European Aircharter (E7/Bournemouth) had suspended all operations on 30Nov08 and filed for bankruptcy. It had operated several B737-200s on charter services. By 01Dec08 its demise was official.
European Aviation Air Charter was an airline based in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. It operates ad hoc charter services, VIP flights, and inclusive-tour and sub-charter flights, as well as ACMI wet leases for other airlines. Its main base is Bournemouth Airport. The company went into administration on Tuesday 2 December 2008.
European Aviation Air Charter began in 1989, as European Aviation.
Paul Stoddart, the boss of European Aviation Air Charter, saw a gap in the market for an ad-hoc charter airline. The aircraft used at first were rather old BAC-111 jets, which had been first built during the 1960s. The aircraft were flown over from Australia, as their previous owner was the Royal Australian Air Force. European Aviation was initially based in the building where the British Aircraft Corporation used to make aircraft such as the Vickers Viscount and, coincidentally, the BAC-111s that the airline was operating. European Air Charter has flown from Bournemouth Airport since its beginning, making the airport a hub for the airline. The airline was profitable, so the company expanded its operation into other areas such as flight crew training, maintenance for other operators and leasing and selling aircraft.
In 1993, the company directors took the decision of changing European Aviation's name to European Aviation Air Charter, or EAC for short. That same year, twenty other BAC-111s were bought from British Airways. This meant the airline could include tour groups among its charter clients. By then the airline also acquired but never operated the far newer Airbus A300, as well as Boeing 737s. By 1997 European had acquired one Boeing 727 airliner ex OK-TGX as well.
By 2004, EAC started losing money. Paul Stoddart resumed control of EAC and went about cost cutting, this involved selling or scrapping the Boeing 747s, selling some Boeing 737-200s and disposing of the rest of the fleet. Currently, EAC has 10 Boeing 737-200s, 1 is used for Palmair, and 4 are used by ozjet with their own registrations.
In May 2008 it was announced that Paul Stoddart had sold his stake in OzJet to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines, and the 4 B737-200s which were in European's fleet were handed over in the process.
The airline was wholly owned by Paul Stoddart and had at March 2007 270 employees.
Boeing 737-229Adv G-CEAG (c/n 21136/420) is seen at Bournemouth-Hurn on 09Aug2000.
The transition from One-Elevens to 737s had finally started, but to decrepit -0200 series..?
BAC One-Eleven (Srs 500EX) G-AWYV (c/n 178) in happier days, still active: seen at Rotterdam April 1989.
BAC 1-11 523FJ G-AXLL (c/n 193) is seen being put in the hangar at Bournemouth-Hurn.
G-AZMF is a BAC 1-11 530FX (c/n 240), still in what seems a Birmingham European Airways colourscheme
Airbus A300B2-1C G-CEAA (c/n 062), seen here at BOH 09Aug00, met the scrapman here at Bournemouth
Boeing 747-236B G-BDXE (c/n 21350/321), seen at Amsterdam-Schiphol 02Jul04
European Air Charter asked for permission to land at John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport in New York, Chicago and other US and Canadian destinations in 2001.
Due to the volume of passengers the airline projected to transport on each flight to North America, Boeing 747s were bought, once again from British Airways. A total of 6 former British Airways aircraft of that type entered service with the airline after the permits were granted.
Although black and silver became prevalent colors in the airline's livery after operating with a standard (for European Aviation) red and white livery, the airline reminded some of Braniff because, after the 747s arrived, the airline's livery also featured lines that crossed both their airplanes' fuselages and engines. The colors used for that line included pink, blue, yellow, red and others. European Air Charter formed an association with Palmair, to fly passengers to Bournemouth so they could board the European Air Charter jets to North America.
However, in 2004, European Aircharter began to loose money in a major way and the scheme for long haul flights were quickly abandoned.
747-236B G-BDXF (c/n 21351/323) of European Airlines, at Amsterdam IAP 08Dec02
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