ISRAIR, FORMERLY known as Emek Wings, has now completed the acquisition of two AI(R) ATR 42s and is eyeing further expansion. This could see the carrier acquire jet-powered aircraft for international routes.

The two ex-Continental Express ATR 42-320s have been acquired to operate the carrier's scheduled service from Tel Aviv to the Red Sea resort of Eilat (Flight International, 22 May, P16). Israir recently received the licence to operate this route, putting an end to Arkia's monopoly.

The Israeli private airline is now to compete for licences to enable it to become Israel's second international charter airline after Arkia. Israir will seek approval to operate charter flights to European destinations from Israel. The carrier has already held preliminary talks with Airbus Industrie on the possible acquisition of two A321s to use on the new routes.

Source: Flight International