Waves (airline)

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IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations5 November 2017
Ceased operationsSeptember 2018
Operating basesGuernsey Airport
Fleet size1
HeadquartersGuernsey, Channel Islands
Key peopleNick Magliocchetti (founder)

Waves was an airline based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and a subsidiary of Waves Technologies Limited, a privately owned company. It planned to operate from its hub at Guernsey Airport to up to 15 regional airports in and around the Channel Islands. Waves also planned to undertake cargo and medevac activities, on demand.


Waves was founded by Nick Magliocchetti in 2016 to establish an on-demand service in-line with similar private-hire taxi services as well as timetabled services.[1]

On 22 September 2017, Waves received its air operator certificate (AOC) from 2-REG, the civil aviation authority of Guernsey.[2] Commercial service between Guernsey and Jersey began on 5 November 2017[3] and by 9 November, the airline had operated 100 flights.[4] Waves made its first flight into Alderney on 14 November, and promised commercial service from the island, beginning later in 2017.[5] Flights to the UK are planned to start in 2018, as well as services to regional French airports.[citation needed]

Due a lawsuit by competitor Blue Islands against the States of Guernsey's Transport Licensing Authority (TLA), Waves was forced in January 2018 to temporarily change its business model, to have customers hire the entire aircraft, instead of booking individual seats.[6][7] In March 2018, the TLA issued Waves with route licences for Jersey and Alderney, allowing it to sell individual seats once again.[8]

In June 2018 the company announced it was suspending all flights due to a maintenance issue. It was subsequently placed into liquidation in September 2018.[9]


Waves served the following destinations:[10] [citation needed]

Channel Islands


Waves operated one Cessna 208B Grand Caravan on a dry lease which has since been put up for sale by its owners.[11]


  1. ^ "Uber style air taxi to start this year". ITV News. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Airline granted licence to operate air taxi service". 24 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Waves". www.facebook.com.
  4. ^ "Waves". www.facebook.com.
  5. ^ "Waves". www.facebook.com.
  6. ^ "Business model had to change to be lawful". guernseypress.com. 4 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Airline Waves stops selling single seats". guernseypress.com. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  8. ^ Mann, Nick (23 March 2018). "Waves gets route licenses for Jersey and Alderney". guernseypress.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Waves buckles under debt pressure". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ "About us". Archived from the original on 24 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Waves plane up for sale, but still no word on future". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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