Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Delays Launch
Tuesday February 28, 8:19 am ET
Hong Kong Startup Budget Airline Oasis Delays Launch for Second Time
HONG KONG (AP) -- Startup discount carrier Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Ltd. has postponed its launch for the second time due to a delay in securing leases on two used aircraft, chief executive Stephen Miller said Tuesday.
The long-haul airline now hopes to start flights between Hong Kong and London's Gatwick Airport by August or September this year. It had earlier targeted a June launch after scrapping its initial plan for beginning flights late last year.
"We had to delay the launch of flights as we try to secure orders on aircraft, but we are now in final negotiations," Miller said. "The aircraft market is really, really tight at the moment."
After launching services to London, the airline will start flights to other European destinations such as Milan, Berlin and Cologne, Miller said.
Oasis has also received rights to fly to the U.S. cities of Oakland, California and Chicago.
Meanwhile, another budget airline, Viva Macau, is expected to decide in a few days on the type of aircraft to use when it begins operations in June, a top company executive said Tuesday.
Viva Macau wants to lease two or three planes, either Airbus A310s or Boeing 767s, depending on their price and availability. The budget airline plans to increase its fleet to 12 aircraft in the future.
"The critical part is to run through the choice of aircraft and the availability of the aircraft," said Andrew Pyne, Viva Macau's chief executive.
"We are now at a very, very final stage of evaluation. I'd expect an announcement on the decision to be made within a matter of days rather than weeks."
another delay, hope they will take off the ground at the end.