German start-up Bremenfly nears launch

By Victoria Moores

German start-up Bremenfly is expecting to secure its air operator's certificate (AOC) over the coming weeks after taking delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 737-400 sourced on lease from Aircastle.

The Bremen-based carrier is planning to deploy the aircraft on an ACMI basis, ahead of beginning passenger charter operations in late April.

Bremenfly director of business development Michael van Heukelum tells www.flightglobal.com's sister website ATI: "On 8 January the aircraft arrived in Bremen and we had our final check with the German CAA. We are expecting to get our AOC approval within the next fortnight."

He says the fledgling carrier has agreed to place the aircraft with Amman-based charter and wet-lease specialist Jordan Aviation for the remainder of the winter season under a deal which will take effect once Bremenfly receives its AOC.

The new airline is also in final negotiations with four German tour operators, with a view to beginning charter flights in the last week of April, although Van Heukelum says these discussions are also pending finalisation of the AOC.

Bremenfly is hoping to expand its fleet in April with the arrival of a second 737-400, which is currently under negotiation.

In the longer-term Bremenfly is considering branching out into scheduled operations, but Van Heukelum says: "It is one of our plans, but we need at least two- to three-years to get running."

© Reed Business Information 2009

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