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Old 8th Jul 2019, 01:04
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SP-SPE has just been returned, however quite a few services have been rescheduled/cancelled tomorrow. Seeing this and as ISLH is currently in EMA, why have they returned SPE and dont seem to be trying to get a replacement? Financial issues?
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Old 15th Jul 2019, 18:47
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In the Guernsey Press today Blue Islands deny they are for sale, but then I suppose they would as it's not been officially announced.
There have been lots of delay recently and still today on the JER & SOU routes, is this caused by an aircraft shortage?
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Old 18th Jul 2019, 20:52
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G-ISLH just come back from hangers was in Flybe Purple now returned in white with BI engine covers. Any reason you would do this other then change of ownership or end of franchise agreement
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Old 18th Jul 2019, 21:26
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Originally Posted by guern123 View Post
G-ISLH just come back from hangers was in Flybe Purple now returned in white with BI engine covers. Any reason you would do this other then change of ownership or end of franchise agreement
Was ISLH not fully painted BI frame (In the BI livery)? It was ISLF that was the Flybe -500.

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Old 18th Jul 2019, 21:33
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Originally Posted by guern123 View Post
G-ISLH just come back from hangers was in Flybe Purple now returned in white with BI engine covers. Any reason you would do this other then change of ownership or end of franchise agreement
Or could be because the Flybe name will soon be a thing of the past with with the takeover by the Virgin/Stobart Connect airways consortium.
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Old 18th Jul 2019, 21:59
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Originally Posted by Fly757X View Post
Was ISLH not fully painted BI frame (In the BI livery)? It was ISLF that was the Flybe -500.
Agreed - previously in Blue Island not Flybe cls, though still begs the question why the change?
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Old 18th Jul 2019, 22:00
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Originally Posted by guern123 View Post
G-ISLH just come back from hangers was in Flybe Purple now returned in white with BI engine covers. Any reason you would do this other then change of ownership or end of franchise agreement
As suggested in an earlier post, G-ISLH was in Blue Islands livery - never FlyBe purple. The new white look with BlueIslands decals on engine cowlings seems to be standard as it features on the two latest ATR72s - G-ISLM & G-ISLN.
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Old 22nd Aug 2019, 22:03
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Although I cannot release names (but the information came from a senior BI employee) but here in the northern isle it is being rumoured that if BI is not sold by Feb 2020 then DC has decided he will close the airline down due to the loses it is currently making. Apparently Flybe, Stobart, Aurigny and Logan air have all been approached about purchasing the airline with none of them even being interested.
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Old 22nd Aug 2019, 22:07
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I appreciate that this is only a rumour...but why would anyone offer to buy a business that's going to be shut down by the owner anyway? You'd just wait and take advantage of the situation in the New Year without spending out now.
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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 07:31
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Exactly that's why no one has brought them. Most of their aircraft are leased so they have no assets - the only profitable part of their business would be maybe the ground handling and engineering dept. At Guernsey they only handle their own aircraft (Flybe flights handled by Aur) and if you were an airline ready to buy them then you more than likely already have you own engineering dept anyway.We were hoping BI had tendered to fly here to Alderney but not by the looks of this.
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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 09:45
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Blue lost a shed load of cash the last time they operated to ACI so doubt a return would be in the offing.

With an Open Skies policy in JER & GCI there is no need for anyone to buy the airline, should it fold any interested party can just step in on a route should they so wish.

Coates has had his three or four hotels on the market for some time now (2 years or so) so if the rumour is true I would guess that they, along with the airline would all close at the same time, as we know he's not in the best of health so it would seem to me he's getting his affairs sorted.

I wonder if all the a/c leases run out at the same time...?
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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 16:37
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Originally Posted by Jerbourg View Post
...... as we know he's not in the best of health so it would seem to me he's getting his affairs sorted. .......
Sorry to hear that DC may not be well. Followed BI from a distance over the years and, while DC was clearly in business to make money if he could, it strikes me he also had a genuine commitment to the Islands and stuck with the tourist side of things as well. Now, being PPRuNe, Im sure many will have their views on the good and the bad of his business interests (the airline and hotels specifically cant comment on the other business interests he had) but, from where I sit, its quite something his level commitment. Stayed at the Braye Beach a while back a fabulous place with staff and a view to match! If the above Posts are true, I really hope things turn out OK for all involved in all DCs ventures, as well as for DC himself and his family.

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Old 23rd Aug 2019, 20:02
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Hi HnH
I understand Dec has suffered 1 or more strokes.....where this has left him I don’t know. I have been lucky my strokes have been on the left side of the brain so I have pins and needles down my RHS, double vision, a blind spot and very limited recent memory. It is probably correct he is sorting out his affairs with regard to selling off parts of his company that his children have limited interest in. What these are only they can say. All we can do is wish him the best of luck and a peaceful recovery from the worst of the symptoms.
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Old 24th Aug 2019, 11:48
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Originally Posted by cobopete View Post
........ All we can do is wish him the best of luck and a peaceful recovery from the worst of the symptoms.
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Indeed, Pete, quite agree! And sorry to hear of your ills too! I now "tick" rather alarmingly due to a recently installed plastic heart valve but, apart from that......! Old age catching up?

Guess enough of thread drift into the world of our ailments .... let's just hope for a good outcome for all who may be affected in various ways.

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