Airlines Remembered

Atlantic Airlines

Atlantic Airlines

Photos © R.Leeuw


Ceased operations: merged in 2008/2009 to form West Atlantic
Homebase: Coventry, UK
Founded: 1994
ICAO callsign: Neptune
IATA / ICAO prefix: .. / NPT
Operations: cargo & mail

Atlantic Airlines
BAe ATP (F) G-BTPH (c/n 2015) is seen here at Amsterdam IAP in May 2007

Formed as Atlantique Airways by Air Atlantique for European freighter operations.
There was a 'Management buy-out in' 2004.

 


Atlantic Airlines Limited was a British cargo airline based in Coventry, United Kingdom. It operated contract and ad-hoc cargo flights worldwide, especially within Europe and across the Atlantic. Its main base was Coventry Airport in the UK with a hub at Liège Airport, Belgium.
The airline was established in 1994. It was formed as part of the Air Atlantique Group of Companies to specialise in the supply of contract and ad hoc cargo services. Since July 2001 Atlantic Airlines traded independently and performed all of its own aircraft maintenance (it held a Part 145 Maintenance permit).
G-LOFE Atlantic Airlines


The company Atlantic Airlines Limited was established in March 2001 when the management performed a buy-in to the trading company. A full management buy-out was achieved on May 28 2004 when the same management purchased all the assets of the business including aircraft, spares, engines etc.
In January 2006 Atlantic acquired the first of an order for 11 BAE ATP freighter aircraft. The company has anno 2008 converted 9 aircraft with the remaining 2 expected to be converted during 2009.
The prime activity of the business was the supply and operating of aircraft to night-time freight integrators and consolidators and the operation of ad-hoc air charters on behalf of other airline, freight brokers and forwarders.
Atlantic Airlines also held a contract to provide the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency with Lockheed Electra aircraft fitted with aerial spray equipment to combat oil pollution at sea.
The airline specialised in the transport of dangerous goods and radioactive products and other specialist aerial work, including oil spill response, dispersant spraying and icing trials.
Atlantic Airlines was also a partner airline with Atlantic Flight Training which was also once part of the Atlantic group.
In October 2008 it was announced that the airline would merge with West Air Sweden to form a new airline called West Atlantic with its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The merger will create one of the biggest cargo carriers in Europe that will operate 35 BAe ATPs, six Lockheed Electras, two CRJ-200s, one ATR 72-200 and one BAe 146-200.
[Wikipedia]

(Update: in April 2013 G-LOFC left Coventry for Canada, for a new future with Buffalo Airways; it was the last operational L.188 in Europe as G-LOFE had departed Coventry for the same new owner on 23Mar13.)

See also my photos taken at an air show at Coventry in 2003

From JP Airline Fleets 2008/2009:
JP2008

Sources:
Aerotransport Data Base (ATDB)
www.atlanticairlines.co.uk


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