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  • Vuelamex tries again

    News | 15 Apr 2002 23:00

    <p>Would-be low-cost start-up carrier Vuelamex is restructuring its launch plans and making a new attempt to gain its operating certificate following its rejection by the Mexican civil aviation authority earlier this year and the loss of its four leased Boeing 717s to AirTran Airways.</p> <p>The airline had planned to operate up to four 717s on lease from Pembroke Capital, but failed to obtain authority to operate (ATO) from Mexican agencies after questions over its financial security and its connections to failed former Mexican airline TAESA (<I>Flight International</I>, 26 March - 1 April).</p> <p>Boeing says Vuelamex is "expressing continued interest in the 717". The carrier has re-organised its investor structure to avoid the TAESA issues and is thought to be talking to Boeing Aircraft Trading over former American/TWA 717s in storage.</p>
  • Vuelamex fails to gain civil aviation body go-ahead

    News | 26 Mar 2002 00:00

    <p>GUY NORRIS / LOS ANGELES</p> <p>Boeing 717s originally destined for the Mexican newcomer reallocated to AirTran Airways</p> <p>Four Boeing 717s originally destined for Vuelamex, a start-up Mexican airline, will now be delivered on lease from Pembroke Capital to low-cost US carrier AirTran Airways following the Mexican civil aviation body's decision not to grant authority to operate (ATO) to the new airline.</p> <p>The would-be no-frills carrier was set to take delivery of its first two Boeing 717s when the verdict was handed down late last month. The first two aircraft had been completed and painted for Vuelamex. These aircraft, plus another two going through final completion, will be diverted to AirTran, which has accelerated plans to grow its 717 fleet this year and next.</p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=6375' /></p> <p>Although there has been no explanation from the authority on its decision, the carrier was known to be facing significant bureaucratic and fina
  • Shifting sands

    News | 29 Jan 2002 00:00

    <p>GUY NORRIS / VICTORVILLE</p> <p>The post-11 September 2001 flood of jet aircraft flying into desert storage has unearthed some definite trends in the mothballing business, with new sites emerging and older areas fading into the background. </p> <p>The bulk of the world's newly stored jet airliner fleet lies in two sites in California, and a smattering of locations around Arizona. The California sites at Mojave and Victorville house around 650 aircraft between them, while major sites in Arizona, including Marana, Goodyear (near Phoenix), and Tucson host around 350. </p> <p>A well-spread group of other sites in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico also provide homes to stored aircraft. In Arizona, these include Avra Valley, Coolidge, Deer Valley, Eloy, Mesa, Phoenix Skyharbor, Phoenix Williams Gateway, Ryan Airfield and Kingman, which was first established as a major storage site for surplus military aircraft after the Second World War. Nevada's main civil storage area is Las Vegas McCar
  • Marketplace

    News | 11 Jun 2001 23:00

    United Airlines has placed orders for three additional International Aero Engines V2500-powered A320 family aircraft - one A320 and two A319s - for delivery in the second quarter of 2003. Italian air taxi operator Panair is planning a move into charter and domestic passenger services and has signed a letter of intent with International Aircraft Investors for the lease of an ex-TransAer Airbus A320 and ex-Taesa Boeing 737-300. Hawaiian Airlines has signed a letter of intent with International Lease Finance for the lease of four Boeing 767-300ERs for delivery in the first half of next year. Seven 767-300ERs are being acquired to replace its McDonnell Douglas DC-10s on transpacific routes.
  • Marketplace

    News | 14 May 2001 23:00

    Yemen Airways has leased three Boeing 737-800s from International Lease Finance for delivery starting in April 2002. Airfund has arranged the four-year lease of a 737-400 to Sky Airlines. AeroCentury has leased two de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otters to Trans Maldivian Airways, a regional airline based in Male, Republic of Maldives. The aircraft were previously leased to Colombian airline SAM. Finnair has leased two Pratt &amp;Whitney PW2040-powered Boeing 757-200s from International Lease Finance for five years. The aircraft will be delivered in March and April 2002, taking its fleet to seven. International Aircraft Investors has secured several lease deals. An ex-TWA Boeing MD-82 has been leased to American Airlines, while National Jet Italia is leasing an ex-GB Airways Boeing 737-400 until April 2004. The company also has letters of intent from Skyservice for the lease of an ex-Transaer Airbus A320 and an ex-Taesa Boeing 737-300 to Italy's Panair. Pakistan International
  • Mexican carriers manoeuvre to stall Azteca

    News | 30 Apr 2001 23:00

    <p>David Knibb SEATTLE</p> <p>Mexico's incumbent carriers are trying to thwart the takeoff of newcomer Azteca Airlines. Slated to start domestic flights as early as March, Azteca has now delayed its launch while Mexico's secretary of communications and transportation (SCT) ponders issues raised by the incumbents. </p> <p>As early as February, Aaron Dychter, SCT undersecretary for aviation, told reporters that Azteca's application seemed to be in order and he foresaw "no obstacle" to approval. But that was before the incumbent airlines launched their campaign. </p> <p>Mexicana, which may have the most to lose, has been the most outspoken. Chief executive Fernando Flores has called Azteca a second version of Taesa, which went bankrupt last year after its grounding over safety concerns. Mexicana claims Azteca has purchased hangars, maintenance equipment, and office space from the Taesa bankruptcy and is manned by former Taesa cockpit and cabin crews, and maintenance and engineering sta