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September/October 2013

DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN ALDERNEY AND JERSEY LAUNCHED

Aurigny is trialing a direct service between Alderney and Jersey this summer. The flights will be launched as a joint initiative with the States of Alderney and will start on 20 September.

‘This is an eventful time for the airline but we are always keen to support that island by trying out appropriate new initiatives that enhance the island’s visitor economy,’ says Aurigny commercial director Malcolm Coupar.

Neil Harvey, chairman of Business Development and Tourism Committee in the States of Alderney says: ‘We are delighted that at last we can respond to the many people in Alderney who have missed the direct flights to Jersey. We believe there is significant demand both ways on this route and hope to demonstrate this to Aurigny during the trial period.’ 

Flights for the test period will begin on 20 September and end on 29 October 2013 with services flying each way on Fridays and Sundays. The cost of the trip will be £99 return per person and can be booked via aurigny.com.

Special breaks including hotels are also available. More information on these can be found by contacting Alderney Holidays on 0845 230 3240 or sales@alderneyholidays.com (www.alderneyholidays.com is a subsidiary of Travelsmith Ltd)

NEW DINARD WINTER SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The new Guernsey to Dinard winter schedule has been drawn up and tickets are now available for purchase on Aurigny.com. The winter service will begin in November running every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The summer service starts in April 2014.

THE CENTENARY SCHNEIDER TROPHY AIR RACE IS DUE TO TAKE PLACE IN ALDERNEY

This September sees the centenary of the Schneider Trophy Air Race, hosted by the Alderney Flying Club and supported by Aurigny. It will take place on the 29 September during Alderney’s Island Air Races weekend.

The initial purpose of the trophy was to encourage technical advances in civil aviation, but it soon developed into a contest for pure speed. Since the first Schneider Trophy race was first flown at Monaco in 1913, aircraft speeds have increased dramatically.

Ralph Burridge, event organiser, has worked closely with Aurigny for the last 16 years in adjusting their scheduled flights so that the air races can take place.

We are indeed fortunate to have Aurigny as an active partner and look forward to working together with them for many more years to come.’

During the weekend there will be many races taking place including the Aurigny Trophy.

‘Of course, with the two Alderney races being the last races of the season, the results will be decisive in determining which pilots will be crowned the British and the European champions. Everyone is welcome to come to the airport to view the event, as public access to the hanger has been arranged, together with all day catering and of course as a bonus, a chance to meet up with the race pilots,’ added Ralph.

The Alderney Island Air Races take place over the weekend of the 28th & 29th September. The outline programme being that course practice will take place on Saturday morning, with the race for the Aurigny Trophy taking place that afternoon. Sunday morning sees the Centenary Schneider Trophy race, followed later in the afternoon by the presentation of prizes and awards.

AVIOS PARTNERSHIP WITH AURIGNY

Passengers are being reminded that they can use their points accumulated on the Avios scheme (formerly AirMiles) against flights with Aurigny.

‘Avios has partnerships with a variety of organisations that help them accumulate points by simply using their bank, shopping with certain stores or using their BA executive card,’ explains Aurigny sales manager Clive Acton. ‘These points can then be used to book flights with Aurigny.’

JOEY WEBSITE OFFERS MORE FOR FANS YOUNG AND OLD

Fans of Joey can now find out more about the little yellow plane with his new-look website.

Featuring all the favourites from the Joey page, Joeyfunzone.com offers puzzles, joke and fun facts plus the opportunity to become a member of the Joey Club and win a prize.

COMMUITY BITS AND PROPELLER

The Aurigny team have spent the summer getting out and about meeting islanders at a variety of community events.

Starting at Alderney Week, the team and their bright yellow gazebo also appeared at the Harbour Carnival, where they also sponsored the Man Powered Flight, and the South Show, the West Show, Donkey Derby, the North Show and Guernsey Mums' Seafront Sunday.

  ‘We had a great time and really enjoyed meeting islanders and visitors and enjoying the atmosphere of these great events,’ said sales manager, Clive Acton. 

JOEY BOOK CHARACTER INSPIRES YOUNGSTER

Joey fan and preschool student Jack recently took part in World Book Day by dressing up as Captain Keen – his favourite Joey book character. Jack’s father, Bartholomew, is a former ATR captain and ATR technical pilot who moved to Leeds at the end of March 2011 to further his career by flying the Boeing 737 jet. The family now live in Harrogate after previously living in Guernsey, but Jack continues to be a big fan of Joey and friends.

July/August 2013

TEAM RACE FOR CANCER CHARITY

 

A team from Aurigny took part in this year’s Race for Life event in Guernsey raising funds for Cancer Research.

 

The ‘Aurigny Puffins’, made up of Aurigny crew members (left to right) Tracy Grimshaw, Sharon Bougourd, Jess Elliston, Natalie Vidamour, Susan Batiste and Claudia Teixeira, raised £300 for the charity.

 

 

65 YEARS OF FUN AND FROLICS

 

Although its history and origin can be traced back beyond Victorian Times, this year Alderney Week (3 – 11 August) celebrates 65 years since its start after the Second World War.

Each year the organisers of Alderney Week come up with a vast programme of events designed to entertain islanders and visitors of all ages with music, shows, sporting and cultural events.

‘Alderney Week marks a very busy time for Aurigny. We will be putting on as many additional flights as we can to help bring people to the island for seven days of fun made possible thanks to the incredible efforts of all the Alderney Week volunteers,’ said Aurigny managing director, Mark Darby.

To mark The Beatles’ 50th anniversary this year, the tribute band ‘The Allbeats’ will be performing on the opening night, Saturday 3 August, on the Butes.

The traditional Cavalcade Day is held on the first Monday of August, which is also Alderney’s official August Bank Holiday. During the week there are fun competitions including the Aurigny Man-Powered Flight, the Great Aurigny Duck Race, the Daft Raft Races, the Fun Run and Fun Triathlon, the Man and Woman of Iron, Alderney’s Got Talent, Canine Capers, and much more.

For culture vultures the programme offers two outdoor evening performances of ‘Comedy of Errors’ by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company and music lovers will not want to miss Thursday night’s concert of the Alderney Blowers in St Anne’s Church.

There are the famous quarry and bunker parties nobody with any energy wants to miss and, undoubtedly the biggest and most moving highlight of every Alderney Week, the Torchlight Procession on the last Saturday night.

The action-packed week concludes on Sunday 11 August with a ‘Music in the Sun’ open-air concert on the Butes.

To find out more about Alderney Week and this year’s events, go to www.alderneyweek.net

 

IS THIS THE END OF THE FAMOUS BAYEUX TAPESTRY ?

Alderney has put its ‘finishing’ touches to the Bayeux Tapestry during a year-long community project.

The world famous embroidery depicts 560 scenes the events of the Norman conquest leading up to the Battle of Hastings, but runs out before this period of history reaches its conclusion: the coronation of William the Conqueror in London on Christmas Day in 1066.

Fascinated by the Bayeux Tapestry and even more fascinated by the missing scenes, Alderney librarian Kate Russell and local artist Pauline Black decided to create and deliver the final chapter of the incomplete Bayeux Tapestry.

After completing their first stitches on 1 February 2012, following the same style as the original tapestry, over 400 people added their stitches to Alderney’s Bayeux Tapestry Finale. The most famous stitchers were their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall who visited the island in July 2012.

The community tapestry was finally completed on 5 April 2013 and was officially unveiled in the presence of Normandy dignitaries. It was given the seal of approval from the highest authority: the curator of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, Sylvette Lemagnen, who described it ‘as good as the original’.

The tapestry is now on permanent display in the Alderney Library, however, next year, the Tapestry Finale will be on flying visits with Aurigny to different locations in the Channel Islands and the UK.

 

Plans for next year’s road show will also include a Tour de France, which will start with a special exhibition in the Bayeux Tapestry Museum where Alderney’s finale will take pride of place next to the world famous 70 metre long ancient masterpiece, to mark its end.

 

LLOYDS TSB STAFF MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN HERM

 

A COMBINATION of Lloyds TSB staff and sunshine has helped Herm with some of its preparations for Britain in Bloom’s Champion of Champions competition.

 

In recognition of its consistently high standards in the overall Britain in Bloom competition, Herm has been nominated for the Champion of Champions category along with four other communities across the British Isles.

 

The island’s gardening team, headed up by Brett Moore, has been busy preparing for the arrival of the judges later this summer and their efforts have been boosted by more than 30 pairs of hands from Lloyds TSB in Guernsey and Jersey. The company’s ‘Day to Make a Difference’ saw them undertake a range of activities and Aurigny was able to play its part in bring staff together.

 

Islands director for Lloyds TSB, Tim Cooke added: ‘It was a fantastic day and our teams worked really hard to finish all the tasks which had been given to them. I’m sure their efforts will help Herm in its bid to be named Champion of Champions.

 

‘Our thanks must go to everyone in Herm, especially hard gardener Brett Moore and his team as well as to Aurigny and Travel Trident for their help with the travel arrangements.’

   

AURIGNY PLAYS ITS PART IT CUB SCOUT FUN TRIP

 

‘EPIC!’ one word Guernsey Cub Scouts have used to describe their week-long adventure in London during the May half term.

 

Thirty-four young people supported by nine adult leaders travelled with Aurigny to Gatwick and then onto Gilwell Park, the home of UK scouting, to join with 1,200 Cubs from around the UK for an action-packed week.

 

The wide range of activities offered during Cubjam helped the Cub Scouts to learn new skills, try new experiences and make new friends. The location also meant it was a great way for parents to give their children a bit of freedom to gain their independence in a safe environment.

 

A firm favourite was the day out in central London where the Cubs visited a 4D cinema before a trip on the London Eye. Travelling by boat to Greenwich they visited the National Maritime Museum.

 

Noah, 10, thought Gilwell was a great place to camp: ‘I really enjoyed the “It's a Knockout” competition where we played team games on massive inflatables.’

 

Guernsey Cub Scouts are already planning for Cubjam 2016. 

 

May/June 2013

FAREWELL MALCOLM

 

Malcolm Hart, Aurigny’s CEO since 2000 has decided to step away from his involvement in the airline to pursue other interests.

Jon Moulton, chairman of the Aurigny Group says:

 

‘Malcolm has been with us during a very challenging time for Aurigny and his experience, wisdom and hard work have been instrumental in our continued success in what is a very competitive market for all airlines.

 

‘Malcolm will be very much missed by all at Aurigny and we wish him all the very best in future.’

 

Malcolm said of his departure:

 

‘I have hugely enjoyed my 13 years leading the Aurigny Group, but it is time for me to move on. It has been an honour for me to lead such a terrific and dedicated team of people as we have tried to give the Bailiwick of Guernsey an airline it could be proud of. My sincerest thanks go to them and to our loyal customers and I wish the Group’s businesses all the very best for the future”

 

  NEW INTERIM CEO APPOINTED

 

Mark Darby has been appointed as Aurigny’s interim CEO. A non-executive director on the Aurigny Group board, Mark is an expert in airline business recovery and transformation, specialising in regional airlines. He has over 30 years' airline and air transport industry experience, having worked in many operational environments worldwide and was CEO of Baboo, the Swiss regional airline and LIAT in the Caribbean.

 

Mark says he looks forward to his new role:

 

“Aurigny is a fantastic airline with talented, hard-working staff and it has really made its mark on the local community. There are some significant challenges ahead as we look to replace some of our older aircraft in the fleet and bring the airline back into profit. My job will be as a steady pair of hands and I am looking forward to spending more time here and visiting the other islands.’

 

You can find out more about Mark in this edition’s Meet The Crew.

     

RED NOSE JOEY

 

Aurigny staff were busy in March raising money for Comic Relief with £380 being raised to date. Red Nose Day Joey badges are still on sale with some being posted out to Seattle!! Staff also donated home-made cakes and there was a special raffle to win 8 pairs of seats on a Joey flight.

 

The airline also donated a raffle prize bundle for the Storm Force 'Baby Boot Camp' Red Nose Day at the ICC which included a Joey sweater, polo shirt & a full set of Joey books. They also gave a bag of Red Nose Day Joey badges which around 30 children got to take home with their certificates. The afternoon was spent enjoying hula-hoop competitions, fancy dress relay races and many other activities. A raffle was held afterwards with tea & refreshments and the total sum raised was £267.00.

   

NEW LOW GUERNSEY- GATWICK FARE

 

Aurigny has introduced a special low fare on its Guernsey to Gatwick 'red-eye' service. Starting at £25 per person (one way) passengers will also get a free filled croissant and, if they are a member of the airline's frequent flyer scheme, will get double reward points.

 

"We think this is a great deal.” says Aurigny commercial director, Malcolm Coupar.

 

"Our red-eye service has always been extremely popular especially among our many business travellers on weekdays. We are running this promotion across the weekend too which is great news for families who collect frequent flyer points."

   

APPRENTICES GET THEIR WINGS

 

Well done to Anglo Normandy staff Ben Paice & Christian Hainsworth who have received their apprenticeship certificates. Both are now qualified aircraft technicians after completing a City & Guilds engineering competences course,

as well as in-house and ‘on the job’ training.

Malcolm Hart the former CEO of Aurigny who handed the boys their certificates said:

 

“Aurigny is very proud of these two young men. It is vital to us that we cultivate staff from the island and we are committed to getting new blood into the industry especially as older people retire or move on. We expect great things from them.”

 

Paul Bougourd, Anglo Normandy’s Technical Services Engineer says:

‘The boys have shown real commitment in completing their four-year course. They are currently studying for their engineering licenses to add to the 12 existing licensed engineers at Anglo Normandy whose role it is to perform maintenance on our fleet.’

March/April 2013

AURIGNY NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

Aurigny has been shortlisted in the ATC Global Excellence Awards 2013, in association with Air Traffic Management Magazine.

Following on from the airline’s gold award from the European Regions Airline Association for its pioneering use of EGNOS technology the initiative continues to attract attention and plaudits.

The states-owned airline has led the way in the testing and application of a satellite landing system from the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service and has had the technology installed in the airline’s Trislander fleet.

David Rice, Aurigny’s flight operations director, says he is delighted that the airline’s contribution has been recognised.

 

‘ We tested the system for 12 months before introducing it on an operational level during 2012. We would like to thank Air Traffic Control in Guernsey for their continuing cooperation and support.

 

The winners will be announced at the Excellence Awards Ceremony, at the Grand Elicium Ballroom in Amsterdam on 12th March 2013

December 2011
UK Public Sector Strike on 30 November 2011
UK Border Agency (UKBA) staff may be involved in the public sector strike on Wednesday 30th November 2011, which may create long delays at passport control for passengers arriving on other carrier’s international services at the UK airports served by Aurigny.

We will be operating our normal schedule and do not anticipate being delayed.

In order to help passengers who are delayed on inbound connecting services, Aurigny will enable passengers who miss their Aurigny flights to move to the next available flight at no cost.

Any passengers affected should contact our handling agents on arrival and they will advise you on procedures.

November 2011

Guernsey Airport Closures 2012

Following the announcement by PSD relating to Airport closures, Aurigny will start contacting affected passengers today.

‘We have around 250 passengers who have booked flights on the dates of the closures in March and May and will be contacting them individually to arrange alternative travel dates or refunds. We have also blocked any further bookings for those dates and the ones in November and December on our website’, said Aurigny Commercial Director, Malcolm Coupar.

‘We had hoped that on some of the dates we would be allowed to operate Trislander services from Guernsey, which would have enabled us to offer services to the UK via Alderney (Southampton) and from Jersey to specially planned Aurigny services to Gatwick and Manchester. We have now been informed that this will not be the case, so all Guernsey services will, with regret, be cancelled’.

‘We will still be operating services between Alderney and Southampton , and will increase services on these dates if demand warrants it. We will also continue to operate flights between Jersey and Stansted.’

Passengers with any questions are advised to contact Aurigny Reservations on 01481 822886 or email; res@aurigny.com

The closure dates are as follows:

Tuesday 20 March + Wednesday 21 March 2012

Tuesday 08 May + Wednesday 09 May 2012

Tuesday 27 November + Wednesday 28 November 2012

Tuesday 04 December + Wednesday 05 December 2012

October 2011

Aurigny Appoints Three New Non-Exec Directors To The Board

Gavin St Pier, Michael Richards and Mark Darby have been appointed to the Aurigny board.

Chairman of the board, Paul Fairclough, welcomed Mr St Pier, Mr Darby and Mr Richards and also thanked outgoing non-executive director, John Stares, for his valuable contributions to the business.

‘Over the years we have been incredibly lucky to attract the services of leading businessmen like John and now Gavin, Mark and Michael have come on board to help build on what is a well-respected local company. The airline business is multi-faceted and at the mercy of so many factors from oil prices to the weather and even Icelandic volcanoes, but the principles behind good management do not change, which is why we are here more than 40 years on with the support of our board,’ said Mr Fairclough.

Mr St Pier, who is a chartered accountant (FCA), has been a partner with two Big Four firms, KPMG and Deloitte, before becoming deputy chief executive of Walbrook Group following a management buyout. He has experience of holding both executive and non-executive positions. Mr St. Pier said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to join such an iconic brand which plays such an important role in so many islanders’ lives, not least in preserving the islands’ lifeline links.’

Mr Richards, FCA, is an experienced director in both executive and non-executive roles in fully listed PLCs and private companies. He also has 10 years’ energy sector executive experience having been initially finance director and subsequently chief executive for the International Energy Group Limited (IEG), which owned and operated fully-integrated gas companies in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man installed, owned and operated natural gas mains in the UK and large LPG metered estates in Portugal . Since his retirement from IEG, Mr Richards has maintained links with the company acting as a management consultant.

Mr Darby has 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry and is currently chief executive of Flybaboo (Baboo), a regional airline based in Geneva that is undergoing major restructuring. Prior to this role, he was chief executive of Caribbean airline, LIAT. Having started his career as an aircraft engineer, Mr Darby moved on to aviation management consultancy holding senior positions with a number of leading consultancy firms specialising in airline and air transportation.

August 2011
Clive Appointed as New Aurigny Sales Manager

Aurigny has announced Clive Acton as the airline’s new sales manager in the Bailiwick. The 44-year-old Guernseyman took up his post in May and is responsible for developing ongoing working relationships within the trade industry and the corporate market.

‘My 25-year experience in sales and marketing working for a number of large international and local travel brands will be invaluable as I continue to raise the profile of Aurigny’s services and values in the UK, Jersey, Bailiwick and French markets.

‘Aurigny has an excellent reputation in the islands for customer service. The challenge is how we keep these standards as high as possible but still remain competitive.’

Clive recognises that the airline’s Business Plus and Frequent Flyer programmes will be important factors in its commercial development:

‘Having easy to use systems that take the stress out of travelling is important, which is what Business Plus and trade partners do, and companies recognise that. People also appreciate being rewarded for their loyalty and want to be able to trust that their airline has a clear pricing strategy and is doing as much as it can to get you home despite operational challenges.

‘The last few years have been difficult for airlines with increased security checks, rising costs at Gatwick, spiralling oil prices and ash clouds but I am delighted to be part of an organisation that is supplying a genuinely respected and relevant service to the people of the Bailiwick’.

New IT Manager Takes on Role at Aurigny

Mike Reeves has been appointed as Aurigny’s new IT manager.

In his new role, Mike is responsible for all IT services, including internal systems and training, and technical liaison with suppliers of the Aurigny website and reservations systems.

‘I started out as a police cadet, but switched to an IT career and I’ve been doing that ever since. I've worked for the Dairy briefly, HSSD for 11 years, and Guernsey Post for the last 10 years before landing at Aurigny in May 2011,’ he explained.

‘I have a lot to learn about the airline industry, it is worlds apart from delivering post, but it is very interesting. Airplanes appeal to both the technician and the kid in me, and I am keen to settle in and do my bit to keep Aurigny on top in the islands.’

But he admits that the airline industry in general faces many obstacles.

‘At the moment, and looking ahead, surviving in an era of fluctuating worldwide economy and increasing fuel costs are going to be the biggest challenges.’

Mike, 42, grew up in Guernsey and his hobbies are kayaking and photography.

‘I'm part of the Crimestoppers round-island kayaking challenge, which, weather permitting, will take place in September. The aim is to circumnavigate Guernsey in 8 hours 55 minutes 11 seconds, a time based on the Crimestoppers number.’

Aurigny Passenger Numbers Up By 16%

Aurigny’s passenger numbers have risen by 16% in the first six months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. 222,715 passengers used Aurigny services between January and June 2011 representing a growth of 16% (31,443 passengers) compared to 2010.

‘The biggest monthly increase was in April when we carried 12,106 extra passengers,’ says Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s commercial director.

‘This reflected a poor April in 2010 when the ash cloud airspace closures impacted on the passenger figures of many airlines. If we were to discount the growth in April, our passenger figures would still be up by 10% and we are obviously delighted to have achieved this.

‘While we have seen growth across most of our network, the lion’s share has come on our Gatwick services as a result of the increase in our daily frequency to six flights on week days. This has proven extremely popular and has resulted in Gatwick passenger numbers increasing by 29% (20,921 passengers), or 19% (14,192 passengers) if April is ignored.

‘We are now firmly in the lead in the London market having had more than 50% market share in every month of the year so far. This is a trend we want to continue and we look forward to seeing the figures for the second half of the year.’

July 2011

More People Support States Ownership of "Value For Money" Aurigny

Support for the States of Guernsey ownership of Aurigny has grown according to a new survey. The Airline Benchmark Survey, carried out by Island Analysis, shows that there is a 3% rise in support compared to a similar survey in 2008.

83% of respondents were of the view that it was "very important" or "important" for the airline to be owned by the government compared to 80% two years ago.

Malcom Hart, Aurigny's Managing Director, believes that more an more people understand the importance of protecting the "life-line" London Gatwick slots: "The potential take-over of Aurigny by Blue Islands last year focused many people's minds on how these links can be secured permanently. If anything good came out of the process it was to re-emphasise that the only way these slots can be protected for the good of the whole communtiy is through States ownership of Aurigny".

The number of respondents who thought Aurigny offered "Value for money" also grew from 40% in 2008 to 44% in 2010. Other areas covered in the survey include ticket prices and in-flight service. 34% of people polled considered Aurigny's ticket prices to be "good" or "very good" and 68% of respondents were of the opinion that their in-flight service was "good" or "very good" (up from 62% on 2008).

"Data of this kind is invaluabel to airlines as it helps us deliver the best possible service", continues Mr Hart.

"This survey shows our efforts are appreciated and I would like to thank all Aruigny staff for all their hard work in achieving these impressive figures".

May 2011
Special Fares to Southampton to "escape" Alderney Week

Alderney residents wishing to take a break from the island during Alderney Week can take advantage of a special deal offered by Aurigny. The airline is making 185 seats to Southampton available between 29 July - 1 August returning between 5 – 8 August at £73 return inclusive of taxes, charges and debit card fees.

Aurigny Commercial Director Malcolm Coupar says:

‘This is an important time for the island’s visitor economy and a very busy period for Aurigny. We operate many extra flights to and from Southampton to bring people to the festivities, and this traditionally generates many empty seats going in the opposite direction.
‘For some islanders this is the perfect time to get away and visit friends and relatives and we have looked to make as many seats as possible available at the special price. The service to Southampton is a life-line route and we are keen to give Alderney residents as much value as we can.

Tickets are available exclusively on Aurigny.com from 26th May 2011 by entering the promotion code “escape”.

Bookings are subject to availability and must be made by the 15th of July 2011.

October 2010
JOEY heads to Germany to get parts for an ATR aircraft.

JOEY, Aurigny’s famous trislander, made a special journey to Germany recently to deliver ATR parts for repairs on behalf of Anglo Normandy.

In what was an unusual trip for the 16-seater plane, normally associated with inter-island flights, Joey flew the 450 miles to Moenchengladbach, near Dusseldorf, via Le Touquet, France, for a fuel stop.

“Due to the length of the flight and that Joey has never flown that far, we used two pilots - Captains Steve Clarke and David Writer. We also sent along an engineer from Anglo Normandy because we have a requirement for oil checks after every five hours flying,” said Aurigny managing director Malcolm Hart.

“The flight from Guernsey was three hours 40 minutes, with 30 minute stop in Le Touquet for fuel. Due to following winds the crew were able to fly back in two hours 45 minutes. The pilots adding that they very much enjoyed this change in routine.”

On arrival in Germany, staff at Rheinland Air Service were quick to photograph Joey and have a good look around the aircraft.

“It is great to think that our little yellow plane has been seen across Europe proving that its is more than capable of taking on bigger jobs when required,” added Mr Hart.

Thursday 05 March 2009
Licence granted to operate new East Midlands services

The Commerce and Employment Department has awarded the licence to fly the Guernsey - East Midlands Airport route to Aurigny, which will begin services on 1st May.

'It's great news to be given the green light to operate this new route,' said Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny's Commercial Director. 'It opens up a major part of the UK, with big population centres such as Leicester, Nottingham and Derby all within easy reach of the airport. There are also lots of visitor attractions in the east midlands. This new service is a really convenient way of getting to places such as Alton Towers, Stratford-Upon-Avon or Castle Donington for example.'

'We're taking bookings already and are looking forward to flying Islanders across to that part of the UK and of course we're equally keen to be bringing visitors from a new departure point into Guernsey,' he said.

Aurigny will operate the route as a daily service, departing Guernsey at 13.45 Monday to Saturday and at 15.30 on Sundays. Flight time is one hour and fifteen minutes.

Friday 27 February 2009
New daily service from Jersey to London Stansted

A new service from Jersey to Stansted Airport is being launched on 1 May. The daily flights with Aurigny are expected to be extremely popular with local travelers seeking to visit London, connect with low cost airlines and also with British tourists wishing to holiday in Jersey.

Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny's Commercial Director said: "We are extremely pleased to be extending our scheduled services to Stansted from Jersey having already had great success with our flights from Guernsey.

"In addition to being another route into London, Stansted is a hub for low cost airlines for onward journeys and is close to Cambridgeshire and Suffolk".

Aurigny has just celebrated 40 years of service to the Channel Islands and was recently voted as third best short haul airline in a 2008 survey with the consumer magazine Which? The airline has also just introduced a new scheduled service from Guernsey to East Midlands.

"We believe that being able to fly to Stansted direct from Jersey will prove to be popular with islanders and will also be a boost for the island's tourism,"

"Stansted is a very handy destination for business travelers to London with excellent regular connections into the city centre. For leisure travelers, the airport is also close to shopping centres such as Lakeside in Essex and The Harlequin in Watford."

Flights will be operating daily leaving Jersey at 1535 arriving at Stansted at 1650. The return will depart Stansted the following day at 1305 arriving in Jersey at 1505. The Sunday flights will leave Jersey at 1425 arriving in Stansted at 1540. The return will depart Stansted at 12.40 arriving in the island at 1355.

Wednesday 18 February 2009
Fifth daily London Gatwick flight introduced

Aurigny will be adding an additional scheduled daily service to London Gatwick starting on 1 May. The flight will leave Guernsey at 8.55am and will arrive in Gatwick at 9.55am. The return is scheduled to leave the UK at 10.25am and will land in the island at 11.30am.

'These extra flights are all about giving more choice to both the business traveler and the holiday maker,' says Aurigny commercial director, Malcolm Coupar.
'The modern business traveler, whether flying to the UK or to Guernsey, needs to spend his day in a time-efficient manner. We hope that this service adds flexibility to their working day. Travelers with a lunchtime meeting in London will no longer have to fly out at 7am and wait around for their appointment. They will be able to travel at 8.55am and use their time more effectively. We also believe that holiday makers will benefit as it will give them an extra option when connecting to further destinations and returning home.'

The extra Gatwick slot is being made known in the same week that Aurigny has announced that they will be launching a new route to East Midlands Airport starting in May 1st.

'Aurigny has seen its share of the Gatwick market increase to 41% since starting the route in 2003, and in the last two years further progress has been constrained by lack of capacity,' says Mr Coupar 'When the States of Guernsey agreed to purchase the airline in 2003 the key motivation was the safe-guarding of life-line routes to destinations such as Gatwick. Aurigny is extremely proud to have protected the four daily slots and is now in a position to add extra value with the introduction of this fifth slot.

'With the removal of the BAe 146 jet from the route by our competitors, our excellent punctuality record, the forthcoming introduction of a new booking system for businesses and the imminent arrival of our new ATR aircraft, we are hopeful that more and more passengers will choose Aurigny.'

Friday 13 February 2009
New service from Guernsey to East Midlands Airport

Aurigny is launching a new route to East Midlands Airport starting in May.The daily service which begins on Friday 1 May is expected to be extremely popular with sports fans as well as families visiting friends and relations.

We are committed to giving Channel Islanders the best service we can and we know that many people will have friends and family in this region of the UK," says Aurigny Managing Director, Malcolm Hart.

"East Midlands is a great area to fly to because within a 90 minute radius of the airport there are tremendous opportunities for visitors. The Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area is a wonderful part of England to visit if you wish to watch sport. Leicester Tigers are a very popular club with strong Guernsey connections and Trent Bridge and Castle Donington are close too if you want to experience top-class cricket or motor sport.

"We expect that a lot of families will take advantage of this new route and spend a day or so at Alton Towers with its world famous theme park, water park and spas. For the more culturally-minded Stratford-upon-Avon is also a short journey away and some of the most picturesque walks in Britain are in the Derbyshire Peak District. We also hope that this new route will strengthen connections for business men and women who need to travel to this part of the country."

"East midlands is also an excellent hub for islanders traveling to various parts of the world such as Egypt, the USA, the Balearics, the Canaries, Italy, Spain and Turkey. We are delighted to be able to give our passengers more choice when deciding how to connect for that all-important holiday".

The daily service will depart Guernsey at 13.45, arriving at EMA at 15.00, while the return journey will leave the UK at 15.30 and lands in the island at 16.45.

Sunday 24 June 2007

Aurigny launches a new reservations system with accompanying website and
e-ticketing facility. The system has been jointly developed with
www.bravo.aero of Thailand.

Thursday 21 June 2007

Aurigny gets permission from its sole shareholder, the States of Guernsey, to get a private loan to purchase two new ATR 72-500 aircraft. Managing director Malcolm Hart said the aircraft would be a great boost to the airlines long-term profitability, reliability and quality of passenger service. No taxpayers funds are to be used for this acquisition.

Sunday 5 June 2007

The Aurigny Alderney Golf Open has another successful year with about 100 competitors from around the UK taking part. The airline has sponsored 11 of the previous 15 competitions.

Monday 25 April 2007

Trislander pilot Ray Bowyer and several passengers spot two brilliant yellow, disc-shaped, unidentified flying objects measuring up to a mile across near Alderney. Another commercial pilot 15 nautical miles south also saw the objects and an official report was filed. The story hit the headlines of all the national newspapers and Capt. Bowyer was interviewed on CNN and Channel 4s Richard and Judy Show.

Monday 19 March 2007
Aurigny experiences website problems

THE booking system on Aurignys website was down for nearly 40 hours between Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. Passengers wishing to make online bookings were unable to do so. Were sorry for the inconvenience caused, said commercial director Malcolm Coupar. But thankfully the website is now fully operational so our customers can start booking with us again. The website was down between 325pm on Thursday and 639am on Saturday. The problem started because Barclays Business Services were unable to process credit card payments over the web and, as such, was completely out of our control.

Wednesday 21 February 2007
Aurigny confirms that Bristol is safe

AURIGNY managing director Malcolm Hart has confirmed that sufficient measures have been taken to ensure that we can continue to operate safely into Bristol Airport. Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury, raised concerns about the safety of the runway after an Easyjet aircraft delayed landing in wet weather conditions on Monday evening.
But managing director said that Aurigny is constantly monitoring the situation at Bristol Airport and he is satisfied that it is safe to continue operations there. As soon as we experienced problems at Bristol Airport in January, we reduced our crosswind limit to 15 knots from 25 knots when landing in wet conditions at Bristol International Airport. This has been done as a precaution and is in line with other airlines that operate out of Bristol.
The airport keeps us informed of conditions on the ground at all times so that we can take these into account when deciding whether to land. If there were high crosswinds and heavy rain then our pilots would follow standard safety procedures and either wait for the conditions to improve or divert. The decision lies ultimately with the pilot. Mr Hart added that resurfacing work is currently being done at Bristol Airport and the Civil Aviation Authority is monitoring the situation.
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For more information contact Malcolm Hart Tel. 01481-266444.

Wednesday 31 January 2007
Aurigny phones 8,000 passengers hit by Air Passenger Duty
AURIGNY has been telephoning the 8,000 passengers who will have to pay Gordon Browns inconvenient and hasty rise in Air Passenger Duty.
All passengers who made bookings on Aurignys Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol and Manchester services before the Chancellor's untimely announcement have been affected. The airline has already described the sky-high taxes as rash and ill-thought out. Mr Browns decision put us and our passengers in an unnecessarily awkward and difficult position particularly as were not in a position to absorb the costs, said commercial director Malcolm Coupar. But given the pride we take in our service and the loyalty our customers have shown, the least we could do was contact them in person. About 8,000 passengers were affected. Aurigny had previously described the Chancellors controversial move as unpaid tax collection for Gordon Brown. Mr Coupar added that the UK governments plans had pushed the proportion of tax paid on a ticket to unprecedented levels.
Its just another tax that will make little difference to the environment given that the governments own advisers say that air travel accounts for only 3% of carbon emissions. If the government had thought this through they would have concentrated their efforts on tackling the real causes of climate change: road transport and power generation.
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For more information contact Malcolm Hart Tel. 01481-266444.
Thursday 18 January 2006
One Million Passengers Fly Between Alderney and Southampton

AURIGNY has flown its one-millionth passenger between Alderney and Southampton. The Channel Island airline first started the link between Alderney and mainland UK in 1970 and the connection has proved a lifeline service throughout its 36-year history.

Aurignys longest-serving employee Maurice Wyatt, 54, joined Southampton Airport officials to meet the one-millionth passenger, Margaret Storer. Mr. Wyatt had coincidentally presented an award to another fortunate customer back in 1975 when the airline celebrated the millionth passenger to travel across Aurignys entire network.

Mrs. Storer and her husband David, both from Warwickshire, were given two free flights on the Alderney-Southampton route and a picnic hamper. They were delighted with the presents and said that the tickets were ideal as they are planning to move to Alderney. It was a wonderful greeting and one that came as a total surprise, said Mrs. Storer. The flights will definitely come in most handy as we love Alderney and are planning to move here later this year.

Aurigny managing director Malcolm Hart said the airline was justifiably proud of its ongoing commitment to the island. People in Alderney are not just dependent on the Southampton service for big city shopping and connections to other airports. They rely on them for business, specialist medical treatment, hospital visits and for students to go to and from college and university, he said.

He added that the link also meant that visitors have been able to take full advantage of Alderneys attractions.

Richard Cox, longtime Daily Telegraph travel writer and the Alderney States member responsible for tourism saw one million passengers over 36 years as a proud achievement for Aurigny. The little yellow planes have become a potent symbol of Alderney as a holiday destination for two generations, he said, adding that he first brought his children there for beach holidays in the mid 1970s, Now their friends' children come as regularly as they all did and my grandchildren soon will. Aurigny has also seen Southampton airport develop almost beyond imagining, from the old buildings and free parking in a muddy field to the present modern terminal. But the service provided by the airline has been unchangingly friendly and helpful not least on occasions when there has been atrocious weather at Christmas but the Trislanders made it. Nor is it any denigration of other airlines to say this, since they in their turn will record triumphs in times to come. But by anyone's standards the millionth passenger travelling on this route today is a noteworthy event.

Wednesday 23 November 2005
Alderney Homecoming

ALDERNEYS wartime evacuees will be enjoying a celebratory party for the 60th anniversary of their return home thanks to sponsorship from Aurigny.

The Channel Island airline has offered to pay for the food for more than 100 returnees who are marking the day that the first civilians set foot on Alderneys shores after the island was transformed into the Westernmost edge of Hitlers defences.

Sponsorship is also being provided by the States of Alderney.

The event is being organised by the Homecoming Committee and is taking place on Thursday 15 December.Alderney-born committee member Pat Forey, who was evacuated with her family to Glasgow, said she was delighted with Aurignys sponsorship.

This is an occasion that celebrates a key moment in Alderneys history, she said.

And it is particularly important for everyone in Alderney to honour Homecoming Day and the families who worked hard to rebuild the island after the turmoil of the Second World War.

The 60th anniversary party will be a fantastic evening of entertainment and its a great chance for people to get together and share their memories.Aurigny has shown real loyalty to the island in pledging its support.

Aurigny managing director Malcolm Hart said he was delighted to sponsor the Homecoming Committees efforts in celebrating Alderneys history.

This is an occasion that really means a lot to people in Alderney and its particularly important that we pay our respects to those people whose lives were disrupted by the ravages of war.Those who returned in and after 1945 made the island what it is today the products of which include the birth and growth of Aurigny.

For this reason, we are committed to the island and Im both proud and delighted to support the Homecoming celebrations.

Wednesday 23 November 2005
Fuel Price Statement

Malcolm Coupar, commercial director for Aurigny, said that the fuel surcharge would remain in place for now.

While the cost of oil has dropped lately, fuel prices still remain considerably higher than they were when we put together our budget.They are also well above the levels they were when we originally introduced a fuel surcharge back in the summer.

To compensate, this fuel surcharge will remain in place for the time being.We are continually monitoring the situation as its very much in our interests to give passengers the best deal we can.

He added that the most recent figures inLondon showed that Brent crude had risen $1.07 to $56.41 a figure much higher than was ever predicted by the aviation industry.

Its a move thats very much in line with steps by other airlines.Its regrettable but unavoidable.

22nd August 2005
Aurigny Staff Are Praised For Bad Weather Efforts

EXTRA Aurigny staff members were called in to help ensure passengers reached their destinations when fog hit Guernsey on Monday.

Managing director Malcolm Hart regretted the inconvenience caused to customers but praised the efforts of his employees in making sure the airlines 1,150 passengers to and from the UK could fly.

The fog was so thick that visibility was down to less than 100 metres and the first flights back to the airport didnt arrive until lunchtime, he said.

Im nevertheless very proud of my staff for keeping Aurignys services going when others simply cancelled their flights.

The poor weather meant that flights for all carriers were grounded throughout Monday morning.Tim Lillington, senior met. officer at GuernseyAirport, described the conditions as pea-souper.

These are not unusual weather conditions for this time of year but when we do get them it does disrupt flights, he said.

24th August 2005
New Cabin Crew Members Take to the Skies

AURIGNY passengers are being greeted by three new faces as the companys latest recruits to the ATR cabin crew take to the skies.

For Julia Brown, Lynsey Ibister and Claudia Teixeira, their successful completion of a four-week intensive training course marks a dream come true.

Ive always loved flying ever since I was small, its always really interested me, said Ms Teixeira, who used to work as a waitress.

Because Im Portuguese and English is not my mother tongue, the training was quite a challenge.But I really enjoyed the course and passing means I can now talk with Aurignys Portuguese passengers in their own language.

All three believe their new occupation gives them a much bigger sense of fulfilment that before.

I love it.I like meeting new people and, although its really hard work, I always enjoy it, said Ms Brown.

Theres a real sense of camaraderie.Previous jobs didnt give me that sense of teamwork with this you form strong bonds with your colleagues.

Ms Ibister was particularly impressed by the training, having come out of it with First Aid and hospitality skills as well as the ability to deal with emergencies.

Some people think youre just there to serve drinks but theres so much to this, she said.

The course was hard work and intensive but you come out of it with so much.

Aurigny managing director Malcolm Hart was delighted to bring the three women into the team.

Theyve all shown great personality and strength of character throughout the course.Im really pleased that theyre joining us, he said.

4th August 2005
Response to Island Fm inquiry about prices, taxes and charges

AURIGNY has added a temporary 3 fuel surcharge on each flight between Guernsey and the UK following record highs in world oil prices.A temporary surcharge of 1 will also be applied each way on the airlines inter-island services.The move is in line with steps by other airlines that have done the same after world oil prices rose 55% during the first quarter of this year compared with same quarter in 2004.Flybe, for example, announced two months ago that it was adding a separate fuel surcharge.

Aurigny has also changed its pricing structure on its website to align itself with its competitors.Insurance charges have been taken out of fares and put under the Aurigny website heading of tax, fees and charges.The 32.30 charge on a round trip to Gatwick is now the same as Flybes.This change in how we present fares as well as tax, fees and charges has no affect on Aurignys overall ticket prices.

Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny Commercial Director

14 June 2005
AURIGNY RECORDS RISE IN PUNCTUALITY

Guernseys own airline has recorded a fifteen percent rise in its punctuality figures, compared to last year.

Over 90 percent of all Aurigny flights departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled time of departure during May (see note 1), compared to 75 percent during the same month in 2004. Mr Malcolm Hart, the airlines Managing Director, welcomed the news: These two figures are significant, as they highlight the transformation that has taken place since last autumns root and branch review. Compared to a year ago, this is a leaner, more focused and altogether more effective airline and it shows.

Mr Hart highlighted the fact that improved punctuality had been achieved at the same time that airlines were learning to work within the new terminal: As Guernseys own airline, Aurigny has operated twice as many local flights over this bedding in period as both our competitors put together, which makes this achievement all the more pleasing.

Mr Hart said that good time keeping is a key issue in the Bailiwick: The islands ggeographical position makes our network more susceptible than most to weather disruption. Delays are frustrating for travellers, which is why we have made timekeeping one of our key issues. Weve put a lot of work into it this year and those efforts are now showing through in these punctuality figures, which speak for themselves. Were very pleased.

Mr Hart said that there was no one reason for the improvement in performance: You cant put this down to any single factor. A sustained improvement on this scale involves just about every department in the airline. Its both an individual and a team effort and every member of Aurigny and Anglo Normandy has a right to feel very proud.

Aurigny also announced its best ever set of timekeeping figures for London Gatwick earlier this year, with over 98 percent of flights arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

17 June 2005
VOTE FOR AURIGNY
Guernseys own airline is inviting passengers to nominate outstanding cabin staff.

Aurigny passengers can now let the airline know when their cabin crew provides excellent service. Ms Clare Cooper, Aurignys Cabin Crew Manager, explained: Theres no doubt that the standard of cabin service is an important factor in passengers overall levels of satisfaction. Were always pushing hard to improve our service standards, so we decided to give cabin crew an extra incentive. She added: As cabin staff, we aim to make your flight as comfortable and enjoyable as possible so, for us, nothing is more rewarding than getting positive feedback from satisfied passengers.

Aurigny passengers can send in their nominations by post or e-mail. Managing Director Mr Malcolm Hart said that the airline is focusing on service: I think most islanders are aware that weve worked really hard to boost our punctuality figures over the past year. What were doing now is starting to extend those quality standards into our customer service. Giving cabin crew the opportunity to earn recognition from passengers is a great incentive and all part of an increased customer service awareness. He added: Were also currently working towards introducing a major new customer service training regime across other areas of the airline.

Passengers who feel that their cabin crew has provided particularly good service should send their nominations to Ms Clare Cooper, Flight Operations Centre, Airport Complex, Rue des Landes, Forest GY8 0DD or e-mail clarecooper@aurigny.com

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