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AirUK was an airline formed from the merger of British Island Airways, Air Anglia, Air Wales and Air Westward in 1980, all member companies of British and Commonwealth Shipping Group. Originally, it inherited two Fokker F.28-4000s, eight Fokker F.27-200s, and two F.27-100s mainly from Air Anglia, eighteen Handley Page Heralds, four BAC One Eleven-400s and six Embraer EMB 110s mainly from the former BIA fleet. KLM progressively increased its shareholding until it acquired AirUK and renamed it KLM UK in April 1999. In 2000 some of the KLMuk point-to-point routes and the 146-300 aircraft were transferred to launch the sub-brand Buzz, which was a low cost carrier. The non-Amsterdam AirUK routes were progressively dropped, leaving only 15 UK airports to Amsterdam. From 04/01/2000 the KLMuk brand operated Amsterdam feeder routes from various UK regional airports using ATR 72, Fokker 50 and Fokker 100 aircraft. In November 2002 all the UK-Amsterdam routes and Fokker aircraft were transferred to sister KLM subsidiary KLM Cityhopper. All Buzz flights from 04/01/2000 to 31/03/2003 were operated by KLMuk under its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) until the Buzz operation was taken over by Ryanair in 2003.

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      11.07.2007 22:36
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      who knows?

      Who are this company? I live in the United Kingdom and have never heard of them. Are they a new company? It always worries me when I have never heard of an airline, as you could be travelling without knowing someone's reputation and safety record. Who knows what Air UK are like or their customer service. I'd be interested to know if anybody else has flown with them or ever even heard of Air UK.


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