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Airlines

Name: L'AIR
7JetSet7 Code: LYO
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: LYON
Country: FRANCE
Employees 110
Web: aerolyon.fr
Email:
Telephone: (33) 4 72 23 77 77
Fax: (33) 4 72 23 78 08
Sita: LYSOO4Q
Background
(definitions)

STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1996. SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

APRIL 1999: 110 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 93 FLIGHT CREW (FC). SITA: LYOOSS.

SERVICES TO FORT DE FRANCE, LYON, NANTES, MARSEILLE, POINTE-A-PITRE, ST DENIS DE LA REUNION, AND TOULOUSE.

MAJOR SHAREHOLDERS ARE NOUVELLE FRONTIERS INTERNATIONAL, & NOUVELLES FRONTIERS TOURAVENTURE. SISTER OF CORSAIR (COR).

1998 = #55M POUNDS REVENUE, 200,000 PASSENGERS (PAX).

IN JUNE, NANTES - LYON - SAINTS DENIS DE LA REUNION. AT END OF 1999, NANTES - DAKAR.

JANUARY 2000: 1 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (46872 F-GLYS), EX-AOM (MNR).

APRIL 2000: 110 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 30 FLIGHT CREW (FC0, & 63 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA)).

MAIN BASE: LYON (SAINT EXUPERY).

NOVEMBER 2001: (TELEPHONE: 472 22 73 00). (FAX: 472 22 73 10).

PARENT, NOUVELLES FRONTIERES, WANTS TO SELL AEROLYON (LYO), AND FOCUS
ON ITS LARGER AIRLINE, CORSAIR (COR). (LYO) FILES FOR CREDITOR PROTECTION.

2000 = -$8.4 MILLION. GOES INTO RECEIVERSHIP.

FEBRUARY 2002: RECEIVES 2 BIDS TO ACQUIRE AEROLYON (LYO): AIRLINES FIRST GROUP, HEADED BY ALAIN ATLANI; AEROPLUS, HEADED BY JEAN-MICHEL GRAS.

APRIL 2002: COMMERCIAL COURT, APPROVED JEAN-MICHEL GRAS AND "AEROPLUS" TO TAKE OVER (LYO), WHICH HAS ACCUMULATED DEBTS OF
$26.4M. MANAGES TO AVOID BANKRUPTCY, AFTER 6 MONTH RECEIVERSHIP PERIOD. MARC ROCHET, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF AOM FRENCH AIRLINES
(MNR), WILL ACT AS ADVISER, IN RUNNING THE AIRLINE. IS NO LONGER LINKED WITH NOUVELLE FRONTIERES GROUP.

SITA: LYSOO4Q. (http://www.aerolyon.fr).

MAIN BASE: LYONS - SAINT EXUOERY (LYS).

(TELEPHOME: (33) 4 72 23 77 77). (FAX: (33) 4 72 23 78 08).

August 2002: Ceased operations.

October 2002: Superior Networks, Toronto, owned by Alexander Goldman, acquires a 49% holding in AltitudePlus. Intends to change its name to L'Air Holdings.

November 2002: Plans to begin operations in January to the Caribbean, West Africa, and North America (A330-223), and change name from "AEROLYON" to "L'AIR." L'Air is the operating name of AltitudePlus, a subsidiary of AeroPlus, who acquired the airline assets of AeroLyon, through court-ordered insolvency proceedings.

L'Air's new management is as follows: Alexander Goldman, CEO; Jean-Michel Gras, Company Secretary (former Air Littoral pilot, & CEO of Trans Continental Airlines, Belgium, who is the owner of AeroPlus); & Laurent Pfeiffer, CFO.

3 orders A330-223 (290; 296; 300), ex-Sabena (SAB) (ILF) leased (NTU and were subsequently leased to Malaysia Airlines(MAS). 6 orders A340-300, ex-Singapore Airlines(SIA), Boeing (TBC) leased.

December 2002: Paris (ORY) to St Maarten, Point-a-Pitre (2/week), and Fort-de-France (2/week).

Commercial Court of Lyon declared "Altitude Plus L'Air" bankrupt, rejecting the plan proposed by Jean-Marie Gras.

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
LYO-DC-10-30

December 2002:

1 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (244-46963, /77 F-BTDD), EX-(UTA), 327Y.

0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (233-46872, F-GLYS), EX-(MNR) 1/00. PARTED OUT AT ROSWELL 11/04.

0 ORDERS (1/03) A330-223 (290; 296; 300), EX-(SAB)/(VGZ), (ILF) LSD. 3 NTU. LST (MAS).

6 ORDERS (1/03) A340-300, EX-(SIA), (TBC) LSD.

Management:
(definitions)

ALEXANDER GOLDMAN, CEO (2002-11).

LAURENT PFEIFFER, CFO (2002-11).

JEAN-MICHEL GRAS, CHAIRMAN AEROPLUS, COMPANY SECRETARY, L'AIR (2002-11).

MARC ROCHET, EX-(MNR), ADVISER.

JEAN-LOUIS CHICON, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

MR ROGUET, MAINTENANCE MANAGER (LYSOOSS).

 
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