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Dutchbird Taken Over By Exel?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:12 pm

There is an article in the Dutch Newspaper "De Telegraaf" saying that yesterday evening the Dutch airline "Dutchbird" has been taken over by the Exel Aviation Group.

Can someone from the Netherlands verify this?

The last days there have so many rumours around IMCA and the Exel Aviation Group (as usual) that everything is possible.


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KLM & Exel Partnership Ended?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:52 pm

BEEK/AMSTELVEEN - KLM en Air Exel hebben besloten hun samenwerking aan te passen. Vanaf 6 november wordt de KLM exel franchiseoperatie beëindigd. Dit betekent dat Air Exel vanaf die datum de vluchten vanuit Eindhoven naar Londen Heathrow, Parijs Charles de Gaulle en Hamburg onder eigen naam en vluchtnummers gaat uitvoeren.

Air Exel blijft de vluchten tussen Maastricht en Schiphol voor de KLM uitvoeren tot en met 26 maart 2005. Daarna neemt KLM cityhopper deze vluchtuitvoering over, zo meldt KLM. Op al de diensten blijft de samenwerking op het gebied van het loyaliteitsprogramma Flying Dutchman van kracht.

Air Exel Netherlands startte in 1989 met de lijndienst Maastricht-Amsterdam. Sinds 1998 gebeurde dit onder de naam KLM exel. Air Exel is door de sterke groei van moederbedrijf ExelAviationGroup inmiddels een onderdeel geworden van een grote wereldwijd opererende luchtvaartgroep.

what I understand it says that by November 6th the partnership between Air Exel and KLM for the "KLM Exel" will end and Air Exel will operate under its own name flights out of Eindhoven to LHR, CDG and HAM.

Hope some of the Dutch a.netters can enlighten the news around the mysterious Exel Aviation Group...
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RE: Dutchbird Taken Over By Exel?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 5:36 pm

The info is true...Exel Aviation Group takes over Dutchbird!
Within a few monts Dutchbird will be integrated in the Holland Exel brand, so expect the Dutchbird colors to disappear in a few months time.
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RE: Dutchbird Taken Over By Exel?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 6:06 pm

Too bad the Dutchbird colour scheme will disappear then. It is quite colourful.

I hope the Exel Aviation Group will repaint the Dutchbird fleet in the colours of their latest 767.

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RE: Dutchbird Taken Over By Exel?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 6:17 pm

...hoping that they keep the DUTCHBIRD the new HollandExel livery if you want Tripple7 !!!
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RE: Dutchbird Taken Over By Exel?

Fri Oct 08, 2004 8:14 pm

The ExelAviationGroup is a venture of Dutch investor mr Erik de Vlieger, who is majority shareholder of the group. He invests in aviation companies by taking over airlines that are bankrupt (or on the verge of bankruptcy) like Air Holland (Now HollandExel) and Air Aruba (now ArubaExel).

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Hope this sheds some light on this rather unusual enterprise.

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RE: Dutchbird Taken Over By Exel?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 1:26 am

The one from Aruba was not Air Aruba (who ceased in 2000) but Avia Air was taken over. Avia Air was a small company flying EMB-120 Brasilias.

Air Exel b.v. (Maastricht) went also bankrupt and was taking over By Imca and susequently became the mother for the ExelAviationGroup. Airlines belonging to this group are (untill now): KLM Exel, GrandaExel (Italy), AlsaceExel (France), LoirExel (France), HollandExel together with BelgiumExel and DutchCaribbeanExel (Netherlands), DynamicExel (Netherlands = private chartering), BonairExel and CuracaoExel (Netherlands Antilles = in the Caribbean).
ArubaExel did not start yet and will be part of BonairExel. And next is WindwardExel in St. Maarten. This is the takeover of bankrupt Winnair who flies DHC Twin Otters in the region
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RE: Dutchbird Taken Over By Exel?

Sat Oct 09, 2004 2:52 am

Small correction to GoAirbusGo post. KLMexel as an airline does not exist (unlike the other airlines) and never existed. KLMexel is only a trading name and this name will disappear as of November 6th 2004 when the franchise agreement will be terminated.

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