Caterham Jet, the carrier being spearheaded by AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes, will be run by Peter Leiman, the man behind the European air taxi operator, Blink. The full exclusive story by Leithen Francis is on our AWIN premium site (here).
Peter Leiman is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of Blink as he is now in Kuala Lumpur, working with Fernandes to get the new venture off the ground, Leithen reports. It is not the Blink model, though, just being copied. The Asian venture will start with ten Bombardier CRJ200s, already apparently secured and being retrofitted in Canada. The plan is apparently to serve destinations in Southeast Asia including Singapore and Bangkok from KL’s Subang airport.
Scheduled passenger services on aircraft the size of an A320 are barred at Subang due to residential concerns about noise, so they plan to get around the tight restrictions by using smaller jets and classify Caterham as a business aviation operation.
The 32-year old entrepreneur and Harvard MBA has been quoted as describing his U.K.-based operation, which launched in 2008, as “the easyJet of business travel.” If plans go as expected, Leiman, with Fernandes as his PR front man, could well replicate his high frequency taxi service in Southeast Asia.