Tempair International Airlines

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Tempair International Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1972 (1972)
Ceased operations 29 November 1976 (1976-11-29)
Company slogan The airline's airline
Parent company Templewood Aviation International
Headquarters Windsor, Berkshire, England

Tempair International Airlines Ltd, more commonly known as Tempair, was a UK-based aircraft lease operator, founded in 1972.[1][2] The airline was headquartered in Windsor, Berkshire.[2] Mounting financial difficulties led to the liquidation of the company in late 1976.[3]

History[edit]

The company was formed in 1972 as a subsidiary of Templewood Aviation Ltd.[1] Since its main activity relied upon wet-leasing aircraft to other airlines, the company never operated services in its own right, but did so on other carriers' behalf; it also provided operating expertise and flight crews as required.[1] Although Tempair was a UK-registered airline, it had neither an operation certificate nor a license from that country.[4] Biman Bangladesh Airlines, DETA Mozambique Airlines, Merpati Nusantara and Somali Airlines were among the customers of Tempair.[2][5][6][7]

In June 1973 (1973-06), a Tempair Boeing 707-320 operated on behalf of Biman Bangladesh Airlines inaugurated the Dhaka–London route for the recently created Bangladeshi flag carrier.[8][9]

In 1974, two Boeing 707-320s previously operated by Türk Hava Yollari were acquired.[10] Throughout its history, Tempair operated Boeing 720Bs, Boeing 707s (-320 and -320C series), and Vanguards.[2][4][5]

In November 1975 (1975-11), Tempair won a contract worth US$1,500,000 (equivalent to $6,676,252 in 2016) to fly pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia and back, during the Hajj season, on behalf of Nigeria Airways.[11] In December the same year the airline, competing with Qantas, Trans Australia Airlines and Ansett, won a contract for operating a Boeing 720B on Air Niugini's behalf, as well as for providing the cabin and flight staff, and the maintenance of the aircraft.[4]

Following financial difficulties, the company ceased operations in late 1976, when a board meeting held on 29 November 1976 decided to liquidate the firm.[3][12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "World Airline Directory – Tempair International Airlines Ltd". Flight International: 960. 10 April 1976. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
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  3. ^ a b "World Airline Directory – Tempair International Airlines Ltd". Flight International: 984. 9 April 1977. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Tempair doubles business". Flight International: 844. 11 December 1975. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "World Airline Directory – Tempair International Airlines Ltd". Flight International: 505. 20 March 1975. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Somali 720B". Flight International: 173. 7 February 1974. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. Tempair International of Windsor has signed an agreement with Somali Airlines to operate a Boeing 720B for the airline for an initial period of 18 months. 
  7. ^ "Air Transport". Flight International: 53. 12 July 1973. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. Bangladesh Biman is operating an ex-Pan American Boeing 707-321 on lease from Tempair International, until delivery of its own 707-320C at the end of the year 
  8. ^ "Airlines updated". Flight International: 85. 19 July 1973. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. Bangladesh Biman opened a weekly service from Dacca to London via Bahrain on June 19, using a 707 leased from a division of Templewood Aviation. 
  9. ^ "Bangladesh to London". Flight International: 6. 5 July 1973. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. Bangladesh Biman last month inagurated its first service to London, from Dacca via Bahrain. Until its 707-320C is delivered in December the airline is using a 707-331 [sic] leased from Tempair International. 
  10. ^ "Air Transport" (PDF). Flight International: 708. 21 November 1974. Retrieved 7 January 2012. Tempair International Airlines has acquired two 707-321 s from Greyfln. The aircraft were previously operated by THY. 
  11. ^ "Tempair flies pilgrims" (PDF). Flight International: 784. 27 November 1975. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Tempair in difficulties" (PDF). Flight International: 1471. 20 November 1976. Retrieved 7 January 2012.