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Airlines

Name: CITY BIRD
7JetSet7 Code: CBD
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: BRUSSELS
Country: BELGIUM
Employees 610
Web: http://www.citybird.be
Email: info@citybird.be
Telephone:
Fax:
Sita: BRUOOH2
Background
(definitions)

STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1997. INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

DECEMBER 1996: CITY HOTELS OWNS 62.5%. CITY HOTELS RECENTLY SOLD VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA) TO VIRGIN ATLANTIC AIRWAYS (VAA).

1ST FLIGHT FROM PARIS ORLY TO REUNION ISLE WITH MD-11, 400 PAX. WILL MAKE 4 FLIGHTS/WEEK REUNION ISLES TO WEST INDIES ON BEHALF OF STAR EUROPE (STU). LONG HAUL FLIGHTS WITH MD-11, 371 PAX, TO NEW YORK, MIAMI (MIA), ORLANDO (ORL), LOS ANGELES (LAX), AND SAN FRANCISCO (SFO). EXPANSION IN SUMMER TO NEWARK INCLUDING 2ND MD-11. PLANS TO EXPAND ONTO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND MEXICO.

PARTNERSHIP WITH BELGIUM TOUR BRANCH OF GIANT GERMAN NUR TOURISTIC COMPANY. NEW EUROPEAN INVESTMENTS, LUXEMBOURG HOLDING 37.5%.

FEBRUARY 1997: (SWS) SR TECHNICS CONTRACT FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT INCLUDING HEAVY MAINTENANCE/COMPONENT MAINTENANCE FOR MD-11.

APRIL 1997: TO MEXICO CITY NONSTOP & TO MIAMI (MIA) AND ORLANDO AT WEEKENDS WITH MD-11 "ROYAL EAGLE." HAS POWER PORTS FOR LAPTOPS. IN 6/97 TO NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES (LAX) & SAN FRANCISCO (SFO).

MAY 1997: 2ND MD-11 WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) WET-LEASED, 371 PAX WITH 36C "ROYAL EAGLE" 43 INS SEATS. HAD 70% LF (LOAD FACTOR) IN 1ST MONTH OF OPERATION.

JULY 1997: PLANS FOR 3RD MD-11 & 2 767-300ER'S IN EARLY 1998. EXPECT S TO PURSUE DEDICATED CARGO WITH MD-11F'S. THIS IS DUE TO "UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS SO FAR."

AUGUST 1997: 1 ORDER (2/98) 767-33AER (CF6-80C2) (28159) & 1 767-33AER (28495), EX-VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE (4/98). RETURNED 1 MD-11 (48458) TO WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) & DAMP-LEASED ANOTHER (WLD) MD-11 (48519). 3RD ORDER MD-11 (3/98) & (LOI) 2 ORDERS (12/98) MD-11F'S (CF6-80C2).

SEPTEMBER 1997: MD-11 (48458) IS NAMED "SEAGULL."

NOVEMBER 1997: SABENA (SAB) TAKES 10 - 15% OF CITYBIRD (CBD) WITH JOINT FLIGHTS TO MONTREAL, SAO PAULO, NEWARK IN 5/98 WITH (CBD) 767 & MD-11'S IN (SAB) COLORS AND USING (SAB) PILOTS, 50% (SAB)/(CBD) PAX. TO LOS ANGELES (LAX) - LAS VEGAS.

DECEMBER 1997: 3RD Q = -$12M DUE TO LAUNCH COSTS AND WORLD AIRWAYS (WLD) WET-LEASED MD-11. SIGNED FOR 3RD MD-11.

JANUARY 1998: TO MONTREAL IN 5/98 IN COOPERATION WITH SABENA (SAB). AT SAME TIME TO INCREASE FREQUENCIES TO NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES (LAX), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), LAS VEGAS, ORLANDO, MIAMI (MIA), & MEXICO CITY.

FEBRUARY 1998: 767 "C" CHECKS MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO CONDOR (CDF).

MARCH 1998: 767-33AER (28159) DELIVERED AFTER INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS AT SANTA BARBARA. DOES NOT EXPECT ACCELERATED (ETOPS) APPROVAL, INSTEAD, INITIAL OPERATIONS AT 90 MINUTES (ETOPS) APPROVAL.

LOSES -$22M IN 1ST 17 MONTHS OF OPERATIONS.

243 EMPLOYEES (INCL 20 FC & 5 MT).

2ND MD-11 AFTER MODIFICATIONS AT SWISSAIR (SWS). +1 ORDER MD-11.

APRIL 1998: (info@citybird.com).

JULY 1998: 3RD MD-11 AND 2ND 767-300 DELIVERIES.

AUGUST 1998: VICTOR HASSON, 40 YEAR OLD, CHAIRMAN, HOTELIER, SOLD EUROBELGIUM (EBA) TO RICHARD BRANSON TO BECOME VIRGIN EXPRESS.

2ND Q = -$3M (-$12.2M - 1ST Q), 65% LF (+3), 54K PAX (46K), DUE IN PART TO SABENA (SAB) INTERLINING.

SEPTEMBER 1998: POSSIBILITY OF 3RD MD-11 BEING OPERATED BY SABENA (SAB) IS PUT ON HOLD. 2 ORDERS (4/99) A300-600F4'S (CF6-80C2) (755; 758), AIRBUS 12 YEAR LEASE/PURCHASE, EX-KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW).

OCTOBER 1998: ROME - HAVANA (767-300) FOR CUBANA AIRLINES (CUB).

3RD Q = +#176.6M BEF (1ST +VE Q) (-#765M BEF).

JANUARY 1999: 767-33AER TO BE WET-LEASED TO LUXAIR (LUX) FOR OPERATIONS LUXEMBOURG - NEWARK, USA (28495) TIL 10/99.

MARCH 1999: LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) 2 ORDERS (6/00) 747-400F'S. 5 YEAR AGREEMENT WITH LIGNES AERIENNES CONCOLAISES, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, FOR 767-300ER (PAX) & A300-600F (CARGO) FLIGHTS TO KINSHASA.

APRIL 1999: 767-300ER (CF6-80C2) (28159) WET-LEASED TO CONDOR (CDF).

357 EMPLOYEES (55 FC, 172 CA, & 13 MT). SITA: BRUOOH2.

RECEIVES 120 MINUTES (ETOPS) APPROVAL (SAVES ABOUT 6 FLYING HOURS/WEEK BETWEEN BRUSSELS & USA EAST COAST).

1ST Q = 55,182 PAX (+21%).

JUNE 1999: LUCIEN HUESMANN, CEO CITYBIRD CARGO, EX-CARGOLUX (CLX). SABENA (SAB) PLANS TO SELL ITS 11.2% STAKE IN CITYBIRD (CBD).

JULY 1999: 1ST A300-600F DELIVERY.

AUGUST 1999: 2 A300-600R'S DELIVERIES. WILL BE USED AS WET-LEASE WITH LIGNES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES (CQC) 5 YEAR CONTRACT.

2ND Q = +#60M BR (-#112M).

IN 10/99 TO GUADELOUPE.

1 A300-600F LEASED TO CARGOLUX (CLX) UNTIL 1/00.

SEPTEMBER 1999: 2ND Q = +$3.3M, DUE TO WET-LEASE CONTRACTS, -48% ASK SCHEDULED CAPACITY, 79% LF (LOAD FACTOR) (+14).

SABENA (SAB) REDUCES ITS STAKE IN CITYBIRD (CBD) TO 2.99%, & MAY SELL ALL SHARES.

NOVEMBER 1999: 3RD Q = +$5.3M (+16%): 87% LF (+5).

767-300ER WET-LEASED TO INTERTROPICAL, SURINAME. 2 737-46Q'S, BOULLIOUN (BOU) LEASED. 2 ORDERS (6/01) 737-800, (BOU) LEASED.

DECEMBER 1999: TERMINATES ITS AGREEMENT WITH LIGNES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES (CQC) TO OPERATE 767-300ER PAX & A300-600F CARGO FLIGHTS TO KINSHASA.

JANUARY 2000: PLANS FO 3/00 START OF CHARTER OPERATIONS FROM PARIS & BRUSSELS USING 3 NEW 737-400'S. 1 737-400 AT PARIS CHARLES DE GAULLE (CDG) & 2 AT BRUSSELS NATIONAL AIRPORT. 1ST 737-800 WILL BE ADDED IN 2001. WANTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GAP LEFT BY BANKRUPTCY OF CONSTELLATION AIRLINES (COT).

FEBRUARY 2000: 2 737-400'S MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO SABENA TECHICS (SAB).

MARCH 2000: 767-33AER (PW4060) (27477, OO-CTA), AWAS (AWW) LEASED. 767-33AER (28159) RETURNED TO (AWW), LEASED TO AIR DO (HIA).

3-YEAR CHARTER AGREEMENT WITH NECKERMANN TOURS STARTING 1/01. ALSO, PICKED UP 90% OF CHARTER WORK PREVIOUSLY UNDERTAKEN BY VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA).

APRIL 2000: 1999 = +$3.65M (1ST +VE IN 3 YEAR OPERATIONS!), DUE TO ITS CHANGE OF INITIAL STRATEGY TO NOW FOCUS ON CHARTER, FREIGHT, AND WET-LEASE AIRPLANE OPERATIONS. SCHEDULED FLIGHTS REPRESENT <15% OF TOTAL REVENUES (28%). CHARTER OPERATIONS +28% (23% TOTAL REVENUES). IN 7/99, LAUNCHED FULL CARGO OPERATIONS WITH 2 A300-600F'S, MAINLY ON BEHALF OF CARGOLUX (CLX) AND CAL CARGO (CRG) (13% TOTAL REVENUES). MAY CONSIDER SMALLER JETS IN ALL-BUSINESS CONFIGURATION.

696 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 150 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 526 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA) & 20 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

1 737-43Q (2832-28491, OO-CTG), GECAS (GEH) LEASED. +2 ORDERS (5/01) 737-800'S.

JUNE 2000: FREDERIK SOHET, GENERAL MANAGER AIRLINE OPERATIONS.

1ST Q = -#177M BEF (-#157M BEF) (+36%).

1 ORDER 737-800 (1/01), (BOU) LEASED.

JULY 2000: 1999 = +$3.8M (-$12.2M): 83K PAX; 450 EMPLOYEES.

AUGUST 2000: PLANS TO FORM FRENCH PASSENGER CHARTER SERVICE SUBSIDIARY IN 2001.

(http://www.citybird.be).

1 737-3L9 (1402-23718, /87, N2371), EX-MAERSK AIR (MRS)/AIR HOLLAND (HOL), CIT (TCI) 15 MONTH LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 2000: 2ND Q = -#BEF139.2M (+#BEF128M).

HANS DUCHEYNE, QUALITY MANAGER, RESIGNS TO JOIN TNT (TNB).

BRUSSELS - CONAKRY - MONROVIA (MD-11, WEEKLY), OPERATES FOR SABENA (SAB).

1 767-300ER & 1 A300-600F WET-LEASED TO AIR FRANCE (AFA). 1 A300-600F WET-LEASED TO CAL CARGO (CRG).

NOVEMBER 2000: 2 767-33AER'S SHORT TERM WET-LEASES (27477 TO VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE) AND (28495) TO CAMEROON AIRLINES (CAM).

DECEMBER 2000: OPERATES AMSTERDAM - CURACAO FOR (ALM) WITH 1 MD-11 WET-LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2001: 2 MD-11'S RETURNED FROM LEASE TO SABENA (SAB), (623; 624). 1 737 TRANSFERRED TO STARTUP CITYBIRD FRANCE.

MARCH 2001: ENDS WET-LEASE OF 767-300ER TO VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE) 1 ORDER (6/01) A300B4-622R (630, OO-CTI), AWAS (AWW) LEASED. MD-11 (OO-CTC) TO VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA, USA, TO BE STORED. 2ND (OO-CTS) WILL ALSO BE STORED SHORTLY.

APRIL 2001: 610 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 135 FC, 240 CA, & 38 MT).

1 737-86Q (824-30272, OO-CYN "NIGHTINGALE").

MAY 2001: FORMS CITYBIRD FRANCE AND BASES 1 737-43Q (28491) AT LILLE, FRANCE FOR CHARTER OPERATIONS.

2000 FY = -#EUR 62M.

1 737-86Q (845-30274, OO-CYI) AND 1 737-86N (839-28644, OO-CYS) DELIVERIES.

JULY 2001: FILES FOR PROTECTION FROM ITS CREDITORS. WILL HALT ALL LONG-HAUL AND CARGO OPERATIONS, RETURNING ITS 2 767-300ER TO AWAS (AWW) AND 2 A300-600'S TO DEBIS AIR FINANCE (DEA).

SEPTEMBER 2001: THOMAS COOK, FORMERLY C&N TOURISTIC, BUYS CITYBIRD (CBD). THOMAS COOK USED TO BE ITS PRINCIPAL CUSTOMER.

OCTOBER 2001: THOMAS COOK STATES IT NO LONGER INTENDS TO PURCHASE CITYBIRD (CBD). (CBD) NOW ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSING AND A BRUSSELS COMMERCIAL COURT ACCEPTED ITS FILING FOR PROTECTION FROM ITS CREDITORS.

CEASES ALL OPERATIONS.

MARCH 2002: THOMAS COOK AIRLINES BELGIUM, 50% OWNED BY LUFTHANSA (DLH), GAINS BELGIUM AIRPLANE OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC) AND OPERATES A FLEET OF 5 A320'S FROM BRUSSELS TO MEDITERRANEAN DESTINATIONS, THE CANARY ISLANDS, AND EGYPT.

February 2004: Georges Gutelman, City Bird (CBD) former owner, was arrested for financial irregularities in the framework of his "former activities."

April 2004: MD-11 (600-48766, P4-BDL), Boeing leased.

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
CBD-737-43Q
CBD

October 2001:

0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3) (1402-23718, /87 36 18, OO-CTX) EX-(MRS)/(HOL), (TCI) 15 MTH LSD 2000-08, RTND 2001-09.

0 737-43Q (CFM56-3C1) (2832-28491, /96 OO-CTG "SWALLOW"), EX-(IST), (GEF) LSD, BASED AT LILLE, FRANCE, RTND 2001-09.

0 737-46Q (CFM56-3) (3033-29000, /98 OO-CTV; 3040-29001, /98 OO-CTW), (BOU) LSD 1999-12, (SAB) MAINT, EX-(IST). 2 RTND 2001-09.

0 737-86N (CFM56-7B) (839-28644, OO-CYS), (GEH) LSD. RTND.

0 737-86Q (CFM56-7B) (824-30272, OO-CYI; 845-30274, OO-CYN "NIGHTINGALE"), (LTK) TOTAL TECH SPT. (BOU) LSD. 2 RTND 2001-09.

LOI 2 ORDERS 747-400F, CANCELED 2001-07.

0 767-33AER (CF6-80C2) (643-28495, /97 OO-CTR), EX-(VIE), (AWW) LSD, (CDF) MAINT (28159 - "FALCON" RTND (AWW) LST (HIA) 3RD Q), ETOPS EQ'PD (28495 - "HARRIER" LSD TO INTERTROPICAL 11/99 (780-27477, OO-CTA, AWW LSD 2000-03) (PW4060), 1 WET-LST (AFA) 2000-09, 27477 WET-LST (VIE) 2000-11, & 28495 WET-LST (CAM) 2000-11. 28495 RTND 2001-06 FOR RTND (AWW) 2001-10.

1 MD-11 (CF6-80C2) (600-48766, P4-BDL), (TBC) LSD 2004-04.

0 MD-11 (CF6-80C2) (600-48766, /96 "ROYAL EAGLE," MAINT BY SR TECHNICS (SWS) (48458 "SEAGULL"), 2 RTND (TBC) 2001-04. 28495 LST (ANS) 2001-08. 28C, 294Y.

0 MD-11 (PW4460) (623-48756, /98 14 02 OO-CTS), RTND (TBC).

0 MD-11 (CF6-80C2) (624-48780, /98 14 02 OO-CTC), RTND.

0 ORDER A300B4-622R (PW4000) (630, OO-CTI), (AWW) LSD, 1 NOT TAKEN.

0 A300C4-605R (CF6-80C2) (755, 00-CTT; 758, OO-CTU), AIRBUS 12 YR LEASE/PURCHASE, WET-LST (CQC) 1999-08, 1 LST (CLX) (OO-CTV; OO-CTY) (758, OO-CTU "TOUCAN"), 1 WET-LST (AFA) 2000-09, 1 WET-LST (CRG) 2000-09, ALL 4 RTND TO (DEA) 2001-07.

Management:
(definitions)

VICTOR HASSON, CHAIRMAN, PRES & CO-CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (EX-(EBA) PRESIDENT).

GEORGES GUTLEMAN, CO-(CEO) *ALSO (CEO) CITY HOTELS & CHAIRMAN.

LUCIEN HUESMANN, (CEO) CITYBIRD CARGO, EX-(CLX) (1999-06).

ALAIN SKOWRONEK, GENERAL MANAGER.

FREDERIK SOHET, GENERAL MANAGER AIRLINE OPERATIONS (2000-05).

PATRICK LAMONTE, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (BRUMMH2),
(plamont@citybird.be) (be_engineering@citybird.be) (1999-08).

CHRISTOPHE VANDENHEEDE, ASSISTANT TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

JAN PAUWELS, QUALITY MANAGER, (BRUMMH2),
(jpauwels@citybird.be) (2001-03).

HANS DUCHEYNE, QUALITY MANAGER, RESIGNS 2000-08, TO JOIN (TNB).

 
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