UK computer and electronics company Amshold Group has launched a European charter operation using Cessna Citation Excels. The venture, Amsair will also take delivery next May of mid-size Citation Sovereigns, which will enable the London-based company to widen its scope of operations to the Middle East.

Amsair is also eyeing large-cabin, long-range types including the Bombardier Global Express and Dassault Falcon 900EX for its proposed long-haul services covering the Asia Pacific and USA. 

Since the demise of Concorde "there is a gap in the market for high-quality transatlantic business travel", says Amsair managing director Daniel Sugar. He suggests the business traveller is looking for a fast, flexible and convenient method of transport and operating from secondary airports such as London City and Teterboro could be beneficial.

Amsair owns two Excels and has access to three more of the superlight types in Europe, operated by London Executive Aviation and Gregg Air of the UK and Eurojet of Ireland. Sugar says that if demand continues to grow at its current rate it may order up to two more Excels.

Source: Flight International