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Airlines

Name: AB AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: BRR
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: STANSTED
Country: ENGLAND
Employees 90
Web: abairlines.com
Email:
Telephone:
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Sita:
Background
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FOUNDED IN 1993. INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

DECEMBER 1997: 65 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 32 (Flight Crew (FC) & 2 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

SCHEDULED, SERVICES BETWEEN LONDON STANSTED, UK AND SHANNON, INCLUDING CHARTER OPERATIONS FILTON - TOULOUSE AIR BRIDGE FOR B AE AIRBUS.

PART OF AIR BRISTOL GROUP. SUBSIDIARIES ARE AIR BELFAST, & AB SHANNON.

EXPANDS FROM BOTH STANSTED AND GATWICK BASES. NEW SERVICE, LONDON GATWICK - BERLIN SCHOENEFELD.

EXPANSION WITH +4 737-300'S TO REPLACE BAC 111'S LEASED FROM EUROPEAN AVIATION. 3 ORDERS 737-300'S (4/98), 6/4 ORDERS (2000) 737-700'S.

JANUARY 1998: NEW SERVICE TO SHANNON.

FEBRUARY 1998: SERVICE TO BERLIN, LISBON & SHANNON FROM LONDON GATWICK AND START LONDON STANSTED - SHANNON IN SUMMER. PLANS TO HAVE TWO CLASS BUSINESS (C)/ECONOMY (Y) CONFIGURATION. BUSINESS TO OFFER HOT MEALS AND COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS.

(http://www.abairlines.com).

1ST 737 OPERATES IN 5/98 & 2ND SOON AFTER.

APRIL 1998: 90 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 30 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 4 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

2 737-300'S (24096; 24097), EX-JET AIRWAYS (JPL), AWAS (AWW) LEASED. 737-400, EX-TRANSBRASIL (TBL).

MAY 1998: 6/4 ORDERS (1/01) 737-700'S. 737-4YO (1876-24688) FUTURA INTERNATIONAL (FUA) SUBLEASED. 1 ORDER (10/98) 737-4YO (1805-24545), GECAS (GEH) LEASED, EX-(FUA).

JUNE 1998: LONDON GATWICK TO NICE IN 7/98.

JULY 1998: ALTHOUGH HQ IS AT STANSTED, ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE IS AT LONDON GATWICK.

AUGUST 1998: BAC 111, 104 PAX SERVICE, LONDON GATWICK TO LISBON, REPLACED WITH 737-300, 146 PAX.

OCTOBER 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = -$3.4M (-$1.3M) (NET LOSS).

NOVEMBER 1998: 500K PASSENGERS SINCE START OF OPERATIONS IN 1995. IN 3/99, PLANS TRANSATLANTIC SERVICE FROM LONDON HEATHROW & LONDON GATWICK USING LEASED 767-300. INITIAL DESTINATIONS TO BE NEW YORK (JFK), & CHICAGO (ORD).

737-4YO (1876-24688 & 1805-24545), RETURNED TO FUTURA INTERNATIONAL (FUA).

DECEMBER 1998: 1 737-3L9 WET-LEASED TO DEBONAIR (DEB) FOR 9 MONTHS.

JANUARY 1999: TONY GALBRAITH, EX-TREASURER, BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) JOINS BOARD OF (BRR).

FEBRUARY 1999: IN 6/99, LUTON - NICE (737-300).

APRIL 1999: 90 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 1999: 1ST 4 MONTHS = 118M RPK (PASSENGER TRAFFIC), 80K PASSENGERS (PAX).

BRIAN BEAL CHAIRMAN, EXPRESSES INTEREST IN ACQUIRING 717-200 AIRPLANES.

737-3L9, BOULLIOUN (BOU) LEASED (24570), EX-SILKAIR (SLK), WET-LEASED TO AIR TOULOUSE (TOL) FOR 6 MONTHS. 737-300 (24097) WET-LEASED TO EURALAIR (ERA) FOR 6 MONTHS.

JUNE 1999: LES BEALE, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE & TECHNICAL, EX-VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS (VAA).

JULY 1999: 737-300 (24096) WET-LEASED TO AIR MADEIRA (MAE).

AUGUST 1999: GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP. MAY BECOME 1ST UK CARRIER IN 8 YEARS TO GO BANKRUPT FROM UNPROFITABLE ROUTES & FLEET PROBLEMS.

FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = -$17.1M (NET LOSS). POSSIBLE RESCUE, OFFERED FROM VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS (VAA).

THOMAS FUSSELL, CHAIRMAN, REPLACES BRIAN BEALE, WHO HAS RETIRED. TONY AULD, CEO.

SEPTEMBER 1999: CEASED OPERATIONS.

CANCELED ITS WET-LEASE CONTRACTS AND PARKED ITS 737-300'S AT SOUTHEND. 1 BAC 111 FORMERLY OPERATED BY (BRR) BUT OWNED BY EUROPEAN AIR CHARTER (EPT) WAS DETAINED BY SHANNON AIRPORT AGAINST UNPAID FEES.

OCTOBER 1999: 1ST BRITISH AIRLINE IN A DECADE TO GO BANKRUPT.

NOVEMBER 1999: 2 737-300'S (24096; 24097), RETURNED TO AWAS (AWW), LEASED TO TAESA (TES).

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
BRR-737-700

October 1999:

1 737-33A (CFM56-3B2) (1739-24096; 1741-24097), EX-(JPL), (AWW) 5 YR LSD, 1 WET-LST (MAE), 1 WET-LST (ERA) TIL 1999-11 (24097), 2 RTND (AWW), LST (TES) 1999-11. 145 PAX.

0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3) (1800-24570, G-OABD), EX-(SLK), (BOU) LSD, WET-LST (DEB) TIL 1999-11, RTND, LST (CEA) 2000-07.

1 737-400 (CFM56-3C1), EX-(TBL), GROUNDED. WFU.

1 737-400, GROUNDED. WFU.

0/0 ORDERS (1/00) 737-700, 6/4 CANCELED:

3 BAC 111-500, 104 PAX, GROUNDED. WFU.

Management:
(definitions)

THOMAS FUSSELL, CHAIRMAN (1999-08).

TONY AULD, MANAGING DIRECTOR & CEO (1999-08).

BRIAN MARSHALL, TECHNICAL LIAISON MANAGER.

VINCE CLOUTT, ENGINEERING MANAGER (vcloutt@abairlines.com).

LES BEALE, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) & TECHNICAL, EX-(VAA) (1999-06).

TONY JONES, MAINTENANCE QUALITY AUDITOR.

 
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