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Name: VIRGIN EXPRESS IRELAND
7JetSet7 Code: VEI
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: SHANNON
Country: IRELAND
Employees 310
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Background
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STARTS OPERATIONS IN 1998. SUBSIDIARY OF VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA).

EIRE/IRELAND WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1919, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 70,284 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 3.6 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS DUBLIN, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH AND GAELIC.

AUGUST 1998: APPLIES FOR IRISH AIR OPERATORS CERTIFICATE (AOC) TO ENABLE TRANSFER OF HQ/EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS TO IRELAND. INTENDS TO CONTINUE MOST OPERATIONS FROM BRUSSELS.

SEPTEMBER 1998: WILL PROBABLY BASE ITS AIRPLANES AT SHANNON BECAUSE OF CONGESTION AT DUBLIN. FINALIZES NEW SUBSIDIARY, VIRGIN EXPRESS (IRELAND) LTD. SHANNON TO STANSTED IN 12/98.

OCTOBER 1998: 2 ORDERS (12/98) 737-46Q'S (28489), EX-CHINA AIRLINES (CHI), (GEH) LEASED.

SHANNON - LONDON (737-300).

TRIED LEASING L-1011 FROM AER TURAS (YQT) BUT TOO MANY TECHNICAL/ENGINE PROBLEMS SO REPLACED WITH DC-10-30, LEASED FROM LAKER AIRWAYS (LAK).

DECEMBER 1998: 737-36M (2809-28332), RETURNED TO BOULLIOUN (BOU). 1 ORDER (1/99) 737-36N (3090). VIRGIN EXPRESS (IRELAND) (VEI) TAKES DELIVERY OF 737-400 (28493) FROM BOULLIOUN AVIATION SERVICES (BOU). OPENS ITS NEW HQ IN SHANNON FOR (VEI) (IRELAND) & EXPECTS TO EMPLOY 100.

FEBRUARY 1999: DON MONTEATH, CEO, VIRGIN EXPRESS IRELAND (VEI).

MAY 1999: 737-36M (2810-28333, EI-TVO) LEASED TO VIRGIN EXPRESS IRELAND (VEI).

JUNE 1999: 737-3M8 (2024-25041, EI-TVP), TRANSFERRED TO VIRGIN EXPRESS IRELAND (VEI). 1 ORDER (1/00) 737-4YO (1876-24688) TO (VEI).

AUGUST 1999: JIM SWIGART, SAYS WILL LEAVE CEO JOB BY END OR 1999. JOHN OSBORNE, EX-GB AIRWAYS (GBA) EXECUTIVE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, REPLACES JIM SWIGART.

OCTOBER 1999: IN 12/99, SHANNON - BRUSSELS (737-300/-400).

NOVEMBER 1999: JOHN OSBORNE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EX-GB AIRWAYS (GBA). DAVID HOARE, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, REPLACES JONATHAN ORNSTEIN, WHO RETIRED.

DECEMBER 1999: BELGIAN REGULATORY AUTHORITY THREATENS TO REMOVE (EBA)'S AIR OPERATIONS CERTIFICATE (AOC). NOT TOO PLEASED WITH (EBA) RELOCATING AIRPLANES AND CREWS TO IRELAND.

PLANS TO SEND 5 737'S IN 6/00 FOR STARTUP OF VIRGIN AUSTRALIA (VOZ). 100 PILOTS HAVE APPLIED TO FLY IN AUSTRALIA (MOSTLY DISGRUNTLED EX-QANTAS AIRWAYS (QAN) & ANSETT (ANS) PILOTS).

FEBRUARY 2000: 3 YEAR MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO SNECMA SABENA (SAB)
ENGINE SERVICES FOR 737'S. 2 737-36N'S (2987-28568, EI-TVQ; 3022-
28571, EI-TVR) TRANSFERRED TO VIRGIN EXPRESS IRELAND (VEI). 1 737-4YO (1876-24688, EI-TVC), (GEH) LEASED FOR (VEI).

MARCH 2000: 2 YEARS AFTER STARTING E-TICKETING, 15% OF DIRECT BOOKINGS DONE ON THE INTERNET. BROKE 2M BARRIER IN DAILY INTERNET SALES.

MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 22 737'S TO FLS AEROSPACE (ATD).

1 737-36N (2948-28670, EI-TVS) FOR VIRGIN EXPRESS IRELAND (VEI). 1 737-36N (3022-28571, EI-TVR), TRANSFERRED TO (VEI).

APRIL 2000: IN 5/00, SHANNON - LONDON GATWICK (LGW).

NOVEMBER 2000: 737-36N (2948-28670, OO-VEX), RETURNED TO (EBA).

DECEMBER 2000: BRUSSELS - MILAN (LINATE) AND TO MALAGA.

PARENT, VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA) DECIDES TO SELL VIRGIN EXPRESS IREWLAND (VEI). (VEI) WILL CEASE OPERATIONS IN 1/01.

JANUARY 2001: AEROFLOT (ARO) IS NEGOTIATING TO TAKE STAKE IN VIREGIN EXPRESS IRELAND (VEI).

737-43Q (2838-28493, /96 EI-TVB), RETURNED TO BOULLIOUN (BOU), LEASED TO VIRGIN BLUE (VOZ). 2 737-36N'S (28568; 28571) RETURNED TO (EBA).

MARCH 2001: EXPECTS TO CONFIRM AEROFLOT (ARO)'S #10M POUNDS BID FOR 59% STAKE IN VIRGIN EXPRESS IRELAND (VEI), WITH 41% HELD BY PUBLIC SHAREHOLDERS.

CEASES OPERATIONS AND LAYS OFF 350 EMPLOYEES.

APRIL 2001: 310 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 90 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 160 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 15 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAIN BASE: SHANNON (INTERNATIONAL).

HUBS: BERLIN (SCHONEFELD), & BRUSSELS (INTERNATIONAL).

MAY 2001: PROBABLY GOING OUT OF BUSINESS. POTENTIAL INVESTORS HAVE NOT BEEN ACCEPTED.

DECEMBER 2001: 1 737-4YO (1876-24688, EI-TVC), (GEF) LEASED.

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May 2001:

1 737-3M8 (CFM56-3) (2024-25041, /91 EI-TVP), EX-(EBA), (AFJ) LSD.

0 737-36M (CFM56-3) (2810-28333, /96 EI-TVO), RTND (GEF) LSD (TEB) 2001-04.

2 737-36N (CFM56-3) (2948-28670, /97 EI-TVS; 2987-28586, /98 EI-TVQ;
3022-28571, /98 EI-TVR; 3090-28586, /99 EI-TVN), EX-(EBA); 28670 RTND (EBA) 2000-11, (GEF) LSD.

0 737-4YO (CFM56-3) (1876-24688, /90 EI-TVC), EX-(MAS)/(EBA), (GEF) LSD. RTND 2004-01.

0 737-43Q (CFM56-3) (2838-28493, /96 EI-TVB), EX-(CHI)/(EBA), RTND (BOU), LST (VOZ).

Management:
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DAVID HOARE, CHAIRMAN (1999-09).

DON MONTEATH, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), (1999-02).

MARTIN HAMROGUE, CEO (1999-12).

DAN DAVY, VP TECHNICAL (SNNOOTV),
(dan.davy@snn.virgin-exp.com).

JOE REDMOND, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER.

JEAN-LUC MCCOUD, TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER.

KARL GRIFFIN, LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

 
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