Airlines Remembered

London City Airways

Photos © R.Leeuw


Ceased operations: 1990
Homebase: London-City, UK
Founded: 1986
ICAO callsign: STOL
Flightnbr prefix: II / LCY
Operations: passengers

London City Airways started flights to Amsterdam with "Dash Sevens" from the London-Docklands airport. G-BOAW is a DeHavilland DHC-7-110 Dash 7.
The idea to operate a STOL (Short Take Off and Landing) airport in London's Docklands was first conceived in the early 80's, and after a trial demonstration at Heron Quay by a Brymon Dash 7 aircraft in 1982.
London City Aws was formed by British Midland and it was at that time called Eurocity Express. Flight operations started in summer 1987 with 2 Dash 7 aircraft. Early in 1988 Eurocity Express placed orders with De Havilland Canada for 3 Brand New Dash 7 aircraft. At the same time the airline changed its name to London City Airways to reflect the City Airport connections. When all of the deliveries had been completed, the fleet consisted of 5 Dash 7. This was soon reduced to 4. After the successful BAe146 trials in 1988, a transition was expected to runway extension and jet transport. This was cut short in early 1990 with redundancy and closure of the airline.

The fleet in 1990:

RegistrationType of Aircraft C/n
G-BOAWDeHavilland DHC-7-110 Dash 7110
G-BOAXDeHavilland DHC-7-110 Dash 7111
G-BOAYDeHavilland DHC-7-110 Dash 7112
G-BOAZDeHavilland DHC-7-110 Dash 777

Sources:
Fleet info: JP Airline Fleets 1990
http://www.londoncityairways.co.uk/history.htm




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