United Airways Limited

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Not be confused with the American airline United Airlines or the Bangladeshi airline United Airways

United Airways
A.W. Argosy United Airways 1935.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
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Founded 1934
Ceased operations 1935 merged into Allied British Airways
Operating bases Stanley Park Aerodrome
Destinations Isle of Man, Glasgow, London, Carlisle
Parent company Spartan Aircraft Ltd
Headquarters Blackpool

United Airways Ltd, also known as United Airways Blackpool, was a British airline between 1934 and 1936.

History[edit]

United Airways Timetable for operations from Hall Caine Airport, 1935.

United Airways Ltd was formed on 4 April 1935[1] as a sister company to Spartan Air Lines Ltd, to operate services to the Isle of Man, connecting with services from London (Heston Aerodrome) to Stanley Park Aerodrome (Blackpool) in a similar manner to Spartan's services from London to the Isle of Wight. It also operated flights from Blackpool to Glasgow and Carlisle)[2]

It was amalgamated with other British airlines to form Allied British Airways on 30 September 1935. The new company changed its name to British Airways Ltd on 11 December 1935.[3]

Aircraft operated[edit]

The airline operated the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide and Spartan Cruiser.[4]

  • Armstrong Whitworth Argosy II - three-engined biplane airliner for 20 passengers. One aircraft (G-AACJ) operated July 1935 to January 1936, formerly owned by Imperial Airways, and was used mainly for pleasure flights around Blackpool Tower.[5][6]
  • de Havilland DH.84 Dragon - twin-engined biplane transport for six/eight passengers, three aircraft operated during 1935[7]
  • de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide - twin-engined biplane transport for eight passengers, two new aircraft (G-ADBU, G-ADBX) operated from April and July 1935 to January 1936.[8]
  • Spartan Cruiser II - three-engined monoplane transport for six passengers, one new aircraft (G-ACYL) operated from October 1934 to December 1935.[9]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Doyle, 2001, p.42
  2. ^ Sherwood (1999)
  3. ^ Doyle (2001)
  4. ^ http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1935/1935%20-%201087.html Flight 9 May 1935
  5. ^ Jackson 1973 (Vol.1), p. 404
  6. ^ Jackson 1973 (Vol.1), p. 51
  7. ^ Doyle p.7
  8. ^ Jackson 1973 (Vol.2), p. 461
  9. ^ Jackson 1974 (Vol.3), p. 582
  10. ^ Poole 1999, pp. 13-14.

References[edit]

  • Doyle, Neville (2001). The Triple Alliance. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-286-6. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1973). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10006-9. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1973). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 2. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10010-7. 
  • Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10014-X. 
  • Poole, Stephen (1999). Rough Landing or Fatal Flight. Douglas: Amulree Publications. ISBN 1-901508-03-X. 
  • Sherwood, Tim. Coming in to Land: A Short History of Hounslow, Hanworth and Heston Aerodromes 1911-1946. Heritage Publications (1999) ISBN 1-899144-30-7