|Founded||17 May 1981|
(as Corse Air International)
|Operating bases||Orly Airport|
|Company slogan||Ouvrons d'autres horizons|
(Open new horizons)
|Key people||Pascal de Izaguirre|
Corsair International, legally Corsair S.A., is a French airline headquartered in Rungis and based at Paris-Orly Airport. It is a subsidiary of German investor Intro Aviation (53%) and the TUI Group (27%). It operates scheduled long-haul services to nine leisure destinations in the French overseas territories, Africa and North America as well as charter flights to further destinations.
The airline was established in 1981 and started operations on 17 May 1981 as Corse Air International. It was founded by the Corsican Rossi family; in 1990 it was acquired by Nouvelles Frontières, a French tour operator, and the name was changed to "Corsair". Worldwide traffic rights were obtained in 1991. In 2000 TUI AG, one of the world's leading tour-operator groups, took over Nouvelles Frontières.
In 2004, Corsair aircraft were repainted with the colours of TUI, blue fuselage with the TUI-logo, like its sister airlines. At the end of 2005 the TUI Group, decided to rename all its affiliated airlines TUIfly. As an interim step Corsair aircraft were repainted with Corsairfly markings, although all airlines in the group were expected to have adopted the common TUIfly brand by 2008.
In 2008, the airline announced its intention to expand its medium-haul network to the Mediterranean and its long-haul network to Canada and the United States (where it regularly flew in the 1990s), including the establishment of codeshare agreements with Air Canada. The first destination in this expansion was Miami in June 2010, but the rest of the plan was later abandoned due to a change in the airline's strategy.
On 27 May 2010, Corsairfly announced its "Takeoff 2012" modernisation plan, including a reduction of workforce by 25%, the replacement of three Boeing 747-400 aircraft by two Airbus A330-300 aircraft from TUI Group, the refurbishment of all aircraft cabins, leaving the charter flights market, and the termination of routes to Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Québec City, Moncton and Israel. As of October 2010, the plan was pending union approval.
On 22 March 2012, the airline announced it would change its name to Corsair International and unveiled a new corporate image corresponding to planned operational changes.
In 2015, Corsair's owner, German tourism company TUI Group, tried to sell the loss-making airline. Despite take-over negotiations with Air Caraïbes, the potential buyer declined after advanced talks due to ongoing opposition from Corsair's staff unions regarding the proposed future developments and cost reductions. Also in 2015, TUI Group announced that all TUI companies and airlines except Corsair were to use the TUI name.
In late 2018, it has been reported that the TUI Group restarted talks to sell the loss-making airline. It is expected to be sold to German investment corporation Intro, which used to own several other airlines in the past, by the end of the year.
On 31 May 2018, a Corsair shareholder announced that Corsair International will retire its three remaining Boeing 747-400s by September 2021 as part of fleet renewal and replacement plans. It is currently unknown what aircraft Corsair will officially choose to replace the Boeing 747-400s but the airline is considering using the Airbus A330-900neo or Airbus A350-1000 aircraft as replacements.
In March 2019, TUI announced that it has agreed to sell 53% of Corsair to a German airline investor Intro Aviation for an undisclosed sum. TUI will retain 27% of the airline, while employees will hold the remaining 20%.
The Corsair International fleet consists of the following aircraft as of April 2019:
|Airbus A330-900neo||—||3||TBA||Replacing Boeing 747-400.|
|Boeing 747-400||3||—||36||497||533||All to be retired by 2021.|
To be replaced by Airbus A330-900neo.
The current mixed fleet will be transitioned to an all-A330 fleet, expected to comprise 13 aircraft by 2023.
Corsair previously operated the following jet aircraft types:
|Boeing 747-100||1991||1998||Boeing 747-300|
|Boeing 747-200||1992||1997||Boeing 747-300|
|Boeing 747-300||1995||2007||Boeing 747-400|
|Boeing 747SP||1994||1996||Boeing 747-400|
|McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30||1995||1996||Boeing 747-400|
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