New Luxembourg airline Solid'air is to plug the gap which will be left by the planned withdrawal next January of Icelandair's long-standing operations out of the Grand Duchy.

Solid'air is working towards a 12 December start, putting together a regular schedule to destinations in Florida and the Caribbean.

Initially, the airline will provide two weekly flights to Fort Lauderdale and a single frequency to Orlando, together with two flights to Nassau in the Bahamas. One of the latter will continue on to the Dominican Republic and the other to Cuba.

Solid'air has acquired an Airbus A310-300 from Translux, which will be fitted out in a two-class configuration carrying 28 business-class and 204 economy-class passengers. A second ex-Translux stored A310 is due next April, when Solid'air intends to fly to New York and, possibly, Mexico. Chief executive Ludo Sauwen believes there are further opportunities for long-haul routes from Luxembourg, but he will not encroach on national carrier Luxair's short-haul European territory.

Source: Flight International