#A31 Boeing B737-300QC
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Squadron Prints Lithograph No. A31 - G-CELP, Boeing B737-300QC. 1980 - Express Air Services, which was renamed Channel Express in 1983, was awarded its first Royal Mail contract for itâ€™s 2 Handley Page Dart Heralds, flying mail between Bournemouth, Bristol and Liverpool. 1990 - Following a period of steady growth, Channel Express was operating 8 Heralds and held contracts for 7 Royal Mail routes. 1992 - Having introduced the Lockheed Electra in 1989, Channel Express was awarded the contract for the first Royal Mail containerised domestic air service, operating 2 Electras between Stansted and Edinburgh. 1994 - Channel Express acquired the first of 9 Fokker F27 Friendships to supplement and gradually replace the Herald fleet. The last Herald G-BEYF retired in 1999 and the F27 remained in service until 2005. 2001 - Channel Express acquired 2 Boeing 737-300 Quick Change aircraft G-CELP and G-CELR, which replaced the Electras on the Royal Mail services between Stansted and Edinburgh. 2004 - Channel Express, operating all Boeing 737s, joined forces with Titan Airways and their joint venture company â€œPostal Air Network Ltdâ€ was awarded all of the 13 jet routes in a redesigned air network. 2006 - Channel Express (Air Services) Ltd was renamed Jet2.com. 2007 - Postal Air Network Ltd was awarded a further 3 Royal Mail routes. 2013 - Royal Mail issued a tender for a reduced air network commencing in 2014. Jet2.com is awarded a 3 year contract for 6 routes. 2017 - 37 years of continuous, hugely successful operations for Royal Mail reach their conclusion.