The UK’s newest dedicated cargo operator One Air has officially launched following three granting of its Air Operators Certificate by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
One Air currently has a sole Boeing 747-400 Freighter aircraft (G-UNET) in its fleet but is planning to add a second one during 2023.
As part of the application process, the Kingston-based airline carried out proving tests and has recently been based at Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) carrying out training flights mainly to Shannon.
It has already employed 90 people, 40 of which are air crew. The rest are made up of engineers and maintenance specialists as well as administration staff.
Speaking about the launch One Air CEO, Paul Bennett, said: “The important role freighter services played in supporting the UK economy and the public throughout the pandemic demonstrated the level of demand which exists for a British cargo airline.
“We are proud to be meeting this need and to have the opportunity to leverage longstanding business relationships with freight forwarders, logistics providers, and charter brokers serving the UK market. We expect to add our second B747F later this year and have the financial resources to grow in line with the level of demand we see.”
Operating out of Heathrow’s Cargo Hub, One Air has appointed dnata as its handling agent.