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GSS-2013-04 - UPDATE
GSS-FLIGHT CREW AD 2010-12
ESTABLISHED IN 2001 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2002. AIRPLANE LEASING COMPANY AND INTERNATIONAL CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
ROOM 13, STANSTED HOUSE, STANSTED AIRPORT
STANSTED, ESSEX CM24 1AE, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
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.
MAY 2001: ATLAS AIR (TLS) TAKES 49% STAKE IN GLOBAL SUPPLY SYSTEMS (GSS), WHOSE MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER (51%), IS ENTREPRENEUR, JOHN PORTER, WHO INTENDS TO WET-LEASE 747F'S TO AIRLINES IN THE UK, 1ST TO BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB), AND BEGIN OPERATIONS FROM LONDON STANSTED.
2 747-47UF'S, ATLAS (TLS) LEASED (29255; 29256).
JANUARY 2002: RECEIVES ITS (CAA) CERTIFICATE OF AIRWORTHINESS AND BRITISH REGISTRY, FOR 1ST OF 2 747-400 AIRPLANES.
April 2002: (http://www.gssair.co.uk). SITA: STNOGXH.
Main Base: London Luton airport (LTN).
January 2003: 2 747-47UF's (29252, G-GSSB; 32837, N415MC), Atlas Air (TLS) wet-leased.
August 2003: 747-47UF (29255, N494MC), (TLS) wet-leased (again).
August 2004: 95 employees. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
October 2006: Global Supply Systems (GSS) provides dedicated jet airplane freighters to airlines on a wet-lease Airplane, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance (ACMI) basis.
(IATA) Code: XH. (ICAO) Code: GSS -(Callsign - JET LIFT).
Parent organization/shareholders: John Porter (51%); & Atlas Air (TLS).
Main Base: London Stansted airport (STN).
Its first customer was British Airways (BAB) on whose behalf (GSS) it operates scheduled services to and from Germany, Hong Kong, India, southern Africa, and other destinations.
October 2008: London Stansted (STN) received permission from Transport Secretary, Geoff Hoon and Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Hazel Blears to increase the annual passenger cap to 35 million from 25 million on its existing runway. (STN) Managing Director, Stewart Wingate said he was "delighted" and that the airport "will now take time to study the full detail of the decision, including the independent Planning Inspector's report, before commenting further." The British Airports Authority (BAA) and (STN) submitted their original request to lift the passenger cap and increase annual aircraft movements to 264,000 from 241,000 in April 2006. It did not request a modification to night flight restrictions. The UK's only capped airport serves nearly 23 million passengers per year. (STN)'s unrelated application to construct a second runway was submitted last March.
November 2008: The UK Competition Commission concluded that airports operator, the British Airports Authority (BAA) should be allowed to increase charges at London Stansted (STN) in the five-year period, starting next April 1, albeit at a lower rate than it proposed. In its report to the (CAA), the Commission recommended an increase in the maximum level of charges at (STN) to £6.56/$10.57 per passenger in 2009 to 2010, +3.5% higher than projected 2008 to 2009 charges of £6.34. The charges then would increase by no more than the retail price index inflation plus +1.75% each year, reaching a maximum of £7.05 per passenger in 2013 to 2014.
However, the Commission did not agree with Ryanair (RYR)'s accusation of excessive pricing and said that the (BAA)'s conduct regarding airport charges in 2008 through 2009, was not contrary to the public's interest. It did say that (STN) "pursued a course of conduct which has operated against the public interest in three respects in the period February 2002 to April 2008" by failing to consult adequately with airlines on the development of the airport and its capital expenditure plans, by failing to manage as effectively as possible the security queuing process, and by failing to offer appropriate landing charges for larger cargo airplanes.
It therefore recommended that the (CAA) require the (BAA) to improve the consultation process, introduce a service quality rebate scheme similar to those at London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW) and offer off-peak discounts on landing charges for the largest cargo airplanes. The (CAA) said it will consider the recommendations before carrying out a further round of consultation and announcing its final decision in March.
July 2010: British Airways (BAB) has wet-leased three 747-8F freighters from Atlas Air (TLS) Worldwide Holdings (AAWH)’s UK partner, Global Supply Systems (GSS). Under the five-year agreement, Global Supply Systems (GSS) will provide airplanes, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) wet-lease services for (BAB)’s World Cargo unit, starting in 2011. (GSS) will lease the freighters from Atlas (TLS), which owns 49% of (GSS). Atlas (TLS) expects to take the first of the 12 747-8Fs it has on order in early 2011. The delivery schedule has not been disclosed.
“The decision to once again work alongside our long term freighter partners, (GSS) and Atlas Air (TLS), to upgrade to the 747-8F freighter was an important step by British Airways (BAB) World Cargo (BAWC),” says (BAB)’s Managing Director, Steve Gunning, in a statement. “It is our view that long-haul freighters form an integral part of our overall business strategy—providing flexibility and capacity on resilient and growing lanes—as we strive for continued excellence in all key areas of the business, including product range, customer service and, of course, network offering.” The companies’ statement notes that the 747-8F is 5.6 meters, or 18.3 ft, longer than the 747-400F freighter, which is already operated by (BAB) (BAWC). “With a maximum structural payload capacity of 140 tonnes (154 tons), the 747-8F is expected to provide +16% more revenue cargo volume compared with the benchmark 747-400F,” they say, adding, “The additional +120 cubic meters/4,245 cubic feet of volume afforded by the longer fuselage offers space for four additional
main-deck pallets and three additional lower-hold pallets.”
(AAWW) President & CEO, William Flynn notes, “We are delighted to confirm (GSS)’s agreement with British Airways (BAB), and to extend our long-standing and successful relationship with one of the world’s preeminent airlines. “We anticipate significant growth in our fleet with our new 747-8F airplanes. Together with our modern 747-400F freighters, our airplanes anchor a fleet strategy that focuses on
our customers and reinforces our position as the most advanced,
most efficient and most reliable provider of leased freighter airplanes and outsourced airplanes operating services and solutions to the global aviation industry,” adds Flynn.
November 2011: Boeing (TBC) celebrated the delivery flight of the first 747-8F Freighter for Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWH). The delivery is the first of nine 747-8F Freighters Atlas Air (TLS) has on order. (TLS)’s 49% subsidiary, Global Supply Systems (GSS), will operate the new freighter for British Airways World Cargo (BAB) through a five-year wet-lease agreement.
As part of the lease agreement for three 747-8F Freighters with (GSS), British Airways World Cargo (BAB) will utilize the airplanes on long-haul routes to cargo hubs in Asia, Africa, India, and the United States.
January 2012: Global Supply Systems (GSS) has taken delivery of its first three 747-8F freighters and has started returning its 747-400Fs to its parent, Atlas Air (TLS). Unlike the 747-400F airplanes, its new fleet is painted in full British Airways World Cargo (BAB) colors for which the airplanes are operated. (GSS) is a joint venture (JV) between British Airways (BAB) and Atlas Air (TLS).
April 2013: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" MAGAZINE UPDATE - - "GSS-2013-04 - UPDATE."
January 2014: The International Airlines Group (IAG) Cargo will end its arrangement with Global Supply Systems (GSS), which operated three Boeing 747-8F freighters on its behalf. The move comes after British Airways (BAB), which formed (IAG) Cargo with Iberia (IBE)’s freight division, decided to pull out of the dedicated freighter airplane market.
Alas Air Worldwide Holdings (TLS) said British Airways (BAB) had terminated the lease agreement ahead of schedule. (TLS) shares fell as much as -19% in early trading on January 17th. (TLS) said the lease for three 747-8F airplanes operated by (TLS)'s UK subsidiary, Global Supply Systems (GSS) was terminated, following British Airways (BAB)'s decision to exit dedicated cargo-freighter service.
(GSS) was operating the three 747-8F airplanes for (BAB) and the lease agreement was originally scheduled to end in April 2014.
Atlas Air (TLS) said it would receive early termination fees from British Airways (BAB). (GSS) will redeliver the 747-8Fs to Atlas Air (TLS).
(IAG) Cargo will retain a dedicated cargo service, a 5x-weekly, London - Hong Kong route, which will be operated by Qatar Airways (QTA) Boeing 777Fs. Both British Airways (BAB) and (QTA) are members of the Oneworld (ONW) alliance. “This new partnership is an important step forward for us and enhances our relationship with (QTA),” (IAG) (CEO), Willie Walsh said. “It allows us to continue delivering significant capacity for our customers through the important gateway of Hong Kong. With the ongoing arrival of our next generation airplanes, (IAG) Cargo’s customers will now benefit from increased belly-hold capacity as well as the deployment of freighter services on capacity constrained routes.”