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Name: AIR MEDITERRANEE
7JetSet7 Code: AMV
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: LOURDES
Country: FRANCE
Employees 400
Web: air-mediterranee.fr
Email: operations@air-mediterranee.fr
Telephone: +33 581 312999
Fax: +33 5 34 48 20 20
Sita: LDEAMCR
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AMV-2004-05
AMV-2005-09-A
AMV-2005-10-A
AMV-2013-03 - MAIN AIRPORTS
AMV-2013-03 - TOP 10 DESTINATIONS
AMV-LOGO
AMV-MAP-DESTINATIONS - 2011-10

ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1997. FORMERLY AIR MIDI-BIGORRE. FULL NAME IS AIR MEDITERRANEE CORSE. SPECIALIZES IN CHARTERS TO LOURDES (LOCATION OF CATHOLIC SHRINE). CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
25 RUE DU LUXEMBOURG
31410 LE FAUGA, 65290, FRANCE

FRANCE (FRENCH REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 843, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 551,700 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 59 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS PARIS, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FRENCH.

MAY 1998: 737-222 (19067), EX-EURALAIR INTERNATIONAL (ERA) LEASED.

March 2003: 737-2K2C (405-20943, F-GGVP), returned to Europe Air Post (EUE).

DECEMBER 1999: POSSIBLE LEASE OF 747-100 (F-GKLJ), EX-CORSAIR (COR), TO BE MARKETED AS "LUXUS."

MARCH 2000: 1 737-222 (95-19074, F-GYAL), EX-AIRTRAN (CQT), BOUGHT FROM AEROTURBINE (AUB).

NOVEMBER 2000: 1 737-4YO (1582-23865, /88 PH-BPA), EX-(KLM), ICON (ICO) LEASED.

DECEMBER 2000: 2 737-2K2C'S (405-20943, F-GGVP; 406-20944 F-GGVQ), L'AEROPOSTALE (FPO) LEASED.

APRIL 2001: 1 737-2K2C (354-20836, /74 52 32 F-GIXA), EX-EUROPE AIRPOST (EUE) LEASED.

DECEMBER 2001: 1 737-222 (19074) WET-LSD TO SKYPOWER EXPRESS (SED) AIRWAYS FOR DOMESTIC SERVICES IN NIGERIA.

JANUARY 2002: 1 737-222 (19066), WET-LEASED TO AIR MAURITANIE (MAR).

MARCH 2002: 80 EMPLOYEES. SITA: LDEAMCR. PUFAMCR.

737-200 LEASED TO (EAS) AIRLINES (EAV).

APRIL 2002: MAIN BASE: LOURDES - TARBES INTERNATIONAL (LDE).

August 2002: Offers its 2 A321-100's for wet-lease.

April 2003: A321-111 (517, F-GYAP), (ILF) leased.

November 2003: Takes over the (FRAM) contract previously held by Euralair (ERA) and will add 2 A321's.

December 2003: A321-111 (827), ex-Swiss (CSR), (ILF) leased.

March 2004: A321-111 (891), ex-(CSR), (ILF) 5 year leased.

April 2004: A321-211 (827, F-GYAQ), converted.

May 2004: 737-200, wet-leased to (CCM) in summer for weekend services between Corsica and metropolitan France.

June 2004: (EADS) Sogerma Services delivered 2nd of 2 modified A321-211's to operate on charter services with tour operator (FRAM). Modifications include a 208 passenger (PAX) cabin, and supplemental auxiliary fuel tanks, plus painting in (FRAM) livery.

(ops@air-mediterranee.9tel.com). 80 employees (including 10 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

December 2004: 1 A320-211 (293, F-GYAI), ex-Air Malta (MLT), (ILF) leased.

September 2005: 2 737-222's (19067, F-GCJL; 19066, F-GCSL), withdrawn from use (WFU) at Toulouse. A320-211 (F-GYAI) wet-leased to Point-Afrique (see photos).

December 2005: ILFC (ILF) announced the lease of a used A321-111 (512), ex-Blue Wings (BLW), to Air Mediterranee (AMV) for 8 years. The airplane was recently delivered to the airline.

March 2006: A321-211 (2707, F-GYAJ), (ILF) leased.

October 2006: Air Mediterranee (AMV) A321 (F-GYAP) operates in a Land Rover livery at this time - see photo.

757-208 (24760, TF-FII), Icelandair (ICE) wet-leased - see photo.

November 2006: A321-211 (827, F-GYAQ) has new (FRAM) tail logo - see photo.

February 2010: Esterline CMC Electronics' PilotView Class 2 electronic flight bag (EFB) was granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by (EASA) for the A320. The (STC) was developed by Aeroconseil in Toulouse. The launch airline is Air Mediterranee (AMV).

June 2010: Air Mediterranee (AMV) is offering 3x-weekly flights from Paris (CDG) to Tunis, 2x-weekly services from Paris (CDG) to Dakar and Djerba, and from Paris Orly to Beirut, as well as weekly flights from Lyon to Heraklion, Marrakech, and Shannon, from Marseilles to Shannon, from Montpellier to Algiers and Oran, from Paris (CDG) to Agadir, Bamako, Heraklion, Ibiza, Oran and Shannon, and via Basle/Mulhouse to Jijel, from Paris Orly to Oran, and from Toulouse to Shannon.

737-5L9 (28084, F-HCOA), from Cimber Sterling (STR), ex-(OY-APB).

October 2010: A321-111 (642, F-GYAO) wet-leased to Myanmar Airlines (BRM).

September 2011: Air Mediterranee (AMV) specializes in short- and medium-haul passenger charters and sub-charters for French tour operators and offers wet-leases (ACMI) and cargo flights, from its main base at Lourdes Tarbes, as well as Lyons, Marseilles, Nantes, Paris Orly, and Toulouse. Lourdes is known for its Catholic shrine.

Employees = 400.

(IATA) Code: ML - 853. (ICAO) Code: BIE - (Callsign - MEDITERRANEE).

Main Base: Tarbes-Lourds-Pyrenees International Airport (LDE).

October 2011: 737-5L9 (29334, SX-BHR), wet-leased to Hermes Airlines (HRM) (http://www.hermesairlines.gr), a new Air Mediterranee (AMV) subsidiary. A321-111 (519, F-GYAZ), wet-leased to Myanmar Airways International (MYR).

January 2012: Air Mediterranee (AMV) subsidiary, Hermes Airlines (HRM) has launched wet-lease operations on behalf of its parent, with a single ex-Pegasus Airlines (PGS) 737-5l9 (29234, SX-BHR). This has led to disputes between trade unions and the management of Air Méditerranée (AMV) which is planning to move additional airplanes and staff to its new Greek subsidiary.

March 2013: Based in the southern French Tarbes to Lourdes to Pyrénées Airport, Air Méditerranée (AMV) operates a mixed fleet of 9 narrow body A320 family and Boeing airplanes. The charter-scheduled mix formula adopted by (AMV) indicates high seasonality of its routes, and a varying number of French airports from which it offers exclusively international destinations. To date, (AMV) has announced 11 new routes for the summer season 2013.

Of the 11 new services already announced for summer 2013, as many as 5 will originate in the southern French port city of Marseille. Dakar, Split, Corfu, and Kos will each be served with weekly flights, while Oujda in NE Morocco will be offered with 2x-weekly frequencies. Paris (CDG) will see 3 new destinations, as Air Méditerranée (AMV) launches 2x-weekly departures each to Casablanca, Lisbon, and Porto.

From February 13, Paris (CDG) to Casablanca (CMN), 2x-weekly, 737-500.
From April 13, Marseille (MRS) to Dakar (DKR), weekly, A321.
From April 20, Marseille (MRS) to Split (SPU), weekly 737-500.
From April 20, Mulhouse (MLH) to Split (SPU), weekly, 737-500.
From April 21, Marseille (MRS) to Corfu (CFU), weekly 737-500.
From May 5, Marseille (MRS) to Kos (KGS), weekly 737-500.
From June 16, Marseille (MRS) to Oujda (OUD), 2x-weekly, 737-500.
From June 21, Paris (CDG) to Lisbon (LIS), 2x-weekly.
From June 21, Montpellier (MPL) to Oran (ORN), weekly A321.
From June 22, Paris (CDG) to Porto (OPO), 2x-weekly, 737-500.
From June 26, Lyon (LYS) to Lisbon (LIS), 2x-weekly, A321.

The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, will see the most new flights added by Air Méditerranée (AMV) this summer (in addition to the 2x-weekly Paris service, late June will see the launch of flights from Lyon at the same frequency), followed by Split. The popular Croatian summer destination will be offered this summer with weekly frequencies each from Marseille and Mulhouse.

According to Official Airline Guide (OAG) Max data for June 2013, over 10,000 weekly seats are offered by (AMV) from Paris (CDG) this summer, making it (AMV)’s largest airport. At 68 weekly frequencies, the Paris airport also enjoys twice as many (AMV) flights as the airline’s 2nd-largest base, Lyon.

SEE ATTACHED - "AMV-2013-03 - MAIN AIRPORTS."

Around 5,000 weekly seats will be offered from both Lyon and Marseille in summer 2013. Respectively, 31 and 35 weekly departures are scheduled for June from these two airports indicating that smaller 737-500s are used more frequently to serve the smaller Marseille market. The only other airport to have more than >10% capacity allocated this summer, is Nantes.

Further examination of (OAG) Max data for June 2013 shows that Tel Aviv is (AMV)’s biggest destination in terms of weekly seat capacity, accounting for slightly >12%. Marginally less seats are allocated to Oujda in Morocco and Heraklion in Greece. The Moroccan destination leads in terms of weekly frequencies, as Air Méditerranée (AMV) operates 22x-weekly flights to this airport, which makes up for 15.2% of all weekly flights. 17x- and 15x-weekly services, respectively, are operated to Tel Aviv and Heraklion.

SEE ATTACHED - "AMV-2013-03 - TOP 10 DESTINATIONS."

While no other destination has more than >10% of weekly frequencies, the expansion of (AMV)’s offering to Lisbon this summer, means that the airport now concentrates 10.3% of Air Méditerranée (AMV)’s weekly seats. Notably, the capital of Lebanon, Beirut, makes it into the top 10 list this summer ((AMV) offers a total of nine weekly flights to this destination).

May 2013: Air Méditerranée (AMV) commenced 3 sun destinations last month. On April 20, (AMV) inaugurated weekly flights from both Marseille (MRS) and the eastern French city Mulhouse (MLH) to Split (SPU), located on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. On the following day, (AMV) launched flights from Marseille to Corfu (CFU) in Greece. All of the routes are operated on a seasonal basis using 737s and the schedules vary throughout the year. [NB: Mulhouse is the French designation for Basel (BSL) airport, which straddles the border between France and Switzerland.]

(AMV) expanded its offering from the southern French port city of Marseilles (MRS) to Greece on May 5, as it inaugurated services on the 2,000 km route to Kos (KGS) in the Southern Sporades. (AMV), which already flies from Marseille to Corfu, Crete and Rhodes, now operates a single weekly service on the newly launched route using 737-500s.

July 2013: Air Méditerranée (AMV) commenced operations on the route from Marseille (MRS) to Oujda (OUD) in Morocco on June 26. (AMV), which offers 2x-weekly, 737-500-operated services on the route, faces competition from Ryanair (RYR) (3x-weekly frequencies) and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) (2x-). In addition, on the same day, Air Méditerranée (AMV) launched services on the 1,400 km route from Lyon (LYS) to Lisbon (LIS). A321s are deployed to operate the route on a 2x-weekly basis in competition with (TAP) (19x-weekly) and easyJet (EZY) (5x-).

August 2013: 737-590 (26422, F-HCOB), (AWAS) (AWW) leased, ex-(G-BVZE).

January 2014: Air Méditerranée (AMV), the French charter airline that is adding an increasing amount of scheduled services to its network, launched a 2x-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) service between Marseille (MRS) and Casablanca (CMN) on December 17th. The 737-500 operated service will be flown in competition against Royal Air Maroc (RAM), which offers 9x-weekly flights on the 1,578 km sector.

April 2014: Air Méditerranée (AMV) has further expanded its network of leisure destinations from French airports with the launch of 2 new routes from Marseille (MRS) and 3 new routes from Paris (CDG). All 5 routes will be operated with just a single weekly frequency using a mix of (AMV)’s 737-500s, A320s and A321s. 4 of the 5 routes will face direct competition as follows:
Marseille (MRS) to Malaga (AGP) 1,117 km using 737-500s vs Ryanair (RYR), 4x-weekly; to Palma de Mallorca (PMI) 478 km using A321s vs (RYR) 2x- and Vueling (VUZ) weekly;
Paris (CDG) to Agadir (AGA) 2,308 km using A321s vs Easyjet (EZY) 3x- weekly; to Ibiza (IBZ) 1,132 km using 737-500s; to Split (SPU) 1,220 km, using A320s vs Croatia Airlines 3x-weekly.

May 2014: Air Méditerranée (AMV) continues its busy start to the summer season, starting a trio of Spanish routes, adding to the 5 routes it launched last month. 1st up was its Lyon (LYS) to Malaga (AGP) route, a weekly (Fridays), A321-operated service started on April 25th, which will be flown until October 31 and will face competition from Vueling (VUZ), with (AMV) operating the 1,286 km sector 3x-weekly. The following day, Air Méditerranée (AMV) started another route from the French city, this time to Ibiza (IBZ). Again this is a weekly (Saturdays) service, but this time, the route will be flown by (AMV)’s 737-500 equipment and against no direct competition. This seasonal service will operate until October 4th. Also launched on April 26th, but this time from Paris CDG (CDG), was another new seasonal weekly (Saturdays) route to Menorca (MAH). The 737-500 operated service will face direct competition from a weekly Jetairfly (TUB) service on the airport pair and is planned to terminate on September 13.

November 2014: Air Méditerranée (AMV) has expanded its presence at the NW France airport of Nantes (NTE), adding a weekly (Sundays) A321 operation to Fuerteventura (FUE). Launched on November 9th, the 2,334 km sector will encounter no direct competition on the city pair.

January 2015: Air Mediterranee (AMV) entered into receivership.

February 2015: Daallo Airlines ((IATA) Code: D3, based at Djibouti) (DAO) and Jubba Airways (Kenya) ((IATA) Code: 3J, based at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) (JBW) on February 19, announced the formation of the "African Airways Alliance," a merged entity owned equally by Founders of the 2 carriers.

The 2 airlines will continue to use their respective Jubba and Daallo brands after the merger, Jubba (JBW) Chairman Said Qailie told "Reuters," but will pool their fleets to include 2 leased A321-100s operated by Air Méditerranée (AMV).

July 2015: Air Méditerranée ((IATA) Code: ML, based at Lourdes/Tarbes) (AMV) has extended its hunt for a suitable strategic investor by an additional six months. Having entered into receivership in January of this year, (AMV) had been set a June 15 deadline to secure fresh investment.

However, according to "Tourmag," given Air Méditerranée (AMV)'s strong financial performance over the past 6 months and with a full summer itinerary, a French bankruptcy court last week agreed to extend the deadline to January 14, 2016.

(CEO), Antoine Ferretti has said the added time will allow (AMV) to thoroughly scrutinize all submitted proposals as well as any new ones that may arise.

Alongside its Hermes Airlines ((IATA) Code: H3, based at Athens International) (HRM) subsidiary, Air Méditerranée (AMV) operates three A321-100s, two A321-200s, and two 737-500s on scheduled flights throughout Western Europe, the Mediterranean, North, and West Africa. It also undertakes wet lease (ACMI)/charter contracts on behalf of other airlines.

(AMV) currently operates 8 airplanes, to 9 countries, to 31 destinations on 62 routes and 23 daily flights.

February 2016: "French (LCC) Air Méditerranée (AMV) Goes Into Liquidation" by (ATW) Alan Dron, February 16, 2016,

French low-cost carrier (LCC) Air Méditerranée (AMV) has gone into liquidation, after no new buyers materialized to save it.

(AMV), based at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport in southwest France, was placed in administration in January 2015 after several years of financial losses, in the hope that a purchaser would emerge.

Tarbes Commercial Court set a deadline of February 15 for potential buyers to lodge bids, but none appeared. It is understood there were two possible buyers, a French investment company and an Algerian businessman, but neither came forward with an offer.

A short message on the airline’s website said the carrier had been placed in liquidation and that that refunds to passengers for future flights would be made as soon as possible. “Thank you for your trust,” it concluded.

According to French media reports, the President of the Commercial Court, Jean Baseilhac, said everything possible had been done to extend the deadline for bids and that it was “very unfortunate” that none had been received.

Air Méditeranée (AMV) began operations in 1997 and operated a small fleet of Airbus A321s and Boeing 737-500s on charter and scheduled routes from Paris Charles De Gaulle and several southern French airports to Mediterranean and West African destinations.

According to the French media, it had suffered both from the growth of (LCC)s and the Arab Spring unrest, which reduced tourist flows to several of its North African destinations.

A Greek-registered subsidiary carrier, Hermes Airlines (HRM), is reportedly unaffected by the failure of the parent company.

October 2017: "321 Precision Conversions" secured Vallair as the launch customer for Airbus A321-200 freighter conversion program; prototype aircraft (891, /98 F-GYAO); ex-Air Méditerranée (AMV) is now in work.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
AMV-737-5L9 - 2011-09
AMV-737-5L9 - 2012-11
AMV-737-5L9-2010-06
AMV-757 TF-FII
AMV-A320-211
AMV-A321 - 2011-10
AMV-A321-200 - 2015-07.jpg
AMV-A321-F-GYAP
AMV-A321-F-GYAQ-NOV06

October 2017:

0 737-2K2C (JT8D-15 HK) (405-20943, F-GGVP; 406-20944, F-GGVQ), (FPO) LSD 2000-12. 20943 RTND 2003-03. 20944 RTND 2003-12. FREIGHTER.

0 737-2K2C (JT8D-15A HK) (354-20836, /74 F-GIXA), EX-(TAV), (EUE) LSD 2001-04. RTND 2004-05. FREIGHTER/130Y.

0 737-222 (JT8D-7B HK) (69-19066, /68 F-GCSL), EX-(UAL)/(ERA), WET-LST (MAR) 2002091. WFU AT TOULOUSE 2005-09. 130Y.

0 737-222 (JT8D-9A HK) (71-19067, /68 F-GCJL), EX-(UAL)/(ERA). WFU AT TOULOUSE 2005-09. 130Y.

0 737-222 (JT8D-9A) (95-19074, /68 F-GYAL), EX-(UAL)/(AUB) 2000-03, WET-LSD (SED) 2001-12 TIL 2002-05. SCRAPPED 2002-05. 130Y.

0 737-242C (JT8D) (84-19487, /68 F-GOAF), EX-(NOR)/(TTR), (ECC) LSD. RTND. 130Y.

0 737-4YO (CFM56-3) (1582-23865, /88 PH-BPA), EX-(AUK)/(KLM), (ICO) LSD 2000-11, RTND (ICO) 2001-05.

1 737-5L9 (CFM56-3C1) (2788-28084, /96 F-HCOA), EX-(STR) 2010-06. ORIX (OXA) LSD. 126Y.

1 757-5L9 (CFM56-3C1) (3068-29234, /98 SX-BHR - - SEE PHOTO - - "AMV-737-3L9 - 2011-09"), EX-(PGS)/(MRS). LST HERMES AIRLINES (HRM) 2011-09. 131Y.

0 737-505 (CFM56-3C1) (1917-24652, /90 F-GYAM), (TCI) LSD 2002-04. RTND, LST (SNG) 2005-02. 130Y.

1 737-590 (CFM56-3C1) (26422, F-HCOB), (AWW) LSD 2013-08, EX-(G-BVZE).

0 747-100 (F-GKLJ), EX-(COR), LSD 2000-01. RTND.

0 757-208 (RB211-535E4) (281-24760, /9O TF-FII "FANNDIS" - SEE PHOTO), (ETOPS). (ICE) WET-LSD 2006-10. RTND. 16C, 173Y.

1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (293, /92 F-GYAI), EX-(MLT), (ILF) LSD 2004-12, WET-LST POINT AFRIQUE TRAVEL 2005-10, "www.pointe-afrique.com" TITLES. 168Y.

1 A321-111 (CFM56-5P1/2P) (517, /94 F-GYAP - see photo), EX-(CSR), (ILF) LSD 2003-04. 208Y.

1 A321-111 (CFM56-5B1/2) (519, /95 F-GYAZ), EX-(BLW), (ILF) 8 YR LSD 2005-12. 519; WET-LST (MYR) 2011-10. 208Y.

2 A321-111 (CFM56-5B1/2P) (535, /95 F-GYAN; 642, /97 F-GYAO), EX-(SWS), (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2002-05. 208Y.

1 A321-211 (CFM56-5P3/2P) (827, /98 F-GYAQ; 891, /98 F-GYAR), EX-(CSR), (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2003-12 & 2004-03. FRAM LIVERY. 827; HAS NEW "VOYAGES FRAM" TAIL LOGO, 2006-11 - SEE PHOTO. 891; TO 321 PRECISION CONVERSIONS TO FREIGHTER 2017-10. 208Y.

1 A321-211 (CFM56-5P3/P) (2707, /06 F-GYAJ), (ILF) LSD 2006-03. 208Y.

Management:
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ANTOINE FERRETTI, PRESIDENT & GENERAL DIRECTOR.

FREDERIC SOURD, OPERATIONS MANAGER (ops@air-mediterrannee.9tel.com).

ANNE LOUBET, TECHNICAL MANAGER, EX-(TOL) (AEV).

CAROLINE MASSICOT, MANAGER ENGINEERING.

CATHY LAMAGNERE, ACCOUNT MANAGER.

 
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