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Name: CORSAIR INTERNATIONAL
7JetSet7 Code: COR
Status: Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: PARIS
Country: FRANCE
Employees 1612
Web: corsairfly.com
Email: o.besnard@corsairfly.fr
Telephone: +33 (1) 4979 4912
Fax: +33 (1) 4979 4998
Sita: PARSCSS
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Click below for data links:
COR-2002-TRAFFIC RANKINGS
COR-2003-LEIPAX STATS
COR-2004-06-NEWS-A
COR-2004-06-NEWS-B
COR-2004-06-NEWS-C
COR-2004-06-NEWS-D
COR-2004-06-ST MAARTEN
COR-2004-07
COR-2005-06-A
COR-2005-07-A
COR-2007-01

FOUNDED IN 1981 BY THE ROSSI FAMILY. FORMERLY "CORSE-AIR INTERNATIONAL" AND "CORSAIR" (COR). REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
AVENUE CHARLES LINDBERGH 2
F-94636, RUNGIS CEDEX, 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.

APRIL 1981: ORIGINALLY BASED ON THE FRENCH ISLAND OF CORSICA (HENCE ITS NAME).

MAY 1996: TO ABIDJAN, BANGKOK, CAYENNE (FRENCH GUIANA), CORSICA, DAKAR, FORT DE FRANCE, LOS ANGELES (LAX), MOMBASSA, MONTREAL, NEW YORK, NOUMEA, PAPEETE, POINT-A-PITRE, ROME, SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), ST LOUIS, ST MARTIN, AND AREAS IN EUROPE, AND THE MEDITERRANEAN.

MARSEILLES TO NEW YORK, WITH DC-10, 329 PASSENGERS (PAX).

850 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 450 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 110 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JULY 1996: AGES PURCHASED 1 747-100 (JT9D-7A) (20377), STILL LEASED TO CORSAIR (COR).

SEPTEMBER 1996: WET-LEASED 747-300 (23030) (JT9D-7R4G2) TO SABENA (SAB), FOR 2 MONTHS.

OCTOBER 1996: JACQUES MAILLOT, PRESIDENT, ON BEHALF OF OWNER NOUVELLE FRONTIERES, PROPOSES TO TAKE OVER AIR LIB (ALB), AND LOSS-MAKING INDEPENDENT AOM (MNR). ITS INTEREST CENTERS ON VALUABLE SLOTS HELD BY (ALB) AT CONGESTED PARIS ORLY (ORY) AIRPORT.

MARCH 1997: FORMS CHARTER OPERATOR, AERO LYON (LYO), AT LYON, WITH 1 DC-10-30 (46963) PURCHASED FROM AOM (MNR).

APRIL 1997: 1 737-2K5 (28471) BOUGHT FROM AIGLE AZUR (AZU).

JULY 1997: 1 747-2B6B (SCD) (21615), ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM) LEASED.

AUGUST 1997: 1 747-300 (23032), EX-SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA) (JT9D-7R4G2), MAINTENANCE "D" CHECK, INTERIOR RECONFIGURATION BY AIR FRANCE INDUSTRIES (AFA).

SEPTEMBER 1997: 1 DC-10-30 TO (CGA).

NOVEMBER 1997: SPECIAL XMAS 747-200 FLIGHT, BOLOGNA & PISA, TO POINTE-A-PITRE, & FORT-DE-FRANCE.

DECEMBER 1997: 747-128 (20377), LEASED TO AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID).

APRIL 1998: 1,400 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 150 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 120 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SELECTED A330-200 OVER 767-300ER, FOR LONG HAUL NEEDS.

MAY 1998: 737-200 (JT8D-7A), EX-AIR LIBERTE (ALB). 747 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT AT AER LINGUS (ARL). MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) FOR 2 ORDERS A330-200'S (1999) (RR TRENT 700), 356 PAX 2 CLASS/371Y, FOR OPERATIONS TO MADAGASCAR, AND REUNION.

JUNE 1998: 747-2B6B (SCD) (21615), ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM) LEASED UNTIL OCTOBER 1998.

OCTOBER 1998: (http://www.corsair-int.com).

APRIL 1999: 1,400 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 150 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 600 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 120 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SITA: ORYSCSS. (webmaster@corsair-int.com).

1998 FISCAL YEAR (FY) = +$5.5 MILLION: 1.9 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).

1 737-300 (24023), EX-TRANSAVIA (TAV), GECAS (GEH) LEASED, "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK BY FLS AEROSPACE (ATD).

MAY 1999: 737-400 (24690), FUTURA INTERNATIONAL (FUA) WET-LEASED 8 MONTHS.

JULY 1999: TO RECONFIGURE ITS 2 A330-200'S TO 2 CLASS, 356 PAX, FOR ROUTES TO REUNION, MADAGASCAR, & PAPEETE.

OCTOBER 1999: 1 747-312 (23028), EX-SINGAPORE AIRLINES (SIA), 6 YEAR LEASED.

MARCH 2000: 3RD 747-200 HEAVY MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO AIR FRANCE INDUSTRIES (AFA). A330-243 (320, F-HBIL) DELIVERY.

APRIL 2000: 1,400 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 150 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 600 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 120 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

RETIRED ITS LAST 747-100.

JULY 2000: 3 747-312's (F-GSUN; F-GSEA; F-GSEX) (TREND?) WITH LAST AIRPLANE ENHANCED WITH LARGE, RED, SEXY, LIP IMPRINT ON FUSELAGE.

SEPTEMBER 2000: SCHEDULED SERVICE TO NAIROBI.

OCTOBER 2000: CORSAIR (COR) AND AEROLYON (LYO) PARENT, NOUVELLES FRONTIERES, TO FORM ALLIANCE WITH PREUSSAG, WITH THE GERMAN COMPANY (OWNS HAPAG LLOYD - (HAP) TAKING A 34.4% STAKE, & OPTION FOR FULL CONTROL, IN 2002.

1 747-300 TO BE WET-LEASED TO BIMAN BANGLADESH (BNG) (FEBRUARY - APRIL 2001), FOR HADJ.

DECEMBER 2000: PARENT, NOUVELLES FRONTIERES CONSIDERING AN ORDER FOR THE A380-100, 750Y PAX.

JULY 2001: UPGRADES 4 747-200'S WITH CMC ELECTRONICS (FMS).

OCTOBER 2001: CHARTER SERVICE TO ALGERIA, AND TO MAURITIUS,

DECEMBER 2001: 1 747-312 (23243, F-HJAC), WILMINGTON TRUST (WBT) LEASED.

MARCH 2002: SITA: ORYOOSS. (http://www.corsair.fr).

APRIL 2002: CORSAIR (COR) IS NOW UNDER THE EFFECTIVE CONTROL OF THE GERMAN, HOLIDAY GIANT PREUSSAG, WHICH HAS TAKEN OVER NOUVELLES FRONTIERES, BUT HAS GIVEN (COR) WIDE LEEWAY TO RUN ITS OWN AFFAIRS.

RECENTLY, IT BEGAN SELLING SEATS DIRECTLY ON THE INTERNET, FOR ITS FLIGHTS TO MARTINIQUE, REUNION AND KENYA, AND WILL SHORTLY BE OFFERING SERVICES TO SPAIN, PORTUGAL, AND GREECE.

June 2002: 1 747-312 (621-23244, F-GSKY), UT Finance leased.

August 2002: Parent, Nouvelles Frontieres, to cut -310 jobs, include -170 from Corsair (COR), as part of a restructuring plan, to cut costs.

Plans to retire 1 737-300, and 1 747-300.

September 2002: Germany's TUI aquires Nouvelles Frontieres' remaining 70% shares in (COR). TUI already owned 30%.

747SP-44 (293-21253, /76 61 12), withdrawn from use (WFU) at Chateauroux.

December 2002: 737-3M8 (23023) returned to (GEF), leased to Axis Airways (AXY). 747-206B (20399), WFU at Orly.

February 2003: 747-312B (23244), sold to VX Capital Partners, San Francisco, who sent it to SASCO for a "D" maintenance check and interior modifications.

March 2003: 767-204ER (24467), Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) wet -leased. 1 767-304ER (28040), Britannia Airways (BRI) 3 month wet-leased.

June 2003: A330-322 (171, F-GJSV), Star Airlines (STU) wet-leased.

August 2003: 1 order (2005-09) 747-400 to replace 747-300.

September 2003: 2002 = 11.47 Billion (RPK) passenger traffic (-2.7%); -1.1% (ASK) capacity; 85.3% LF load factor (-1.4); 2.1 Million passengers (PAX) (-3.4%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
46 (THY) 16.59; 47 (ATZ) 16.30; 48 (LTU) 16.10; 49 (JAA) 15.90; 50 (HAP) 14.40; 51 (JMA) 13.97; 52 (PAL) 13.52; 53 (AMX) 13.31; 54 (AIN) 13.25; 55 (FIN) 12.79; 56 (BER) 12.73; 57 (ELA) 12.54; 58 (TPR) 12.08; 59 (MON) 11.86; 60 (GUL) 11.84; 61 (CMA) 11.74; 62 (COR) 11.47; 63 (TAP) 11.38; 64 (LAN) 11.14; 65 (JBL) 11.01; 66 (AIJ) 11.00; 67 (PIA) 10.78; 68 (RYR) 10.20; 69 (EGP) 9.65.

November 2003: Plans to acquire 6 747-400's, ex-United Airlines (UAL) from next June to replace its 747-300's.

December 2003: In July, Toulouse - Lyons - Saint Denis de la Reunion (747-300/A330-200 weekly). Receives scheduled traffic rights from Paris to Cayo Coyo, Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, and Varadero.

January 2004: 737-3M8 (24023) returned from Axis Airways (AXY).

February 2004: Paris Orly - Fez (737-400, 2/week). In June, Paris - Moncton - Montreal/Toronto (weekly).

May 2004: Next month, Paris - Moncton - Montreal - Paris (weekly).

June 2004: 747-344 (22970, TF-ARU), ex-South African Airways (SAA), Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) wet-leased til September.

July 2004: 747-287B (22592, EC-IZL) transferred from Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG), Air Plus Comet (APZ) wet-leased.

August 2004: Selected the FlightVu Cockpit Door Monitoring System for its fleet of 2 737's, 6 747's, and 2 A330's.

747-422 (26880), bought from United Airlines (UAL).

November 2004: Next month, Bordeaux - Pointe-a-Pitre (weekly). Toulouse - La Romana (weekly charters).

December 2004: 747-200 European Air Charter (EUL) wet-leased to cover for late delivery of a 747-422 (26877).

April 2005: 747-422 (26875, F-GTUI), ex-United Airlines (UAL).

May 2005: 747-312 (23030) sold to Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID).

June 2005: 747-422 (26880), ex-United Airlines (UAL).

July 2005: 747-236B (21351, G-BDXF), European Air Charter (EUL) wet-leased.

August 2005: 747-422 (26878, F-HSEX), delivery.

September 2005: 747-422 (25380, F-HKIS), delivery.

October 2005: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) will provide Total Engine Support to Corsair (COR) under a 10-year agreement covering a minimum of 24 (PW4000)s powering the French airline's 747-400 fleet. The agreement includes provision of spare engines, engine condition monitoring services and Airplane On Ground (AOG) support.

November 2005: 747-422 (25379, F-HLUV), ex-United Airlines (UAL).

February 2006: Corsair (COR) (SS/Paris Orly) will launch three times weekly 737-400 service from Paris Orly to Palma de Mallorca on April 7.

It has transferred the first of its two 737-4B3s (24751, F-GFUH) to Moroccon sister carrier Jet4You (J4U) (Casablanca). The second airplane is expected to follow at the end of the summer season.

April 2006: Corsair (COR) will double the frequency on its Paris Orly to Nairobi route from 1 to 2 flights a week for the months of July and August. Flights depart Orly on Tuesdays (747-400) and Saturdays (A330-300) and continue to Mombasa.

The overall common brand: TUIfly.com consists of:

Arkefly (HOL): The Dutch airline flies from Amsterdam to the Dutch Antilles, South America, Africa and to the sunny south of Europe.
(http://www.arkefly.com);
(http://www.arkefly.nl);
(http://www.arkefly.an).

TUIfly Nordic (TNS): From Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway, TUIfly Nordic (TNS) flies holidaymakers travelling with the tour operators Fritidsresor, Finnmatkat and Star Tour to southern climes.
(http://www.tuiflynordic.se);
(http://www.fritidsresor.se);
(http://www.startour.dk);
(http://www.startour.no);
(http://www.finnmatkat.fi).

Corsairfly (COR): The French company operates from Paris and other French cities to the Caribbean, the India Ocean, and Morocco.
(http://www.corsairfly.com).

Hapagfly (HAP): From 23 airports in Germany, Hapagfly (HAP) takes passengers to the most beautiful holiday resorts around the Mediterranean.
(http://www.hapagfly.com).

Jetairfly (TUB): A vast network of more than 60 airports in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, on the Red Sea and the Canary Islands connect with Brussels at the heart of Europe.
(http://www.jetairfly.com).

Thomsonfly (TFY): With more than 40 airplanes the airline flies from 26 British airports to more than 87 destinations worldwide.
(http://www.thomsonfly.com).

Hapag Lloyd Express (HLX): North, South, East and West – the low-cost airline hlx.com (HLX) covers (almost) all of Europe.
(http://www.hlx.com).

October 2006: Corsair (COR) provides international scheduled and charter air services, serving 62 destinations on a regular basis in Europe, Africa, the Antilles, North America, and Asia Pacific.

Employees = 1,723 (including 201 Fight Crew (FC); 201 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 712 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: SS - 923. (ICAO) Code: CRL - (Callsign - CORSAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: TUI (100%).

SITA: ORYSCSS.

(http://www.corsair.fr).

Main Base: Paris Orly airport (ORY).

Hubs: Brest Guipavas airport (BES); Lyons St Exuoery airport (LYS); Marseilles Provence airport (MRS); Nantes Atlantique airport (NTE); & Toulouse Blagnac airport (TLS).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bordeaux; Brest; Lyons; Marseilles; Nantes; Paris; & Toulouse.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Antananarivo; Fez; Fort de France; Marrakech; Mombasa; Nairobi; Pointe-a-Pitre; Rome; St Denis de la Reunion; St Maarten; & Venice.

December 2006: German tourism giant TUI AG unveiled a comprehensive "action plan" that includes an order for 41 new airplanes from Boeing (TBC) valued at $3.64 billion, its intention to cut costs next year by -€250 million/-$330 million - - involving the elimination of -3,600 jobs - -and the merger of its airline units under the new "TUIfly.com" brand.

TUI confirmed speculation that Hapagfly (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) will combine under the new name "in order to secure access to the low-cost, Internet and modular tour growth markets," with the remaining five TUI airlines (Thomsonfly (TFY), TUIfly Nordic (TNS), Arkefly (HOL), Corsair (COR), and Jetair (TUB)) joining the fold in 2008. The strategy will have an earnings impact of €60 million by that time, the company said. "With "TUIfly.com," a European brand, it will be easier to address customers. At the same time, the new brand . . . will be an essential element of TUI's new Internet strategy," it said.

The new airplanes, which were not identified, will begin delivery in 2010, and will be replacing older leased planes until 2013. The company still has 24 737s on order with Boeing (TBC), bringing its backlog to 65 airplanes. Boeing (TBC) issued a statement confirming TUI Group's order for 41 airplanes, but did not specify the type(s). It said the airplanes are worth $3.6 billion at list prices. TUI will operate 56 airplanes next year, and expand capacity +27%. It displayed a mockup of "TUIfly.com"'s new all-yellow livery on its website.

Regarding its cost-cutting program, TUI said savings of -€150 million will come from materials and -€100 million from personnel, meaning the loss of -3,600 jobs in the tourism division including -2,600 in the UK and -400 in Germany. It said more than >3,300 new jobs will be created "by certain segments" in 2008. It also intends to reduce corporate costs to €70 to €80 million from €112 million by 2008, and merge its TUI Deutschland operating business into TUI AG. It is targeting a 2008 profit of €450 to €550 million.

February 2007: UK-based MyTravel (GUE) and German tourist conglomerate, Thomas Cook (JMA) are merging in a deal that will create the second-biggest travel company in Europe behind (TUI).

The new company, called Thomas Cook (JMA) Group, will produce combined revenue of about €12 billion/$15.6 billion, selling holidays to some 19 million customers a year. It will be based in London.

MyTravel (GUE) shareholders will own 48% of the combined company with the controlling 52% held by Thomas Cook (JMA)'s German owner KarstadtQuelle, which agreed in December to buy Lufthansa (DLH)'s 50% stake in Thomas Cook (JMA) for €800 million. The merger is expected to be complete by June and is conditional on the approval of MyTravel (GUE) shareholders, competition clearances and completion of the KarstadtQuelle-(DLH) transaction.

In December, MyTravel (GUE) reported its first annual profit in five years after a major restructuring exercise, cutting costs and selling real estate. According to the MyTravel (GUE) website, the companies in the group operate 31 airplanes.

The move eventually is expected to generate "at least" -£75 million/-$146.2 million of cost savings per year, the two groups said. Specific information concerning cost synergies was not supplied, nor was the future status of the airline portfolio comprising Thomas Cook Airlines UK (JMA), Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium (TUB), Condor Airlines (CDF), MyTravel Airways UK (GUE), and MyTravel Airways A/S (PRH) detailed.

The merger ended hopes of the UK's First Choice Holidays (ATZ) for a possible tie-up. It had offered for sale its mainstream package holiday business, which includes European 787 launch customer First Choice Airways (ATZ), and held preliminary talks on possible bids with both MyTravel (GUE) and Thomas Cook (JMA). The (ATZ) board announced the termination of those talks.

MyTravel (GUE) CEO, Peter McHugh said the combined company will not need First Choice (ATZ)'s package business to compete with TUI. "This merger is quite a feat unto itself," he said. "We're the second leading travel company in Europe and aspire to be number one." TUI had revenue of €18.2 billion in 2005.

March 2007: TUI AG, parent of Hapagfly (HAP), Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), Thomsonfly (TFY), TUIfly Nordic (TNS), Arkefly (HOL), Corsair (COR), and Jetair (JTA), suffered a -€846.6 million/-$1.13 billion loss in 2006, reversed from a +€496.3 million profit the year before, owing to restructuring expenses and required depreciations. The company unveiled a restructuring plan in December, that includes the merger of its airline brands under the TUIfly.com name. Revenue rose +12.7% to €20.51 billion and operating result fell to a -€736.1 million loss from a +€386.9 million profit. Total costs were not provided, but a breakdown showed the company's impairment charges rose to €763.8 million from €18.3 million in 2005. (EBITA) in TUI's Tourism division climbed +7.8% to €393.7 million.

May 2007: The Tourism division of German company TUI is to merge with First Choice (ATZ) of the UK to create one of the world's largest travel groups. Following the latest amalgamation, the new grouping will be known as "TUI Travel" and will be based in the UK. TUI, which also owns the UK's Thomson Holidays, will have a majority 51% share, with existing First Choice (ATZ) shareholders controlling the remaining 49%. Certain hotel assets will stay with First Choice (ATZ), whose CEO, Peter Long, will become CEO designate of the new company.

(We are creating one of the most profitable and efficient tourism groups in the world," said TUI CEO, Dr Michael Frenzel, who will become Chairman of TUI Travel. "At just the right time, two strong partners are joining forces: We are aiming at growth and simultaneously, we will make good use of the opportunities presented by the ongoing consolidation in the European travel market."

The new company will have a combined revenue of around 12.1 billion pounds, catering for 28 million passengers per year.

Starting June 29th, Paris Orly - Mayotte - Antananarivo, using A330-300s.

TUI Group (TUG), the German tourism company that owns six airlines, placed firm orders for 11 787-8s and 50 737NGs collectively valued at $4.7 billion. The airplanes will be operated by Netherlands' Arkefly (HOL), Belgium's Jetairfly (TUB), UK's Thomsonfly (TFY), Germany's TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) and Scandinavia's TUIfly Nordic (NOQ). The airlines will use the 787s within Europe and on flights to Asia and North America, while the 737s will be used on short/medium-haul routes. The airplanes will be shifted among the airlines depending on need. No engine order for the 787s was announced. All 737s will be fitted with blended winglets.

Boeing (TBC) said it is working to create a training program that will allow TUI (TUG) pilots (FC) to transition from 737s to 787s "so that cross-training costs are minimized and fleet efficiency is maximized."

January 2008: German travel conglomerate TUI (TUG) announced that it signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Lufthansa (DLH) to combine their Low Cost Carrier (LCC) subsidiaries under one "joint and independent holding company." TUI (TUG) owns TUIfly, the combination of Hapag-Lloyd Flug (HAP) and Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX), while Lufthansa (DLH) partners with Germanwings (RFG) and Eurowings (EWG), along with Albrecht Knauf Industriebeteiligung. The latter also signed the (MOU), TUI (TUG) said. "Agence France Presse" said a mid-2009 timeframe for finalization is TUI (TUG)'s target. No other details were released, and TUI (TUG) said a binding agreement will depend on "a due diligence process and negotiations of the specific details," as well as the approval of antitrust authorities. The combination is likely designed to counter the growing domestic influence of airberlin (BER), which has expanded with the acquisitions of (LTU) and dba (DBA).

February 2008: Corsairfly (COR) will start twice-weekly, Paris Orly (ORY) - Quebec City on June 7, and weekly, (ORY) - Halifax on June 25 aboard A330-200s. Air Canada (ACN) will code share on the flights. Corsairfly (COR) will place its code on select (ACN) flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Montreal and Toronto.

August 2008: SEE ATTACHED PHOTO OF LATEST LIVERY ON 747-400 LANDING AT ST MAARTEN - - "COR-747-400-2008-08."

July 2010: Corsairfly (COR) launched twice-weekly, Paris Orly - Miami service.

August 2010: Corsair (COR) will cut its long haul capacity as part of a restructuring plan that foresees three 747-400s being replaced by two A330-300s and voluntary redundancy packages being offered to 380 employees by 2012. It has already dropped its routes from Paris Orly to Cancun, Havana, and Puerto Plata, and has declared that it will concentrate on flights to Dzaoudzi, Fort de France, Pointe à Pitre, Saint Louis de la Réunion, and St Maarten in the future. (COR) currently also serves Antananarivo, Dakar, Halifax, Mauritius, Miami, Mombasa, Montreal Trudeau, Punta Cana, Quebec City, and Tel Aviv Ben Gurion. It is unclear whether all of these routes will really be cut in the future.

October 2010: Corsairfly (COR) elected Pascal de Izaguirre, CEO.

November 2010: Skytech-AIC secured an agreement from TUI Aviation GmbH (TUG) to market three 1993 Corsair-operated 747-422s for sale/leaseback.

January 2011: Corsairfly (COR) offers flights from Paris Orly to cities like Miami, Dakar, and Punta Cana, along with a number of sunshine destinations in French overseas territories like Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, and Reunion in the Indian Ocean.

Zodiac Aerospace says its new seat-centric audio/video on demand (AVOD) in-flight entertainment (IFE) system has been selected by TUI Group (TUG)'s Corsairfly (COR) for (COR)'s Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) airplanes.

The SiT (IFE) system, offered through Zodiac's Sicma unit, will be installed on (COR)'s A330 and 747 airplanes. "Both line fit and retrofit airplanes are part of the contract, making the SiT system a new alternative to the current (IFE) offering on new A330/A340," according to a widely distributed statement released online by Zodiac via "Thomson Reuters."

With line fit offerable status on the A330 and A340, the SiT (IFE) platform will compete with systems on offer from industry stalwarts Panasonic Avionics and Thales (THL).

Adds Zodiac in the "Thomson Reuters" release: "For both its line fit and retrofit airplanes, (COR) also selected Zodiac Aerospace to provide seats (Sicma Aero Seats) and galleys (Sell)."

Zodiac has previously said SiT was specially developed to facilitate its integration on seats, and is 50% lighter and 50% less expensive than traditional (IFE).

(TUI) Travel (TUG) ordered two A330-300s for its French airline subsidiary Corsairfly (COR), which will operate the airplanes on long-haul routes from Paris to the French Caribbean islands, North America and to Indian Ocean destinations. The airplanes will be configured in two classes with a total of 362 seats.

“We are delighted with this decision by TUI Travel (TUG) to buy A330 airplanes,” (COR) Managing Director, Pascal de Izaguirre said. “We already experience excellent performance from the A330-200s we currently operate and these new airplanes — with a track record of spectacular efficiency, reliability and low operating costs — will allow us to perfectly match our new strategy. Moreover, airplane commonality, unique to Airbus (EDS), will allow us to meet our restructuring program target.”

April 2011: Lufthansa Systems (LHS) signed a five-year contract with Corsairfly (COR) to provide (COR) with its Lido/RouteManual navigation charts.

May 2011: Air France Industries (AFI)/KLM Engineering & Maintenance said that Corsairfly (COR) extended its A330 component contract.

September 2011: Rolls-Royce (RRC) has won a contract from leisure travel company TUI Travel PLC (TUG) to provide (Trent 700) engines to power two A330 airplanes which will also be covered by TotalCare® long-term support services. The airplanes will be operated by TUI (TUG)’s subsidiary, Corsairfly (COR) and the contract also includes TotalCare® services for two additional A330s already in service with the airline.

April 2012: Corsair International (COR) and Air Caraïbes Atlantique ((IATA) Code: CAJ, based at Paris Orly airport (ORY)) are considering to cooperate more closely according to "Agence France Press," especially on routes between Paris the French Overseas Departments in the Caribbean where the two carriers already code share.

August 2012: Corsair International (COR) has filed a suit with the administrative court of Saint-Denis de la Réunion complaining about the investment of 63.5 million EUR, Air Austral (AUX) has received from the regional government of Réunion as part of a recapitalization effort. (COR) is saying the payment to the financially ailing carrier would constitute illegal state aid and should have been approved by the European Commission (EC). The court is expected to rule on the suit later this month.

September 2012: Corsair International (COR) has lost its case with the administrative court in Saint-Denis de la Réunion which has rejected Corsair (COR)’s complaint about the participation of the regional government of La Réunion in the recapitalization of Air Austral (AUX).

(COR) won traffic rights to challenge AirFrance (AFA) in the busy
Paris - Dakar market next month. The route attracts both Senegalese people living in France and French tourists visiting Senegal.

747-422 (26880, F-HSUN), wet-leased to Biman Bangladesh (BNG) for Hajj.

October 2012: Corsair International (COR) will take delivery of its two A330-300s on order in October and November. It initially plans to operate the A330-300s on a daily service between Paris Orly and Pointe à Pitre Le Raizet (PTP) with the airplanes also scheduled to still make appearances on routes to Dakar Yoff-Léopold Sédar Senghor International (DKR), Fort de France Martinique Aimé Césaire International (FDF) and St Denis de la Réunion Roland Garros (RUN) this year. (COR) plans to also use the airplanes to Antananarivo Ivato International (TNR), Dzaoudzi Pamandzi (DZA) and Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL) in 2013. The first rotation currently scheduled to be operated by one of the A330-300s is from Orly to St Denis on November 27 (subject to change).

November 2012: Corsair (COR), the second-largest French carrier after AirFrance (AFA), resumed non-stop services on the transatlantic route from Paris Orly (ORY) to Cancún (CUN) on the north-eastern coast of the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula. Twice a week, 747-400-operated flights are offered by (COR), which previously served the Mexican resort between November 2006 and May 2010, both non-stop and via either Havana in Cuba or Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic.

The (KfW) (IPEX)-Bank is financing the acquisition of an A330-300 - - SEE PHOTO - - "COR-A330-300 - 2012-11" for TUI Travel (TUG), which was delivered in mid-November. The A330-300 will be leased to Corsair (COR), a TUI Travel (TUG) subsidiary. The (KfW) (IPEX)-Bank is sole financier and security trustee.

(COR) will use its new A330-300s on flights from Paris Orly to mostly French speaking destinations in the Caribbean, Canada, West Africa and the Indian Ocean. Reunion will be first. (COR) can serve multiple destinations with two airplanes because many of its routes operate just once or twice a week.

January 2013: Corsair International ((IATA) Code: SS, based at Paris Orly airport (ORY)) plans to temporarily wet-lease a 767-300ER from another carrier for a weekly service from Paris Orly (ORY) to Cancún International (CUN) between January 17 and May 2.

May 2013: Corsair (COR), part of the TUI travel conglomerate but with its own independent business model, reduced its underlying wintertime operating losses to -$14 million, down from about -$29 million a year earlier. During this October-to-March period, it received two more A330-300s, while refurbishing its 747s and A330-200s. Revenues, though, shrank.

June 2013: TUI Travel (TUG) has signed a commitment for 40 Boeing 737 MAX-8s and 20 Boeing 737 MAX-9s, plus options on a further 90 737 airplanes.

August 2014: See attached video on the world's most dangerous airports featuring Corsair (COR) airplane landings:

December 2013: Corsair (COR), France’s second largest airline after AirFrance (AFA), despite operating only eight long-haul airplanes (four A330s and four 747-400s), began operations between Paris (CDG) and La Romana (LRM) in the Dominican Republic. Operated on behalf of Corsair (COR) by Spain’s Pullmantur Air (PLL), using one of its 747-400s, the weekly service will be flown on Saturdays, starting on December 7th. The seasonal route will operate until April 19th and will face no direct competition.

February 2014: SEE ATTACHED - - "COR-A330-2014-03."

May 2015: News Item A-1: The (TUI) Group (TUG) has placed a firm order for a single Boeing 787-9, plus one option, and has switched two of its smaller 787-8s already on order for the larger variant.

Boeing (TBC) said the order was valued at $257 million at current list prices. Following the changes, the (TUI) Group (TUG) will operate a fleet of 13 787-8s from this summer and will add the three 787-9s within the next three years.

“Adding the 787-9 to our order book enables the (TUI) Group’s airlines to continue to develop its long-haul network, giving access to new and exciting leisure destinations,” (TUI) Group Managing Director Aviation, Henrik Homann said.

The 787-9 can hold an additional 40 passengers, compared with the 787-8, and has an additional 830 km/450 nm range.

The (TUI) Group (tug) is parent to six airlines: TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX), Thomson Airways (ATZ)/(TFY), TUIfly Nordic (TNS), Jetairfly (TUB), Corsair (COR), and Arke (HOL), which operate 144 mid- and long-haul airplanes across a network of more than >180 destinations.

The (TUI) Group (TUG) also has 60 737 MAXs on order.

News Item A-2: The (TUI) Group (TUG) plans to rebrand its five airlines under a single “TUI” brand as part of its roadmap for growth initiative to be achieved by 2018.

Beginning in the fall 2015, the (TUI) Group (TUG) said it will use the single branding for its airlines. (TUG) currently operates around 140 medium- and long-haul airplanes in various markets under different brand names— TUIfly (Germany) (HAP)/(HLX), Thomson Airways (UK) (ATZ)/(TFY), Arke (Netherlands) (HOL), Jetairfly (Brussels) (TUB), and TUIfly Nordic (Sweden) (TNS).

Each carrier will maintain its separate air operator’s certificate (AOC) and will remain responsible for its own crew and flight planning, but will operate under “one central organization.” Also, maintenance should be concentrated under one organization.

According to a company statement, crew and fleet would be more efficient when switched between different bases and nations, depending on demand. This should increase effectiveness of the airlines. (TUG) hopes to deliver operational efficiency improvements worth €50 million/$57 million per annum by 2018.

“A strong one-brand policy will make it considerably easier to use the airplanes of the European fleet and the crews across the individual countries, as demand requires it,” (TUG) said. “The resulting increase in the effectiveness of (TUG) airlines is to enable (TUG) to deliver operational efficiency improvements worth 50 million euros per annum by 2018.”

The (TUI) Group (TUG) said the strategy will generate more synergies by joining business units and would raise shareholder value.

Just recently, the (TUI) Group (TUG) placed a firm order for a single Boeing 787-9, plus one option, and has switched two of its smaller 787-8s already on order for the larger variant.

October 2016: News Item A-1: "Etihad, TUI Group Plan New Leisure Airline" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at, October 5, 2016.

Etihad Aviation Group and German holiday giant (TUI) (HAP)/(HLX) are in discussions to create a European leisure airline group, which is expected to operate 58 airplanes on point-to-point services to key tourist markets.

The partners detailed plans to combine the leisure operations of the airberlin (BER) group and German carrier TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) into a new airline group, serving destinations from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

The new holding company could be based in Austria, with Etihad (EHD) and (TUI) Group each taking a 24.9% stake. The remaining 50.2% is expected to be held by an Austrian foundation, to ensure Austrian majority ownership and maintain international traffic rights.

The still-to-be-named airline is planning a fleet of 14 Boeing 737s (currently operated by TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) for airberlin (BER) under a wet-lease agreement), 27 TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) 737NGs, as well as 17 Airbus A320 family aircraft from Austrian airberlin (BER) subsidiary FlyNiki (NKI).

(TUI) (HAP)/(HLX), Etihad (EHD) and airberlin (BER) said they intend to finalize an in-principle agreement in due course, subject to regulatory approvals, but it is understood the partnership could be completed within the next two weeks. An announcement is expected October 26. It is also understood TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) pilots (FC) will be offered jobs with Etihad Airways (EHD).

“TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) hasn’t grown in recent years. Also, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) has no long-haul airplanes in its fleet, but the focus of the (TUI) (TUG) tourism business is [long-haul] destinations in Asia, for example.” As (EHD) is a long-haul carrier, the cooperation could see (EHD) flying (TUG) holidaymakers to long-haul destinations.

In a letter to employees, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) supervisory board Chairman Henrik Homann said TUI Deutschland (HAP)/(HLX)’s profits and results have been impacted for many years by substantial overcapacity in the airline industry and TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX)’s above-market cost structure.

“We own too much flight capacity and we’re producing it at a cost which is significantly higher than market prices. As a result, flight services in Germany for our tourism products are often available from our competitors at considerably lower prices than those offered by TUIfly to TUI Deutschland, with adverse impacts on our profitability and results in that source market,” Homann said.

Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member airberlin (BER) is Germany’s second-largest airline and is 29.2% owned by Etihad Airways (EHD). (TUI) (TUG)/HAP)/(HLX) used to hold a stake in airberlin (BER), but this was disposed of in 2015.

In 2015, airberlin (BER) carried >30.2 million passengers, but reported a -€446.6 million/-$485.5 million loss, deepened from a -€376.7 million loss the year before. In the first half of 2016, airberlin (BER) posted a -€271.5 million loss. On September 28, airberlin (BER) detailed a drastic restructuring plan, which includes the outsourcing of 40 Airbus A320s to German rival Lufthansa (DLH) Group and -1,200 job losses.

TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) is part of (TUI) Group (TUG), which has a portfolio of six European airlines and around 140 airplanes, a distribution network of more than >1,800 travel agencies and online portals, around 300 hotels and 14 cruise liners.

It is understood the other TUI Group (TUG) airlines are not part of the deal. These comprise UK-based Thomson Airways (ATW)/(GUE) (63 airplanes), Sweden’s TUIfly Nordic (TNS) (8 airplanes), (TUI) Airlines Belgium (TUB) (21 airplanes), TUI Airlines Netherlands (HOL) (10 airplanes) and France’s Corsair International (COR) (7 airplanes).

News Item A-2: "TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) to Shut Down Flight Operations October 7 after ‘Massive’ Flight Crew (FC) Shortage," by Kurt Hofmann hofmann.aviation@netway.at, October 6 2016.

German leisure carrier TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) has decided to completely shut down flight operations Friday, October 7 after many airplane flight crew (FC) called in sick on short notice October 6, a spokesman confirmed. The action follows concerns about a partial merger between the 2 companies.

On October 7, TUIfly (HAP)/(HLX) had to cancel 47 out of 110 planned flights and airberlin (BER) canceled 90 flights.

On October 7, (HAP)/(HLX) has canceled 108 flights, comprising 54 flights leaving from Germany and 54 from tourism destinations throughout Europe.

(HAP)/(HLX) again will charter airplanes from other carriers to bring tourists back. The company said it is working to reduce the impact on passengers after many flight crew (FC) members again called in sick on short notice.

(HAP)/(HLX) also said it expects further flight cancellations. (HAP)/(HLX) said because of the wide scope of flight crew (FC) short-notice absences, it is impossible to inform passengers earlier and offer alternative travel arrangements.

Fleet:
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COR-767-304ER
COR-747 ST MAARTEN
COR-747-400 - F-GTUI-2017-08.jpg
COR-747-400-AUG08
COR-A330-200
COR-A330-2014-03
COR-A330-243 - NEW LIVERY - 2012-08
COR-A330-300 - 2012-11

September 2017:

0 737-2K5 (JT8D-17), EX-(AZU), RTND.

0 737-200 (JT8D-7A), EX-(ALB), RTND.

0 737-3M8 (CFM56-3B2) (1675-24023, /89 F-GFUI), EX-(TAV), (GEF) LSD, WET-LST (AXY) 2002-12. RF (AXY) 2004-01. RTND 2004-03. 149Y.

0 737-4Y0 (CFM56-3) (24690), (FUA) WET-LSD TIL 2000-01, RTND.

0 737-4B3 (CFM56-3C1) (1916-24750, /90 F-GFUG; 2107-24751, /91 F-GFUH, 2006-02), EX-(UTA), WET-LST (J4U) 2006-02. RTND. 173Y.

0 747-121 (JT9D-7A) (50-19660, /70), EX-(PAA), RETIRED.

0 747-128 (JT9D-7) (176-20377, /72), EX-(AFA), PARTED OUT.

0 747-206B (JT9D-7J) (156-20399, /71 F-GLNA; 170-20427, /71 F-GPJM), EX-(KLM), (AFA) MAINT, 20399 WFU 2002-11, SCRAPPED 2003-04. 20427 SCRAPPED. 27C, 512Y.

0 747-236B (RB211-524D4) (323-21351, /78 G-BDXF), (EUL) WET-LSD 2005-07. RTND. 22C, 416Y.

0 747-2B6B (SCD) (338-21615), (RAM) LSD. RTND.

0 747-287B (JT9D-7Q) (532-22592, /81 EC-IZL), EX-(ARG), (APZ) WET-LSD 2004-07. RTND. 46C, 346Y.

0 747-312B (JT9D-7R4G2) (593-23030, /84 F-GSUN; 603-23032, /84 F-GSEA), EX-(SIA), MAINT BY (AFA), (584-23028, /83 F-GSEX; 6 YR LSD 1999-10). 612-23243, /85 F-HJAC; (WBT) LSD 12/01. (621-23244, /85 F-GSKY, (PWC) LSD 2002-05). 23244 ST VX CAPITAL PARTNERS 2003-02. 23032 TO (AID) 2005-01. 23030 TO (AID) 2005-05. 23028; RTND (AID) 2005-10. 25C, 555Y.

0 747-344 (577-22970, TF-ARU), EX-(SAA), (AID) WET-LSD TIL 2004-09.

4 747-422 (PW4056) (911-25379, /92 F-HLUV; 913-25380, /92 F-HKIS; 931-26875, /92 F-GTUI; 944-26877, /92 F-HSEA; 966-26878, /93 F-HSEX; 984-26880, /93, F-HSUN), BF (UAL). TUI LSD. 26880; WET-LST (BNG) FOR HAJJ 2012-09. 26878; ST APOLLO AVIATION GROUP 2013-07 FOR KABO AIR (KAB). 25380; RTND. 24C, 558Y.

0 747SP-44 (JT9D-7F) (293-21253, /76 F-GTOM), EX-(SAA). WFU 2002-09 AT CHATEAUROUX. 24C, 319Y.

0 767-204ER (CF6-80C2) (256-24457, TF-ATR), (AID) WET-LSD 2003-03. RTND.

0 767-304ER (CF6-80C2B4) (613-28040, G-OBYB), (BRI) WET-LSD 3 MTHS 2003-03. RTND 2003-09.

0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C) (267-46998, /79), EX-(BAL), TO (CGA) 1997-09. 329 PAX.

0 A310-300, RTND.

2 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (285, /99 F-HCAT; 320, /00 F-HBIL - - SEE PHOTO - "COR-A330-243 NEW LIVERY 2012-08"). +2 OPTIONS. LSD. 18C, 307Y.

0 A330-322 (171, F-GJSV), (TCI) LSD, (STU) WET-LSD 2003-06 TO 2004-04.

2 A330-343 (TRENT 772B-60) (1359, /12 F-HSKY; 1376, F-HZEN), (KFW) (IPEX)-BANK LSD, (TUG) WET-LSD 2012-11 - - SEE PHOTO - - "COR-A330-300 - 2012-11." (MC) AVIATION PARTNERS LSD 2013-06. 26C, 336Y.

Management:
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HERVE PIERRET, CHAIRMAN.

PASCAL DE IZAGUIRRE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) & MANAGING DIRECTOR (2010-10).

JACQUES MAILLOT, DIRECTOR GENERAL.

SAMI TRITAR, FINANCE DIRECTOR.

CHRISTIAN COMMISSAIRE, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.

FREDERIC PRALUS, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (ORYMDSS).

ELIZABETH PASTEUR, GROUND OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

LAURENT MAGNIN, DIRECTOR COMMERCIAL.

LAURENT BAYOL, MANAGER ENGINEERING (ORYMDSS) (l.bayol@corsair.fr).

MOURAD AIT OUYAHIA, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER.

 
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