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InselAir suspends operations

InselAir Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 PJ-KVM (msn 20288) CUR (Ton Jochems). Image: 931452.

InselAir made this announcement:

First on February 10:

Since Sunday afternoon February 2, Insel has been experiencing operational issues with its Fokker aircraft. Although the Fokker aircraft is airworthy, issues were identified during an audit done in cooperation with the Department of Transportation (CCAA). Last Saturday, it was decided by InselAir, due to the uncertainties surrounding the operations, it was best to postpone the operation of its Fokker aircraft until further notice.

Later on February 11 it updated the situation:

Unfortunately at the moment booking a ticket through our Website or any other Sales channel is not possible until further notice.

Please keep in mind that passengers who have already booked a ticket to and from St.Maarten are protected on the Corendon Dutch Airlines flight.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience.

If we have any update about the situation we will inform you through our social media channels.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): InselAir Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 PJ-KVM (msn 20288) CUR (Ton Jochems). Image: 931452.

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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

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

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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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Icelandair to operate two Boeing 767-300s, Air Iceland to become a new Bombardier Q400 operator

Icelandair Group (Icelandair and Air Iceland) (Reykjavik) has announced Icelandair will operate two Boeing 767-300s. The Group has also announced plans to replace Air Iceland’s aging Fokker 50 fleet with newer Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) aircraft. The Group issued this statement:

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The Board of Directors of Icelandair Group has decided to update the fleet policies of the subsidiaries Icelandair and Air Iceland.

All five Fokker 50 aircraft that Air Iceland operates will be sold and three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 will replace it. After that Air Iceland will operate five aircraft, three Bombardier Q400 and two Q200. The Q400 aircraft can seat 74 passengers while the Fokker 50 takes 50 passengers.

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The airline’s operations will be simplified and optimised as number of aircraft decrease and synergies will increase as all aircraft will be from the same manufacturer. As the Q400 is faster and has a longer range,

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Air Iceland Route Map: Air Iceland flies domestically in Iceland and adjacently to Greenland.

Air Iceland sees opportunities in new markets. The company will be better equipped to service the domestic market as the aircraft are larger and travel time will be shorter. The airline aims to increase the number of foreign tourists on board its aircraft going forward.

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In 2015 Icelandair will operate 23 Boeing 757-200 that take 183 passengers and one 757-300 that takes 220 passengers. The company owns 22 of those aircraft and leases two that will be redelivered this autumn.

Above Copyright Photo: Boeing 757-208 TF-FIN (msn 28989) taxies at London (Heathrow). LHR is a likely place where the larger Boeing 767-300 would be utilized along with New York (JFK).

 

It has been decided that they will be replaced with two Boeing 767-300 aircraft that take 260 passengers that will be added to the route network as of the spring of 2016. Larger aircraft are more feasible due to high load factors on many routes all year round and limited number of landing slots on certain airports. The increase of the fleet in the last few years has made it more economical to have more than one size of aircraft in the fleet. The Boeing 767 aircraft is similar to the 757 in terms of maintenance and crew training and the airline has experience in operating that type.

 

Above Copyright Photo: Daniel White – Bruce Drum Collection. Icelandair is very familiar with the Boeing 767-300 as subsidiary Loftleidir Icelandic has been a past operator of the type. Boeing 767-3Y0 ER TF-FIA (msn 24953) taxies at Sanford (SFB).

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Icelandair Group’s subsidiary, Loftleidir Icelandic, has operated 767 aircraft in leasing projects that have been maintained by Icelandair. The aircraft has longer range than the 757 which will create new opportunities for the route network.

It has not been decided whether the new aircraft will be purchased or leased.

Bjorgolfur Johannsson, President and CEO of Icelandair Group: “Operating one type of aircraft has been very economical for Icelandair but when the route network and the fleet reaches a certain size it becomes more feasible to have a broader range of aircraft in the fleet. High load factors all year round and limited number of landing slots on certain airports also support this decision. In terms of Air Iceland a simpler and more economical fleet will make the operations better as crew training will be simpler.

We foresee further growth opportunities in the coming years with these changes to the fleet policy for passenger aircraft. Both the Boeing 767 and Q400 aircraft can service markets that the current fleet cannot, which will enable us to go into new markets and connect them to the current route network.”

Top Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. The five Fokker F.27 Mk. 050s (Fokker 50s) will be sold. Flugfelag Islands-Air Iceland Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 TF-JMO (msn 20205) lands at the Reykjavik (RKV) base.

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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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