One Air takes off as Britain's newest all-cargo airline

The UK has a new British cargo airline with the launch of Boeing 747-400 freighter operator, One Air.

The new airline has been awarded its Air Operators’ Certificate by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

After successfully completing its flight in July 2022 and following a rigorous application process for an Operating Licence, the new airline is now fully approved to commence operations.

One Air expects initial demand for flights from the UK to Europe, the Middle East and Asia regions. It will also ultimately offer freighter services to China and the US.

One Air has dry leased its first B747 freighter and is now the only UK operator of the B747. Its business model calls for the addition of a second B747-400 during 2023.

Headquartered in Kingston, close to London Heathrow, One Air has recruited a team of 90 air cargo and aviation professionals for its launch, including ground operations, engineering and maintenance, crew training, crew management, finance and HR specialists, and a 40-strong air crew with pilots recruited from Cathay Pacific, Emirates Airline, Norwegian Airlines, and other major carriers.

One Air is majority-owned by CEO, Paul Bennett, who stated: “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 747F later this year and have the financial resources to grow in line with the level of demand we see.”

Chris Hope has joined the Board of One Air as Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Manager. Jon Hartley and David Tattersall have also been recruited as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Technical Officer respectively.

dnata will be One Air's handling agent at Heathrow.