Airlines With One Plane

Sun Jul 02, 2000 10:14 pm

I know that Lauda Airlines SpA has a Boeing 767-300ER as it's only plane. This airline is the only airline I can possibly think of that has one plane in it's fleet. What other airlines have a fleet of just one plane?
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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Sun Jul 02, 2000 10:37 pm

Airlines starting out with only one plane are now going to be a rarity. Start-ups now, and always, have had to have a competitive edge, not only against the majors, but against other start-ups. The latest trend has favoured airlines to start up with a huge capital, and more than one airplane. For instance, Impulse Airlines in Australia, has ordered two 717s for their operations. Jetblue has 75 A320's on order. So I think the days of one aeroplane operators are nearly over.

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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Sun Jul 02, 2000 10:46 pm

I know a flag carrier with only one plane: Air São Tomé e Príncipe !
They operate a Twin Otter on their routes from Sâo Tomé to Príncipe and to Libreville.

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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Sun Jul 02, 2000 11:11 pm

There is a charter company I believed based out of Orlando Florida called Planet or something similar. I know at one time they had a single B 727. That may have changed by now, it has been awhile since I've been to Orlando.

Anybody update this ?

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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Sun Jul 02, 2000 11:34 pm

Here in Canada we have a discount carrier that has been extraordinarily successful that is called "WestJet".

They only operate 737's.

RE: Airlines With One Plane

Sun Jul 02, 2000 11:43 pm

How about an airliner´s-net member collection and we get an used AC for our very own Airline. We would have plenty spots to visit. Maybe we should consider not to buy either Airbus or Boeing plane  
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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Sun Jul 02, 2000 11:46 pm

Perhaps get an Illyushin then  

RE: Airlines With One Plane

Sun Jul 02, 2000 11:50 pm


What about NICA (Nicaraguenses de Aviacion) of Nicaragua? They are part of Groupo TACA and they operate a sole 737-200. They have scheduled flights too!

... And I don't know if Panagra Airways is still around, but at one time in 1999 they operated a sole 727-200.

That's all I can think o for now.

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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Mon Jul 03, 2000 12:52 am

I can think of a few freight and charter outfits that have only one aircraft, but sked operators are very much a rarity. Clearly more than one aircraft is needed to effectively operate a schedule as maintenance downtime can't bring the airline to a halt. VistaJet tried to start up with only one aircraft, and they flopped because of the problems they had with their undercapitalized little operation, and problems with using only one airplane.

WestJet started with multiple aircraft, albeit of a single type. If I remember right, they started out with 3 and a 4th delivered soon after.
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RE: Lauda Spa

Mon Jul 03, 2000 1:34 am

hi Anti_Egyptair!

sorry to correct you, but lauda italy (spa) has more than one b767-300er

at the moment they are using
oe-lau b767-300er
oe-lat b767-300er

and it is planned that several b767-300er will be added to the fleet!
it depends on the demand of Lauda Air in Austria (who owns Lauda Italy SPA 100%) when the next aircraft transfer will take place.
actually they are operating Canadair Regional Jets as well, but I don´t have the exact number of A/C´s used!

Actually Lauda Air belongs to the Austrian Airlines Group (together with Austrian Airlines and Tyrolean Airways) who have all joined Star Alliance a few month ago.
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Air Tahiti NUI

Mon Jul 03, 2000 2:22 am

Well I can think of Air Tahiti Nui as a carrier with only one aircraft. They operate a sole A340-200 from Air France on its thrice weekly flights to LAX and once weekly to AKL, KIX and NRT.

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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Mon Jul 03, 2000 11:10 am

Planet Airways or Airlines has a 727-100 thats it
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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Mon Jul 03, 2000 12:40 pm

Silkair (a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines) operates a fleet of the A320 family of aircraft, comprising of the A319's and A320.


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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Mon Jul 03, 2000 3:13 pm

Some small South Pacific airlines such as Air Nauru and Solomons operate sole 737s. Often these planes are painted in the livery of the South Pacific operator but are actually owned and maintained by airlines such as Qantas.

Solomons Airlines 733 flies with QF during the week and for Solomons on the weekend. The plane carries Australian registration. Ansett had a similar arrangement with Polynesian Airlines for a long time.
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Airlines W/ One Plane In Pacific

Mon Jul 03, 2000 5:20 pm

Previous post is right - most Pacific airlines only have 1 737. Solomons, Air Vanuatu, Aircalin, Polynesian, Royal Tongan. I think Air Marshall Islands has only one SAAB 2000.
BUT some (eg: Solomons, Polynesian) have a couple of Twin Otters as well in the airliens domestic form (or HS748 in case of Royal Tongan). Air Vanuatu is the only one of the south pacific carriers to have only 1 aircraft. K2000 had only one 737 (but they folded in Jan), Kiwi International started with only 1 757.
Ah - Freedom Air International has only 1 737. Knew there was another.

RE: Airlines W/ One Plane In Pacific

Mon Jul 03, 2000 8:11 pm

Just clearing up a couple of points here.

* Impulse Airlines is NOT a new airline. The 717s they now operate heralded the start of *full* domestic operations for the airline. They have for many years operated Beech 1900s out of Newcastle Airport on regional Australian routes. They were previously, until a couple of years ago, known as Oxley Airlines and operated as an Ansett feeder airline.

* Air Nauru's 737-400 VH-RON (RON stands for Republic of Nauru) is owned by the Nauru Government and is sub-leased to QF, Norfolk Jet Express and other airlines on those days that it is not being utilised on ON flights. VH-RON is registered in Australia because Air Nauru operates under an Australian Air Operators Certificate (the only foreign airline to do so).

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RE: Airlines With One Plane

Tue Jul 04, 2000 1:45 am

Guyana Air 2000, formerly Guyana Airways, flies one 757-200 from its GEO base to MIA, JFK and YYZ nonstop. Its neighbour, Surinam Airways, has a 4 plane fleet at present (1 MD87, 1 Dash 8 300, 2 Twin Otter) but in 1989 experienced calamity as its only plane at the time, a DC-8, crashed just short of its Paramaribo base on a flight from AMS with the loss of 168. It is not surprising therefore that there has been talk about merging the two carriers.

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Tue Jul 04, 2000 7:43 am

In Lithuania there is an airline called "Aurela". It has only one plane (Tupolev). It's photo is on (use advanced search).