Cospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3340 times:
THE newly established Palau Micronesia Air is expected to start operations in April with services from Koror to various Pacific and Asian destinations.
Alan Seid, president of Palau Micronesia Air, said the new regional airline now has a contract with Air New Zealand, which will provide the flight crews and aircraft maintenance support necessary for Palau Air to start operating.
James Bradfield, the airline company’s chief executive officer, said they originally planned to start the flights in December, but they encountered several problems caused by Air New Zealand’s prior operational commitments.
“We did our best to leap those hurdles, but have come to the conclusion that an April start is (a more) appropriate launch date,” Bradfield said.
According to Air NZ, Palau Micronesia will have no engineering and operational infrastructure of its own but it will operate its two B737-300 aircraft under Air NZ’s airline operating certificate.
Further, Air NZ pilots will initially fly Palau Micronesia Air routes while local flight crew were trained by the New Zealand carrier’s training organization to operate the aircraft to Air NZ standards.
The new airline is expected to provide twice weekly flight schedules to Guam, Japan, Manila, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae.
“We’ve put a lot of thought and research into the needs and traffic patterns within the region, as well as destinations with significant traffic to and from Micronesian points, and we feel we can provide unique routings and services to significantly contribute to the betterment of the total air transportation needs of the people in this region,” Bradfield said.
He added that the company has received enthusiastic response from across the region to its advertisements for staff.
With a start date scheduled, Palau Air will now be contacting the applicants and begin the process of selecting, employing and training staff.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4521 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3305 times:
Interesting article, thanks for posting. A brand new airline. I wish them the best of luck in getting started. Though I wouldn't predict success just yet. I'd watch and wait.
Air New Zealand is doing them a big favour by allowing them to start up, I have to wonder if, once the airline is established (if it even gets that far), that a condition of this is that the new airline code-share with Air NewZealand, so that the two carriers don't compete on select routes.
I imagine this would be the case.
The South Pacific is a hard market to serve, as well. So they may be in for a rocky start, but if they can get through it maybe we'll eventually see them in HNL.
Again, best of luck to them. Hope they don't join the others on the "Short lived airlines" thread.
Cospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3303 times:
Below is part of a New Zealand report...NZ will operate JL will codeshare..I wish them luck but, Palau has limited hotels and only about 14,000 Citizens..they we're talking to AQ but they don't have -300's just -200's and
Palau Micronesia Air has no engineering and operational infrastructure of its
own but will operate its two Boeing 737-300 aircraft under Air NZ's Airline
Air NZ ventures general manager Craig Sinclair and the Palau airline said Air
NZ pilots would operate the planes initially until locals were trained.
Air NZ has had a similar arrangement with Papua New Guinea's Air Niugini.
Japan Airlines is also backing the Palau initiative and will code share with
the new airline which will serve the local Micronesia Islands and the Japanese