Amir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12 Posted (11 years 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1429 times:
Moldavian International (RM) used to fly with the Yak-42 to FRA. Today, by chance i found a different equipment (Source Amadeus) 141? with a indicated seat arrangement of 10 C and 64 Y seats? any info about an equipment change on this route (FRA-KIV)?
Connector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1360 times:
Well it's a long and ugly story but to make it short Moldova used to have two airlines Air Moldova International (private) and Air Moldova (Government own).
On Nov 22, 2002 the Moldovan Civil Aeronautic Authority informed Air Moldova International that it would not renew its Air Operator License (dated back in 1995) due to failure of the airline to comply with international standards.
Air Moldova International used to operate exclusively the Chisinew-Frankfurt route.
Shortly after, Air Moldova (Government own) was designated the only air operator of this route which by the way seems to be the most profitable route for Moldova.
Since Air Moldova International had yet to honor its advanced bookings on this route, they made some arrangements choosing Cirrus Airlines of Germany (Team Lufhansa) to fly in and out of Moldova on their behalf for the next three months. In order to operate the Frankfurt - Kisinew route Cirrus Airline was set to obtain the necessary route license in 14 days time from German Aeronautic Authority.
meanwhile pending required licensing Cirrus started to fly the route on behalf of Air Moldova International but the aircraft was denied any service (including refueling) upon landing at Kisinew Airport. More over on December 01, 2002 the Kisinew ATC bluntly refused to grant the landing permission for Cirrus's aircraft. The aircraft had to turn back and land at Iasi Airport (Romania) while the passengers on board the aircraft were ferried for several hours by bus back to Kisinew.
Moldovan Government said that Air Moldova International upon loosing their Air Operator License should have negotiated an arrangement with Air Moldova and not with Cirrus Airlines !
Many believe that this is a politically orchestrated move meant to transfer this profitable route on Government hands.
Cirrus is currently operating an ERJ-145, 50 seats on the route and it appears that Lufthansa is now set to start service between Frankfurt and Kisinew in the summer.
So it's really hard to take a guess as of who and what aircraft will fly this route. At least for now !
Amir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1339 times:
many thanks for this indepth posting! Well doesn't sound good at all but this is the sad practice in so many countries at the verge if privatisation.
where did you get the information from that LH might start operating there?
Their star partner VO is already serving the route from VIE, but i think the demand is much bigger and justifies a direct flight (otherwise the government wouldn't have been so keen....)
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1333 times:
Connector4you...thanks for posting the information in regards to the Moldovan authorities. I have a friend who used to work, until recently, at Air Moldova International and Chisinau Airport Services (ground handling).
Back in late October my buddy was advised that as of the end of the month he would no longer be in work with either AMI or CAS. The government would be closing CAS down and would "nationalise" all ground handling at Chisinau Airport. He was also told that AMI would also be shut down, and all route authorities would be handed over to the government owned Air Moldova.
Just for people's information, Moldova still has a communist government in power, and this goes along with their plans to nationalise, and basically screw up, the airline industry in Moldova.
No-one wants to fly Air Moldova. The top 3 airlines of choice in the country (as per what people want to be able to fly) are 1) MDV Moldavian Airlines 2) AMI 3) Air Moldova.
The employees are totally pissed with this action, because it is well known that AMI is a better (and more profitable) airline than Air Moldova. There was talk of strike action but nothing has happened yet, and I doubt whether it would make any difference.
But I know that other people with AMI still have their jobs, as I received an email from an @ami.md email just yesterday.
Amir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1319 times:
i just talked to a Friend who used to have dealings with Air Mold. Internatinal. I can only confirm all what you mentioned, it's a pitty!
Even if the government carrier flies the route KIV-FRA, they ned good interline agreements out and from FRA otherwise they will only pick up local ethnic traffic which means ultra low yields (there is quite a good traffic of moldovians to the US) thus less moneay for the country.. it's always the same.....
Actually the reason for me checking their schedule out of FRa was to find a routing where i can fly a YAK-42 (i never did before).
Connector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1289 times:
On November 26, 2002 Air Moldova International layed off around 400 employees from its subsidiaries Petrol-Service, Chisinew Airport Service and Catering Services that were shot down as well by the Moldovan State Administration of Civil Aviation (ASAC).
Air Moldova is been established on June 2000 and registered in Frankfurt as a joint venture between Moldovan Government who controls 51% and Unistar Ventures GmbH a subsidiary of Dresdner Bank with 49%. It appears that in June this year a conflict of interest between the two co-founders broke free when Moldovan Government based on its 51% majority in the company, decided to vote out the Air Moldova's CEO, and replace him with a person of confidence.
Ventures GmbH declared the vote unlawfully saying that accordingly to the joint venture statutes a such important change would need a 2/3 majority.
As a result Ventures GmbH was seriously contemplating to get out of this joint venture provided that the Moldovan government will buy their 49% investment.
On august 2002, Moldovan government established a new 100% State own paper-airline(no aircrafts) called simply "Moldova".
On September 2002 The Moldovan Supreme Court declares the Air Moldova joint venture dissolved.
As we speak Ventures GmbH's lawyers are set to sue Moldovan Government in International Courts.
On the other hand Air Moldova International will most likely take ASAC to International Courts as well.