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FOUNDED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1931. FORMERLY GIBRALTA AIRWAYS. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
THE BEEHIVE, BEEHIVE RING ROAD
GATWICK AIRPORT, WEST SUSSEX RH6 OLA, GREAT BRITAIN
Great Britain (United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland) was established in 1066, it covers an area of 242,432 sq km, its population is 59 million, its capital city is London and its official language is English.
DECEMBER 1995: BLAND GROUP OWNS 100%.
TO GIBRALTA, MADEIRA, MALTA, MOROCCO, PORTUGAL, AND TUNISIA. NEW ROUTE: LONDON GATWICK (LGW) TO MALTA (737-400) & JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +30.5% PASSENGERS (PAX).
SEPTEMBER 1996: TO OPERATE AS A BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) FRANCHISE WITH SERVICES TO FARO AND MALAGA. NEXT SUMMER TO OPORTO, PORTUGAL.
OCTOBER 1996: RETURNED 2 737-200'S (PJ110; PJ111), TO (ILF) & (PLS), NOW WITH AIR FOYLE (FOY).
NOVEMBER 1996: TO PURCHASE 2 737-300'S (1998).
MARCH 1997: 3 ORDERS (1/98) 737-300'S (CFM56-3C1).
MAY 1997: 280 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 160 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 10 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
1 737-400 (25596), EX-BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA), ILFC (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 1997: SINCE BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) PACT 30 MONTHS AGO, HAS CARRIED 1M PASSENGERS (PAX) & DOUBLED FLEET FROM 7 TO 14 737'S. MORE FLIGHTS TO 14 DESTINATIONS IN NORTH AFRICA & WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN.
JANUARY 1998: 3 ORDERS (1998-02) 737-300'S, 1 BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA) LEASED. 1 737-300 (27833), EX-(MRS), SANWA BUSINESS CREDIT LEASED. 1 737-34S (29108).
1997 = 800,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).
FEBRUARY 1998: TO PALMA, MALLORCA.
737-34S (29109) & 737-300 (CFM56-3C1) (PR092) DELIVERIES.
MARCH 1998: LONDON HEATHROW - MALAGA. LONDON GATWICK TO LISBON AND TUNIS (737-300).
1 737-300 (CFM56-3C1), EX-MAERSK (MRS).
APRIL 1998: 324 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 82 FC & 15 MT).
IN LAST 12 MONTHS HAS INCREASED PASSENGERS ON WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN & NORTHER AFRICAN ROUTES BY 100%, DUE TO NEW ROUTES TO MALAGA, FARO & PORTO.
AUGUST 1998: +275,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+28%) IN LAST QUARTER.
SEPTEMBER 1998: NEW ROUTE TO SEVILLE.
OCTOBER 1998: IN 1999-03 TO ALICANTE (6TH SPANISH DESTINATION).
POSSIBLE TAKEOVER OF PGA PORTUGALIA (F 100'S & EMBRAER RJ-145'S).
1ST 6 MONTHS = 735 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+43.2%), 75% LF LOAD FACTOR (-2), 2.81 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+29.4%), 440,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+47.6%).
737-34S (29109 - "FLOWERS OF MAZOWSZE") DELIVERY.
NOVEMBER 1998: 9/5 ORDERS (2001-04) A320/A321'S (V2500) TO REPLACE ITS 4 737-300'S & 5 737-400'S. 2 737-4Q8'S (24069 "WAVES OF THE CITY," 24070 "CHELSEA ROSE"). 737-3L9 (27834 "CROSSING BORDERS"), EX-MAERSK (MRS), SANWA LEASED.
APRIL 1999: 511 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 84 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 207 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 14 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
JUNE 1999: PAUL HODSON, TECHNICAL MANAGER, EX-BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB).
JULY 1999: 2 ORDERS A320'S (V2500).
NOVEMBER 1999: JOHN OSBORNE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, RESIGNS, TO JOIN VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA).
GB AIRWAYS (GBA) TO MOVE ITS HQ TO THE BEEHIVE, AT GATWICK IN 3/00.
IN 2000-03, TO NANTES.
SWITCHES 2 ORDERS A320'S TO A321-200'S.
DECEMBER 1999: JOHN PATTERSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EX-BRITISH
AIRWAYS (BAB) DIRECTOR OF ALLIANCES.
JANUARY 2000: 1ST A320-200, SALE (SIL) LEASED IN 5/00 (1215). 1ST ORDERED AIRBUS WILL BE A321, 190 PAX, TO BE USED FOR LONDON HEATHROW (LHR) TO MALAGA IN 2001. IN 2000-06, (LHR) - MALTA.
APRIL 2000: 566 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 109 FC, 227 CA, & 19 MT).
MAY 2000: 656 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 500 UK; 156 OVERSEAS).
RECEIVES MILLENIUM QUEEN'S AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE, BASED ON OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OVERSEAS.
1 A320 (V2500) (1215, G-TTOA), SALE (SIL) 7 YEAR LEASED.
JULY 2000: IN 2000-10, TO TENERIFE.
1999 = 1.83 BILLION (RPK) (+15%); 76.3% LF; 5.28 MILLION (FTK) (-4.3%); 1.11 MILLION (PAX) (+15.5%); 566 EMPLOYEES (+10.8%).
DECEMBER 2000: HRH PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH, OPENS NEW HQ/OFFICES.
FEBRUARY 2001: PLANS FLIGHTS TO AGADIR, MOROCCO IN 2001-10.
+ 1 ORDER (2003-02) A320 (V2500) & +1 ORDER (2003-02) A321 (V2500). 2 A321-231'S (1428, G-TTIA; 1433, G-TTIB) DELIVERIES.
APRIL 2001: 659 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 115 FC, 247 CA, & 23 MT).
JULY 2001: RECEIVES PURCHASE OFFER FROM BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB).
IN WINTER, TO LAS PALMAS AND GRAN CANARIA, CANARY ISLANDS.
AUGUST 2001: DAILY SCHEDULE TO TENERIFE FOR 20TH DESTINATION.
SEPTEMBER 2001: IN 2001-11, TO AGADIR AND TO LANZAROTE (A321, 2/WEEK).
OCTOBER 2001: LONDON GATWICK TO MONTPELLIER (4/WEEK) (TAKES OVER FROM BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB). WILL LINK WITH SERVICES TO NANTES.
DECEMBER 2001: 4 A320-200'S (1687; 1715; 1723; 1754), LOMBARD AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED.
APRIL 2002: LONDON - PAPHOS.
659 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 115 FC; 247 CA; & 23 MT).
May 2002: In 2002-11, to Almeria (2/week).
July 2002: 1 order A320 (V2500).
November 2002: To Almeria (2/week). In 2003-03, to Girona (Costa Brava) (3/week) for British Airways (BAB), and Mahon (Menorca).
December 2002: Joe Gaggero, Chairman, retires after >50 years, and hands GB Airways (GBA) over to his son James Gaggero, who has worked for him for 20 years.
A321-231 (1869, G-TTIC) delivery.
February 2003: Code share with Iberia Airlines (IBE), London Gatwick (LGW) to Almenia, Girona - Costa Brava, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Mahon - Menorca, Malaga, Seville, and Valencia, plus London Heathrow (LHR) to Malaga.
A320-232 (1918, G-TTOF), delivery.
March 2003: London Gatwick (LGW) - Toulon, for British Airways (BAB). In 2003-05, (LGW) - Murcia, Spain (737, A320).
April 2003: 750 employees. SITA: LGWDQGT.
A320-232 (1969, G-TTOG), delivery.
May 2003: 2 737-34S's (29108; 29109) sold to Garuda (GIA).
June 2003: In 2003-10, London (LGW) - Paphos (2/week).
August 2003: In 2003-10, London Gatwick (LGW) - Tenerife Norte (2/week), and to Fuerteventura (2/week).
2nd Quarter = 500,000 passengers (PAX) (+34%); 75% LF (load factor) (+2).
September 2003: 2002 = 2.24 Billion (RPK) traffic (+11.1%); 1.3 Million passengers (PAX) (+6.9%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
160 (SHG) 2.41; 161 (ROS) 2.38; 162 (RFG) 2.37; 163 (CHAUTAUQUA AIRLINES) 2.33; 164 (KLM) CITYHOPPER) 2.28; 165 (MCU) 2.26; 166 (ALS); 167 (GBA) 2.24; 168 (RYN) 2.23; 169 (GRD) 2.01; 170 (BRIT AIR) 1.93; 171 (FAT) 1.86; 172 (CUB) 1.84.
December 2003: European Commission (EC) OK's alliance between British Airways (BAB), Iberia (IBE) & (BAB) franchise partner GB Airways (GBA).
In 2004-05, London Gatwick (LGW) - Ibiza (4/week).
February 2004: Code share with Iberia Airlines (IBE) on Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Murcia, Tenerife (Norte) - London Gatwick (LGW). In 2004-07, (LGW) - Bastia (Suns).
July 2004: 2003 = 3.19 Billion (RPK) (+21.5%); 72.4% LF; 1.89 Million (PAX) (+24.2%); 5.48 Million (FTK) (+43%).
August 2004: In 2004-11, London Gatwick - Fez (2/week, seasonal).
October 2004: In 2005-05, will open a new base with 1 A320 in Manchester and launch flights to Spain, & the Canary Islands, Madeira, Cyprus, and Malta: including in 5/05, Manchester to Malaga (daily), to Malta (3/week), to Paphos (2/week), to Funchal (weekly), & Tenerife (weekly), all operating as British Airways (BAB) services. Will add +2 airplanes to this base over the next 2 years. This will create +140 new jobs. London Gatwick - Irakleion (2/week).
December 2004: In 2005-01, London Heathrow - Gibralter (daily). In 2005-05, Manchester - Dubrovnik (3/week).
February 2005: 2 orders A321-231's.
March 2005: 1 order A320 & 4 orders A321's (V2500).
May 2005: 880 employees.
Is working with the (UKCAA) regulatory authority to certificate the use of Manual Manager 1.0 graphical aviation document management package developed by Arconics Aviation, Dublin. The software system automatically compares revisions in numerous manuals and operating procedure documents and either transmits the differences for automatic updating or presents them for human editing process. The systemm is especially adept at simplifying the SGML updates issued by Boeing & Airus and also will facilitate updating electronic flight ags (EFB).
A321-231 (2462, G-TTID), delivery.
December 2005: British Airways (BAB)/GB Airways (GBA) will inaugurate nonstop service from London Gatwick to Dalaman (Turkey) on May 1st. GB Airways (GBA) will operate 2 flights a week, on Mondays, & Fridays, using an A320.
March 2006: British Airways (BAB) is looking to strengthen its network to Eastern Europe, Area Commercial Manager-Central and Eastern Europe, David Rousham said. New points will include Tirana and Varna, while flights to Izmir and Ankara will be operated by franchise partner GB Airways (GBA).
May 2006: GB Airways (GBA) is a UK-based airline operating to Gibralter, Madeira, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Tunisia, operating as a franchise jet airplane carrier for British Airways (BAB), in (BAB) livery.
Employees = 950.
(IATA) Code: GT - 171. (ICAO) Code: GBL (Callsign - GEE BEE).
Parent organization/shareholders: Bland Group (100%).
GB Airways (GBA) is owned by the Bland Group which comprises Cadogan Holidays, a specialist tour operator, based in Southampton; Blands Travel, a leading Gibraltarian travel firm; the Rock Hotel, the airline’s associate hotel in Gibraltar and several other shipping and travel companies within the UK Europe and North Africa.
GB Airways (GBA) became a British Airways (BAB) franchise in 1995. The franchise agreement now runs until 2010 and so GB Airways (GBA)’s airplanes - which operate with (BAB) flight numbers - are painted in the standard British Airways (BAB) livery while British Airways (BAB) seats and color schemes are to be found inside the passenger cabins. GB Airways (GBA)’s cabin crew wear British Airways (BGAB) uniforms and the airline delivers the full British Airways (BAB) Club Europe and Euro Traveller service. The arrangement also gives GB Airways (GBA) affiliate membership of the Oneworld global airline alliance, allowing passengers easier international travel between leading airlines.
Alliances: British Airways (BAB); & Iberia Airlines (IBE).
Main Base: London Gatwick airport (LGW).
Hub: Manchester airport (MAN).
International, Scheduled Destinations: Agadir; Alicante; Almeria; Casablanca; Dubrovnik; Faro; Fez; Fuerteventura; Funchal; Hurghada; Innsbruck; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; London; Malaga; Malta; Marrakech; Menorca; Murcia; Nantes; Palma de Mallorca; Paphos; Porto; Seville; Sharm El Sheikh; Tenerife; Tunis; & Valencia.
A321-231 (2682, G-TTIE), delivery.
June 2006: British Airways (BAB) will begin scheduled services from Nottingham East Midlands and launch thrice-weekly flights to Tenerife South on October 31 under the banner of its regional subsidiary (BAB) Connect and operated by franchise partner GB Airways (GBA).
July 2006: British Airways (BAB) franchise partner GB Airways (GBA)will add nonstop service from Heathrow to Marrakech in addition to service from Gatwick. The airline will also inaugurate twice-weekly nonstop service from Heathrow to Fez.
August 2006: Gate Gourmet won a three-year contract to provide catering and logistics services to GB Airways (GBA).
September 2006: GB Airways (GBA) will operate seasonal summer nonstop service from London Heathrow to Faro from May 1st through October 28th. The airline will operate daily service using an A320.
GB Airways (GBA) will operate seasonal summer nonstop service from London Gatwick to Corfu from May 4th through October 28th, operating 4 flights a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, using an A321 on Monday and A320 on the other days. GB Airways (GBA) will operate seasonal summer nonstop service from London Gatwick to Mykonos from May 3rd through October 26th, operating 2 flights a week, on Thursdays & Sundays, using an A320.
May 2007: Starts Gibralter - Madrid, and London Heathrow (LHR) - Faro, London Gatwick (LGW) - Mykonos, using A320s.
A321-231 (3106, G-TTIF), delivery.
June 2007: Thales (THL)'s TopFlight line of avionics products and (ACSS)'s surveillance products suite were chosen by London Gatwick-based GB Airways (GBA) for installation on the carrier's recent order of seven A320s plus seven options.
October 2007: EasyJet (EZY) propelled itself into the top spot among Europe's low-cost carriers and consolidated its presence at London Gatwick (LGW) through the purchase of GB Airways (GBA) from Bland Group for £103.5 million/$212.1 million in cash. The deal does not include (GBA)'s four London Heathrow (LHR) slots. This is easyJet (EZY)'s second major airline acquisition; it acquired British Airways (BAB)'s low-fare subsidiary Go Fly (GFL) in May 2002.
(GBA), formerly Gibraltar Airways, currently operates nine A320s and six A321s under a franchise agreement with British Airways (BAB), serving destinations across southern Europe and North Africa from (LGW) (where most of its operation is concentrated), as well as Manchester and (LHR). It will begin operating under the easyJet (EZY) brand on March 30, 2008, and will be fully consolidated by winter 2008 to 2009. "This is an acquisition which both strengthens our customer offering at [LGW] . . . and allows us to fully capitalize on the potential of the airport through a larger number of slots," CEO, Andy Harrison said. "We expect the acquisition to be earnings positive in our current financial year, and in the longer term, we will transition the GB Airways (GBA) operation to easyJet (EZY)'s cost base and operating margin levels."
(GBA) carried 2.8 million passengers in the fiscal year ended March 31, reporting a pre-tax profit of +£2.6 million on revenue of £250 million. EasyJet (EZY) said it expects (GBA)'s seat profitability to reach "a similar level to its own at Gatwick" during the first full fiscal year.
The purchase will give easyJet (EZY) a 24% share of slots at (LGW), up from 17% and nearly matching (BAB)'s 25% share, while its share of short-haul passengers will climb to 29% from 22%, it said. (LGW) is its largest base with 20 airplanes. It carried 6 million from the airport last year, or around 16% of its total uplift of 37.2 million. Addition of the (GBA) fleet will boost its capacity (ASK)s +14%, while the airline brings 19 destinations new to easyJet (EZY).
(BAB) plans to start services on some of the routes formerly operated under the franchise with (GBA). In a statement, (BAB) Chief Executive, Willie Walsh said, "UK franchises have outlived their purpose. EasyJet (EZY) has made an offer to buy GB Airways (GBA) and this has enabled us to end the franchise agreement early. We had an option to buy GB Airways (GBA), but we rejected it." (BAB) also said it will end its franchise agreement with Scottish regional Loganair and replace it with a codeshare arrangement.
November 2007: The UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is seeking comments on easyJet (EZY)'s acquisition of GB Airways (GBA). (EZY) announced last month that it agreed to acquire the British Airways (BAB) franchise partner, excluding its London Heathrow slots, from Bland Group for £103.5 million/$214.4 million in cash. The (OFT) also said it will consider whether the merger will result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the UK that warrants referral to the Competition Commission for investigation and report, "Thomson Financial" reported.
December 2007: For (EZY)/(GBA) plans - SEE ATTACHED "GBA-EZY-PLANS-DEC07."
February 2008: A321-231 (3382, G-TTIG), delivery.
March 2008: Ceased operations. Integrated into easyJet (EZY).
April 2008: EasyJet (EZY) said it successfully completed the operational integration of GB Airways (GBA), following the transition of 15 (GBA) airplanes into its new European Union (EU)-Ops, Air Operators Certificate (AOC). It is the first major airline to operate under the new European certificate.
May 2008: EasyJet (EZY) more than trebled its net loss for the six months ended March 31 to -£43.3 million/-$85.4 million from -£12.7 million in the year-ago period, owing largely to higher fuel costs and the integration of GB Airways (GBA). (GBA)'s trading loss in the first half was -£7 million and the underlying easyJet (EZY) loss was -£41.4 million, compared to a loss of -£17.1 million in the previous fiscal semester. Total revenue rose +24% to £892.2 million. Headline passenger revenue grew +17% to £751 million on a +14.7% increase in passengers carried to 18.9 million, whereas ancillary revenue soared +82.9% to £141.2 million, or £6.07 per seat. Fuel costs jumped +42% to £78.1 million. EasyJet (EZY) said 40% of its fuel needs for the rest of the financial year are hedged at around $75 per barrel. "Oil remains the biggest challenge and uncertainty," CEO, Andy Harrison said, noting that it is unclear how much of the recent price increase is driven by short-term speculation. "What is certain is that if these fuel increases are maintained, many of our weaker competitors will disappear or downsize and easyJet (EZY) will emerge even stronger , reflecting the combination of our business model, our cost advantage, our new fuel efficient fleet, and the strength of our network."
The number of airplanes operated at the end of the reporting period was 157 against 127 one year earlier. EasyJet (EZY) intends to accelerate the phasing out of its 30 older, less fuel-efficient 737s and will proceed with "the rationalization of the expensive GB Airways (GBA) subfleet." It has put up for sale, eight A321s that were part of the £104 million purchase of GB Airways (GBA). Harrison also revealed that the carrier will enter into discussions with Airbus (EDS) to convert some of its A319 orders to A320s.
Capacity climbed +17.7% to 23.2 million seats flown, while load factor remained stable at 81.2% LF. Unit revenue rose +1.1% to 3.81 pence, and (CASK) increased +4.2% to 4.01 pence, or +0.2% to 2.89 pence without fuel. During the past six months, boosted by the acquisition of (GBA), easyJet (EZY)'s network grew by +21 destinations and a ninth base was launched at Paris Charles de Gaulle three months ago.
Harrison said the company's underlying business remains "strong with forward bookings for the summer slightly ahead of last year." Revenues will continue to benefit from a strong euro and integration of longer GB Airways (GBA) routes, though pressure on costs will continue, "not least from the unjustifiable" increase in airport charges at London Gatwick. "EasyJet (EZY) will continue to work tirelessly to deliver flat underlying costs excluding fuel in the second half, in line with the first half," he said.
SEE ATTACHED MERGER DETAILS - - "GBA-EZY-2008-05-A/B/C."
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0 737-236 HGW (JT8D) (699-21806, /80, (PSS) LSD; 712-21808, /80), EX-(BAB), RTND (GEF), LST (LAN) 1998-04). RTND.
0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3C1) (2688-27833, /95 G-OGBD "MARTHA MASANABO;" 2692-27834, /95 G-OGBE "CROSSING BORDERS"), EX-(MRS)/(SBC), (OXA) LSD. 27834 RTND 2004-01. 130Y.
0 737-34S (CFM56-3) (2983-29108, /98 G-OGBB "FLOWERS OF MAZOWSZE;" 3001-29109, /98 G-OGBC). 29108; 29109; ST (GIA) 2003-05.
0 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3) (1635-24069, /88 G-BNNK "WAVES OF THE CITY;" 1665-24070, /89 G-BNNL "CHELSEA ROSE"), EX-(DAN), (ILF) LSD. RTND.
0 737-4S3 (CFM56-3C1) (1887-24796, /90 G-TREN, EX-(INT); 2083-25134, /91 G-BUHL, EX-(MAS); 2255-25596, /92 G-OGBA, EX-(BMA), (ILF) LSD. 25134 RTND 2002-06 LSD (FUA). 24796 RTND 2002-06 LST (ISF). 25596 RTND 2002-07, LST (SNF).
0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (109, /90 G-BUSJ), (BAB) LSD 2005-02. RTND. 156Y.
1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1215, /00 G-TTOA "MONS BLANC (FRANCE)"), (SIL) 7 YR LSD 2000-05. IN (BAB) COLORS. 156Y.
4 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1687, /02 G-TTOB "MONS CALPE (GIBRALTER);" 1715, /02 G-TTOC "MONS VELETA (SPAIN);" 1723, /02 G-TTOD "MONS ESTRELA (PORTUGAL);" 1754, /02 G-TTOE "MONS CRUZ DE TEJEDA (GRAN CANARIA)"), LOMARD LSD 2001-12, (BAB) MAINT. IN (BAB) COLORS. 156Y.
5 +2/7 ORDERS A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1918, /03 G-TTOF; 1969, /03 G-TTOG; 1993, /03 G-TTOH; 2137, /03 G-TTOI; 2157, /04 G-TTOJ; 2190, G-TTOK, /07), ALL CHATHAM UNION FLAG LOGO. IN (BAB) COLORS. 156Y.
6 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (1428, /01 G-TTIA "MONS TEIDE (TENERIFE);" 1433, /01 G-TTIB "MONS TOUBKAL (MOROCCO);" 1869 /02, G-TTIC "CHATHAM UNION FLAG" LOGO; 2462, /05 G-TTID; 2682, G-TTIE, 5/06; 3106, G-TTIF, 5/07; 3382, G-TTIG,2/08; G-TTIH, /08; G-TTII, /09; G-TTIJ, /09), (BAB) MAINT. IN (BAB) COLORS. +5 ORDERS. 189Y.
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JAMES GAGGERO, CBE, CHAIRMAN (2002-12).
James has been Chairman of the airline since 2002 having been Deputy Chairman for 17 years. As Chairman, James has taken the airline into its new growth phase expanding the airline into Manchester and increasing the fleet size yet again. James is also Chairman of The Bland Group’s UK holiday and western Mediterranean companies; including Cadogan Travel, Cadogan Holidays and The Rock Hotel in Gibraltar. Outside of The Bland Group, James was elected the youngest President of the Gibraltar Chamber of Commerce in 1990 and he has served as a trustee of the Gibraltar Heritage Trust. More recently, he has headed up the national branch of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Gibraltar and he has served on various trade and government organisations including the Gibraltar Chief Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. Additionally, James is the Honorary Consul General for Sweden in Gibraltar where he leads the Consular Corps as its Doyen. He is a member of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators and was appointed an Officer, First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 1999.
JOSEPH GAGGERO, PRESIDENT.
Joseph J Gaggero’s life has run in parallel to the development of the airline. He has over five decades of experience within civil aviation, travel and shipping. Joseph is Chairman of The Bland Group of companies, which includes GB Airways (GBA), Gibraltar’s Rock Hotel, Bland Travel and Cadogan holidays, having joined his father in the family business at the age of 20. From 1963, he was Managing Director of the airline and the family shipping and travel enterprise Bland and was responsible for the diversification and growth of the company geographically. Joseph became Chairman of GB Airways in 1970 and President in 2002. Joseph J Gaggero has also played a most significant role within the Gibraltarian business, charitable and cultural community as well as the wider travel industry. He is a member of the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators, served on the Council of the British Travel Association among a long and varied roll-call of interests. In 1989, he was awarded the CBE by HM The Queen.
JOHN PATTERSON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EX-(BAB) (1999-12).
John joined the airline in November 1999, and has been instrumental in the fast growth of the GB Airways (GBA) network since then. Under John’s steerage, the Airbus fleet replacement program has been completed, a further 10 routes have been launched successfully, the franchise agreement with British Airways (BAB) has been extended until 2010 and a new base in Manchester will open in May 2005. Prior to joining GB Airways (GBA), John spent 29 years with British Airways (BAB), where his roles included Director of Alliances, Director of Strategy, Director of Operational Performance and Head of Operations.
John is an avid supporter of the Sheffield Wednesday football club and is married with three children and a grandson.
CAPTAIN BILL WARD, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS.
Bill joined GB Airways (GBA) in February 2001 as Boeing 737 Fleet Manager. Bill oversaw the retirement and return of the Boeing airplanes from the fleet before moving into the role of Flight Operations Manager. As Flight Operations Manager, Bill was responsible for all aspects of management, leadership and motivation of the pilot workforce as it increased in size to match the growth of the airline’s fleet. He will now guide the airline’s operations into its next phase of growth as the new base opens in Manchester and the airline increases productivity in the ever more competitive environment that exists in today’s aviation industry. Bill, an engineering graduate, previously worked for Go (GFL) and Air UK (AUK). His aviation career began as a flying instructor with Marshall Aerospace in Cambridge (MAC). Bill is a keen motorcyclist and runs marathons to keep fit. He recently became a season ticket holder at his local football club, Charlton Athletic.
IAIN MAY, FINANCE DIRECTOR.
Iain’s role, effective since November 23, 2005, covers all financial aspects of the airline taking over from the previous Finance Director, John Hawkins, on his retirement after 15 years as Head of Finance and Company Secretary. Iain, aged 42, joineds GB Airways (GBA) from Jazeera Airways (JZI), based in Kuwait, where he helped form the airline as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance. He was previously with the First Choice (ATZ) Group for eight years, as Finance Director of First Choice Airways (ATZ) and Unijet. On announcing the appointment, John Patterson, Managing Director, GB Airways (GBA), said: “We are delighted to welcome Iain to GB Airways (GBA). His wealth of experience, especially his background in aviation, will be a valuable addition to our strong team.” Iain reports to Managing Director, John Patterson. Iain is married with two children, and his family lives in Cheshire.
GEORGE MITCHELL, DIRECTOR CUSTOMER SERVICE.
George has been with GB Airways (GBA) since November 2000, having joined as Head of Customer Services. Since his arrival, he has overseen the growth of the airline’s expanding network of airports and increasing number of cabin crew now working for the airline. George has 25 years experience in aviation most of which were with partner airline British Airways (BAB) in various roles, including managing Manchester airport and heading up customer services in Terminal 4 at Heathrow. George likes to spend his weekends outdoors, either gardening or walking. He is married with three children and lives in Guildford, Surrey.
GUILLERMO SERRANO, NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Guillermo joined the GB Airways (GBA) Board in January 2003 after 33 years in aviation with the Spanish national carrier, Iberia (IBE). He has also held directorships at Amadeus, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Viva Air (Executive President), Air Plus Company (APZ), Oneworld Management Company, the ITA, and is currently a member of the European Energy and Transport Forum. During the 1980s, Guillermo was based in London managing Iberia (IBE)’s UK and Ireland commercial operation. On returning to Spain, he held the position of Strategy & Development Director and led Iberia (IBE)’s expansion of strategic alliances including integration into the Oneworld alliance and a deeper relationship with British Airways (BAB). Guillermo is married with five children and enjoys oil painting.
CAPTAIN ANDY PACKER, CHIEF PILOT.
TERRY SCOTT, CHIEF ENGINEER LOANED FROM (BAB) (LGWEMGT),
JOHN MORGAN, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR (2004-08).
NICK SHARPS, HEAD SALES & MARKETING.
MALCOLM MCDONALD, TECHNICAL QUALITY MANAGER (2000-06).
PAUL HODSON, TECHNICAL MANAGER, EX-(BAB) (1999-06).
BILL PROBERT, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.