With the February Operational Update there is only one place to start.
Our merger with JGA now evolving into a division of Airwego called “Jersey” has been planned for several months.
There are many elements to the merger from reviewing the schedules, painting the aircraft and creating the relevant content for the website.
Tony (Operations Director) lead the schedules project ensuring they are flights are supported with flight-plans and FMC files for the aircraft with Andy (Technical Director) headed up the integration of Jersey into the website. Andy, who ran JGA, was also at the forefront of communicating with pilots transfering from JGA on key points relating to the merger
Approximately twenty pilots have joined Airwego with a “JSY “ prefix to their pilot ID bringing with them many thousand of hours of virtual flight deck experience. Additionally our new crew mates bring with them experience of flying “online” either just using our Teamspeak server of the services of VATSIM / IVAO. Welcome to you all.
Our Jersey division will operate from four new bases. Exeter (EGTE), London Gatwick (EGKK), Jersey (EGJJ ) and Palma (LEPA) using a fleet of Twin Otters, Dash 8-Q400’s, A319’s and B737-800’s. These aircraft carry the “Jersey - flying with Airwego” livery.
A base at Gatwick has enabled our long haul route network to expand using B787-800’s and B747-400ER’s which operate in the standard Airwego livery.
There are now over three hundred new routes available, too many to list, but to give a flavour you can now fly to Rennes, Luton, Samos. Denver and Marrakech. To browse the new schedules follow the “Bases & Routes” menu on the main page.
Our incoming crew members will also have a wider choice of flights being able to select from our Airwego, AirweCargo and AirweGOLD routes.
Should they fancy a flight in the Caribbean then browse of our San Juan schedules.
Want to haul some cargo? Look no further than East Midlands or Stansted (don’t forget our Round the World Trip) or why not book yourself on one of the AirweGOLD Tours?
As already stated all routes are supported with flight-plans and FMC files which are now available from the Downloads section of the Crew Centre. Updated aircraft packages which include the Jersey liveries are also available.
The aircraft have been repainted by Rob (Resources Manager) Pete (Human Resoruces) and Simon (AWG45). Many hours work goes into the repaints with further requests for the addition of small details frequently part of the process. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Rob Pete & Simon for their hard work on this project as without their talent, skill and experience this important part of the VA would be much weaker.
Dave Taylor (JSY027) and Pat Cole (JSY050) have joined our Staff Team. Dave takes on the role of Multiplayer Events Coordinator a position he held at JGA. Pat has stepped up to become our Media and Marketing Manager.
A series on online events has already been published (more on that later) by Dave selecting flights from our expanded schedules.
Pat has been quick off the mark and already issued our first Press Release which will appear on key hobby related websites over the next few days.
Further details on Dave & Pat can be found on the Staff page.
January was a busy month with over two hundred PIREPS landing on Pete’s (Human Resources) virtual desk. On arriving with Pete each PIREP is reviewed with the hours added to your virtual logbook with a check then made to see if the crew member has earned a promotion. If this is the case then a promotion certificate is issued.
We do have one promotion this month which is our very own Rob (Resources Manager). Rob will now proudly display his Captain’s stripe as he makes his way to the Flight Deck.
Excluding the transferred Jersey Crew seven new pilots joined our ranks last month. Pedro, Andrew, Daniel, John, Richard, George and Jack have all signed up to “fly the compass” with Pedro becoming our two hundredth recruit. We are waiting on a PIREP from Jack with all other recruits making their first flights - thank you!
Our Airbus fleet proved very popular in January...more than the B737 which usually occupies top spot!
Within our Crew Centre is a section called “Member Awards”. Awards are available for flying a set number of hours or completing a particular achievement. Please take a look and drop Pete (Human Resources) a email who will add the ward to your profile...as long as your have earned it of course!
You will have read a lot and seen details in the Crew Centre regarding “online events”. These events are a opportunity to fly a particular route with other crew members as a designated time.
The easiest way to become involved in one of our events is to download and install Teamspeak (TS) with full details on how to set this up available in the Crew Centre.
With TS installed you will be able to chat with other pilots on our “channel” as you setup and progress through your flight. There is no other requirement than that to participate in the events which typically take place on a Tuesday and Thursday evening.
The event calendar is available to view under the “Multiplayer / Online Activities” section of the Crew Room.
For those crew members perhaps wanting to explore the world of VATSIM or IVAO (online ATC) these events will place you in a environment where help is close at hand assuming you log onto TS at the same time where one of our team will be available to answer any queries you have during the event.
Attending an event is isn’t a requirement of flying with Airwego but we are keen to engage with as many of our crew as we can using TS so even if you are not intending to fly drop into the TS channel just to chat if you like?
If weekday evenings are not the best time for you to join one of the flights then please let one of the Staff Team know and we can look to schedule a event for a more suitable time.
Several years ago we ran a “Whisky Tour” of the distilleries of Scotland using a BN Islander. The tour proved quite popular and has recently been a topic of conversation within the forum.
Unfortunately the files supporting the tour have been lost and as we plan to offer the tour once again need to be recreated which we will be starting on very soon.
In addition to the Whisky Tour a VFR Tour of Sicily was also available using the BN Islander.
Both tours will become available again over the next few weeks.
Thank you for reading.
Enjoy your flights.