Romulus, MI – July 12, 2009: MetroAir Virtual Airlines today released details on its decision to scale back capacity in the U.S. to Europe markets. The reduction coincides with the airlines plans to remove the 757 from its fleet.
MetroAir has reached a tentative agreement with Vanity Airways to purchase (5) Five of the MetroAir 757 aircraft.
â€œWe are able to drastically reduce costs by streamlining our narrow body fleet to a common typeâ€ said Chief Operating Officer Kim Gesch. Mr. Gesch also said, â€œThe A320 aircraft that have recently been acquired will give us the capacity and range we need in the domestic markets currently served by the 757.â€
Gesch went on to explain the market changes:
July 13, 2009 Newark, New Jersey-Ontario: B757 to A320
July 13, 2009 Orlando, Florida-Ontario: B757 to A320
July 13, 2009 Washington-Ontario: B757 to A320
July 13, 2009 Paris, France-Washington: B757 to A330
July 13, 2009 Amsterdam, Netherlands-Washington: A330 to B757
July 27, 2009 Amsterdam, Netherlands-DÃ¼sseldorf, Germany: Discontinued
August 23, 2009 Edinburgh, Scotland-Washington: Discontinued
August 23, 2009 Manchester, England-Washington: Discontinued
August 23, 2009 Amsterdam, Netherlands-Washington: Discontinued
Chief Executive Officer Matt Calsada said to a reporter â€œSince adding the 757 to our fleet we have incurred a great deal of additional costs for related training and maintenance. While it was sustainable in the beginning, as the economy slowed we have seen downtrends in ticket sales for some of our secondary markets in Europe making the routes not as economically feasible.” Calsada continued, “In an effort to keep our most important European and domestic routes available, our Operations team has done a stellar job re-scheduling aircraft and crew to ensure minimal disruption to our customers. We hope to return to these cities in the future when opportunities present themselves when the market rights itself. In the mean time, our primary goal is strengthening our backbone in North America.”
In related news, MetroAir Virtual Airlines today released details to acquire seventeen A321s offered by Vanity Airways, a UK company. All seventeen and have very low engine time and turns. All seventeen aircraft are of the V2500-A1 engine type.
The purchases are valued at a total of $688.5 million USD. This acquisition is part of the latest in MetroAir’s recent announcements of expanding its fleet. Chief Executive Officer Matt Calsada explained, â€œWhen Shaigan Marten, CEO of Vanity Airways, approached MetroAir late last week with an incredible offer to purchase dormant aircraft with little engine time and little wear, we couldn’t pass the opportunity up. MetroAir is trying to quickly secure itself in the market to become a major US based carrier and one our passengers can trust. In these economic times, it’s even more important for MetroAir to expand itself and be a reliable and attractive carrier for potential customers.â€
Chief Operating Officer Kim Gesch announced that the seventeen aircraft are currently will be ferried to Manchester by Vanity Airways within the next few days. MetroAir will being taking delivery July 15th. “We are very pleased with the opportunity to increase our Airbus fleet. The additional aircraft will give us much needed capacity in existing markets as well as potential new markets” stated Mr. Gesch.
MetroAir is one of Americaâ€™s leading choices of airline travel, with a formidable domestic route system using a fleet of the worldâ€™s most technologically advanced Airbus airliners and with numerous regional connections through itâ€™s partner company Allegius. Originally founded in Detroit flying Boeing 737-200s and Bombardier Dash-8-Q200 feeders, MetroAir has since grown to become one of Americaâ€™s most impressive startup airlines of the last decade now operating 382 flights to 73 cities around the world using a fleet of Airbus and Bombardier airliners. Â Built on a simple home-grown attitude of quick and affordably-efficient service, MetroAir has seen a groundswell of critical acclaim from the flying public in response to a return of service to the days of old.
In an economy where passengers have dozens of choices to choose from, MetroAir provides an affordable ticket in a comfortable seat, in-flight entertainment, warm meals and drinksâ€”paid for, and not through creative trickery. Â Sure itâ€™s a stretch on the airlineâ€™s tight budget, but MetroAir prides itself on integrity to the flying public and delivers on promises made.
Virtually speaking, MetroAir was built and is operated entirely on realismâ€”aircraft are purchased, routes are operated, and growth is measured within the boundaries of what realism would economically dictate. Â Come fly for MetroAir, where youâ€™re contributions play a direct role in the airlineâ€™s growth and success!
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