Strategic Airlines A320s returned to lessors

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Strategic Airlines's three CFM-powered Airbus A320 aircraft have been returned to operating lessors after the Luxembourg charter carrier shut down and entered administration earlier this month.

International Lease Finance's two A320s, built in 1993, (MSNs 420, 436) left the airline's fleet on 15 October, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. Both were ferried to the USA yesterday.

Meanwhile, another 1993-built A320 (MSN 446), which was on lease from AWAS, left the carrier's fleet on 12 October, Ascend data shows.

Strategic Airlines ceased flights on 3 October and entered court administration the next day.

Creditors' claims will be considered at a meeting on 9 November, documents filed to the Luxembourg District Court show.

Strategic Airlines was established as the European airline division of Australia's Strategic Aviation Group in 2009 and continued flying after the latter, subsequently rebranded Air Australia, ceased operations in February this year.