Aurigny 40 years 1968-2008
Aurigny Air Services was founded by Sir Derrick Bailey and started operations on 1 March 1968 after British United Airways withdrew the Alderney to Guernsey route. It operated Britten-Norman Islander aircraft originally. During the first year of operations the airline carried 45,000 passengers between Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney. In July 1971 Aurigny became the first commercial operator of the Britten-Norman Trislander and the airline remains the world’s largest operator of the type. Use of this larger aircraft enabled the route structure to be developed to include the south coast of England and northern France. In 1977, Aurigny was the first airline in the world to ban smoking on all services.
In 1993 Aurigny wins a contract to carry mail between The Channel Islands and the UK and in 1999 it began daily services to London Stansted Airport operated by Saab 340 aircraft.
Ownership of the airline passed from Aurigny Aviation Holdings to Close Brothers Private Equity on 23 May 2000, but was wholly acquired by States of Guernsey on 15 May 2003. It employs 300 staff in the Channel Islands, France and the United Kingdom. Aurigny also operates charter services, wet-leases aircraft to other operators and is a handling agent for Lufthansa which operates seasonal services from Germany to Guernsey and Air Southwest which runs services from Plymouth to Guernsey.
In June 2006, a survey by market researchers islandopinion.com showed that Aurigny is the most popular airline flying out of Guernsey. On 21 June 2007, Aurigny got permission from its sole shareholder, the States of Guernsey, to raise a private loan to purchase two new ATR 72-500 aircraft which entered service in March 2009.
In 2008, when Aurigny celebrated 40 years in operation, it was voted 4th best short-haul airline in a poll published in the consumer magazine Which? In a survey of 30,000 Which? members, the publication looked at 71 airlines and asked readers to rate each carrier for check-in, cabin staff, cleanliness, food and entertainment.
In March 2009, Aurigny was granted a licence to operate services between Jersey and London Stansted, and between Guernsey and East Midlands. Daily flights between these destinations commenced from 1 May 2009. Also on 1 May 2009 the frequency of flights from Guernsey to London Gatwick was increased from 4 to 5 daily return flights. In August 2009, Aurigny announced that it would be operating winter flights to Grenoble using its ATR 72-500 equipment. The flights will run from December 26, 2009 to mid-way through February 2010.
July 2010 saw the leak that Blue Islands was planning to buy Aurigny, and undergoing a due diligence process with Treasury and Resources department of the States of Guernsey. On 14th September 2010 Treasury and Resources announced that the sale would not go ahead
Technical DetailsIssue Date: 31.10.2008
Designer: Mark Wilkinson
Printer: BDT International
Process: Offset Lithography
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 27.94mm x 44.45mm
Values: 34p, 40p, 48p, 51p, 53p, 74p