Monthly Archives: March 2010

Sunquest Vacations lines-up replacement carriers to replace Skyservice

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Sunquest Vacations announced today (March 31) that it has organized replacement flights for all of its customers who might otherwise have been affected by the suspension of operations by Skyservice Airlines (Toronto). Skyservice was placed into receivership by the Ontario Court earlier today.

Skyservice was an independent supplier to Sunquest, which is part of Thomas Cook Group plc, one of the world’s leading travel groups. Since 1995, Skyservice has operated aircraft for Sunquest and other tour operators between Canada and destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico. The only Sunquest flights affected by the Skyservice shut-down originate in Toronto or Winnipeg, and represent less than a third of the remaining flights for Sunquest’s winter program which ends April 30, 2010. No flights were scheduled for today and replacement flights for the coming days have been arranged with other carriers, principally Air Transat and Enerjet.

Seventy percent of Sunquest’s remaining April winter flights are not affected and none of its customers on flights after May 1, 2010 are affected.

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Skyservice Airlines goes into receivership and end operations

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Skyservice Airlines (Toronto) today (March 31, 2010) ended all operations and entered into receivership (bankruptcy protection).

The last revenue flight was flight 5G 898 from Mexico City to Toronto (Pearson) with Boeing 757-236 C-FLEU (msn 29941). Leased aircraft have already been returned to the U.K. Other airlines are being enlisted to fly some of the charter flights later this week.

Skyservice Airlines has issued the following statement:

“Skyservice Airlines today announced the shutdown of its operations following the appointment of a receiver by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Recent changes in the Canadian vacation tour market combined with Skyservice Airlines’ debt level have rendered the company unable to maintain profitable operations. As a result, one of the company’s secured lenders applied for the appointment of the receiver.

The shutdown results in the cancellation of one flight that was scheduled to depart Canada for the Dominican Republic today and its return leg, as well as all remaining flights scheduled to depart Canada during the balance of the season in April. The company has requested, and the receiver has agreed, to work with the company’s tour operator customers and other lift providers to ensure that passenger issues are resolved promptly.

Skyservice Airlines and the receiver are committed to winding up the business in an orderly and responsible manner. The company and the receiver will continue to treat employees and other stakeholders fairly and in a transparent manner throughout this process.”

Thank you to for this additional information.

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Aer Lingus full-year 2009 loss widens

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Aer Lingus’ (Dublin) financial fortunes continue to get worse. Its loss for 2009 has grown larger.

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VARIG to start weekly flights to Punta Cana

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VARIG (2nd) (VRG Linhas Aereas) (Sao Paulo) on Saturdays will operate a new scheduled route from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) via Caracas. The flights will be flown by Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft starting on April 3 under the VARIG brand.

NTSB is investigating a near miss involving an United Boeing 777

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) (Washington) has launched an investigation after a United Airlines Boeing 777-200 en route from the San Francisco (SFO) hub to Beijing flew about 300 feet under an Aeronca 11AC shortly after takeoff from San Francisco International Airport on March 27.

The NTSB said in a statement the pilots of United Airlines flight UA 889, which was carrying 251 passengers and 17 crew, saw the light high-wing Aeronca shortly after the 777 had taken off and was retracting its landing gear.

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Continental Airlines retires the last Boeing 737-300 on March 29

Continental Airlines (Houston) retired the last Boeing 737-300 from revenue service on March 29.

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The EU bans all airlines from the Sudan and the Philippines

The European Union (Brussels) has banned all airlines from the Sudan and the Philippines from flying in European airspace due to safety concerns.

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Viva Macau is shut down on March 28

Copyright Photo: Guillaume Besnard. Ex-Pluna Boeing 767-319 ER B-MAY (msn 24875, ex CX-PUG) arrives back at hazy Macau (MFM) base.

Viva Macau (Macau) had its AOC revoked on Sunday (March 28) after the company failed to assist stranded passengers on Friday (March 26). The government found the airline unfit due to its financial situation.

The company started operations on December 16, 2002.

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KLM Cityhopper retires the Fokker 50

KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) as planned retired its last two Fokker F.27 Mk. 050s (Fokker 50s) on March 27.

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Ryanair and OnAir part ways

Ryanair (Dublin) has suspended the OnAir onboard system that permits its passengers to make phone calls after OnAir that provided the service cancelled the contract.

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