Other Jets

By the turn of the new century and as far as jets were concerned, British World had become a pure BAC 1-11 operator. These aircraft were reserved mainly for charter work to the Mediterranean and other medium range tourist destinations in Europe and North Africa. Meanwhile, its shorter routes were now being flown solely by their BAe ATPs, this type remaining with the company until its demise. However, being as many of BWA’s existing jets were now closing in on their 30th year of service and with the impending introduction of European noise restrictions, the 1-11s usefulness was sadly coming to a rather rapid yet inevitable end.

Sufficed to say come May 2000, only a single 1-11 (G-OBWA) remained in service, although the fleet was quickly bolstered further by the arrival of the airline’s first leased Boeing 737. In fact, British World would eventually go on to lease two more 737s and a sole 757, these being put to use flying primarily on sub-leasing or charter operations from Luton, Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester to numerous destinations on the Continent (see the individual aircraft histories below for more details).  Sufficed to say, most of these aircraft would still visit SEN from time to time initially on their delivery flights or for refinishing and later for maintenance work.

As far as the individual aircraft were concerned, Boeing 737 Whiskey X-Ray spent her first couple of months flying to Barcelona and Palma and come August 2000, she went on permanent sub-lease with Easyjet until early September, her cabin titles even being changed to reflect this, although the rest of British World’s livery remained. In fact, despite being returned to her original livery by mid-September, she would continue to carry out a good deal of work for this budget airline until at least the early part of 2001 and possibly longer. One such period of short-term leases would see her once again standing in for Easyjet’s aircraft flying a number of services from Edinburgh and Glasgow during the 2000/2001 Christmas and New Year period. Otherwise, other sub-leasing and charter work would see her visiting Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Geneva, Paris, Stuttgart and Zurich.

Boeing 737 Whiskey Yankee’s year started off in much the same way with numerous visits being made to Barcelona and Palma and once again, Easyjet would enter into the picture with this aircraft also finding herself being leased to this airline on a regular basis. Rumour has it that by the summer of 2000, she too had been painted up in a hybrid livery. However, come December 2000 she had arrived at Southend where she was then painted up in full British Airways livery after which she departed to serve her lessor until the end of April, after which she was passed on to BA subsidiary company Go Fly until the end of August 2001. At the end of her lease with BA, G-OBWY had been returned to a rather rudimentary British World livery which she remained in until being returned to her owned after the collapse of BWA.

As for the last 737 Whiskey Zulu, her history is unfortunately not as well documented but as far as can be ascertained, she seemingly remained in full British World livery for all of her sub-lease, although once again, it is very likely that she was also leased on and off by Easyjet plus a number of other airlines being as such work was now an integral part of British World’s remit. Familiar BWA/Easy destinations were also flown from Gatwick to Palma, Mallorca and Faro, while numerous charters were also carried out to Lourdes on behalf of Tangney Tours, these actually being flown by much of the 737 fleet. One further Boeing 737 (G-OBWW) was also destined to join British World with the aircraft itself having even been adorned in BWA’s livery at Lasham, although for reasons unknown she was never delivered and instead went off on lease with Go Fly as G-IGOW.

Finally, we have the largest aircraft ever to join the British World fleet namely Boeing 757 G-OBWS. Although having been leased from June 2000, she remained at Lasham until July 19th 2001 when she actually made her delivery flight to British World at SEN. This was likely being her only visit before departing for six months of sub-leases, a number of which would see her flying from Manchester on behalf of Air 2000 again flying primarily to Palma, while scheduled services would also be run between Gatwick and Dakar/Banjul That being said, she would occasionally turn up at other airports such as Dublin and Edinburgh, possibly on one off charters. However, by the end of 2001 and with a downturn in air traffic after the 9/11 attacks, British World was forced into administration and as such, these four aircraft were returned to their owners.

With thanks to David Hunt & John Tangney for help with some of the information above.


BWA Other Jet fleet from 2000 to 2001

Boeing 737-300

G-OBWX – 5/00 to 12/01

Returned to GECAS

G-OBWY – 3/00 to 12/01

Returned to KG Leasing

G-OBWZ – 10/99 to 12/01

Returned to IFLC

Boeing 757-200

G-OBWS – 6/01 to 12/01

Returned to Tombo Aviation


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