About Us

Aviation - the origins of Jet2 plc

Jet2 plc has a long history in aviation.

In 1971, Art Carpenter formed Carpenter's Air Services Ltd to fly flowers in contracted aircraft to the UK mainland from Guernsey. He also set up Carpenter's Transport Ltd to distribute the flowers on the UK mainland to wholesale markets. By 1980, these two companies had merged to become Express Air Services, which purchased its own Handley Page Dart Herald aircraft. Express Air Services flew and subsequently transported flowers, fresh produce and consumer goods between the Channel Islands and the UK via Bournemouth Airport. It also flew contracts for the Royal Mail to the Channel Islands from Bournemouth, Bristol and Liverpool.

Channel Express Aircraft

In 1983, Express Air Services was purchased by the Group's current Chief Executive, Philip Meeson, and changed its name to Channel Express Group Ltd, to identify with its regional route. Three companies functioned as separate operations in the Channel Express Group, for airfreighting, the maintenance of two Dart Herald Aircraft, and road distribution within the UK.

Channel Express Group Ltd floated on the UK's Unlisted Securities Market (USM). By 1991, the company changed its name Dart Group PLC and was floated on the London Stock Exchange, before moving to AIM in 2005. In September 2020, following the sale of its Distribution and Logistics business, Fowler Welch, the Company changed its name to Jet2 plc reflecting the continued focus on its longer-term strategy of growing its leisure travel business.

Current Operations

Today, Jet2 plc’s commitment to aviation continues, with two major brands:

  • Leisure Travel – Jet2.com & Jet2holidays

    Jet2.com is the Group’s airline that provides scheduled leisure air services with Friendly low fares and charter flights. From Summer 2022 it will be operating over 400 routes to its 70 plus beach, city and ski destinations across Europe and beyond.

    Jet2holidays is the Group’s ATOL bonded package holiday specialist providing Package holidays you can trust to more than 550 resorts across Europe, the Canaries and the Mediterranean.

Structure and Governance

The Board of directors, who are responsible for the Group's strategy, manage the Leisure Travel interests of Jet2 plc.

Our Board, remuneration committee, and audit committee ensure efficient corporate governance and good relations with our shareholders.

We take our corporate responsibility very seriously and work hard to maximise fuel efficiency and minimise emissions.

We provide our colleagues with challenging and rewarding careers and involve them in the business through clear communication. We also ensure equal opportunities and a safe working environment at all times.