Orion Airways

Orion Airways was a resident at the East Midlands Airport British airline, which merged in 1989 with the Britannia Airways.


The Orion Airways, founded on 28 November 1978 as a subsidiary of the British tour operator Horizon Travel. The company was located at the East Midlands airport and took its flight operations on 18 March 1980, three Boeing 737-200 from Birmingham, London Luton, Manchester and East Midlands. Mostly charter flights were carried out in the Mediterranean. In addition, Orion Airways flew occasional services (Ad - hoc charter) within Western Europe. In the spring of 1981, supplemented three additional Boeing 737-200 fleet and in September 1981 the one millionth passenger was transported. With the delivery of its first Boeing 737-300, the company was on 25 March 1985 for the first operator of this aircraft type outside the United States.

In addition to the charter flight operations Orion Airways requested mid -1980s line rights on routes between the UK and Spain and was awarded this in 1986. The scheduled air transport was recorded at the start of the winter timetable 1986. In April 1987, the Company acquired two widebody Airbus A300B4 -203 of Lufthansa, who came on the main routes, especially to Palma de Mallorca, is used.

The tour operator Horizon Travel, owner of Orion Airways, was acquired in October 1988 by the Thomson Travel Group, which in turn was the owner of the charter airline Britannia Airways. As a result of the acquisition, Orion Airways was incorporated on January 26, 1989 in the Britannia Airways.


  • Airbus A300 -B4
  • Boeing 737-200
  • Boeing 737-300
  • Former airline ( United Kingdom)
  • Former company ( Leicestershire )