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Skyservice Out, Air Transat In With Italy Program?  
User currently offlineRicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 677 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6675 times:

According to Albatours.com, all flights to FCO, VCE, PSR and SUF will be operated by Air Transat next year. Skyservice lost these flights? Anyone have info?

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User currently offlineThenoflyzone From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 2384 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6615 times:

I do know TS will start flights from YUL and YYZ to VCE on May 8, 2009. They already fly to FCO, but there is no news about PSR or SUF.

They will aslo start flights from YYZ to MXP on May 27.

Thenoflyzone

[Edited 2009-01-17 07:08:55]


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User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4970 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6492 times:

Surely this is terrible news for Skyservice as this has been a long standing relationship with ALBATours for over a decade.

There has been talk of Air Transat opening NAP and PSA within the next 2-3 years, which would make a lot of sense considering the tourism catchment from these airports.


User currently offlineLIPZ From Austria, joined Jun 2006, 1075 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6479 times:



Quoting RicardoFG (Thread starter):
According to Albatours.com, all flights to FCO, VCE, PSR and SUF will be operated by Air Transat next year. Skyservice lost these flights? Anyone have info?

One less carrier flying between Canada and Italy (2 if considering defunct Zoom Airlines).


User currently offlineBWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6276 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?

[Edited 2009-01-18 06:32:27]

User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 4970 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6198 times:

Are there any issues with Skyservice (financial health etc?) that led to this transfer of operating carriers?

User currently offlineRicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 677 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6056 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.

User currently offlineBWIA330 From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5886 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.

User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 975 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5835 times:

it is the talk going around the office. No 330.  Sad 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.


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User currently offlineCXH From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5835 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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