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Name: L'AVION
7JetSet7 Code: LVI
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: PARIS
Country: FRANCE
Employees 55
Web: lavion.com
Email: presse@lavion.com
Telephone: +33 1 74 22 42 00
Fax: +33 1 74 22 42 20
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LVI-JAN08
LVI-JUN07-A
LVI-JUN07-B
LVI-JUN07-C
LVI-JUN07-D

Formed in 2003 and started operations in 2007. Formerly "Elysair." International, scheduled, passenger and cargo, jet airplane services.

Address:
Bat 519, 5 allee du Commandant Mouchotte
Paray Vielle Poste
91550 Wissous, France

May 2006: Elysair (LVI), a French version of all-business-class carriers Maxjet Airways (MXJ) and Eos (EOS), is expected to take to the skies in October, "La Tribune" reported. The French (DGAC) awarded an air operators certificate (AOC) on February 22. Elysair (LVI) initially intends to launch a Paris Orly - Newark service aboard a single-class (C) 757. If successful, it plans to operate to Los Angeles, Dubai and Sao Paulo.

July 2006: Paris-based proposed transatlantic startup Elysair (LVI) ordered one firm and one option 757-200 Blended Winglet shipsets. Initial installation will take place in November with the second to be installed in early 2007. Elysair (LVI) intends to launch all-business-class (C), 100-seat services between Paris Orly airport (ORY) and Newark Liberty International (EWR).

August 2006: Plans to launch before end of the year with an ex-Condor (CDF) 757-200, GOAL leased, 100C passenger (PAX) and equipped with (APB) winglets. A second airplane is to be added in the first half of 2007. Elysair (LVI) is currently obtaining its Air Operators Certificate (AOC), having already fulfilled the necessary economic material (it has raised 25 million euros/$32 in startup capital, exceeding the 18million euro required by the French financial monitor CSAM). It will be headed by former AOM-Air Lib, CEO, Marc Rochet. (LVI) will serve New York Newark six times weekly from December 15. Services to Boston are due to begin in March 2007. A 3rd non-USA destination will start in 2008.

September 2006: French slot coordinator (COHOR) said it reallocated a pool of 2,460 slots at Paris Orly (ORY) to Air Berlin (BER), Elysair (LVI) and Karthago Airlines (KAG) on an annual basis. The pool includes slots reserved for Public Service Obligations, especially the route to Epinal, that were returned by French authorities. It also includes slots made available for reallocation by other carriers, including Corsairfly (COR). (BER) benefitted from its new-entrant status and received 1,248 slots for 12-times-weekly flights to Dusseldorf. Business class (C) carrier Elysair (LVI) was allocated 624 slots for six-times-weekly service to Newark, and Karthago (KAG) received 588 slots for flights to Tunisia.

October 2006: The Associated Press (AP) stated that Elysair (LVI), a Parisian, new French airline offering only business class (C) service, said it plans to start operations between Paris' Orly (ORY) airport and the New York area in December.

The airline will use a leased 757-200, converted to carry up to 90 passengers in business class (C), instead of 200 in a normal configuration, Chairman, Marc Rochet told a news conference.

Fares would be competitive with those of mainstream airlines, he said, and fare details would be released next month.

Rochet, a longtime airline executive, said most of the investors who have put up Elysair (LVI)'s €25 million/US$31 million capital were French, but he did not give details about their identities.

Six flights from Orly are scheduled weekly to Newark, New Jersey. Elysair (LVI)'s business plan calls for a second airplane to be leased in 2007, either to beef up frequencies on the Orly - Newark route or to serve other destinations in the United States.

The company also hopes to expand into the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and eastern Europe.

December 2006: "Elysair" has changed its name to "L'Avion (LVI)" and plans to start service from Paris to New York as early as December 27th using a 757-200.

Lufthansa (DLH) Technik signed a five-year Total Technical Support contract with French startup L'Avion (LVI) for its 757-200. L'Avion (LVI) will operate all-business-class (C) flights from Paris Orly to Newark starting this month.

Signed a contract with GAMCO (GUL) to perform a heavy maintenance check, winglet installation, cabin upgrade and strip & paint for its new 757.

757-200 (F-HAVN), ex-Condor (CDF), GOAL leased, delivery - see photo.

April 2007: Aviareps will represent French startup L'Avion (LVI) in the USA and Kazakhstan's Air Astana (AKZ) in Italy.

July 2007: L'Avion (LVI) is speeding up its expansion, citing "better than forecasted" results for the first six months of operation. The Paris Orly (ORY)-based all-business-class (C) carrier said it will add a second 90-seat 757-200 at the end of October, and a second daily frequency on its (ORY) - Newark service. It reported a 78% LF June load factor.

January 2008: Had a 79% LF load factor for December. Has transported 34,000 passengers since starting operations a year ago.

Will introduce a twice-daily service, initially on two days of the week, on its Paris Orly - New York Newark route. Will add further frequencies during the summer.

2nd 757-26D (24473, F-HAVI) delivery, ex-(N473AP), (AWAS) (AWW) leased..

February 2008: L'Avion (LVI) celebrated its first anniversary this month and said it transported more than >34,000 passengers in its first year, with a 79% LF load factor achieved last month. It will introduce a second 757-200 configured with 90 business class (C) seats on January 20, when it will operate Paris Orly - Newark.

April 2008: L'Avion (LVI) transported more than >13,000 passengers in the first quarter, more than >2.5 times greater than in the year-ago period, the French all-business-class (C) carrier said. Load factor was 71% LF. It flies twice-daily, Paris Orly - Newark.

L'Avion (LVI) offers business class (C) only, long haul jet airplane services between Paris Orly and Newark Liberty International Airport.

55 employees (including 12 Flight Crew (FC), 25 Flight Attendants (CA) and 15 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA): AO. (ICAO): AVI.

Parent organization/shareholders: Societe de Participation Aerienne (SPA) (100%).

Parent organization/shareholders: Societe de Participation Aerienne (SPA) (100%).

Main Base: Paris Orly airport (ORY).

May 2008: British Airways (BAB) said speculation that it will defer the launch of "OpenSkies," its new transatlantic subsidiary, to later this year or cancel the project "is not true." (BAB) will release its fiscal-year earnings and some analysts have suggested that it will use the occasion to postpone or cancel "OpenSkies," but Senior Communications Manager, Laura Devere said that "We're still working toward a mid-June launch." (BAB)'s new long-haul carrier confirmed it received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and operating license from the UK (CAA) and said it is "re-routing" to Paris Orly (ORY) following the signing of a codeshare agreement with French all-business carrier L'Avion (LVI). (ORY) was "OpenSkies"' preferred choice from the start, but it announced in February that it had been unable to acquire slots at the airport and was switching to Charles de Gaulle. L'Avion (LVI) confirmed that it will add its code to an "OpenSkies"-operated (ORY) - New York (JFK) flight from June 19 subject to regulatory approval. L'Avion currently operates twice-daily, (ORY) - Newark flights. (BAB) is still waiting for regulatory approval from the UAS Dept of Transportation for "OpenSkies"' transatlantic operations, Devere said, citing that as the primary reason flights are not yet for sale on CRSs.

(BAB)'s startup transatlantic subsidiary, "OpenSkies" received approval from the USA Dept of Transportation (DOT) to begin operations. (BAB) said the approval was the last regulatory hurdle it needed to clear and that OpenSkies' 757 premium service will launch next month with flights between Paris Orly and New York (JFK). The (DOT) also approved OpenSkies' codeshare arrangement with L'Avion (LVI), the French premium carrier.

(BAB)'s transatlantic subsidiary "OpenSkies" will operate its first daily, Paris Orly - New York (JFK) flight on June 19, with one-way fares starting at $1,746 in business class (C), $720 in its Prem+ premium economy, and $554 in economy (Y), it announced as tickets went on sale. Each 757 frequency will have no more than 82 passengers onboard. Its Biz business class (C) will feature lie-flat beds while Prem+ offers reclining seats at 52-inches pitch. There will be 30 seats in economy (Y). "Transatlantic travelers looking for a comfortable and intimate inflight experience will have a place in the skies to call home," "OpenSkies" Managing Director, Dale Moss said. A second 757 will join the fleet "later this year" and "OpenSkies" plans to operate six airplanes by the the end of 2009. It is targeting Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, and Milan for future service to (JFK).

July 2008: British Airways (BAB) reached an agreement to acquire French all-business-class (C) operator L'Avion (LVI) for £54 million/$107.7 million and will integrate the company into its new premium transatlantic subsidiary OpenSkies (OPK).

For future data and information - - see (OPK) - OpenSkies.

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LVI-757 F-HAVN
LVI-757 JAN07

July 2008:

2 757-26D (PW2037) (24473, F-HAVI; F-HAVN - SEE PHOTO), EX-(CDF), GOAL LSD, WITH WINGLETS. 90C.

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MARC ROCHET, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
56 years as an Engineer (ENSMA-IAE), Marc ROCHET is known as an experienced executive within the airline industry. He masters all aspects of air transportation: organization, exploitation and commercialization. From Air Inter to Air Outre Mer (AOM) by way of Air Liberté, (UTA), Minerve, Travelprice.com and Aga Khan Fund For Economic Development, Marc Rochet led the creation, mergers, restructuring or sales that he was entrusted with. He is also advisor in airline strategy within Aérogestion and member of the board of several airlines.

CHRISTOPHE BEJACH, PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER.
43 years as an Engineer and Master of Business Administration (MBA), HEC (ISA) group, Christophe Bejach has made his career in the field of investments with listed and unlisted companies in France, the USA and Asia. He held administrative positions in various corporations. In 2001, he joined Compagnie Financière Saint Honoré, principal holding of LCF Rothschild, as member of the management and Assistant Chief Executive Officer. Previously (1993 - 2001), he was Associate Director of the Euris Group.

FRANTZ YVELIN, FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR STRATEGY & DEVELOPMENT.
For 30 years, with a passion for flying, pilot (holder of (FAA) CPL – IFR – ME licenses), Frantz Yvelin is a young manager who was previously responsible for fields of activities with renowned consulting firms such as GFI, CS –Communication & Systems, and Segime (ALTRAN Group). He is a real entrepreneur who conceived and – with total dedication - brought to maturity the Elysair (LVI) concept of which he is the founder.

BRUNO STEPHAN, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, EX-(NUI).
For 45 years, Engineer, Bruno Stephan has held various positions with airlines or maintenance companies within the aviation industry. He was Project Chief within the framework of the creation of Air Tahiti Nui (NUI) (1996), a company in which he held the functions of Technical Director (1998), Director of Airline Operations, Assistant Director General of Administration and Finance, as well as responsible for the development and the acquisition of planes for this company.

XAVIER COMPAGNON, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS, EX-(COR).
As a Professional pilot (ENAC EPL = National School of Civil Aviation, Graduate Airline Pilot), Xavier Compagnon is a recognized figure in the airline industry. His career spans 33 years of experience in the sector and his log lists more than 16,000 flight hours. He held numerous management positions (Department Manager Airbus, Manager PNT Boeing, Instructor) with renowned companies such as Corsair (COR), AEROMARITIME and MINERVE.

ALAIN GUEDJ, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) AND ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR.
Chartered Accountant (DECF/IFG), Alain Guedj has to his credit 23 years of experience from accountant to Chief Financial and Administrative Officer with French groups such as SAGEM, LOCAMION, FENWICK, INGERSOLL and BEL AIR.

FREDERIC JACQUES, DIRECTOR GROUND OPERATIONS, EX-(AIJ)/(TII).
41 years, Frédéric Jacques, studied law before joining the airline business. As a professional in airport operations, he held management positions with airline companies, airport groups and air service companies in France with Aéroports de Paris, Air Transat (AIJ), Thaï Airways (TII) and Air Routing/RTR World Services, in Canada with Air Transat (AIJ), Handlex Ground Services and World Flight Services (ex-Groupe Vinci), and in Mexico with ASUR/Grupo Aeroportuario Del Sureste.

JEAN-CHARLES PERINO, SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR, EX-(ACN).
For 39 years, Jean-Charles Perino, studied in France and in Chicago (ESLSCA i.e. Graduate School of Business, Paris and MBA from De Paul University in Finance/Marketing). He has acquired considerable experience of the airline and general travel industry, above all in commercial and marketing functions with groups such as Air Canada (ACN), EXPEDIA, SERVAIR et EUROPEENNE D’ASSURANCE (a company specializing in travel insurance coverage).

MURIEL ASSOULINE, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).
31 years, Aeronautical Engineer (ENAC = National School of Civil Aviation), Muriel Assouline has acquired recognized expertise in matters of operational and quality advice and audits at airlines. She is an accredited auditor ISO9000 and (IOSA) (IATA Operational Safety Audit). Previously, she held various posts of responsibility in airline quality assurance and operations.

CHRISTOPHE VIRICELLE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
40 years, specialist in business aviation, Christophe Viricelle is one of the co-founders of Elysair (LVI). A member of the team from its very inception, he immediately perceived the interest, on the part of a demanding clientele, in a concept such as Elysair (LVI)’s. Very knowledgeable about European airline regulations, this graduate in Law is also an experienced pilot (now flying for us, but previously flying business jets -Dassault-Falcon 50 & 900 jets- for Heads of State and VIPs).

 
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