Today I talked to a captain that is in charge of the safety issues at VG-Airlines.
The current plan is to operate flights between Jerevan (Yemen) and Los Angeles, via Brussels.
They have 3 main problems to operate this route:
1. Safety problems, the American CAA is very doubtfull that they can provide enough safety on this flight, certainly form Jerevan.
2. Fuel problems. They can not get fuel at Jerevan of which they are sure of the quality. So they HAVE to take the fuel from Brussels to Jerevan and back. On the A330-200 this is not such a big problem, because it has a very high landing weight, and Jerevan is not that far from Brussels (4hrs), but still operating like this they can only fill 3/4 of the plane maximum.
3. The third problem is related to the firs one, they still don't have a DOT402 to operate flights to the USA. This can still take several months, seen the safety problems.
The question I ask myself is: Will they be bankrupt before they start flying, or just after??
They loose 50.000 EUR every day they don't fly....
Still I wish them all the luck, but I see the sky getting darker over VG-Airlines every day...