Airline Startup Of The Week: Guyana’s Air Demerara

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Airline Startup Of The Week: Guyana’s Air Demerara

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Airline Startup Of The Week: Guyana’s Air Demerara
March 1, 2020
Chris Loh

Last week we learned about a new airline coming to the South American nation of Guyana. The name of the airline will be Air Demerara but aside from a logo and vague destinations, we don’t have too many solid details for the new startup. The airline plans to operate in 2021 out of two of Guyana’s international airports.

What we know so far

According to the airline’s website (which currently does poorly with SEO), operations will begin in 2021. The airline will operate out of two airports: Eugene F. Correia International Airport amd Cheddi Jagan International Airport, formerly known as Timehri International Airport. Cheddi Jagan has the title of Guyana’s national airport.

The airline’s website also states that it will offer direct, non-stop service to North America, The Caribbean, and Brazil. However, no specific cities have yet to appear.

While the airline does not specify what type of aircraft it will fly, it does say that they will be fuel-efficient aircraft with ‘state-of-the-art technology’. It also mentions a partnership with Airbus:

“Air Demerara is partnering with Airbus to give current and future generations in Guyana and surrounding nations the ability to gain the knowledge necessary for success in the aviation industry by creating a flight training and engineering academy.”

Corporate social responsibility

Air Demerara has many lofty claims on its website with regards to corporate social responsibility. In fact, it says that it is partnering with the Government of Guyana and the Ministry of Forestry to dedicate a percentage ticket sales to Guyana’s forest conservation efforts.

Furthermore, the airline says it will be actively sponsoring and supporting events, individuals, and small companies within the country that “hold the same desire to better our communities”.

Finally, Air Demerara says that it will recruit local Guyanese to “give the best service imaginable with the highest pay scale, and best job environment possible”. There will also be a profit sharing program in place for employees.

Positive response on social media

There has been some fairly positive response on the airline’s Facebook page.

Several commenters, almost certainly Guyanese, have commented on the high cost of airfare in the region. Here are some sample comments:

“Do something for us guyanese….fr Trinidad to Guyana…CARRIBBEAN AIRLINES too expensive.”

“Long overdue. Badly needed especially with the horrific prices that LIAT AND CARIBBEAN AIRLINES charge.”

“Please connect us to Brazil…I am sick of years of flying those tiny planes, expensive, scary and the companies (Transguyana and Air Services) weigh even your soul.”


Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Airlines features most prominently as an airline disliked by those commenting on the Facebook page. As for other airlines based in Guyana, there is only one: Transguyana. This small airline only operates a handful of tiny turboprop aircraft.

Conclusion

If the airline’s information is accurate, then we would assess that it will use aircraft from the A320 family. However, with the lengthy backlog at Airbus for these narrowbody jets, it’s highly likely that the airline will be leasing instead. Alternatively, it could buy used aircraft, but then its claims of fuel-efficiency and use of state-of-the-art technology would be in question.

With a claim of a US$500 million investment in its operations, the airline’s fleet and CSR claims are slightly worrisome. Combining this with claims of offering “the highest quality” and we worry about how sustainable and profitable this airline will be.

Despite all of the above worries, we wish Air Demerara all the best as they spend the rest of this year preparing to launch operations in 2021!

Given the turbulent nature of the aviation sector, will this airline find success in its early years? Let us know in the comments.

Simple Flying made attempts to contact Air Demerara for additional information – primarily with regards to fleet composition. We’ve also contacted Airbus for any information they may have on a training partnership with the airline. However, no response has been received at the time of publishing this article. We’ll update this post if any new information is received.

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BWAHAHAHA

Good luck, buddy!

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In Guyana, stating in public that they need US$500 million to start is like stating in public that they plan to steal US$499.999 million of the investors' money before it goes bankrupt and then turn right at Lagos. My project has all kinds of financial buffers built in, and even buying the aircraft I only need just over US$200 million.

But oil money is in the air, and certain kinds of people change their spots when they smell that.

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True is correct

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https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news ... 021-launch

Guyana's Air Demerara eyes 2021 launch
28.02.2020

Air Demerara (Georgetown Cheddi Jagan) is planning to launch in 2021 operating international flights from Georgetown Cheddi Jagan and Georgetown Ogle using various Airbus aircraft, Chief Executive Zain Tulsie Issurdutt told the Guyana Chronicle.

The start-up plans to serve the Caribbean, North America, and Brazil but did not name any specific routes. It did not reveal any further plans but said it had already met with the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and received assurances that the regulator would support its launch.

The airline's president is Tulsie Ram Issurdutt, father of the CEO, who was the founder of Tristar Airlines (T3, Las Vegas McCarran) in 1994.

Air Demerara plans to hire around 500 staff and will seek employees predominantly on the domestic market. It will also offer shares to employees and citizens of Guyana.

The South American country's only known scheduled carrier is understood to be Trans Guyana Airways (TGY, Georgetown Ogle), which operates two Beech 1900Ds, as well as Cessna (single turboprop) 208B Grand Caravan and BN-2 aircraft. Privately-owned Guyana Airways (Georgetown Cheddi Jagan) has been trying to launch since 2016.

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Word is the same people ran Tristar Airlines in the US for 18 months, and went bust in January 1997.

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A 43 second romp around Wikipedia is all you needed

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Tomas Chlumecky ("Aviation Doctor")
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11 March, 2020

Rubbish! $500 million? 500 employees ? in Guyana ? An FAA Category 2 state ? And their only experience was 18 months running a BAe146 operation in Las Vegas - into bankruptcy in January 1997 ??

Some people just can't even BS properly !! You want to know something 'real', not many go over the top ! $500 million ? Seriously ? Where will you find 4% of that in Guyana ? You won't.

Just BS !

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