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ESTABLISHED IN 2000 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2003. FORMERLY "AIR GUADELOUPE." DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
IMMEUBLE LE CADUCEE
97139 ABYMES, GUADELOUPE
3 ALLEE COMMANDANT MOUCHOTTE
F-91782 WISSOUS CEDEX, FRANCE
GUADELOUPE & SAINT-BARTHELEMY COVER AN AREA OF 1,780 SQ KM, THE POPULATION IS 0.5 MILLION, THE CAPITAL CITY IS BASSE TERRE AND THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS FRENCH.
JUNE 1997: AS AIR GUADELOUPE (GUP), THE GOVERNMENT OWNS 46%, AIR FRANCE (AFA) 45%.
BASED AT ABYMES, GUADELOUPE.
ITS COMPANY NAME IS LA CARIBEENNE DES TRANSPORTES AERIENS AND DOES BUSINESS AS AIR GUADELOUPE AND AIR MARTINIQUE.
2 ORDERS (DECEMBER 1997) DORNIER 228-212'S. NOW HAS 7 DORNIER 228'S & 4 ATR42/ATR72'S.
JULY 1997: ATR42-310 SOLD TO AEROMAR (058).
DECEMBER 1997: 1 ATR42-512 (524) DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1998: PLANS TO MERGE WITH AIR MARTINIQUE.
MARCH 1998: 2ND ATR42-512 TO BE OPERATED BY AIR MARTINIQUE.
APRIL 1998: 170 EMPLOYEES.
DECEMBER 1998: NEGOTIATING PARTNERSHIP WITH WINAIR (WII).
2ND ATR42-512 DELIVERY. 1 DORNIER 228-212.
FEBRUARY 1999: APPLIES TO THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) FOR FOREIGN SCHEDULED COMBI SERVICE BETWEEN CO-TERMINAL POINTS FORT-DE-FRANCE, ST MARTINIQUE; POINTE-A-PITRE, GUADELOUPE; GRANDE CASE, ST MARTIN; AND ST BARTHELEMY (ALL FRENCH OVERSEAS DEPARTMENTS IN THE CARIBBEAN) AND SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, AND BEYOND TO SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC; AND/OR PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI; AND CHARTERS.
ATR42-500, 48 PASSENGERS (PAX), 737-2M8 (21736), EX-ISLANDSFLUG (ISF) WET-LEASED TO BE JOINTLY OPERATED WITH AIR MARTINIQUE FOR 14 MONTHS.
APRIL 1999: 310 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 50 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 11 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
JANUARY 2000: DORNIER 228-202 (8173, /89) SOLD.
APRIL 2000: 350 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 50 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 35 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 11 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
MAIN BASE: POINTE-A-PITRE, LE RAIZET AIRPORT.
AUGUST 2000: AIR CARAIBES TAKES OVER AIR MARTINIQUE, AIR GUADELOUPE (GUP), AIR SAINT BARTHELEMY, AND AIR SAINT MARTIN TO FORM 1 AIRLINE IN THE FRENCH CARIBBEAN.
AIR CARAIBES (GUP) HAS ORDERED 2 EMBRAER ERJ-145'S & 2 E170'S.
APRIL 2001: AIR CARAIBES (GUP) OPERATES 2 ERJ-145LR'S (360, F-OIJE; F-OIJF) IN TANDEM TO MIAMI (3X-WEEKLY).
December 2003: Launches overseas service between Guadeloupe and Martinique to Paris.
January 2004: A330-223 (253, F-OFDF), ex-Swiss International (CSR), (ILF) leased.
February 2004: 2nd A330-223 (ILF) leased delivery.
May 2004: 420 employees.
February 2005: 1 order ATR72-212A.
May 2005: 375 employees.
June 2005: At Paris Air Show, 2 orders (November 2007) A330-300's.
November 2005: Air Caraibes (GUP) will inaugurate non-stop service from Point A Pitre to St Maarten on November 18th. (GUP) will operate 1 weekly flight on Fridays using an ATR72.
Air Caraibes (GUP) will inaugurate nonstop service from Point A Pitre to Havana on December 17th. The airline will operate 2x-weekly flights using an Embraer ERJ-145. On Wednesdays via Santo Domingo and on Saturdays via Fort de France and Santo Domingo.
January 2006: Dornier 228-202K (8077, F-ODZH) sold to Island Air.
June 2006: Air Caraibes (GUP) is preparing to take delivery of its 3rd Airbus A330, which will be (GUP)'s 1st A330-323X (758, F-0RLY, see photo) as the previous 2 airplanes already in service are A330-200s.
July 2006: Air Caraibes (GUP) purchased an additional A330-300 for delivery in November 2008 for use on services to Paris. It will seat 372 and replace 1 of 2 A330-200s operated by (GUP).
October 2006: The European Commission (EC) authorized 2 state aid measures for Air Caraibes (GUP), enabling it to cut operating costs for its regional services. The aid will permit the airline to lease a new Embraer E190 for use between Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana and a new ATR72-500 for use between Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Martin at a reduced rate owing to tax credits received by the lessors. 1 of the measures replaces aid approved in February, but cancelled by French authorities. The (EC) said the aid measures are not disproportionate, because "the recipient will itself be bearing almost two-thirds of the airplane purchase costs" and the aid will make it possible to improve regional services, "which are characterized by difficult operating conditions in the Overseas Departments." In a note, the (EC) added that the tropical climate, salty environment and high frequency of takeoffs and landings, mean that the airplanes wear out more quickly.
ATR42-500 (571, F-OHQV), returned to service after overhaul.
December 2006: Air Caraibes (GUP) ordered 1 E190 for delivery late next year. It already operates 2 ERJ-145s and 1 leased E175.
ATR72-212 (736, F-OIJK) & E170-200SR (00017, F-OFLY), deliveries.
January 2007: SR Technics (SWS) opened a Line Maintenance station at Paris Orly with Air Caraibes (GUP) as the 1st customer. (SWS) said "easyJet (EZY) and further customers are expected to follow soon." The station will offer services for A320s, A330s, A340s, 737s and a variety of engines.
February 2007: Dornier 228-202K (8139), sold to Air Vendee Investments. ERJ-145MP (362, F-OIJF), leased to Lagun Air.
March 2007: ATR42-500 (571), sold to Air Vendee Investments.
December 2007: E190 (0130, F-OSUD), delivery - see photo.
February 2008: Air Caraibes (GUP) selected (PW4000-100)s to power 3 new A330-300s and signed on for a 10-year comprehensive fleet management program provided by Pratt & Whitney (PRW) Global Service Partners. That deal is valued at >$180 million.
September 2008: Air Caraibes (GUP) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) for 3 A350 XWB-1000s, becoming the European launch customer for the largest version of the A350 XWB. (GUP) said it would configure the airplane to seat 440 passengers in 3 classes and operate them on flights from Paris to Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guyana.
December 2008: A330-323E (965, F-OONE), delivery.
January 2009: Air Caraibes (GUP) is a French West Indies-based carrier operating scheduled and charter, inter-Caribbean jet airplane flights to 13 islands in the West Indies, and operates a long-haul service to Paris.
Employees = 627 (including 95 Flight Crew (FC); 142 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 70 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: TX - 427.
(ICAO) Code: FWI - (Callsign - FRENCH WEST) (regional operator).
(ICAO) Code: CAJ (Callsign - CAR LINE) (international operator - Air Caraibes Atlantique).
Parent organization/shareholders: Groupe Dubreuil (85%); & Department de Guadeloupe (15%).
Alliances: (LIAT); & WinAir.
Main Base: Pointe-a-Pitre Le Raizet airport (Guadeloupe) (PTP).
Hub: Fort de France Le Lamentin airport (FDF).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Marie Galante; Point-a-Pitre; St Barthelemy; St Martin; & Terre-de-Haut.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Belem; Bridgetown; Canouan Island; Cayenne; Fort De France; Havana; Paris; Port-au Prince; Santo Domingo; St Lucia; St Maarten; & Union Island.
SR Technics (SWS) won a 5-year extension on its contract with Air Caraibes Atlantique (GUP) to provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services for 2 A330-200s and 2 A330-300s. Valued at >CHF100 million/$89.1 million, the contract covers technical fleet management, base and line maintenance and component services. (SWS) recently opened a line station in Cayenne and will continue to support operations at Paris Orly.
March 2009: Pratt & Whitney (PRW) announced that its (PW4000-100) engine with the Advantage 70 upgrade completed its 1st test flight aboard an Air Comet (APZ) A330-200 in Toulouse. The test program will continue through early April. The (PW4000-100) is designed to deliver 70,000 lbs thrust for the A330 and will enter revenue service on the (APZ) A330-200 and an Air Caraibes (GUP) A330-300 in the summer. Advantage 70 offers a -1% reduction in fuel consumption and increased durability, (PRW) said.
June 2009: A330-323X (1021, F-GOTO), delivery.
November 2009: Worldwide Flight Services won contracts from Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Air Caraibes (GUP), Air Mali (CMP), Air Burkina (VBW) and Mauritania Airways (MAR) for full ground handling at Paris Orly airport.
December 2009: ATR72-212A (888, F-OIXL), delivery.
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 2 carriers already code share.
June 2012: Skyworld Aviation has been appointed to sell or lease an Embraer E190-100LR currently operated by Air Caraibes (GUP).
Freedom Air (based at Pointe à Pitre Le Raizet airport (PTP)) is planning to make use of the void that will be left by (GUP), when the latter stops operating its single E190 (0130, F-OSUD) on regional routes on September 9. The E190 is already being offered to potential new operators. (GUP) currently operates the E190 from Fort de France Martinique Aimé Césaire International (FDF) and Pointe à Pitre Le Raizet (PTP) to Belém Val de Cães International (BEL), Cayenne Rochambeau (CAY), Havana José Marti International (HAV), Port au Prince Toussaint Louverture International (PAP) and Santo Domingo Las Américas (SDQ) airports. Port au Prince and Santo Domingo will continue to be served with ATR72-500s. A group of (GUP) pilots (FC) is now, however, planning to set-up Freedom Air in cooperation with local investors to retain jet flights to these and other destinations with a fleet of 2 737-500s.
December 2013: Airbus (EDS) has received a $996 million order for 3 A350-1000 XWB wide body airplanes from French Caribbean regional carrier, Air Caraïbes (GUP).
Under the purchase agreement, (GUP) will also lease 3 A350-900s from the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC). (GUP) will use the airplanes on routes from Paris to Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Maarten, Haïti, Saint-Domingue, and French Guiana, which are currently operated by A330s.
Jean-Paul Dubreuil, President of the supervisory board at Air Caraïbes (GUP), said the new A350s will allow the airline to add capacity and provide an "unrivaled economic advantage in a very competitive market." Airbus has said its A350 family uses -25% less fuel than current in-service wide body airplanes.
The A350s will enter service between 2016 and 2022 for Air Caraïbes.
June 2015: Groupe Dubreuil, parent firm to Air Caraïbes ((IATA) Code: TX, based at Pointe à Pitre) (GUP) and Air Caraïbes Atlantique ((ICAO) Code: CAJ, based at Paris Orly), has announced plans to create a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) catering to the long haul market niche.
Tentatively known as "SunLine," the (LCC) will specialize in leisure flights with a provisional launch date of June 2016. The Group said it has acquired an A330-300 (HGW) for the project's initial operations.
"In a dynamic global market, we believe that there is a place in France for a solid carrier, dedicated to long-haul routes with heavy traffic, and capable of offering competitive prices while providing superior customer service," Jean-Paul Dubreuil Chairman of the Group's Supervisory Board said. "A company based on completely new principles, equipped with the most efficient aircraft, backed by a strong and competent private group, has all chances to succeed and contribute to the development of French air transport."
The Group expects to finalize the airline's name, route network, and fleet plan in the coming months.
Currently, Groupe Dubreuil uses Air Caraïbes (GUP) as a regional Caribbean airline with its Air Caraïbes Atlantique offering long haul flights to Europe. Of its 7 A350-900s on order from Airbus Industrie (EDS), the Group will take delivery of its 1st in June 2017 with the rest to follow between December 2017 and 2024.
February 2016: Air Caraïbes ((IATA) Code: TX, based at Pointe à Pitre) (GUP) has unveiled "French Blue" (Paris Orly) as the name of its new long haul Low Cost Carrier (LCC) based in France. Using an A330-300HGW (1727) the start-up plans to commence flights to Canada, the USA, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic this summer using Paris Orly slots awarded to its Guadeloupean parent. As the 1st A350-900s begin to arrive at sister carrier, Air Caraïbes Atlantique ((ICAO) Code: CAJ, based at Paris Orly), so more A330s will be added to French Blue's fleet, thus allowing it to further expand its operations.
Groupe Dubreuil will formally unveil French Blue's initial route network and business plans later next month.
Currently, Air Caraibes (GUP) operates to 9 countries to 9 destinations on 18 routes.
December 2016: Air Caraïbes (GUP) took delivery of its 1st ATR72-600 on December 14, the 1st of an order of 3 placed in 2014. Deliveries will be concluded in 2019.
(GUP) currently has 3 earlier ATR72-500s on strength, as well as 1 Airbus A330-200 and 4 A330-300s for long-haul work. The A330 fleet is scheduled to be replaced by 3 A350-900s and 3 larger A350-1000s.
The ATR turboprops operate a network of routes among the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin, as well as to other regional island destinations.
The new ATR72-600s will operate in a single-class, 74Y-seat configuration, offering +4 more seats than the earlier ATR72-500 models. The Franco-Italian turboprops can operate at maximum payload off runways as short as 1,200 m/3,930 ft, making them suitable for smaller island airstrips. We have been using ATRs for >15 years and are very satisfied with their operating results, Air Caraïbes (GUP) (CEO) Marc Rochet, said as the 1st ATR72-600 was handed over in Toulouse. ATRs are an essential part of our fleet and our business strategy.
February 2017: Air Caraibes (GUP) A350-941 (82, F-HHAV), ex-(F-XZNL), Aercap (DEA) leased.
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GUP-CESSNA CARAVAN 208B-OCT09
0 737-2M8 (JT8D-15) (557-21736), (ISF) WET-LEASED 1998-12 FOR 14 MONTHS, RETURNED.
3 A330-223 (PW4168A) (240, /98 F-OPTP; 253, /99 F-OFDF), EX-(CSR), (ILF) LEASED 2004-01. 12C, 312Y.
3 A330-323E (PW4000-100) (758, /06 F-ORLY (SEE PHOTO); 965, F-OONE, 2008-12; 1021, F-GOTO, 2009-06), 12C, 360Y.
1 A330-300 (HGW) (1727) FOR "FRENCH BLUE" OPERATIONS 2016-06.
1 +2 ORDERS A350-941 (82, F-HHAV), EX-(F-XZNL), AERCAP (DEA) LEASED 2017-02, 3 CLASS, 440 PAX.
4 ORDERS A350 XWB-1000, 3 CLASS, 440 PAX.
6 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTERS (254, /69; 675, /80) BOMBARDIER.
1 ATR42-300 (026, /86). 46Y.
1 ATR42-512 (PW127E) (524, /96), OPERATES BY AIR MARTINIQUE. 46Y.
0 ATR42-512 (PW127E) (571, /98 F-OHQV), RETURN TO SERVICE 2006-10. SOLD TO AIR VENDEE INVESTMENTS 2007-03. 46Y.
4 ATR72-212 (PW127F) (654, /00 F-OIJG; 682, /03 F-OIJH; 736, F-OIJK, 2006-12; 888, F-OIXL, 2009-12), 74Y.
1 CESSNA 208B (F-OIJO).
5 CESSNA CARAVAN 675.
3 DORNIER 228-212 (TPE331-10GP-511) (8236, /96; 8237, /96; 8176, /89). 8139; SOLD TO AIR VENDEE INVESTMENTS 2007-02. 19Y.
2 EMBRAER ERJ-145LR (AE3007A1) (360, /00 F-OIJE; 362, /00 F-OIJF). 362; LEASED TO LAGUN AIR 2007-02. 50Y.
1 EMBRAER E175 (00017, F-OFLY, 2006-12), LEASED.
1 EMBRAER E190 (0130, F-OSUD), LEASED.
1 +1 OPTION E190LR (F-OSUD - SEE PHOTO), SKYWORLD AVIATION TO SELL OR LEASE THE E190LR.
2 FAIRCHILD DORNIER (TPE331-10T-511D) (8143, /88; 8169, /89). 19Y.
JEAN-PAUL DUBREUIL, CHAIRMAN.
MARC ROCHET, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
ERIC KOURY, PRESIDENT.
SERGE TSYGAINITZKY, GENERAL MANAGER.
ANTONIO PEREIRA, FINANCE DIRECTOR.
RENE ILLIDGE, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
JEAN CLAUDE COLOGNAC, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
GEORGE ALEXANDRE, COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR.
ALAIN GUITTER, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
CAPTAIN BRUNO GOUYER, QUALITY MANAGER.