Air Corsica

Air Corsica was created in January 1989 by the Corsican Regional Authority in order to improve airline services in Corsica and since the first flight in June 1990 over twenty six million passengers have been carried. With 48% of annual traffic (ref . Corsican Regional Chamber of Commerce), Air Corsica has become the Island’s leading air carrier with 1 742 705 passengers transported a year (April 1st 2016 – March 31st 2017)
As a concrete illustration of a successful policy of decentralisation, Air Corsica, an autonomous airline, actively participates in the economic, tourist and social development of Corsica notably by creating employment in a highly qualified sector of activity. Its 675 staff members contribute to provide a reliable and efficient service via a program of over 20 000 flights scheduled per year.

Operating a fleet of 11 aircraft (five A320 and six ATR 72), our network is composed of two sectors :
• Public service flight itineraries
Between Corsica (Bastia, Ajaccio, Calvi and Figari) and Paris Orly, Marseille and Nice
• Non-Public service flight itineraries
Annual, seasonal or punctual connections on domestic and international routes.

1989 : Our story begins
The Regional Assembly of Corsica adopts the plan to create the “Compagnie Corse Méditerrannée” (CCM) Airline
presented by Mr Philippe Ceccaldi, Territorial Councillor, President of the Regional Transport Office.
The company’s creation was based on several objectives :
• To enable Corsica to have control of its means of air transport notably by providing a public service of quality,
• To increase the frequency and reliability of rotations “coast to coast” (connections between the 4 Corsican airports
and Marseille/Nice),
• To contribute to the economic and social development of the Island of Corsica.
1993 : The airline obtains PART 145 Approval, so allowing it to undertake maintenance on its own aircraft.
1995 : The company is allocated its first European public tender.
1996 : Acquisition of the first jet turbo-engine aircraft to join its fleet, the Fokker 100, to ensure connections
with Paris.
2002 : The airline starts its first connections between the Airport of Figari SudCorse and Lyon.
2003 : Air Corsica reaches the mark of 10 million people carried, that is, 1 million passengers every year.
2004 : On the occasion of its 15th anniversary, the Airbus 320 joins the fleet for the routes Ajaccio-Paris and
Bastia-Paris.
2005 : A renewal of the fleet of ATR 72 is initiated with the delivery of the first ART 72 500. The first company
website , www.ccm-airlines.com , goes on line.
2008 : The productivity of the airline is intensified by the acquisition of two new Airbus 320 and the inauguration
of the connection Bastia-Lyon.
2009 : The Supervisory Council validates the launching of the new company trademark; the CCM becomes Air
Corsica.
2012 : The company adopts the Moor’s Head, flag of Corsica, as company emblem.
Two new Airbus 320 replace the last A 319. The fleet expands with the acquisition of a fifth Airbus 320.
2013 : Air Corsica positions itself on year long connections with Toulouse and reinforces its seasonal routes to
the main French provincial cities.
2014 : Air Corsica launches its “Winter Getaways”, punctual flights to European cities: London, Seville, Vienna,
Prague, Madrid, Venice, Naples…
2015 : For the new European tender, the public service “coast to coast “ routes are awarded to Air Corsica while
the routes between Corsica and Paris are attributed to the group AirFrance-Air Corsica for the period 2016-2020.
2016 : Opening of year round routes between Ajaccio, Bastia and Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle.
2017 : Opening of international seasonal round routes between Ajaccio, Bastia and Bruxelles Sud Charleroi.
Plan to open of year within 2019.
Opening of season routes between Ajaccio, Bastia and Bordeaux.

Air Corsica is strongly attached to its regional identity. Accordingly, it is upon these close bonds with the region and the wealth of Corsican heritage that the company has partly based its positioning and branding strategy.

THE LANGUAGE
The focal point of Corsica identity is undoubtedly its language. The Corsican language is today recognized as
a means of communication on the Internet available on Google translation and the social network Facebook.
As such, the airline’s aim is clearly to “carry the language of Corsica”. Moreover, Corsican is present in the day to day life of the company; among the staff and with the passengers thanks to an ambitious language
training program.

OUR AIRCRAFT NAMES
It is with the names of the most renowned tourist sites of Corsica, emblematic of the Island and highly popular with visitors, that the planes of our company have all been baptized.

THE MOOR’S HEAD
The moor’s Head, historical symbol of the Corsican flag, is present in all the communication media and documents of Air Corsica : company logo, empennage of all the planes, institutional notices, posters,
advertisements, derived products…The Moor’s Head was originally an Aragonese symbol adopted by Corsica in the XIIth century. It is indeed one of the oldest emblems in Europe!

POLICY OF PARTENERSHIPS
It is from the initial mission, as defined by the Corsican Regional Authority and main shareholder of the company, that the justification of Air Corsica’s policy of partnership and sponsoring is derived: putting this regional tool forward to serve the economic, social and cultural development of the Island of Corsica in terms
of reciprocal interests.This policy of partnership concerns the airline’s vocation to assist in the promotion of
the destination’s attractiveness via the logistical support that it can provide to local associations subject to problems of transport.

REFRESHMENTS-SNACKS
Our airline offers refreshments on all of its flights, composed of Corsican mineral water and biscuits produced on the Island of Beauty. The dry biscuits called “canistrelli” are made by the traditional producers of the region.

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