Published on December 21st, 2018 | by Mark Dwyer


Airliner Experience – West Atlantic UK Visit

West Atlantic UK – Main Hangar & Maintenance Facility – East Midlands Airport, UK

& East Midlands Aeropark – Group Tour

Airliner Experience has obtained permission from West Atlantic UK, for an Enthusiasts Group Visit to the airlines Main Hangar & Maintenance Facility at East Midlands Airport UK. This exciting tour will take place mid-January 2019 and will include a private group visit to East Midlands Aeropark located adjacent to the airport.

The Main Event

Part of the aim is to catch one of the new West Atlantic UK fleet additions and first conversions of its type by Boeing in Seattle. We are of course talking about the new Boeing 737-800 Series Freighter. The first ‘800BCF arrived mid 2018 with the fourth and final due at West Atlantic during our visit.  Not only will this be the first purely cargo airline group visit by Airliner Experience but for many, the first time to view the B737-800F now operating with launch customer, West Atlantic UK.

The group will enter the airlines Maintenance Hangar during the busy winter programme. West Atlantic UK staff from Engineering, Flight Deck and Management Departments will be on hands to meet and greet. The group will enjoy a company presentation and Q&A session before inspecting the latest B737-800BCF having been ferried from Boeing. We anticipate being shown around other aircraft present on the day and look forward to both external and internal inspections.

West Atlantic Group operate a range of interesting aircraft between their divisions in Sweden and the UK, consisting of several modern-classic types. The fleet of fifty aircraft include B767-200F, B737-800BCF, B737-400SF, B737-300SF, CRJ-200PF and of course the venerable BAe-ATP F, along with being a rare aircraft, a classic in it’s own right.

The Extra Ingredient

Prior to the main event at West Atlantic UK the aim is for the group to travel to East Midlands Aeropark.  As previously eluded to, the Aeropark is opening purely for our group to enjoy a private viewing of the museums wonderful collection of classic and vintage aircraft on display. Centre stage must be the Avro Vulcan (XM575) and the collection includes BAe Nimrod R1, Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, Buccaneer, English Electric Canberra, De Havilland Dove, Aérospatiale Gazelle, Hawker Hunters, Jet Provost, BAC Lightning, Meteor, Sea King, Vampires to name a few.

The group is welcome to engage in a period of aircraft spotting at East Midlands Aeropark from the dedicated vantage points overlooking the main runway during arrivals and departures.

Apart from the regular passenger airlines which frequent East Midlands Airport daily,  East Midlands Airport is the UK’s busiest pure cargo airport and second only to Heathrow.

Regular Freighters Include:

  • DHL – B757’s, B767’s, A300’s
  • TNT
  • UPS – B767’s
  • FedEx
  • West Atlantic – B737-300’s, B737-400’s, B737-800’s, BAe-ATP F’s, B767, CRJ-200F’s
  • Star Air – B767’s
  • ASL Airlines – B737’s, A330
  • Icelandair Cargo – B757
  • Aero Logic – B777F’s
  • Etihad Cargo – B777F’s

 Occasional Freighters Include:

  • Southern Air – B777F’s
  • CargoLux – B747’s
  • AirBridge Cargo – B747’s
  • Kalitta Air – B747’s

Rare Freighters Include:

  • Western Global Airlines – MD-11F
  • Volga-Dnepr Airlines – An-124 & IL-76
  • Antonov Design Bureau – An-124 & An-225
  • AviaStar-Tu – B757F & Tu-204-100C

 If you are interested please let us know ASAP

Registration process will be through Airliner Experience. For this exciting opportunity to experience some of the fleet types up close operated by cargo airline, West Atlantic UK and to visit the airlines maintenance facility and enjoying the classic exhibits at East Midlands Aeropark – Don’t miss out – Join us !

For more details including Outline Itinerary and to Register Your Interest email  airliner-experience@live.com . View www.facebook.com/AirlinerExperience

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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