Channel Airways

Channel Airways
Channel Airways
Founded 1946
Ceased operations 1972
Hubs Southend Municipal Airport
Ipswich Airport
Stansted Airport
Bournemouth Airport
Bristol Airport
Cardiff Airport
Norwich Airport
East Midlands Airport
Manchester Airport
Teesside Airport
Berlin-Tegel Airport
Fleet size 25 aircraft
(2 Hawker Siddeley Trident 1E,
2 BAC One-Eleven 400,
5 de Havilland Comet 4B,
9 Vickers Viscount 800,
6 de Havilland DH 114 Heron,
1 de Havilland DH 104 Dove)
as of May 1971
Destinations worldwide
Headquarters Southend Municipal Airport (1947–1968, 1972),
Stansted Airport
Key people Sqn. Ldr. R.J. Jones,[1]
Capt. A.E. Hugo Parsons,
T.A. Atkins,
Capt. P. Lockwood,
L. Mellish

Channel Airways was a private airline formed in the United Kingdom in 1946 as East Anglian Flying Services.

The newly formed airline initially operated aerial joy rides with a single, three-seater aircraft from an airstrip on the Kent coast. Scheduled services began in 1947, following the move to Southend (Rochford) Airport earlier that year, while inclusive tour (IT) charter flights started in 1948. Rapid business growth saw seven additional aircraft join the fledgling airline's fleet by the end of that year.[2][3]

The introduction of exchange controls in the early 1950s resulted in a major contraction of the travel market, in turn compelling East Anglian to cease all operations other than pleasure flying. Following a recovery in demand, aircraft and employees that had been surplus to requirements during the slump were respectively brought back into service and re-hired. By that time, the airline had also opened a second base at Ipswich Airport and obtained its first long-term scheduled service licence. The latter part of the 1950s saw East Anglian updating its fleet with post-war aircraft designs.[4]

Fleet modernisation continued in the early 1960s with the addition of Viking, DC-3 and DC-4 equipment. In October 1962, East Anglian Flying Services became Channel Airways.[5][6] The following year saw the acquisition of Channel's first turbine-powered aircraft.[7]

Channel entered the jet age in June 1967 with the arrival of its first BAC One-Eleven 400 at Southend.[8] In March 1968, Channel Airways became the first independent[nb 1] airline in the UK to operate the Hawker Siddeley Trident.[9][10] Channel's new jets were contracted to major tour operators in the UK and West Germany from bases at Southend, London Stansted, other British airports and Berlin Tegel in what used to be West Berlin prior to German reunification.[11] During that time, Channel moved its main operating and engineering base as well as its head office from Southend to Stansted to enable regular jet operations to more distant destinations with a full commercial payload from the latter's longer runway.[12][13][14]

A bus stop scheduled service linking the airline's Southend base with Aberdeen via six intermediate points briefly operated in the late-1960s with modified Viscounts.[15][16][17][18]

The addition of five Comet 4Bs in 1970 marked a major expansion of Channel's jet operation, making it a leading contemporary UK charter airline, with IT operations accounting for more than half of its business.[19][20][21]

Low utilisation of the Trident fleet resulted in the type's disposal in December 1971, followed by closure of the Stansted engineering base and return of the head office to Southend.[14][22][23] The company's deteriorating trading position and diminishing prospects led to growing financial difficulties. This forced Channel Airways to cease operations in February 1972.[24][25]



Formative era

Channel Airways was one of the earliest, post-World War II British independent airlines. Former Royal Air Force squadron leader Reginald "Jack" Jones[1] founded Channel Airways in June 1946 as an aerial joy ride business, which was incorporated as East Anglian Flying Services on 16 August 1946.[26] The new airline was majority-owned by Jones and his family, who held more than 80% of its shares.[2][3]

This Puss Moth was the first aircraft to be flown by East Anglian Flying Services. Here it is seen visiting Manchester in 1948.

Commercial operations commenced on 16 August 1946 with a single, early-1930s vintage, three-seat Puss Moth, offering joy rides at 10s a time from a landing strip near the Kent seaside town of Herne Bay.[2][27] Soon after, this aircraft also operated air taxi flights to destinations all over the UK.[28]

On 5 January 1947, East Anglian moved its base across the Thames estuary to Southend Municipal Airport near Southend-on-Sea in Essex, only four days after its re-opening as a civil airport. The move to Southend Airport led to the introduction of a regular Southend—Rochester feeder service, East Anglian's first scheduled route.[27]

Nineteen forty-eight was the year East Anglian operated its first IT charter flight from Southend to Ostend in conjunction with two British travel agents. By winter 1948, a huge expansion of the fledgling airline's pleasure flying and charter business resulted in acquisition of seven additional aircraft. These included five de Havilland Dragon Rapides, a Miles Aerovan and an Airspeed Courier. One of East Anglian's engagements at the time included a one-off round-trip to Cyprus carrying a party of schoolboys, which was operated by a Miles Aerovan lacking radio equipment and an autopilot.[27]

Following a successful first year on the Southend—Ostend charter run, East Anglian obtained a scheduled service licence for the route, as well as a Southend—Jersey scheduled licence.[27]

The 1950s

Government restrictions on overseas travel and the introduction of exchange controls in 1951 caused a severe contraction of the travel market, resulting in the collapse of numerous small independent airlines in the UK. The industry's grave situation necessitated drastic cutbacks at East Anglian to ensure its survival. All commercial activities other than pleasure flying ceased and only two full-time employees remained on the company's payroll — Jones himself and an office boy.[27]

Channel Airways Bristol 170 Freighter 21 at Manchester Airport in July 1958

Following a gradual pickup in demand, East Anglian brought back into service aircraft that had been laid up during the slump, re-hired laid-off employees and, in 1953, obtained a lease on the grass airfield at Ipswich Airport as a secondary base for its charter operations and a future feeder point on its scheduled network. During that period, East Anglian was awarded its first long-term scheduled licence[nb 2] on the Southend—Ostend route. Additional scheduled services were launched from Southend and Portsmouth to Paris as well as from Portsmouth to Jersey while some Southend—Jersey services featured additional stops in Rochester, Shoreham and Guernsey. A Southend—Rotterdam link followed in 1956.[29]

During the late-1950s, East Anglian began the process of augmenting and eventually replacing pre-war aircraft designs such as the Dragon Rapide with more modern equipment, starting with the acquisition of three de Havilland Doves from West African Airways Corporation. By the end of 1957, a year that saw nearly 30,000 passengers fly with East Anglian, two Bristol 170s had joined the fleet. These aircraft were the airline's first bulk carriers.[3]

The 1960s

During the early-1960s, East Anglian added several Vickers Vikings and Douglas DC-3s as well as a single Douglas DC-4, quickening the pace of its fleet modernisation programme.[7]

Channel Airways Vickers Viking refuelling at Manchester Airport in July 1964 - the last year of operation of the type

On 29 October 1962, East Anglian Flying Services officially changed its name to Channel Airways. (Although the Channel Airways name had appeared on the company's aircraft for some time prior to it becoming official, the old name was retained as the officially registered name until the somewhat similarly sounding Channel Air Bridge name became defunct to avoid any confusion.[30])[5][6][7][31] By that time, Channel Airways operated frequent scheduled passenger and freight services from Southend, Ipswich and Rochester to the Channel Islands, Rotterdam, Ostend and Paris as well as from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands. The airline also held licences to operate vehicle ferry services from Bristol to Dublin, Cork, Jersey and Bilbao as well as from Southend to Jersey and Bilbao. It furthermore applied for traffic rights to operate a vehicle ferry service between Liverpool and Dublin. Moreover, the company ran regular, 52-seat luxury express coach services linking Norwich with Ipswich as well as Eastbourne, Brighton, Worthing, London, Reading, Basingstoke and Guildford with Portsmouth. In addition, IT and general passenger and freight charter services, which accounted for a growing share of the firm's business, were operated while rival independent airline Tradair became a wholly owned subsidiary of Channel Airways on 31 December 1962.[7][21][30][31][32][33]

Channel Airways 88-seat Douglas DC-4 operating an IT flight From Manchester to Ostend in 1963

In 1963, Channel Airways acquired its first turboprop airliner, a Vickers Viscount 700 series inherited from Tradair. That year also marked the beginning of the airline's large-scale expansion into IT charters.[7] This saw the operation of a Douglas DC-4 in a high-density, 88-seat layout from Manchester and other UK airports to Ostend.[34]

The arrival of Channel's first turbine-powered aircraft coincided with the introduction of a new "Golden"-themed livery that was subsequently adopted for all Viscounts, HS 748s, One-Elevens and Tridents, with minor variations for each sub-fleet. This was one of the few marketing gimmicks in which the airline indulged and marked a major departure from its refusal to build a brand identity or to engage in prestige promotion to keep costs down.[35]

By the mid-1960s, Channel Airways had acquired another nine Viscount 700s. Seven of these were former British European Airways (BEA) aircraft while the remaining two were sourced from Bahamas Airways and Starways respectively. In addition to these aircraft, Channel also purchased eleven Viscount 812s from Continental Airlines and four new Hawker Siddeley 748s to support a rapidly growing number of IT flights and regional scheduled services along the UK's South Coast, between the South Coast, the Channel Islands and the Continent, as well as from Manchester Airport to continental destinations. The latter aircraft operated most of the airline's schedules serving the grass airfields.[nb 3] Although IT operations generated about half its revenues by that time, making Channel one of the UK's foremost contemporary charter operators, senior management preferred to think of it as primarily a scheduled carrier, keeping in mind their longer-term corporate ambitions to operate more domestic links from Southend and to extend the network's reach beyond the Channel coast and Paris to new destinations in Europe and North Africa.[6][7][33][36][37][38][39][40]

BAC One-Eleven of Channel Airways at Manchester Airport in 1969

In September 1966, Channel Airways announced its first jet aircraft order comprising four BAC One-Eleven 400 series plus two options. That order was worth £5.5m. These aircraft were the first jets to join the fleet, the first of which arrived at the company's Southend base on 15 June 1967.[nb 4] Nineteen sixty-six was also the year Channel arranged a 21-year lease on the grass field at Ipswich.[3][8][9][32][41][42]

By May 1967, Channel Airways had taken delivery of the remaining ex-Continental Viscount 812s. By that time, it had also retired and sold the last 700s and placed a follow-on order for another two One-Eleven 400s.[7][38][43][44]

Channel Airways Trident 1E

The first Hawker Siddeley Trident 1E series jetliner arrived at Channel Airways's Southend base in March 1968, by which time the airline's remaining One-Elevens were being delivered.[7][9][10] Nineteen sixty-eight was also the year Channel reduced its outstanding jet aircraft orders due to the difficult economic situation in the UK during that time, especially the sterling devaluation and a tightening of the existing exchange control regime that limited passengers to £50 a trip. This resulted in cancellation of three remaining orders each for Tridents and One-Elevens and only two and three[nb 5] examples respectively joining the airline's fleet.[44][45][46]

The introduction of these jet aircraft enabled Channel Airways to become a major provider of charter airline seats to the leading package tour operators in the UK from bases at Southend, Stansted, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Manchester and Teesside.[9][11][19][41][44] Channel Airways also held lucrative contracts to carry package tour holiday makers from West Berlin to holiday resorts in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands on behalf of major West German tour operators. This had resulted in one of the airline's jets being permanently based at the city's Tegel Airport until its demise.[11][44][47] The build-up of Channel's jet fleet also resulted in Stansted becoming the main operating base as these aircraft suffered range and payload restrictions at Southend due to its short runway.[12][13][19][41][48]

Channel's increasing dependence on the IT market made it a highly seasonal airline, with pronounced peaks and troughs in activity and aircraft utilisation. Each year, the end of the winter trough was followed by a six-week period of intense activity starting in April, when the company's aircraft were contracted by Clarksons to ferry British tourists to and from Rotterdam for the Dutch bulbfield season from ten UK departure points. The end of this season in mid-May also marked the beginning of the actual summer season, when the firm's planes commenced flying holidaymakers from the UK to Majorca, the Spanish mainland and Morocco under contract to the leading contemporary providers of package holidays in the UK. Flights to other Mediterranean resorts — chiefly in Italy and other Adriatic regions — started the following month. During the peak period in July and August, aircraft operated round-the-clock, plying scheduled routes during the day and serving IT destinations at night. The resulting increase in utilisation meant that aircraft spent as little as 40 minutes on the ground. By mid-September, the IT programme began winding down, with flights to Italy ending first due to its short holiday season. Flights to Majorca and certain Spanish mainland destinations continued right until the end of the summer charter season in late-October. To avoid having aircraft sit idly on the ground during the lean winter months,[nb 6] when ad hoc charters and a small number of year-round scheduled services replaced the intensive summer IT programme and busy summer schedule, spare capacity was leased out. In addition, all heavy maintenance was scheduled to take place during this period.[49]

The rapid growth in Channel's IT business furthermore resulted in establishment of Mediterranean Holidays as its in-house tour operating subsidiary. This enabled the airline to take maximum advantage of the booming package holiday market while at the same time reducing its dependence on third party tour operators.[50]

Channel Airways held the record for operating the UK charter airline industry's tightest seating configurations.[6] For example, it managed to fit as many as 88 seats into its Douglas DC-4s, 139 seats[nb 7] into its Trident 1Es, as many as 99 seats[nb 8] into its One-Eleven 400s and as many as 83 and 56 seats[nb 9] into its Viscount 810s and HS 748s respectively. These were the highest-density seating configurations of any of the aforementioned aircraft types' operators.[9][10][11][15][41][44]

Channel Airways also became known for pressing into service aircraft it had acquired second-hand with only minimal changes to the previous operators' aircraft liveries, i.e. merely taping over those operators' names with its own.[6][35][51]

By the end of the decade, Channel Airways had established itself as one of the UK's leading, contemporary independent airlines, operating domestic and international scheduled passenger and freight services from East Midlands, Ipswich, Norwich, Stansted, Southend, Portsmouth and Bournemouth to the Channel Islands, Rotterdam, Ostend, Paris, Rimini, Palma and Barcelona.[19][21] Between 1966 and 1968, it recorded annual profits in excess of £500,000.[19] The Scottish Flyer was the name of a twice-daily multi-stop, bus stop type scheduled service Channel operated with modified, 69-seat Viscount 812s featuring a large baggage compartment inside the aircraft's cabin. This service ran for a brief period from January until November 1969 between Southend and Aberdeen, with six four to five minute long, engine-running intermediate stops, including Luton, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, Teesside, Newcastle and Edinburgh.[15][16][17][18][19][45][52][53][54]

The 1970s and closure

The introduction of five ex-BEA de Havilland Comet 4B series in the early-1970s resulted in a significant increase in Channel Airways's charter capacity.[19][20] By that time, charter flights accounted for 60% of the airline's revenue.[21]

In January 1971, Channel Airways received UK, US and Canadian permission to operate transatlantic "affinity group" charters. A pair of long-haul Boeing 707s were to be purchased to commence North Atlantic operations to the United States and Canada later that year.[21][55]

During the first week of December 1971, Channel Airways sold both of its Trident 1Es to BEA to counter the increase in unit costs resulting from low utilisation of these aircraft.[nb 10][22][23] (One of the aircraft was leased to BEA's Newcastle-based regional subsidiary Northeast Airlines while the other was operating the corporation's regional routes from Birmingham to the Continent.[22])

In early-1972, former Channel Airways director Captain Peter Lockwood acquired a pair of ex-American Airlines BAC One-Eleven 400s for his new charter company, Orientair, to take over Channel's lucrative German charter contracts.[56][57][58] When Orientair's plan to assume Channel Airways's position in Berlin ran into difficulties, Dan-Air took over these contracts, resulting in an expansion of that airline's Berlin operation.[59]

Lack of fleet standardisation[nb 11] and low, all-year round aircraft utilisation due to seasonal peaks and troughs in its charter and scheduled markets drove up Channel's unit costs while low charter rates and poor yields on short-haul scheduled routes served in competition with British Air Ferries from Southend depressed revenues.[11][23][49][60] To bring costs in line with revenues, Channel Airways announced the closure of its Stansted engineering base and the return of its headquarters to Southend at the end of January 1972.[14][23] A week later, Channel's main lender, Barclays Bank, appointed a receiver and put the airline up for sale while operations continued.[23] Potential buyers' lack of interest in Channel Airways as a going concern forced the break-up of the company. As a result, all jet services ceased on 15 February 1972.[24] Operations ceased completely at the end of that month.[25] Permanent cessation of operations was followed by withdrawal of Channel Airways's air operator's certificate at the end of March 1972.[61]

Following Channel Airways's demise, Dan-Air acquired the failed carrier's Comet 4Bs and its licence to operate year-round scheduled services from Bournemouth to Guernsey and Jersey while British Airways Regional Division acquired a One-Eleven 400 previously in service with Channel.[62][63][64][65][66][67] In addition, the last three remaining former Channel Airways Viscounts were sold together with the aircraft's entire spares inventory to newly formed Alidair.[68] Ipswich Aerodrome, previously owned by Channel Airways, was sold to Lonmet Aviation.[69]

Fleet details

Throughout its 26-year existence the following aircraft types formed part of the Channel Airways fleet:

Fleet in 1962

In April 1962, the Channel Airways fleet comprised 15 aircraft.[31]

Channel Airways fleet in April 1962
Aircraft Number
Bristol 170 Freighter Mark 21 2
Douglas DC-4 2
Douglas DC-3 6
Vickers Viking 3
de Havilland DH 104 Dove 2
Total 15

An Aviation Traders ATL 98 Carvair was on order.

Channel Airways employed 180 people at this time.[31]

Fleet in 1971

In May 1971, the Channel Airways fleet comprised 25 aircraft.[21]

Channel Airways fleet in May 1971
Aircraft Number
Hawker Siddeley Trident 1E 2
BAC One-Eleven 400 2
de Havilland Comet 4B 5
Vickers Viscount 800 9
de Havilland DH 114 Heron 6
de Havilland DH 104 Dove 1
Total 25

Channel Airways employed 600 people at this time.[21]

Accidents and incidents

There are six recorded accidents involving East Anglian Flying Services/Channel Airways aircraft.[70] One of these resulted in the loss of lives of fare-paying passengers. The airline's six accidents are detailed below:

  • On 28 July 1959, an East Anglian Flying Services Vickers Viking (registration G-AHPH) was written off at Southend Airport as a result of being damaged beyond repair in a landing accident at the end of a non-scheduled passenger flight. On approach to Southend, the aircraft's right-hand main gear indicator did not show "green", thereby failing to confirm that the gear was down and locked. The pilot in command of the aircraft attempted an emergency landing on the grass parallel to the runway after noticing that the emergency gear extension system was inoperable. Following touch-down, the right main gear collapsed and the aircraft swung to the right, damaging it beyond repair. None of the 39 occupants (three crew and 36 passengers) were injured.[71]
  • On 6 May 1962, a Channel Airways Douglas C-47A-1-DK (registration G-AGZB) operating a scheduled passenger flight from Jersey to Portsmouth collided with a cloud-covered hill at St Boniface Down near Ventnor on the Isle of Wight in Southern England, resulting in the aircraft's destruction and the deaths of twelve of the 18 occupants (all three crew members and nine out of 15 passengers) on board. The C-47 had descended to 1,000 feet — well below the safe minimum height — while approaching Portsmouth in low cloud and drizzly weather conditions. The poor weather conditions made it impossible for the flightdeck crew to spot the hill in its vicinity and to take evasive action, as a result of which the aircraft struck high ground and burst into flames. This was Channel Airways's first and only fatal accident.[6][72]
  • On 3 May 1967, a Channel Airways Vickers Viscount 812 (registration G-AVJZ) was damaged beyond repair during a test flight to renew the aircraft's Certificate of Airworthiness as a result of propeller no. 4 being feathered shortly after takeoff from Southend Airport, causing the aircraft to enter an uncontrolled turn and scrape the ground with its right wingtip. This, in turn, caused the plane to crash into a wire fence compound, catch fire and kill two Aviation Traders workers on the ground. Although the aircraft was a complete write-off, none of the three crew members on board was hurt.[73][74]
  • On 15 August 1967, two Channel Airways Hawker Siddeley HS 748-222 Srs. 2 (registration: G-ATEH and G-ATEK) were substantially damaged in separate landing accidents at Portsmouth Airport that occurred within two hours of each other.[75][76] The first of these, involving HS 748-222 G-ATEK, occurred at 11.48 local time. The aircraft was operating that day's scheduled service from Southend to Paris via Portsmouth. Following a circling approach to Portsmouth Airport, it touched down normally ca. 330 ft left of grass strip 36's centre-line. The pilot flying the aircraft selected ground fine propeller pitch during landing followed by continuous application of the wheel brakes. Initially, the aircraft decelerated normally. However, at an advanced stage of the landing roll, the flightdeck crew realised that the remaining distance might not be sufficient for the plane to stop. To keep within the airfield's boundary, the flightdeck crew attempted to swing the aircraft to the left. Although this caused the aircraft to turn in the desired direction, it began sliding sideways, finally coming to a halt on an earth embankment. Despite extensive damage to the aircraft, there was no post-crash fire and none of the 23 occupants (four crew, 19 passengers) were injured. The subsequent accident investigation established inadequate braking as a result of inadequate friction provided by the aerodrome's very wet grass covering a hard, dry and almost impermeable sub-soil. Accident investigators also cited the flighdeck crew's failure to take into account the additional landing distance that was required to land an HS 748 safely on the wet grass strip as an important contributory factor.[76] The second mishap, involving HS 748-222 G-ATEH, occurred at 13.34 local time. The aircraft was operating that day's scheduled service from Guernsey to Portsmouth. A visual approach to Portsmouth Airport's grass strip 07 resulted in an unsuccessful attempt to land. A second attempt was made, resulting in the aircraft landing on strip 07. Immediately after touchdown, selection of ground fine propeller pitch was followed by application of brakes. Although this caused the aircraft to decelerate initially, subsequent braking proved ineffective due to the wet grass. As a consequence, the aircraft broke through the perimeter fence alongside the main road in the aerodrome's northeast corner, coming to a halt across the road. Despite extensive damage to the aircraft, there was no post-crash fire and none of the 66 occupants (four crew, 62 passengers) were injured. The subsequent accident investigation established inadequate braking as a result of inadequate friction provided by the aerodrome's very wet grass covering a hard, dry and almost impermeable sub-soil. Accident investigators also cited the flighdeck crew's failure to take into account the additional landing distance that was required to land an HS 748 safely on the wet grass strip as an important contributory factor.[75] Both aircraft were subsequently repaired and returned to service.[75][76]
  • On 4 May 1968, a Channel Airways Vickers Viscount 812 (registration G-APPU)[77] was damaged beyond repair in a landing accident at Southend Airport at the end of a scheduled passenger flight. The Viscount touched down on Southend's runway 06 at too high speed. Braking proved ineffective because the pilot in command wrongly assumed that the aircraft was aquaplaning. Instead, he used the aircraft's parking brake in the ensuing emergency, in a futile attempt to arrest its speed. The plane ran off the runway and collided with an earth wall. There were 18 injuries among the 83 occupants (four crew, 79 passengers).[78][79]

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  1. ^ independent from government-owned corporations
  2. ^ valid for seven years
  3. ^ Ipswich, Portsmouth and Rochester
  4. ^ entering service the following day
  5. ^ the first BAC One-Eleven was traded in for the second
  6. ^ apart from the brief peak around Christmas and New Year
  7. ^ seven abreast in the forward cabin
  8. ^ six abreast; this seating arrangement was exclusive to the second and third example and required the aircraft's modification with two additional over-wing emergency exits each side of the fuselage, the only short-bodied One-Elevens to have this
  9. ^ 62 without galley
  10. ^ each aircraft was utilised for only 894hr in 1971, the lowest of any type operated
  11. ^ at the time the airline went into receivership, its fleet comprised 13 aircraft of five different types
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  2. ^ a b c Airline Profile: Number Thirty-One in the Series — Channel Airways, Flight International, 17 August 1967, p. 255
  3. ^ a b c d Aeroplane — Airline of the month: Channel Airways, Vol. 112, No. 2867, pp. 5—6, Temple Press, London, 29 September 1966
  4. ^ Aeroplane — Airline of the month: Channel Airways, Vol. 112, No. 2867, pp. 5—7, Temple Press, London, 29 September 1966
  5. ^ a b Aeroplane — World Transport Affairs: Three U.K. independents change their names, Vol. 105, No. 2676, p. 14, Temple Press, London, 31 January 1963
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  9. ^ a b c d e Tridents for Channel, Flight International, 12 October 1967, p. 594
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  14. ^ a b c Channel cut-back, Air Transport ..., Flight International, 3 February 1972, p. 170
  15. ^ a b c Next Bus to Aberdeen ..., Air Transport ..., Flight International, 19 October 1967, p. 641
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  18. ^ a b The bus stops, Air Transport, Flight International, 4 December 1969, p. 863
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  36. ^ Channel's Package Viscount Deal, Air Transport ..., Flight International, 16 December 1965, p. 1034
  37. ^ Aeroplane — Order Book continued: Channel deal confirmed, Vol. 110, No. 2825, p. 31, Temple Press, London, 9 December 1965
  38. ^ a b Aeroplane — Order Book: Channel weighs the jet market, Vol. 111, No. 2835, p. 16, Temple Press, London, 17 February 1966
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  51. ^ Channel Airways de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4B (photo)
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  54. ^ Airline Timetable Images — Channel Airways
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  60. ^ Depressed charter rates, World News ..., Flight International, 19 August 1971, p. 272
  61. ^ Channel Airways' ..., Air Transport ..., Flight International, 30 March 1972, p. 438
  62. ^ The Spirit of Dan-Air, Simons, G.M., GMS Enterprises, Peterborough, 1993, pp. 55, 61, 101, 228/9
  63. ^ Airliner World (The Last of Dan-Air's Comets – Additional Comets), Key Publishing, Stamford, UK, November 2010, pp. 71/2
  64. ^ Channel routes redistributed, World News ..., Flight International, 15 June 1972, p. 859
  65. ^ Airline Profile: Number Forty-Three in the Series — Dan-Air, Flight International, 31 May 1973, p. 838
  66. ^ Airline Profile: Number Forty-Three in the Series — Dan-Air, Flight International, 31 May 1973, p. 839
  67. ^ World airlines updated — British Airways Regional Division ..., Flight International, 11 October 1973, p. 594
  68. ^ Alidair, ..., Air Transport, Flight International, 8 June 1972, p. 823
  69. ^ Ipswich sale, Private Flying, Flight International, 16 March 1972, p. 381
  70. ^ Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > United Kingdom > Channel Airways
  71. ^ ASN Aircraft accident description Vickers 614 Viking 1 G-AHPH — Southend Municipal Airport (SEN)
  72. ^ ASN Aircraft accident description Douglas C-47A-1-DK G-AGZB — St. Boniface Down
  73. ^ ASN Aircraft accident description Vickers 812 Viscount G-AVJZ — Southend Municipal Airport (SEN)
  74. ^ Southend Crash, Air Transport ..., Flight International, 11 May 1967, p. 733
  75. ^ a b c ASN Aircraft accident description Hawker Siddeley HS 748-222 Srs. 2 G-ATEH — Portsmouth Airport (PME)
  76. ^ a b c ASN Aircraft accident description Hawker Siddeley HS 748-222 Srs. 2 G-ATEK — Portsmouth Airport (PME)
  77. ^ Channel Airways Vickers 812 Viscount G-APPU (post-crash photo)
  78. ^ ASN Aircraft accident description Vickers 812 Viscount G-APPU — Southend Municipal Airport (SEN)
  79. ^ Aquaplaning ruled out, Air Transport, Flight International, 4 February 1971, p. 148


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