The Blue Swan Start-up Report

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a monthly wrap of the key start-up activity for Aug-2017, including two key launches:

  • VLM Airlines Slovenia launched on 08-Aug-2017;
  • Buta Airways launched on 01-Sep-2017;

The following outlines key interesting and newsworthy start-up briefs during the month:

  • RwandAir announced the governments of Rwanda and Benin signed a MoU to establish a joint airline based in Cotonou. The carrier will operate to Abidjan, Bamako, Brazzaville, Conakry, Dakar, Douala and Libreville;
  • Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings placed three Boeing 747-400F aircraft with Hong Kong Air Cargo under an ACMI agreement. The aircraft will be operated by Atlas Air and the first will enter service in Sep-2017 on routes between Asia and the US;
  • Russia’s Minister for Industry and Trade Denis Manturov announced plans to participate in the establishment of a national carrier in Hungary by delivering Sukhoi SuperJet aircraft, as well as MC-21 aircraft in the future. Serial manufacture of MC-21 aircraft is scheduled for 2019;
  • Vule Airways MD Robert Mwesigwa Nviiri said the airline is awaiting an air service license from the Civil Aviation Authority of Uganda and aims to commence services in Nov-2017;
  • Air France-KLM chairman and CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac stated Air France CEO Franck Terner will “unveil details” of Joon on 25-Sep-2017;
  • Zambia’s Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba said the Ministry concluded consultations on the establishment of a new national carrier;
  • flyadeal received the first of eight A320 aircraft from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in Hamburg. It aims to commence international services by mid 2018, following the planned launch of domestic operations on 23-Sep-2017;
  • Samoa Airways plans to launch Apia-Auckland service from 14-Nov-2017, operating six times weekly, and Apia-Sydney service, operating twice weekly from 17-Nov-2017;
  • Lanmei Airlines plans to commence four times weekly Phnom Penh-Hanoi and Phnom Penh-Siem Reap-Ho Chi Minh City services on 15-Sep-2017 and three times weekly Phnom Penh-Siem Reap-Macau-Phnom Penh service on 16-Sep-2017;
  • PowdAir head of commercial Zoe Ombler stated the carrier will operate year round services, in addition to planned seasonal winter ski services. Ms Ombler confirmed plans for year round Sion-London City, Sion-Zurich and Sion-Antwerp services from 14-Dec-2017. Ms Ombler said services will be operated by both BackBone Aviation and Adria Airways Switzerland, with two Bombardier CRJ 200s and two Saab 2000s;
  • Latin American Airlines requested authorisation from Peru DGAC to operate domestic services from Lima. The start-up has still not narrowed its equipment of choice, asking permission to operate from Embraer to Bombardier regional aircraft to Boeing and Airbus narrow and widebody aircraft;
  • FlyValan announced plans to launch service from Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport with ATR 72-500 aircraft from 02-Nov-2017;
  • Avianca Argentina announced plans to launch Buenos Aires services from Rosario, Sunchales, Reconquista and Santa Fe by the end of 2017;
  • Air Deccan founder Captain G R Gopinath stated the carrier plans to relaunch a LCC to connect small airports and small cities, including Mysuru, in the coming months;
  • States of Guernsey plans to subsidise Air Alderney services if the start up carrier does not fill a minimum three seats per service. Air Alderney plans to initially launch services from Jersey and Cherbourg in Sep-2017 before expanding to the mainland UK;
  • Azimut Airlines announced plans to launch services from 21-Sep-2017. The carrier plans to operate with Sukhoi SuperJet 100 aircraft, offering economy and comfort class travel. Azimut Airlines opened sales for Rostov-Moscow and Moscow-Omsk services;
  • StarLux Airlines unveiled its aircraft livery, based around its black and gold logo colours. The start-up aims to commence operations in late 2019.