British European Airways

The six-part Schedule is now complete.

Download the 190 Flights here.

BEA 50's Route MapEngland, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and now to Continental Europe.

Many flights are OK with the DC-4.

Thanks to Max Johnson, DC3-878, DC-3 Airways pilots can fly the 1950s schedule of British European Airways, BEA. This short-range airline served the UK and Northern Continental Europe.

An act of Parliament created British European Airways in 1946. They began with twenty-one Dakota C-47s obtained from the RAF, with their war-time colors painted over. They named their DC-3s 'Pionairs' and their home field was Northolt airport, about 5 NM north of today's Heathrow. During the period 1946 to 1954 Northolt Airport served as London's principal commercial airport.

BEA developed a domestic network to various points in the United Kingdom, including Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester as well as international routes to Europe. By 1950 BEA had forty-two DC-3 'Pionairs' and six C-47 'Leopard' freighters. The BEA Photo Gallery shows the variety of their fleet.

During their expansion BEA had also outgrown Northolt airport and in 1954 they had completed their transfer to London Airport, now called Heathrow.

From 1946 until 1960, the British Overseas Airways Corporation, BOAC, and BEA were the principal British operators of scheduled international passenger and cargo services.

In 1974 BEA merged with the long-haul state airline, BOAC, to form British Airways.





The BEA Schedule is split into six sections. Here are the parts of the schedule:

Part 1) Scotland, the Western Isles, The Inner and Outer Hebrides, The Orkneys and Shetlands ... 30 Flights
Part 2) England ... 32 Flights
Part 3) Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man ... 20 Flights
Part 4) The Channel Islands ... 32 Flights
Part 5) BEA Flights to Continental Europe ... 36 Flights
Part 6) BEA Cargo Flights ... 40 Flights

Several options exist for those who wish to fly these routes in a DC-3 with BEA colours:


If you wish to fly some of the other aircraft that were in BEA's fleet (No PIREP credit) here are some filenames. Most are not in BEA colors and some are military versions.

Vickers Viking Vickers  BEA Colors
FS2002 and FS2004
FS2004 patch available
Use the Valetta panel
DH-89 Dominie
Simviation ... FS2002 Vintage
Both include panel
Avro 19 AVSIM FS2002 and FS2004
Includes panel
Military Colors
Bad Install Instructions
You should create folder 'Avro_Anson' and place it in Aircraft folder, then extract files to there.
JU-52/3M FS2002 and FS2004
Panel Included
BEA Colors available

Thanks again to Max Johnson for his fine effort on the BEA Schedule.

And thanks to Max Johnson, Tim Cook, John Lawler, Nigel Sutcliffe, Norman Hancock, and Glen Broome for their replies to my plea for Vickers Viking aircraft info.

Enjoy the BEA experience.