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Airlines

Name: AIR EUROPE
7JetSet7 Code: EIY
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: MILAN
Country: ITALY
Employees 812
Web: aireurope.it
Email: marketing@aireurope.it
Telephone: +39 (0331) 713 111
Fax: +39 (0331) 713 850
Sita: MXPAEAZ
Background
(definitions)

FORMED IN 1988 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1989. INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
VIA CARLO NOE 3
21013 VAARESE, ITALY

ITALY (ITALIAN REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1861, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 301,268 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 58 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ROME, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ITALIAN.

NOVEMBER 1995: EUROFLY (EUY) OWNS 26%.

5TH 767-352 (VN972), (ILF) LEASED.

DECEMBER 1995: 1 757-200 (PH-AHI), AIR HOLLAND (HOL) LEASED (4 MONTHS).

JANUARY 1996: /95 = +# 3,355 L (+1,227 L): .563M PAX, 83.6% LF.

APRIL 1996: 1 767-3Q8ER (VL931), (ILF) LEASED. UNABLE TO ACQUIRE 767, SO LEASED AN A310, (OSS) FOR JULY - SEPT/96. POSSIBLE 2 747-200'S EX-(SIA).

JULY 1996: POSSIBLE +1 (4/97) 767-300 (PW4060), (ILF) LEASED.

387 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 64 FC, AND 209 CA).

AUGUST 1996: 2 767-300'S, (GUL) WET-LEASED. NEW AERONAVALI
INTERIOR FOR 767'S, OF 18C & 248Y PAX.

SEPTEMBER 1996: 767-300, (LOT) LEASED 11/96 - 4/97.

OCTOBER 1996: NEGOTIATING PURCHASE OF EUROFLY AIRLINES, (EUY)
BERGAMO, ITALY, SHORT/MEDIUM RANGE CHARTERS WITH 2 DC-9'S & 3 MD-80'S.

1 ORDER (4/97) 767-300ER (PW4060) (27600), (ILF) LEASED.

FEBRUARY 1997: OPERATING TO MAURITIUS FOR (ALI). IN SUMMER, TO HAVANA, CUBA, & POSSIBLE SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REP.

MARCH 1997: 1 767-300ER (CF6-80C2B4), GULF AIR (GUL) 5 MONTH LEASED.

APRIL 1997: 500 EMPLOYEES (INCL 350 FC & 150 MT).

1 767-3Q8ER, (ILF) 8 YEAR LEASED (27600).

MAY 1997: POSSIBLE 767-300 WET-LEASE TO ALLIANCE, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. RETURNED 767-300 (VN291) TO (LOT). 767-300 (VN308) RETURNED TO (GUL).

SEPTEMBER 1997: FY/96 = +#6B I LRE (+2.3%): 734K PAX; 80.9% LF (-2.7).

TAKING STEPS TO OBTAIN (IS0) 9001 CERTIFICATION.

PLANS FOR 2 ORDERS 757-200'S, 213 PAX, WET-LEASED FOR WINTER.

OCTOBER 1997: (ALI) SELLS BACK 24% STOCK TO (EIY).

GOVERMENT ALLOWS FIRST AIRLINE OTHER THAN (ALI) TO HAVE SCHEDULED FLIGHTS WITH MULTIPLE WEEKLY FLIGHTS TO CUBA.

LOOKING FOR 757 AIRPLANES FOR NEXT SUMMER.

300 FLIGHTS/MONTH OVER NORTH ATLANTIC & 72 FLIGHTS/MONTH OVER INDIAN OCEAN, AFRICA/ASIA 160 MINUTES 767 (ETOPS).

DECEMBER 1997: (EUY) SELLS 26% STAKE IN (EIY), TO FINFLIGHT.

JANUARY 1998: ROME - MAURITIUS, & ROME - MILAN - MAURITIUS (767).

MARCH 1998: BRUNELLI MAURICIO, REJOINS AS VICE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

(LOI) (1999-06) 2 777-200'S (IGW).

APRIL 1998: 414 EMPLOYEES.

2 ORDERS (1999-07) 777-200'S, (ILF) LSD (PW4090).

767 160 MINUTES (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH: 220 NORTH ATLANTIC AND 38 INDIAN OCEAN, AFRICA/ASIA.

JUNE 1998: 767-300ER (CF6-80C2B4F) (25312), EX-ASIANA (AAR), (ILF) LEASED, TIL 1999-09.

JULY 1998: 2 767-300'S WET-LEASED TO GULF AIR (GUL), TIL OCTOBER.

SEPTEMBER 1998: MALPENSA 2000 PROPOSAL TO MAKE MALPENSA, MILAN'S MAJOR AIRPORT AND CLOSE DOWN LINATE. EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) AND SOME EUROPEAN AIRLINES ARE OBJECTING. (EC) TO DECIDE SOON.

OCTOBER 1998: STEFANO BIAGINI, ENGINEERING SERVICE SENIOR MANAGER, LEAVES THE COMPANY.

SWISSAIR (SWS) SAIR GROUP, BUYS 45% OF (EIY).

GOVERNMENT OK FOR SERVICE TO MAURITIUS AND MONTEGO BAY.

7 767 (ETOPS) 180 MINUTES FLIGHTS/MONTH (TOTAL FLIGHTS) = NORTH ATLANTIC 163 (12,375); INDIAN OCEAN, AFRICA, ASIA 55 (1,533).

DECEMBER 1998: STRASBOURG - BERLIN (EMB-120).

FEBRUARY 1999: ART POMPEI, SENIOR MANAGER ENGINEERING SERVICES, EX-BOEING (TBC).

TO START A320 DOMESTIC OPERATIONS IN MAY. PLANS FOR 5 A320'S, EX-(SWS), IN (EIY) LIVERY, WITH SWISSAIR (SWS) MAINTENANCE SUPPORT.

MARCH 1999: ENIO FRIGERI, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER RESIGNED TO JOIN LAUDA AIR ITALY (LDI) IN SAME POSITION.

2 A320'S DELIVERIES. 767-300 (VN753), WET-LEASED TO AIR AFRIQUE (AFR) THROUGH OCTOBER. 2 767'S (VN811; VN812) TO BE RETURNED TO LESSOR, BY END OF 1999.

APRIL 1999: 551 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 106 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 269 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA).

(marketing@aireurope.it). SITA: MXPAEAZ.

767-300ER, WET-LEASED TO MONTENEGRO AIRLINES (MNO) FOR OPERATIONS TIVAT, MONTENEGRO, TO (JFK), NEW YORK. CODE SHARE WITH DEBONAIR (DEB), ZURICH - BOLOGNA, TURIN, & VENICE.

MAY 1999: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S SCHEDULED FOREIGN COMBI SERVICE, PISA/VENICE, TO NEW YORK (JFK) (767-300ER).

2 A320-212'S, EX-CHINA SOUTHERN (GUN). +3 BY END OF 1999, EX-AIR FRANCE (AFA), MAINTENANCE BY SWISSAIR (SWS). 767-38EER (VN753) WET-LEASED TO AIR AFRIQUE (AFR).

JUNE 1999: JOINS AS 11TH MEMBER OF QUALIFLYER ALLIANCE LED BY SWISSAIR (SWS), WHO OWN 45% (EIY).

767-200 IGW (PW4090) (28676), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED, EX-(AAR).

JULY 1999: CAPTAIN GIUSEPPE GENTILE, GENERAL MANAGER SAID "THE ECONOMICS OF THE 777 WILL ENHANCE OUR PROFITABILITY, THROUGH ENHANCED
OPERATING EFFICIENCY AND RELIABILITY." 777'S TO BE USED FOR
FLIGHTS TO CUBA, MEXICO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, MAURITIUS, & MALI.

REGULATORY AUTHORITY HAS GRANTED 120 MINUTES (ETOPS) APPROVAL FOR 777.

2 A320'S (709; 710), (GUN) 8 MONTH LEASED. 1ST 777-200 DELIVERY (1ST ITALIAN AIRLINE TO OPERATE 777), (ILF) LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 1999: 180 MINUTES (ETOPS) APPROVED FOR 777.

SELECTS ROCKWELL COLLINS, TO PROVIDE HERMES, DATA LINK, GROUND MESSAGE SWITCHING SYSTEMS, FOR 2 777'S, & 5 A320'S.

2 767'S TO BE SUB-LEASED TO BALAIR (BAL). 2ND 777-200 DELIVERY.

OCTOBER 1999: 1998 = +$438,000 (+$199,000K).

DECEMBER 1999: 2 A320'S FOR CHARTER SERVICES, OTHER 6 FOR DOMESTIC SCHEDULED SERVICES. A320-214 (1132, I-PEKA), FLIGHTLEASED.

FEBRUARY 2000: A320-214 (1162, I-PEKB), FLIGHTLEASED (SWS).

MARCH 2000: CODE SHARE WITH AIR MAURITIUS (MAU) MILAN/ROME TO MAURITIUS.

A320-214 (1179, I-PEKC), FLIGHT LEASED (SWS).

APRIL 2000: POSSIBLE MERGER WITH VOLARE (VLR), BOTH MEMBERS OF, OR OWNED BY SAIRGROUP (SWS).

CODE SHARE WITH CUBANA (CUB) TO HAVANA, CAYO LARGO AND SANTIAGO DE CUBA (EIY) AIRPLANES). ALSO, FROM ROME.

541 EMPLOYEES (INCL 106 FC, & 269 MT).

JUNE 2000: 4 A320'S (1179; 1244; 1308; 1322), FLIGHTLEASED.

JULY 2000: SAIRGROUP (SWS) MERGES (EIY) WITH VOLARE (VLR) UNDER A SINGLE HOLDING COMPANY. SAIRGROUP OWNS 45% (EIY) AND 34% OF (VLR). SAIRGROUP WILL HOLD 49.9% OF NEWLY CREATED VOLARE GROUP, WHICH (VLR) HOLDS 35.1%. (EIY) & (VLR) WILL LIKELY RETAIN THEIR SEPARATE IDENTITIES. VOLARE GROUP HAS 24 AIRPLANES: 18 A320'S, 4 767'S, & 2 777'S. THE BOEING AIRPLANES WILL BE REPLACED BY A330'S, BY 2002.

1999 = 900,000 PAX (+1.1%); 829 EMPLOYEES (+32.2%).

(http://www.aireurope.it).

777-200 (WB366) ENTERS ANNUAL "C" CHECK, AFTER 1ST YEARS SERVICE, WITH ONLY 1 TECHNICAL DELAY, "A NEWSWORTHY EVENT."

SEPTEMBER 2000: GINO ZOCCAI, PRESIDENT, REPLACES DR LUPO RATTAZZI. CAPTAIN VINCENZO SODDU, MANAGING DIRECTOR, REPLACES DR ANTENELLO ISABELLA. STEFAN HELSING, GENERAL DIRECTOR, REPLACES CAPTAIN DR GIUSEPPI GENTIL. MAURICIO BRUNELLI, VICE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, POSITION ELIMINATED, NOW MAINTENANCE MANAGER. ANTENOR SILVA NETO, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER, REPLACES FRANCO TRAVERSA.

767-300 (VN811) RETURNED TO LESSOR.

OCTOBER 2000: IN DECEMBER, VERONA - POINT A PITRE (767-300, WEEKLY CHARTER). 1 A320-214 (1308, I-PEKE) DELIVERY.

NOVEMBER 2000: COMPANY DECIDES TO KEEP CURRENT 3 767-300ER'S AND 2 777-200'S TIL LEASE EXPIRES, IN 2005. CURRENT RE-ORGANIZATION RESULTS IN JOB TRANSFERS TO VOLARE HQ AND HEADCOUNT -20% REDUCTIONS.

ALL A320'S TRANSFERRED TO (VLR) OPERATIONS.

DECEMBER 2000: 1 767-353ER (583-26262, EI-CLS) RETURNED TO (ILF)
LEASED TO VIETNAM (VIE). 3 A320-214'S (1132, I-PEKA; 1162, I-PEKZ; 1179, I-PEKC) TO VOLARE (VLR).

APRIL 2001: 812 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 2001: TO COLOMBO AND MAHE (SEYCHELLES). ALSO, ROME - MAHE.

OCTOBER 2001: 3 767-300ER'S TRANSFERRED TO VOLARE (VLR).

NOVEMBER 2001: IN DECEMBER, VERONA - POINTE A PITRE (767, WEEKLY) FOR COSTA CRUISES.

DECEMBER 2001: TO PHUKET (777 WEEKLY CHARTER).

APRIL 2002: (PH: +39 (0331) 713 111). (FAX: +39 (0331) 713 850).

MAIN BASE: MILAN - MALPENSA (MXP).

OWNER: VOLARE GROUP (VLR) (100%).

November 2002: Rome (FCO) to Cancun (767-300ER, weekly).

2 777-2Q8ER's (29908; 28676), returned to (ILF), to be leased to Air Austral (AUX) in April 2003.

January 2003: Milan (MXP) - Bologna - Santo Domingo, (VLR) A330 weekly charter operations; Verona - Varadero - Cancun; Verona - Rome (FCO) - Pointe a Pitre; Verona - Rome (FCO) - Punta Cana; Verona - Rome (FCO) - Mombasa; & Verona - Rome (FCO) - Zanzibar.

April 2003: (FAX: +39 0331 776 330).

Parent organization/shareholders: Volare (VLR) Group (100%).

Air Europe (EIY) is Italy's largest charter and leisure carrier, and also operates scheduled services.

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Bari; Catania; Milan; Naples; Palermo; & Rome.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Camaguey; Cayo Largo del Sur; Havana; Male; Mauritius; & Montego Bay.

May 2003: In June, Milan (MXP) - Delhi - Bangkok (A330-200 (VLR) wet-leased, 3/week).

August 2003: (LTU) takes over 100% of Leisure Cargo GmbH, Dusseldorf, as a joint venture with Swiss Cargo. Leisure Cargo, headed by Ralf Auslander, markets belly hold capacity of the combined 75 airplanes of (LTU), Air Europe (EIY), Sobelair (SBL), Belair (BLB), Iberworld (IBW), Volare (VLR), East African Safari Airlines (EFZ), and Islas Airways. The company operates from Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich with 78 subagents worldwide.

November 2004: Parent, Volare (VLR) suspended operations and also grounded all (EIY) airplanes.

December 2004: Received a temporary Air Operating Certificate (AOC) to operate a 767-300ER on charters, Milan & Rome to Mauritius.

April 2006: Volare (VLR) is relaunched with 2 A320s from Milan Linate as well as a 767-300 of affiliate, Air Europe (EIY) from Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino. Air Europe (EIY) is Italy's leading charter airline operating to destinations such as the Maldives, Mauritius, Cuba, and Santo Domingo. A second 767-300ER is being sought to replace wet-leasing arrangements with other carriers.

May 2006: Alitalia (ALI)'s acquisition of the assets of the bankrupt Volare (VLR) Group was suspended by Italy's top administrative court, (AFX) reported. The state council supported an appeal by Air One (ADH), which argued that the flag carrier should not have been allowed to bid for Volare (VLR) because of its precarious financial position and for antitrust reasons. The Volare (VLR) Group, which includes charter carrier Air Europe (EIY) and Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Volareweb, was put up for sale in November by a government-appointed administrator. The state council also noted there were "violations" in the way the auction for Volare (VLR) was conducted.

Alitalia (ALI) said its acquisition of Volare (VLR) remains valid, despite the state council's ruling, and it "is confident that these irregularities can be resolved soon, as they do not challenge the validity of Alitalia (ALI)'s offer or the administrator's decision that it was the highest." Alitalia (ALI) bid 38 million/$48.8 million for the group, bettering Air One (ADH)'s offer by 10 million. Alitalia (ALI)'s acquisition of Volare (VLR) is also subject to approval by Italy's antitrust authority, which has until May 28 to either clear the deal, or decide on a more detailed examination.

Fleet:
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May 2006:

0 767-330ER (PW4060) (381-25208, /91 30 05 I-VEIY), EX-(CDF), (ILF) LSD, RF (AFR), TRANSFERRED TO (VLR) 10/01.

0 767-35HER (CF6-80C2) (445-26387, /92 26 05; 456-26388, /92 26 04), (CIF) LSD, (ETOPS), 26387 RTND (CIF) 9/00. TRANSFERRED TO (VLR) 10/01.

0 767-352ER (PW4062) (583-26262, /95 13 02), RTND (ILF) 12/00, LST (VIE).

0 767-3Q8ER (PW4060) (619-27993, /96 08 01; 655-27600, EI-CNS /97), (ILF) LSD, (I-VIMQ), WET-LST (BAL) 10/99. NTU. 27600 RTND 4/02.

0 777-2Q8ER IGW (PW4090) (229-29908, EI-CRS; 246-28676, EI-CRT), (ILF) 10 YR LSD, RTND (ILF), LST (AUX) 4/03. 339 PAX.

0 A310, (OSS) WET-LSD, 2 RTND.

0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (85, F-GJVZ), EX-(AFA), TO (VLE).

0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A1) (131, F-GLGM; 132, F-GLGN), EX-(GUN), (GAX) LSD 4/99, (SWS) MAINT, TO (VLR).

0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1), EX-(AFA) 5/99, TO (VLR).

0 A320-214 (1132, I-PEKA; 1162, I-PEKB), (FLL) LSD 2/00, TO (VLR).

0 A320 (CFM56-5B4/2P) (1179; 1244; 1308; 1322), (FLL) LSD 6/00, TO (VLR) 10/00.

1 A320-214 (1179, I-PEKI; 3/00) 1244, (FLL) LSD (I-PEKD), TO (VLR) 10/00.

1 BEECHCRAFT B58P.

1 BEECHCRAFT 60.

1 COMMANDER 690A.

1 KINGAIR 200.

1 FAIRCHILD 5A227.

Management:
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GINO ZOCCAI, PRESIDENT (9/00).

CAPTAIN VINCENZO SODDU, (CEO) (9/00).

CAPTAIN GIUSEPPE GENTILE, DEPUTY (CEO).

EDGARDO BADIOLI, GENERAL DIRECTOR & (COO).

STEFAN HELSING, GENERAL DIRECTOR (9/00).

CAPTAIN GIANCARLO TEDESCHI, FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
(tedeschi.giancarlo@volare-group.it).

CAPTAIN GRAZIANO GUZZINATI, FLIGHT SAFETY DIRECTOR (guzzinati.graziano@volare-group.it).

CAPTAIN EDOARDO ANTONINI, CHIEF PILOT

DR ROBERTO POLLES, TECHNICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR (2001-03),
(polles.roberto@volare-group.it).

EDGARDO BADIALI, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.

MAURICIO BRUNELLI, MAINTENANCE SENIOR MANAGER (2000-09),
(brunelli.maurizio@volare-group.it).

FRANCIS CHRISTOFFERSEN, MANAGER OPERATIONS & TECHNICAL SERVICES.

SHAENAZ VOSS, MANAGER COMMERCIAL.

DAVID PITT, MANAGER FINANCE.

PIERLUIGI TORCHIO, PLANNING MANAGER.

LUCIANO BESENZONI, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER (2000-09).

 
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