Swiss business aircraft services company PrivatAir is to receive on 17 April the first of two 126-seat Airbus A319s in business-class layout.

From 5 May, the aircraft will be used as a corporate shuttle as part of a five-year deal with Airbus to transport employees between the manufacturer's headquarters in Toulouse, France, and three sites in Europe (Flight International, 12-18 November 2002).

British European and WDL Aviation previously flew the Airbus shuttle with two 96-seat BAe 146s. The two A319s will be the first Airbus aircraft in PrivatAir's previously all-Boeing fleet and will be available for private charter.

The Geneva-based operator is to take delivery in May of the first of two long-range A319s. The 48-seat airliner - derived from the Corporate Jetliner version of the narrowbody and with up to five auxiliary fuel tanks in the cargo hold - will be used to extend its contract with Lufthansa for a transatlantic all-business class shuttle (Flight International, 3-9 December 2002).

Source: Flight International