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User currently offlineTCX757330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 39 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5009 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??

Regards

TCX757330

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User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1807 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4969 times:



Quoting TCX757330 (Thread starter):
. Who are they currently leasing aircraft to?

Accoring to Wikipedia they have 5 of their aircraft (out of 8) currently out on lease. Both of their 733's are leased to Seagle air and 3 of their 4 752's are leased, 1 to Ghana Airways and 2 to BMI.

Quoting TCX757330 (Thread starter):
. In the current climate do you think this will be another airline go to the wall??

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. I dont know how they are performing though.



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User currently offlineTommy212 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4960 times:

the 2 733's look to have been sold to seagle are rather than leased, cant find anywhere that say they are leased, G-STRI and G-STRJ are now OM-HLB anf OM-HLC respectivly

this is the current Astraeus Fleet

B737-76N WIN. G-STRF opf Iceland Express
B737-76N WIN. G-STRH opf Iceland Express
B757-23A(ER) G-OJIB Astraeus
B757-23A G-OPJB *returned to Astraeus on 09/OCT/2008 after lease to Air Italy Polska*
B757-28A G-STRX *returned to Astraeus 01/DEC/08 after lease with BMI*
B757-28A G-STRY opf bmi british midland
B757-258(ER) G-STRZ opf Ghana Intl Airlines
B757-28A - G-OOOB *in storage since OCT/07*

[Edited 2009-01-01 06:40:12]

User currently offlineRutankrd From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2808 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4928 times:
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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 !


User currently offlineBwaflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 689 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4706 times:



Quoting Tommy212 (Reply 2):
the 2 733's look to have been sold to seagle are rather than leased, cant find anywhere that say they are leased, G-STRI and G-STRJ are now OM-HLB anf OM-HLC respectivly

Both 733's are dry lease to Seagle, so operate on Seagle's AOC (hence the Slovakian registrations).

Quoting TCX757330 (Thread starter):
2. What happened to the flights they used to operate to the Oil destinations?

Monarch operate the HME, Jet2 operate the CDG/JIB for Daallo airlines, bmi operate the URA, and no one operates the SSG.

Quoting TCX757330 (Thread starter):
3. On what basis are the Cabin Crew employed?

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.


User currently offlineLatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4672 times:



Quoting Bwaflyer (Reply 4):
Both 733's are dry lease to Seagle,

As noted above, they are leased - not sold - the planes are owned by AWAS.


User currently offlineRichM From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 796 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4516 times:

Does Bruce Dickinson still fly for them?

User currently offlineTapman From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4512 times:

As of September 2008 he still was flying for them, as he was one of the pilots interviewed on TV when XL went bust, as he had been sent on a couple of rescue flights.

User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1635 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

A couple of observations / questions...

G-OPJB has operated some flights with LAN (LA) flight numbers over the past few days - have these just been picking up the European leg of flights or have they been operating to Chile for LAN ?

G-STRX seems to be the current a/c with BMI
G-STRY seems to be flying for Iceland Express currently

What about the Intercontinental AW flights? I can see a couple of these have operated recently, but nothing like the frequency the airline suggests. How often do these operate?

Quoting TCX757330 (Thread starter):
In the current climate do you think this will be another airline go to the wall??

This is an interesting interview with their CEO about how the AEU business has changed

Reinventing Astraeus

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



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User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1207 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4129 times:



Quoting TCX757330 (Thread starter):
2. What happened to the flights they used to operate to the Oil destinations?

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.



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User currently offlineUAL4ever From Israel, joined Aug 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3967 times:

I read that the BMI flights on the LHR-TLV route were being operated by Astraeus. I don't know if this is still accurate.

User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3722 times:



Quoting Bwaflyer (Reply 4):
Jet2 operate the CDG/JIB for Daallo airlines

That's right and the poor cabin crew hate it! Jet2 Djibouti chuck! Big grin

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...  Wink



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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7255 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3508 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.


User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3829 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3373 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

True... surely something needs to fill this void?


User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1807 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3110 times:



Quoting VV701 (Reply 12):

Good read thanks for that!

Coincidence really, but we were talking about the fleet being leased out, one of their 752's in full Ghana Livery arrived in MAN a few days back, due out today, for maintenance.
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User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2784 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.

Quoting TCX757330 (Thread starter):
2. What happened to the flights they used to operate

The ski charters that they used to operate (mainly to Chambery) have been taken over by a series of operators, including Titan, Hamburg International, FlyBE, Thomson and Viking.


User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

G-OJIB went to QLA on Monday 5th for paint into Iron Maiden colors again.


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