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Airlines

Name: ASTRAEUS AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: AUA
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: CRAWLEY
Country: ENGLAND
Employees 225
Web: flystar.com
Email: commercial@flystar.com
Telephone: +44 (1293) 819800
Fax: +44 (1293) 819832
Sita: LGWOP8X
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AUA-2003-LEIPAX-RANKINGS
AUA-2004-11-A
AUA-2005-05-A
AUA-2005-07-A
AUA-2005-11-A
AUA-2009-12 VANILLA AIRLINE
AUA-2011-02-IRON MAIDEN-A
AUA-2011-03-STATUS
AUA-2011-12 - RESCUE ATTEMPT-A
AUA-2011-12 - RESCUE ATTEMPT-B
AUA-737-300 TRAINING

FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2002. FORMERLY NAMED "FLYSTAR" (AUA). REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, PRIVATE CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
ASTRAEUS HOUSE, FARADAY COURT
FARADAY ROAD, MANOR ROYAL
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX RH10 9PU, ENGLAND UK

Great Britain (United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland) was established in 1066, it covers an area of 242,432 sq km, its population is 59 million, its capital city is London and its official language is English.

MARCH 2002: OPERATES OUT OF LONDON GATWICK (LGW) AND MANCHESTER. HAS COMMITMENTS FROM 22 TOUR OPERATORS. PLANS FOR 5 737'S, 148 PAX.

1 737-3S3 (24059, G-STRA), KG AIRCRAFT (KGL).

APRIL 2002: LAUNCHES 1ST REVENUE FLIGHT, LONDON GATWICK (LGW) - MALAGA.

July 2002: (http://www.flyastraeus.com).

New charter series to Taba (Egypt) on behalf of Peltours.

2 737-7BX's (30736, G-STRC; 30737, G-STRD), ex-Midway Airlines (MID), GECAS (GEF) leased, both have "www.flyastraeus.com" painted on rear fuselage.

August 2002: For winter season, charter flights to the Red Sea resort of Taba, in Egypt.

September 2002: Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of the heavy metal band "Iron Maiden" has joined other celebrities such as John Travolta, with QANTAS (QAN) in flying civil airliners. Dickinson, 44, has been taken on by Astraeus (AUA), as a First Officer on 737's.

November 2002: Manchester - Taba (for Peltours). This winter, ski tours charters to Geneva, Lyon, Innsbruck, Lyon, and Ostersund, on behalf of Ski Esprit, Ski Olympic, Ski Total, and Neilson.

December 2002: In February 2003, 1 737-300 wet-leased to "Iceland Express" (ICX) for low-fare service from Keflavik to Copenhagen and London (Stansted). The Icelandic company was previously known as "Pro" and intended to operate to London (LHR).

Applied to operate scheduled services.

February 2003: In March 2003, London Gatwick (LGW) - Malta on behalf of tour operator, Bargain Holidays. Also, Manchester - Malta. In May 2003, Leeds/Bradford - Malta.

March 2003: 737-300 wet-leased to Iceland Express (ICX) has better than expected passenger bookings for Keflavik Airport near Reykjavik to Copenhagen and London Stansted with >90% Load Factor (LF) and more than 35% of bookings from passsenger outside Iceland, according to Johannes Georgsson, Managing Director.

737-36N (28572), ex-British Airways (BAB), GECAS (GEF) 18 month leased.

April 2003: In 5/03, will operate weekly charters from London Gatwick to Murmansk, on behalf of Roxton Bailey Robinson Worldwide, who specializes in fly fishing tours.

May 2003: 737-3YO (24910), Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG) leased til 9/03, wet-leased to Iceland Express (ICX).

June 2003: 165 employees.

July 2003: Selected FlightVu cockpit door monitoring system for flightcrew video security across its fleet of 737's.

737-3K9 (1794-24213), EuroAtlantic (MAE) short term leased.

August 2003: Plans to replace its 737-300/-700 fleet with either 6 new 737-700's or A319's, and acquire 1 A330-200 for long-haul charter work.

September 2003: Airline Management Training courses (including Customer Service and Sales training).

2002 = 749 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC; 300,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (MILLION):
213 (PORTUGALIA) 827; 214 (ADR) 794; 215 (PIE) 789; 216 (MIB) 771; 217 (IRB) 759; 218 (AUA) 749; 219 (ORC) 722; 220 (EXECUTIVE A/L) 718; 221 (AIR DOLOMOTI) 712; 222 (CITYJET) 694; 223 (TCV) 691; 224 (MNG) 686; 225 (UKA) 676.

October 2003: Next month, charter series for Norvista from London (Stansted) to Borlange and Avidsjaur.

November 2003: 2 orders (2004-04) 737-700's, ex-Azzurra Air (AZR), leased.

January 2004: Will lease a 2nd 737-300 to Iceland Express (ICX) in 2004-04.

Short-term wet-lease of a 737-400 form Futura (FUA) (EC-IHI) to cover for scheduled airplane maintenance.

February 2004: Plans to acquire 3 757-200's for summer operations.

April 2004: 165 employees.

May 2004: Next month, London Gatwick (LGW)-Freetown (757-200, 148 PAX, 2/week).

1st 757-200 delivery.

July 2004: 2003 = 1.5 Billion (RPK) traffic (+100.6%); 77.3% LF load factor; 685,000 passengers (PAX).

August 2004: 757-23A (24289, G-OAVB)), AWAS (AWW) leased.

October 2004: 737-7BX's (30736, G-STRC; 30737, G-STRD) returned to (GEF), 30737 leased to Air China (BEJ).

November 2004: 757-28A (23822, G-OOOB), ex-First Choice (ATZ), leased, wet-leased to Daallo Airlines (DAO) for London Gatwick - Paris (CDG) - Djibouti.

December 2004: Received 120 minutes Extended Twin Engine Operations (ETOPS) approval for 737-700.

February 2005: 757-23A (24924), ex-Cameroon Airlines (CAM), AWAS (AWW) leased.

March 2005: 737-33A (25011, G-STRI), leased to FlyBe (BEE).

April 2005: 737-33A (25119, G-STRJ), AWAS (AWW) leased.

May 2005: Astraeus (AUA) is a charter carrier operating jet airplane services from London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) on behalf of 50 tour operators, specializing in niche destinations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Astraeus is named after the Greek God for the four winds.

225 employees.

(IATA) Code: 5W - 212. (ICAO) Code: AEU (Callsign - FLYSTAR).

SITA: LGWOP8X.

(contactus@flyastraeus.com).

Main Base: London Gatwick airport (LGW).

Hub: Manchester airport (MAN).

International, Scheduled Destination: Freetown; Hassi Messaoud; Malabo; & Sharm el Sheikh.

737-33A (25119, G-STRJ), leased to FlyBe (BEE).

September 2006: FlyMe (FME) of Sweden will triple its fleet to 15 airplanes with the acquisition of 51% of Astraeus (AUA), a UK charter carrier, in a deal worth SEK82.7 million/$11.4 million expected to be completed within the next month. Astraeus (AUA) transports 800,000 passengers each year, employs 391 and boasts annual revenues of SEK1.2 billion. It operates four 757-200s, four 737-300s and two 737-700s based at London Gatwick and Manchester, and flies several routes to Africa. FlyMe (FME) has five 737-300s. "There are great synergy effects between FlyMe (FME) and Astraeus (AUA). The acquisition gives us more optimum utilization of our joint fleet due to the matching seasonal variations," newly appointed FlyMe CEO, Finn Thaulow said. This is FlyMe (FME)'s second major purchase this year. It bought a one-third stake in FlyLal (Lithuanian Airlines) (LIJ) in February.

November 2006: Fons Eignarhaldsfelag investment firm of Iceland, which owns Iceland Express (ICX), has acquired a 51% stake in the UK's Astraeus (AUA) for £5 million. Astraeus (AUA) operates four 757s and two 737-700s and is based at London Gatwick and Manchester International. Its board will be restructured, with a supervisory board comprising two representatives from Fons, one from Astraeus (AUA) management and one from minority shareholder Aberdeen Asset Management. Fons said Astraeus (AUA)'s revenue for the fiscal year ended October 31 is "expected to exceed" £100 million.

Sweden's FlyMe (FME) had agreed to take the 51% stake in Astraeus (AUA) in September, but the deal fell through when it did not receive UK (CAA) approval in a specified time. The Stockholm Stock Exchange issued a release warning FlyMe (FME) for "announc[ing] a business transaction in such a way that it seemed to be signed and sealed, despite this not being the case."

Astraeus (AUA) will inaugurate service from London Gatwick to Monrovia (Liberia) on January 15th operating 2 flights a week.

January 2007: Serial airline investor FL Group (ICE) was busy over the holidays, announcing that it had purchased a 5.98% stake in American Airlines (AAL) parent AMR Corp for more than >$400 million and selling Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Sterling Airlines (STR) for €210 million/$277 million in cash and a three-year shareholder loan to Icelandic consortium Northern Travel, of which FL Group (ICE) is a member.

FL Group (ICE) now is AMR's third-largest shareholder with 12.8 million shares. It said it has been building the stake "for a considerable period of time" and made the announcement once it exceeded the 5% reporting threshold.

"We believe AMR Corp is well positioned to take advantage of the growing USA air travel market," FL (ICE) CEO, Hannes Smarason said. "The supply-demand balance has improved considerably over the last several years and the company enjoys one of the best positions in the industry to take advantage of that as well as to build auxiliary revenues."

FL (ICE) sold stakes in Icelandair (ICE) and easyJet (EZY) last year and holds 23% of Finnair (FIN). Acquired in late 2005 following its merger with Maersk Air (MRS), Sterling (STR) was the last of FL (ICE)'s wholly owned airline subsidiaries.

Northern Travel, comprising Fons (44%), FL (ICE) (34%) and Sund (22%), will be a "major force" in travel and tourism in Northern Europe, Smarason said. The sale includes the entirety of Iceland Express (ICX), 51% of UK-based Astraeus (AUA) and portions of Swedish and Danish travel agencies.

"The sale of Sterling (STR) into the larger leisure group . . . is a logical step to increase the value of Sterling (STR)," FL (ICE) said. Northern Travel expects to realize €1.26 billion in turnover and transport 7.5 million passengers this year.

"We believe that this unique combination of assets will have a great effect on the Nordic travel and tourism market," Northern Travel Chairman, Palmi Haraldsson said. "The company is heavily represented in all the Nordic countries and intends to increase its representation through various means."

May 2007: Starts London Gatwick (LGW) - Florence, using 737s, and will stop October 27th.

January 2008: Astraeus (AUA) wet-leased a 757 to British Airways (BAB) for operation on European routes to and from London Gatwick through March. Astraeus (AUA) said it is entering negotiations "with a number of airlines and operators" to provide similar services.

February 2008: Bmi (BMA) will lease two 757-200s to expand its medium-haul network further from London Heathrow (LHR). In December, Chairman, Michael Bishop said that bmi (BMA) was looking for additional capacity, possibly 757s or 767-200s, to support growth on several former BMED (BMR) routes that were performing well. The airplanes have been wet-leased from Astraeus (AUA) for two years with an option to extend. Two separate cabins will offer a mix of business (C) and economy (Y) service. Bmi (BMA) will use the 757s to introduce nonstop services from (LHR) to Almaty and Freetown, beginning May 1. Both routes currently are served with a stop. In addition, the airline's new (LHR) - Tel Aviv service, which it said is "selling beyond expectations," will upgrade to a 757 from an A320, shortly after the March 13 launch. The introduction of the two 757s also will enable schedule enhancements and increases in capacity to existing A321 destinations. Services from (LHR) to Yekaterinburg and Yerevan now will not operate to destinations beyond, thus boosting point-to-point capacity. An improved daily schedule between (LHR) and Tehran will be introduced, while flights to Dakar will be suspended. "The delivery of suitable A330 airplanes is a little way off and we do not want to delay the range of service enhancements unveiled today," CEO, Nigel Turner said. "By leasing the two 757s, pending the sourcing of suitable A330 airplanes, we are able to accelerate our Heathrow growth and ensure that we can maintain the momentum of our mid-haul route strategy, laying strong foundations for future developments in this important market."

November 2008: Ameco Beijing, the joint venture between Air China (BEJ) (60%) and Lufthansa (DLH) (40%), announced deals with Jet2.com (JT2) and Astraeus Airlines (AUA) to provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on (RB211-535E4) engines (two for Astraeus (AUA) and one for Jet2 (JT2)).

December 2008: Astraeus Airlines (AUA) received its (IATA) (ITA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration. It operates four 737s and five 757s.

April 2009: Astraeus Airlines (AUA) acquires 737-5H6 (27355, G-PJPJ) from British Airways (BAB), ex-(G-GFFJ) and wet-leases to PalmAir (PMC) for three years for Bath Travel. 737-7L9 (28007, G-STRN), ex-(D-AABH), wet-leased to Iceland Express (ICX).

May 2009: Astraeus Airlines (AUA) signed an agreement with Italian tour operator Trawelfly to provide and operate a 737-76N (32737, G-STRH) based at Bergamo from May 15 - - SEE PHOTO - - "AUA-737-MAY09." Scheduled and charter flights are offered from Milan - Orio al Serio (Bergamo) and Milan Malpensa (MXP), plus Verona to Catania, Crotone, Naples, Heraklion, and Rhodes. Seagle Air (CGL) and Smart Lynx Airlines (LAJ) also operate on behalf of Trawelfly.

July 2009: 757-28A (24543, G-STRW), ex-Air Transat (AIJ), (C-GTSN), delivery.

August 2009: Air Exchange arranged the lease of an ex-Zoom Airlines (ZOM) 757-200ER to Astraeus Airlines (AUA) on behalf of Global Knafaim Leasing.

(AJW) Aviation expanded its power-by-the-hour contract with (AUA) to include an additional 757-200.

November 2009: Astraeus (AUA) announced the introduction of its first A320, a former Iberia (IBE) airplane on lease from DVB Bank. "Our fleet has traditionally been 100% Boeing (TBC), but in leasing and contracting out of our airplanes over the past 18 months under our new business model, we've come across a great deal of operators who want, or need, different options," CCO, and Director Aircraft Leasing, Shaun Monnery said. (AUA) also operates 11 737 and 757 airplanes.

December 2009: SEE ATTACHED - - "AUA-2009-12 VANILLA AIRLINE."

February 2010: Aer Lingus (ARL) has started to operate its services from Belfast International and London Gatwick (LGW) under the air operator certificate (AOC) of Astraeus (AUA) and has announced plans to apply for its own UK operating license. It is unclear whether this plan is still current given its decision to cut back its (LGW) base significantly.

Iceland Express (ICX) is adding new seasonal routes this summer season:
Reykjavik Keflavik - Gdansk: weekly seasonal 737-700 service starting on June 4 (operated by Astraeus (AUA);
Reykjavik Keflavik - Rotterdam: weekly seasonal 737-700 service starting on June 3 (operated by (AUA) and replacing its previous summer route to Eindhoven);
Reykjavik Keflavik - Winnipeg: 2x weekly seasonal 757-200 service starting on June 12 (operated by (AUA).

757-28A (25621, G-STRX), wet-leased to AeroSur (REO). (AUA) wet-leased two of its 757-200s to Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) for the Hajj season. It has added two ex-Seagle Air 737-300s back to its fleet and has started operating one of the airplanes on behalf of Trawel Fly (Milan Orio al Serio) replacing a 737-700 previously operated on behalf of the Italian operator that has now been returned to the lessor.

June 2010: 757-23A (24292, G-OOOG) leased to easyJet (EZY) as (G-OJIB).

August 2010: In a surprise move, easyJet (EZY) has wet-leased a 767-36NER (30847, G-POWD) from Titan Airways (TIU) and four 757-200s from Air Finland (AFZ), Astraeus (AUA) and Titan Airways (TIU) for the summer season for routes with high demand from Liverpool and London Gatwick to the Mediterranean. One of the main reasons for the short term leases is that easyJet (EZY) is planning to retire its remaining four A321-200s in September.

January 2011: Astraeus Airlines (AUA) confirmed it repossessed one 737-5H6 (27355, G-PJPJ), based in Bournemouth, from R E Bath Travel Services (Palmair (PMC)) Ltd, after that company was "unable to honor its contractual obligations," (AUA) said. The original contract was due to run until April 2012.

737-33A (25119), leased to TonleSap Airlines (TSP), Cambodia as (XU-TSA).

May 2011: Astraeus Airlines (AUA) won four contracts to place nine airplanes this summer. Two 757s and four 737s will be based in Reykjavik for Iceland Express service; “individual 757s” will be based in Edinburgh and Newcastle; and one A320 will be based in Croatia.

July 2011: Dubrovnik Airline (DBV) has wet-leased an A320-211 (0136, G-STRP) from Astraeus Airlines (AUA) for this summer season.

August 2011: Astraeus Airlines (AUA) CEO, Mario Fulgoni to step down.

November 2011: UK wet-lease operator, Astraeus Airlines (AUA) has ceased operations with immediate effect, with administrators set to be appointed to the company.

(AUA) said it had suffered a "lack of contracts" for the winter 2011 - 2012 season, following "lower-than-expected levels of business" during the summer.

(AUA) Managing Director, Hugh Parry added that (AUA) had "some extremely bad luck with a number of technical issues". Parry said the board had been left with "no option" but to cease operations and put the company into administration. "Every effort has been made to ensure that any passengers affected already have or will be able to complete their journey," he added.

"It is small comfort to those affected and impacted, I realize, but Astraeus (AUA) comprised a fantastic team who did a fantastic job - quite possibly the best team in their aviation business sector."

(AUA) is wholly-owned by Icelandic firm, Eignarhaldsfelagid Fengur. (AUA), established in 2002, had operated a range of airplanes including 757-200s, 737s and A320s.

December 2011: Bruce Dickinson, 44, lead singer of the heavy metal band "Iron Maiden" and a First Officer on (AUA) 737's is plotting a rescue plan.

SEE ATTACHED - - "AUA-2011-12 - RESCUE ATTEMPT-A/B."

June 2012: Air Niugini (NIU) will shortly take delivery of its first ex-Astraeus Airlines (AUA) 737-7l9 (28007, P2-PXD) that is currently being prepared at Sofia International airport (SOF).

Fleet:
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AUA-737-3S3
AUA-737-7BX
AUA-737-3YO
AUA-737-MAY09
AUA-757 - MOON - 2011-10
AUA-757-28A
AUA-757-28AER - 2011-11

November 2011:

0 737-200 (JT8D), RTND.

0 737-3S3 (CFM56-3B2) (1517-24059, /88 G-STRA), EX-(INT), (KGL) LSD 2002-03, WET-LST (ICX) 2002-12. RTND 2004-12. LST (DHI) 2006-12. 148Y.

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (2030-24910, /88 G-STRB), EX-(NWG), WET-LST (ICX) 2003-04. RTRD. 148Y.

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3B2) (1625-24255, /88 G-STRB), STARFLIGHT LSD 2002-04, WET-LST (ICX). RTND. 148Y.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (2012-25011, /91 G-STRI), EX-(CRM), LST (BEE) 2005-03. 148Y.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (2069-25119, /91 G-STRJ), (AWW) LSD 2005-04. LST (BEE) 2005-05. LST (FME) 2006-12. LST (TSP) 2011-01. TO (ESJ) 2012-01. 148Y.

0 737-36N (CFM56-3) (3031-28572, /98 G-STRE), EX-(BAB), (GEF) 18 MTH LSD 2003-03. WET-LST (ICX). RTND, LST (BEE) 2005-03. LST (ENA) 2007-01. 148Y.

1 737-5H6 (CFM56-3C1) (2646-27355, /94 G-PJPJ "THE SPIRIT OF PETER BATH"), (GEF) LSD. WET-LSD TO PALMAIR (PMC) 3 YRS FOR BATH TRAVEL. REPOSSESSED BY ASTRAEUS AIRLINES (AUA) IN 2011-01 WHEN (PMC) WAS "UNABLE TO HONOR ITS CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS." 131Y.

0 737-7BX (CFM56-7B22) (658-30736, /00 G-STRC; 687-30737, /00 G-STRD), EX-(MID), (GEF) LSD 2002-07. 30736; & 30737 RTND 2004-10, LST (BEJ). 148Y.

1 737-7L9 (CFM56-7B) (136-28007, G-STRN), (DEA) LSD. WET-LST (ICX) 2009-04. WET-LST (NIU) 2012-06. 148Y.

1 737-76N (CFM56-7B22) (1120-29885, /02 G-STRF, 2004-04; 1130-32737, /02 G-STRH - - SEE PHOTO - - "AUA-737-2009-05"), EX-(AZR), (GEF) LSD. 32737; RTND. 148Y.

1 757-23A (RB211-535E4) (209-24289, G-OAVB), (AWW) LSD 2004-08. WET-LST (DAO) 2005-01. 148Y.

1 757-23AER (RB211-535E4) (24292, G-OJIB), LST (EZY) 2010-06. EX-(G-OOOG). 221Y.

0 757-23AER (RB211-535E4) (24924), EX-(CAM), (AWW) LSD 2005-02. RTND. 148Y.

1 757-258ER (RB211-535E4) (745-27622, /97 G-STRZ), (ILF) LSD. EX-(4X-EBI). WET-LST (GHN) 2007-04. 201Y.

2 757-28AER (RB211-535E4) (130-23822, G-OOOB; 268-24543, /90 G-STRW, 2009-07 - - SEE PHOTO - - "AUA-757-28AER - 2011-11"), EX-(ATZ), (ICE) WET-LSD 2004-08. 23822 WET-LSD (DAO) 2004-12. 24543; EX-(AIJ) 2009-07. 2 2 YR WET-LST (BMA) 2008-02. 201Y.

1 757-28AER (RB211-535E4) (457-25621, G-STRX), (ILF) LSD. EX-(N459AX), EX-(ZOM). WET-LST (REO) 2010-02. 201Y.

1 757-28AER (RB211-535E4) (25622, OH-AFK), AIR FINLAND (AFL) LSD 2010-06. EX-(N364LF). 148Y.

1 757-28AER (RB211-535E4) (28161, G-STRY), (ILF) LSD. EX-(N369AX). WET-LST (REO) 2010-02. 201Y.

1 A320-211 (0136, G-STRP), EX-(IBE), EX-(EC-GRF) DVB BANK LSD 2009-11. WET-LST XL AIRWAYS FRANCE (STU) 2010-10. WET-LST DUBROVNIK AIRLINE (DBV). 180Y.

1 ORDER A330-200:

Management:
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AUA-7-BRUCE DICKINSON - 2012-10

BRAD BURGESS, NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN.

MARIO FULGONI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), STEPS DOWN 2011-08.

HUGH PARRY, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

JOHN MAHON, FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

PHIL RUSHTON, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

JONATHAN HINKLES, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

MARCUS MANNING, FINANCE DIRECTOR.

SHAUN MONNERY, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT LEASING & CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO).

 
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