14 Facts About Air UK


The following year, Air UK shifted its headquarters to London Stansted Airport.

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Air UK was a full member of the International Air Transport Association for most of its existence.

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Air UK operated the following aircraft types at one point or another during its 19-year existence:.

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Air UK was the name of the new airline resulting from the merger of BIA and Air Anglia.

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At the time of its inception, Air UK was the largest regional airline in the UK and the country's third-largest scheduled carrier.

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At the time of its creation, Air UK was sometimes referred to as the unofficial "Third Force" among the main contemporary scheduled airlines in the UK.

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Air UK was the first and, at the time, only scheduled airline in the UK to fly from all three main London airports.

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Management hoped that these business realignments – including cutting the company's workforce in half over a two-year period — would reverse heavy losses Air UK had incurred during its first two years of operation, thereby stabilising the company and positioning it for future growth.

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That year saw Air UK joining forces with British Midland to form Manx Airlines, a new, jointly owned regional subsidiary based on the Isle of Man.

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In 1987, Air UK placed its first order for BAe's new 146 regional jetliner.

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In 1987, Air UK established Air UK Leisure as its new charter subsidiary in association with charter brokerage firm Viking International.

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In 1993, Air UK Leisure entered the long-haul leisure market through the acquisition of a pair of Boeing 767 300 ER series widebodied aircraft.

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Air UK Leisure was sold to Unijet, which in turn became part of the First Choice group.

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Air UK's move to the new Norman Foster-designed terminal in early 1991 provided the impetus for the launch of several new, year-round scheduled routes linking Stansted with important business destinations including Belfast, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Inverness, Madrid, Milan Linate, Munich and Zurich.

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