Air Transport World

'Lean on the bone'. (Transavia airlines)

AMSTERDAM--They believe in aviation longevity here in the Netherlands. KLM has just celebrated its 75th birthday, while Transavia, its daughter airline, is approaching 30. "We were getting slightly dated, a bit stuffy and old-fashioned," admits Peter Legro, Transavia president and CEO. So this year, the company is being given a total facelift, everything from aircraft to toothpicks, at a cost of $1 million.

At the same time, the fleet is undergoing big changes. All of the Boeing 737-200s have been sold to Ryanair of Ireland and 737-300s have been brought in to bridge the gap until 737-700/800s stan arriving in Spring, 1998. The 1995 inventory is 15 737-300s and three 757-200s---with three more on order -- giving an average aircraft age of 4. …

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