Atlantic Star Airlines (London), the would-be airline that wants to advertise and operate charter flights between the United Kingdom and St. Helena Island in the Atlantic Ocean has announced a delay. The island is expected to have a new airport that is due to open next year. However the proposed airline has now announced a delay in the sale of tickets for the proposed new service. The paper airline issued this statement:
Atlantic Star Airlines must regretfully announce that there will be a delay to the sale of tickets on their first charter flights between the UK and St Helena planned for Easter 2016.
We realise that this will come as a considerable disappointment to the many Saints, potential visitors and tourism businesses on St. Helena who have been waiting for seats on these flights to become available to purchase.
Atlantic Star had entered in to partnership with Titan Airways of Stansted to operate the flights. Detailed negotiations had been been concluded and a draft agreement reached. However we received notification this week that Titan have unilaterally declared all agreements void and are no longer willing to operate the services. It goes without saying that we feel extremely let down.
Clearly this is a major setback and we now find ourselves in the position of needing to identify a new charter provider in a shorter timeframe. As a consequence we find ourselves unavoidably forced to “stop the clock” on the countdown to ticket sales. We know how disappointed many people reading this release will be and we are hard at work engaging a replacement airline for the charter programme. This will take time, and we will keep our future customers and trade partners informed as and when it is appropriate to do so.
Our passion for St.Helena as a destination remains undimmed, and we maintain our belief that direct flights to and from the UK are desirable as well as operationally and financially feasible.
Richard Brown, Andy Radford and Aiden Walsh
The Atlantic Star Leadership Team.
Titan Airways (London-Stansted) has retired its last BAe RJ100 after a long association with the UK-built 146 series of aircraft. The airline issued this statement:
Titan Airways RJ100, G-POWF, left the fleet to begin a new role with Canadian operator, North Cariboo Air.
G-POWF, which had been with us for two and a half years, had most recently been employed on a government contract in the Gulf region. The RJ100 superseded Titan Airways’ BAe 146 operations in the Gulf which dated back to 2009.
The role previously fulfilled by Titan is now being taken over by the RAF’s own aircraft.
The departure of the RJ100 is a step in Titan’s long term strategy to operate more modern, economical and environmentally friendly aircraft. In addition to the phasing out of older aircraft types, we have begun actively seeking younger, more efficient aircraft. An Airbus A320-233 was introduced in April and we are looking for further opportunities to expand our charter fleet with Airbus.
Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati Collection. Titan Airways has had a long association with the BAe 146 and its various models. The type has also had a number of liveries. BAe 146-200 G-ZAPN (msn E2119) sports one of those unique color schemes.
Titan Airways (London-Stansted) has become a privately-owned company. The airline which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, issued this statement:
Titan Airways has become a fully privately owned business. The business is now owned outright by managing director and founder, Gene Willson, who recently bought out long term investors 3i.
Originally holding a 37% stake in Titan’s parent company, Hagondale, 3i’s ownership was reduced to 22% last March and the remaining balance of shares were purchased at the end of last year.
Mr Willson said, “We are extremely pleased to achieve this milestone in such a significant year – our 25th birthday. 3i have been a very supportive partner but completing the purchase of their shares provides us with full control of our long-term development plans for the airline. The additional shareholding also gives us the flexibility for further business opportunities.”
When Titan Airways was founded in 1988 it was a two man operation operating a single light aircraft, a Cessna 404 Titan. Today we have grown into one of the UK’s most successful charter airlines with 250 staff and a versatile fleet of 12 aircraft, ranging from a 6 seat Citation CJ2+ to a 265 seat Boeing 767-300 (see above). A 13th aircraft, an Airbus A320-233, will be joining the fleet in the spring.
Mr Willson, who still regularly captains several of the aircraft types in the Titan Airways fleet, believes our success can be attributed to our ability to deliver bespoke services with exacting attention to detail to a diverse customer base.
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. Boeing 767-36N ER G-POWD (msn 30847) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).
G-ZAPU taxies at Manchester with the new titles. Copyright Photo: Nik French.
Titan Airways (London-Stansted) has added “Pixie Lott” (Victoria Louise Lott) titles to its Boeing 757-2Y0 G-ZAPU (msn 26151) for the upcoming Baby-G tour. Pixie will be introducing her “Turn it Up” album on September 14.
For those that are uninformed here is a picture of the English singer-songwriter:
Snowjet (London) is a charter tour operator which specializes in getting skiers to the slopes. Starting on December 12 it will use Thomson Airways and Titan Airways to operate from UK airports to Chambery and Sion.
Titan Airways (London-Stansted) is celebrating its 21st Anniversary this year. It was established in January 1988 and started as an air taxi on February 1, 1988. In December 2009 it will lease a 265-seat Boeing 767-300 ER from GECAS for seven years.