Aquila Airways 1948 1958
Astraeus Airlines 2002 2011
AV8 Air 2003 2004
BA Connect 2006 2007 to Flybe
Berlin European UK 1986 1991
Birmingham European Airways 1983 1992
BKS Air Transport 1952 1970 acquired by British European Airways and renamed Northeast Airlines (UK)
bmibaby 2002 2012 acquired by British Airways and subsequently closed
Britannia Airways 1964 2005 renamed Thomsonfly
British Air Ferries 1967 1993 renamed British World Airlines in 1993, see British United Air Ferries
British Air Transport 1932 1951
British Airtours 1969 1988 Started in 1969 as BEA Airtours, renamed British Airtours in 1974, then renamed to Caledonian Airways in 1988.
British Airways Ltd. 1935 1939
British Airways World Cargo 2001 2014 Merged with Iberia Cargo to form IAG Cargo
British Amphibious Airlines 1932 1933
British Asia Airways 1995 2001 part of British Airways
BCAL - British Caledonian Airways 1970 1988 acquired by British Airways
British Cargo Airlines 1979 1980
British Continental Airways 1935 1936 Merged into British Airways in 1936.[1]
British Eagle 1948 1968
British European Airways (BEA) 1946 1974 to British Airways
British European 2000 2002 became Flybe, was Jersey European Airways
British International Helicopters 2000 2012
British Island Airways 1970 1991
British Marine Air Navigation Co Ltd 1923 1924
British Mediterranean Airways (BMED) 1994 2007 acquired by bmi
British Midland International (BMI) 1938 2012 integrated into British Airways
British NorthWest Airlines 2001 2006
British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) 1939 1974 to British Airways
British South American Airways (BSAA) 1946 1949 to British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
British United Air Ferries 1963 2001 Renamed British Air Ferries in 1967, and in 1993, renamed British World Airlines.
British United Airways 1960 1970 merged with Caledonian as British Caledonian
British United Island Airways 1968 1970
British World Airlines 1993 2001 see British United Air Ferries
Brymon Airways 1972 2002
Brymon European Airways 1992 1993
Buzz 1999 2003 acquired by Ryanair
Cal Air International 1985 1988 rebranded as Novair
Caledonian Airways 1961 1970
Caledonian Airways 1988 2000
Cambrian Airways 1935 1976
Capital Airlines 1987 1992
Channel Air Bridge 1958 1962 to British United Air Ferries, originally Air Charter
Channel Airways 1962 1971
Channel Express 1978 2006 to Jet2.com
CityFlyer Express 1991 2002
Club 328 2005 2008
Cobham Air Routes 1935 1935 Sold to Olley Air Services
Cunard Eagle Airways 1960 1962
Court Line 1957 1974 Originally Argus Air Transport, then became Autair (Luton), then Autair International Airways
Daimler Airway 1922 1924
Dan-Air 1953 1992 to British Airways
Debonair 1995 1999
Derby Aviation 1949 1959 Forerunner of British Midland International
Donaldson International Airways 1968 1974
Duo Airways 2003 2004
Eagle Aviation 1948 1960
East Anglian Flying Services 1947 1962 renamed Channel Airways
Emerald Airways 1987 2006
Euravia 1961 1964 renamed Britannia Airways
Euroair 1977 1987
Eurocity Express 1986 1990 renamed London City Airways
Eurodirect 1994 1995
EuroManx 2002 2008
European Aviation Air Charter 1989 2008
Excalibur Airways 1992 1996
Falcon Airways 1958 1962
First Choice Airways 2004 2009 merged with Thomsonfly to create Thomson Airways
Flightline 1988 2008 Contract passenger and ad hoc charters
Flyglobespan 2002 2009 Bankruptcy
Flying Colours 1997 2000
Flyjet 2002 2006 became Silverjet
Flykeen Airways 1968 2005 Became A2B Airways, then bought by British NorthWest Airlines
GB Airways 1931 2008 acquired by EasyJet
Gill Airways 1969 2001
Global Supply Systems 2001 2014
Go Fly 1998 2003 acquired by EasyJet
HC Airlines 1978 2002
Handley Page Transport 1919 1924 formed part of Imperial Airways
Heavylift Cargo Airlines 1970s 2001 became part of Air Foyle HeavyLift
Highland Express Airways 1984 1987
Hillman's Airways 1931 1935
Hunting-Clan Air Transport 1946 1960 to British United Airways
Imperial Airways 1924 1939 became 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.[2]
Instone Air Line 1919 1924
Inter European Airways 1988 1993 merged with Airtours International
Invicta International Airlines 1964 1981
Isle of Man Air Services 1937 1947
Janus Airways 1983 1987 acquired by Euroair
Janes Aviation 2006 2009
Jersey Airlines 1948 1962 to Silver City Airways
Jersey Airways 1933 1947 to British European Airways
Jersey European Airways 1979 2000 became British European
Jetstream Express 2007 2007
JMC Air 2000 2003 renamed Thomas Cook Airlines
KLM uk 1998 2003 integrated into KLM Cityhopper
Laker Airways 1966 1982
Leisure International Airways 1988 1998 merged into Air 2000
Lloyd International Airways 1961 1972
London City Airways 1986 1990
London European Airways 1985 1991 Operated for a while as Ryanair Europe.
Maersk UK 1983 2003
Manx Airlines 1982 2002
Meredith Air Transport 1952 1954 Became African Air Safaris
MK Airlines 2006 2010
Morton Air Services 1945 1968
MyTravel Airways 1990 2007 merged into Thomas Cook Airlines
Northeast Airlines 1970 1976 merged into British Airways
Novair International Airways 1988 1990
Orion Airways (1956) 1956 1960 Blackbushe based Viking operator
Orion Airways 1979 1989 East Midlands based Jet operator
Overseas Aviation 1955 1961
Paramount Airways 1987 1989 Entered receivership
Peach Air 1997 1998
Prime Airlines 2001 2002
Princess Air 1989 1991 charter airline passenger/freight 2 aircraft
Provincial Airways 1933 1935
Railway Air Services 1933 1947 Nationalised and merged into BEA
Redcoat Air Cargo 1977 1982
Region Air 1985 1992 Scheduled passenger Southend to Brussels/Rotterdam/Paris
Rockhopper 2003 2006 renamed Blue Islands
Sabre Airways 1994 2001 renamed XL Airways UK
Scimitar Airlines 1979 1982
Scottish Airlines 1946 1961 Prestwick based
Silver City Airways 1947 1962 became part of British United Air Ferries
Silverjet 2006 2008 Bankruptcy, business class only
Skysouth 2006 2009
Skyways Coach-Air Limited 1955 1972 renamed Skyways International, to Dan-Air
Skyways Limited 1946 1962 taken over by Euravia
South West Aviation 1966 1973
Spartan Air Lines Ltd 1933 1935
Starways 1948 1963 bought by British Eagle
Thomsonfly 2004 2008 merged with First Choice Airways to form Thomson Airways
Tradair 1957 1962 taken over by Channel Airways, Southend based, Viking aircraft[1]
Tradewinds Airways 1967 1990
Transair 1947 1960 absorbed into British United Airways (BUA)
Transglobe Airways 1959 1968
Transmeridian Air Cargo 1971 1981
UK International Airlines 2005 2007
United Airways Limited 1934 1935 merged into Allied British Airways
Virgin Sun Airlines 1998 2001 sold to Air 2000
Westminster Airways 1946 1950
World Airlines 1996 1996
XL Airways UK 1994 2008 Bankruptcy, was Sabre Airways
Zoom Airlines Limited 2002 2008 Bankruptcy

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Airlines - UK". The World's Airlines: Past, Present and Future. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Independent Air Transport/Blue-Air". Nostalgia Pages. Hampshire Airfields. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

References[edit]

  • Halford-MacLeod, Guy. (2006). British Airlines Volume 1: 1946-1951. UK: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-3696-1. 
  • Merton Jones, A. (1972). British Independent Airlines since 1946, Volume One. UK: LAAS International.