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UK: Airport's Jeremy Spake To Start Airline!  
User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19612 posts, RR: 51
Posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5582 times:

Belfast could be base for TV star's new airline

Jeremy Spake, star of TV programmes including Airport and Child-ren's Hospital, is starting up his own airline and could be flying from Belfast this time next year.

Mr Spake was in Belfast yesterday having talks with management at Belfast International Airport. He said Belfast is one of four bases in the UK and Europe where he is considering flying from.

If Belfast is chosen, Mr Spake revealed that his airline could restart services between Alder-grove and Heathrow and possibly fly to a number of new European destinations.

The name of the new airline is not being revealed yet but he says the project is well advanced.

Mr Spake, who is the managing director of the company, said he hopes to be in a position to launch before the end of the year and start flying by the end of March 2004.

Speaking to the Irish News he said: "Belfast clearly has a need for more services. We are examining whether Belfast as a base is a viable option.

"And if it is a viable option we will select the routes to which we would want to fly to from here.

"Heathrow is clearly one of the options that we have open to us as is Paris, Amsterdam, Bar-celona, Malaga and others."

Mr Spake said he wasn't revealing too much at this stage because he wanted to keep the competition guessing.

He said: "Our product will be different. I am not prepared to tell you how but it will be different."

However, he did say that he was not creating another low cost airline like easyJet or Ryanair.

He said the airline would stick to main airports and that operations could include inter-lining agreements with other carriers with worldwide connections.

Mr Spake said that using smaller airports, often with poor bus and rail connections, was "a bit of a nonsense".

"Mr O'Leary, God love him, makes no bones about what he's doing and that's fine. It's not for us. I just think that if you are flying someone to Stockholm you take them to Arlanda, which at least gives them a fighting chance of getting into the centre without a 15-day camel trek."

Mr Spake conceded that the airline industry was going through a difficult period. However, he said the tide was turning and the time was ripe to start a new airline.

"The airline industry is on the turn. Unless something severe happens in the next eight to nine months, the industry is in recovery. That's evident by the lease rates on aircraft. The industry is ready for change.

"'We are seeing the opportunity to start an airline from a very low cost base but not necessarily a low cost service and do it very well."

He indicated there was some significant investors already behind the project but that more were being sought.

From PPRuNe.

"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
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User currently offlineBhxforever From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 564 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5557 times:

Camp Airways probably...with the entire plane painted bright pink!

User currently offlineLHR340 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 877 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5529 times:

Camp Airways probably...with the entire plane painted bright pink!
He isn't gay apparently he is married with kids but hes incredibly camp. Is he really starting an airline  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5471 times:

I hope he starts TV advertisements for the airline because I haven't seen him for ages! He gives me a good laugh...

User currently offlineNoelG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5451 times:


Last I saw him was on ITV2 last night doing an commercial for Euronics Centres......I see that big things have come his way since 'Airport'!!!

I'm surprised he's not including Moscow in his initial route network!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5403 times:

Married with kids?! I feel sorry for the kids Laugh out loud Though he's probably got a bit of money from his Euronics ads..

Should be interesting if it's 'different' Big thumbs up


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