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Old 18th Nov 2023, 01:20
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Treffield International Airlines

After spending some time on Google Images, I recently came across a photo of a Vickers Viscount 812 in the livery of Treffield International Airlines.

I had never come across Treffield International Airlines before I saw several photos.

Treffield International Airlines was formed by Lord Treffgarne and Charles Masefield and was based at East Midlands Airport. The name of the airline was derived from the names of the two owners.

The short-lived airline lasted from the 03 January 1965 until it went under on the 24 June 1965.

Treffield International Airlines leased a single Vickers Viscount 812 G-ATVE from Channel Airways. The aircraft was subsequently returned to its lessor.

Treffield International Airlines was set up as a charter airline to operate on behalf of IT operators such as Hourmont Holidays.

The airlines first flight was between Bristol Lulsgate and Paris LBG on the 27 of April, 1965. The airlines final flight was between Perpignan and Liverpool Speke Airport on the 21 June 1965.

G-ATVE was returned to Channel Airways on 24 June 1965.

Does anyone have any further information regarding this very short-lived and relatively unknown former British airline from 1965.



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Originally Posted by Sotonsean
After spending some time on Google Images, I recently came across a photo of a Vickers Viscount 812 in the livery of Treffield International Airlines.

I had never come across Treffield International Airlines before I saw several photos.

Treffield International Airlines was formed by Lord Treffgarne and Charles Masefield and was based at East Midlands Airport. The name of the airline was derived from the names of the two owners.

The short-lived airline lasted from the 03 January 1965 until it went under on the 24 June 1965.

Treffield International Airlines leased a single Vickers Viscount 812 G-ATVE from Channel Airways. The aircraft was subsequently returned to its lessor.

Treffield International Airlines was set up as a charter airline to operate on behalf of IT operators such as Hourmont Holidays.

The airlines first flight was between Bristol Lulsgate and Paris LBG on the 27 of April, 1965. The airlines final flight was between Perpignan and Liverpool Speke Airport on the 21 June 1965.

G-ATVE was returned to Channel Airways on 24 June 1965.

Does anyone have any further information regarding this very short-lived and relatively unknown former British airline from 1965.

Not 1965; 1967. They leased two Viscounts from Channel and a Britannia from Laker. Lord Trefgarne later ran Sagitair ultimately with Argosys until that went bust circa 1972
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I'd certainly heard of Treffield, can't remember how. Trefgarne and Masefield were both Tiger Club members as I recall. Someone on here used to fly Beech 18s for Saggitair.

Treffield operated Viscounts G-ATUE, 'TVE and 'TVR, Britannia G-ANBM and also Anson G-AHKX, now flying with Shuttleworth.
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Originally Posted by bean
Not 1965; 1967. They leased two Viscounts from Channel and a Britannia from Laker. Lord Trefgarne later ran Sagitair ultimately with Argosys until that went bust circa 1972
I had got 1965 from the Viscount history site. After searching online again there is quite a lot of information regarding Treffield International Airlines.

Some of the sites lists 1965 and 1967 but the majority list it as 1967 which you have also pointed out.

The "airline history" website states that Treffield International Airlines was founded in September 1965 as Treffield Aviation. The company changed it's name to Treffield International Airlines in November 1966. The airline ceased operations at the end of June 1967 and was declared bankrupt on 27 July 1967.

I haven't seen or read any further information regarding Treffield International Airlines operating two Vickers Viscount 812s leased from Channel Airways. Only the one Viscount G-ATVE is listed along with the Bristol Britannia you have mentioned. Treffield International Airlines leased a Bristol Britannia G-ANBM from Laker Airways. The Britannia wore the same livery as the leased Channel Airways Viscount.

British Eagle Engineering had the contract to maintain the Viscount. It had just finished a C Check when Treffield International Airlines went bankrupt. British Eagle Engineering we're not paid and the aircraft was subsequently repossessed by Channel Airways.

Sagittair Ltd was founded in 1969 and went bankrupt in 1972. Sagittair operated a small fleet of cargo aircraft which included Beech18 and AW.660 Argosy.


Sagittair Ltd AW.660 Argosy at London Heathrow Airport circa 1970-1972.
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Originally Posted by treadigraph
I'd certainly heard of Treffield, can't remember how. Trefgarne and Masefield were both Tiger Club members as I recall. Someone on here used to fly Beech 18s for Saggitair.

Treffield operated Viscounts G-ATUE, 'TVE and 'TVR, Britannia G-ANBM and also Anson G-AHKX, now flying with Shuttleworth.
Thanks for the further information regarding the leased Viscounts. So Treffield operated upto three Viscounts during it's short lived history.
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According to RZ Jets site! Not had time to look in me references at home...

Here's the Britannia:

https://www.airteamimages.com/bristo...420_large.html
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Should have named it Treffield United Airlines.....A nice livery, almost looks like part of the early BMA livery.
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David Trefgarne was an F/O at BIA until called to higher things by Maggie T.
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Originally Posted by Sotonsean
I had got 1965 from the Viscount history site. After searching online again there is quite a lot of information regarding Treffield International Airlines.

Some of the sites lists 1965 and 1967 but the majority list it as 1967 which you have also pointed out.

The "airline history" website states that Treffield International Airlines was founded in September 1965 as Treffield Aviation. The company changed it's name to Treffield International Airlines in November 1966. The airline ceased operations at the end of June 1967 and was declared bankrupt on 27 July 1967.

I haven't seen or read any further information regarding Treffield International Airlines operating two Vickers Viscount 812s leased from Channel Airways. Only the one Viscount G-ATVE is listed along with the Bristol Britannia you have mentioned. Treffield International Airlines leased a Bristol Britannia G-ANBM from Laker Airways. The Britannia wore the same livery as the leased Channel Airways Viscount.

British Eagle Engineering had the contract to maintain the Viscount. It had just finished a C Check when Treffield International Airlines went bankrupt. British Eagle Engineering we're not paid and the aircraft was subsequently repossessed by Channel Airways.

Sagittair Ltd was founded in 1969 and went bankrupt in 1972. Sagittair operated a small fleet of cargo aircraft which included Beech18 and AW.660 Argosy.


Sagittair Ltd AW.660 Argosy at London Heathrow Airport circa 1970-1972.
Nice photo - looks freshly painted after its spell in the USA with Universal (ex-BEA originally, of course). I'm pretty sure the civil Argosies were AW650; the AW660 was the RAF version with the beaver tail.
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Originally Posted by treadigraph
According to RZ Jets site! Not had time to look in me references at home...

Here's the Britannia:

https://www.airteamimages.com/bristo...420_large.html
Great photo and thanks for the link 👍

As has already been pointed out, it's a rather nice livery actually especially in that excellent nostalgic image taken at Manchester Airport.
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Originally Posted by Sotonsean
Great photo and thanks for the link 👍<br /><br />As has already been pointed out, it's a rather nice livery actually especially in that excellent nostalgic image taken at Manchester Airport.
<br /> Nay, 'tis not Ringway.....but a wet Gatwick, it rains there too !!!! BTW Greetings from a fellow Sotonian...!!!

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With Dan-Air's DC-7 lurking behind!

It is a nice scheme, that pale blue reminds me a little of Rolls Royce's Spitfire XIV before it donned camouflage. If ever they did resurrect it...
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Treffield Trivia: A Viscount doing training circuits burst all it's tyres and shut Castle Don. for a day.in 1967.

I'm not sure what this adds to the request, but I share it anyway,
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What's with all the superfluous apostrophes in this thread?!!!! IT'S "ITS", not "IT'S"!!!!!
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Just looked at A J Jackson British Civil Aircraft Vol III '72, G-ATUE not mentioned with Treffield, perhaps an error on RZ for G-ATVE?
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My twopenn'orth. Treffield once operated a Viscount cargo charter into Leeds Bradford during a dockyard strike - probably Hull or Immingham. I believe the cargo was cigarettes.

If the Trefgarne chap we're discussing is the one I'm thinking of, he used to pilot his own De Havilland Dove. He brought it into LBA a couple of times about 20- 25 years ago. I've seen the same Dove much more recently but I think with different owners.
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Originally Posted by Planemike
<br /> Nay, 'tis not Ringway.....but a wet Gatwick !!!! BTW Greetings from a fellow Sotonian...!!!
I absolutely one hundred percent can't believe that I got that photo mixed up with Manchester Ringway😳

It's so obvious that it's London Gatwick I can't believe that I made such a ridiculous mistake. I feel absolutely ashamed of myself 😅

And greetings to you too fellow Sotonian 😊
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Originally Posted by Midland 331
Treffield Trivia: A Viscount doing training circuits burst all it's tyres and shut Castle Don. for a day.in 1967.

I'm not sure what this adds to the request, but I share it anyway,
No it's all part of the trivia about this very short-lived as well as relatively unknown British airline from the mid sixties.

To be honest I'm rather pleased that I started this thread as I've found the input by others including yourself very interesting.
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Lord Trefgarne certainly did have a light twin of some sort 30 or 40 years ago, my memory says a Twin Com or an Aztec, maybe a Baron but I really don't recall a registration! Could have been a Dove...

He owned Dragonfly G-AEDT in the 1960s, recovered from Australia with Charles Masefield.

Edit: in 1963 he also acquired the ex-RAN Sea Fury that eventually became Ormond Haydon-Baillie's G-AGHB but never recovered from Australia.
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Originally Posted by Sotonsean
No it's all part of the trivia about this very short-lived as well as relatively unknown British airline from the mid sixties.

To be honest I'm rather pleased that I started this thread as I've found the input by others including yourself very interesting.
Try getting hold of "Britsh Independent Airlines since 1946" by Tony Merton-Jones - as well as Treffield there is a wealth of other ailines (it's 4 volumes).

It gives the fleet as Rapide G-AHKU, Anson's G-AGWE and G-AHKX, Viscounts G-ATVE and G-ATVR (no G-ATUE) and Britannia G-ANBM (with Airedale G-AROJ as a company hack). It states that they were due to get three Viscounts but the Britannia was taken instead of the third.

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