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28 June, 2006 - 17:19 By Staff Reporter

Airline taking it to the Max with more jets

MAXjet Airways, the airline industry’s first low-fare, all-business-class transatlantic airline, is expanding fast from Stansted Airport.

It has expanded its fleet and flagged up the advent of new routes from Stansted to the States.MAXjet Airways, the airline industry’s first low-fare, all-business-class transatlantic airline, is expanding fast from Stansted Airport.

It has expanded its fleet and flagged up the advent of new routes from Stansted to the States.

MAXjet has just taken delivery of its third aircraft, which will allow increased frequencies on existing routes as well as development of new services.

In May, the airline carried approximately 3,950 passengers from Stansted to New York, reaching an average load factor of 72 per cent.

Recent CAA statistics confirm that 5,500 people travelled between Stansted and JFK in May. MAXjet carried over 70 per cent of this traffic and expects strong performance to continue this summer.

With almost $100 million in financing to date, confidence high and loads strong, the airline is currently negotiating for its fourth and fifth aircraft.

Gary Rogliano, MAXjet CEO said: "With the delivery of our fourth aircraft this year, we are planning to add a new London to US route, which will be announced in the near future."

In addition to the scheduled routes, MAXjet’s VIP charter business continues to grow.

The airline’s unique intercontinental, widebody charters offer the luxurious amenities of its scheduled service on private trips for sports teams, major corporations, government entities and high-end travel groups.

In addition, the company has signed over 30 sales contracts with reputable UK and US institutions. In both the scheduled and charter passenger business customer satisfaction is continually monitored and the comfort, service and crew consistently rate highly; 98 per cent of passengers said they would recommend MAXjet to others.

The London-Washington D.C. route, which began on April 5, has been successful. In May, MAXjet carried approximately 1,600 passengers between Stansted and Washington.

Due to increasing demand, MAXjet will increase its Washington service to five weekly flights with the addition of a Thursday departure from June 29.

MAXjet is currently negotiating packaged fares that will allow simultaneous booking of air and hotel rooms.

It is offering an autumn fare sale of only £699 roundtrip from Stansted to either New York or Washington for travel between September 15 and November 10. Reservations must be booked by July 14.

n Stansted is to get its first daily service to Chambery when flyglobespan begin flying to the increasingly popular winter sports destination in December.

And prices will start from only £29.99 per sector including taxes, as the web-based airline bids to add to the success of the daily routes it already has out of Stansted.

Flyglobespan currently offers Tenerife and Athens daily from Stansted and sees the launch of this new ski route as an important addition to its schedule.

More and more winter sports fans heading for many of the French Alps resorts are choosing to go to Chambery rather than traditional airports like Lyon or Geneva.

Flying straight to Chambery can save up to half the transfer time it normally takes to get to the snow and popular resorts like Alpe d’Huez, Courchevel and Val d’Isere.

This new route is the latest expansion that has seen flyglobespan increase its UK presence in addition to its traditionally strong Scottish bases of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

It recently launched routes from Manchester and Liverpool and anticipates further growth in the near future – in both long haul and short haul sectors.

Company chairman Tom Dalrymple said: "Chambery is a very good destination for us.

"It is in an ideal location for some fantastic Alpine resorts and is attracting more and more skiers every year.

"Once skiers realised how close it is to certain resorts, it makes it the ideal gateway."

Stansted Airport’s business development & planning director, Nick Barton added: "Stansted already offers more direct scheduled connections throughout Europe than any other airport in the world.

"This new link will prove to be extremely popular, especially with thrill seeking winter sports enthusiasts who can take advantage of the short easy links Chambery offers to some of the best ski resorts Europe has on offer."

Flyglobespan launched in April 2002. It is one of Britain’s fastest growing airlines and was voted Airline of the Year by Scottish BAA last year.

It is a subsidiary of The Globespan Group Plc a wholly owned British company established in 1974.

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