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GSS contract with BA terminated

Old 17th Jan 2014, 14:25
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GSS contract with BA terminated

Have just read elsewhere that BA are terminating their contract with GSS for the 3 B748 aircraft with effect from end March. The aircraft will return to Atlas.
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 14:49
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 15:05
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Looks like the three Dash 8's are coming home to Atlas Air?

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PURCHASE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:AAWW), a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating solutions, today said that it intends to pursue new ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) placement opportunities for three 747-8 Freighter aircraft currently operated for British Airways plc by Atlas Air Worldwides 49%-owned UK subsidiary, Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS).

The action follows notice from British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A., regarding British Airways strategic decision to exit dedicated cargo-freighter service and to return the aircraft to GSS in April 2014 pursuant to the terms of the existing ACMI agreement between the parties.

Effective with the termination of the agreement, the three 747-8Fs will be redelivered to the company by GSS. Through GSS, the company also will receive contractual early termination fees from British Airways.

We deeply appreciate our long relationship with British Airways and its cargo affiliate, IAG Cargo, said William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide (AAWW). We are very proud to have served them over the past 18 years, including the last 12 years through GSS.

We are also focused on the continued development of our business. We are an innovative provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating solutions to the global aviation industry. And we will deploy these freighters in profitable revenue operations once redelivered to us, taking advantage of their superior fuel efficiency, range, capacity and loading capabilities. We believe these qualities create a compelling value proposition for our customers.

About Atlas Air Worldwide:

Atlas Air Worldwide is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc. (Atlas) and Titan Aviation Leasing (Titan), and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. (Polar). Atlas Air Worldwide also maintains a 49% interest in Global Supply Systems Limited (GSS). Through Atlas and Polar, Atlas Air Worldwide operates the worlds largest fleet of Boeing 747 freighter aircraft.

Atlas, Titan and Polar offer a range of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services that include ACMI service in which customers receive an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance on a long-term basis; CMI service, for customers that provide their own aircraft; express network and scheduled air cargo service; military cargo and passenger charters; commercial cargo and passenger charters; and dry leasing of aircraft and engines.

Atlas Air Worldwides press releases, SEC (SCUR) filings and other information can be accessed through the Companys home
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 15:42
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So is this an end to BA World Cargo entirely or just their B748F operation?
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 16:17
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So is this an end to BA World Cargo entirely or just their B748F operation?
BA World Cargo and Iberia Cargo were joined together in 2011 to form IAG Cargo. Much of their business is "underfloor" with the constituent airlines but the STN based 748 operation was a significant part.

No doubt a sharp accountant reckoned it would be cheaper to outsource again.........
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 16:30
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GSS contract with BA terminated

Sad news. Most of the ground staff are a great bunch. I hope they find employment elsewhere very soon
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 16:45
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What awful news. I had the great pleasure of meeting some folk at GSS once and thought what a nice company and people they were. My thoughts are with all the staff. I like everyone here hope for some last minute good news.

Will we have any independent airlines left in the UK at this rate? What a sad state the British airline industry is in. It is very sad.
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 16:49
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As a follow up to this, Qatar Cargo has signed on to operate 5 B777F a week from London to Hong Kong on behalf of IAG

Qatar to operate freighters on behalf of IAG Cargo | Air Cargo World
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 16:53
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What happens to GSS now?
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 18:35
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That is a shame. It was always nice to see the BA 748s when they occasionally came in. They always looked much cleaner, more modern and more impressive than the usual 744s we see. Would have been nice to see them on the FIA contract.

Plus it was nice to see BRITISH AIRWAYS down the side of an aircraft, even if it was on a cargo 747, it made a change from the normal and between that and the chartered BA Shuttle to FAO in the summer you could almost imagine what the place would look like with some full service and longhaul operating.
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 21:56
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New spotting opportunities

So now you'll see something new...a Qatari 777F
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Old 17th Jan 2014, 21:59
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Can't wait
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 00:30
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Very unfortunate for all involved. I imagine the crews will be well qualified for several opportunities in the Gulf (maybe flying QR 777Fs) or with Virgin on the 400 if they are still hiring. I would expect experience flying the 800F should be valued. On a side note, I have always heard GSS pilots were under-paid. Perhaps it is time to cash-in on that experience...

Good luck to all!
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 02:34
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"Good News" for Atlas Air

Yah, they looked that good because they ARE OWNED by AAWW!

The GSS op was 49% Atlas Air, 51% British Air (Operational Control requirement).

There should be understanding here as that, AAWW gained significant "Foreign Earned US Tax Credits with the British operation! (Corp Tax code within US under review and vy likely to change.)

With conclusion of the flying club at GSS, AAWW will better use the ACs as the EU econ improves and continuing expansion of the US economy.

The 3 GSS 748 assignments was a good equipment transitory plan [top line, bottom line, and as a lender financing tool (200>400>8)] for the AAWW corp.

Risk here is depending upon controlled ongoing expansionary monetary policies and restrained inflation within CH and EU.

Keep in mind: although the 748 has 4 engs (JET A prices are low near term and going lower) it is A VERY ADAPTIVE AC for far more biz models.

The B777F DOES NOT accommodate outsized loads (No Nose Loading). Though it is good for long thin fixed routes, it is not that adaptive.

Good olde UPS could have used all three of these AAWW ACs under contract for this past "Amazon Chaos" Christmas!

It cost UPS dearly with the lack of additional seasonal assigned lift.

Good luck to the BA pilots who worked at GSS and formerly retired BA age 55. The party is over, I guess. Welcome to the real world! The world of an "aged", retired, unemployed old pilots!

Key to all this: be ADAPTIVE, as the mainline crew at Atlas Air have been.

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Old 18th Jan 2014, 05:24
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A lot of very experienced, very talented, good guys. I hope you all find something soon.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 10:01
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Gloating over the misfortune of others is considered very bad form and has a nasty habit of rebounding and smacking you in the face.

May I respectfully suggest that you check your facts before going into print and confirming what others think of your intellectual status.

GSS is not/was not a "flying club"

GSS employed it's own pilots, who will be on the scrap heap. A small number of BA pilots were seconded to the operation. They have nice jobs and careers to go back to so I would save your "sympathy" for those that deserve it.

Just saying.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 10:59
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I spent five happy years with GSS. They are a great bunch of people who have worked hard to provide an excellent service to BA. I wish them all well for the future.

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Old 18th Jan 2014, 11:13
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MoJo WoJo --

That post was in very bad form, especially if you are actually an Atlas employee. And your "understandings" sound like they came from listening to too much bar talk.

My sense is that the majority of people at Atlas understand that this is not good news for any of us. And, since the vast majority of us are not psychopaths, there is no joy in the pain that the GSS employees are going through.

I wish them the best, and hope that they land on their feet.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 11:37
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Will BALPA insist on BA F/O's being able to bid for Qatar 777F commands as they did with GSS (under the BA SCOPE agreement)?
One would hope that BALPA had more pressing priorities with the impending job losses amongst GSS employees than the continued rights of BA pilots to help themselves to other people's commands.

Should they insist on enforcing the scope clause, maybe those wishing to avail themselves of such an opportunity would consider the ongoing popularity of traumatic amputation in that part of the world.

That said, the BA guys I had the pleasure to sit next to over the last few years were gentlemen to a fault (well, most of them) and I hope they enjoy their return to the fold. Their good fortune was exactly that and who amongst us wouldn't have done the same, given the chance. Sayonara chaps, spare a thought for those of us consigned to the dustbin on your way onwards and upwards.
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Old 18th Jan 2014, 11:51
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For what it is worth...

Norwegian is looking for long Haul pilots, both FO, cruise captain and Captain.
Type rating on B787 is not required.

Qatar Airways is taking Captains and FO on B777

Korean Air is taking FO and Captains on B744

China has good options with bases in Europe and the USA.

Let us hope that the EU will finally ban the Cabotage done by Fedex and UPS very soon, as there are several courtcases and investigations running against it. ( and yes, it IS cabotage as they operate within one economic union, which is the basis of cabotage, and not political union)
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