The Blue Swan Start-up Report – November 2017

4 December, 2017

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a monthly wrap of the key start-up activity for Nov-2017, including the following key launches:

  1. Air Mediterranean launched scheduled operations on 01-Nov-2017;
  2. Fastjet Mozambique launched on 03-Nov-2017;
  3. Samoa Airways launched on 14-Nov-2017;
  4. Avianca Argentina launched regional scheduled services on 21-Nov-2017;
  5. Joon launched on 01-Dec-2017.

The following outlines key start-up briefs during the month:

  1. Firnas Airways CEO Kazi Shafiqur Rahman stated the crowd funded start up carrier plans to launch operations with BAe Jetstream 31 equipment.
  2. All Nippon Airway suspended plans to form a JV in Myanmar after its application for an air operator's certificate (AOC) was rejected by Myanmar Investment Commission. Asian Blue was the tentative name for the proposed new carrier, a JV between ANA Holdings (49%) and Golden Sky World, which had planned to serve international routes. Asian Blue was ANA's second attempt at investing in Myanmar, following earlier plans to acquire a 49% stake in Asian Wings Airways.
  3. InAvia Aviation Consultants GmbH managing partner Michael Hövel confirmed former airberlin and LTU International workers are interested in a relaunch of LTU.
  4. fastjet confirmed the launch of service to Mozambique on 03-Nov-2017.
  5. Canada Jetlines president Stan Gadek stated he expects the start-up carrier to lease up to 24 aircraft in a five year period.
  6. Samoa Airways selected AirFi to provide wireless inflight connectivity for its single leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
  7. California Pacific Airlines plans to launch service to six destinations by 01-Apr-2018, utilising a fleet of four Embraer 145 and E170 aircraft.
  8. 777 Partners, a US based investment firm, announced it acquired the intellectual property of World Airways and is planning to relaunch the carrier as an LCC long haul operation with Boeing 787 aircraft.
  9. Venezuela's Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica Civil (Venezuela INAC) awarded Conviasa Regional an AOC to operate commercial services with Cessna Grand Caravan 208 aircraft.
  10. Air Belgium CEO Niky Terzakis stated a delegation is "currently on a 3 day hiring mission in Hong Kong". He said: "They are looking for up to 100 Cabin Attendants to complement our Belgian based flying staff".
  11. flyAfrica Zimbabwe, which suspended operations in 2015, reportedly plans to resume services following a USD7 million investment by shareholders. The carrier, which suspended operations in 2015, is targeting USD9 million in investment to support a resumption in service. The carrier plans to initially operate domestically, before launching service from Harare to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Lusaka. In 2018, the carrier is considering international service to London, Dubai and destination in China.
  12. Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai commented on the "historical milestone" and "momentous occasion" in regards to the launch of Samoa Airways on 12-Nov-2017.
  13. Aero K CEO Kim Sang-boo said the LCC expects to receive an air operators licence within 2017
  14. SAS filed winter 2017/18 routes for its new Ireland based subsidiary SAS Ireland, with Copenhagen-London Heathrow as its launch service effective 03-Dec-2017.
  15. Canada Jetlines CEO Stan Gadek stated the carrier is seeking foreign capital as it looks to launch operations on 01-Jun-2018.
  16. Air Sial confirmed it expects to launch service by Jun-2018 with three A320 family aircraft.
  17. Crimea's Commission for the Development of Aviation discussed the draft roadmap for the development of civil aviation in Crimea from 2018 to 2022. The document calls for a feasibility study on the establishment of a regional carrier in Crimea.
  18. Global Ghana Airlines announced it postponed the launch of operations to 05-Feb-2018.
  19. Ghana's Deputy Minister of Aviation Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah said around 20 local and foreign airlines expressed interest in partnering with the Government to establish a new national carrier.
  20. Joon applied to the US DoT for an application for exemption and statement of authorisation to engage in operations from EU member states to the US under codeshare arrangements with any duly authorised US air carrier. The application also includes a blanket statement of authorisation permitting Joon to display the two letter designator code of Delta Air Lines on services operated by Joon between and beyond points in EU member states. Under the arrangement, Air France will display Delta's designator code on services operated by Joon aircraft under wet lease to Air France.
  21. Norwegian Argentina CEO Christian Melhus stated the airline plans to begin operations in 2Q2018 with initial service to Córdoba, Mendoza, Ushuaia, Salta, Tucumán and Iguazú.
  22. California Pacific Airlines plans to launch operations from San Diego McClellan-Palomar Airport by Apr-2018, after becoming a "fully FAA-certified scheduled air carrier".
  23. AirAsia Group reportedly submitted a proposal for construction of a special LCCT at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, under a five year USD70 million to USD100 million investment plan linked to the establishment of AirAsia Sri Lanka.
  24. California Pacific Airlines reportedly purchased SkyValue Airways, a small carrier that operates scheduled service from Denver.
  25. Yuva JetLines Airways posted a report, outlining the carrier's plans to commence operations in Jun-2018.
  26. Air Nostrum CEO Carlos Bertomeu announced the establishment of Hibernian Airlines, a wet lease company based in Ireland, unattached to Air Nostrum. The new company is holding talks with SAS and Lufthansa for contracts during high season. The business model includes transferring aircraft to another lessor, Saimer, prior to being transferred to Hibernian.
  27. Ukraine's Minister for Infrastructure Volodymyr Omelyan stated a new, national LCC could be registered in 2017 and launch operations in 2018
  28. CAPA – Centre for Aviation stated Flybondi incorporated a Boeing 737-800 (LV-HKS, serial 33821), as recorded by the CAPA Fleet Database. It is the first aircraft for the airline.
  29. flyValan stated its first ATR 72-500 aircraft landed at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport. FlyValan however postponed commencement of commercial operations until 11-Dec-2017 "due to the certification process by the Romanian aeronautical authorities".
  30. Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama stated the carrier is "close to finalising the project" to establish a national airline named Air Albania.
  31. Air Pegasus MD Shyson Thomas stated the carrier, which suspended operations on 08-Nov-2016, has raised funds and plans to resume operations in Jan-2018.
  32. Thailand's Khon Kaen Chamber of Commerce, Laos' Phongsavanh Group and Singapore's Mekong Group signed a MoU to conduct a study on the potential launch of a new carrier, Khonkaen Airlines.
  33. Georgia's Civil Aviation Agency stated Myway Airlines renewed its application for an operator's certificate.
  34. Ghana's Minister of Aviation Cecilia Dapaah reportedly said the Government is in discussions with Africa World Airlines, Air Mauritius and Ethiopian Airlines on the creation of the country's new national carrier.
  35. Volga-Dnepr Airlines project sales manager Slava Shakhov reportedly said Volga-Dnepr Group intends to overhaul at least three An-124 aircraft to be transferred to a new AOC by the end of 2018 for the launch of a new airline based in Leipzig.
  36. USGlobal Airways stated it has been working for several months to acquire Songbird Airways and is committed to closing the deal, despite delays in closing the acquisition.
  37. FlyValan confirmed the addition of its first ATR 72 aircraft to its fleet on 27-Nov-2017. The aircraft, named 'Liguria', arrived at Genoa Airport on 29-Nov-2017. The carrier also confirmed the launch of commercial operations was postponed to 11-Dec-2017, due to certification delays by Romanian authorities.
  38. Sakhalin Oblast Governor Oleg Kozhemyako proposed to establish a regional carrier based on Aurora.