Part of the Air UK story – AirUK Leisure

G BNZT Boeing 737 - 2E3ADV. Southend July 1988

G BNZT Boeing 737 – 2E3ADV. Southend July 1988

AirUK Leisure was established in 1987 as the charter subsidiary for AirUK, in association with Viking International a charter brokerage company. They operated two 737 200 series initially first registered in March 1988. Photo Richard Vandervord.

G UKLA Boeing 737 - 4YO. London Gatwick September 1991

G UKLA Boeing 737 – 4YO. London Gatwick September 1991

The first 400 series arrived in October 1988 making AirUK Leisure the first operator of the type in Europe. Shown wearing the part colours of Malaysia Airlines following a lease to that company in 1990/91. Photo Richard Vandervord.

G UKLB Boeing 737 - 4YO London Gatwick May 1992

G UKLB Boeing 737 – 4YO London Gatwick May 1992

AirUK leisure did occasionally fly for AirUK, when used for flying back logged passengers to Jersey owing to weather delays, the aircraft were great people movers, one rotation with this aircraft was nearly equivalent to four with a F27. Photo Richard Vandervord.

G UKLH Boeing 767 - 39H. London Gatwick May 1995

G UKLH Boeing 767 – 39H. London Gatwick May 1995

AirUK Leisure entered the long haul market with two Boeing 767 300 series aircraft in 1993, aircraft contracted to tour operator Unijet. They flew as Leisure Airways. Photo Richard Vandervord.

G UKLK Airbus A320 – 212. London Gatwick May 1996

G UKLK Airbus A320 – 212. London Gatwick May 1996

AirUK Leisure ordered A320s to replace the 737 – 400. Later in 1996 AirUK Leisure was sold to Unijet and renamed Leisure International Airways. Photo Richard Vandervord.

G UKLO Airbus  A321 – 211. London Gatwick June 1997

G UKLO Airbus A321 – 211. London Gatwick June 1997

Still wearing similar AirUK Leisure colours, Leisure International was bought by Air 2000. Photo Richard Vandervord.

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