High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Channel Airways was a private airline formed in the United Kingdom in 1946. Operations ceased in 1972.Channel Airways was one of the earliest, post-World War II British independent airlines. Former Royal Air Force squadron leader R.J. "Jack" Jones founded Channel Airways in June 1946 as an aerial joy ride business, which became known as East Anglian Flying Services the following year. The new airline was majority-owned by Jones and his family, who held more than 80% of its shares. Commercial operations commenced on 16 August 1946 with a single, early-1930s vintage, three-seat Puss Moth, offering joy rides at 10s a time from a landing strip near the Kent seaside town of Herne Bay.