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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.

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

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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 celebrates its comeback on the London City – Antwerp route

VLM Airlines made its comeback on October 30, 2017 on the legendary route between Antwerp Airport and London City Airport.  One of VLM Airlines’ Fokker 50 took off from Antwerp Airport to the British capital.

“Today is an important milestone for our airline. We are proud to be back and we are more determined and resilient than ever before”, said Harm Prins, VLM Airlines CEO. “Everyone in the company is very happy that we are able offer again our services to the travelling public in both Antwerp and London.”

Richard Hill, Chief Commercial Officer at London City Airport said: “It’s great to see VLM Airlines return to London City, connecting our passengers with Antwerp up to four times daily. This is an important service for London – the only direct route from the UK capital to Belgium’s second largest city – and I’m sure business travellers in particular will value it greatly.”

Above Photo: VLM AIrlines. OO-VLI, one of the six Fokker 50s of VLM Airlines, received a water salute at Antwerp Airport

“The Antwerp-London City route links two of the most important economic centres in Europe.  The route has proven to be the fastest travel alternative for both business people as leisure passengers”, said Marcel Buelens, CEO of Antwerp & Ostend-Bruges Airports. “Both Antwerp Airport and London City Airport offer short check-in times, short walking distances and are both located close to the city centres.”

VLM Airlines offers three daily services in each direction on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Thursdays and Fridays there are four return flights.  On Sundays the airline will operate two services.

Antwerp and London are linked with a direct flight since 1993, first by VLM Airlines (from 1993 until 2008) then Cityjet. About one month ago the latter announced that it decided to discontinue its activities on the route by the end of the Summer season.

About VLM Airlines

The Belgian company SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is a subsidiary of the Dutch investment company SHS Aviation B.V.  SHS Aviation B.V.  is owned for 60% by Dutch investors. A minority share of 40% is held by Chinese investors. The Slovenian airline VLM Airlines d.d. is a subsidiary of SHS Antwerp Aviation.

Both SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. and VLM Airlines d.d. are developing airline activities under the common trading name ‘VLM Airlines’.

SHS Antwerp Aviation is the successor to VLM Airlines N.V. that ceased all its activities on 22nd June 2016. In September 2016, SHS Aviation acquired the remaining aircraft and all other assets of VLM Airlines N.V.

At this moment VLM Airlines employs 55 aviation professionals and has a fleet of 6 Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft. Each aircraft can carry 50 passengers. Three Fokker 50s are on the Slovenian AOC.

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