A330DAT From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 469 posts, RR: 2 Posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1888 times:
Belgian airline DAT has begun negotiations to "wet lease" aircraft to fly to Africa. Seven companies are in the running for the contract. Johan Vanneste of DAT said thay are in the final stages of making the deal. The aircraft will be leased from it’s chosen partner. DAT would supply the pilots, cabin crew and maintenance. According to Rob Kuijpers (CEO of DAT) it’s a way of starting long haul with little expenses.
The aircraft would fly daily to several African destinations. Kinshasa (Congo), Kigali (Rwanda), Entebbe (Uganda) and Nairobi (Kenya) would be the first. Willy Buyse, fleet manager at DAT hopes to make a final announcement by the end of the week.
British Midland ( BMI ) and the new Thomas Cook (who will start charter flights to Dakar, Senegal and Banjul, Gambia) are said not to have any plans to take part. Freddy Van Gaever of VG Airlines, on the other hand, is mentioned as a prime candidate.
Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1550 times:
VG Airlines has not even flown its first flight, is still working out details of its aircraft leases and required documentation and business plan, and they are now proposing to operate flights on the behalf of other airlines? They also announced a cargo subsidiary this week.
As a frequent traveller out of BRU, I truly hope that another long-haul operator sets up an operation at BRU, and was hoping that VG would be a success, but I am concerned. Shouldn't VG be focused on getting its first flight into the air before it gets involved with all of these other ventures?
Ceilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1457 times:
Confirmation about the possible lease of an A330 from bmi to DAT comes from today's ATWOnline. The aircraft that would be used is the one that was returned early from SAS.
Bmi, DAT discuss lease deal for grounded aircraft
Dateline: Friday February 08, 2002
Bmi british midland told ATWOnline it is negotiating with DAT to lease out some of the aircraft it grounded while shedding capacity following Sept. 11.
DAT flies to about 20 European destinations but has said it would consider operating some African routes formerly served by defunct Sabena once costs are under control. Sources close to Brussels Airport said DAT is looking to start flights to Entebbe, Kinshasa and Kigali. DAT would opt for a wet-lease arrangement initially to cut its startup investment.
"We are talking to DAT and to other airlines to lease out some of the eight aircraft we parked for the winter," a bmi spokesperson said, although she emphasised that there "is nothing to confirm yet." She acknowledged that a wet-lease agreement for flights to Africa is part of the negotiations, but cautioned that "it all depends what's on the table." Bmi initially parked A320s, A321s and 737s but some of those aircraft will be used for its low-fare carrier bmibaby, which is slated to start operations next month.