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New Montreal Based (YMX) Airline - Air Columbus!  
User currently offlineWolfy From Taiwan, joined Mar 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3244 times:

I just heard from a friend that he got a job as a FA with a new start up airline based in Mirabel, Montreal called Air Columbus, flying down to sun destinations such as Mexico etc competing with Air Transat using B727s. Just to share this new with those who might be interested! Also would like to get more information about it if anyone has heard about it!  Smile



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User currently offlineAirtime From Canada, joined Jun 1999, 86 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3187 times:

hI! where did he applied? are they still looking for people?



User currently offlineAA_Cam From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3179 times:

Good to hear of new airlines starting up in this time of economic volitility. I wish all the best to Air Columbus and all its employees.

Happy and Safe Flying,

User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3168 times:

I hope this is not the second Air Columbus to go bankrupt!

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User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 3804 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3168 times:

No nuno this one comes without fish  Smile

This is actualy Kelown Flight Craft, operating for Air Columbus Vacations, a tour company in Eastern Canada, the airline it self is KFC, but the brand name will be Air Columbus, just like when KFC flew Greyhound, and Rootsair 727's.

I think the e-mail for job applications was fa@flightcraft.ca

"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 3167 times:

Only got a french article...

Vacances Air Columbus vient bousculer Air Transat
Laurier Cloutier
La Presse

Kelowna Flightcraft et le Groupe Columbus Holding vont lancer, aujourd'hui à Montréal, Vacances Air Columbus, un nouveau transporteur qui va en partie concurrencer Transat et secouer l'industrie aérienne en pleine crise après les attentats du 11 septembre.

Les deux partenaires de Colombie-Britannique viennent de convoquer une conférence de presse pour annoncer «la création et le début de l'exploitation de Vacances Air Columbus, un transporteur aérien canadien de plus dans le domaine du voyage».

Vacances Air Columbus offrira d'abord des vols vers le Sud et, plus tard, vers l'Europe, selon des informations préliminaires. On saura aujourd'hui jusqu'à quel point ce transporteur pourra ajouter de la concurrence et combler un vide du marché.

Kelowna Flightcraft est «le troisième transporteur aérien au Canada» et un leader dans l'entretien d'appareils et la formation de pilotes, dit la compagnie sur son site Web.

C'est dans le cargo, notamment, que Kelowna Flightcraft exploite plusieurs de ses 35 avions, grâce à ses principaux contrats obtenus de Purolator et Federal Express. La compagnie fait également l'installation et l'entretien de l'avionique sur plusieurs appareils pour le compte de plusieurs fabricants, dont BAE Systems Canada et Honeywell. Kelowna Flightcraft et le Groupe Columbus Holding oeuvrent également dans les vols nolisés.

Kelowna Flightcraft détient 19 Boeing 727-100/200 et 16 Convair, en plus d'exploiter 10 autres types d'appareils sous contrats, pour les vols nolisés et le cargo. La compagnie a également développé et fait certifier le Convair 5800 grâce à l'aide d'Allison et de General Dynamics, selon son site Web. Les Boeing 727 ne peuvent pas être utilisés n'importe où, selon les normes actuelles, et exigent des pistes assez longues, commentent des gens de l'industrie. Vacances Air Columbus pourrait toutefois trouver d'autres appareils.

Le transporteur est lancé à Montréal parce que les deux investisseurs de l'Ouest canadien aurait trouvé un partenaire du Québec. On soupçonne Michel Leblanc, l'ex-président de Royal Aviation qui veut relancer ce transporteur, mais l'homme d'affaires n'a pas rappelé La Presse.

Le marché canadien a besoin de concurrents et verra arriver de nouvelles compagnies locales qui peuvent combler ce besoin, avant de devoir faire appel à des transporteurs de l'extérieur, selon une porte-parole d'Air Canada, Renée Smith-Valade.

Le marché québécois, de son côté, peut attirer des concurrents surtout depuis la disparition de Royal Aviation -dans le cadre de la faillite de Canada 3000- et des vols réguliers d'Air Alma. Air Canada et Air Transat ont de plus réduit leur capacité (nombre d'avions et de vols) après le 11 septembre. Ceci dit, par contre, les transporteurs traînent toujours la patte au niveau de l'affluence de la clientèle et aucun passager ne s'est plaint jusqu'ici d'avoir été laissé sur le tarmac, faute de place disponible dans un appareil.

User currently offlineBoeing747-700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Vacation Air Columbus comes jostle Air Chair Laurier Cloutier Press It Kelowna Flightcraft and the Group Columbus holding Company launch, today to Montréal, Vacation Air Columbus, a new carrier that goes some left compete with Chair and shake the aerial industry squarely crisis after the attempts of the 11 September. The two partners of Colombie-British summon a lecture press announce «the creation and the beginning of the exploitation Vacation Air Columbus, a Canadian aerial carrier furthermore in the domain of the trip». Vacation Air Columbus offer first flights towards the South and, later, towards europe, according to preliminary informations. One know today to which not at all this carrier add competition and fill an emptiness of the market. Kelowna Flightcraft is «the third aerial carrier to Canada» and a leader in the maintenance of devices and the formation of pilots, says the company on his site Web. This is in the freighter, notably, that Kelowna Flightcraft exploits several of its 35 had, thanks to its principal obtained contracts Purolator and Federal Expresses. The company does equally the installation and the maintenance of the l'avionique on several devices for the account of several manufacturers, of which BAE Systems Canada and Honeywell. Kelowna Flightcraft and the Group Columbus holding Company work equally in the flights nolisés. Kelowna Flightcraft holds 19 Boeing 727-100/200 and 16 Convair, what's more exploit other 10 types of devices under contracts, for the flights nolisés and the freighter. The company has equally developed and does certify the Convair 5800 thanks to the help d'Allison and of General Dynamics, according to his site Web. The Boeing 727 not are able be used not import where, according to the current norms, and demand enough long tracks, comment on people of the industry. Vacation Air Columbus nevertheless fiould other devices. The carrier is launched to Montréal because the two investors of the Canadian west haould found a partner of Quebec. One suspects Michel Leblanc, the l' former-president of Royal Aviation that wants relaunch this carrier, but the businessman not has recalled The Press. The Canadian market needs competitors and see arrive again local companies that fill this need, before doing call to carriers of the exterior, according to a spokesperson air Canada, Reemerged Smith-Valade. The quebec market, of his side, attracts competitors especially since the disappearance of Royal Aviation -in the framework of the bankruptcy Canada 3000- and uniform flights of air Alma. Air Canada and Air Chair have furthermore reduces their capacity (number of airplanes and of flights) after the 11 September. This says, on the other hand, the carriers lead always the paw to the level of the crowd of the clientele and no fleeting not is pityes itself so far have been left on the tarmac, for lack of available place in a device.

This is how it translated into English. Sorry but there are somethings It would not translate.

User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3121 times:

Wow, a truly terrible translation. Good of you to take the time to run it through though! the sense does generally come through!

Now, is THIS michel LeBlanc's new airline??? The reporter certainly seems to think si, but that doesn' sound right to me at all....
How much lower are the costs at mirabel that a startup would actually CHOOSE to fly from there. Or dos KFC already have infrastructure/services there?

Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlinePalebird From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3105 times:

This has nothing to do with Leblanc. It is KF all the way.

See press clipping from Vancouver Sun:

Kelowna Flightcraft is back in the airline business as part of a new charter carrier operating from Eastern Canada to sunshine destinations, the company announced Wednesday.

The Kelowna-based cargo carrier, will operate one of its Boeing 727s out of Montreal, beginning Feb. 21 with flights to Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the Dominican Republic.

Within a year, the new company, Vacances Air Columbus, jointly owned with Montreal travel agency Neo Tours, likely will add aircraft and expand operations to Vancouver, Kelowna Flightcraft president and CEO Barry Lapointe said.

"We are hoping by next year to be three or four aircraft, which is a good number," Lapointe said in an interview. "We are a B.C. company and B.C. is always going to figure in our plans."

Kelowna Flightcraft will supply the aircraft, flight crews and maintenance facilities. Neo-Tours will provide the passengers.

It is similar to the deal Kelowna Flightcraft made with Greyhound of Canada to operate Greyhound Air, a charter carrier launched with great fanfare in 1996, but which folded 15 months later.

Lapointe said Greyhound was a good airline and could have been "a major force in Canadian transportation," but went out of business when Greyhound's parent, Greyhound Canada Transportation Corp., was taken over by Laidlaw Inc., which he said "had no appetite for the airline business."

Lapointe believes conditions are right for a new Canadian charter carrier because of the demise last year of Canada 3000 and the downsizing of Montreal-based Air Transat, which have left a gap in the market.

He said Kelowna Flightcraft, which has 850 employees and revenue last year of $120 million, has invested $8 million in Vacances Air Columbus from its other operations. The new carrier enters the market debt-free, he added.

"We will start with one aircraft and go from there and if we think there's other opportunities, we will look at them," he said. "I am not in it for the ego, but only if it makes sense and is profitable. That's going to be the driving force."

He said the new company is operating from Montreal first because Quebec was hardest hit when Canada 3000 went under.

Kelowna Flightcraft's core business is operating and maintaining cargo aircraft for Purolator. It has a fleet of 35 aircraft, including three passenger jets. Most of its operations are at night, which means it has equipment available during the day.

"People say, 'Isn't this a bad time to start an airline?' We think it's a good time. There's a lot of people available. There's a big drop in capacity. We have zero debt and no baggage and [aircraft] leases are not out of sight. Also, we have bases in every major city in Canada.

Industry analyst Peter Paul de Souza confirmed there is a void in the Canadian charter market since Canada 3000 ceased operations.

"There's a pent-up demand forÝholidays to sun destinations, particularly at this time of the year," he said. "Kelowna Flightcraft has a good reputation in the industry and they know the business. Starting cautiously, with one aircraft, seems to be the way to go."

Vancouver travel agent Scott Clute of Global Travel said he is impressed that the confidence exists to start an airline in the current business environment, but heÝcautioned there may be consumer reluctance to a newcomer starting so soon after Canada 3000 went under.

"With one aircraft, it is not going to be force in the market," he said. "People are still smarting from what happened to Canada 3000."

© Copyright 2002 Vancouver Sun

User currently offlineTristar2000 From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 274 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3060 times:


That translation is terrible... Transat becomes "chair" in English... ah well!!

The reason why I believe Air Colombus will operate out of YMX is because charters fly out of there.

The best example is what Royal used to do, their charter flights out of YMX and their scheduled flights out of YUL!


User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Good luck to them!

Kelowna Flightcraft seems like a tight and well kept operation. Let's hope they find a better scheme than "Purolator" or "Fedex" for their pax operation...
Now that would be funny...  Laugh out loud

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