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A new airline with German backers is due to start up in Australia by the end of the year called "VivaJet".

Unlike Air Downunder, it seems fairly real as they have been talked about in Travel Weekly (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/4010542/1/#1 (Post 170)) and they are already in the middle of constructing a website:

http://www.vivajet.com.au/

It looks as though they will be HQ'd in Melbourne while starting flights from MEL to OOL, SYD, BNE and CBR using E-170s and 190s as well as an A300 for freight.

Anyway, if it is real, good luck to them! They will need it desperately!
 

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First I've heard of it.
I would of thought it is the wrong time for the launch of a new airline - we seem to be at the top of the cycle.
There is now an over supply of capacity by the 4 main - haul airlines, and they are now shedding those services and delaying the delivery of new aircraft.

Affecting this more is the soaring cost of fuel.

Lion Air Australia has gone very very quiet - I would not be surprised if they have shelved plans.

Just looking at that Viva site - it seems to be another joke to me. "Frequent Flyer", "Agent Log In" etc. They claim to be a full service carrier.
 

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A new airline with German backers is due to start up in Australia by the end of the year called "VivaJet".

Unlike Air Downunder, it seems fairly real as they have been talked about in Travel Weekly (http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/4010542/1/#1 (Post 170)) and they are already in the middle of constructing a website:

http://www.vivajet.com.au/

It looks as though they will be HQ'd in Melbourne while starting flights from MEL to OOL, SYD, BNE and CBR using E-170s and 190s as well as an A300 for freight.

Anyway, if it is real, good luck to them! They will need it desperately!
Maybe they'll flying into Wollongong since the Qantas fuckers have pulled out!:eek:hno:
 

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You know bizarrely this Vivajet was reported in The Australian today, both print and online.

VivaJet to take wing despite crisis

AUSTRALIA is to have a new domestic airline - VivaJet - to rival Qantas and Virgin Blue, both of which are slashing unprofitable regional routes to combat soaring fuel prices.
VivaJet


VivaJet will use 70-seat Embraer E-170s along with other aircraft. Picture: Bloomberg

VivaJet, based in Melbourne, is expected to start operations in November, promising a "better" service with complimentary light meals and drinks and cheap fares.

It is believed that two former Qantas executives are advising VivaJet.

The Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said the new airline planned to start passenger and cargo services later this year, using the 70-seat Embraer E-170 and 90-seat E-190 regional passenger jets (E-Jets), 72-seat ATR-72 turbo-props and a Airbus A300 Freighter aircraft.

Virgin Blue was the first to introduce E-jets on the east coast and Canberra services late last year.

VivaJet will be headed by Cenap Kathyaoglu, who has been in the tourism and aviation industry for more than 20 years and helped to develop several companies in Europe and the US in the highly competitive airline sector.

The new airline is defying soaring fuel prices, falling consumer confidence and the volatile equity market.

VivaJet has been registered as a private Australian company in Melbourne since 2006 and is backed by German investment partners.

It faces a major hurdle to break the stranglehold that Qantas and, more recently, Virgin Blue have gained on the premium business market in Australia.

VivaJet is expected to launch with four E-190s, followed by one E-170, with plans for an extensive network covering Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart and the Gold Coast.

An informed source said that at least eight Embraer aircraft may be leased by VivaJet, a Brazilian maker renowned for its cost-effective approach.

Slot allocation has been granted at all destinations, but the airline will progressively roll out its network, with an initial focus on Sydney, Gold Coast and Melbourne.

However, what has not been revealed is which airports the airline will operate from.

Some suggest it may use Sydney's Bankstown.

CAPA said the airline had plans to deliver a standard of domestic air travel "never experienced before in Australia. And all this on a low-fare basis, including complimentary meals and drinks".

The last airline to offer premium services and low prices was Ozjet.

It lasted less than six months, with many routes having more flight attendants than passengers.

In fact, the only successful major start-up in the past two decades was Virgin Blue, which flourished after the collapse of Ansett Australia in September 2001.

Also on the radar is the Indonesian carrier Lion Air, which plans to commence operations later this year using a fleet of six extended-range B737-900ERs.

Lion will hold 49 per cent of the new company, which is to be 51 per cent owned by Brisbane-based Australian charter operator, SkyAirWorld.

Initially, the airline is looking at international routes to Indonesia and Southeast Asia, but is also considering operating some domestic destinations.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23890644-23349,00.html
 

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Im still not convinced - that article in the Aust. didnt feature comment from any one employed in the airline etc.

It's all information stripped from the Viva website.
 

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VivaJet Airlines check in at Wavell St, Bentleigh

All I can say is... LOL!:lol:

(Click on the link to see the house!)

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23891972-664,00.html

THE scene in leafy Wavell Street, Bentleigh, yesterday afternoon was a far cry from a busy airport.

Nothing stirred, not even a bird, and noticeably missing was the roar of jet engines and the smell of aviation kerosene.

Yet, according to official company records, the brick house at number 16 is the registered office of VivaJet Airlines Pty Ltd.

VivaJet has yet to put an aircraft into the sky or sell tickets to would-be travellers but it publishes a website outlining flight schedules.

"Welcome to VivaJet Airlines, where service is no coincidence," the site proclaims, declaring that "a newest domestic airline in Australia is getting ready to operate in 2008." A rider appears at the bottom of the page, stating that flights will be subject to regulatory approval.

The website claims VivaJet will start with new Embraer 170 and 190 passenger aircraft, and French built ATR-72 and Airbus A300F jets.

It also lists an extensive flight schedule covering Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart and Gold Coast routes.

The site promises to "deliver a standard of domestic air-travel never experienced before in Australia . . . and all this on a low-fare basis, including food and drinks".

ASIC documents show VivaJet Pty Ltd has a single shareholder, Genevieve Maree Rieniets, birthplace unknown, whose address is given as 16 Wavell Street, Bentleigh.

Nobody answered the door at number 16, a 1950s-style brick veneer with broken path and a crumbling driveway.

After several unsuccessful attempts BusinessDaily managed to find the company's sole director, Cenap Hasmet Kahyaoglu, who said he was the owner of the company and that Ms Rieniets was only a shareholder.

He said he lived at the Wavell Street property.

Mr Kahyaoglu said he was leasing aircraft from the United States with "crews, maintenance and insurance included . . . everything comes with them".

Asked how he intended to fund the business, Mr Kahyaoglu replied: "It is funded already. We have overseas investors."

Told the Wavell St property seemed a strange address for an airline, he said: "When we registered the business in 2006 we had to give an address. When we move into the airport the address will change to that."

He said VivaJet would operate from Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine and that he had already met with airport executives.

Asked who he had spoken to, he said: "Oh well, I will get you a name if you want."

Asked whether he expected to launch this year in the present climate of crippling fuel costs, Mr Kahyaoglu said: "That is a good question. It is our hope to launch by the end of the year. That is our hope."

He said talks had been held with the Department of Transport and "a lot of work had been done behind the scenes since 2006".

The Embraer Aircraft company, which services Australia from an office in Singapore, said it had neither sold nor leased aircraft to VivaJet, although it had had talks with a German national about aircraft.

Company records show that Mr Kahyaoglu, who is 42, was born in Grenvenbroich, Germany.

Aviation industry sources said Mr Kahyaoglu was known to them and had long expressed a desire to start a new airline.
 

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The times listed on the website for flights are rather strange. They are all early morning and later peak times, which means they would need about 10 aircraft or so but would then sit around all day doing nothing in the middle of the day. I don't think any of us should be holding our breathes on this one, but its more credible then "the cute way to fly".
 

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What a scam.
 
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