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VLM Airlines shuts down again, will be liquidated

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VLM Airlines (Antwerp) on August 31, 2018 ceased all operations again following a decision by its shareholders for the airline to go into liquidation.

The airline had recently (October 30, 2017) restarted operations. It originally began operations in May 1993.

The company issued this statement:

SHS Aviation B.V., the majority shareholder of the N.V. SHS Antwerp Aviation (VLM), on August 31, 2018 decided at an extraordinary general assembly to dissolve the Belgian airline and to liquidate it.

Earlier this month it was announced that VLM would discontinue the connections to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cologne-Bonn, Maribor, Munich and Rostock and that VLM would henceforth focus on business charter flights and the Antwerp-London City Airport and Antwerp-Zurich routes. Also the scheduled flights from Antwerp to London City and Zurich are now cancelled.

The settlement takes effect immediately. Youri Steverlynck and Birgitta Van Itterbeek (Monard Law) were appointed as liquidators. They are responsible for the contacts with potential buyers.

SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is a subsidiary of the Dutch investment company SHS Aviation B.V., which is owned 60% by Dutch investors and 40% by Chinese investors. SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is developing airline activities under the trading name ‘VLM’. VLM employs 85 people.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by VLM): VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLQ (msn 20159) ((25 Years – Antwerp – London City) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943352.

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VLM to focus on scheduled flights from Antwerp to London City and Zurich and will expand charter activities

SHS Aviation B.V., the parent company of VLM, has decided to temporarily reduce its scheduled flights activities and to focus on the Antwerp-London City Airport and Antwerp-Zurich scheduled routes.

In addition, the airline will also deploy its aircraft more for private, charter and ACMI flights*. VLM has decided to place one aircraft with fixed crew in the market with The Aviation Factory, the market leader in the Benelux for customized air transport.

“The current aviation industry is so dynamic that it is common for destinations and flight frequencies to be constantly evaluated and adapted according to the season, the performance of existing routes and new opportunities that arise on the market. The existing routes are also continuously monitored at VLM. The available aircraft capacity is then deployed on routes and activities that are more in demand and that are profitable”, says VLM CEO Johan Maertens.

The connections from Antwerp to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cologne-Bonn, Maribor, Munich and Rostock will therefore be stopped in the coming weeks and the planned routes from Antwerp and Ostend-Bruges to Manchester will be postponed. Passengers who have already booked for a flight after the termination dates will be informed personally as soon as possible and will receive a full refund of their ticket.

 

Johan Maertens adds: “At the same time, we will also implement a fleet reduction. It is no secret that we are preparing the replacement of the Fokker 50 aircraft for some time now. The expected commissioning of the new aircraft is planned for the second half of 2019.”
* An ACMI contract is a rental agreement between two airlines whereby one company (lessor) delivers an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI = aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) and the lessee generally assume all other operational costs and obligations. The lessee is also responsible for sales and marketing and pays the lessor a fee for the performed flight hours.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLQ (msn 20159) ((25 Years – Antwerp – London City) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 942000.

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VLM Airlines announces three new destinations: Aberdeen, Cologne-Bonn Airport and Rostock

VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLQ (msn 20159) LCY (SPA). Image: 927865.

VLM Airlines will expand its network by adding Aberdeen, Cologne-Bonn Airport and Rostock to its destinations list.

The Belgian airline will operate from June 4, 2018 onwards three weekly return flights between Antwerp and Scotland. On Mondays VLM Airlines will offer a direct flight in both directions. On Wednesdays and Fridays the new route will be operated as a triangle service Antwerp-Aberdeen-Birmingham-Antwerp (passengers traveling from Aberdeen to Antwerp can continue their journey to Antwerp after a short 30 minutes turnaround in Birmingham).

The Antwerp-based airline will also operate five weekly flights from Antwerp to the German airports of Cologne/Bonn and Rostock. The route to Cologne/Bonn and Rostock will be flown on all days except Wednesdays and Fridays.

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VLM Airlines to restore its route to Birmingham

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VLM Airlines (flyvlm) will add the seasonal daily Antwerp – Birmingham route on March 26 until October 27, 2018. This is a resumption for the airline.

This is the second UK route for the company.

Top Copyright Photo: VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLI (msn 20226) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 940791.

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VLM Airlines adds Munich and Maribor to its network from Antwerp

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On February 12, 2018 a Fokker 50 from VLM Airlines departed from Antwerp Airport to Munich. Afterwards, the plane set off for the city of Maribor in Slovenia. Initially, the new routes will be flown once a day from Monday to Friday. At the start of the official summer season, VLM Airlines will offer from March 26, 2018 on weekdays two daily frequencies on the Antwerp-Munich route. Thanks to this excellent morning-evening schedule, business travellers and tourists can get the most out of their stay.

The launch of the route to Birmingham which was supposed to also occur on the same day has been postponed to the beginning of the Summer season due to changes in the planning of the maintenance of the engines.

For the first time, Antwerp is now officially linked to Maribor, the second operational base of VLM Airlines via Munich. Although the Oktoberfest may well be the most famous event in Munich, the elegant Bavarian capital has much more to offer than beer. It is a city of tradition with a modern touch and a very large cultural offer, where boutiques, tasty cuisine and edgy subcultures flourish in the shade of the Frauenkirche.

Maribor is Slovenia’s second largest city and is renowned as the city with the oldest vine in the world. In 2012 and 2013, the city was respectively the European Capital of Culture and European Youth Capital. This year, Maribor is European Sports City and European Capital of the Social Economy. Maribor’s favourable geographical location in the vicinity of four transport corridors has a positive impact on the economic development of the region. Although Maribor is one of the tourist hotspots in Europe, the region is a real gem that has not yet been flooded by large groups of tourists. With its nearby ski resorts, Maribor is one of the most interesting sports destinations in Europe. Many national teams are organising training camps there.

 

Winter Season Schedule

Antwerp – Maribor until March 23, 2018

 Route  Departure  Arrival Flight days *
 Antwerp – Maribor** 10:10 14:20 12345–
 Maribor – Antwerp ** 14:50      19:10 12345–

 

Antwerp – Munich until March 23, 2018

 Route  Departure  Arrival Flight days *
 Antwerp – Munich 10:10 12:15 12345–
 Munich – Antwerp 17:00 19:10 12345–

 

Munich – Maribor until March 23, 2018

 Route  Departure  Arrival Flight days *
 Maribor – Munich 14:50 16:30 12345–
 Munich – Maribor 12:45 14:20 12345–

 

Summer Season Schedule

Antwerp – Munich from March 26 to October 26, 2018

 Route  Departure  Arrival Flight days *
 Antwerp – Munich 06:45 08:45 12345–
 Antwerp – Munich 17:30 19:10 12345–
 Munich – Antwerp 13:25 15:35 12345–
 Munich – Antwerp 19:40 21:50 12345–

 

Munich – Maribor from March 26 to October 26, 2018

 Route  Departure  Arrival Flight days *
 Maribor – Munich 11:15 12:55 12345–
 Munich – Maribor 09:10 10:45 12345–

 

Antwerp – Maribor from March 26 to October 26, 2018

 Route  Departure  Arrival Flight days *
 Antwerp – Maribor** 06:45 10:45 12345–
 Maribor – Antwerp ** 11:15 15:35 12345–

* 1 = Monday, 2= Tuesday, 3 = Wednesday, 4 = Thursday, 5 = Friday, 6 = Saturday and 7 = Sunday.

** including a short stop-over in Munich

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VLM Airlines to launch a new route between Antwerp and Zurich

VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLQ (msn 20159) LCY (SPA). Image: 927865.

VLM Airlines has announced it will introduce an Antwerp to Zurich air service from  January 22, 2018.  The airline is offering two daily services with a Fokker 50 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

The route between Zurich, one of the major financial centers in the world, and Antwerp is a missing link on Europe’s aviation map. Antwerp is Europe’s second largest seaport, the diamond capital of the world and also the second largest petrochemical center in the world. Both Zurich and Antwerp are playing a key role in the European economy.

Copyright Photo: VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLQ (msn 20159) LCY (SPA). Image: 927865.

VLM Airlines declares bankruptcy and shuts down

VLM Airlines declares bankruptcy and shuts down

On June 22, 2016 VLM Airlines declared it was filing for bankruptcy and ceased all operations. The closure came after the People’s Viennaline announced it was canceling its ACMI contract with VLM due to its non-performance.

The carrier originally commenced operations in May 1993 as the “Wings of Flanders”.

Copyright Photo: VLM Airlines Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 OO-VLQ (msn 20159) LCY (SPA). Image: 927865.

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VLM expands again with new routes, from Ireland to Italy

VLM Airlines (Antwerp) is expanding again. As previously reported, the carrier will start Rotterdam-Hamburg flights on April 13 and Antwerp-Hamburg service on April 20.

This will now be followed on April 27 with new routes from Birmingham and London (Luton) to Waterford, Ireland.

Starting on May 1 the newly revitalized airline will add four new routes from Liege, namely to Avignon, Bologna, Nice and Venice.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 (Fokker 50) OO-VLX (msn 20177) sits at Rotterdam between flights.

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VLM Airlines to expand operations in April

VLM Airlines (Antwerp) in April is launching new daily scheduled flights between Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Hamburg (Germany) and between Antwerp (Belgium) and Hamburg.

The move continues VLM Airlines’ evolution as a scheduled operator, building on the launch of an Antwerp-Geneva service last month.

Passengers will be able to choose from two return Rotterdam-Hamburg flights each weekday from Monday April 13. Twice-daily return weekday flights between Antwerp and Hamburg will begin flying on Monday April 20. Both services will utilize VLM Airlines’ fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft.

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VLM Airlines signs LOI for two Sukhoi Superjet LR aircraft, will take delivery in April 2015

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VLM Airlines (Antwerp) under its new management ownership group has issued this statement:

VLM Airlines and aircraft lessor Ilyushin Finance Company (IFC) (Moscow) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) that will see the airline become the first European operator of the long-range Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR (SSJ100 LR) regional aircraft (below).

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Image: VLM Airlines. This new image confirms VLM Airlines will go back to a basic version of its colorful dark blue 2004 livery.

VLM Airlines has selected the SSJ100 LR to spearhead the company’s launch of regional scheduled services in 2015, with details of its route network to be announced.

Under the terms of the LOI, VLM Airlines will take delivery of two SSJ100 LR aircraft in April 2015 under a 12-year operating lease, with options for two further aircraft. The deal also includes purchase rights for ten aircraft.

Arthur White, CEO of VLM Airlines, says: “While VLM Airlines will continue offering ACMI and charter services with our Fokker 50 fleet, we see an exciting opportunity as a niche scheduled operator. The Sukhoi Superjet 100 LR fits our new strategy perfectly, with its exceptional efficiency and performance, advanced fly-by-wire technologies and spacious cabin.

“We looked at a number of aircraft types in the 100-seat range to see which would give the best passenger experience, flexibility in short-to-medium range destinations and low operating costs – the SSJ100 LR won hands down. It has been great working with IFC and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and I am looking forward to a mutually profitable long-term relationship.”

Alexander Rubtsov, CEO of IFC, comments: “This is a significant deal for IFC and the Sukhoi SSJ programme, as it represents our first customer in Europe, which we are delighted about. After intense competition and a detailed review, we are extremely pleased that VLM Airlines has chosen to base its future operation on the SSJ100 LR. We believe the aircraft will not only enable VLM Airlines to exceed its growth plans but will also give Europe a live insight into the excellent capabilities and passenger appeal of the Sukhoi SSJ, which represents a truly cost-effective regional aircraft solution.”

The SSJ100, Russia’s first serially manufactured passenger airliner, is a 103-seat regional jet designed and manufactured by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi. The aircraft performed its maiden flight in 2008 and entered into service in 2011. The operating range of the long-range variant joining the VLM Airlines fleet is 2,470 nm (4,578 km), while the standard aircraft’s operating range is 1,645 nm (3,048 km). The SSJ100 is powered by two SaM146 turbofan engines manufactured by PowerJet, a joint venture between Snecma and NPO Saturn. There are currently over 40 SSJ100 aircraft being operated successfully around the world and the type is certified by a number of regulatory authorities including EASA.

In other news, Red Wings Airlines will lease three Sukhoi Superset 100s. The aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2014.

Red Wings plans to operate the SSJ100 from Moscow to Ufa, Makhachkala, Chelyabinsk, Sochi and Mineralnye Vody.

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