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10 August, 2006 - 09:13 By Staff Reporter

Las Vegas and Boston favourites for new Stansted link

MAXjet Airways, the dedicated transatlantic business class airline, has said it expects to take on two new aircraft early next year in readiness for the launch of a new US route from London Stansted.Demonstrating an appeal in both the leisure and business markets for “affordable” business travel, the front-runners so far are Las Vegas and Life Sciences hothouse, Boston, Massachusetts. Los Angeles and San Francisco are also up for consideration.

The agreement in principle is for two 767s, which would expand MAXjet’s total fleet to five. One would service the new scheduled route while the second would back it up and serve as a luxury charter plane.

Gary Rogliano, MAXjet’s chief executive, said: “For new scheduled service markets, we are seriously looking at London to Boston and Las Vegas, as well as exploring several other major US destinations such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.”

MAXjet says it needs to increase both frequency and the number of routes if it is to meet the growing demand for transatlantic traffic.

The airline experienced load factors of over 70 per cent in both June and July on its route between New York and London Stansted. On the London to Washington base route launched this April, MAXjet reported a 60 per cent average July load factor.

MAXjet’s luxury charter operations also continue to grow with the acquisition of its third aircraft which is expected to enter service in September. The charter transports groups to various destinations throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the US. MAXjet has a strong customer base which includes corporations, government entities, and professional sports teams.

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