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London--Air UK expects to post its first million-passenger year in 1985, a commendable performance for an airline that was established only in the opening years of this decade and the operates largely out of the provincial centers rather than the "honeypot" London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick.

It will achieve this milestone will a staff of just under 1,000 and a fleet of 23 aircraft--16 Fokker F27s, four Shorts 360s, one 330, a BAC 1-11 and an F28 (at this writing the F28 was due to be replaced with another 1-11). Looking ahead, Stephen Hanscombe, Air UK managing director--who was appointed in August 1983 after a long career with British European Airways and British Airways, ending as head of British Airtours, BA's package holiday and charter arm--identifies a continuing requirement for the F27s. Those aircraft recently underwent interior refurbishment and now are having the later madification of the Rolls-Royce Dart installed.

"We see the Shorts aircraft and the F27s operating for the foreseeable future," Hanscombe told ATW. "The two 1-11s are 400 series on three-year lease from British Island Airways, and we have refurbished the interiors with 79 seats. I would hope that during the period these aircraft are with us we will be building up a requirement for one or two more jets. …

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