Essexiair

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Essexiair Ltd.
Private Limited Company Ltd.
IndustryVirtual airline
Founded12 August 2019
HeadquartersFlag of the Commonwealth of Essexia.svg Les Paddocks, Greater Danbury,
Number of locations
16 routes
Area served
Commonwealth of Essexia, Europe, North America, Scandinavia
Key people
Earl Jack
ProductsAircraft liveries
ServicesVirtual airlines
Total assets7 aircraft
OwnerEarl Jack
Number of employees
2
WebsiteWebsite

Essexiair Ltd. is the original and official virtual airline of the Commonwealth of Essexia. It was founded by Earl Jack of Molrams on the 12th August 2019.

History

Essexiair Ltd. was founded by Earl Jack on the 12th August 2019 as a virtual airline hobby. He created a website, liveries and a SimBuddy group in the following weeks. During this development time, Earl Finn joined from the Instagram page, and was hired as the Chief Operating Officer. FlyAlbion was created as a subordinate airline on the 26th August 2019, focusing on the "business and first class" market.

The airline saw a brief period of inactivity from November 2019 to January 2020, coinciding with a lack of inactivity in the micronation as a whole.

Merchandise was announced on the 19th August 2020, to celebrate the airline's first anniversary. This date also marked the beginning of an increase in activity as a whole, especially on twitter.

Unfortunately, the website was shut down by the end of 2020 due to the funds needed to maintain it not being available, as well as a lack of activity meaning there was little justification for it. In early 2021, the EssexiAir twitter (@AirEssexi) was transferred to EAST and became @EAST_aero. Currently, some work is underway into the development of liveries for the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 fleet.

Simulated Flights

In mid 2020, during the first COVID-19 lockdown, CEO Jack organised two simulated flights for Essexian citizens who had expressed boredom and a desire to interact more with Essexia. One flight flew from London Southend to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle, and the other from London Southend to Berlin-Brandenburg. For both flights, custom boarding passes were designed for each passenger, and in-flight entertainment was available. Although both flights were successful in achieving entertainment and a pleasant experience, there were no further plans made for more flights of a similar nature.

Micronational aviation group

Earl Jack opened the possibility of creating some form of airline alliance on the 14th February 2020; The proposed group would consist of active micronational airlines who operate either virtually, or on a physical yet small scale. However, it has yet to come to fruition.

EssexiAir Premier League

EssexiAir sponsored the creation of a new professional football league in Essexia on the 17th February 2021, with the subsequent organisation being called the EssexiAir Premier League. It is slated to begin playing games in the summer of 2021.[1]

Fleet

EssexiAir Fleet
Aircraft Registration Acquired Description Routes
Boeing 737-800 G-ESXA

G-ESXB

August 2019 Medium haul, narrow body twinjet airliner. Cheap and widely available. Used on shorter flights.
  • Southend/Paris
  • Southend/Heathrow
  • Southend/Gatwick
  • Southend/Edinburgh
  • Southend/Dublin
Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde G-ESXC September 2019 Long/medium haul, narrow body supersonic airliner. Expensive and rare, but very fast and iconic. Used on important routes and transatlantic flights.
  • Heathrow/Paris
  • Heathrow/New York City
  • Heathrow/Berlin
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ESXD September 2019 Long/medium haul, wide body twinjet airliner. Fuel and cost efficient, with an emphasis on comfort. Used on important routes and transatlantic flights, and the mainstay of EssexiAir's fleet.
  • Southend/Paris
  • Southend/Edinburgh
  • Southend/Berlin
  • Southend/Moscow
  • Southend/New York City
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter G-ESXG August 2020 Short haul propeller airliner. One of the smallest in the EssexiAir group fleet, it operates short routes around the British Isles and Nepal. It is one of the few aircraft in the fleet capable of utilising the Clacton grass runway hub.
  • Southend/Clacton
  • Southend/London City
  • Kathmandu/Lukla
  • JKF NYC/Le Guardia NYC
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 G-ESXH August 2020 Medium haul, narrow body twinjet airliner. Larger than a 737, the MD-82 is often used for longer, continental flights.
  • Southend/Paris
  • Southend/Moscow
  • Southend/St. Petersburg
Airbus A320 Neo G-ESXI February 2021 Medium haul twinject airliner. Can be used for short or medium length flights, such as between the British isles or continentally.
  • Southend/Paris
  • Southend/London City
  • Southend/Heathrow
  • Southend/Dublin
Total: 6 aircraft Total: 20 routes
FlyAlbion Fleet
Aircraft Registration Acquired Description Routes
Aérospatiale/BAC Concorde G-FALA September 2019 Long/medium haul, narrow body supersonic airliner. Expensive and rare, but very fast and iconic. Used on important routes and transatlantic flights.
  • Heathrow/Paris
  • Heathrow/New York City
  • Heathrow/Berlin
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-FALB

G-FALC

September 2019 Long/medium haul, wide body twinjet airliner. Fuel and cost efficient, with an emphasis on comfort. Used on important routes and transatlantic flights, and the mainstay of FlyAlbion's fleet.
  • Southend/Paris
  • Southend/Edinburgh
  • Southend/Berlin
  • Southend/Moscow
  • Southend/New York City
Boom Overture G-FLAD October 2019 Long/medium haul, narrow body trijet supersonic airliner. Fuel efficient, and the pride of the fleet. It is one of FlyAlbion's most modern aircraft. It is one of the few quiet supersonic aircraft in all of the EssexiAir Group's fleet.
  • Southend/Paris
  • Southend/Edinburgh
  • Southend/Berlin
  • Southend/Dublin
Tupolev Tu-444 G-FALE October 2019 Short/medium haul twin jet supersonic airliner. Smallest aircraft in the fleet, and also quiet supersonic.
  • Southend/Paris
  • Southend/Berlin
  • Southend/Moscow

References

  1. Essexian Post. "EssexiAir Premier League finds footing". Archived from the original on 25 April 2021.