TCX757330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 39 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4654 times:
I was at Manchester Airport the other day and saw a Astraeus 757-200 parked up and wondered why i hadnt seen any of their 737's or more of the 757's so i have just had a look at their website and it states that they are now just a leasing company, so with this in mind i have the following questions and would be greatful if anuone in the know could answer them?
1. Who are they currently leasing aircraft to?
2. What happened to the flights they used to operate to the Oil destinations?
3. On what basis are the Cabin Crew employed?
4. In the current climate do you think this will be another airline go to the wall??
Rutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1997 posts, RR: 5 Reply 3, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4573 times:
Recent Astraeus movements
Up to just before Christmas B752 G-STRX and STRY were operating for bmi to West Africa and Middle East from Heathrow.
bmi were also using B752 -G-OJIB as backup and to do some Hajj charters from Heathrow.
B752 G-STRZ was operating for Ghana international
B752 G-OPJB available for Ad-hoc charter work.
One B737-700 operating charters from Stansted and one for Iceland Express.
Over Christmas and into the New Year some changes to have taken place as bmi move to replace the B752 leases with the relocated 332 aircraft moved south from Manchester.
G-STRY has already been released and is now at Gatwick still in hybrid bmi livery operating for Ghana International (Seen 28/12/08). So bmi down to one on lease with G-OJIB as back up as required (Spends much time parked up at the eastern side of Heathrow)
From spring when all three bmi 332s are at Heathrow Astraeus may need to find some new work !
Only a small number are still employed, operating the odd ad-hoc charter, training other airlines cabin crew to operate on the aircraft, and carrying out line checks on customer airlines' cabin crew to ensure that AEU procedures are being used.
If there is capacity available due to the early ending of the BMI contract (was meant to be 2 years), it will be interesting to see if any of this makes its way back to the UK / European markets given that Futura, LTE, XL, European and Flightline etc. have all disappeared
The URA flight is still operated by Astraeus (but from LHR instead of LGW) but is marketed as a bmi flight now. However the flight is not offered for sale by bmi (all sales through Transglobal Projects) and you cannot earn Diamond Club miles on it.
That's right and the poor cabin crew hate it! Jet2 Djibouti chuck!
Quoting RichM (Reply 6): Does Bruce Dickinson still fly for them?
Very much so. He flew the GIA flight just the other day. He enjoys flying 'the beast' as he calls his 757's though I'm not sure what the Ghanaian passengers must be thinking! Luckily Eddie is gone now...
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 6618 posts, RR: 17 Reply 12, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3153 times:
Quoting Danfearn77 (Reply 1): They changed their business model in May from charter/schedule flights to leasing. Im guessing they were struggling back then hence the change to a leasor.
Although they discontinued flying their own flights in May this was the end of a change in their business plan that they started to implement just before the end of 2006.
The implementation of the change commenced with the lease of two 752s previously operated by Omni Air International. G-STRY was flown into LGW on delivery on 17 December 2007. It was followed by G-STRX that was registered to Astraeus on 5 February 2008. Neither of these aircraft were ever painted in Astraeus livery because it was planned from the time the leasing contracts were signed that they would be wet leased to other operators.
After its arrival at LGW the front cabin of G-STRY was fitted with BA-type short-haul convertible (C/Y) seats at a 36 inch pitch. The rear cabins were fitted with BA-style, thin-backed Y Class seats at a 31/32 inch pitch. The aircraft entered service on 30 December 2007 for BA. It was on wet lease configured to carry up to 201 passengers. It was painted white with no titles. The lease was to cover for a BA cabin crew shortage at LGW.
Between then and the end of the winter schedules 'RY flew numerous rotations to BCN (38?), KEF (28?), EDI (22?) and MAD (20?). It also operated some BA rotations to VRA and KRK (11? each) as well as DUB (5?), MAN (5?) and GVA (2?).
Once G-STRX was delivered it acted as the main back-up aircraft to the BA contract and was actually put into service for BA on flights to BCN (8 times?), MAD (three times?) and KEF (once?). It was similarly configured to 'RY and also operated painted white and without titles.
Other aircraft used by Astraeus on back up on the BA contract were all painted in Astraeus livery. 752 G-OPJB was used on several (17?) BA rotations to EDI (7?), BCN (3?), KEF and VAR (2? each) and NAP, MAN and MAD (1? EACH). 752 G-STRZ completed BA rotations to EDI (4?), BCN (2?) and to KRK, KEF and MAD (1? each).
737 G-STRF flew single rotations for BA to each of GVA and BCN while 737 G-STRH operated just one BA rotation to EDI.
Throughout the period of the BA contact each of the above aircraft (including 'RY) flew at least some Astraeus scheduled and charter flights as the airline started to wind down these operations.
On completion on the BA contract both G-STRX and 'RY were prepared for wet lease to BD as stated previously. They were painted in patial BD livery at EMA between 13 and 16 April ('RY) and 21 and 23 Apr ('RX). 'RY entered service for BD on 29 April (BD806, LHR-URA). 'RX was returned to Astraeus on 1 December and ferried to QLA.
Vasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3761 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3018 times:
Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 8): If there is capacity available due to the early ending of the BMI contract (was meant to be 2 years), it will be interesting to see if any of this makes its way back to the UK / European markets given that Futura, LTE, XL, European and Flightline etc. have all disappeared
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4088 posts, RR: 13 Reply 15, posted (4 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2429 times:
Quoting Vasu (Reply 13): True... surely something needs to fill this void?
Viking have started operating a few flights, and will operate 4-5 aircraft from LGW/MAN next Summer. Bmi are also increasing their charter work. Had the pleasure of flying on a bmi charter flight from Gatwick to Tenerife last week, and it was a great service - meals, hard sweets, 31" legroom etc.