regional carrier Air Omega is in the process of securing new funding after its
Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) was put at “standstill” by German authorities
and flights suspended.
developments have also contributed to delays in the launch of a separate
British operation – Air Omega UK – which was to use the German airline’s AOC.
Omega, which commenced operations in 2000, operates cargo and passenger flights
using a fleet of three Embraer 120 turboprops. Two of the aircraft operate the
cargo services, while the third is configured for passenger operations.
But the carrier’s operations
were suspended last month by Germany’s CAA, the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA) due
to a “major change” in the ownership of the airline, according to Air Omega
managing director Armin Peuker.
spokeswoman for the LBA says Air Omega’s AOC is currently at “standstill” and
the airline is not flying. However she would not elaborate further.
Peuker explains that the company’s co-founding shareholder
left the airline in December, giving up his 50% share of the carrier under
terms foreseen at its inception. He says the company is now in the latter
stages of investment talks, and expects to reach a solution within the next 10
Omega was separately due to launch Air Omega UK
this month, initially operating between Aberdeen
and London Stansted. But these plans have been
Peuker says flights for the UK
company were to be operated under Air Omega’s German
AOC, but with its suspension the plans cannot be pursued for the moment.
He says in the UK market the carrier is planning to use twin
jet aircraft – without specifying types - but says the speed of progress for
the venture will depend on the time taken by LBA in reviewing the application
for jet operations under the company’s AOC. First, however, the financing
issues must be resolved.
Avcraft Aviation, which manufactures and services Fairchild
Dornier 328JETs, confirms it is “in dialogue” with
the airline over its interest in the type.