Eham From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 451 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2506 times:
Vbird is scheduled to start flights as from september 20th, but I think this will be delayed until oktober/november. Their website is still quite empty One VBird A320 is still in Canada, a few others are located somewhere in the USA (no reports on that planes yet). They will operate on the Flight Certificate of DutchBird from Niederrhein Airport (Germany).
It will be a ´Jetblue´ kind of airline, lowcost but with a more ´styly´ service.
In a few weeks a big advertisement campaign will start in both Holland and Germany to attract consumers to the new airline.
Their first plane (PH-VAC, ex C-GJUP) is still at Toronto (YYZ) as of August 29, 2003. Also their websites http://www.vbird.com/ and http://www.vbird.nl are not working yet. So I don´t think they´ll be able to start flying on September 15 (as originally planned)...
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2441 times:
And KLM to be bought out by Air France soon if the "cooperation" talks bear fruit, meaning an end to the world's largest airline as well as an ultimate end to Schiphol (which will be relegated mainly to a point from where people are ferried to Paris for their connecting flights).
That will over 5-10 years cost 200000 or more jobs in the country.
Sxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2195 times:
Martinair to SXM via Mia? Although I would welcome any new airline here, I do not think it will be an interesting alternative for anyone now we have non-stop flights to CDG on AF and even to AMS on KLM (starting Oct 14) with very reasonable rates. I don't think they can beat that but let's wait and see.