Waves (airline)

Last updated
Waves (Airline) logo.png
Commenced operations5 November 2017
Ceased operationsSeptember 2018
Operating bases Guernsey Airport
Fleet size1
Headquarters Guernsey, Channel Islands
Key peopleNick Magliocchetti (founder)
Website flywaves.gg

Waves was an airline based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands and a subsidiary of Waves Technologies Limited, a privately owned company. It planned to operate from its hub at Guernsey Airport to up to 15 regional airports in and around the Channel Islands. Waves also planned to undertake cargo and medevac activities, on demand. [1]

Airline company that provides air transport services for traveling passengers and freight

An airline is a company that provides air transport services for traveling passengers and freight. Airlines utilize aircraft to supply these services, and may form partnerships or alliances with other airlines for codeshare agreements. Generally, airline companies are recognized with an air operating certificate or license issued by a governmental aviation body.

Guernsey island in the bailiwick of Guernsey

Guernsey is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy. It lies roughly north of Saint-Malo and to the west of Jersey and the Cotentin Peninsula. With several smaller nearby islands, it forms a jurisdiction within the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency. The jurisdiction is made up of ten parishes on the island of Guernsey, three other inhabited islands, and many small islets and rocks.

Channel Islands Archipelago in the English Channel

The Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. They include two Crown dependencies: the Bailiwick of Jersey, which is the largest of the islands; and the Bailiwick of Guernsey, consisting of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and some smaller islands. They are considered the remnants of the Duchy of Normandy and, although they are not part of the United Kingdom, the UK is responsible for the defence and international relations of the islands. The Crown dependencies are not members of the Commonwealth of Nations nor of the European Union. They have a total population of about 164,541, and the bailiwicks' capitals, Saint Helier and Saint Peter Port, have populations of 33,500 and 18,207, respectively.



Waves was founded by Nick Magliocchetti in 2016 to establish an on-demand service in-line with similar private-hire taxi services [1] as well as timetabled services. [2]

On 22 September 2017, Waves received its air operator certificate (AOC) from 2-REG, the national aviation authority of Guernsey. [3] Commercial service between Guernsey and Jersey began on 5 November 2017 [4] and by 9 November, the airline had operated 100 flights. [5] Waves made its first flight into Alderney on 14 November, and promised commercial service from the island, beginning later in 2017. [6] Flights to the UK are planned to start in 2018, as well as services to regional French airports.[ citation needed ]

A national aviation authority (NAA) or civil aviation authority is a government statutory authority in each country that maintains an aircraft register and oversees the approval and regulation of civil aviation.

Guernsey Airport airport on the island of Guernsey

Guernsey Airport is an international airport on the island of Guernsey and also largest airport in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It is located in the Forest, a parish in Guernsey, 2.5 nautical miles southwest of St. Peter Port and features mostly flights to Great Britain and some other European destinations.

Jersey Airport airport in Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

Jersey Airport is an international airport located in the parish of Saint Peter, 4 NM west northwest of Saint Helier in Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

Due a lawsuit by competitor Blue Islands against the States of Guernsey's Transport Licensing Authority (TLA), Waves was forced in January 2018 to temporarily change its business model, to have customers hire the entire aircraft, instead of booking individual seats. [7] [8] In March 2018, the TLA issued Waves with route licences for Jersey and Alderney, allowing it to sell individual seats once again. [9]

Blue Islands airline of the Channel Islands

Blue Islands Limited is an airline of the Channel Islands. Its head office is in Le Bourg, Forest, Guernsey, and its registered office is in Saint Anne, Alderney. It operates scheduled services from and within the Channel Islands to the United Kingdom and Europe. Its main bases of operation are Guernsey Airport and Jersey Airport.

States of Guernsey parliament of the British Crown dependency of Guernsey

The States of Guernsey is the parliament of the British Crown dependency of Guernsey. Some laws and ordinances approved by the States of Guernsey also apply to Alderney and Sark as "Bailiwick-wide legislation" with the consent of the governments of those islands. All enactments of the States of Guernsey apply to Herm as well as Guernsey, since Herm is wholly owned by the States of Guernsey.

Air charter commercial aviation activity involving the rent of entire aircraft, often on an ad-hoc basis

Air charter is the business of renting an entire aircraft as opposed to individual aircraft seats.

In June 2018 the company announced it was suspending all flights due to a maintenance issue. It was subsequently placed into liquidation in September 2018 [10] .


Waves served the following destinations: [11] [ citation needed ]

Channel Islands


Waves operated one Cessna 208B Grand Caravan on a dry lease which has since been put up for sale by its owners [12] .

  1. 1 2 "Forget taxis, now you can order a PLANE". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  2. "Uber style air taxi to start this year". ITV News. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  3. "Airline granted licence to operate air taxi service".
  4. "Waves". www.facebook.com.
  5. "Waves". www.facebook.com.
  6. "Waves". www.facebook.com.
  7. "Business model had to change to be lawful". guernseypress.com. 4 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  8. "Airline Waves stops selling single seats". guernseypress.com. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  9. Mann, Nick (23 March 2018). "Waves gets route licenses for Jersey and Alderney". guernseypress.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  10. Express, Bailiwick. "Waves buckles under debt pressure". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  11. Express, Bailiwick. "Waves plane up for sale, but still no word on future". Bailiwick Express. Retrieved 2018-10-04.

Related Research Articles

Alderney Channel Island, part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey

Alderney is the northernmost of the inhabited Channel Islands. It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency. It is 3 miles (5 km) long and 1 12 miles (2.4 km) wide. The area is 3 square miles (8 km2), making it the third-largest island of the Channel Islands, and the second largest in the Bailiwick. It is around 10 miles (15 km) from the west of La Hague on the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy, in France, 20 miles (30 km) from the north-east of Guernsey and 60 miles (100 km) from the south coast of Great Britain. It is the closest of the Channel Islands to the United Kingdom. It is separated from Cap de la Hague by the dangerous Alderney Race.

Flybe British airline

Flybe styled as flybe, is a British airline based in Exeter, England. Until its sale to Connect Airways, it was the largest independent regional airline in Europe. Flybe carries 8 million passengers a year between 81 airports across the UK and the rest of Europe, with over 210 routes across 15 countries. Its two hubs are Birmingham and Manchester airports but it also has a number of codeshares allowing connections to long-haul flights from airports such as London Heathrow, Paris CDG, Dublin and Amsterdam. The airline is a member of the European Regions Airline Association.

Bailiwick of Guernsey British Crown dependency consisting of several islands

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is one of three Crown dependencies.

JT Group Limited telecommunications company

JT Group Limited is the parent company of several subsidiaries including Jersey Telecom Limited and Wave Telecom Limited. Jersey Telecom is the former monopoly operator in the Bailiwick of Jersey. JT provides telecommunications, Internet access and other services, mostly within the Channel Islands.

Aurigny airline based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands

Aurigny Air Services Limited, commonly known as Aurigny, is the flag carrier airline of the Bailiwick of Guernsey with its head office next to Guernsey Airport in the Channel Islands, and wholly owned by the States of Guernsey since nationalisation in 2003. It operates passenger and freight services between the Channel Islands and the United Kingdom. Its main base is Guernsey Airport, with other aircraft and crew based at Alderney Airport. Aurigny is one of the longest serving regional airlines in the world, and is the second oldest established airline in Britain after Loganair. The origin of its name lies in the cognate across Norman languages for Alderney.

Channel Express airline

Channel Express Limited was an airline with its head office in Building 470 at Bournemouth International Airport in Christchurch, Dorset, near Bournemouth. It operated scheduled services from Bournemouth to the Channel Islands and nightly cargo services to Europe and throughout the UK on behalf of Royal Mail and other overnight express carriers. Short notice and ad hoc charters were also operated throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as wet-lease operations on behalf of major scheduled airlines. Its main base was Bournemouth International Airport (BOH).

Alderney Airport airport on the island of Alderney

Alderney Airport is the only airport on the island of Alderney. Built in 1935, Alderney Airport was the first airport in the Channel Islands. Located on the Blaye, it is the closest Channel Island airport to the south coast of England and the coast of France. Its facilities include a hangar, the Airport Fire Station and avgas refuelling. In 2014 the airport handled 61,317 passengers and 6,183 total movements, continuing the downturn in traffic noted in recent years.

Atlantic Express is an airline based at Exeter International Airport in the United Kingdom. It started operations in 2008 following the collapse in 2007 of the original airline which flew the route from Jersey Airport to London Stansted Airport. Services terminated on 15 January 2007. But services from Stansted to Jersey are going to restart in May 2009. The flights will be daily and operated with ATR 72 aircraft with airline, Aurigny.

Transport in Guernsey

Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. It is part of the Common Travel Area, allowing passport-free travel to and from the United Kingdom or Jersey. Travel to and from mainland Europe requires a passport or an EU national identity document. Non EU citizens may need a visa.

Jersey Airways airline

Jersey Airways was an airline that operated air services to and from the Channel Islands from 1933 until 1947, when it became part of British European Airways.

Politics of Alderney

Politics of Alderney takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic British Crown dependency, whereby the President of the States of Alderney is the head of government. Alderney is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey but is largely self-governing.

Jersey Airlines British airline

Jersey Airlines was an early post-World War II private, independent British airline formed in 1948. In 1952, the airline operated its first scheduled service. Four years later, British European Airways (BEA) took a 25% minority stake in Jersey Airlines and made it an "associate". In June 1958, a Jersey Airlines de Havilland Heron became the first commercial airliner to arrive at the newly reconstructed Gatwick Airport. In 1960, Jersey Airlines ordered four state-of-the-art Handley Page Dart Herald 200 series turboprops. By 1962, BEA had sold its 25% minority holding in Jersey Airlines. The same year, Jersey Airlines became part of the British United Airways (BUA) group of companies. In August 1963, Jersey Airlines changed its trading name to British United (C.I.) Airways. Following the BUA group's 1967/8 reorganisation, BUA (C.I.) was absorbed into British United Island Airways (BUIA) in November 1968.

Intra Airways

Intra Airways Limited was a private, British independent airline formed in 1969. Initially, it was a charter airline operating passenger and cargo charters from the Channel Islands to the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Scheduled services commenced in 1971, linking Jersey with Staverton. The airline also established an associated engineering company at Exeter Airport. In 1979, Intra Airways merged with Express Air Freight (C.I.) to form Jersey European Airways. The new entity was initially absorbed into Air Bridge Carriers (ABC), a Field Aviation/Hunting Group company. It subsequently left the Field Aviation/Hunting Group as a result of the demerger of Express Air Services, which had acquired Express Air Freight's cargo operation.

Law of Guernsey

The Law of Guernsey originates in Norman Customary Law, overlaid with principles taken from English common law and Equity, as well as from statute law enacted by the competent legislature(s) -- usually, but not always, the States of Guernsey

Air Alderney Limited is a proposed airline to serve the island of Alderney, part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The airline is based at the island's only airport, the States of Guernsey-operated Alderney Airport. Air Alderney was founded on 31 January 2017, and is scheduled to commence operations in September 2017. The company's logo displays a puffin, a wild bird found in the Channel Islands. The puffin will also be the theme of the airline's livery.