Galaxy Aerospace executives poured the champagne early at Paris yesterday as they celebrated the sale of a second Astra SPX business jet to Zurich-based charter operator Lions Air.

This latest sale brings total orders from Lions Air to four aircraft - the operator already owns an SPX midsize jet and it has purchased two super mid-size Galaxy aircraft, including the demonstrator that is on display at the show.

Lions Air has agreed to lease this Galaxy back to the manufacturer until June 2000.

Lions Air president Jurg Fleischmann and Galaxy Aerospace president Brian Barents performed the signing ceremony for the new SPX, which will be delivered in September. "When it comes to value for money, there is no competitor to Galaxy," says Rinse Strikwerda, chairman of TAS International - a partner and investor in Lions Air.


Galaxy intends to deliver 12 SPX jets this year and the same number annually for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Barents revealed that the US manufacturer is talking to Executive Jet and other fractional ownership operators.

"We will either do fractional ownership via a third party or do it ourselves," said Barents.

Source: Flight Daily News