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Blue Islands calls for judicial review concerning “illegal service” by newcomer Waves

Flybe (Blue Islands) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) G-ISLK (msn 634) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940455.

Blue Islands in December issued this complaint against newcomer Waves. Here is the statement:

Blue Islands has lodged formal legal action with Guernsey’s Royal Court after repeatedly calling on the island’s Transport Licensing Authority to exercise its powers to ensure Waves Technologies Limited apply for the necessary route licences to operate passenger services between Guernsey and Jersey.

The central issue is Waves’ lack of a Guernsey Air Transport Licence, in respect of any aircraft being used for the carriage for reward of passengers or cargo on a flight beginning or ending in Guernsey. This is a requirement of the Air Transport Licensing Law, with Section 1 being quite explicit about this. Not holding one means Waves operations are illegal.

For many months, Blue Islands have repeatedly written to the chair of the Transport Licensing Authority, and have not received any adequate response. The decision to call for a judicial review is intended to compel the Authority to act to uphold the law it is meant to enforce and protect the travelling public from an operator acting outside of the rules. If Blue Islands started operating a daily service on any Aurigny route under the claim of being an air taxi, the TLA would step in and stop it. That is exactly what should have happened here.

Competition on the inter-island route is nothing new, and Blue Islands continues to face it every day with Flybe – even though it is a franchise partner, a seat sold on a Flybe aircraft is of no value to Blue Islands. Previously, Blue Islands and Aurigny vigorously competed on the route, and each lost £1m. a year in the process. Blue Islands believes in competition, and are happy to compete on any of its routes, but competition must be on a level playing field – and not from an operator ignoring the laws. The Air Transport Licensing Law and associated policy statement insists the impact of a new operator on any route is considered and the incumbent operator is given the chance to make an official representation. By ignoring the law the Transport Licensing Authority has denied Blue Islands this opportunity.

Furthermore, Blue Islands is becoming increasingly concerned that innocent investors, caught up by Waves marketing activities are being lured into investing significant sums of money into what they believe to be an innovative ‘air taxi’ service that requires no route licence. Blue Islands do not believe Waves is operating as a legitimate air taxi service and the TLA must evaluate Waves’ claim. This review will ensure all relevant parties formally appraise the legitimacy of Waves business model, its financial fitness and viability, including its recent £17.5m. self-valuation from a business without any tangible means of justifying such a figure either through its trading volumes, asset base or additional markets for an as-yet non-existent product. Although this falls outside the legal action, the clarity this case will bring should usefully serve to protect potential investors from harm. If Waves fails, Guernsey could very well suffer unquantifiable reputational damage.

Air services between Guernsey and Jersey must remain sustainable and continue to provide regular, scheduled services which benefit the whole travelling community – and not just those who can afford the higher Waves ticket price.

Blue Islands is commencing this judicial review to end what is, purely and simply, illegal activity.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Blue Islands): Blue Islands now operates under Flybe brand. Flybe (Blue Islands) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) G-ISLK (msn 634) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940455.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: flywaves.je (Waves) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 2-CREW (msn 208B2148) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940454.

flywaves.je (Waves) Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 2-CREW (msn 208B2148) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 940454.

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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.

Blue Islands aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Blue Islands decides to codeshare with CityJet

Blue Islands (Jersey, UK) as we previously reported, is dropping its services to Amsterdam, Paris (CDG), and Zurich. Instead it will start a new codeshare agreement with CityJet (Dublin). Amsterdam (January 4, 2015), Paris (CDG) (January 5) and Zurich (December 31, 2014) are being eliminated from Jersey as the company slims its network.

London City Airport reported on their site:

“Blue Islands, the Channel Islands airline, is joining forces with one of Europe’s leading regional airlines, CityJet. This new partnership will provide those travelling from the Channel Islands with easy access to major European cities on hundreds of connecting codeshare flights every week from London City Airport through the CityJet network.”

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In a statement on wharf.co.uk, CityJet’s chief commercial officer Patrick Lukan said: “This codeshare opens a number of new European destinations for Blue Island passengers through our extensive network from London City Airport, together with increased choice, convenience and flexibility.”

Blue Islands’ managing director Rob Veron said: “Just one booking takes care of everything, passengers can check in bags to their final destination across Europe, improving the overall customer experience. Also, the extra flight to London City means there is more choice when visiting London for half day trips to the City when needed.”

The connecting flights to Amsterdam and Paris will begin on January 5, 2015.

Blue Islands is also ending its twice-weekly Zurich service on that date. Future dates for connecting flights are to be announced.
The new service between Jersey and London City will take off at 1pm and return to the island at 2.40pm.

Flight capacity between London City and Jersey will also increase by 45% when Blue Islands launch an additional lunchtime service to the capital.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 42-300 G-DRFC (msn 007) taxies at Zurich.

Blue Islands: AG Slide Show

Blue Islands to drop three routes from Jersey

Blue Islands (Guernsey) is dropping three routes from Jersey. Amsterdam (January 4, 2015), Paris (CDG) (January 5) and Zurich (December 31) are being eliminated as the company slims its network according to Airline Route.

It is unclear if this is a seasonal adjustment or a long-term adjustment.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) G-ISLI (msn 529) lands in Southampton.

Blue Islands aircraft slide show:

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Current Route Map:

Blue Islands 12.2014 Route Map

 

Blue Islands to drop the Jersey-Manchester route on June 10

Blue Islands (Guernsey) is planning to operate the last flight to and from Manchester on June 10 from Jersey per the BBC. The airline of the Channel Islands will redeploy the aircraft for its new “Blue Shuttle” (see video below) service between Guernsey and Jersey.

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Copyright Photo: Rob Skinkis/AirlinersGallery.com. Blue Islands’ ATR 42-300 G-ZEBS (msn 066) approaches Manchester Airport in Ringway, Manchester for landing.

Blue Islands: AG Slide Show

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Revised route map without Manchester:

Blue Islands 5:2013 Route Map

Blue Islands Blue Shuttle logo

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Blue Islands to add both Amsterdam and Paris on February 4, 2013

Blue Islands (blueislands.com) (formerly Rockhopper) (Guernsey) will add two new routes radiating from Jersey (Channel Islands) to Amsterdam and Paris on February 4, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. ATR 42-500 G-ISLF (msn 546) taxies at Zurich.

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Blue Islands to drop Alderney on May 9

Blue Islands (Guernsey) will drop Alderney in the Channel Islands on May 9, leaving only Aurigny to serve the island.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Please click on the photo for background information.

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