Clarification of current status
August 3, 2007 Christchurch, New Zealand: The Kiwijet Airline Company Limited would like to set the record straight and clarify our current status. A statement from Patrick L Weil, Chief Executive Officer:
“I am extremely pleased with the progress of Kiwijet and the continuing public and media interest in our project. However, we are only in the development stages at this time. It is premature for us to have discussions with government and airport authorities until we have completed the capitalization process and key staff placements within the company.
I can report that we have come a long way in a short time in developing New Zealand’s first all jet regional airline. Our capital placement is first and foremost; without that we can’t move forward. I am happy to report that we are within 45 days of the required financing to launch Kiwijet with a fleet of seven EMBRAER Regional jets. At the same time we are keeping a keen eye on the rapidly changing economic landscape and currency markets as it relates to the US Dollar and other currencies in the region. We feel that these market fluctuations should not affect or compromise our intended target funding of sixty five million US Dollars.
We are now reviewing CV’s and beginning the interview process for placement of key staff members. These positions will include as follows: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Director of Flight Operations, Director of Maintenance and Engineering, Director of People, Director of Technical Publications, Director of Procurement, Director of Marketing, Director of Airports and Facilities, Director of Inflight Services, Director of Passenger Services, Director of Training, Director of Safety and Chief Pilot.
Once we have selected these key personnel, they will be tasked with moving the plan forward on a much larger scale and communicating with their counter parts in government agencies as well as vendors and the media.
I would like to ask members of the media and government in particular to not speculate in the public forum until our key personnel have been hired, trained and properly briefed to perform their duties as a professional airline is required to.
Our recent press release was issued to provide an overview of the revised plans of the company and introduce the public to the EMBRAER 145 LR Regional jet as well as our planned product offerings and target cities. We make no claims that any agreements have been reached as of this date with regard to airports, government or vendors.
It is also important to point out that Kiwijet is not seeking or soliciting any incentives for the selection of routes or cities. The cities that we plan to serve all have demonstrated strong sector growth and will support our business model. We have excluded operating into Rotorua and Queenstown to avoid competing with Qantas Jetconnect or Jetstar on domestic New Zealand Services. Service between Christchurch and Auckland and return is directly related to aircraft positioning purposes only and just a limited number of seats will be available between CHC/AKL and AKL/CHC on any given day.
I realize that these are exciting times and New Zealanders can’t wait to get their Kiwijet. We just need to catch our breath as our story unfolds and not jump ahead of ourselves.
Building an airline from the ground up is an enormous task and I reckon it to a giant jigsaw puzzle with all the pieces being the same colour”.
Please be patient as this is a monumental task and we want to get it right from the start.
We look forward to introducing the company and its team members to the public in November with media events in Christchurch and Auckland outlining our plans and a flight demonstration of the EMBRAER 145 LR for members of the media.
Patrick Liam Weil
Chief Executive Officer
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