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STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1997. A K A TULIP AIR. OFFERS AIRPLANES FOR LONG TERM CONTRACTS, AND/OR AD HOC CHARTERS: INTERNATIONAL, CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES. LATER BECAME FARNAIR EUROPE AND THEN PART OF (ASL) AIRLINES.
FARNAIR Switzerland AG
CH-4030 Basel-Airport, Switzerland
Switzerland (Swiss Confederation) was established in 1291, its covers an area of 41,293 sq km, its population is 7.5 million, its capital city is Berne, and its official languages are French, German, Italian, and Romanche.
SEPTEMBER 1997: 1 A300B4-103F (CF6-50C2), (CFSC) LEASED.
JANUARY 1998: NOW 2 A300B4-103F'S (041; 042), (CFSC) LEASED. 1 F27 "MINILINER" LEASED TO STAR AIR (STO).
APRIL 1998: 1 A300B4-103 (041) OPERATED FOR DHL.
JUNE 1998: A300B4-203F (044) DELIVERY, OPERATES FOR DHL.
SEPTEMBER 1998: TAKES OVER MADRID - PARIS ROUTE OF FEDEX (FED) PREVIOUSLY OPERATED BY CHANNEL EXPRESS (CXP).
DECEMBER 1998: 1 F27-500 (DART 532-7), EX-BAC EXPRESS.
JANUARY 1999: 1 F27-500 FRIENDSHIP (10448), LEASED TO EXPRESS AIRWAYS (FARNAIR GERMANY).
AUGUST 1999: 1 F27-500 (10632, PH-FYC) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1999: 2 F27-500'S (10341, PH-FLM; 10634, PH-FHL) DELIVERIES, EX-TAM BRAZIL (TPR). 1 F27-500 (10632), EX-(TPR).
APRIL 2000: SPLIT INTO 2 DIVISIONS: "TULIP AIR" (TUL) FOR PASSENGER CHARTERS, AND "TULIP AIR CHARTER" FOR CARGO FLIGHTS.
SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 A300B4-200F (101), EURO FIRST AIR, 4 MONTH WET-LEASED. 1 A300B4-103 (CF6-50C2) (105), EX-OLYMPIC (OLY), FINOVA (GRB) LEASED (N304FV).
DECEMBER 2000: 2 ATR 42-320'S (087, EX-AIR INTER GABON; 121, EX-BALKAN BULGARIAN (BUL), 087 TO BE CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER BY AERONAVALI (ARP).
"TULIP AIR CHARTER" RENAMED "FARNAIR NETHERLANDS" (TUL).
JANUARY 2001: BOLOGNA - BERGAMO - COLOGNE (A300F FOR (UPS).
FEBRUARY 2001: 1 ATR 42-320 WET-LEASED TO SWISS, FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, FOR OPERATIONS BASEL - SKOPJE.
JUNE 2001: TULIP AIR (TUL) 1 ORDER BEECHJET 400A (JULY 2001), AND 1 ORDER (FEBRUARY 2006) HAWKER 450.
JULY 2001: SELLS ITS 3 A300B4-103F'S.
April 2002: Alliance with Farnair Europe (FEA), based in Basle, Switzerland, who own (100%): (http://www.farnair.com).
(Telephone: +41 (61) 325 30 67). (FAX: +41 (61) 325 4824):
Farnair Germany (EPA): (http://www.farnair.com/aviation/express.asp)
(Telephone: +49 2241 94330 0). (FAX: +49 2241 94330 33).
Based in Cologne/Bonn (Konrad Adenauer (CGN);
Farnair Hungary (FHG): SITA: BUD2052
(Telephone: +36 1 347 60 40). (FAX: +36 1 347 60 49).
Based in Budapest (Ferihegy (BUD).
August 2002: (Telephone: +31 10 238 0906). (FAX: +31 10 238 0900).
77 employees (including 17 Flight Crew (FC); 7 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 7 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
September 2002: Farnair Europe (TUL) will cease A300F operations by November 2002.
October 2002: 1 ATR 72-201 (108, HB-AFG), Farnair Switzerland (TUL) operations.
November 2002: Farnair Germany has not had its contract with FedEx (FED) renewed. It plans to revert to the "Express Airways" name, and operate B Ae 146's on German domestic services.
July 2003: Farnair Switzerland sells F27-500 (10596, HB-ILF) to Airwork (ANX), New Zealand.
Farnair Europe is leasing an An-12 from Aerocom, and basing it in Basel as a standby airplane, and for flights on behalf of Peugot.
September 2003: 2 A300B4's cargo airplanes for sale.
November 2003: F27-500 (10341, HA-FAC), transferred to Farnair Hungary.
December 2003: ATR4 2-300 (087, HB-AFC) returned to Farnair Switzerland from Falcon Airlines Cargo.
January 2004: 3 F27-500's (10449; 10632; 10634), to MagicBlue Airlines (MJB).
March 2004: Farnair Europe (TUL) underwent a management buyout and is now MagicBlue Airlines (MJB).
April 2004: Farnair Switzerland +1 order (10/04) ATR 72-200F (3rd).
June 2004: F27-500 (10425, HA-FAE) transferred from Farnair Switzerland to Farnair Hungary.
October 2004: 2 former Magic Blue F27-500F's acquired by Farnair Hungary.
ATR 72-202 (232, HB-AFK), Dreieck Leasing leased for Farnair Switzerland operations.
December 2004: F27-500 (10632, HA-FAF), Farnair Hungary operations.
April 2005: 1 order (7/05) ATR 72 for Farnair Switzerland operations.
July 2005: ATR 72-202F (154, HB-AFJ), after conversion to freighter.
June 2008: Farnair Europe (TUL) will add an ATR 72F freighter and 2 Beech 1900 freighters to its fleet. Farnair (TUL) operates express delivery services for a number of integrators in Europe.
July 2010: ATR 72-202 (341, HB-AFV), bought from (ATR), ex-(F-WKVJ).
October 2013: The (AELIS) Group arranged the sale of Eurolot ATR 72-202, (265, SP-LFB), YOM 1991, based in Warsaw. The airplane was sold October 28 to Farnair Switzerland (TUL) and will be converted to a cargo airplane.
(IATA) Code: FT. (ICAO) Code: FAT.
April 2014: Farnair Hungary ((IATA) Code: FAH - (Callsign - Blue Strip), based at Budapest) (TUL) has taken delivery of its 1st 737-46QF (28492, HA-FAT - - SEE PHOTO - - "TUL-737-46QF-2014-03"), following its conversion into a freighter. The 737-46QF freighter will shortly be delivered to Thailand on lease to K-Mile Air (IATA) Code: 8K, based at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi) for use on its Bangkok Suvarnabhumi to Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok route.
It is to be recalled that Farnair Switzerland ((IATA) Code: FAT, based at Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg) (KMI) recently acquired a 45% stake in K-Mile Air (KMI) giving it a strategic foothold into the South East Asian market.
September 2014: FarnAir Hungary (TUL) ferries 737-43QF (28494, HA-FAU), ex-(N462PR), Miami to Budapest.
December 2014: Dublin-based, the (ASL) Aviation Group (ASL) has acquired Switzerland’s Farnair Group, increasing the number of affiliate airlines in the group to seven, with an operational fleet size of >100 airplanes.
(ASL), which already includes South African affiliate Safair (SFA), the largest operator of civilian Hercules for the United Nations (UN) and its low-cost arm FlySafair (SFA), now has 5 airlines operating in Europe and Africa, as well as one each in SE Asia and India.
(ASL) (CEO) Hugh Flynn said the (ASL) network of airlines would “considerably strengthen its position as the neutral provider of airline services to the major express integrators on a global scale.”
He pointed out that (ASL) had remained profitable and continued to grow throughout the last few years of recession. “The Farnair (TUL) acquisition reflects our ongoing strategy to grow both geographically and through asset procurement,” Flynn said.
Located in Basel, Farnair Switzerland (TUL) (was established 30 years ago and now operates a fleet of 20 cargo and passenger airplanes. It also has a subsidiary, Farnair Hungary (TUL), based in Budapest and two joint-venture (JV) platforms in Quikjet India and a 45% share in K-Mile Asia (KMI). 3 additional subsidiaries include specialist service providers in airplane handling, training and rail logistics.
(ASL) said its acquisition of Farnair (TUL) would “combine the strengths of the two aviation groups.”
Air Contractors (HCA), (ASL)’s Dublin-based airline, operates express integrator services throughout Europe and in the Far East, and also operates Boeing 737 and 757 passenger services.
The group’s French airline, Europe Airpost (EUE), operates 737 cargo and “quick change” airplanes for European post offices and international express integrators. It also operates scheduled and charter passenger flights.
(ASL) is a joint venture (JV) between (CMB) (51%) and (3P) Air Freighters (49%). In 2013, it reported turnover of nearly €325 million/$403 million, which is expected to increase to >€400 million following the Farnair (TUL) acquisition.
June 2015: Air Contractors (HCA), Europe Airpost (EUE), and Farnair (TUL) to rebrand as (ASL) Airlines - - see photo - - "TUL-2015-06 - New Livery on 737.jpg"
Dublin-based, the (ASL) Aviation Group (which holds 7 air operator’s certificates (AOC)s in Europe, Asia, and Africa) will unify its 4 European carriers under "(ASL) Airlines" branding.
February 2018: Ireland-based (ASL) Aviation Holdings has reorganized its Swiss operating unit (ASL) Airlines Switzerland (TUL) and handed back the latter’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) to Swiss regulatory authorities. Although the crews and aircraft are still based in Switzerland, they now operate under the group’s Irish (AOC), (ASL) Director Corporate Affairs Andrew Kelly said. (ASL) has operations in 6 European nations; it acquired its Swiss unit, formerly known as the Farnair Group.
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1 737-43QF (CFM56-3C1) (28494, HA-FAU), EX-(N462PR), FERRIED MIAMI - BUDAPEST 2014-09 FOR FARNAIR HUNGARY. FREIGHTER.
1 737-46QF (CFM56-3C1) (28492, HA-FAT - - SEE PHOTO - - "TUL-737-46QF-2014-03"), CONV TO F 2014-03. LST K-MILE AIR (KMI), THAILAND 2014-05. FREIGHTER.
0 A300B4-103F (041, 043), CFSC LSD, OPS FOR DHL, 2 SOLD. FREIGHTER.
0 A300B4-103 (CF6-50C2) (105, PH-ABF), EX-(OLY), (GRB) LSD 2000-09, 1 SOLD 2001-07.
1 A300B4-203F (044), DHL OPS. FREIGHTER.
1 A300B4-200F (101), EURO 1ST AIR 4 MTH WET-LSD 2000-09. FREIGHTER.
2 A300B4-203F (058, 103). FREIGHTER.
3 F27-500 (DART 532-7R) (10449, /71 PH-JLN; 10632; 10634) LST BAC EXPRESS TIL 2002-12. LST (STO). TO MAGICBLUE 2004-01. FREIGHTER.
1 F27-500 (DART 532-7R) (10425), EX-BAC EXPRESS 1998-12. FARNAIR HUNGARY OPS 2004-06. FREIGHTER.
0 F27-500 (DART 532-7R) (10448, PH-FNQ), LST AIR EXPRESS 1999-01. ST FALCON EXPRESS CARGO 2004-05.
2 F27-500 (DART 532-7R) (10632, /82 HA-FAF; 10634, /82 PH-FHL; 10341, /67 PH-FLM), EX-(TPR) 1999-09. (10341, HA-FAC) TRANSFERRED TO (TUL) HUNGARY 2003-11. 10632; 10634; TO MAGICBLUE (MJB) 2004-01. 10632; & 10634; FARNAIR HUNGARY OPS 2004-12. FREIGHTER.
1 F27-500 (DART 532-7R) (10449, HA-FAD), FARNAIR HUNGARY OPS 2004-06.
1 LET 410 UVP-E, 17 PAX (FARNAIR HUNGARY OPS).
2 ATR 42-320 (087, EX-AIR INTER GABON, CONV TO F BY (AET); 121, EX-(BUL), 2000-12, OPS FOR SWISS FEDERAL DOD) (FARNAIR EUROPE OPS). 087 RF FALCON AIRLINRS CARGO TO FARNAIR SWITZERLAND 2003-12.
4 ATR 72-202 (108, HB-AFG, 2002-10; 154, HB-AFJ, 2005-07; 198, HB-AFS, 2009-08; 232, HB-AFK; 341, HB-AFB, 2010-07), FARNAIR SWITZERLAND OPS. 198; CONV TO F BY ALENIA 2010-10.
2 ATR 72-202F (198, HB-AFS; 389, HB-AFN, 2013-07), CONV TO F BY ALENIA. FREIGHTER.
1 BEECHJET 400A.
1 HAWKER 450.
11 SHORTS 360-300 (FARNAIR GERMANY OPS).
URS ZURCHER, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
ANDREW KELLY, (ASL) DIRECTOR CORPORATE AFFAIRS.
PETER CORONES, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.
NICO HEMMER, TECHNICAL MANAGER.
JAAP VAN BOVEN, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER.