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Canada Air Strikes Deal With Owner Of Minardi F-1  
User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2118 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2476 times:

Charter backer links with European firm
Canada Air strikes deal with owner of the Minardi F-1 team


Montreal Gazette

Saturday, June 01, 2002

Steve Nasra used newspaper ads to chronicle his fight to get his project airborne.

Canada Air Charter, the Montreal airline service that plans to offer free booze and to wheedle the region's ethnic communities onto its flights, has finally secured aircraft and government licenses by partnering with a company that owns the Minardi Formula 1 racing team.

The Montreal charter company has teamed up with European Aviation Group, owned by Australian Paul Stoddart.

European Aviation's charter division will supply Canada Air Charter with at least three Boeing 747-200 aircraft. Yesterday, the British-based company secured its license to operate from the Canadian Transportation Agency.

"It was a great day for us," said Daniel Guay, a legal representative for European Aviation.

"We're getting green lights."

Canada Air Charter, the pet project of Montreal entrepreneur Steve Nasra, has been hit with setback after setback since its inception several months ago.

First, major established airlines refused to lease his company planes, Nasra claims.

Then, the federal government ordered the company to stop selling tickets because it did not have the proper licenses.

Nasra chronicled many of the details to get his project airborne by buying repeated advertisements in La Presse. He's also been hyping the project on local ethnic radio programs for weeks.

Now, the new target date for Canada Air Charter's inaugural flight is set for June 17.

His critics remain, however.

They say Nasra is simply an over-ambitious dreamer who still has no chance of making his charter company work in the long run.

They wonder where the 440 people will come from to fill every Boeing 747 jet to the exotic destinations he's targeted - Rome, Tunis, Lisbon, Madrid, Dakar, Abidjan, Martinique and Port-au-Prince.

He countered yesterday by saying: "When I say it will take off, it will take off. There are always skeptical people in this industry. I would be surprised if there weren't."

European Aviation will operate aircraft for two other Canadian-based charter companies, in addition to Canada Air Charter.

- nvanpraet@thegazette.southam.ca

© Copyright 2002 Montreal Gazette

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User currently offlineNoise From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2118 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

Is this great or what? Sure, they might not last last, or they might become one of Canada's biggest airlines! Either way, I'm happy and excited for this airline. Could they be the one that might exploit Montreal's potential?


User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3804 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (13 years 12 months 11 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

You would rather have a half wit start up an airline for a few months, employ some people and then go under sending all of them back to the pogy lines? I'd rather see an airline with real money, a real plan, and someone smart running the business, admittedly that has yet to happen in the industry, with the exception of WJ, and to a much lesser extent AC, but still why not work to establish something with half a chance.... OH Well..

"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineFLYYUL From Italy, joined Jun 2000, 5038 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (13 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 2374 times:

He's got some destinations that will work well Lisbon, Madrid and Rome are SURE sellers.. Tunis, Abidjan and Chile are different stories however!!


User currently offlineSlawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3804 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (13 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

The guy is a quack! Just like that guy out west, my travel, my airways...my something or other...two doorknobs with too much time, and WAY too much money on their hands...they just want to see their name on the side of the airplane. He demonstrated that he knows nothing about aviation or the industry when he started selling tickets without and O/C and without an exemption from the CTA. He further demonstrated his sheer stupidity when he launched his airline saying he would have on-board security guards, free "grooming" for passengers...and a crap load of otehr garbage that is useless, and way too expensive for a charter. Maybe these two fools should get together with Ken, and Mike and maybe they can start something decent. At least Ken and Mike know how to get the planes off the ground! They can call it My-Can-Go-Charter Airways...

Are we ever going to see a viable alternative?

"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (13 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 2362 times:

It's honestly rediculous. This MORON keeps trying different ways to cheat the system. Air Atlanta couldn't get the certificate fast enough so then they change to EAL. Does anyone remember their original aircraft choices? They were uneconomical, old, and vary odd choices. Fly the DC-10 while an A310 sits as a spare? What the hell was the 737-200 going to do?

Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineDeedee From Canada, joined Mar 2002, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

Here we go again - European are hiring big time in London for Cabin Crew - so they can go to Canada and fly Canadians to destinations outside of Canada.
What happened to jobs in the airline industry in Canada for Canadians?

User currently offlineCrj 900 From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 2311 times:

I agree 100% that it's BS that expats should be allowed to come here for a so-called Canadian owned company and fly out of our country. Time to start sending some letters to stop that kinda of behavior.

User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1315 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2279 times:

Sorry, but i feel the need to reply to the last 2 comments here. If Canadian Charter or whatever this joke of an airline is called want to charter EAL to fly their flights then fine. And EAL can employ who they want to fly them.

If you charter a British Airline to carry out your flights then that airline will use its own staff, and if they are british then so be it. there is no need to knock EAL for this when all they are doing is honouring their contract. If the poeple of Canada don't like it (which, i can sympathise with them, nobody likes to think of anybody else being unemployed) then canadian charter should have actually got some decent capital behind them and got or leased their own aircraft and employed their own crews, not charter it out to ANYONE who can get a quick liscence.

User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2253 times:

BTW, rumour on Pprune is that EAL have bought another 6 B747s in addition to the 6 they already had. Apparently Mr Stoddart sold his car team inorder to finance the deal!

User currently offlineWG YQT From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 151 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

I can't believe Nasra is still trying to get this off the ground. It is destined for failure and all it is going to do is give himself, EAL and whoever else is involved a bad rap.
I already feel sorry for the people who have bought tickets because I will be very surprised if this ever takes to the skies. Surprise, Surprise more people are about to be screwed by a 'Canadian' Airline.

All my thoughts and comments from the past are still relevant to the topic I would say.

WG YQT  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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