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Airline
Genre Documentary
Directed by Richard Cowles
Starring Britannia Airways (1998)
Easy Jet (1999-)
Narrated by Charlie Higson (Series 1)
Tony Robinson
(Series 2-3, 7-10)
Veronica Hyks (Series 4-6)
Opening theme "Come Fly with Me"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 10
No. of episodes 124 + 1 Special
Production
Executive producer(s) Joe Houlihan
Producer(s) Richard Cowles
Editor(s) On-line: Alan Ritchie
Off-line: Julia Frater
Location(s) London Luton Airport
Liverpool Airport
Belfast Airport
Newcastle Airport
Bristol Airport
Manchester Airport
(Series 1 only)
Running time 22 min. (approx.)
Production company(s) LWT
(now branded ITV Studios)
Distributor ITV plc
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3 (1998-2000)
16:9 (2001-present)
Original run 6 March 1998 – present
Chronology
Related shows Airline (US)
Luton Airport
Airport

Airline is a fly on the wall television programme, produced in the United Kingdom that showcases the daily happenings of passengers, ground workers and on-board staff of Britannia (Series 1) and later EasyJet (from Series 2). The show has been broadcast since 1998 on ITV, is often repeated on ITV2 and shown on syndication on Sky Real Lives, Sky1, Sky2 and Sky3.[1] From time to time, ITV shows the American version of Airline, called Airline USA on ITV2.

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Production

EasyJet were first approached about the possibility of filming during mid-1998, after the first series with Britannia Airways was discontinued. The first series with EasyJet was broadcast in January 1999, and the cameras have been with EasyJet almost constantly ever since. In 2003 it was ITV’s most popular factual programme with a total of 75 million viewers. The programme has been sold to many countries worldwide, amongst which New Zealand, Australia, and Japan.

Starting with the second series in 1999, the programme follows staff of EasyJet and Reed Aviation[2] (the handling agents) such as: Manager: Graham Fraser; Check-in trouble-shooter: Jane Boulton; Check-in assistant: Katrina Leeder; Supervisors: Leo Jones,Brett Holland and Leanne Chung, Dispatcher: Kevin Reardon; Captain: James McBride, Stewardess: Janey Stock and of course, Stelios as well as many passengers. The series were originally set in Liverpool and Luton but later incorporated Belfast, Bristol and Newcastle airports. Airline was also occasionly filmed at Gatwick and Stansted airports. Tony Robinson and Veronika Hyks replaced Charlie Higson as voiceover.

The programme also follows some passengers and staff on interesting journeys and during important moments in their lives. Wedding proposals, marriages, illnesses, business trips, reunions and once-in-a-lifetime experiences have all been filmed, both happy and sad. The programme also aims to educate the airline’s passengers concerning its rules and regulations – some of the highlighted issues relate to missed check-in, incorrect travel documentation, and the carriage of prohibited items.

Notable members of Britannia staff

  • Supervisors: Pat Baines, Kathy Duffy
  • Captains: Peter Klack
  • Flight Steward/Stewardessess: Brian John Aldridge (BJ),

Notable members of Easy Jet/Aviance staff

Overview of Staff

Founder of Easyjet Stelios Haji-Ioannou
Managers Alan Derbyshire, Graham Fraser,
Jane Boulton (Series 3-5), Leo Jones (Luton Assist Manager)(Series 6-10), Machell Riley and Sarah Tier
Ticket Desk Agents Anita and Katrina Leeder
Supervisors Brett Holland, Leanne Chung, Leo Jones (Series 5) and Jane Boulton (Series 2)
Dispatch Darren Ramsey (Luton)(Series 2), Kevin Reardon (Liverpool)(Series 2-3) and Jane Boulton (Luton)(Series 6-9)
Flight Steward/Stewardesses Bob Brain, Darren Ramsey (Series 3) and Janey Stock
Captains Georgie Hobbs, Lance Jordan, James McBride, Mike Jamerson and Tony Underwood

Series by Series List of EasyJet Staffing

Job Role Name
Throughout Series
Founder of Easyjet Stelios Haji-Ioannou
Series 2
Managers unknown
Passenger Supervisor Jane Boulton
Check-in/Ticket Desk
Assistants
Katrina Leeder
Dispatcher Kevin Reardon (Liverpool)
Darren Ramsey (Luton)
Series 3
Managers Jane Boulton
Graham Fraser
Check-in/Ticket Desk
Assistants
Katrina Leeder
Dispatcher Kevin Reardon (Liverpool)
Flight Steward/Stewardesses Janey Stock
Darren Ramsey
Pilots James McBride
Lance Jordan
Series 4
Managers Jane Boulton
Graham Fraser
Passenger Supervisor Stephen Elwood
Check-in/Ticket Desk
Assistants
Katrina Leeder
Flight Steward/Stewardesses Janey Stock
Pilots James McBride
Georgie Hobbs
Series 5
Managers Alan Derbyshire
Jane Boulton
Passenger Supervisor Leo Jones
Leanne Chung
Check-in/Ticket Desk
Assistants
Permanent Temporary
Anita
Katrina Leeder
Several Trainees were seen taking the
Check-in Assistant Course
but only one was seen
in the role for a short time
Pilots James McBride
Mike Jamerson
Tony Underwood
Series 6
Managers Alan Derbyshire
Leo Jones (Luton Assist Manager)
Sarah Tier (Liverpool Shift Manager)
Leanne Chung (Liverpool Checkin Manager)
Dispatcher Jane Boulton
Series 7
Managers Alan Derbyshire
Dispatcher Jane Boulton
Series 8
Managers Alan Derbyshire
Dispatcher Jane Boulton
Series 9
Managers Alan Derbyshire
Series 10
Managers Alan Derbyshire
Flight Steward/Stewardesses Bob Brain

Narrators

Opening Titles

Series 1-4

These Titles have a Sky Background and features a Britannia Plane (Series 1) or a EasyJet Plane (Series 2-4) before cutting to clips of the overall series.

Series 5-6

These Titles changed to using a lighter blue sky and switching to an all blue Logo.

Series 7-8

These Titles changed to using an Orange Sky and Blue/Orange Logo.

Series 9-10

These Titles used a similar style to that used in Series 5-6 but now has a redish tint and features an Airline in the logo.

"Coming up/Next time on Airline" Sequences

  • At the Start of each series the narrator would show snippets of what was to come throughout the series. This would normally be announced with the phrase "Welcome onboard another series of Airline"
  • At the beginning of each episode in every series, the narrater would give a quick preview of what would be shown.
    This would normally be announced with the phrases "Coming up/Tonight on Airline" or "Onboard Airline tonight".
  • Series 1-4 didn't show what was coming up in the next episode but did feature at the end of the programme, before the credits, information of what happened to the passengers featured.
  • Starting in Series 5, clips of what would feature in the next episode were shown during the first 10 seconds of the credits.
  • At the end of each series, the narrator would look back and highlight some of the more important things shown such as gripping stories about various members of airline staff . This would take about a minute and feature the common phrase "The Summer/Winter season has come to an end".

UK Series guide

Series Narrator First Shown Notes Number of Episodes[3]
Series 1
Charlie Higson
6 March 1998
Followed Britannia Airways.
6
Series 2
Tony Robinson
12 January 1999
This is the first series to feature EasyJet and also showed all ground staff wearing Reed Aviation uniforms; Red Jackets, a Dark blue shirt with pink petals and a black rimmed red hat with a Reed aviation badge.
8
Series 3
10 September 1999
This is the last series that feature the old Luton terminal.
First series featuring Luton and some Liverpool ground staff in orange satin shirts (with a blue tank top).
10
Series 4
Veronica Hyks
30 June 2000
This is the first series that featured the new Luton terminal.
14
Series 5
12 March 2001
Reed Aviation becomes Aviance UK, Liverpool ground staff now wear Blue Uniforms.
12
Series 6
15 April 2002
This the last series that featured the old Liverpool terminal.
18
Series 7
Tony Robinson
27 May 2003
This series followed the merging of EasyJet and Go Fly
and also featured the new Liverpool terminal in its entirety even though it was seen in Series 6.
12
Series 8
8 October 2004
12
Series 9
17 June 2005
Dispatcher Jane Boulton, who featured on all previous easyJet series leaves the Airline to work for Aer Lingus at Heathrow.
12
Series 10
8 September 2006
Currently the last aired series.
13

Special Episode

Series Narrator First Shown Notes
Airline at Christmas
Tony Robinson
27 December 1999
This is the only episode that showed both the old and new check-in areas of Luton Airport.

Airline USA

  • Series 1 18x23' (2004)
  • Series 2 26x23' (2004)
  • Series 3 26x23 (2005)

Holiday Airline

  • Series 10x30' (2001) First shown from 31 August 2001.

See also

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Simple English

Airline
Genre Documentary
Directed by Richard Cowles
Starring Britannia Airways (1998)
Easy Jet (1999 -)
Narrated by Charlie Higson (Series 1)
Tony Robinson (Series 2-3, 7-10)
Veronica Hyks (Series 4-6)
Opening theme "Come Fly with Me"
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 10
No. of episodes 124 + 1 Special
Production
Executive producer(s) Joe Houlihan
Producer(s) Richard Cowles
Editor(s) On-line: Alan Ritchie
Off-line: Julia Frater
Location(s) London Luton Airport
Liverpool Airport
Belfast Airport
Newcastle Airport
Bristol Airport
Manchester Airport (Series 1 only)
Running time 22 min. (approx.)
Production company(s) LWT
(now branded ITV Studios)
Distributor ITV plc
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3 (1998-2000)
16:9 (2001-present)
Original run 6 March 1998 – present
Chronology
Related shows

Airline (US)
Luton Airport
Airport

Airline is a television program. It is maked in United Kingdom. It shows daily happenings of airport customers and staff. Series 1 are photographed in Britannia Airways and series 2 are photographed in EasyJet.


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