Dutchbird was founded to compete with Martinair and Transavia, the first being 50% owned by KLM while the latter fully owned by the Royal Dutch Airlines. Behind the initiative was Touroperator Sudtours.
Boeing 757 with registration D-ABND (later reregistered PH-DBH) arrived at Amsterdam-Schiphol on 16nov00 and performed Dutchbird's first revenue flight (LPA DBR322/3) on 22nov00
During 2002 it was announced that for the 2003 season 2 Airbus A320s, on lease from from Bayerische Landesbank, would join the fleet. Rumours about A330(s) raised their heads too, but these never came (instead the 757s were used on long haul flights).
V Bird started operations from Niederrhein IAP (Germany) and on startup operated on the Aircraft Operator's Certificate (AOC) of Dutchbird for a while, until its own AOC was issued. V Bird folded in Oct.2004
HollandExel (ExelAviation Group - EAG) took over Dutchbird (5D/Amsterdam) on 25Nov04 and Dutchbird was to be merged with HollandExel Airlines. Days later the takeover was cancelled, amidst allegations that a Director (H.Prins) of the HollandExel Group, responsible for the takeover, had been involved in illegal business (money laundering). EAG refused to commit, stated Prins took over Dutchbird, not EAG. Again days later the takeover was confirmed again, this time by Mr Harm Prins himself, apparently in a personal capacity.
During Dec.2004 both A320s were removed from the fleet due disagreement with the leasing company, the Bayerische Landes Bank (BLB). Operations continued with the Boeing 757s.
On 31Dec04 Dutchbird went into a state similar to "Chapter 11" in the US. Earlier, but Dutchbird had to cease all flying operations as the Boeing 757s had been claimed by the leasing company too. Previous months the company had a status that it had to pay cash on all services (e.g. landing fees, handling, fuel). When Touroperator Sudtours (the original initiator of Dutchbird), decided to book its passengers with Transavia, it was over and done with.
The Courts in Amsterdam declared on 27Jan05 the bankruptcy of Dutchbird.
|Registration||Aircraft Type||Construction number|
|PH-DBA||Boeing 757-230||24747 / 275|
|PH-DBB||Boeing 757-230||24738 / 274|
|PH-DBH||Boeing 757-230||24748 / 285|
Source: JP Airline Fleets 2004
Thomas Jaeger Newsletter
www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl (in Dutch)
Defunct Airlines on JustPlanes.com