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Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:15 pm

The Helios brand is being dropped and will be replaced by a charter-only carrier flying as "ajet".

Lease agreements currently operated by Helios will be transferred to ajet. Not certain when the new brand will be introduced.

Source: http://www.e-tid.com
 
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:29 pm

Does this mean no more Helios/ajet scheduled flights into LHR and whatever additional points in the UK they serve from LCA/PFO?
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:02 pm

How I read, it means that Helios is bancruptcy or liquidated and they got a new AOC and company where they transfer their operation to. I guess a way to get around the clives of lawyers etc. trying to sue the company for the crash. May be also a way to restart after cash problems.
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:11 pm

It is necessary to register to read the source.

However, it was reported in December's issue of Airliners World that Helios would soon be renamed/rebranded and their aircraft would have a new livery. Ajet is obviously their chosen name and brand.

A spokesman for the company was reported in December as saying that the renaming/rebranding has nothing to do with the crash of their 737 near Athens in August, but is to reflect Libra Holidays' ownership of the airline. I do not think that you can associate Ajet with the Libra brand instantly.

Does anyone know when the official report of August's crash will be released?
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:16 pm

Quoting Delta777Jet (Reply 2):
How I read, it means that Helios is bancruptcy or liquidated and they got a new AOC and company where they transfer their operation to. I guess a way to get around the clives of lawyers etc. trying to sue the company for the crash. May be also a way to restart after cash problems.

Helios is owned by Libra Holidays who are rebranding the airline. (The image of Helios on the tail of the crashed jet has been a powerful and poignant reminder of the tragedy that the company wishes to get away from) AFAIK, no bankruptcy, nor changing the AoC.
No cash problems either AFAIK.
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:40 pm

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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:47 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 3):
A spokesman for the company was reported in December as saying that the renaming/rebranding has nothing to do with the crash of their 737 near Athens in August,

yup, and a concorde just landed at BDL in a Pan Am billboard scheme.... I think they just pulled a Valujet/Airtran....
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:57 pm

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 4):
No cash problems either AFAIK

Helios was reported to be losing £3 million per month in the wake of the August crash. I cannot remember the source - possibly Airliners' World or Flight International - but definitely remember reading it somewhere.
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:01 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 6):
I think they just pulled a Valujet/Airtran....

 yes   yes   yes   yes 

..and to be honest, it might work for them. I mean, look how big Airtran has become compared to what Valujet was. Pretty sad that an airline can cover-up their negligence with a simple name and livery change.
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:05 am

Quoting MiCorazonAzul (Reply 8):
..and to be honest, it might work for them. I mean, look how big Airtran has become compared to what Valujet was. Pretty sad that an airline can cover-up their negligence with a simple name and livery change.

True, but the flying public has a short memory. Hell I diddnt even know Valujet became Airtran until I joined here... That said, a passanger looking for some cheap fares will go with whatever airline will be the cheapest, they'll forget what Helios and that crash ever was...
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:28 am

Does this mean those who lost their lives...

their relatives will not get any form of compensation now ?

Thats just wrong.
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:04 am

Hope they do a better job concerning the ajet-logo. This looks not professional...

http://www.ajet.com/
 
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 6):
yup, and a concorde just landed at BDL in a Pan Am billboard scheme.... I think they just pulled a Valujet/Airtran....

Absolutely

Quoting MiCorazonAzul (Reply 8):
I mean, look how big Airtran has become compared to what Valujet was.

Actually, Valujet was ultra-strong financially at the time of the crash and would have gotten at least this big anyway. They were lucky that their CEO was schrewed enough to store up a big emergency fund and little AirTran was sitting there in Orlando, ripe for the take over.
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:43 am

Quoting Delta777Jet (Reply 2):
How I read, it means that Helios is bancruptcy or liquidated and they got a new AOC and company where they transfer their operation to. I guess a way to get around the clives of lawyers etc. trying to sue the company for the crash. May be also a way to restart after cash problems.



Quoting Leelaw (Reply 5):
http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...ust+Boeing+737+crash+fall-out.html



Quote:
In a statement Libra says: �Due to the serious problems that Helios Airways encountered just after the tragic accident of August 2005, Helios considered to pass its operations to Ajet Airways.� It says Ajet was registered on 20 January and is wholly-owned by Libra Holidays.



Quoting StarGoldLHR (Reply 10):
Does this mean those who lost their lives...

their relatives will not get any form of compensation now ?

Thats just wrong.

see

Quoting Leelaw (Reply 5):
http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...ust+Boeing+737+crash+fall-out.html



Quote:
The statement does not specify the future role of Helios, but Libra group managing director Andreas Drakou is quoted in the Cypriot daily newapaper Cyprus Mail as saying Helios will remain as a company within the group to support the accident investigation committee and to pursue claims against third parties. But he says it will cease carrying out operations.
 
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:07 pm

There is an article in the internet version of today's Cyprus Mail in which Libra claims that "its new charter airline, ajet, was not Helios in disguise but “a completely different business model.”"

See http://www.cyprus-mail.com/news/ - click on "News" and it should be the first article.

The front page of the Cyprus Mail has another aricle in which 'Cyprus is "blamed" for Helios crash' in a leaked report.
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Fri Mar 17, 2006 1:59 am

I wonder how well this will go.

I just had a look at the Helios site:

http://www.flyhelios.com/

And it has defo changed since i last visited. Hope it isn't that Eurowhite scheme though!

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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:24 am

I guess this new plan suits Libra more - they are a tour operator with the majority of their business being Greece. Why do a tour operator need a scheduled airline?

Quoting Boeing777/747 (Reply 11):
Hope they do a better job concerning the ajet-logo. This looks not professional...

http://www.ajet.com/

I think thats quite a good logo. Using the alpha letter instead of A - showing the Greek connection, and also incorporating the Libra Holidays logo (the red globe).
 
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:32 am

Logo reminds me a bit of the old SunWorld...


 
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:33 am

Quoting Vasu (Reply 17):

I was just thinking that it looked a lot like the old Air World logo.

AJet is a bit of an odd name but these days.....  Wink

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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:29 am

Well you can see the Libra involvement in the logo straight away, and yes it looks just like the Airworld/Sunworld logo.
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Fri Mar 17, 2006 8:49 pm

" Government says no green light for new airline "

Full article is now on the frontpage of :

http://www.cyprus-mail.com/news/
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RE: Goodbye Helios, Hello Ajet

Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:36 am

they should stick with the name Helios, just change their slogan from 'Here comes the sun' to 'Here comes the mountain'.

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