Swiss charter operator Jet Club has acquired its first Airbus A320 as it eyes expansion into Airbus A319 Corporate Jetliner (ACJ)-based operations.

The Zurich-based operator took delivery of an ex-Air France A320 from lessor Debis AirFinance last week and is undergoing inspection by the Swiss airworthiness body FOCA in a bid to gain an extension to its air operator's certificate (AOC) to add the type, expected this week. Jet Club aims to operate the 159-seat two-class aircraft on a wet lease for Air Pristina, on twice daily scheduled services from Zurich and Geneva to the UN-administered Serbian province of Kosovo.

Jet Club chief financial officer Christof Aregger says the A320-family AOC will permit the company to operate ACJs for ad hoc charter. "Jet Club decided to enter this contract for two reasons: firstly it makes money and secondly it opens the door to ACJs in the future," he says.

Jet Club manages around 20 aircraft including Cessna Citations, Dassault Falcons and Gulfstream types. It is understood to have a customer investigating the purchase of an ACJ.

Source: Flight International