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Been a while since the Air Wales operation.
Air Wales ceased operating in 2006 but as the linked report says had abandoned their Swansea routes in 2004.

I'm not usually much bothered about airline liveries but I did think Air Wales's ATR42 colour scheme very striking - striking in its relative simplicity. Living on the southern edge of Bristol I often saw the Red Dragon tails glinting in the sunlight on bright summer evenings as aircraft headed towards Weston-super-Mare on their approach to CWL.

Once or twice in the very early 'noughties' a Concorde inbound from the USA to Heathrow could be seen at the same time having flown up the Bristol Channel. It presented something of a contrast with the ATR42. On such evenings my wife wondered at my sudden interest in gardening but quickly cottoned on as she watched me looking skywards most of the time.

It was a great pity that Air Wales disappeared. Probably too small an operation in today's cut-throat airline business.
 

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Air Wales ceased operating in 2006 but as the linked report says had abandoned their Swansea routes in 2004.

I'm not usually much bothered about airline liveries but I did think Air Wales's ATR42 colour scheme very striking - striking in its relative simplicity. Living on the southern edge of Bristol I often saw the Red Dragon tails glinting in the sunlight on bright summer evenings as aircraft headed towards Weston-super-Mare on their approach to CWL.

Once or twice in the very early 'noughties' a Concorde inbound from the USA to Heathrow could be seen at the same time having flown up the Bristol Channel. It presented something of a contrast with the ATR42. On such evenings my wife wondered at my sudden interest in gardening but quickly cottoned on as she watched me looking skywards most of the time.

It was a great pity that Air Wales disappeared. Probably too small an operation in today's cut-throat airline business.
I actually flew on them, was in South Wales on business , I took their flight to LCY. Remember being offered Barra Brith with my cup of tea. Agree was a nice livery.
 

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Ironically, Swansea City FC flew into Liverpool yesterday after with Eastern in a SAAB 2000. I don't know where they originated from I'm guessing CWL . Aircraft G CERZ


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Ironically, Swansea City FC flew into Liverpool yesterday after with Eastern in a SAAB 2000. I don't know where they originated from I'm guessing CWL . Aircraft G CERZ


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Yep from Cardiff. They used global trek.

As for Air Wales it's such a shame that they aren't around. Wales could do with a national airline.
 

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Yep from Cardiff. They used global trek.

As for Air Wales it's such a shame that they aren't around. Wales could do with a national airline.
I also remember the charter carrier before ( Airways Cymru ) with their 1-11s .
 

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Swansea City are playing away at Wigan today in the EFL Championship.

Airways International Cymru had a mixed fleet and mixed livery for that matter consisting of 1-11s and 737-300s with one 200 series. They were around in the mid 80s for four years but I'm not sure whether they used Swansea or if their aircraft were too large.
 

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Swansea City are playing away at Wigan today in the EFL Championship.

Airways International Cymru had a mixed fleet and mixed livery for that matter consisting of 1-11s and 737-300s with one 200 series. They were around in the mid 80s for four years but I'm not sure whether they used Swansea or if their aircraft were too large.
They had quite a.nice Livery too, I think they were not exclusively operating from Wales and would pop up at various UK airports.
 

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Im sure Swansea would have had seasonal Channel Island flights at one time. When you think back there were many small airports around the UK that did...Staverton ,Carlisle, Cambridge Coventry ,Lydd all come to mind.
 

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They had quite a.nice Livery too, I think they were not exclusively operating from Wales and would pop up at various UK airports.
They operated a lot of IT fights for tour operators from BRS as well as CWL, and possibly other UK airports as well.

Im sure Swansea would have had seasonal Channel Island flights at one time. When you think back there were many small airports around the UK that did...Staverton ,Carlisle, Cambridge Coventry ,Lydd all come to mind.
Air Wales operated JER flights (and other routes) from Swansea for a while before pulling out and tranferring their hq to CWL.
 
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