Portuguese charter airline Air Luxor is to undergo a major expansion of its operations with the addition of a second Lockheed TriStar 500 and the introduction of four Airbus A320s.

The carrier, which has been operating the TriStar for three years, says the demand from tour operators has been such "that we could not ignore the call to expand". The TriStar will be leased from Novair next month, then leased back to that airline until next April, when it will begin operations to the Caribbean and Europe.

The first A320 will arrive from TAP Air Portugal next March, on lease from GATX, to begin short haul charter flights to European destinations. "We have not decided which ones yet," says the airline. The second aircraft will probably arrive in June, and there are no set dates for the final two A320s.

Air Luxor's primary business has been executive jet charter, partly with its own fleet and also as a Netjets Europe joint venture partner. Its jet fleet has been increased, with the addition of three Raytheon Hawker 800XPs, a Cessna Citation II and Citation VII and a Dassault Falcon 2000, with plans to put another four aircraft into service before year-end.

Source: Flight International