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FlyValan commences scheduled opperations

Named "Liguria" - New airline, based in Genoa

FlyValan (Genoa) was finally able to commence scheduled passenger operations on January 23, 2018 from Genoa to Trieste after being delayed from December 11, 2017. The inaugural flight received a water cannon salute (below):

The new carrier received its upgraded AOC on January 3, 2018 for its new ATR 72.

On November 27, 2017, FlyValan’s first aircraft ATR 72 -500 registred YR-FVL , named “Liguria”, touched down at 17:45 pm at Genoa International Airport.

FlyValan expects to add service to Geneva, Zurich and Brussels from Genoa.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by FlyValan): 2-DCBT became D4-CBT and YR-FVL. FlyValan (operated by FlyCompass) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) 2-DCBT (msn 747) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 939606.

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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.


Darwin Airline is insolvent, will reorganize, but it is grounded

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Darwin Airline (Lugano) has announced it will cease all scheduled operations. Instead the company will revert to being a charter airline. The ATR 72-500s (pictured) will be returned to the lessors.

In related news, the company has entered into reorganization proceedings after it was declared to be insolvent (bankrupt).

The airline had recently rebranded as Adria Switzerland in association with Adria Airways on September 16, 2017 but has encountered unfavorable market conditions.

Update: On November 28, 2017 the airline was grounded by Swiss authorities after its AOC was revoked due to financial concerns.

Copyright Photo: Etihad Regional-Darwin Airline ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) HB-ACB (msn 662) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 922532.

Air Europa to enter the inter-island Canary Islands market tomorrow

Air Europa Express (2nd) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-MSN (msn 918) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939430.

On Monday, October 30, 2017, AIr Europa is entering the inter-island market in the Canary Islands.

The airline will offer flights between Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (LPA) and Tenerife Nord (TFN), Fuerteventura (FUE) and Lanzarote (ACE) with over 25 daily flights operated by its subsidiary Air Europa Express with two 68-seat ATR 72-500s.

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Express (2nd) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-MSN (msn 918) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 939430.


FlyValan to fly from Genoa to Trieste, Geneva, Zurich, Barcelona and Brussels

Named "Liguria"

FlyValan is a new airline based in Genoa. The upstart is now planning to launch operations on November 27, 2017.

FlyValan will connect Genoa with five cities: Trieste, Zurich, Geneva, Barcelona and Brussels .

“We will first use a single aircraft, an ATR 72-500 with 68 seats and is named  ”Liguria“.

In February, the new airline will take delivery of a second airplane, and at the end of the business plan the company will have five aircraft.

FlyValan will connect Genoa with Trieste three times a week, while the remaining cities will be linked twice a week.

FlyValan’s goal is to explore new routes, which are underserved or unserved.

FlyValan isn’t a low-cost category but rather it’s a ‘boutique airline’. Fly Valan is different from other companies, primarily by:

  • having a qualified, Italian-speaking crew;
  • special on-board travel retail that features the diversity and trends of local businesses. These businesses, in turn, will be able to discover a new way of communication and cooperation with international clients who will soon arrive in Liguria on FlyValan Company aircrafts;
  • The FlyValan Magazine, which will be published every four months. This magazine will inform the clients about events taking place in Liguria and will also reveal the secrets of these beautiful lands, as to promote exciting information about them and their establishment on the market.


The beginning of our flights will be held on November 27.

FXP121 GOA BRU 07:45 10:00
FXP122 BRU GOA 10:50 13:05
FXP131 GOA BCN 18:30 20:20
FXP132 BCN GOA 21:10 23:00
FXP241 GOA TRS 07:40 09:10
FXP242 TRS GOA 10:00 11:30
FXP441 GOA TRS 07:45 09:15
FXP442 TRS GOA 10:05 11:35
FXP421 GOA BRU 17:00 19:15
FXP422 BRU GOA 20:10 22:25
FXP531 GOA BCN 06:55 08:45
FXP532 BCN GOA 09:50 11:40
FXP541 GOA TRS 14:00 15:30
FXP542 TRS GOA 16:20 17:50


* Please note that due to the involvement of the aviation authorities, the starting date of the operations is subject to change.

Copyright Photo: FlyValan (operated by FlyCompass) ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) 2-DCBT (msn 747) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 939606.


Finnair acquires the remaining 60% of Nordic Regional Airlines AB (Norra)

Norra - Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATK (msn 848) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 937419.

Finnair has acquired 60% of Nordic Regional Airlines AB (Norra) from Staffpoint Holding Oy (StaffPoint) and Kilco Oy (Kilco). Finnair currently owns 40% of the company, and following the transaction Norra will transfer full ownership to Finnair on an interim basis. The transaction has no impact on Norra’s operations or personnel.

Norra operates Finnair’s domestic and European routes as purchase traffic with a total of 24 ATR and Embraer aircraft. Following the changes in StaffPoint’s ownership base disclosed on 5 October 2017, StaffPoint and Kilco have decided to withdraw from the ownership of Norra. Finnair aims to find a new majority owner for Norra.

”Recent years have shown that the partnership model can be successful in domestic and regional purchase traffic. Our aim is to find a new, industrial partner to develop Norra’s business further with us,” says Finnair COO ­Jaakko Schildt.

The transaction requires approval by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority.

Copyright Photo: Norra – Nordic Regional Airlines ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) OH-ATK (msn 848) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 937419.


Binter Canarias to establish Binter CV in the Cape Verde Islands

Binter Canarias ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-LFA (msn 902) LPA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 927665.

Binter Canarias has announced it will establish a new subsidiary in the Cape Verde Islands with the name of Binter CV.

The new subsidiary will initially operate with two ATR 72-500s that the company is phasing out for newer ATR 72-600s.

The fleet is expected to grow to four or five aircraft.

According to Binter, “It is expected that in the coming weeks Binter CV will obtain from the Cape Verdean authorities an operator’s certificate in order to begin offering inter-island flights in the African archipelago, where it plans to replicate the existing system of air transport in the Canary Islands, in order to contribute to its development bringing the experience of more than 27 years of connecting islands. It is anticipated that its workforce will made up of more than 80 people, mostly professionals in Cape Verde, many of whom have already passed through the Canary Islands Binter facilities for training.”

Binter’s relationship with Cape Verde began in 2012, when it started operating direct flights between the two archipelagos.

Copyright Photo: Binter Canarias ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-LFA (msn 902) LPA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 927665.



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