by Mihaela Moise, Crew Resource Specialist
Cyprus Airways is a trademark of the emerging Cyprus airline. In July, Charlie Airlines, co-owned by the Russian S7 Group, won a tender competition for the right to use the trademark Cyprus Airways for ten years for the sum of 2.04 million euros.
The airline closed on 9 January 2015 following a ruling by the European Commission that state aid paid to the company by the Government of Cyprus was illegal and had to be returned by the company. This effectively bankrupted Cyprus Airways. The logo and name are owned by the Republic of Cyprus and in July 2016, the Cypriot government announced that the Cypriot start-up carrier Charlie Airlines was the winning bidder in a competition carried out by the finance ministry about the usage of the Cyprus Airways Brand. Charlie Airlines has been built by a consortium of Cypriot investors and Russia’s S7 Airlines. S7 is currently Russia’s largest domestic carrier. S7 CEO Vladislav Filev said that the Charlie name was inspired by the nickname handed to expatriated Cypriots that had left the island. S7 will provide two A319-100 aircraft to start operations to destinations in the UK, Greece, and Russia.
However, good news are coming in! Currently, the company received an air operator certificate and will begin selling tickets. Hopefully, this means new job opportunities for the ones in love with the aviation field! For more details, follow them on https://www.cyprusairways.com/