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Orange Air operates charter flights for the U.S. government

Orange Air DC-9-82 N918AV (white)(Grd) SFB (Orange Air)(LRW)

Orange Air, LLC (Sanford) is a relatively new FAR 121 Air Carrier located at the Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, FL (north of Orlando).

The charter airline received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on June 3, 2014. On June 10, 2014 it operated its first charter flight.

Mission Statement:

Orange Air strives to be a leading service provider of passenger air charter for Commercial Customers, US and International Government Agencies and US Defense Contractors providing the safest, most reliable, highest quality service and to be the most competitive 121 non-scheduled airline in the industry.

Copyright Photo: Orange Air. The crews stand in front of the first aircraft, former Belle Air McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) N918AV (msn 49104, ex ZA-ARD).

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Safair to get into the scheduled airline business as FlySafair starting on October 17 (now delayed)

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Safair (Johannesburg) has been operating for other carriers and as a charter airline since March 18, 1970. Now the company is venturing into the tough scheduled airline business under the FlySafair banner. The low-fare airline will start flying 165-seat Boeing 737-400s on October 17 between Johannesburg and Cape Town (see below for an update).

Safair Fleet (Safair)(LR)

The airline issued this statement about FlySafair:

Although FlySafair is a brand new low-cost passenger airline or, as we prefer to say “a high value airline”, it already boasts a proud heritage.

Founded by Safair, probably South Africa’s best known air logistics and specialized air services company, FlySafair was born from a company that already has 48 years of experience. We like to think of ourselves as South Africa’s oldest newest airline.

During that time, we have reliably and successfully transported medical supplies and food relief into inaccessible territories for the United Nations, the World Food Program (WFP) and a host of other international aid agencies.

It’s all in a days work for us to transport aid to Angola, adventurers to Antarctica, parachutists to Phalaborwa, rhinos to remote bushveld runways and sharks to Singapore (the Hammerhead variety).

We’ve carried freight around the world, flown in teams of people wherever and whenever they were needed and supplied back-up passenger and freight airplanes to commercial airlines on a regular basis.

You could say we’re a company of adventurers. We prefer to think that we exist for the sheer love of flying.

Because we’ve been around for over four and a half decades, we’ve got a certain old-world quality you won’t find on other low cost airlines.

We think the kind of person who will fly with us at FlySafair is someone who appreciates quality, good old fashioned values and attention to detail.

But most of all, we believe the people who come with us are the kind of people who still love flying.

So please, if you’re looking for an efficient, professional, reliable, low cost high value airline offering exceptional rates and good service welcome aboard FlySafair.

We guarantee it will be a breath of fresh air for you.

The airline is also holding a “Your Name on a Plane” contest:

“Normally airlines name their planes after historical events, natural wonders, or famous people. We thought we’d name our planes after someone really important. You.”

Update: On October 8, the North Gauteng High Court issued a court interdict preventing the airline from launching operations between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The interdict was a result of a complaint by Comair (British Airways) which challenged the ability of Safair to operate scheduled service. The court also order Comair to honor the FlySafair tickets.

CEO Dave Andrew of FlySafair stated the new airline will shelve all plans until the issue is settled in court and issue refunds.

Here is the full statement:

Dear Passengers,

Thank you once again for your continued patience during this temporary
setback. Your messages of support have been greatly appreciated and we value
the time you have taken to communicate with us in such a positive manner.

As part of our commitment to communicating with you openly and honestly,
allow me to update you on what is happening at the moment.

As per the court interdict granted on Tuesday, FlySafair will be refunding all
tickets purchased. In fact, we have already completed and credited all credit card
transactions through our payment gateway. We are also in conversation with all
the major banks to ensure that these payments reflect timeously in our
passengers’ accounts.

We are steadily making our way through the EFT refunds for the remaining
passengers. Some of those payments are still outstanding as we’re waiting for
confirmation from a few passengers regarding their banking details. If you are
waiting for an EFT refund, please ensure that you have shared your details with
us either via our Central Reservations on 087 135 1351 or email

As per the court order, the process from here is that Comair must accommodate
FlySafair’s passengers, honouring the ticket prices and dates of travel as agreed
to with FlySafair. Passengers are requested to contact Comair’s call centre on on
010 492 2230 or email reaccommodations@comair.co.za and they will assist.

We trust this letter provides further clarity on the situation FlySafair is currently
faced with. We appreciate your support and look forward to taking to the South
African skies in the near future.

Should you have any questions not relating to rebooking or refund procedures,
you are, as always, welcome to contact me at dave@safair.co.za.


Dave Andrew
CEO – FlySafair

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Lakeshore Express to operate from Pontiac to Chicago Midway starting on June 6

Lakeshore Express Aviation is moving its base from Chicago (Midway) (MDW) to Pontiac, Michigan (Oakland County International Airport) (PTK) near Detroit. The charter airline will start scheduled passenger services between Pontiac and Chicago Midway on June 6 with four roundtrips per week according to the carrier’s website. The flights will depart from the Atlantic Aviation facility at MDW on the south side. Flights will depart from the private terminal at PTK on the southwest side of the airport.

Flights are operated by Pentastar Aviation Charter (Pontiac) using this 30-seat SAAB 340B. A service between Chicago (Midway) and Pellston, Michigan began in June 2011.

The current schedule between Chicago (Midway) and Pellston:

Lakeshore Express schedule

Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Formerly operated by Colgan Air, SAAB 340B N9CJ (msn 224) is now painted in the colors of Lakeshore Express.

Lakeshore Express SAAB 340B over Chicago

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Small Planet Airlines is retiring its last two Boeing 737-300s with newer Airbus A320s

Small Planet Airlines (formerly FlyLAL Charters) (Vilnius) is expanding its charter fleet. It is billing itself as the fastest growing charter airline in Europe. The charter airline is leasing five additional Airbus A320s. The first A320 was added in April 2011. The remaining two aging Boeing 737-300s should be retired at the end of the current summer season.

The current fleet serves the Polish charter market along with the UK, France and Lithuania. Small Planet Airlines works with the major tour operators to bring holiday travelers to Greece, Spain, Turkey, Egypt and other sunny destinations. The company also charters flights for the government, sport teams and private customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Formerly operated by Air Astana, Airbus A320-232 P4-UAS is becoming LY-SPB (msn 2987) with Small Planet. All other images and photos below from Small Planet.

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CanJet Airlines considers long-range scheduled operations

CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax), a division of IMP Group Limited, is a full-service charter airline. The airline is now considering scheduled operations again.

According to this report by The Province, the charter airline’s first priority is formalize a new long-range flying contract with Air Transat (Montreal). Failing that, the airline is considering operating scheduled flights between Canada and the European Union, Antigua and Barbuda, Costa Rica and Barbados.

CanJet currently operates its Boeing 737-800s mainly for Air Transat (Montreal). Now Air Transat, as we previously reported, is considering operating their own Boeing 737s.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 737-81Q WL C-FXGG (msn 29051) climbs away from the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Ryan International decides to liquidate, shuts down and terminates all employees

Ryan International Airlines (Rockford) yesterday (January 11) reversed its bankruptcy reorganization path from reorganization (Chapter 11) to liquidation (Chapter 7). The charter airline suddenly shut down and laid off all of its employees. The airline is still talking with prospective investors but it is a long shot for the airline to restart operations.

The airline went into Chapter 11 reorganization in March 2012. Previously the company was established by Ron Ryan in Wichita, KS and started operations on March 3, 1973 as Ryan Aviation. In 2005 the company was sold to the Rubloff Development Group which moved the company to Rockford (near Chicago) in 2006.

Read the full report from Channel 13 in Rockford: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 757-2G5 N929RD (msn 23929) at Miami displays the 2004 livery of the company.

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Fly Marianas to operate from Guam with this single Airbus A320

Fly Marianas (Guam) is the new charter airline division of Fly Micronesia. Fly Micronesia LLC used to do business as Fly Guam. However Fly Guam only operated from March 2011 until December 2011 with a Boeing 737-400 wet-leased from Sky King Airlines (Lakeland).

The first Airbus A320, the pictured former TACA A320-233 EI-TAB (msn 1624), is currently being prepared at Goodyear, Arizona (near Phoenix) for delivery to Guam.

The charter airline intends to operate from Guam to Japan and China as well as local island services.

Read more from the Saipan Tribune: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. EI-TAB is pictured at Goodyear.

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Hello suspends all operations and files for bankruptcy

Hello (Zurich) today (October 21) suspended all operations and filed for bankruptcy protection. Previously the company launched operations on August 6, 2004. The charter airline issued the following statement:

The airline Hello has temporarily stopped its flight operations. Reasons are the cancellation of large contracts, a dwindling tourism business and high fuel costs. Additionally there were serious errors of an executive manager in the finance department. Hello operated 4 Airbus A320 aircraft with approximately 140 employees. A social plan is in place.

The management and board of Hello AG have decided, to temporarily cease operation of the airline on Sunday night, 23.00 on 21st of October. Up until that point, all efforts to recapitalize the company have failed. All aircraft are currently on the ground in Switzerland. The management was able to avoid an uncontrolled breakdown of the operation. Tour Operators are informed and are already looking for alternative travel opportunities for their clients. For the approximately 140 employees a social plan in place. Also a care team is ready to support them.

The reason for the bankruptcy is the financial implosion of two large French customers, ever higher fuel costs and the strong Swiss Franc, which led to the cancellation of a large contract with TUI Germany. Also there is an increasingly fierce competition in the tourism business.

Additionally, there were serious booking keeping errors by the former Chief Financial Officer. He has left the company at the end of September. All the business figures supplied to the board and the management on a weekly and monthly basis turned out to have been incorrect. Therefore, management and board were convinced that there was sufficient funding available. However, this was not the case. A detailed assessment of the figures by the new CFO uncovered this situation. All efforts to find additional liquidity yielded no results.

The board of directors and the management are very disappointed and are regretful of this situation.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Airbus A320-214 HB-JIZ (msn 936) taxies at the Zurich base.


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Strategic Airlines ends operations in Luxembourg

Strategic Airlines (Luxembourg) lost its major tour operator, Olympic Holidays, on October 3, 2012, forcing the company to go into administration (bankruptcy) the following day. The airline has suspended operations. The charter airline was operating three Airbus A320s. This ends the use of the Strategic Airlines brand unless the airline can find new investors. The company started operations in October 2010.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Airbus A320-212 LX-STC (msn 420) approaches Gatwick Airport near London.

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RayaJet of Jordan to add its first Airbus A320

RayaJet (Amman) was launched in April 2005 as a charter airline specializing in serving both Amman and Aqaba in Jordan with business jet aircraft.

Now the company is getting ready to lease its first airliner from ILFC.

The former Spanair Airbus A320-232 EI-EUS (msn 1497, ex EC-HXA) is pictured arriving back at Dublin Airport, after it was repainted by Eirtech Aviation at Shannon Airport.

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle.

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