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**Please note, Astraeus ceased trading in 2011**

A former aircraft leasing business
Astraeus Airlines was a relative newcomer, starting operations back in 2002 from London Gatwick airport where it was headquartered. It also had a second hub at Manchester Airport. Astraeus airlines were originally a respected charter for a variety of UK leisure tour operators, covering summer and winter holiday seasons. Astraeus changed completely and switched functions. It started providing aircraft and leases them to other airlines. In 2009 Astraeus Airlines expanded operation,  winning new commercial contracts to supply planes to airlines in Bournemouth and Italy.  

Where they flew to
Astraeus had loads of key expertise in dry and wet leasing, the aviation market as a whole, schedule and charter services. They had hands on experience of seasonal aircraft leasing, aircraft operations, engineering and maintenance, safety and security. The business was even accredited by the Skills-UK Department for Transport.

Working invisibly in the background 
While you couldn't book cheap flights directly with Astraeus , you might have found yourself on one of their planes without realising it. They had a lot of knowledge to draw on to ensure their aircraft were in top condition when leased to airlines. They were fluent in airline management, airline finance and complex legal stuff. They knew all about insurance. They carried out financial analysis and delivered ground handling and traffic services. Astraeus were expert at operations control centre work and flight operations, quality crew training and management. Plus a lot more relevant and reassuring stuff.

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