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Encyclopedia > GB Airways
GB Airways
IATA
GT
ICAO
GBL
Callsign
GEEBEE
Founded 1931 (as Gibraltar Airways)
Hubs London Gatwick Airport
Focus cities London Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airport
Frequent flyer program Executive Club
Member lounge Terraces Lounge
Alliance Oneworld
Fleet size 15
Destinations 36
Parent company Bland Group
Headquarters Crawley, England
Key people James Gaggero (Chairman)
Website: http://www.gbairways.co.uk

GB Airways is a UK airline based at London Gatwick Airport. It operates scheduled services as a British Airways franchise to 30 destinations in Europe and North Africa from Gatwick and its hubs at Manchester Airport and London Heathrow Airport.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow. ... In the airline industry, a focus city is a location that is not a hub, but from which the airline has flights to at least several destinations other than its hubs. ... Heathrow redirects here. ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate for the foreseeable future on a substantial level. ... For other uses, see Oneworld (disambiguation). ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... The Bland Group was established in 1810 and is now made up of 12 operating companies including holidays, hotels & the UK-based airline GB Airways. ... Crawley is a town and local government district in West Sussex, England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A Chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... An Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline An airline provides air transport services for passengers or freight. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... Look up franchise in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...  Northern Africa (UN subregion)  geographic, including above North Africa or Northern Africa is the northernmost region of the African continent, separated by the Sahara from Sub-Saharan Africa. ... For City Airport Manchester, UK, see City Airport Manchester. ... Heathrow redirects here. ...


The company holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence, which permits it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.[2] The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the public corporation which oversees and regulates all aspects of aviation in the UK. It was established in 1972. ...

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History

The airline was established in 1931 as an offshoot of Gibraltarian shipping company MH Bland, in Gibraltar. Gibraltar Airways, as it was then known, started operations later that year between 'the Rock' and Tangier, Morocco, using a Saunders-Roe A21 Windhover flying boat. A view of Tangier bay at sunrise as seen from Cape Malabata Tangier - Avenue Mohammed VI Tangier (Tanja طنجة in Berber and Arabic, Tánger in Spanish, Tânger in Portuguese, and Tanger in French) is a city of northern Morocco with a population of 669,680 (2004 census). ... Saunders-Roe Princess G-ALUN History Saunders-Roe Limited was a British aircraft manufacturing company based in East Cowes, Isle of Wight. ... Boeing 314 A flying boat is an aircraft that is designed to take off and land on water, in particular a type of seaplane which uses its fuselage as a floating hull (instead of pontoons mounted below the fuselage). ...


During World War II, the airline represented Imperial Airways/BOAC and in 1947 began its relationship with the newly created British European Airways (BEA). BEA began flying between London and Gibraltar, connecting with Gibraltar Airways' flights to Morocco. BEA took a 49% stake in the airline, which began trading as GibAir, and the London Heathrow to Gibraltar service was jointly operated by the two carriers. British European Airways would become British Airways in 1973 upon its merger with BOAC, but the financial and operational relationship with GibAir continued. Meanwhile, GibAir continued to operated services from Gibraltar, primarily to Morocco, and also began charter flights to Portugal and France. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Imperial Airways Empire Terminal, Victoria, London. ... After technical problems with the Comet, BOAC resumed jet service with imported Boeing 707s. ... For other uses of BEA see Bea British European Airways, or BEA, was formed in 1946 by an Act of Parliament. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ...


In 1989, the company moved to the United Kingdom in order to increase the scope for expansion. A base was established at London's Gatwick Airport and the company became GB Airways Ltd (on 3 January 1989). The livery on the airline's fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft at this time was mainly white, with red and blue twin stripes down the centre of the fuselage, sweeping down to form a 'chin strap' under the nose cone. The twin stripe was repeated on the tailfin, with a speeding red arrow creating a diamond shaped centrepiece, which was repeated on the forward fuselage. A stylised version of this diamond logo is still used by the company today. Rather unusually, these Angels wear white hart (deer) badges, with the personal livery of King Richard II of England, who commissioned this, the Wilton diptych, about 1400 A livery is a uniform or other sign worn in a non-military context on a person or object (such as an airplane... The Boeing 737 is an American short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body jet airliner. ... This article is about the color. ... For other uses, see Red (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Blue (disambiguation). ... The fuselage can be short, and seemingly unaerodynamic, as in this Christen Eagle 2 The fuselage (from the French fuselé spindle-shaped) is an aircrafts main body section that holds crew and passengers or cargo. ... A nose cone that contained one of the Voyager spacecraft is seen here as it is mounted on top of a Titan III/Centaur launch vehicle. ... The height of the tailfin era; the 1959 Cadillac. ... Traditional target arrow and replica medieval arrow. ... Two rhombi. ... For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ...


The relationship with British Airways was firmly entrenched in 1995 when it became a full British Airways franchise operator, with BA relinquishing its financial holding in the airline. The franchise agreement with British Airways continues until 2010 and under these terms GB Airways trades as British Airways, with all flights operated under BA flight codes (the range BA6800-6999 are allocated to GB Airways flights). All GB Airways aircraft are presented in full British Airways livery, appointed with the same interior and class product as the BA main fleet, and staff wear the BA uniform. GB Airways flights are currently booked through British Airways and the airline participates in BA's Executive Club and BA Miles programme. GB Airways is an affiliate member of Oneworld. However, GB Airways continues its own inflight magazines, Med Life and "Elevate"(for GB Airways own duty-free goods range) in addition to the regular BA publications. Additionally, servicing of GB Airways aircraft at Gatwick is carried out by Virgin Atlantic Engineering. For other uses, see Oneworld (disambiguation). ...


GB Airways headquarters is known as 'the Beehive', and is Gatwick Airport's original terminal building. The airline carries some 2.6 million passengers annually on 65 flights per day, and employs 980 people. The airline is wholly owned by the Bland Group, which owns several travel and shipping companies within the UK, Europe and north Africa, and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. James Gaggero became chairman of the company in 2003, with his father Joseph J Gaggero CBE becoming president and non-executive director. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GBE) Knight Commander... A non-executive director is a member of the board of directors of a company who does not form part of the executive management team. ...


In 2000, the airline was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise presented by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. The Queens Award for Enterprise is an award for British companies and other organizations who excel at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. ... HRH The Duke of Edinburgh His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Philip Mountbatten), styled HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (born June 10, 1921), is the consort of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ...


The relationship with British Airways has seen 10 new destinations added to the GB Airways network, and in May 2005 a new hub at Manchester was established. This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ...


It was announced on 25 October 2007 [3][4] that GB Airways is to be sold to EasyJet. The deal is worth £103.5m and will be used to expand EasyJet operations at London Gatwick Airport. GB Airways will continue to honour its British Airways franchise agreement and continue to operate as GB Airways until 29 March 2008, after which it will be merged into EasyJet. Slots used by GB Airways at London Heathrow Airport are not included in the sale. According to Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA, they were offered to buy out the franchise, which they declined. easyJet (LSE: EZJ) is a low cost airline officially known as easyJet Airline Company Limited, based at London Luton Airport. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA: LGW, ICAO: EGKK) is Londons second largest airport and the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom after Heathrow. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ...


Destinations

The airline's main hub is at London Gatwick with a focus on London Heathrow. There is a small base at Manchester but flights from here operate as 'BA Connect' services which operate a budget airline style "buy on board" service. Gatwick Airport (IATA Airport Code: LGW, ICAO Airport Code: EGKK) is Londons second airport and the second largest airport in the UK after Heathrow. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA:LHR, ICAO:EGLL), often referred to simply as Heathrow, is the United Kingdoms busiest and best-connected airport. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ...

  • London Gatwick (Agadir, Ajaccio, Alicante, Arrecife, Bastia, Corfu, Dalaman, Fez (starts October 2007), Faro, Funchal, Gibraltar, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Mahon, Malaga, Malta, Marrakech, Montpellier, Mykonos, Nantes, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Rhodes, Sharm El Shiekh, Tenerife South, Tunis)
  • London Heathrow (Casablanca, Faro, Malaga, Marrakech, Tangiers)
  • Manchester (Heraklion, Innsbruck, Malta, Paphos, Salzburg, Tenerife South)

In addition to the above destinations the airline also operates several charter flights from London Gatwick to destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe during Winter months. Gatwick Airport (IATA Airport Code: LGW, ICAO Airport Code: EGKK) is Londons second airport and the second largest airport in the UK after Heathrow. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA:LHR, ICAO:EGLL), often referred to simply as Heathrow, is the United Kingdoms busiest and best-connected airport. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Gatwick Airport (IATA Airport Code: LGW, ICAO Airport Code: EGKK) is Londons second airport and the second largest airport in the UK after Heathrow. ...


Fleet

The GB Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (at June 2007):

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External links

  • GB Airways Website
  • GB Airways Route Map
  • GB Airways Fleet Details

References

  1. ^ "Directory: World Airlines", Flight International, 2007-04-03, pp. 85-86. 
  2. ^ Operating Licence
  3. ^ BBC story about easyJet taking over GB Airways
  4. ^ easyJet plc agrees to acquire GB Airways Limited

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