City Star Airlines

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City Star Airlines
City star airlines logo.png
IATA
X9
ICAO
ISL
Callsign
ISLANDIA
Founded 2003
Hubs Aberdeen Airport
Fleet size 0
Destinations 7
Parent company Eignarhaldsfélagið City Star Airlines
Headquarters Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Website http://www.citystarairlines.com

City Star Airlines (CSA) was a ticket sales office based in Aberdeen, Scotland. It operated under the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) of Landsflug in Iceland. Its main service was scheduled services between energy industry centres in Scotland and Norway, as well as charter services. Its main base was Aberdeen Airport.[1]

In a press release on 30 January 2008, City Star Airlines announced that it was to immediately cease all operations until further notice.[2]

History[edit]

City Star Airlines started operations on 28 March 2005 with one aircraft flying between Aberdeen, Scotland (Aberdeen Airport) and Oslo (Oslo Gardermoen Airport) in cooperation with and on the AOC of domestic airline Landsflug in Iceland. CSA's owners acquired a controlling share in Landsflug in 2005[1] in order to acquire JAR-OPS 1 licensed operator for its operation.

CSA announced on 1 September 2007 that it's holding company had purchased Caledonian Airborne Engineering who provide engineering, maintenance and ground handling facilities at Aberdeen and Newcastle Airports. The purchase increased the companies employee base by an additional 60.[citation needed]

On December 22. 2007 CSA's holding company stated that it would form a new subsidiary, “City Star Executive” that would commence the first long haul, business class only flights from Aberdeen Airport to Houston, Texas starting in 2008.[3] Those statements were merely a dream as the aircraft (B757) planned to fly the route didn't have sufficient range and the flights never saw fruitition.

Destinations[edit]

City Star Airlines operated scheduled services to the following destinations [4]

Europe[edit]

Norway[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

The Netherlands[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As City Star Airlines wasn't a licensed airline it never had any aircraft registered. The aircraft it operated were dry leased from sister company (airline) Landsflug which fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of September 2007)

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • At 2100 BST on 22 June 2006, a City Star Airlines Dornier 328 (TF-CSB) operating a passenger flight from Stavanger, Norway, overshot the end of the runway at Aberdeen Airport by several hundred yards as it came in to land. None of the 16 passengers and 3 crew members on board were injured. The incident caused the airline to announce a suspension of all flight operations on 23 June 2006. However, the airline resumed services 2 days later.[citation needed]
  • UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch have recommended a safety audit of the airline after a serious incident in which a Dornier 328 crew flew close to cliffs and failed to respond correctly to terrain warnings on approach to Sumburgh Airport after a flight from Aberdeen. The aircraft landed safely. The captain involved was suspended and asked to resign after an investigation.[5]

The 32 seater aircraft were also used for private charters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 66. 
  2. ^ www.citystarairlines.com - Home
  3. ^ www.citystarairlines.com - NEWS RELEASE
  4. ^ Star website
  5. ^ Flight International 20–26 March 2007

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