XL Airways UK

  • London -Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Glasgow

XL Airways UK (formerly Excel Airways ) was a British charter airline of Avion Group, based in Crawley.


The airline was founded in 1994 as Sabre Airways and started operations on 17 December 1994.

In March 2004, Air Atlanta Icelandic took 40.5 percent of the shares Excel and built their involvement in it soon made ​​. The airline adopted the current name, after 67 percent of its shares were acquired by the Libra Holidays Group in November 2006.

On 12 September 2008 it was announced that the company filed for bankruptcy XL Leisure. All flights were canceled. This affected the XL Leisure Group Plc and its subsidiaries XL Airways UK Limited, Excel Aviation Limited, Explorer House Limited, Aspire Holidays Limited, Freedom Flights Limited, Freedom Flights ( Aviation ) Limited, The Really Great Holiday Company plc, Medlife Hotels Limited, Travel City Flights Limited and Kosmar Villa Holidays plc. The reasons for the high fuel prices and the general economic downturn were called.

The sister companies XL Airways Germany and XL Airways France were not affected by the bankruptcy and were adopted by Straumur Investment Bank. XL Airways Germany introduced in 2012, however, the operation of a well.


XL Airways UK led mainly by charter flights to holiday destinations on short and medium-haul routes as well as some long-haul flights.


The fleet of XL Airways UK was last out of 21 aircraft:

  • 03 Airbus A330 -200
  • 13 Boeing 737-800
  • 02 Boeing 737- 900ER
  • 01 Boeing 767 -200ER
  • 02 Boeing 767 -300ER