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Skyways of London

Skyways of London  - In 1959, Skyways lease-purchased four 749As Constelllations from BOAC to operate the latter's all-cargo scheduled service from London to Hong Kong, Singapore and Sidney. In the winter of 1959-1960, three of the Connies were fitted with a large rear cargo door, and were mainly used on the scheduled freight service. In addition, an all -Tourist passenger service was operated from London to Malta and Tunis. During the 1960 summer season, regular IT charters were also flown by the Connies to Turin, and other passenger and freight charters were undertaken. On 31 March 1962, Skyways was faced with the loss of the BOAC freight contract, which resulted in an overnight decrease of 2/3 of its revenue. In June the three 749As with cargo doors, became fully Skyways owned and the fourth Connie, a passenger aircraft, was given back to BOAC.


 G-ANUR L-749A seen on a snow covered Luton apron in winter 1963.

In addition, an all Tourist passenger service was operated from London to Malta and Tunis. During the 1960 summer season, regular IT charters were also flown by the Connies to Turin, and other passenger and freight charters were undertaken. On 31 March 1962, Skyways was faced with the loss of the BOAC freight contract, which resulted in an overnight loss of 2/3 of its revenue. In June the three 749As with cargo doors, became fully Skyways owned and the fourth Connie, a passenger aircraft, was given back to BOAC.

 

G-ARXE L-049 is seen here on a summer evening at Liverpool in 1963, Bob O'Brien.

Skyways was subsequently taken over by Euravia on 1 September 1962. G-ARXE and G-ANUP continued to fly in Skyways' colors until April 1964 resp. April 1962.

Model
c/n
 Reg.  From To
 049 1965 G-ARXE  62 65
 749A
2548
G-ALAK
 62 65
 749A 2549
G-ALAL
 62
65
 749A
2565 G-ANUR  62 65
 749A 2562
G-ANUP
 59  62*
* Skyways colors only

Construction number/registration/type

c/n 2565 G-ANUR L-749A

c/n 2565 G-ANUR L-749A


 c/n 2562 G-ANUP L-749A


c/n 2562 G-ANUP L-749A

c/n 1965 G-ARXE L-049


















Notes
Jul 59 - September 62

Leased from BOAC July 1959 and sold to Skyways 2 July 1962. Taken over by Euravia 1 September 1962

Here seen on 3-engined approach to Manchester in 1960,
Zoggavia Collection.






G- ANUR awaiting its passenger load at London Heathrow in May 1960, Clinton H. Groves Collection.











September 59 - April 62

Leased from BOAC September 1965 and returned April 62. Sold to Aerotransport as OE-IFO.


Here seen at London Heathrow in 1961










G- ANUP seen without the rear cargo door at Heathrow in beginning of 1960










November 62 - April 64 / May 65

Bought from EL AL April 1962 in Euravia colors, repainted for Skyways and in service November 62. Withdrawn from use May 1965.

Manchester in 1963, Zoggavia Collection.