Britain’s Titan Airways has just become an all-Airbus company after operating Boeing aircraft for about 24 years. Simple Flying explores how this unique airline has operated a wide variety of Boeing aircraft for nearly a quarter of a century.
A Brief History of Titan Airlines
Founded in 1988, it initially operated a single Cessna 404 Titan, transporting vehicle parts between various Ford and General Motors facilities throughout the UK and Europe. titan airlines There are countless types of aircraft involved.
The airline’s name may have been derived from the first type of aircraft it operated, but in its history, its aircraft and company logo also featured an image of Titan, a moon of Saturn. has been adopted.
From Embraer 110 Bandeirantes to short 330s and large 360s, ATR42s to British Aerospace 146s, this unique charter airline has it all. But that wasn’t the case until the airline’s first service. Boeing 737 Arrival in 1999 further accelerated our bespoke charter and VIP operations.
Over time, the company took on more and more Boeings, each carefully selected for the professional role they were to play for the airline. Ultimately, the company will operate 12 Boeing aircraft for nearly 24 years: 7 Boeing 737s, 4 757s and 1 767.
To this day, like the BAe 146, all turboprops have long since been decommissioned. But in recent weeks, Boeing’s last jet has retired, with Airbus A320s, A321s, A321LRs and a single A330 taking over duties for British and possibly global airline operations. The most unique non-scheduled airline.
As previously mentioned, the company recently said goodbye to its last two Boeing aircraft. The company’s last remaining Boeing 737 (737-400F) departed in April, while the last 757 made its final flight out of London Stansted earlier this month. Reporting by Simple Flying.
The departure of these last two aircraft marks the end of nearly 24 years of Titan Airways Boeing operations. But what happened to his 12 aircraft that were once in service? Are the remaining aircraft still flying today?
Overview of Boeing’s fleet
It was Boeing’s aircraft that brought the Titan to the major leagues, providing the Titan with the capacity and capacity it needed to meet the demands of VIP and bespoke charter operations.
Similarly, the arrival of the 737 and 757 put the airline in a much better position to meet long-term and short-term wet lease requests from other airlines operating similar equipment.
All aircraft data were obtained from ch-aviation.com.
boeing 737 family
In total, Titan operated seven Boeing 737s for nearly 24 years, the first entering service in June 1999 and the last retired in April of this year. The airline’s fleet of 737s includes one 737-300, three 737-300QCs, one 737-300F and two ex-British Airways 737-400s converted to freighter versions. was included.
Photo: Titan Airlines
G-ZAPM (737-300 passengers)
The first Boeing aircraft to serve Titan was acquired from Air Pacific (as DQ-FJD) in June 1999 and operated until October 2007. Operating with 148 economy seats, the aircraft was sold to: norwegian air shuttle As LN-KKE. This plane is still flying as his YV630T for Estella Latin America, 29.1 years after it was built.
Titan was acquired in February 2004 and operated until December 2013. This aircraft was primarily used as a dedicated freighter, flying to Titan. On behalf of Royal Mail, carries mail and parcels within the United Kingdom. The aircraft is currently flying as G-JMCT to the British West Atlantic. and 33.4 years old.
Photo: Titan Airlines
Originally acquired from easyJet (which it took over). British Airways It was operated as G-IGOX under the subsidiary Go Fly in October 2004. Converted to a quick change type, he reactivated as G-ZAPW after conversion in February 2005. It was used until September 2017, after which it was sold to an American leasing company. The company’s G-ZAPW is still operated today as He PP-YBC by Modern Logistics in Peru.
Originally built as the QC variant, the aircraft was acquired from Sweden’s Falcon Air in December 2006 and operated as the SE-DPA. Titan he flew with 130 passenger or cargo-only roles until May 2016 and continues to fly today. Nolinol It has been 32 years since the first flight as C-GNLQ in Canada.
Also built by Boeing in 1992 as the Quick Change 737QC and delivered to Falcon Air as the SE-DPB, the aircraft found its way to the Titan in April 2007. It was finally withdrawn from service in October 2018 and the aircraft was ferried to Canada. Continue to fly to Air Inuit as c-GFFN. This aircraft is now 31.6 years old.
This aircraft FIFA World Cup Participated in a round-the-world tour from January to April 2018. The tour was sponsored by FIFA’s major partner, Coca-Cola, and the aircraft received a special exterior paint job for the tour, with a customized interior.
First delivered to British Airways as the G-DOCY in September 1993 to carry 147 passengers, Titan acquired the plane in February 2017 after being converted into a freighter. I flew with this airline until February of this year and now operates Northern Air Cargo in Alaska as N407YT.
A sister of G-POWP, it was first delivered to British Airways in December 1992 as G-DOCT. The Titan entered service in January 2018 after being converted to a freighter. The aircraft was the last 737 the airline operated and was retired in April this year.
Photo: Titan Airlines
The aircraft was subsequently sold as N853AT to Automatic Leasing of the United States, and 30 and a half years after its first flight, it was leased to Aerosucre of Colombia.
Titan took over the first 757-200 in 2003, scaling up the 737 to offer longer range and greater carrying capacity. Titan operated a total of four aircraft of the same type over his 20 years. The last of these, G-ZAPX, was just retired in early May 2023, ending his 20-year association with the airline and the utility twin-engine aircraft.
The aircraft was first delivered to Mexican airline TAESA in July 1992 and served Monarch, Arkia, Britannia (now TUI UK) and Transwede in between before being acquired by Titan in April 2003. It was the first 757.
The plane was based on the Titans London Stansted Airport Headquartered until January 2010, then acquired by GECAS and leased to Icelandair as TF-FIK. The plane is now 30.9 years old, was converted to a freighter in February 2013, and continues to fly as N973FD.
Original delivery address Iberia Titan acquired the 757 as EC-HIS in July 2000 and the 757 in May 2006. The plane was finally withdrawn from service earlier this month after 17 years with the company, and made its final flight from Stansted to Cotswold Airport on May 4 as ZAP757. jet 2 purchased the aircraft to provide spare parts for the last nine 757-200s.
Like its sister ship G-ZAPX, the aircraft entered service with Iberia as EC-HIR in July 2000. It has since served several other airlines (including AtlasJet and Ethiopian Airlines) and was added to the Titan Airlines fleet in June 2012. Operated in 202-seat all-economy until November 2022, sold as G-FTAI to British 2xcel Aviation in March 2023.
The last of the three former Iberia airlines (EC-HIQ), the aircraft first flew to Titan in December 2013 and continued to fly to carriers until its acquisition by Titan in June 2014. Did. La Compagnie, operated as F-HTAG in an all business class configuration with just 74 seats.The aircraft is currently flying to the next destination Icelandair As TF-LLL featuring a special National Geographic scheme.
The last Boeing to enter (and the first to leave) Titan’s stable was a single 767-300ER. This spent his 11 years mainly operating long-haul charter flights with the company, offering up to 265 seats in his all-economy layout.
Originally ordered and owned by GECAS, the plane first flew with Skymark Airlines, the now-defunct Japanese airline, from September 2003 to October 2009. It was then acquired by Titan, becoming the company’s first wide-body airliner, and flew for the airline until July 2020.
She was then returned to GECAS and converted into a freighter. She still flies with China’s SF Airlines as a B-220H and is 20.2 years old.
The days of Titan’s relationship with Boeing’s aircraft are over, at least for now, as the company has seen a shift in its customer base over the years, along with a move to operate more modern and fuel-efficient aircraft.
The company, which currently owns two Airbus A320s, nine A321s and one A330, appears to be focusing on operating Airbus products for the time being.Even the British government has shown allegiance to Titan’s Airbus fleet, and the airline A321 Neo XLR On behalf of the government from 2021.
Titan Boeing’s fleet may no longer exist, but these aircraft will allow the company to expand its service to potential customers, and in doing so bring the airline to where it is today. I led.
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source: ch-aviation.com, titan airlines