Jul 09, 2013 News
Fly Guyana says it is on board for the long term and it is committed to providing exceptional service to its Guyanese passengers come October, when it is scheduled to start services here.
The airline’s representative, Harry Chowbey, restated his determination yesterday as he sought to correct misconceptions about allegations of fraud and embezzlement made against him by a California firm in 2005.
Chowbey expressed shock over the July 5 Kaieteur News article, “Raised eyebrows over Fly Guyana rep,” stating that it was, “at the least disingenuous.” He said that the civil law suit which involved the Victorville Aerospace was withdrawn as quickly as it was filed.
Chowbey said that the matter with the foreign aviation company “was a business transaction that was not contracted and went by the way side. There were no charges filed by the city, county or state.” He added that there had been no trial and no conviction. The online article referenced is an opinion with reference ‘Arbitration’.
As it relates to his professional background, Chowbey described it as “flawless,” He stated that a comparison between himself and airline operators in and out of Guyana is “unparallel.” Chowbey said he has 30 years of aviation experience under his belt. That is with the United States Air Force, Continental /United Airlines, Delta Airlines; two of the largest airlines in the world and one of the most profitable.
Chowbey said, “Fly Guyana Airlines is here for the long term and will provide exceptional service for our passengers to and from Guyana. Customer Service, Operational Performance, Product and Pricing will be the best Guyana and the Caribbean has ever experienced.”
Victorville Aerospace (VAL) had however accused Chowbey of fraud (intentional misrepresentation); conversion, breach of written contract, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, negligent interference with prospective economic advantage and breach of fiduciary duty.
They said that Chowbey, who was at the time associated with Leading Edge, a company that paints commercial aircraft, presented a written commitment to provide $1.5 million in operating capital to VAL.
He was thus made president of VAL, but when the commitment could not be fulfilled, they sought other investors. An investor willing to buy 50.2 percent of the business at $2.5 million was located, but VAL maintains that Chowbey convinced the investor to terminate the agreement. He was then accused of causing harm to the aviation company, hence the allegations.
Chowbey was said to have filed a cross-complaint against VAL and three of its members.
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