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VLM Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 11:04 pm


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VLM Airlines, that started in the middle of November this year, with 3 flights between Brussel-Zaventem and London City, increases his frequency on this route, with 2 return flights, one in the morning and one in the evening.
The new route to the British capital, will note a quick increase in passengers, with a today's occupation percentage that's already above 40%, by Peter Barry of VLM Airlines.
That's the reason, why the airline has decided to realise as from the 10th of December, to activate an extra rotation. London City Airport is as "business Airport" next to the financial district of Canary Wharf.
With daily flights from Antwerp, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Luxemburg and Rotterdam is the airport taking a central position, within the network of VLM Airlines.
The recently started activities on the Airport of Brussels-Zaventem, will create for VLM Airlines a network of business trafic between the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg) and the British capital, London.

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RE: VLM Airlines

Thu Dec 06, 2001 11:12 pm

Do they still have plans to replace their F50 fleet with RJs? Heard a rumour last year that they want 10 728Jet. First they had choosen the F70 but production was stopped then. They had a LoI for t ARJ-85 but was never taken any further. Any news about this? And how is their code-share with Eurowings going?

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RE: VLM Airlines

Fri Dec 07, 2001 12:52 am

I like to see this airline growing, I once flew with them and they are pretty good. VLM Airlines was my first lovebaby... Hurray for VLM Airlines!
 
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RE: VLM Airlines

Fri Dec 07, 2001 1:46 am

Hello, Flying-Tiger

VLM AIRLINES was founded in 1992 as the Vlaamse Luchttransport Maatschappij (VLM). The first scheduled flight was on 17 May 1993 from Antwerp to London City Airport. The choice of these two airports was anything but coincidental. Right from it's very early days VLM's philosophy was clearly defined: "To offer regular flights between European business centres using regional airports".

Besides reliability and safety, speed and frequency are of crucial importance to business travellers. VLM AIRLINES upholds these four major factors on all it's daily flights with a fleet of 8 Fokker 50's: highly reliable 50-seaters, tailor-made for short haul flights and a quick turn around.

With this same philosophy in mind, a new route between Rotterdam and London City became operational in April 1994. A nice market was starting to take shape. All the more so in April 1996 when four flights per day were introduced between Düsseldorf Express Airport Mönchengladbach and London City Airport. VLM AIRLINES was a poineer at Düsseldorf Express Airport Mönchengladbach: a regional airport on the edge of the Ruhr region offering all the facilities for fast and stress-free air travel.

In 1998 VLM AIRLINES added two new routes to it's network. In September the signal was given for the start of a three times daily rotation between Rotterdam and Manchester, once more using the Fokker 50. In November of that year VLM AIRLINERS was the first company to offer a direct connection between Luxembourg and London City. With three departures per day from the strategically located Luxembourg, it heralded a further expansion of VLM's already strong position at London City Airport.

In March 1999, VLM AIRLINES was the first Belgian airline to be given the permission to operate flights between Great Britain (London City Airport) and the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey). VLM AIRLINES passengers now have the chance to fly from Antwerp, Mönchengladbash or Luxembourg, via London City to the Channel Islands.

Finally, from 27 September 1999, VLM AIRLINES has begun flying to Geneva in Switzerland twice a day from it's home base in Antwerp. Not only is this an important Swiss centre of commerce for the businessman, but the flights are also popular with tourist travellers.

VLM AIRLINES is proud of it's collaboration with a number of leading European airline companies. The Antwerp - London City route is flown in collaboration with Sabena, and KLM is the code-share partner for the Rotterdam - London City route. VLM AIRLINES also has flights between Luxembourg - London City in collaboration with Luxair. VLM AIRLINES is the executive airline on all the routes.

From the beginning of 1999, VLM AIRLINES has carried out almost 200 flights to and from London City Airport each week. Where as almost 250 000 passengers were carried on regular service and charter flights in 1998, this number has risen to more than 300 000 passengers on regular services and 20 000 on charter flights last year.



 
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RE: VLM Airlines

Fri Dec 07, 2001 2:16 am

Hey,

VLM AIRLINES
Registration Card + Info

http://aerotransport.free.fr/airliners/a106963.html

VLM AIRLINERS FLEET

At present, VLM AIRLINES has eight Fokker 50's in service. The Fokker 50 is a Turboprop aircraft specially designed for short and medium hauls. All the aircraft have leather seats for optimal comfort plus above average legroom for 50 passengers.

On all routes to London City, Manchester and Geneva VLM AIRLINES uses a movable curtain to make a distinction between the Business and Economy passengers.



FOKKER 50 facts

Average Cruising Speed --------- 480 km/h
Max. Cruising Speed ------------ +/- 540 km/h
Take-off speed ---------------- +/- 180 km/h
Max. altitude ------------------ 25000 ft
Max. Gross Weight ------------- Take-Off 20 280 kg
Average Operating Weight ------ 13 500 kg
Fuel Capacity ------------------ 3 870 kg (Jet-A1)
Range 1------------------------ 1 837 n.miles with 2
-------------------------------- Tonnes payload
Range 2------------------------ 494 n.miles with 5
-------------------------------- Tonnes payload
Engines ------------------------ 2 P/W 125B - Turbo
-------------------------------- prop. Engines
Max. Take-off Power ----------- 2 500 SHP
Wing-span --------------------- 29 meters
Total length ------------------- 25.25 meters
Height ------------------------- 8.32 meters

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RE: VLM Airlines

Fri Dec 07, 2001 10:57 pm

Sounds not too bad at all. Do they carry their maintenance out by themselves or is it out-sourced? With a fleet of 8 F50 (aren´t they supposed to recieve additional ones this or early next year?) it could already make sense to establish a maintenance base. Anything about their fleet plans or future destinations?

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RE: VLM Airlines

Wed Dec 12, 2001 8:50 am

Hello,

The VLM-Fleet

OO-VLE
PH-ARG
Fokker 50
"City of Düsseldorf"

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OO-VLG
PH-ARD
Fokker 50
"Royal Jersey"

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OO-VLJ
PH-ARE
Fokker 50
"Diana Princess of Wales"

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Photo © Charles Falk



OO-VLK
PH-FZF
Fokker 50
"City of Monchengladbach"

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OO-VLO
ES-AFL (Estonia)
Fokker 50
"City of Geneve"

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OO-VLR
PH-ARF
Fokker 50
"Grand Duchy of Luxembourg"

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PH-VLM
OO-VLM
Fokker 50
"City of Rotterdam"

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PH-VLN
OO-VLN
Fokker 50
"City of Antwerp"

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..-... Fleet number where worn

Thanks for the nice pictures! (photographers)

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RE: VLM Airlines

Wed Dec 12, 2001 9:08 am

AFAIK, VLM now has 11 Fokker 50 in the fleet. Three Fokker 50 that were leased out to Air Nostrum from 1996-2001 have now been returned after the 5 year leases have expired. At least 1 of those has been i/s with VLM since this summer and another one should have been delivered from WOE by now. Not sure about the third, I seem to remember that it is still at WOE. Makes VLM Airlines the fourth largest Fokker 50 operator in the world after Air Nostrum, Skyways and KLC, if I have the stats correctly.
By the way, VLM was founded by Freddy van Gaever in 1993, also founder of Delta Air Transport back in 1967 and now the guy also behind VG Airlines (which cannot obtain the designator VG because this is already VLM's...). Van Gaever also owns leasing copany FREVAG, that owns some of VLMs Fokker 50s.
 
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Vfw614

Wed Dec 12, 2001 10:09 am

Correct! Will VLM and VG Airlines going to cooperate; VG international and VLM European routes? Could be perfect partners...
 
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RE: VLM Airlines

Wed Dec 12, 2001 9:17 pm

Air Orange, didn't Freddy van Gaever leave VLM in 1999? Our friend Mr. Scheepsbouwer is currently the sole owner of the airline. Allthough he may be an advisor.

Anyway, VLM doesn't have (yet) the resources to become a real feeder for VG Airlines. Moreover as VLM concentrates on Antwerp and Rotterdam (the only flight ex BRU is a flight to LCY) and BRU is already occupied (DAT).

AOh yes I don't think VLM would mind to sell the IATA code VG to VG Airlines.

BTW doesn't TAM still have a large fleet of F50s?

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RE: VLM Airlines

Wed Dec 12, 2001 11:42 pm

Hey, Lj

TAM has,
7 Fokker 50's:


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50 Fokker 100's


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TAM has olso,
1 Fokker F-27 500
2 Fokker F-27 600's

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RE: VLM Airlines

Thu Dec 13, 2001 5:02 am

Which also reminds me of the fact that Freddy van Gaever obviously likes to see his initals reflected by all the airlines he was involved in:
- The first half a dozen or so DAT aircraft all had OO-VG... something registrations, if memory serves.
- VLM airlines uses the desginator VG
- And now: VG Airlines
Must be his last airline venture as I don't see much more ways to bring "VG" into an airline operation, regs, designator, name.....
 
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RE: VLM Airlines

Thu Dec 13, 2001 6:17 am

Vfw614, you're right. Not only did some of the aircraft regs start with OO-VG but he also had aircraft registred OO-*VG (the DC-3s and also de DC6s and CV-440 before the were restistered OO-VG*) and PH-VGR.

Regards
Laurens

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