HISTORY: AIRWORK LIMITED, also referred to during its history as Airwork Services Limited, is a wholly owned subsidiary company of VT Group plc. It has a long and rich history in providing a variety of defence support services to the Royal Air Force (RAF), Fleet Air Arm and overseas air forces, as well as having played an important role in the development of civil aviation - both in the United Kingdom and abroad. In 1957 was the year Airwork acquired control of Transair, a fellow independent airline. A year later the process of merging the Airwork-controlled airlines with Hunting-Clan to form British United Airways (BUA) started. In 1959, Airwork took over Air Charter, Freddie Laker's first airline venture. In February of that year, Airwork transferred the operation of its Safari flights to its subsidiary Transair, together with two Viscount aircraft. This resulted in the service's London terminal moving from Blackbushe to Gatwick. On 19 May 1960, Airwork changed its name to British United Airways. (The origins of the new name went back to United Airways, one of the three predecessors of the pre-World War II British Airways).
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