European Air Charter

The European Aviation Charter

sspan class="mw-headline" id="History">History[edit] The European Aviation Charter began in 1989 as European aviation. Mr Paul Stoddart, head of the European Aviation Air Charter, saw a niche in the charter business for an ad hoc charter company. Initially, the planes used were rather old BAC-111 planes, first produced in the sixties. Aeroplanes were flew over from Australia as their former owners were the Royal Australian Air Force.

The European Aviation was originally located in the British Aviation Corporation's former manufacturing facility for Vickers Viscount and the BAC-111 airlines. From the outset, European Air Charter served from Bournemouth International Airports, making it a major junction for the carrier. Airlines were lucrative, so the business extended its operations to other areas such as aircrew education, servicing for other carriers and lease and sale of aeroplanes.

By 1993, the company's managing director had decided to change the name from European Aviation to European Aviation Air Charter, or EAC for short. EAC is the European Aviation Air Charter. In the same year, twenty more BAC-111s were purchased by British Airways. As a result, the carrier was able to count travel groups among its charter customers. Until then, the carrier had also purchased the much newer Airbus A300 and the Boeing 737, but never used them.

Until 1997 European had also purchased a Boeing 727 aircraft. In 2001 European Air Charter applied for landing clearance at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Chicago and other US and Canada airports. Because of the passenger traffic the carrier had planned for each trip to North America, Boeing 747s were purchased, again from British Airways.

Six former British Airways planes of this model were put into operation at the carrier after the issue of the permission. The European Air Charter established an alliance with Palmair that took travellers to Bournemouth to fly on European Air Charter planes to North America. Stoddart regained EAC and went on to reduce costs, including the sale or scrap of the Boeing 747s, the sale of some Boeing 737-200s and the sale of the remaining part of the EAC family.

Paul Stoddart divested his interest in OzJet to HeavyLift Cargo Airlines in May 2008 and the four Boeing 737-200s in the European fleets were transferred. European Aviation Air Charter's portfolio at the moment of the breakdown comprised the following aircraft:

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