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Tomas Chlumecky

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Transatlantic Fuel Efficiency in 2017 was won by Norwegian Air Shuttle at 33% above average, the worst was British Airways 22% below average, time for more fuel efficient aircraft at BA to get competitive? Meanwhile Norwegians huge new aircraft acquisition strategy is really paying off now.

      https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Survey reveals disparity in transatlantic fuel efficiency   Sep 12, 2018  Alan Dron| ATW Plus     Norwegian Air Shuttle was the most fuel-efficient airline on North Atlantic routes in 2017, according to a new study. The LCC turned a 63% better fuel-burn figure than the worst operator, British Airways (BA). The survey, … Continue reading

St. Lucia enters the 21st century with the airport its visitors need – and deserve. Once again a small nation is using Taiwanese foreign aid to fund some big project. Taiwan has lost diplomatic ties with El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Burkina Faso this year alone, and is now down to 17 small states globally that recognize Taiwan (Republic of China) in the UN over the PRC (People’s Republic of China). Sadly Taiwan is desperate and cannot match the economic might of the PRC so it sticks with mostly small island nations in the Caribbean and the Pacific (plus Paraguay, Swaziland, Holy See-Vatican City) which take advantage of Taiwan’s deteriorating diplomatic isolation by “milking” Taiwan’s foreign aid on big projects in exchange for their UN recognition of the island state, which is considered to be a “renegade” Province by the PRC, that will be reunited with the mainland one day “hell or high water”.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     St Lucia enters the 21st century with the airport its visitors need – and deserve  Antonia Windsor, destination expert – The Telegraph – 12 SEPTEMBER 2018 • It has been a project 20 years in the planning with a number of false starts, but a redevelopment of St Lucia’s international airport is finally … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       INTERVIEW: Pedro Heilbron, chief executive, Copa Airlines 12 SEPTEMBER, 2018 SOURCE: FLIGHT AIRLINE BUSINESS BY: GHIM-LAY YEO PANAMA CITY   Tomas’s Comment: COPA’s CEO Pedro Heilbron has done a great job with COPA, he is one of the best airline CEO’s in the world for sure. He shows what good … Continue reading

Opinion: China’s Misguided Grab For Aerospace IP

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   China’s new 5th generation fighter, J-20   Opinion: China’s Misguided Grab For Aerospace IP May 2, 2018  – Richard Aboulafia| Aviation Week & Space Technology   The U.S.’s biggest aerospace export market is China. It also has an extraordinary and growing aerospace trade surplus with China. According to U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) numbers, … Continue reading

Elite Airways Returns to Long Island While Frontier Enhances Florida Service

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A new low cost carrier being formed out of Basel, Switzerland, Swiss Skies? In 2017, 79 new airlines were started in Europe while 25 shut down, some of them few even noticed (e.g. Fly Kiss, Sea Air and Citywing), it is a tough business, but they keep coming with big dreams, it is all good, dream big but be realistic and take it step by step, it is not a race, go too fast and you risk failure as routes take time to become profitable.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Europe may be getting a new budget airline (with a Ryanair pilot at the helm) Basel is said to be the base of the new budget carrier   Hugh Morris, travel news editor – The Telegraph -10 SEPTEMBER 2018     A part-time Ryanair pilot is looking to launch a … Continue reading

Six ERJ-145 regional jets are joining the eight EMB-120 at Inter-Caribbean Airways of the Turks & Caicos

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   SIX NEW JETS FOR InterCARIBBEAN By Hayden Boyce & Todeline Defralien – The Sun – September 9, 2018       Over 60 airlines have failed in the Caribbean since 1981:  Aero Wings  Carib Aviation  Caribbean Star  RedJet  Trans Island Air 2000  Air Monserrat  Air Caribbean … Continue reading

Moldova held liable for 3 air cargo companies (Tiramavia, Valan International Cargo Charter and Grixona) rights violations when it cancelled their AOC’s in 2007, without properly explaining its reasons or giving the companies time to respond, but dodges serious damages and pays just EUR 5,500 each and not the EUR 3 million sought?

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Moldova held liable for cargo companies’ rights violations, but dodges serious damages   News – 06 September 2018 by Richard Woolley – Getting The Deal Through   The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has found that the government of Moldova infringed the rights of three air freight carriers when it arbitrarily … Continue reading

We had two VLM Airlines, and a joint AOC between Belgium and Slovenia, each with its own AOC, but VLM Airlines (Belgium) with 2 x A320’s under the old Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium AOC, which they bought and VLM (Antwerp) with 5 x F50’s? When the company is confusing, you know the business model is as well. The operation is owned by SHS Aviation (Netherlands) which is 60% Dutch owned and 40% Chinese owned and its business model was confusing as hell from the start. It is why they are now closing VLM (Antwerp), as that old VLM business model did not work before and did not work this time around either. Fokker F-50’s to London City, Aberdeen, Cologne, Rostock, Munich, Marbor and Birmingham and a planned big hub at Maribor, Slovenia from where regular flights to China would take place from, very similar to Air Belgium’s (4 x A340-300) plan to fly to China from Charleroi, and also a confusing business model, flying to China for China’s U-Tour, freighter aircraft, flights to the US, ACMI, now flying for BA, etc.? One thing you spot quickly on a start up is its focus or lack of, if it’s all over the place with its strategy, run! they are not focused, and trying to be everything and anything, is a recipe for failure everytime.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         RŪTA BURBAITĖ – Aerotime News Hub – 4th September 2018 VLM Airlines (Brussels) unaffected by VLM (Antwerp) liquidation       VLM Airlines (Belgium) is to be dissolved and enter into liquidation. That was the decision made by SHS Aviation (Netherlands), the majority shareholder of SHS Antwerp Aviation … Continue reading

American Airlines will phase out its 23 remaining B767-300ER’s by 2020 as more B787-8/9’s arrive. By next year all MD-80’s will be gone as will 20 E190’s by 2020. This will improve AA’s unit costs per ASM as will its acceptance of 100 A321neo and 100 B737-8’s and a B787 fleet that will as of now go to 89 aircraft. Out with the old and in with the new, will make AA more competitive against DL and UA.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/         AMERICAN AIRLINES CONFIRMS BOEING 767-300ER RETIREMENT DATES by Enrique Perrella – Airways     In an internal memo, American Airlines (AA) confirmed that its fleet of 23 Boeing 767-300(ER)s will be phased out in 2021.   Ryan Travis, Managing Director of Fleet Planning at AA, confirmed that “The 767 … Continue reading

A rare Caribbean airline success story, Turks and Caicos based inter-Caribbean Airways (8 x EMB-120, 4 x DHC-6, 1 x BN2 and soon 2 x ERJ-145’s) under the leadership of Chairman Mr. Lyndon R. Gardiner and CEO Trevor Sadler is planning to set up an AOC in the Dominican Republic with several used ERJ-145’s, as the 26 year old airline continues its impressive Caribbean expansion from Nassau, Havana, Kingston, Tortola all the way to Dominica. This Dominican Republic move would make it the second foreign airline that plans to do so, as two months back Laser Airlines of Venezuela announced it will fill the void left by the demise of PAWA Dominicana. Dominican ownership would be just 35%, it may be enough locally, but under most bilateral air service agreements (BASA) it requires majority ownership and control, so traffic rights could be an issue. No one has yet used the 50 seat regional jets in the Caribbean, though PAWA Dominicana did plan on operating 6 x CRJ-200’s, while fast they have a high unit cost (CSAK) and need a much higher yield to breakeven than what PAWA Dominicana was getting with its MD-80’s, and this will be interesting in a low yield market like the Caribbean.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InterCaribbean_Airways     Foreign airline manages to become Dominican?     ~ and covers routes within the Caribbean (translated)     Eugenio De Marchena Sunday, 26 August 2018     InterCaribbean Turks and Caicos have initiated the process that demands the Dominican State with the aim of becoming a … Continue reading

Will domestic airlines benefit from Single African market? Well so far only 23 nations out of 55 have signed SAATM, and we have a rush by 10 new state-owned airlines coming to the market in the next 2 to 10 months, and that will hurt a domestic airlines in those countries. We also have non-signing SAATM state airlines abusing the liberalization by competing with 5th freedoms in foreign countries, which is not right. How do you get the other 33 states to sign SAATM when you allow them to compete directly with local private airlines? you don’t! You need to take a tough stand on bilateral air service agreements (BASA) between SAATM signing states and non-signing states, and limit their access to SAATM signing states markets, which do represent 75% of Africa’s air transport market.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       Will domestic airlines benefit from Single African market?     MUYIWA LUCAS – The Nation – August 27, 2018       Tomas’s Comment:   When we have new state-owned airlines being formed right now in 10 African countries Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, Chad, Eritrea, Djibouti, Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Gabon, CAR?   On … Continue reading

Embattled Jet Airways is seeking financial help where it can, and Boeing is ready to help the airline to save its 225 x B737Max and 10 x B787-9 orders. OEM’s do help strategic airline customers every now and then, but it is a gamble and when you support one airline what do the airline competitors think of that? does it not distort competition? in this case say SpiceJet? What happens when some of the big order LCC’s in Asia get into trouble, and some surely will with their highly speculative orders that exceed their current fleets by 100% to +300%? will the OEM’s come to their rescue to? It is a slippery slope that OEM’s need to be careful going down.

  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/     Boeing gives Jet Airways a helping hand   August 21, 2018 Rediff.com     ‘Boeing has returned some cash to the airline which will help it improve the current liquidity crisis.’ Arindam Majumder and Aneesh Phadnis report.       Tomas’s Comment:   When commercial aircraft OEM’s help out a struggling … Continue reading

The “new” Guyana Airways Corporation (GAC) is in trouble, as the Government of Guyana removed the privately-owned Guyana Airways Corporation Inc. (GAC) from the Companies Register two years after the entity was duly registered because the name is identical to two previous companies. Now out of the blue just 2 months away from starting with 2 x B737’s there is a problem with the name? This is a classic political “shakedown” of a new company by someone high up in the Government looking for bribe, nothing else makes sense with this, the nation has waited 15 years to have its own airline, and the now that it almost has one, someone wants to pillage it before it gets off the ground. GAC (aka Guyana Airways II) is already facing challenges, as Guyana is a FAA Category 2 country, so no carrier from Guyana can fly directly to the US, where a large Guyanese diaspora lives, especially in New York. Guyana Airways now plans to just serve Port of Spain, Barbados and Havana, going up against Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will not be easy, but then a JKF service may have to face JetBlue soon and this October American will start Miami to Georgetown, as a start-up you do not want to face the BIG airlines head on right from the start, many that have, died quickly.

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/   Starbroek – August 25, 2018   Boeing B707 of Guyana Airways after the 2001 bankruptcy, a sad cannibalized aircraft rotting in Georgetown       Start of new local airline delayed over name-company deregistered by commercial registry Millions in losses loom for a new local airline as the start of operations … Continue reading

Regional Express enjoys third consecutive year of growth in 2017 in Australia with the largest Saab 340 fleet in the world (54).

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-aviation-doctor-3200a021/       anna aero – August 21, 2018         Regional Express (Rex) is a regional Australian operator focused purely on domestic flying in its home market. Rex may mean king in Latin, but it’s Qantas that wears the crown as the largest provider of domestic seats. However regional … Continue reading

The European Court of Justice has said that liability for delayed flights under Regulation EC 261/2004 doesn’t extend to airlines that wet lease/ACMI aircraft and crew to other carriers.

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/       Lessors don’t count as “operating air carriers” under Reg 261, ECJ rules News – 05 July 2018 by Naomi Smith       The European Court of Justice has said that liability for delayed flights under Regulation EC 261/2004 doesn’t extend to airlines … Continue reading

Jet Airways seeking $400 million from global equity firms to stay alive while Turkish Airlines had a good year, but the collapse of the Turkish Lira versus the $US, will create major problems this year for Turkish, 2 big airlines now in trouble for different reasons, and add to that Air India which has 23% of its 118 aircraft, grounded at any given time due to a lack of spare parts, yes $US 3.6 billion in assets parked waiting!

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/       Airline Economics  August 13, 2018         Jet Airways is reported to have begun a formal stake-sale process to raise $350-400 million from global private equity firms.     Local media sources suggest that Blackstone, TPG, Cerberus Capital Management and Indigo … Continue reading

The Canada-Saudi Arabia Spat Raises a Big Question About America

    Insights, analysis and must reads from CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and the Global Public Square team, compiled by Global Briefing editor Jason Miks. August 10, 2018 The Canada Spat Raises a Big Question About America The Trump administration’s refusal to stand by Canada in its row with Saudi Arabia is another example of its failure to exercise moral … Continue reading

The sad Rise and Fall of Curacao based InselAir took another “dubious” twist 2 weeks ago, in line with the ‘disappeared’ $US 97 million in Venezuela “mystery” that brought the airline down in the first place. The the Curacao Government and 51% owner (after a $US18.3 million loan) of what is left of the airline (1 operational Fokker F50), selected One Laser Group LLC of Miami, to be Insel Air’s 49% strategic partner. The Government claims that ‘InselAir is Bankrupt Without One Laser Group’. The Group is to invest $US 11.1 million into InselAir’s revival, yet the problem is, that there is NO information on the company, executives, history, business dealings, press releases, not even a web page, just a Florida based LLC (limited liability company), basically a “shell company with 1 key person. The company claims it is a “conglomerate of companies that invest in various sectors like air freight, logistics in food & pharmaceuticals and oil supply”? whatever! What the hell is Curacao thinking? I am sorry, but I believe this is just another BS airline scam in the works, like the recent BVI Airways, PAWA Dominicana, Baltia Air Lines/USGlobal Airways and others I have covered and exposed. With 4 CEO’s since January, 2017 it says novels about the ‘fiasco’ within InselAir today.

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/               Tomas’s Comment:   This industry is never dull, always something and sadly too often I find some funny business going on, as this industry due to its high asset value seems to attract a lot dubious entrepreneurs, executives and … Continue reading

Uganda Airlines II, starting to take shape, but I am not liking many of the decisions made so far. CEO Ephraim Bagenda has just 6 years of aircraft maintenance experience at Rwandair? really? when commercialisation will make or break the new airline? they have a CEO with no commercial, finance, sales, marketing, RM, etc. experience? it is just not the right qualification for a CEO for a new national carrier. Now, Uganda Airlines has the unique distinction of being the the only buyer of the A330-800 in the whole world? why?, though it did get a 58.4% discount (to $US 108M) on the $US 259.9M list priced aircraft, they could have leased a new B787-8/9 or A350-900? Meanwhile Bombardier is showing its desperation to sell its struggling CRJ’s by selling 4 x CRJ900’s to Uganda Airlines for $US 110.8M ($US 27.7M each), which is a discount of 40.4% from the list price of $US 46.5M each, very good for Uganda Airlines, but could have leased them also or E175’s/190’s, but now the fleet resembles that of Rwandair (except no B737’s yet). So what did AA pay for the 15 + 15 CRJ900 order a few weeks back? surely more than 55% off ($US 20.9M for each)? which is not far from the estimated cost of $18.8M, leaving a small margin for the new Regional Aircraft Division now that CSeries is part of Airbus for free. Looks like great deals are plenty today from all 4 commercial jet aircraft OEM’s.

Read my regular Articles and Posts on LinkednIN:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomas-chlumecky-3200a021/   Reviving Uganda Airlines: How government plans to raise the money – Daily Monitor – July 24, 2018   By Dicta Asiimwe & Raymond Tamale         Uganda hurriedly firmed up plans to revamp the country’s defunct airline in March 2019, after signing a … Continue reading