Expressflight

Operated from 1983 to Mid 1987

Founder/Director – Mr. Nigel Stockwell & Mr. Cameron Winkworth (from 1986)

In 1983, Clive Wren sold his share of Routair Flying Services which included the courier and taxi side of the business while former partner Nigel Stockwell remained on as sole M.D. of the company. A new, purpose built hangar was then constructed and this entity was subsequently renamed as Expressflight. This company would rapidly emerge as the innovator of small package flights to and from Southend beginning with operations for Express Couriers and along with its ad-hoc passenger and freight charters, it was soon operating regular contract services, flying freight between Southend and Brussels from Tuesday to Saturday, anything up to 4 times per night.

More contracts were forthcoming including services flown on behalf of Hotline of Germany, Purolator and then TNT, the latter resulting in a nightly freight service being transferred from Luton and instead being flown between Heathrow, Brussels and Southend. By this time, Norwich concern Hubbardair had taken over the business and after a short transition period, Nigel moved on to pastures new. However, the company continued to operate until the middle of 1987 before eventually being merged with those of its new owner. As a footnote, a separate engineering service known as R.F.S. also operated from within the Expressflight hangar.

With thanks to Nigel Stockwell for providing much of the information above.

 

Expressflight fleet while based at SEN

Cessna 150

G-ATMN – 7/80 to 5/84

Ditched in Thames & W/O 11/5/84 – Aircraft later salvaged & repaired

Piper PA-23 Aztec

G-BBMJ – 6/85 to 2/87

Sold to Tindon Ltd

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche

G-ATZU – 5/80 to 10/84

With Routair until 1983 – DBR landing in Brussels 16/10/84

G-AVVI – 11/84 to 1/87

Sold to Tindon Ltd

G-AXRO – 8/85 to 9/86

Sold to Lydd Air Training Centre

Piper PA-31 Navajo

G-BBDU – 6/86 to 7/87

Sold to Gordon-Air Ltd

Cessna 404 Titan

G-BLOP – 5/86 to 9/87

Sold to unknown operator in Germany

 

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