- Jan 14, 2009
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Interesting that you mentioned Brymon Airways because in a very roundabout way it finished up as part of Flybe mark 1.A need for a new business model therefore exists. BA don't want it, Virgin tried, so who else is there? A British domestic perhaps? Air UK came and went, Brymon Airways got eaten, Duo was a flash of lightning and we have BA Cityflyer. Does a need for a British Domestic airline exist and if so, would it resist international?
Brymon was formed in 1970 by two New Zealanders, Bill Bryce and Chris Amon (a Formula One racing driver). They set up bases at Plymouth and Newquay. They later became the first British airline to operate the four-engined Dash 7 aircraft.
British Airways later acquired a large minority share in Brymon Airways.
In October 1992, Brymon Airways merged with Birmingham European Airways to form Brymon European Airways (I had to check the date).
Brymon European Airways was bought jointly by British Airways and Maersk Air. In 1993 Brymon European Airways was split up with British Airways buying the Brymon Airways part and Maersk Air buying the Birmingham European Airways part which they called Maersk Air UK.
The by now wholly BA-owned Brymon Airways Ltd fleet was painted in BA colours and operated franchise routes for BA, particularly from Bristol Airport which had become Brymon's main hub.
In 2002 Brymon merged with British Regional Airlines to form BA Citiexpress. In 2006 BA Citiexpress was renamed BAConnect (BACon) and by then was operating a fleet of E145 and E135 aircraft. A year later BAConnect was sold to Flybe and ceased to exist as an airline.