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Airlines

Name: GO FLY
7JetSet7 Code: GFL
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: STANSTED
Country: ENGLAND
Employees 900
Web: go-fly.com
Email: enquiries@go-fly.com
Telephone: +44 1279 666333
Fax: +44 1279 681763
Sita: STNOOGO
Background
(definitions)

STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1998 AS A LOW-COST, "NO-FRILLS" SUBSIDIARY, OF BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), WITH SCHEDULED, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES, TO EUROPE.

NOVEMBER 1997: BARBARA CASSANI, PRESIDENT.

STARTS OFF AS BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) PROJECT: "BLUE SKY." (BAB) PROVIDED $40 MILLION TO START.

MAY 1998: GOVERNMENT, OK'S "GO" SUBSIDIARY OF BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), WITH OPERATIONS OUT OF STANSTED, DESPITE OBJECTIONS OF COMPETITORS, EASYJET (EZY), DEBONAIR (DEB), AND RYANAIR (RYR).

5 YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO FLS AEROSPACE (ATD), STANSTED FOR 737'S.

1ST FLIGHT TO ROME.

JULY 1998: 4TH DESTINATION TO LISBON, AFTER COPENHAGEN, MILAN, AND ROME.

SEPTEMBER 1998: NEW ROUTES TO EDINBURGH, BOLOGNA, AND PISA.

(http://www.go-fly.com).

COMPETITION AT STANSTED NOW INCLUDES: LUFTHANSA (DLH), SABENA (SAB), (SAS), ALITALIA (ALI), SWISSAIR (SWS), VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA), BRAATHENS (BRT), AND EUROWINGS (RFG). (KLM) IS PROBABLE ALSO.

BARBARA CASSANI, CEO, STATES "GO" SYMBOLIZES QUALITY, MUCH THE WAY IKEA (FURNITURE), THE GAP (CLOTHING) & SWATCH (WATCHES), TO LEAVE OUT EXPENSIVE, CUMBERSOME ATTRIBUTES, & DOES AWAY WITH AIRLINE TERMINOLOGY, WHEN SPEAKING TO PASSENGERS. THEY'VE TAKEN OUT THE FORMALITY, KEPT ONLY THE ESSENTIALS, AND DITCHED ANYTHING JUST THERE, FOR FORM'S SAKE, OR TRADITION'S SAKE.

+10 ORDERS 737-300, GECAS (GEH) LEASED (1999-02).

OCTOBER 1998: IN NEXT 2 MONTHS, TO LAUNCH SERVICE TO MUNICH, AND VENICE.

1 737-300 (23927), EX-(ALB), BABCOCK (BBB) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 1998: WORKFORCE TO >400 EMPLOYEES.

PLANS FOR 13 737'S WITHIN 15 MONTHS. NOW HAS 5 737-300'S, EX-PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PAL). +6 ORDERS, EX-GECAS (GEH), +2 SECOND HAND. 737-33A (1669-24092), BABCOCK (BBB) LEASED, & 737-36N (28872), (GEH) LEASED.

MARCH 1999: TO MALAGA, LISBON, AND FARO (PORTUGAL). IN 1999-05, TO BILBAO, & 1999-07 TO MADRID.

1998 AIRPORT TRAFFIC, AT STANSTED = 6.8 MILLION (+27%). EXPECT 8 MILLION IN 1999.

737-3YO (1562-23926, G-IGOH OLIVE GREEN 'DON'T WAIT GO' & 'GO FOR IT'); -33A (1669-24092, G-IGOI 'YELLOW 'GO ENJOY' & 'AWAY WE GO'); -36N (3082-28872, G-IGOJ VIOLET 'FREE TO GO' & 'GO ANY TIME'), -3YO (1811-24546, G-IGOC PURPLE 'GO TODAY' & "JUST GO").

APRIL 1999: 350 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 75 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 101 CABIN ATTENDANT (CA), & 3 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

1 737-36N (CFM56-3C-1) (3107-28594, G-IGOK PURPLE BLUE "GO AS YOU ARE" & "GET SET GO").

MAY 1999: 1ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

NOW 9 737-300'S. +4 BY END OF 1999.

JUNE 1999: 737-36N (3112-28596, G-IGOL), GECAS (GEH) LEASED.

JULY 1999: TO IBIZA, ALICANTE, MADRID, PALMA DE MALLORCA.

737-36N (3115-28599, G-IGOM), (GEH) LEASED.

AUGUST 1999: TO PRAGUE, AND BARCELONA NEXT MONTH.

737-36N (3118-28602, G-IGOP), (GEH) LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 1999: 1ST 17 MONTHS = -$22.3 MILLION. BREAKEVEN TARGET IS 2001.

3RD LARGEST UK LOW-COST AIRLINE. 200,000/MONTH PASSENGERS. PLANS FOR 17 DESTINATIONS BY THE END OF 1999.

OCTOBER 1999: IN 1999-12, TO LYON, & ZURICH (737-300).

737-36N (28606, G-IGOR), (GEH) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 1999: NEXT MONTH TO ZURICH, AND GENEVA.

JANUARY 2000: IN 2000-03, TO ALICANTE, AND PALMA. IN 2000-05, TO IBIZA, AND REYKJAVIK.

FEBRUARY 2000: IN 2000-04, TO NAPLES, & 2000-05, TO REYKJAVIK.

APRIL 2000: 550 EMPLOYEES.

ROGER MAYNARD, CHAIRMAN, REPLACES BOB AYLING, WHO RESIGNED.

TO 19 DESTINATIONS.

AUGUST 2000: WINTER TIMETABLE EXPANSION, WITH 2000-09, TO TENERIFE, IN 2000-11 TO GLASGOW, & 2000-12 TO LYON.

1999 = 1.76 BILLION (RPK) (+315.4%); 1.61 MILLION PAX (+332.7%); 550 EMPLOYEES (+57.1%). FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1999 PRE-TAX = -$31.1 MILLION: 2 MILLION PAX.

NOVEMBER 2000: TO BELFAST (737-300) (NOW SERVES 21 DESTINATIONS).

BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) ANNOUNCES IT WILL SELL ITS GO (GFL) OPERATIONS.

LAST 6 MONTHS = 75% LF (+12). 2.5 MILLION PASSENGERS BY THE END OF 2000.

JANUARY 2001: CONSIDERING SERVICE TO DUBLIN.

MARCH 2001: IN 2001-05, TO NICE.

In 2001-05, TO OPEN 2ND HUB, AT BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ITS 26TH DESTINATION). WILL BASE 2 737 AIRPLANES THERE. PROJECTS 5 MILLION PAX FROM BRISTOL OVER NEXT 6 MONTHS.

737-3L9 (27336, /94) DELIVERY.

MAY 2001: BELFAST (INTERNATIONAL) - EDINBURGH/GLASGOW.

NEGOTIATING SALE OF GO FLY (GFL), TO VENTURE CAPITAL "3I" FINANCIAL GROUP.

1 B AE 146-200A (E2176, G-ZAPO), TITAN (TIU) LEASED.

JUNE 2001: BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), AGREES TO SELL GO FLY (GFL) FOR $153 MILLION TO VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM "3I."

750 EMPLOYEES.

FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2000 = 2.76 MILLION PAX (+46%), +#4 MILLION POUNDS

JULY 2001: IN 2001-09, GLASGOW/EDINBURGH - DUBLIN.

(enquiries@go-fly.com). SITA: STNOOGO.

1 737-3L9 (1815-24571, /90 N2393W), EX-ISTANBUL AIRLINES (IST), TOMBO (TOM) LEASED.

AUGUST 2001: 1 737-3YO (1540-23293, /88) & 1 737-3M8 (2005-25017, /91), EX-BALKAN BULGARIAN (BUL), (GUI) LEASED.

OCTOBER 2001: TO NEWCASTLE (2/DAY).

+7 ORDERS 737-300's (2002-01)

NOVEMBER 2001: FOLLOWING WITHDRAWAL OF FORMER PARENT, BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), FROM KEY ROUTES, GO FLY (GFL) MAKES +51% RISE IN PROFITS.

IN LAST 6 MONTHS ENDING 2001-09, = 2 MILLION PAX (+41%), PRE-TAX +$23.8 MILLION.

PARTICULARLY DID WELL IN LONDON - BELFAST, & INTRODUCED 1ST LOW-COST SERVICE TO NEWCASTLE.

DECEMBER 2001: SELECTS EAST MIDLANDS, AS 3RD HUB, FOR 2002-05, AFTER STANSTED AND BRISTOL. PRESENTLY, SERVES 24 CITIES WITH 19 737-300'S.

1 737-36Q (2883-28660, /97 17 08 EC-GNU) EX-AIR EUROPA (ARE), BOULLIOUN (BOU) LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2002: FROM EAST MIDLANDS TO ALICANTE, EDINBURGH, PRAGUE, GLASGOW, MALAGA, AND FARO.

MARCH 2002: UK CAA, RATES (GFL) #1 FOR PUNCTUALITY, FOR LOW FARE CARRIERS.

BRISTOL - PRAGUE. LONDON STANSTED - BUDAPEST.

APRIL 2002: BARABARA CASSANI, CEO, AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS, VEUVE CLICQUOT, "BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR." BARBARA SAYS "HUMOUR IS A BIG PART OF MY PHILISOPHY OF LIFE . . . YOU JUST HAVE TO KEEP LAUGHING OR YOU GO NUTS."

900 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 123 FLIGHT CREW (FC); 211 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA); & 4 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAIN BASE: LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT (STN).

HUBS: BRISTOL AIRPORT; & EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT.

(TELEPHONE: +44 1279 666333). (FAX: +44 1279 681763).

OWNERS/SHAREHOLDERS: 3i (77.5%); STAFF & MANAGEMENT (22.5%).

MAY 2002: EASYJET (EZY) ACQUIRES GO FLY (GFL) FOR $544 MILLION/374 MILLION POUNDS.

2001 = 4.3 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX). (EZY) CARRIED 4.3 MILLION PAX IN LAST 6 MONTHS.

CAPTAIN ED WINTER, TAKES OVER AS PRESIDENT & CEO, AS BARBARA CASSANI LEAVES THE COMPANY.

July 2002: 2001 = +$20.29 MILLION (+$6.13 MILLION): 4.11 BILLION (RPK) (+33.3%); 72.2% LF; 4.27 MILLION PAX (+55%).

August 2002: In October, East Midlands to Barcelona and Venice. Bristol to Venice.

December 2002: Begins operating on common Easyjet (EZY) (AOC), and airplanes are being repainted to (EZY) livery, as they go through routine maintenance at FLS Aerospace (ATD).

All airplanes transferred to EasyJet (EZY).

January 2003: The merger of Go Fly (GFL) into EasyJet (EZY) is being completed. The (EZY) HQ at London Luton airport "easyLand" has been expanded using portacabin temporary offices, for the location of network operations, Maintenance Operations Center (MOC) and Maintrol. The (GFL) fleet is now operating under (EZY) Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and all airplanes will eventually repainted into the (EZY) orange/white livery.

Fleet:
(definitions)

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February 2003:

0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3) (2787-27336, /94 G-IGOS; 2594-27337, /94 G-IGOT; 1815-24571, G-IGOU) EX-(DBA), HELLER 6 YR LSD 3/01, TO (EZY) 12/02. 148Y.

0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3) (1600-24219, G-IGOX). TO (EZY) 12/02.

0 737-3M8 (CFM56-3) (2005-25017, /91G-IGOV), EX-(BUL), (GUI) LSD 8/01 TO (EZY) 12/02.

0 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3) (1846-24698, G-IGOF AQUA GREEN "GO NOW" & "ALL GO" 5/98), EX-(PAL), TO (EZY) 12/02. 148Y.

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3B1) (1852-24678, G-IGOA TURQUOISE "GO AGAIN" & LET'S GO" 7/98; 1811-24546, G-IGOC PURPLE "GO TODAY" & "JUST GO" 5/98; 1813-24547, G-IGOE PINK "GO TOGETHER" & "READY TO GO" 5/98), EX-(PAL), TO (EZY) 12/02. 148Y.

0 737-3Y0 (CFM56-3) (1580-23927, G-IGOG RED "GO OFTEN" & "COME AND GO" 9/98; 1562-23926, G-IGOH OLIVE GREEN "GO FOR IT" & "DONT WAIT GO" 11/98 EX-(ALB), (BBB) LSD, TO (EZY) 12/02. 148Y.

0 737-3YO (CFM56-3) (1540-23923, /88 G-IGOW), EX-(BUL), (GUI) 5 YR LSD 8/01, TO (EZY) 12/02.

0 737-33A (CFM56-3) (1669-24092, G-IGOI YELLOW GREEN "GO ENJOY" & "AWAY WE GO" 11/98), EX-(BMA), TO (EZY) 12/02, 148Y.

0 737-36N (CFM56-3) (3082-28872, G-IGOJ MEDIUM BLUE "GO ANYTIME" & "FREE TO GO" 11/98; 3107-28594, G-IGOK PURPLE BLUE 4/99; 3112-28596, G-IGOL TERRACOTTA "GO EXPLORING" & LOVE TO GO" 6/99; 3115-28599, G-IGOM PURPLE "GO FOR A BREAK" & "OFF WE GO" 8/99; 3118-28602, G-IGOP, PINK "GO AHEAD" & "AWAY WE GO" 8/99; 3124-28606, G-IGOR, 10/99 "GO TO WORK." (2862-28557, G-IGOO; 3010-28570), (GEH) LSD. TO (EZY) 12/02, 148Y.

0 737-36Q (CFM56-3) (2883-28660, /97 17 08 EC-GNU), EX-(ARE), (BOU) LSD 12/01. +1 ORDER (2880-28659). TO (EZY) 12/02.

0 737-336 (CFM56-3) (29141; 29327), EX-(BAB), (BOU) LSD, TO (EZY) 12/02.

0 B AE 146-200A (E2176, G-ZAPO), (TIU) LSD 5/01 "JUST GO." RTND 12/02.

Management:
(definitions)

ROGER MAYNARD, CHAIRMAN (2000-04).

BARBARA CASSANI, PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), 41, LEAVES COMPANY 2002-07.

CAPTAIN ED WINTER, PRESIDENT, CEO & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO) (STNOOOG) (e.winter@go-fly.com).

CAPTAIN SIMON SEARLE, MANAGER FLIGHT SAFETY (s.searle@go-fly.com)

CAPTAIN PAUL LLEWELLYN-BEARD, CHIEF PILOT.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS, CHIEF ENGINEER (STNGY7X) (STNWWOG) (STNOOOG)
(m.williams@go-fly.com).

KIERAN GRAHAM, ENGINEERING PROJECTS MANAGER.

ADRIAN COVILL, ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE MANAGER (a.covill@go-fly.com), (STNWWOG OR STNOOOG) (1999-04).

 
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