Find out more about how Fly UK came into existence and how through innovative
development and forward thinking, has grown to become one of the UK's best-known organisations in virtual aviation.
A New Virtual Airline
It all began in March 2004 when Thomsonfly Virtual closed. The CEO (Daniel Ellis) and Vice CEO (Chris Sutcliffe) decided that with the knowledge they had gained from the many
months of successfully creating and running Thomsonfly Virtual - a VA based on the
real world carrier - Britannia/Thomsonfly, to go their separate ways
and start up new virtual airlines. As a result of the closure, Fly Trans Global (FTG)
Virtual was setup by Daniel Ellis and Chris Sutcliffe began creating plans for a
brand new UK virtual airline based at Leeds Bradford. By late March - Fly UK
Virtual Airways was born.
Fly UK is Born
Originally Fly UK wasn't going to be Fly UK at all. It was in fact going to be bmi
virtual. However, after some research, it was suggested a VA based on a real world
airline would involve more hassle in terms of gaining the appropriate consent from the
real world carrier to ensure we were not in breach of copyright. Virtual Star Alliance
were having major problems, as the real world Star Alliance was threatening legal action
against them for using the Star Alliance logos and names without permission.
Legal battles with real airlines was something we were keen to avoid and the
process of choosing an original new name began. After many hours of brain storming,
the name 'Fly UK' was chosen, others which nearly made it to becoming the official
name included: Jet UK, UK1 Airlines, flyJetSet, Air UK and UKfly.
The Early Days
A question many people ask about our past is why was Leeds Bradford chosen as the
main base? There are a number of reasons, and it's debatable how valid these reasons
are, but none the less it has proven to be very successful. Leeds has always been our
most popular hub. Leeds Bradford was chosen to be the airline's main operational base
firstly because it was Chris's local airport and secondly because LBA is an airport
which Chris felt was not as active or as well known in the flight sim community as it
should have been.
In April 2004 Fly UK officially commenced operations, launching with a free
domain (flyuk.tk). Much of our advertising was done via the Microsoft Gaming Zone
and FS2002/04.com. We have never looked backed, the VA has gone from strength to
strength and has developed into what you see today..
Key Dates & Milestones
March 2004 - Work begins on plans announced by Chris Sutcliffe to create a new UK based virtual airline operating from Leeds Bradford airport to a variety of worldwide destinations. The virtual airline will be named Fly UK Virtual Airways.
April 2004 - Fly UK is officially launched using the website - www.flyuk.tk and begins recruitment for pilots and management staff. Daily flights from Leeds Bradford and Kennedy International in US using a Boeing 747, 757 and 737 begin.
May 2004 - Fly UK has 30 members and a full management team with Gareth Richardson appointed as Vice CEO. A brand new website is launched at www.flyukva.com. Fly UK pilots are now welcome to fly online if they wish in UK ATC sessions.
June 2004 - The Fly UK Boeing 757 displayed a new Fly UK Livery, however this livery was changed a few weeks later and was not painted on any any other aircraft in the fleet.
July 2004 - A revised timetable is launched and new aircraft added to fleet - Airbus A320 and Embraer 170. A comprehensive new pilot training and rank scheme is now available and is a great improvement to Fly UKs service to pilots.
August 2004 - Fly UK goes live on the Virtual Airline Stock Exchange enabling people to purchase shares in the virtual airline! www.flyukva.com is completely re-designed to be more user friendly with a separate crew area for pilots.
September 2004 - Fly UK introduces a unique new fully automated pilot/pirep roster system which includes roster been instantly updated and all pilots having separate login details.
October 2004 - Brand New Winter timetable released, which involves 2 new UK hubs - London City (EGLC) and London Gatwick (EGKK), also fleet is updated as follows to include - Embraer 170, Airbus A320, Boeing 747 and Boeing 757, Boeing 737, Dash 8 Q400 and Bae 146 - 200. New timetable is a strategic move to develop a UK Domestic flight network from London City and introduce a number of international and long haul European flights from London Gatwick however mainstry of European routes still operating from Leeds Bradford.
November 2004 - Fly UK receives Top 10 Virtual Airline award from FlightSimAviation.com !
December 2004 - Fly UK Management reveals major plans to completely re-structure Fly UK, this includes a re-designed website and changes in the way the virtual airline operates. The airline will now use hub operations and lots of new features and changes are planned to transform Fly UK for the better!
January 2005 - Fly UK begins the new year by successfully commencing operations on new years day under the re-structured hub operations programme and re-designed www.flyukva.com Our flight schedule was also revised to incorporate more routes.
February 2005 - CEO announces Fly UK will be exhibiting at the worlds biggest Flight Sim convention - IFC2005 in Blackpool! Fly UK introduce a brand new Dash 8 Q400 into the fleet to be based at London City.
March 2005 - The airlines very own online magazine is launched - Skyways. CEO Chris Sutcliffe steps down from his position for a few months, handing the CEO position to Gareth Richardson resulting in Lee Appleby becoming Acting Vice CEO.
April 2005 - Fly UK Virtual Airways is 1 year old!! After 1 year of operations, the virtual airline is still operating, going from strength to strength! Operations commence at Fly UKs newest hub - Glasgow (EGPF).
May 2005 - CEO Chris Sutcliffe returns, a whole series of updates to the website are made, including a new look crew page, new rosters and more. A Boeing 767-300 is introduced in a new summer wish livery to the fleet. We also launch our new summer schedule timetable and a summer 2005 survey to enable members to tell us what they think of Fly UK!
June 2005 - The Fly UK Summer 2005 action plan is released. Once again major plans to improve Fly UK are underway, these changes are promised to be the last major changes for at least 12 months, Fly UK has undergone a series of major changes over the past 12 months. The action plan outlines everything that staff will be working on throughout the summer which will completely transform Fly UK for the better.
July 2005 - Fly UK appear at the International Flight Sim Convention in Blackpool, after a hugely successful show, new pilot numbers soar. Also added to the Summer 2005 action plans are plans for a chopper division, cargo division and online division.
August 2005 - Admittedly a fairly quiet month experienced all round, staff continue to work hard on our new website and projects, pireps and new pilots maintain a steady rate.
September 2005 - Finally, the brand new look flyukva.com is launched on Saturday September 3rd 2005, to celebrate Fly UK host an airshow which also includes a fly past and the premier display of our brand new fleet of aircraft all in our stunning new Union Spirit livery. Times are changing at Fly UK, the website and operations of Fly UK have been totally transformed, with new divisions, a series of tours, new training department, new staff, improved events, whole new
fleet of aircraft and much more, Fly UK aims to be one of the best UK and European virtual airline, yet more plans and projects to improve Fly UK are
October 2005 - After the successful launch of our brand new website in September, Fly UK sees huge increase in pilot recruitment. Codeshare agreements with Sun Airways and Air New Zealand are announced as well as maintenance flights. The popular Fly UK In-Flight kneeboard is re-launched as vPAX and our brand new online IVAO flight tracker is complete, showing on a live map all online flights. We also incorporate FsPassengers into our pirep system and offer a special discount on FsP as well as officially opening the cargo division with its own dedicated flight choice system!
November 2005 - Another milestone in Fly UKs history, we pass the 10,000 hours of service mark. Our chopper division becomes fully active & operational, plans for a winter charter programme are announced, a brand new 24/7 teamspeak server is launched and our screenshot competition is back in action! Furthermore, this month we introduce our new featured destination of the month programme!
December 2005 - Our winter charter programme is officially launched with a whole variety of exciting new destinations. Fly UK also move website to a new web server for improved up time and re-design our forums.
January 2006 - Fly UK kick starts the new year introducing a whole load of new features unique to Fly UK - the VA setting the standards in the VA world for 2006! We launch our new international pilot phrase booklet, online call centre using Skype and create dynamic pilot signatures which display pilot stats and info. January also saw the Fly UK invasion of Switzerland - operations from our new hub Geneva commence on 14th Jan 06! Furthermore Stephen Ellis and Gabrielle (our first female staff member) join our newly re structured management team as a result in excessive growth of the VA over the past year. Fly UK also announce plans for a 2006 real world events program to strengthen the Fly UK community and help put faces to voices!
February 2006 - Fly UKs download centre goes under the mouse and is restructured as to make the centre easier to use and make it easier to download the files. Whilst this happens, the fleet team put the fleet under the mouse as well and the Fly UK Deluxe fleet is created which includes a variety of sound packs, panels and models in order to create a more realistic sounding/looking fleet. However, the Fly UK Deluxe fleet was not just created to make the fleet more realistic sounding/looking, it was created to make an alternative download package. For those pilots who wanted to download the smaller fleet packages, they would be able to download the Basic package and for those pilots who wanted to download the larger fleet packages, they would be able to download the Deluxe package.
March 2006 - The events team work hard during this month to organise the Great Geneva Fly-in online event held on IVAO. This event went with a storm, well the weather was not stormy, but the attendance was fantastic and other pilots from different virtual organisations also joined the Fly UK pilots for the event. With this event being such a great success, plans for another big event begun. March also saw the first real-life Fly UK meet up in 2006 at the Sherburn Aero Club where many pilots and staff attended and Fly UK gave a demonstration of online flying - it was a huge success and many pilots registered at Fly UK after the event.
April 2006 - Plans for Fly UKs new route network were released. The new route network involved different flight categories such as scheduled and charter flights, removing the hub system and having only bases for certain aircraft and creating Fly UKs very own LCC - Fly2. Whilst planning for Fly2 was in place, and the managers got to work so that Fly2 could be launched at the end of the month, new staff positions were created and Carl Richards and Jacob Smyth were welcomed to the staff team as Regional Operations Manager (later became the Senior Manager for Flight Operations) and Marketing Communications Manager respectively. Fly2 was released at the end of the month on schedule.
May 2006 - A further two pilots became staff members during this month; Elliot Wood and Thomas Thake were welcome to the team as Scheduled Operations Manager and Cargo Operations Manager respectively. Furthermore, Fly UK teamed up with an online radio station called Skyhigh Radio and was made the official Fly UK in-flight radio station, which is featured in Fly UKs vPax V1. In addition, Fly UK held its own airshow on the 14th of May - after lots of preparation, concentration and hard work from all that participated, the airshow was a great success and commemorated the birthdays of two of our managers, Chris Sutcliffe and Douglas Barr. Also, a joint event was held online on IVAO between Euroharmony and Fly UK Virtual Airways and this was also a great success, which brought both virtual airlines closer together.
December 2006 - We removed all ranks from our flights for the Christmas season to allow all pilots to have a go!
January 2007 - Fly UK starts 2007 by beginning to integrate Fly Uno into FLY2, resulting in the two combined airlines now offering pilots the chance to fly to 150 airports in 65 countries. The new In Flight Entertainment System (IFE) is also released, replacing the old vpax system. A new strategic codeshare agreement is reached between Fly UK and Air Belgium, increasing further the amount of routes available to Fly UK members. Furthermore, the new pilot representative scheme is launched, creating a new first point of contact for members if they need it.
February 2007 - Fly UK cargo routes are suspended part of the on-going operations restructure. The new operations are launched offering Fly UK pilots 970 flights to fly! The Boeing 757-300 and the Airbus A340-300 are also added to the Fly UK fleet. The new online pilot handbook is launched, allowing Fly UK pilots to view the handbook online on the Fly UK website! Furthermore, Fly UK ATC Group Tour Sessions are launched on the multiplayer server, allowing any Fly UK pilots to conquer their fear of online flying and to learn and develop their ATC skills.
March 2007 - Fly UK secures new logistics contract to transport equipment and cars for the F1, WRC (Word Rally Car), and WTCC (World Touring Car) championships. Tim Chambers steps down as Vice CEO and Carl Richards is appointed as his replacement. Dave Whitson is also appointed Chief Operations Officer. Fly UK also launches a new screenshot gallery allowing pilots to upload their own Fly UK screenshots via the Crew Centre.
April 2007 - Fly UK drops FlyUno as its low cost brand and FLY2 is relaunched with Geneva & London Stansted added as two new hubs. Fly UK also adds Montreal to its route network from London Heathrow as part of the on-going operations restructure. The Higherflyer forums are re-branded the SkyHigh Forums after the decision to drop FlyUno.
June 2007 - New system development is discussed at Fly UK week management meetings and the decision was made that our website needed to be totally redeveloped with a more pilot and community focused stance, but agreed it should be of a similar layout to the current one.
July 2007 - A very quiet month at Fly UK due mainly to staff and members undertaking summer vacations. Staff Meetings still take place but staff numbers are reduced and projects continue to be completed and discussed.
August 2007 - Very much like July, projects continue and site redevelopment items are discussed as we press on through 2007. We are now quietly confident we can have a new site by early 2008.
September 2007 - We have a major staff restructure with new members joining our team from MyTravel Virtual which unfortunately due to legal reasons had to close its doors to the public. We welcome new managers in Human resources along with the return of our much missed senior managers for marketing and public relations back to our team.
October 2007 - Carl Richards, Fly UK Vice CEO had to step down due to real world commitments and Lee Appleby is appointed as our new Vice CEO. Lee has been with us from the beginning and is looking forward to the challenges that he is to face in the future in his new role here at Fly UK.
November 2007 - Our senior Manger for web and systems starts the mammoth task of creating new systems and our new website which you see before you today. With many new features and systems Im sure you will agree he has excelled all our expectations and delivered a modern slick website second to none.
December 2007 - Fly UK Sunday staff meetings are re evaluated and a new structure undertaken, this new structure allows members to listen in and then ask relevant questions at the end of the meetings ensuring that Fly Uk practices what it preaches, and allows its members full access to all decision making and the future development of our airline is completed around the most important people our members.
January 2008 - We held a Real World Meet up at Sherburn Aero Club which had a great attendance and was a good chance to put names to faces! We also announced the Fly UK AI Traffic Package, allowing our offline pilots to see other Fly UK aircraft day to day! Adam Hillier became CEO and Carl Richards became VCEO. We released the January Edition of Skyways.
February 2008 - We significantly updated our In-Flight Entertainment System for February! We welcomed Jake Creswell, Robert Allen & Tom Hurrell to the staff team.
March 2008 - Fly UK announced the order of several Boeing 787s to be fully prepared to develop the fleet in the future. Mark Lory stepped down from the staff team. We announced a number of ad-hoc flights to support the Formula 1 season logistics.
April 2008 - The Destination of the Month was Sharm El Sheikh. We held another real world meet up at the Sherburn Aero Group. We also released Operational Information Pages, allowing pilots to view all needed information about a destination in one convenient place!
May 2008 - We held another Real World Meet Up at Manchester Airport! We also released a brand new series of Fly UK Logojets to display AviaOne & Sky High Radio on our B738 aircraft. Furthermore we released our 2008 Summer Schedules packed with Summer Sun destinations. We moved to the flyuk.aero domain & we also proudly announced our 500th Training Session was completed!
June 2008 - Chris Sutcliffe become CEO again as Adam Hillier stepped down to remain on the staff team. We held another Real World Meetup at the Airport Hotel in Manchester! The Destination of the Month was Faro. We re-released the Events Department with a new look and regular events schedule.
July 2008 - Heraklion, Crete was the Featured Destination for July. We issued the Outstanding Service Award to 6 of our most long-standing dedicated members: Ken Hall, Harry Hill, Warren Perez, Lee Oxborough, Kevin Munro & Carl Chamberlain.
August 2008 - The Featured Destination for August was Beijing to support the 2008 Summer Olympics in China! We held a large mass survey of all our members to begin to create our development plan for the future. Finally we released a PGA European Tour in association with the Golfing competition.
September 2008 - Istanbul was the Featured Destination for September & we also released an Autumn update for our In-Flight Entertainment System. We introduced the 1 year and 2 year membership awards to reward those members who have remained at Fly UK loyally for a long time! We appreciate all our members, especially our longstanding pilots. We also released the African Tour for our ATP pilots as an endurance challenge for those a long way into their Fly UK Career.
October 2008 - We updated the IFE system once again, and Las Vegas was our Featured Destination for October. We also supported World Flight 2008 and the Scottish Charity Orbis.
November 2008 - Fly UK Regional announced a new base in the South-West, Plymouth! Innsbruck was our Featured Destination and we updated our IFS once more. We also developed our route network from Glasgow airport with some new European & Long Haul destinations.
December 2008 - For Christmas, we made Rovaniemi our Featured Destination! We also released Fly UK Live Support which allows pilots to speak to staff members live on the website offering rapid support and assistance any time of the day.
January 2009 - Amsterdam was Fly UKs destination of the month & we also updated our IFE system. We released a World Tour & Canadian Tour for Fly UK Class A pilots. Adam Hillier rejoined the team as VCEO. We also offered pilots the chance to fly delivery flights for our new Fly2 aircraft from Seattle.
February 2009 - Fly UK Local launched - helping pilots to find other members living locally and share nearby real world events. Feb 09 edition of Skyways was released. We also announced a major revamp of our operations following an in depth survey to all our members.
March 2009 - We announced a 30% discount for Fly UK pilots on FS2Crew products. We also released the F1 Tour 2009 allowing pilots to follow the progress of the F1 races and transportation requirements.
April 2009 - Scottish VFR Tour released.
May 2009 - May 09 edition of Skyways was released. We also introduced our Fly2 Logojets for variety (HedKandi.) Finally, we commenced our Summer Operations 2009 operating to an exciting variety of Sunshine destinations!
June 2009 - We released the June 2009 Skyways edition. We were also extremely proud to announce that the Training Academy completed its 1000th training session!
July 2009 - We held 2 real world meetups. One at Manchester Airport & one at the FS Show in Sherburn-in-Elmet airfield. We also released the July edition of Skyways. Finally we announced an all new partnership with vRAF to fly various ad-hoc flights to supply the RAF with cargo support.
August 2009 - We held a Fly UK Social Evening on TeamSpeak. We also held a real world meetup at Edinburgh Airport.
September 2009 - We received sponsorship from UK2000 for our screenshot competition. The Winter Operations 2009 were launched with interesting winter-ski destinations and all time favorites returning!
October 2009 - We released updates for the majority of our FS2004 & FSX fleet meaning we had only a very small amount of missing downloads. This marked a big milestone for our fleet, which had been a very big project since the move to FSX.
November 2009 - We welcomed Carl Chamberlain to the Operations Department, and Chris Miley took up the VCEO position.
December 2009 - Our winter schedules were in full swing throughout the Christmas season. We also released a special Fly2 Christmas Logojet Edition.
January 2010 - Salzburg was our Featured Destination. We also held a Real World Meet up at Manchester Airport whilst also releasing an exciting Real World Events programme for 2010. Lastly we released 2 IVAO world tours at Fly UK to allow pilots to fly the flag in the virtual skies!
February 2010 - Vancouver was the Featured Destination for February in support of the 2010 Winter Olympics. We also released a special ad-hoc timetable to allow pilots to enjoy the Winter Olympic destinations! Finally we announced an all new Codeshare operation with Empora Air Virtual allowing our pilots to fly a selection of domestic flights in the USA.
March 2010 - Our contract with the vRAF expanded further as we operated a number of new flights to assist with supply operations for the Middle-East conflicts. New York was our Featured Destination. Lastly we decided to downgrade the Fly2 B737-700 to a Class E aircraft to allow new pilots to experience a small taste of flying jets straight away.
April 2010 - We held our 6th Birthday on 5th April with a large event on IVAO which had a great turn out. We participated with IVAO UKs Real Heathrow Event which saw over 500 flights & Fly UK was well supported. Jersey was our Featured Destination!
May 2010 - We launched our Summer 2010 operations with many exciting new destinations on our scheduled timetables. Hong Kong was our Featured Destination.
June 2010 - Dubrovnik was the Featured Destination for June and we also held an Open Meeting with members to discuss Fly UKs development and to answer any questions from members. We also held a New Pilots event for pilots new to VATSIM which was a success.
July 2010 - We sadly terminated our codeshare with Empora Air due to the Airline ceasing operations. Fly UK also announced detailed plans for its 787 order programme and a rough guide as to which routes these new aircraft will operate.
August 2010 - We released a summer edition of Skyways our community magazine. We also added 2 exciting new courses to our Training Academy. The Caribbean Islands were our featured destination. We also attended the AstraSim Expo at RAF Cosford to promote Fly UK to flight simulator enthusiasts. Our VATSIM Northern Skies events tour kicked off this month as well.
September 2010 - Fly UK officially opened as an Authorised Training Organisation (ATO) for VATSIM meaning we are allowed to award VATSIMs P1 rating to pilots who pass our course. We overhauled our Cargo operations and Tenerife was out Featured Destination.
October 2010 - We added a new Flying Club tour (England & Wales.) We also participated in IVAO UKs "Real Manchester" event which was a huge success. Our Featured Destination was Ljubljana.
November 2010 - We released Sky-Track, Fly UKs Flight Tracking and Logging software. We participated in VATSIMs "World Flight" - a non-stop around the world flight to raise money for charity. We also released our brand-new Winter Operations for 2010/11 bringing us exciting new destinations alongside old favourites.
December 2010 - We celebrated Christmas on both IVAO and VATSIM with a series of Christmas and New Year events. Northern Skies on VATSIM came to a close at London Heathrow after 5 months of flying.
January 2011 - We released our Winter Ski Flights Schedule which run until the 1st May. We also added 2 new tours to our system from the IVAO World Tours for pilots to enjoy. Finally we released 9 new liveries for our aircraft, including default FSX aircraft repaints.
February 2011 - We released our latest edition of our community magazine, Skyways, packed with exciting content, real world flight reports and software reviews. We also let members give us all their ideas to be included in the 2011 master plan.
March 2011 - Once again we released our exciting annual Formula 1 Motorsports Logistic flights allowing pilots to fly all over the world following the F1 races season.
May 2011 - We released a newly updated version of our AI Traffic package, available for both FS2004 and FSX.
The Fly UK Flying Club released a new aircraft package. The Piper PA28-201 Arrow III for FSX was available to download. The self-install package includes a 2D panel, virtual cockpit and Fly UK Flying Club repaint.
June 2011 - We released a newly updated version of our AI Traffic package, available for both FS2004 and FSX.
The Fly UK Flying Club released a new aircraft package. The Piper PA28-201 Arrow III for FSX was available to download. The self-install package includes a 2D panel, virtual cockpit and Fly UK Flying Club repaint.
July 2011 - We held a memorial flight for UKV1240 John Brown. He joined Fly UK on 23rd september 2006. He was an ATP Captain with 634 flying hours.
August 2011 - We released a repaint in Fly UK colours for the A109 flying Club helicopter.
September 2011 - We released a new tour. The Worlds 30 Busiest Cargo Airports in terms of cargo volume.
A new Fly UK Flying Club repaint was made available for the default FSX Bell 206B helicopter.
October 2011 - The Fly UK Flying Club released the turbo version of the Piper Arrow III for FSX. The PA28-201-RT Arrow III Turbo.
Fly UK presented our Union Spirit repaint for the fantastic PMDG 737NGX.
November 2011 - We inaugurated a regular long-haul service to the United States, with a service operating to New York JFK four times per week and Boston three times per week. Flights left Manchester at 11.30am, operated by Boeing 757-200 G-FLBO.
Our brand new Embraer 190 aircraft entered service at our Leeds Bradford and Southampton bases. The new aircraft replaced 3 Fokker 100 aircraft at Southampton and 2 Embraer 170 aircraft at Leeds Bradford.
For the Children in Need 2011 We flew 60 hours of non-stop shuttle flights between London Gatwick and Edinburgh. Â£355 was raised for Children in Need
December 2011 - The annual charter flights to Lapland were available to book from the 1st of December until the 24th of December. Flights operated to Rovaniemi and Kitila from Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Birmingham and London Gatwick.
A fun, festive Santa logojet repaint was made available for FLY2 B737-700 flights over the festive period. The logojet repaint was available for the FS2004/FSX freeware models, the iFly payware models and the FS2004 PMDG model.
January 2012 - The Flying Club Scrabble Challenge result was announced. UKV1430 - Clint Peake won with 523 points (45 airfields on 19 flying days).
January 2012 - The 4th of April marked Fly UKs 8th anniversary! To celebrate we released an anniversary tour around our major UK bases and a special Boeing 747-400 logojet.We released new freeware packages and repaints for payware add-ons for our entire Cargo fleet. The downloads feature the new version 5 Union Spirit livery which includes updated Cargo titles and a new style Motorsport Logistics livery.We released the FLY2 livery for the PMDG NGX B737-700 for FSX. The Fly UK Online Operations team announced our new VATSIM weekly event, VATSUNDAYS. The event will run every Sunday at 1800z (1900 UK local time). Each month we will have a theme which we will base that months events around. The first theme is Extreme Airports. We launched our Summer 2012 operations for Scheduled and Low Cost flights on 1st May 2012.To satisfy the increasing demand from our pilots, Fly UK took on two new operations managers and five new training academy staff.
February 2012 - To celebrate the 2012 London Olympics, Fly UK announced a special tour which follows the route of the Olympic Torch.
March 2012 - Two Fly UK Embraer 170 aircraft began trial operations out of LCY, the capitals challenging city centre airport. The Training Academy gained VATSIM P2 Rating Approval. An updated version of the website was released. We announced a major revision to the tours. Over 10 new tours were added and existing tours were renamed and improved or retired. Fly UK gained VATSIM P2 Rating Approval. It set out a system of pilot ratings (similar to ATC ratings) that rate each pilot on their flying abilities and knowledge. The ratings are awarded by a group of ATOs, of which Fly UK is part, who are made of virtual airlines, ATC divisions and other special organisations. Fly UK is currently the only ATO to offer both the P1 and P2 ratings.
Fly UK Livery In Times Gone By
There have been quite a few different variations of the Fly UK livery since we started in 2004.
Initially one of our major problems was finding a painter to repaint the entire fleet in the same livery.
The first two liveries you see below never appeared on all our aircraft. The second livery only ever
appeared on our B757-300 aircraft. The first livery to appear on all our aircraft was the 2005 livery. Since 2006 the Union Spirit livery has been in use but has been modified over the years with changes including the 'flick' from the front of the aircraft removed and billboard style titles.
An Airbus A320 in our first livery.
A Boeing 757-300 in our second livery.
A Boeing 737-300 departing in our 2005 livery.
An ATR72-500 in the first Union Spirit livery.
A Boeing 737-800 in the 2007 Union Spirit livery.
A Boeing 757-200-WL in the Union Spirit v5 livery.
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