Titan Airways

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Titan Airways
Titan Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1988
AOC # 1212
Fleet size 11
Headquarters London Stansted Airport,
United Kingdom
Key people Gene Willson
Website titan-airways.com

Titan Airways is a British charter airline founded in 1988 and based at London Stansted Airport. The carrier specialises in short notice ACMI and wet lease operations as well as ad-hoc passenger and cargo charter services to tour operators, corporations, governments and the sports and entertainment sectors.[2] The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats [3] and currently operates a fleet of 11 aircraft.[2]


Titan Airways Short 330 in 1994

Founded in 1988 as a subsidiary of the Artac Freight and Shipping Group, Titan Airways was named after its first aircraft type, a Cessna 404 Titan. The aircraft was mainly used to carry car parts between various Ford/General Motors facilities in the UK and Europe, but it was also available for ad hoc freight charters and ultimately passenger charters. By 1993, the fleet had grown to include an Embraer Emb 110 Bandeirante, two Short SD 330s and three SD 360s.[4]

The airline’s success attracted investment group 3i which took a stake in the company in 1995. Two ATR 42s were also added before the first jet – a BAe146-200QC – was acquired in 1996. This was the first containerised jet used by the Royal Mail, but it also operated many passenger charter flights and airline sub-services. As the Mail contract grew in size, the first of five Boeing 737-300s was introduced in 1999.[4]

The airline has been consistently profitable, turning a profit in 24 of its 27-year history and has ranked in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 league table on four occasions since the year 2000.[5] In the early 2000s (decade) Titan Airways found an additional niche in the market, pioneering a rapid response Go Now sub-charter service for airlines experiencing operational problems. The innovative concept earned the company Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2001.[6]

Demand by customer airlines for more seats and greater range led to the acquisition of two 757-200s in 2003 and 2005, with one aircraft having a VIP interior for corporate use. In 2006 Titan achieved ETOPS rating for the aircraft, enabling long haul charters to the USA and Middle East. The largest aircraft in the Titan family, a 265-seat B767-300, joined the fleet in 2009, and the smallest, a new Cessna Citation CJ2+ arrived in December 2011.[7]

In 2012 Titan became an independent company, following a management buyout that leaves Gene Willson, Managing Director and one of the original founders, as the sole share holder.[8]

Titan added its first Airbus aircraft, a Airbus A320,[9] to its fleet in early Spring 2013. This addition was the first step in its long-term fleet strategy which will see Titan's current fleet of Boeing aircraft gradually being replaced newer and more efficient Airbus aircraft over the next five to six years.[10] Two additional A320s joined the fleet in early 2015.[11]

September 2015 saw Titan announce that they plan to add a Airbus A319 and a Airbus A321 to the fleet before the start of Summer 2016 and that they are considering adding the smallest member of the Airbus A320 family, a Airbus A318, to their fleet.[12]


Airline sub-charter and lease[edit]

Titan Airways provides short, medium or long term wet and damp lease operations worldwide to third party carriers. The UK carrier also operates short notice sub-charter services, with the ability to launch aircraft within 60 minutes when airline customers experience unexpected operational problems.[13]

Tour Operator Flight Series[edit]

Titan Airways operates charter flights on a seasonal basis to a number of destinations on behalf of UK-based tour operators and cruise companies. Longstanding tour operator partnerships include regular operations from UK airports to Calvi in Corsica, Lourdes and Chambéry in France, Turin in Italy,[14] Dalaman in Turkey, Preveza in Greece and Banjul in the Gambia.[15]

Ad Hoc Charter[edit]

Aside from these regular seasonal routes, Titan Airways operates long and short haul flights on an ad hoc basis on behalf of individuals, blue chip companies, Premier League football teams, high-profile personalities and pop/rock groups.[2]

Corporate events[edit]

Titan Airways sometimes uses their aircraft in product launches, trade shows, promotional events and hospitality trips for other companies. [16]

Royal Mail[edit]

Titan Airways’ cooperation with the Royal Mail dates back to the early 1990s when operations begin with the carrier’s Shorts 360 and ATR42 aircraft. In 1996 the carrier’s BAe 146-200 fleet superseded the smaller aircraft before being joined, and ultimately replaced, by Titan’s Boeing 737-300QC’s. The aircraft operated on behalf of the Royal Mail with nightly flights from Stansted to Edinburgh and to Belfast.[17]


Titan Airways carries out deportation flights for the Home Office.[18]


Titan Airways' Boeing 767 operated to the Falkland Islands on behalf of the UK Ministry of Defence for two years until September 2012; with twice-weekly flights departing from RAF Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, to RAF Mount Pleasant via RAF Ascension Island.[19] Titan Airways' RJ100 aircraft has been based in Sharjah on contract to the UK MoD since 2011.[20] The RJ100 superseded Titan Airways' BAe 146 operations in the Persian Gulf region which dated back to 2009.[21]


Titan Airways Boeing 737-300 wearing the old livery
Titan Airways Boeing 757-200 wearing the old livery

As of March 2016, the Titan Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft [22][23]

Titan Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 1 TBA
Airbus A320-200 3 168
Airbus A321-200 1 1 212 212
Boeing 737-300QC 1 130 130
Boeing 737-400QC [24] 1 TBA
Boeing 757-200 2 80 80 Flexible business or economy class configurations.
40 108 148
202 202
Boeing 767-300ER 1 265 265 All-economy class configuration.
Titan Airways Executive Fleet
Boeing 737-300 1 44 44
Cessna Citation CJ2+ 1 6 6
Embraer Legacy 650 1 TBA
Total 11 3



  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.eraa.org/titan-airways
  3. ^ Operating Licence
  4. ^ a b http://www.airlinerworld.com/view_issue.asp?ID=4927
  5. ^ http://www.fasttrack.co.uk/fasttrack/leagues/dbResults.asp?searchName=titan+airways&image.x=0&image.y=0
  6. ^ "Top honour for air charter operator". East Anglia Daily Times. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.ascendworldwide.com/2011/11/titan-airways-expands-fleet-with-cessna-citation-and-boeing-757s.html
  8. ^ http://archive.atwonline.com/airline-finance-data/news/titan-airways-management-buyout-completed-0222
  9. ^ Titan add first Airbus aircraft to fleet
  10. ^ Titan to replace Boeing fleet with Airbus aircraft
  11. ^ A320 fleet triples/fleet plans revealed
  12. ^ Titan to add a A319 and a A321 during 2016 considering adding A318
  13. ^ "Titan Airways expands airline support role". Traveldailynews.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  14. ^ http://www.incentivetravel.co.uk/news/airportairline/20047-titan-airways-increases-ski-flight-programme
  15. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/breaking-news/249715/titan-to-fly-to-banjul-for-the-gambia-experience/
  16. ^ "Titan Airways : Corporate Events". www.titan-airways.com. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  17. ^ http://postandparcel.info/56762/news/companies/titan-airways-in-line-for-royal-mail-airmail-contract/
  18. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/26/home-office-set-to-deport-more-asylum-seekers-activists-say
  19. ^ "Falklands Air Bridge". Titan-airways.com. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  20. ^ "Arabian Aerospace - Titan Airways bolsters fleet with BAe Avro RJ100 for Persian Gulf missions". Arabianaerospace.aero. 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  21. ^ "BAe 146-300 to Operate for UK MoD Under Titan Airways Contract". Asdnews.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ UK Civil Aviation Authority civil aircraft register search, using "Titan Airways" as the search results. Search carried out 4 July 2015
  24. ^ [2]. Search carried out 30 August 2016


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