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WJT-2004-04 - A320-231
WJT-2004-09 - A320-211
WJT-2005-11-A - STATUS
WJT-2005-TOP LCC STATS
WJT-2012-09 - PALERMO A319 ACCDT
Formed and started operations in 2003. Domestic, regional and international, scheduled & charter, passenger, jet airplane services.
Via S Giuseppe La Rena 92
95100 Catania, Italy
ITALY (ITALIAN REPUBLIC) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1861, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 301,268 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 58 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ROME, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ITALIAN.
June 2003: Catania - Palermo - Rome (FCO). Catania - Palermo - Bologna (Forli).
Main Base: Catania Fontanarossa airport (CTA), Sicily, Italy.
1 A320-231 (363, G-SUEE), Oasis Leasing leased.
July 2003: Milan (Linate) - Catania (3/week)/Palermo (2/week). Milan (Linate) - Lamedusa (weekly). Code share with Volareweb, Rome (Fiumicino) - Catania/Palermo, Catania - Milan (Orio al Serio)/Venice, and Palermo - Naples/Venice.
2 A320-231's, ex-Dragonair (DRG), Ansett Worldwide (AWW) medium-term leased, 180 PAX.
August 2003: Catania - Rome. Catania - Forli, in north-east Italy.
October 2003: Catania to Milan (Bergamo)/Orio al Serio (daily).
December 2003: A320-231 (163, I-LINH) leased.
April 2004: A320-211 (204, F-GJVC), GECAS (GEF) leased.
October 2004: Catania - Milan (BGY) - Venice. In November 2004, Catania - Dusseldorf (weekly).
November 2004: In January 2005, Catania - Verona.
June 2005: MD-82 (49143, 9A-CBC), Air Adriatic (AZD) wet-leased. This airplane is used mainly on routes from Palermo and Catania to Milan-Linate and Rome.
March 2006: WindJet (WJT) inaugurated nonstop service from Venice to Oslo. (WJT) now operates 2 flights a week on Mondays, Thursdays using an A320.
Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) wins Wind Jet (WJT) maintenance contract.
September 2006: WindJet (WJT) operates scheduled, domestic services from Catania.
(IATA) Code: IV. (ICAO) Code: JET (Callsign - GHIBLI).
Parent organization/shareholders: Finaria Group (100%).
Main Base: Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Catania; Forli; Milan; Palermo; Rome; & Venice.
October 2006: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems (LHS) and WindJet (WJT) announced a deal to provide (WJT) with integrated solutions from (LHS)'s Airline Operations portfolio, including the Lido Route Manual charting solution, (FMS) services, Lido Operations Center route planning system, and Runway Weight Charts. Implementation is scheduled to be completed this year.
February 2007: A319-113 (647, EI-DVD), ex-Air France (AFA), (ILF) leased - see photo.
May 2007: Starting June 3rd, Bologna Forli - Rostov, using A320s.
December 2008: 2 A319-132s (2698, EI-ECX; 2723, EI-ECY), ex-Spirit Airlines (SPR), (ILF) leased.
January 2009: WindJet (WJT) launched weekly, Turin - Moscow Domodedovo (DME) service with an A320-200. It already served (DME) from Forli, Verona, and Catania.
1 A319-132 (ILF) 6.5 year leased.
July 2009: Snecma won a 6-year engine service per hour contract from WindJet (WJT) covering the (CFM56-5A)s powering the (WJT)'s A319s and A320s.
January 2010: A320-200 (ILF) 5 year leased.
August 2010: 2 A320-200s leased to Viking Hellas Aviation (VHS).
September 2012: ACCDT: A WindJet (WJT) A319 dipped below the approach path, moments before crashing short of the runway in poor weather at Palermo, Italy.
The enquiry has yet to reach any conclusions on the primary cause of this accident involving Flight 243 from Rome on 24th September 2010. But detailing the ill-fated non-precision approach, in darkness, the investigating authority, the (ANSV) indicates the A319 flew below minimum decision height before the pilots (FC) made visual contact with runway 07.
After following a track to avoid heavy weather but nevertheless encountering strong precipitation, the A319 had been 4.3 nm/8 km from the threshold when the captain remarked that he could not see the runway.
The airplane, following the runway heading with the autopilot engaged, was cleared to land. As it descended to 960 ft/300 m, the first officer, who was flying, informed the captain of the minimum descent altitude of 700 ft.
An audible warning signaled that the airplane was approaching this minimum height, beyond which, the pilots (FC) should have had sufficient visual reference to continue the approach. But when the first officer said he could "not see," the captain allowed the A319 to keep descending through the minimum altitude. Not until the airplane had reached 480 ft did the first officer state: "To the left, I see it." The captain took control of the airplane, disconnecting the autopilot and continuing the approach manually.
Up to this point, the flight data recorder (FDR) information showed there had been no significant deviation from a normal descent profile. But at 240 ft, the descent rate reached 1,360 ft/min/7 m/s and the first officer (FC) exclaimed that he saw "F red" (an indication the jet was below the required approach path).
This did not generate any reaction from the captain, although the rate of descent decreased. However, <30s after, the captain took manual control, the airplane struck an embankment with its main gear, 367 m before the threshold. Terrain at the impact point rose from 6 m above sea level to 8 m. Having hit with a descent rate of 512 ft/min, the A319 bounced, crashing into the runway 25 localizer and sliding on the runway for for 850 m, crossing the intersection with runway 02/20 and veering to the left before coming to rest on grass.
Cockpit voice recorder (CVR) data shows the captain (FC) had been discussing salary payments with an off-duty flight crew (FC) member in the cockpit, and the pilots (FC) did not adhere to sterile-cockpit procedures below 10,000 ft. The data also reveals no evidence of proper approach briefings, says the (ANSV), or that either pilot (FC) took emergency authority to execute a go-around.
Tests carried out during the investigation revealed the possibility that runway 07 lights had been submerged "due to accumulation of rainwater" said the (ANSV), adding that authorities should check whether pools of rain could significantly alter pilot's perception of the lights during approach.
Emergency response crews were confused, initially mistaking a different airplane for the crashed A319 and then believing it had overrun into the sea. Communications between the Palermo tower and the fire department were often "incomprehensible," said the (ANSV) and a lack of familiarity with conventional aviation terminology (such as direction of landing) such as direction of landing) added to the problems.
SEE ATTACHED "FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL" ARTICLE - - "WJT-2010-09 - PALERMO A319 ACCDT."
October 2010: WindJet (WJT) launched 3x-weekly, Moscow Domodedovo – Milan Orio al Serio service aboard an A320.
January 2012: WindJet (WJT) has added a 5th ex-Mandala Airlines (MND) A319-100 to its fleet and has announced plans to launch services to African destinations in 2013. It will not resume its seasonal services from Rimini to Cologne/Bonn and Samara next summer season and will terminate its Catania - Parma route on January 11.
Alitalia (ALI) is proceeding with plans to merge with 2 smaller Italian competitors, Blue Panorama Airlines (BPA) and WindJet (WJT).
The (ALI) board, which signed a memorandum of understanding with the two carriers, said the “project of integration” is “coherent with the ongoing consolidation processes into the air transport, at national and international level.” It said the carriers have “synergy potentials and are complementary with regard to product specialization, network design and served market segments.”
The Alitalia Group last year carried around 25 million passengers using a fleet of 144 airplanes. It has bases in Rome, Milan, Turin, Venice, Bari, and Catania.
(BPA), which launched operations in 1998, carried some 2 million passengers in 2011 with a fleet of 7 737-300/400s, 2 757-200s and 4 767-300ERs, according to its website. Intercontinental flights are operated under the (BPA) brand; short- and medium-haul flights are operated as Blu-Express (BLX). It has bases in Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. (BPA) signed an order for 12 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplanes at the Paris Air Show in June 2011. Deliveries are scheduled to start at the end of 2012.
(WJT), established in 2003, is a Low Cost Carrier (LCC) that operates domestic and European routes using 5 A319-100s and 7 A320-200s. It handled >2.8 million passengers in 2011 and has a 6.2% domestic market share, according to an (ALI) statement. It has bases in Catania, Palermo, and Rimini.
(ALI) will submit merger documents to antitrust authorities.
July 2012: Alitalia (ALI) has been given the green light to acquire Catania-based WindJet (WJT), although it must surrender up to 5 slots pairs to complete the deal.
Italy’s antitrust regulator, Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM), cleared the acquisition following a probe launched in June. “We gave the go-ahead, but (ALI) must release slots on three routes,” an (AGCM) spokeswoman said.
Specifically, (ALI) and (WJT) must give up a maximum of 2 slot pairs on its Catania (CTA) - Milan Linate (LIN) route, a single slot pair on Palermo (PMO) - (LIN) and up to 2 pairs of slots on (CTA) - Rome Fiumicino (FCO).
An (AGCM) spokeswoman said these routes were selected because both (LIN) and (FCO) are congested and (WJT) is “particularly strong” at (CTA) and (PMO).
When (AGCM) opened its investigation, it identified a total of nine city pairs that could trigger competition concerns: (CTA) - Bologna, (CTA) - Milano Linate, (CTA) - Milano Malpensa, (CTA) - Pisa, (CTA) - Rome, (CTA) - Venice, (PMO) - Milan, (PMO) - Rome, and (PMO) - Turin.
Now (ALI) has 30 days to select an (AGCM)-approved independent trustee to manage the slot disposal. The restrictions will run from the end of summer 2012 until summer 2014 and (ALI) will have to submit a compliance report 2 weeks after the start of each (IATA) season.
(ALI) in January announced plans to pursue a merger with Italian airlines WindJet (WJT) and Blue Panorama (BPA), but in April it changed track to focus solely on (WJT), which operates scheduled and charter flights.
August 2012: Alitalia (ALI) has decided not to go ahead with its plans to acquire Sicilian low-cost carrier (LCC) Windjet (WJT) according to a news report by Italian daily newspaper "Il Messaggero." According to the report, (ALI) is not willing to comply with the restrictions proposed by the Italian antitrust (ATI) authority forcing it to give up slots on key domestic routes from Milan Linate (LIN) to Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) and Palermo Falcone e Borsellino International (PMO) as well as between Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International (FCO) and Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) airports as a condition for getting approval for the acquisition plans. This has not yet officially been confirmed by Alitalia (ALI) and leaves the future of loss making, Windjet (WJT) up in the air for now.
Later, (WJT) ceased operations in the evening of Saturday, August 11 after talks with Alitalia (ALI) over the previously agreed acquisition of the Sicily based low-cost carrier (LCC) have broken down. It was widely expected that it would not be able to continue operations by itself given it was in financial difficulties already before the merger with (ALI) had been announced earlier this year. (WJT) operated with a fleet of 5 A319-100s and 7 A320-200s from bases at Catania, Palermo Falcone e Borsellino International (PMO) and Rimini Federico Fellini International (RMI) airports offering domestic routes but also international flights to Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, and the Ukraine.
When WindJet ((WJT) ceased operations (leaving hundreds of passengers stranded) after merger talks with Alitalia (ALI) broke down following a disagreement about the company’s value.
Italian aviation authorities met over the weekend to arrange special flights with other carriers as thousands of passengers’ travel plans will be affected in the summer high season. (WJT) management announced Saturday that the 300,000 tickets previously sold should be honored by other airlines but passengers are being asked to pay extra fees. (WJT)’s website has been taken down.
The financially troubled carrier is in danger of losing its air operator’s certificate (AOC).
Last month, Italy’s antitrust regulator cleared the acquisition of (WJT) by (ALI) following a probe launched in June.
(ALI) in January announced plans to pursue a merger with Italian airlines (WJT) and Blue Panorama (BPA) but in April decided to focus solely on (WJT).
(WJT) served 33 destinations in Italy and Europe, and transported around 2.8 million passengers annually. It employed 500 staff.
The future of distressed Italian airline, Windjet (WJT) looked bleak after a Director of national flag carrier, Alitalia (ALI) said there was no chance of finding a way to keep it operating.
Alitalia (ALI) Managing Director, Andrea Ragnetti told media there was “no longer any chance of dialogue” with Windjet (WJT) representatives ahead of a meeting hosted by Italian Economic Development Minister, Corrado Passera in Rome.
(ALI) walked out of the negotiations begun several months ago after (WJT) boss, Stefano Rantuccio accused it of trying to impose unfavorable conditions on his company.
(ALI) charged that (WJT) clearly had no intention of respecting provisional agreements aimed at saving the budget operator.
(WJT) is said by Italian media to be weighed down by around 140 million euros/$170 million in debt, and its failure would mean the loss of between -500 and -800 jobs.
Passera had called on negotiators from the 2 airlines and the aviation authority (ENAC) to try and rescue stalled negotiations on a takeover.
(WJT) has further claimed that (ALI) wants to cut the price it would pay for a takeover, while (ALI) insists that taking on the Sicilian airline would entail “intolerable financial risks”.
All (WJT) flights have been grounded, and passengers holding tickets valid until the end of August have been directed to other airlines, for an extra fee of up to +250 euros for international flights.
No information has been given for the up to 300,000 people that have already reserved flights through October.
(ENAC) has not yet revoked (WJT)’s (AOC), however, pending the meeting hosted by Passera.
September 2012: Windjet (WJT) and its future is still controversially discussed in Italy with a group of Sicilian investors led by Roberto Corrao, owner of medical charter carrier, Aviomed. The group proposes to resume limited operations with 3 A320-200s and some of Windjet (WJT)'s staff to ensure there will be enough competition on routes from Sicily to the mainland.
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0 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1095-49143, /83 9A-CBC "MY DREAM"), EX-(ELG). ELMO AVIATION LSD 2002-02. (AZD) WET-LST (WJT) 2005-06. RTND. 158Y.
0 A319-113 (CFM56-5B5/P) (647, EI-DVD - SEE PHOTO), EX-(AFA), (ILF) LSD 2007-02. RTND AND LST FIRST NATION AIRWAYS (FRN) 2012-12. 142Y.
0 A319-132 (2698, EI-ECX; 2723, EI-ECY; 2797, EI-ESG), EX-(SPR), (ILF) 6 YR LSD 2008-12. RTND (ILF). 142Y.
0 A319-132, (ILF) 6.5 YR LSD 2009-01. 142Y.
0 A319-113 (0660, EI-DVU), RTND (ILF). 142Y.
1 A320-200, (ILF) 5 YR LSD. 180Y.
0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (204, /91 EI-DFN), RTND (DEA). 180Y.
0 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (371, /92 EI-DFO), RTND (DEA). 180Y.
1 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (163, /91 I-LINH), LSD 2003-12. 180Y.
1 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (363, /92 I-LINB), OASIS LSD 2003-06. 180Y.
2 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (393, /92 I-LINF; 414, /93 I-LING), EX-(DRG), (AWW) LSD 2003-07, 180Y.
0 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (542, /97; 816; 877), EX-(PAH), RTND (ILF). 179Y.
STEFANO RANTUCCIO, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
ANTONINO PULVIRENTI, PRESIDENT.
ANGELO LOBIANCO, GENERAL MANAGER.