Category Archives: Aurigny Air Services

Aurigny introduces its first Dornier 228 in full livery

Aurigny Dornier 228 Alderney (Aurgigny)(LR)

Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) has introduced it’s first Dornier 228 to its fleet. Named after Guernsey’s neighboring island of Alderney, the new aircraft will be the first of four to be delivered soon as the carrier replaces it’s aging Britten-Norman Trislanders.

Aurigny said on it’s official Facebook page:

“Aurigny is delighted to announce that its first Aurigny branded Dornier 228 has arrived in Guernsey. It is painted in the airline’s livery with “Alderney” written along the fuselage. The aircraft is wholly owned by the company and will be used on the Alderney routes.”

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Photos: Aurigny.

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Video: Flying a Dornier 228 from Canada to Africa.

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Blue Islands rejects Aurigny’s “downsize” claim

Blue Islands (Jersey, UK) has rejected claims made by partner company Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) that it is “substantially downsizing”.

Aurigny, which provides ground services for Blue Islands at Jersey Airport as part of a cooperation agreement signed by the two carriers last year, has blamed the company for 30 potential redundancies.

Several Blue Islands routes from Jersey Airport have been terminated, prompting the Guernsey national carrier to claim it makes its ground operation there “unviable”.

In a statement to the BBC, Blue Islands said Aurigny had “chosen to abandon Jersey”:

“To suggest a ‘substantial downsize’ is utterly wrong,” the Channel Islands airline said.

“This year Blue Islands will fly in excess of 330,000 passengers, 65% up from 2013.

“Unfortunately, rather than adapting its ground handling operation to ensure it remained viable, Aurigny have chosen to abandon Jersey.”

The two airlines announced a code share deal in 2013 under which Blue Islands aircraft took over the Jersey-Guernsey route while Aurigny provided ground services and sold seats.

Aurigny, which is owned by the States of Guernsey, said the Jersey-Guernsey route agreement between the firms would be unaffected by the closure of its ground operation in Jersey.

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Britten Norman BN-2A Mk. 3-1 Trislander G-LCOC (msn 366) taxies at Bournemouth.

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Aurigny Air Services takes delivery of its first Embraer 195

Aurigny ERJ 195 G-NSEY (03)(Grd)(Aurigny)(LRW)

Aurigny Air Services (Aurigny.com) (Guernsey) on June 24 took delivery of its first jetliner, the pictured Embraer ERJ 190-200 (ERJ 195) G-NSEY (msn 19000671) at São José dos Campos, Brazil. The jetliner was delivered via Recife, Sal and Exeter before arriving at Guernsey Airport on June 27.

The airline issue this short statement and photo:

We’re incredibly proud to announce the arrival of our new Embraer 195 jet. A hugely important day in the history of the islanders’ airline. The airliner was welcomed at Guernsey Airport on June 27.

The new type will be operated on the mainline Guernsey-London (Gatwick) route. The company wet-leased Flybe ERJ 195s on the route until it can add G-NSEY.

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Aurigny signs a contract for a single Embraer 195

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Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) has signed a firm contract with Embraer Commercial Aviation for one ERJ 195 jet. The transaction was announced today at a press briefing in Salzburg at the annual general meeting of the European Regions Airline Association. The firm order will be included in Embraer’s 2013 third quarter backlog. Delivery is scheduled in the first semester of 2014.

The E195 is the first jet aircraft to be added to the Aurigny Air Services fleet. The airline currently flies turboprops on six daily frequencies on its principal route between the London Gatwick Airport and Guernsey. With 122 slim seats in single-class layout, the E195 will enable the carrier to increase the number of daily flights to eight and offer much-needed additional capacity.

“The acquisition of the E195 is a major step forward for our company,” said Mark Darby, CEO of Aurigny Air Services. “The London Gatwick route is very important for us. We’ve been mandated by the State of Guernsey to increase capacity and upgrade the quality of our overall service so we decided to move up to a jet. The E195 was the natural choice.”

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Aurigny orders an Embraer 195 for the Guernsey-London route

Aurigny.com ERJ 195 (Aurigny)(46)

Aurigny Air Services (Aurigny.com) (Guernsey, Channel Islands) has ordered a 122-seat Embraer 195 for the Guernsey-London (Gatwick) route. The airline is planning to take delivery in June 2014. Flybe is planning to drop the route in March 2014.

The airline issued this statement and image (above):

We are really excited to announce that the airline’s new aircraft to service the Guernsey to Gatwick route following the withdrawal of Flybe, will be an Embraer E195 regional jet.

Following the States of Guernsey’s decision to act as guarantors for the purchase of an aircraft and Treasury and Resources approval of the airline’s business case, the Board of Aurigny has entered into an initial agreement with Embraer, the Brazilian regional aircraft manufacturer, to purchase a new aircraft to be delivered in mid-2014.

“Aurigny is very grateful for the support that it has received from the States for this exciting project, which will be a major step forward for the airline,” says Mark Darby, Aurigny’s interim Chief Executive.

“It will be a significant investment for us but it is essential that we replace Flybe’s capacity utilizing our existing slots on this lifeline route. The 122-seat Embraer E195 will offer our customers a superior travelling experience, as well as being more reliable and performing better when landing in poor weather conditions.

“The Board selected the aircraft after an extensive evaluation process and decided to buy a new aircraft direct from the manufacturer because of the high levels of introduction support the airline will receive in areas such as pilot and engineer training – which will be essential if we are to achieve a smooth introduction.”

In other news, the state-owned airline is discussing with the Channel Islands local government about a possible name change such as “Guernsey Air” and a possible new livery. The government does not appear to be keen on any change.

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The current Aurigny name is the Norman word for Alderney in the Channel Islands.

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Aurigny Air Services accepts first ATR 72-500

 

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Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) on March 6 took delivery of its first (of two) ATR 72-500 (ATR 72-212A). G-COBO (msn 852) repositioned from Toulouse to Southampton. In other news, Aurigny will start Guernsey-East Midlands service on May 1.