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Old 12th Nov 2006, 12:46
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Air Universal to Hellenic Imperial Airways

Air Universal a jordanian charter outfit, which is banned in the EU and only recently failed to acquire a Cyprus AOC has now managed to get a Greek AOC under the name Hellenic Imperial Airways. There is more info on a greek forum, can somebody please translate?

http://www.airliners.gr/community/viewtopic.php?t=3663

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Old 12th Nov 2006, 14:02
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Id say that the rego is prophetic of things to come.

Just more flagging out and lowering the bar for everyone.

Liberian registered Ships
Greek registered Planes

No real difference in some operations unfortunately, but guaranteed someone somewhere in power is making money out of it!
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Old 12th Nov 2006, 14:49
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Well, I dunno, intnl hog driver, if you should paint all these companies with the same broad brush.
If Air Universal now has a Greek AOC, they had to comply with JAR ops specs, which aren't exactly third world, last time I looked.

And even before, AU seemed to me to do OK.
Last year I did a longish contract with 'em on the L10, and the dispatch rate was....nearly 100%.
Darn good maintenance/plenty of spares, experienced FD crew, superb cabin staff...and the pay was excellent.
All in all, quite a pleasant experience.
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Old 12th Nov 2006, 16:05
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I would have thought that if you were banned in the EU, you wouldn't be able to get a Greek AOC. Seems odd.
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Old 12th Nov 2006, 17:04
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Originally Posted by punkalouver
I would have thought that if you were banned in the EU, you wouldn't be able to get a Greek AOC. Seems odd.
Odd How? Its a new company registered in Greece. The aircraft is just leased from Air Universal.
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Old 12th Nov 2006, 19:19
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Thumbs down

Having worked for a Greek "airline" I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole. I know first hand of many goings on with the company I worked for and the Greek CAA.
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Old 13th Nov 2006, 00:07
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Nothing much in the links, just appears to be Greek chit-chat.
No AOC as yet.
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Old 23rd Nov 2006, 12:42
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The greek forums say they have an AOC now, and are set to fly the Hajj.
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Old 23rd Nov 2006, 16:58
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Mr eff oh,i dont know for which airline you worked in greece but i have to tell you that i work for a really stable and dynamic airline,aegean airlines which was airline of the year 2004/5.You cant say bad things about greek airlines.Please tell us for which airline you worked in greece so that we see you are not lying.I am really proud of the company that i work for and i feel offended by your post about greek caa,airlines and so on.
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Old 23rd Nov 2006, 17:04
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Methinks Mr Eff Oh was with Greece Airways / Air Scotland, whatever their name was/is.
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Greece airways was operated by a scotish and an iraq person as far as i am concerned,its base was scotland,so dont say bad things about greece caa and airlines mr eff oh who comes from scotland!!!!
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Old 24th Nov 2006, 14:18
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Please accept my apologies.

Dimitrispa - Surely Greece Airways held an AOC issued by Greek CAA. Who were the owners is inconsequential.
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Old 28th Nov 2006, 18:20
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Air Universal's new Greek AOC has been approved, under a new airline name, Hellenic Imperial Airways.
Same senior management in place, as before.
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Old 3rd Dec 2006, 20:23
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As far as I know, AU, is operated from ex-Olympic Airways pilots, very experienced with the B747.
Aircraft is still in LGAV. Don't know, what they are planning to do....
Rumors say that they are going to operate soon, within Asia, UAE, and Saudi Arabia.

Dimitrios, concerning "your" airline. Can you explain , the logo on your aircraft, indicating "Airline of the year 2004-2005-2006"? (every year they change the date!). Among which airliners is this award? Is it true, that your CEO (or owner), is the president of this awarding "organisation"?
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Greece Airways was "regulated" by the Greek CAA. Owners are of no consequence, and by the way the owners were not Scottish! Agean does appear to be a good company, and I am basing my opinions on my dealings with the Greek CAA. To say I was unimpressed and even disgusted on occations would be an understatement!
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I take it it was you who sent me the PM in Greek??
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Angry Air Universal - nothing changed

AU has not yet received a Greek AOC. JAA regulations do not mean too much in Greece where everything is still done under the table. A careful scrutiny of their start-up operation by the JAA would ensure they never receive an AOC. Their crews (Greek, ex Olympic) have not flown a 747 for many years, check when OA last operated a 747. A look into training records will show that no proper training has been given. This company has not changed in character - only name. Europe does not need this type of operation.
Wake-up JAA.
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My experience with AU has been good. Aircraft are well maintained and professional pilots are engaged with attractive salaries. Several PIA pilots, with flying experience in excess of 20,000 hours have been flying with AU during previous contracts. I see no reason why, a good business should be stopped.
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I did not try to imply that all the piloits with AU are of a poor standard. The AU aircraft that were on a lease for the Hadjj to Pakistan and flown by non Greek crews were operated by PIA under their AOC. The crews were all experienced.The intended operation in Greece is way below standard with very many irregularities in the operation. I repeat that it would be in the interest of all if the JAA would investigate this company directly and not via the Greek CAA. It requires an independant body. The Greek CAA itself seems very reluctant to grant AU an AOC.
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Mr oxogekas as far as the awards are concerned they come from era.If you dont know what era is,i am really sorry.The airline that i work for is a profitable airline with highly professional flight crews. I am writing in a friendly manner,if you want to,you can pm me,i am glad to see other greeks here.Take care.

Mr eff oh i never sent you a pm,i dont know if somebody else sent you,i replied at the forum
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