AIR LITTORAL is replacing its ATR fleet with 15 new ATR 42-500s, and is preparing to take over several of the former Air Inter routes and slots amid fierce competition in France and across the border. The airline's chairman and chief executive Marc Dufour says that he has launched a major offensive to build up market share before "open skies" start (on 1 April, 1997) in the Europe Union. After several years of losses, Air Littoral ended its latest 1995/6 financial year showing a profit of Fr8.6 million ($1.7 million).

Source: Flight International