Airlines Remembered

PALMAIR

Photos © R.Leeuw


Ceased operations: 2011
Homebase: Bournemouth-Hurn, United Kingdom
Founded: 1958
ICAO callsign: probably operated under 'Eurocharter' (aircraft leased from-)
IATA / ICAO prefix: E7 / EAF, probably operated under 'Eurocharter' (aircraft leased from-)
Operations: Passengers

Palmair remembered
Boeing 737-229 G-CEAH (c/n 21135/418) - Bournemouth (BOH) Sep.2013

 

Palmair was a British tour operator with its head office in the Space House in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.
Palmair offered charter and scheduled flights on behalf of Bath Travel. Its main base was Bournemouth Airport.

The first Palmair charter took place in 1958 with a single flight to Palma, followed a year later with just 2 flights. Over the following years the number of flights increased and expanded to a range of destinations, chartering aircraft from a number of different airlines.

In 1993 the company formed its own airline, Palmair Flightline, operating a BAe 146 aircraft. Upgraded aircraft were acquired in 1999 to reflect increased demand for capacity from Bournemouth and for the introduction of longer range routes.
Until winter 1999 services was operated by Flightline, using a single BAe 146–300.
In 2003 Palmair carried 75,000 passengers. In 2004 the company operated scheduled passenger flights to ten European airports, and day trips to 25 European cities.

On 22Dec2006, the founder Peter Bath, who had previously seen off every flight personally, died, aged 79.

In November 2008, European Aviation (a.k.a. European Aircharter), which had been operating a Boeing 737-200 for Palmair, ceased trading which meant that the Boeing 737-200 was grounded.
On the photo, of partially scrapped Boeing 737-229 G-CEAH, one can read "The Spirit of Peter Bath", in remembrance of Palmair's founder.

For winter 08/09, Palmair flights were operated by Jet2.com, using a Boeing 737-300.

On 09May2009, Palmair resumed flights with a Boeing 737-500 aircraft operated by Astraeus. They continued using the plane until October 2010 when it left Bournemouth Airport for the last time.

During 2010 Thomson Airways operated Palmair's routes which now only consisted of Lanzarote and Tenerife.
Thomson continued to operate these routes until April 2011, when Palmair finally pulled the plug.

The contributing factors to the downfall of Palmair was said to have been increased competition from various low cost airlines, rising fuel prices and the recession.


Sources:
Wikipedia



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