Darwin Airline, Belle Air Europe and Belle Air announced (18-Oct-2012) the signing of a framework agreement which will see the airlines collaborate over three years. The partnership is aimed at "constructing a network where the companies will be involved together in developing new routes, sharing their respective aircraft fleets and creating cost and revenue synergies". The agreement will allow the airlines to strengthen their presence in France, Italy, Spain, Southeastern Europe and Switzerland. The agreement includes wet and dry leasing of the airlines' aircraft, codesharing on strategic routes, ticketing services, and "development of new synergies in order to reduce costs, increase business efficiency and improve passengers’ travel experience". [more - original PR]
Darwin Airline: "Especially now in these extremely difficult times for the whole aviation industry, I believe that regional carriers should strengthen their position and take advantage of this kind of alliance. This agreement is a first step towards a new business model for Darwin Airline, which aims at becoming a strategic partner for the alliances between regional airlines. Moreover, our clients will take advantage from an extensive and improved service, in line with Darwin brand’s values", Maurizio Merlo, CEO. Source: Company statement, 18-Oct-2012.
Belle Air: "The regional integration and the optimisation of resources will create the space for new opportunities, not only for the airlines but also for our markets, and new possibilities for our passengers", Arbi Xhelo, CEO. Source: Company statement, 18-Oct-2012.