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Old 1st Sep 2009, 16:40
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Gill Airways

Just seen on CAA web site Official record 2 that Gill Airways has applied for a Type A Licence. Anybody have any ideas. The address given is in Birmingham.

http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/213/1916.pdf

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Old 1st Sep 2009, 17:12
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Again???? Weren't they flying sheds between NCL and BHX? I remember buying some of their bankrupt stock for the Company I was working for at the time
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 18:09
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They had their issues when operating, but overall a good little airline and it was nice to see one based in the North East. Afterall their network was fairly wide, with contracts with Air France flying jets into Europe, as well as their network of regional scheduled flights and charters. Know a few people who'd love to see Gill back!!!
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 18:09
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Gill Airways were a significant regional airline based at Newcastle in the 80s and 90s but I doubt these people have any connection with that.
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 18:45
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This Gill Aviation has was incorporated on 20-05-2008, their Incorporation documents - (16 pages),along with annual returns, names of directors etc are available online for the princely sum of 18.

Can't say that I am that interested.
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Old 1st Sep 2009, 20:20
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I note that the application (or perhaps the CAA transcription) misspells the address "140 Hollyhead Road, Handsworth"... and that 140 Holyhead Road is (ominously) the address of the local Jobcentre (and hopefully other offices too...)
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Why resurrect the name if there is no connection between the old Gill and the new one? it is hardly a name that you would otherwise use.

If I recall correctly, Gill were a profitable airline that got killed off by nervous banks about the time of one of the Gulf Wars. There were operating Fokker 100s, ATRs and Sheds. Used to hang out with Gill crews in a Ponteland pub when I was working out of NCL... nice bunch.
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Old 2nd Sep 2009, 12:26
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I don't think that it's a resurrection of the original. Just step back and think about it. Gill is a Sikh name, there are many Sikhs in the Handsworth, Birmingham area (The largest Sikh Temple in Europe is just down the same road from that address). There is an Asian travel agency virtually next 140 Holyhead Road. Put two and two together and you have an airline named after a person called Gill. Simple ain't it.
Mind you, thinking about it, wasn't the original address of Air Sylhet or one of the other duff starts in that immediate area of Holyhead Road?
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Old 2nd Sep 2009, 13:39
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I recall correctly, Gill were a profitable airline that got killed off by nervous banks about the time of one of the Gulf Wars. There were operating Fokker 100s, ATRs and Sheds.
Gill were killed off by those careful, well planned and profitable folks at erm...RBS in the crisis after 9/11, they simply withdrew funding

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Old 2nd Sep 2009, 14:07
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Think the original Mike Gill is still in Florida..... Maybe he's making a return!

Also there are some ex_Gill management at a loose end right now!

Think it was the Bank of Scotland (Now Lloyds/HBOS), not RBS that pulled the rug in 2001

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Old 3rd Sep 2009, 06:12
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Gill is a Sikh name
It isn't only a Sikh name, as the original principal of Gill Airways will tell you... it is actually the name of a clan from the Punjab, and can be found amongst both Sikh and Muslim people (and good old Anglo-Saxons too).

The choice of "Airways" in the name is also curious, exactly the same as the Newcastle outfit. Why not choose "airlines" or "aviation" or something different?

Maybe a coincidence... maybe not.
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Old 10th Dec 2009, 23:15
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A Bae 146 has been registered to this address G-RAJJ. Perhaps I'm wrong but that sounds a little Indian to me.

A company search comes back as Gill Executive Jets.

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Old 10th Dec 2009, 23:37
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Exec shuttle

From one of the travel papers the aircraft has been aquired for company shuttles to be based in the midlands area with 46 seats. The company, Gill, specialise in large airfield and motorway construction projects.

The article states to be based in the midlands area.

Seems to belong in the Exec section.


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Old 11th Dec 2009, 00:07
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I understood that Gill Airways was Mike Gill's.

I think he lives in Australia now. He did my CPL test in NZ in 2008 and he's a gentleman.
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Old 11th Dec 2009, 10:59
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Gill Aviation. In the 1960's, Mike Gill came to Newcastle to be CFI of the Newcastle Aero Club after previously flying in the RAF. In the early 1970's he started an air taxi business called Gill Aviation. By the late 1980's the busines was in decline and it was sold to local businesman, Tim Jobling Pursar. He built the small air taxi outfit into a small airline carying passengers and freight on shorts 330's. The business again was struggling and was sold to the owners of Fair Flight of Biggin Hill, they were the owners of most of the aircraft. They built the business up over the next few years and introduced Shorts 360's and the ATR fleet. The business was sold again in the mid 1990's for a tidy profit to an investment group who built up the airline even further. Within a couple of years there was accusations of mis accounting etc and the investment houses steped in and removed the board. The company was run by the investment group for a few more years in which time the jet fleet (F100's) was introduced. Around 2000, the company went into administration, this lasted for about 18 months before emerging from this via a management buy out. The company seemed to be on the road to recovery when the twin towers incident of Sep 11th frightened the companies bankers into withdrawing their backing. The company went into liquidation on Sep 21 2001.
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The reg refers to Mr Raj Gill, the owner of the group of companies and a very nice man, I'm told. Believe it is for a shuttle-type operation.
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I've heard there are a couple of 146 rated ex flightline crew, who have just left eastern at aberdeen to go and fly this beastie...
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Gill - Now Cello Aviation

Gill is now branded as Cello Aviation - based BHX
Avro ABJ arrives from Southend Refurb Mid April.
Business aviation and corporate commuter strategy.
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is there a web site for cello aviation ?????
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is there a web site for cello aviation ?????
Not yet, but there will be.................................




Meanwhile the website creation is nearing completion.

Visit http://www.flycello.com/ from 24March
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