Titan Airways

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Titan Airways
Titan Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1988
AOC # 1212
Fleet size 11 (+2 orders)
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 10 aircraft.[2]

All of Titan Airways' aircraft operate under UK registrations with regular maintenance governed by the UK (CAA) Civil Aviation Authority and EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). The carrier is registered under the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) programme.[4]


Titan Airways Short 330 in 1994

Founded in 1988, Titan Airways was named after its first G-registered aircraft, a Cessna Titan 404. 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.[5]

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.[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 factory-bought Cessna Citation CJ2+ arrived in December 2011.[7]

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

In 2013 Titan Airways successfully achieved IATA’s Operational Safety Audit, IOSA, registration.[9] In the same year the carrier added the first of three Airbus A320 aircraft.[10]

Titan Airways 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.[11]

Titan Airways has won the BACA Best Passenger Charter Airline Award on multiple occasions including on three consecutive occasions in 2012, 2013 and 1014.[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]

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. Today, and until at least 2017, these aircraft continue to be operated on behalf of the Royal Mail with nightly flights from Stansted to Edinburgh and to Belfast.[16]


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.[17] Titan Airways' RJ100 aircraft has been based in Sharjah on contract to the UK MoD since 2011.[18] The RJ100 superseded Titan Airways' BAe 146 operations in the Persian Gulf region which dated back to 2009.[19]


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

As of October 2015 the Titan Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft [20][21]

Titan Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 1 TBC TBC Planned to enter service early Spring 2016[22]
Airbus A320-200 3 168 168
Airbus A321-200 1 TBC TBC Planned to enter service early Summer 2016 [23]
Boeing 737-300QC 3 44 44
130 130
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
Cessna Citation CJ2+ 1 6 6
Total 11 2

Fleet modernisation[edit]

Titan added its first Airbus aircraft, a Airbus A320,[24] to its fleet back 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 by more modern, economical and environmentally friendly Airbus aircraft over the next five to six years.[25]

The A320 fleet was tripled with the addition of two additional aircraft in early 2015.[26]

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.[27]


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  12. ^ http://www.adsadvance.co.uk/titan-airways-wins-third-consecutive-best-passenger-charter-airline-award.html
  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. ^ http://postandparcel.info/56762/news/companies/titan-airways-in-line-for-royal-mail-airmail-contract/
  17. ^ "Falklands Air Bridge". Titan-airways.com. 2011-09-01. Retrieved 2013-03-06. 
  18. ^ "Arabian Aerospace - Titan Airways bolsters fleet with BAe Avro RJ100 for Persian Gulf missions". Arabianaerospace.aero. 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  19. ^ "BAe 146-300 to Operate for UK MoD Under Titan Airways Contract". Asdnews.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ UK Civil Aviation Authority civil aircraft register search, using "Titan Airways" as the search results. Search carried out 4 July 2015
  22. ^ Titan to add A319 Spring 2016
  23. ^ Titan to add A321 before Summer 2016
  24. ^ Titan add first Airbus aircraft to fleet
  25. ^ Titan to replace Boeing fleet with Airbus aircraft
  26. ^ A320 fleet triples/fleet plans revealed
  27. ^ Titan to add a A319 and a A321 during 2016 considering adding A318
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