BWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 919 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5779 times:
that is very odd, up to last week they were advertising the Skyservice A330-300 service to Italy. I wonder why this has been switched entirely to Air Transat. So if this is the case, where will VKI be this summer if its not based out of YYZ for these flights?
RicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 677 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5559 times:
I think its more a case of not being able to get C-GVKI back this summer from Thomas Cook, and not having an aircraft to operate. Although, 5G went through a 330less summer a couple of years back when 2 B767-300 operated the Italy flights. Either way, its a big, BIG loss for Skyservice if it is true, and makes me wonder what there status is.
BWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 919 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5389 times:
That is unfortunate. Its great to see the A330-300 here in the summer and its an even bigger blow to Alba Tours/Sunquest which invested alot into advertising and promoting their own flights to Italy with their premeire class service.
Airman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 974 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5338 times:
it is the talk going around the office. No 330. Will be an interesting summer. Must get my resume into Air Transat, things are healthy money wise at the company. WE are in no threat of getting our wings clipped. Will be interesting to see what the next few weeks bring for good news.
CXH From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 142 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5338 times:
I'm surprised that ALBAtours was using Skyservice instead of Air Transat to begin with, at least for 2008 forward.
Here's my understanding: about a year or two ago, MyTravel of the UK (Europe?) was merged with / bought out by Thomas Cook of Germany. MyTravel Canada / North America owns Sunquest, ALBAtours, Encore Cruise/Escapes and a few other Tour Operators. Thomas Cook already had some kind of arrangement with the Transat Group (owners of Air Transat) so slowly Sunquest, Alba, etc. have been shifting some (most?) of their charter flying from Skyservice to Air Transat.
I know Sunquest/ALBA have had a long time relationship since 1994 with Skyservice and I hear there is still good relations. However, Skyservice also does flying for other tour operators, notably Signature Vacations since 2001/2002. Signature is owned by TUI Travel of the UK/Germany. TUI Travel was the result of a merger a year or so ago between First Choice of the UK and the travel part of TUI AG of Germany. http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2008/26/c4590.html
Skyservice is in fine health as far as I know. They simply are do less charter airline flying then a year or two ago so that probably reflects in the number of aircraft. I know most on a.net think airline first, but in leisure travel, it is the Tour Operator who dictates flights, destinations, quality of service, etc. So it is the financial health of the Tour Operator which is more important than the airline itself (as long as the T.O. pays its' bills, the airline is fine).
Thomas Cook, TUI Travel, and the Transat A.T. Inc are all public companies (traded on stock exchanges) so their health is public news.
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