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Air Scotland is a Scottish low-cost airline company.
The airline operates irregular scheduled services from Glasgow International Airport (GLA) and Edinburgh Airport (EDI) to the Mediterranean, Paris and Athens using the air operator's certificate of Greece Airways, a Greek registered company and licensed by the Greek Civil Aviation Authority.
Air Scotland services operate as follows (at June 2005):
- Edinburgh to Alicante and Málaga
- Glasgow to Alicante, Athens, Palma de Mallorca, Paris (Charles de Gaulle) and Málaga (Amsterdam to be added from August 2005)
The Air Scotland fleet consists of 1 Boeing 757-200 aircraft (at June 2005):
- IATA Code: 1X
- ICAO Code: GRE
- Callsign: Greece Airways
Air Scotland was established in November 2002 by the Iraq-born businessman Dhia Al-Ani and started operations on 29 March 2003, using 2 Boeing 757-200 aircraft operated by Electra Airlines, to Spanish holiday resorts.
The company was a ticket provider for Electra Airlines until 25 April 2003, when the Electra aircraft were grounded by BAA plc over debts owed to the airport operator. Air Scotland ceased the agreement with Electra and began operating with Air Holland, who agreed to resume operation of the former Electra routes. With the demise of Air Holland, it now operates under the air operator's certificate of Greece Airways, which was formed out of Electra and owned by Mr Al-Ani, albeit now with only one 757 aircraft. All aircraft that have operated for Air Scotland have carried the operator's livery of white fuselage with the Flag of Scotland design on the aircraft tailfin, with a small thistle centrepiece added.
Air Scotland has reportedly leased two Lockheed L1011 Tristar aircraft from Globe Jet Airlines, which it hopes to utilise on services from Glasgow to Miami, New York City and Cuba (http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5038007.html). Applications to operate these services has been lodged with the UK Civil Aviation Authority as of June 2005. The airline is also seeking permission to fly from Glasgow and London Stansted Airport to Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. Two smaller aircraft, possibly Boeing 737 types, are also being sought to operate the European services.
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