Emile From Netherlands, joined Nov 2000, 212 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4747 times:
Was just looking something up on the OFT website for work and noticed the following:
Parties: Completed acquisition by CityJet Ltd (part of the Air France - KLM Group) of VLM Airlines N.V. - issued 25/02/2008
Affected sector: Air transport activities
Case officer: Marie Didierlaurent 020 7211 8427 Email email@example.com
Deadline for comment: 7 March 2008
The deadline for comments passed last Friday, so hopefully a final rulling soon. ALso it says VLM is being acquired by CityJet. Which leads me to think that VLM will be branded CityJet and eventually integrated. This would probably be more logical than merging it into KLC just because they both operate F50's.
CopySouthwest From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4528 times:
Quoting Emile (Thread starter): ALso it says VLM is being acquired by CityJet. Which leads me to think that VLM will be branded CityJet and eventually integrated.
I fully expect that the combined operation will be merged into one brand. Whether that will be CityJet, VLM or another brand remains to be seen. VLM is the nicer of the two brands but CityJet is a more logical name for the operation.
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Humberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4934 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4364 times:
Quoting BestWestern (Reply 3): It is expected that WX will then commence services from AMS to cities in the UK and Ireland using the KL code (Dublin for example could be served x6 daily - replacing the EI codeshare)
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12784 posts, RR: 34
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4250 times:
I think this was anticipated quite early on in the takeover by AF/KL of VLM. Ultimately, I think there will be a single brand, which will be Cityjet.
Although Cityjet recently acquired RJ85s, the combined WX/VG could do with a single type; the 146/RJ85 just doesn't cut it. As a 6-abreast aircraft, it just - as the Americans might say - sucks. KLM is soon to take delivery of Embraer 190s and I can see Embraers coming into the WX/VG fleet at some stage, with the 170 being used for LCY operations.
StarGoldLHR From Heard and McDonald Islands, joined Feb 2004, 1529 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4128 times:
I'll miss this kind of site at LCY.
I guess KL will consolidate the F50's on LCY-AMS routes into larger planes.. sometimes VLM and KLM leave within minutes of each other.
This would allow for some F50 expansion on other routes... not that KL is short of F50's of it's own, which a larger number appear largely idle around AMS daily... there not over utilised.. but then they have a long life, are cheap to run and in the LCY case.. very profitable.
Does this mean VLM in skyteam ?
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