HMY Airways gears up for November launch

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Canadian entrepreneur David Ho remains on track to launch proposed charter carrier HMY Airways on 1 November.

Ho’s Vancouver-based company says it has already purchased one second-hand Boeing 757 from Boeing and the aircraft has been re-painted. A second 757, also from Boeing, should be delivered in mid-October.

HMY Airways plans to launch charter services out of the western Canada cities of Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary to Cancun, Ixtapa, Mazatlan, and Poza Rica in Mexico; Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the USA; and Manchester in the UK.

Longer-term, the carrier would also like to serve Hawaii and even has its eyes on Asian destinations.

The company has so far employed some 68 flight attendants and 22 pilots. Former Cathay Pacific employee James Westmacott will be the carrier’s vice president of airport operations, while former Canadian Airlines employee Brent Statton will be general manager.

Financial backing is coming from Canadian businessman Ho, who hails from Hong Kong and runs Ho Enterprises that includes a luxury car dealership in Vancouver. He will be the carrier’s chairman and CEO.

An HMY Airways spokeswoman says the company is hopeful of obtaining regulatory approval from Transport Canada “very soon” and first flight is still planned for 1 November.

“There is a void in the market now in western Canada since Canada 3000 dropped out,” says the spokeswoman. “We’ll be focused on leisure travel with very competitively priced service.”

She points out that some of the initial planned routes, such as Vancouver-Mazatlan, will be served only by HMY.

The carrier’s two 757s will be fitted with 197 seats, of which 36 will be premium class seats with 95cm (38in) pitch. The other seats will have 77cm (31in) pitch.

The company has secured space at Vancouver’s international terminal and has moved its headquarters into offices previously occupied by Air New Zealand.