Emerald Airways - Sadly No More
Formed as Janes Aviation by Andrew and Hilary Janes back in 1987, the airline originally operated from Blackpool, using Britten-Norman Islander, Trislander, Douglas DC-3s, Shorts SD.3-30, and Handley Page Herald aircraft, prior to acquiring their first Hawker Siddely HS.748 in 1992. The operation was moved to Liverpool and Janes Aviation became Emerald Airways in 1992. Since then, the company went from strength to strength. More aircraft were added and Emerald boasted the largest commercial fleet of HS.748s in the World.
The airline entered a new era in November 2001, with the purchase of their first Short SD.3-60 (G-OBHD), with other examples following on. The acquisition of Streamline Aviation in August 2002 swelled the fleet considerably and made it the largest regional operator of dedicated cargo aircraft in Europe. Emerald Airways aircraft could be seen in such places as Hamburg, Paris, Pisa, Marseille, Naples, Nice and Rome as operations continued to spread far wider than just the UK.
In May 2003 Emerald recommenced scheduled passenger service between Liverpool and the Isle of Man using two of their newly acquired BAe ATP aircraft. Three other ATPs are for freight use. With this new beginning came a new livery, as can be seen on some of the accompanying photographs. The company witdrew its passenger operations to the Isle of Man in June 2005, but their ATPs continued to operate on the route on behalf of EuroManx up to the start of May 2006.
Sadly, the airline went into Administration on the 11th May 2006 and the future of the fleet is uncertain at the moment.
Below is a list of the Emerald Airways fleet and where the aircraft were when the company folded. Other details include aircraft registration and constructors number, followed by its colour scheme and configuration. The final column has a photograph of the aircraft if available. If it is, please click on the "thumbnail" to see the full-size photograph.