lmml 14/32
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New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 4:30 am

Just heard on the news that a Maltese man who has been involved in low cost travel by chartering British Airlines like Sabre, Excel Airways and Astraeus has now formed his own airline - BritishJet.com - flying a single MD80 (or 83) leased from Switzerland with Swiss cockpit and Maltese Cabin Crews. Not sure where the airline will be based. News is very sketchy.

[Edited 2005-01-10 20:31:42]

[Edited 2005-01-10 20:32:44]
 
gkirk
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 4:35 am

Apparently flying to MAN,LGW,STN,EMA and LBA in place of the Astraeus flights which have been operating for the last few years
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lmml 14/32
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:05 am

You know anything about it? The airline will mainly fly to and from Malta.
 
alcregular
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:14 am

Prices are really cheap. Some flights are around £150 rtn in school holidays
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trident2e
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:16 am

Interesting - is BritishJet a working title or the actual name? Any company using the word British has to have authority from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
 
sevenair
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:39 am

yeah there are rules and regs about calling youself 'British ..... whatever' not sure of the details,
 
sevenair
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:41 am

ah just had a look, the c/s should be more 'British', and im glad to see the MD-8*/9* in service with an airline in this fine country
 
lmml 14/32
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:59 am

I just compared some prices with those of AirMalta from Manchester, namely 20-27 July and 20-27 August. AirMalta is actually cheaper - and with more convenient timings too. Is BritishJet low cost or not?
 
gkirk
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:10 am

I thought it had something to do with Air Malta? A Uk subsidiary of them or something?
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Horus
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:19 am

I'd be surprised if they were a subsidiary of KM, since the latter aren't in any fit state to expand let alone start up a new airline.

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717fan
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:11 pm

Pictured on the website is a MD-90....Could it be subleased from Hello of Switzerland?
 
RJ100
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:19 pm

I had the same thoughts 717fan. They are already leasing one aircraft out to Cyprus.

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lmml 14/32
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RE: New Airline - BritishJet.com

Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:37 pm

I'd be surprised if they were a subsidiary of KM, since the latter aren't in any fit state to expand let alone start up a new airline.

AirMalta is a very fit and capable airline that is going through a bad patch, like most other airlines in the world. The problem with AirMalta had always been that it was not able to expand before Malta joined the EU as Malta can only take so many tourists and the local market is not sufficient to sustain an airline. EU membership has given AirMalta a breath of fresh air and this can be the lifeline that the airline has been expecting. In fact AirMalta lost no time in setting up KMUK, with two A320's based in Manchester flying to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean.

With the prices I have seen of this half measured BritishJet.com, I don't see them going anywhere for too long. An what's with the MD-80? We all know that is an old model with higher operating and maintenance costs than a B737.

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