Posted 21, Nov 2014
After careful consideration and negotiation, Fly UK Virtual Airways is pleased to announce an historic codeshare agreement with MetroAir Virtual Airlines. This agreement which will commence on the 1st of December 2014 will give pilots of both Fly UK and Metro Air new routes and aircraft options in the partner airline's schedules.
Fly UK pilots will now have the opportunity to fly both the Airbus A319 and Dash-8 Q400 aircraft on selected routes within the United States. This not only opens up new aircraft options but also exciting new hubs and flying experience across the pond. In return, MetroAir pilots will have the ability to fly the Boeing 737-800, Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 747-400 out of our London Heathrow and Manchester hubs on selected routes. Pilots are not required to formally join the partner airline to enjoy the new codeshare flights; however we would encourage you to join our new partner airline and experience their full range of aircraft and routes available. The new codeshare flights will be duplicated in each other’s databases under new special codeshare flight numbers. You will find the new flights in our schedules on or after the 1st of December 2014. In addition the new aircraft models and liveries download will be made available to all pilots.
MetroAir Virtual Airlines (callsign: Metro [MET]) was founded in the fall of 2005 and began operations out of their Detroit, Michigan hub, with a hub in Ontario, California opening shortly after. MetroAir now operates hubs at Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Los Angeles Int’l (LAX), and Kansas City (MCI), with headquarters in Kansas City. Since its inception, MetroAir Virtual has been run on the concept of operating as a true airline would, allowing the pilots to grow with the airline. After nearly 10 years of operation, MetroAir Virtual operates a fleet of over 300 aircraft to destinations on five continents, giving pilots never ending opportunities.
Fly UK Virtual Airways currently operates flights to 15 destinations in the United States, while MetroAir Virtual services 3 UK destinations which include 29 weekly flights to London Heathrow.
Operationally, both airlines will expand their route networks through the codeshare agreement, allowing passengers to transit seamlessly across the world on both carriers. This new codeshare agreement will give Fly UK and MetroAir passengers greater access to destinations across Europe and the within the United States. The upcoming codeshare agreement will have a positive impact on Fly UK operations expanding our presence in the United States giving our customers more choice and better connections.
Peter Gill, CEO of Fly UK Virtual Airways said “ After considering many codeshare opportunities Fly UK Management are delighted to have finally found the right partner and we are certain the membership of both airlines will enjoy the benefits. The MetroAir Virtual operations are set up in an excellent fashion and their longevity in what is a difficult market go to show just what a good job they do, together we are looking forward to a long term relationship which will see both VA's go from strength to strength.”
MetroAir COO, William Hogarth, commented, ” The biggest benefits that our two airlines will gain from codesharing are the lucrative, but often competitive transatlantic routes. The codeshare will enable us both to strengthen our grip and allow both carriers to minimize empty seats yet maximize profitability and convenience. I am very much looking forward to seeing the new services begin and firmly feel that it will be another great chapter in both airlines’ history.”
Matt Calsada, CEO of MetroAir Virtual said, “We are extremely pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with Fly UK, a leader in the virtual aviation industry, to maximize passenger travel opportunities through the vast networks of both airlines. Dedication to excellence is very high on our priority list when considering a partnership of any kind. We are confident that we’ve found a perfect fit with Fly UK.”
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