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BEA II - Local & regional timetables 1946-1950.
This section features BEA timetables from its first years when no system timetables were issued.

Information in the blue boxes has been provided by Michael Dawes as well as the information on broadsheet timetables below.

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BEA - British European Airways was established as a division of the state airline BOAC - British Overseas Airways Corporation in January 1946. It operated some of BOAC's routes within Europe. In August, it became a Corporation independent of BOAC, and assumed its role as the sole British airline serving European and domestic destinations. It took over all existing domestic scheduled airlines, but those still operating, like Railway Air Services and Scottish Airways, continued flying on behalf of BEA into 1947.

This section deals with the timetables for specific routes or areas which were the only BEA timetables published for public use during the first years of operation. Already in the autumn of 1946, there were broadsheet timetables for wall hanging, separate ones for international and domestic routes, but they were most likely intended for trade use only. The broadsheet timetables evolved into neatly-folded standard format timetables for public use in the autum of 1949. Unless you managed to get hold of those broadsheet timetables, you needed the many local and regional timetables to grasp the full activity of BEA during the infant years.

Only in April 1951 did a complete system timetable appear for the first time.

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  UK local timetables: European regional timetables:  
  Channel Islands Austria France
  Isle of Man .....Included in timetables for Germany (1946-49) Germany
  Isles of Scilly .....and Switzerland (1949-50) Italy / Malta / Greece / Turkey / Cyprus
  Northern Ireland Belgium / Netherlands Scandinavia
  Scotland Czechoslovakia (1946-49 only) Spain / Portugal / Gibraltar
  West of England / Wales .....Included in timetables for Germany (1949-50) Switzerland

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The timetables shown below can also be found on the various local and regional timetable pages listed above.

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British European Airways (Division of BOAC)
July 1946

UK-Denmark
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British European Airways (Division of BOAC)
July 1946

UK-Greece via France & Italy
(From the collection of Antonio Bordoni)
Click for larger view including the back cover as well as a view of the interior

August 1946
London-Amsterdam
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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September 1946
UK-Czechoslovakia
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October 1946
London-Paris
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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November 18, 1946
Scotland-England
Operated on behalf of BEA by Scottish Airways and Railway Air Services
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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February 1947
London-Paris
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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April 21, 1947
Routes to/from the Channel Islands
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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See timetables of Channel Islands Airways.

May 19, 1947
Scottish Services
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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May 19, 1947
UK-Switzerland
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November 2, 1947
UK-Germany/Austria
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January 1, 1948
UK-Denmark/Norway/Sweden
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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April 18, 1948
Isle of Man Services
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May 31, 1948
UK-Spain/Portugal/Gibraltar via France
(Includes supplement dated October 3, 1948)
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October 31, 1948
London-Paris
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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April 11, 1949
Isles of Scilly Services
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June 12, 1949
UK-Switzerland/Austria
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October 3, 1949
Northern Ireland Services
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October 30, 1949
London-Amsterdam/Brussels
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April 16, 1950
UK-South France/Italy/Malta/Greece/Turkey/Cyprus
(Includes supplement dated July 1, 1950)
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June 1, 1950
"Welsh Air Service" helicopter timetable
(Image above from the collection of Michael Dawes)
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October 22, 1950
Channel Islands Services
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This page last updated September 3, 2017.