British Civil Aviation in 1982

6 February
Laker Airways calls in the receivers to wind-up the company. The economic climate and exchange rate between the dollar and the pound are held partly responsible.

11 March
Bristow Helicopters takes delivery of the first of twelve Aérospatiale AS332L Super Puma helicopters.

29 March
Plymouth-based Brymon Airways introduces a service from Plymouth to Heathrow, using a de Havilland Canada DHC7-7.

2 April
Newly-formed British Island Airways makes its first revenue flight from Gatwick to Catania in Italy.

5 May
Two British Airways Lockheed L1011 TriStars make completely blind landings at Heathrow Airport.

24 May
British Airways operates its last flight using the Boeing 707, which has been in service with the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British Airways for 22 years.

1 August
British Aerospace (BAe) delivers the first production 146 Series 200 to Air Wisconsin.

7 October
Manchester International Airport reopens its main runway after it has been lengthened to 3,050 metres (10,000 feet).

25 October
British Midland Airways starts a service to Glasgow Airport in direct competition with British Airways.

15 December
British Aerospace (BAe) delivers the first Jetstream 31 airliner for commercial use, to Contactair of West Germany.