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NetherLines set to prosper in liberalized Europe.

NetherLines set to prosper in liberalized Europe Rotterdam--When he reached the age of 45, Leen P. Jansson made the big decision to sell his successful Dutch construction company and start a commuter airline. First service of NetherLines, as Jansson christened his new enterprise, was on January 8 last year. Since then staff numbers have grown to 100, the aircraft fleet to six British Aerospace Jetstream 31s, the route network to ten points in Holland and abroad, and the business looks set to prosper, aided by the element of liberalization which is creeping into European civil aviation.

"I was a little bit fed up with the old profession." Jansson told ATW. "After 25 years doing the same thing, it was boring. Maybe it is a change for the better, maybe not. Anyway, It was a challenge. I had been a pilot for 23 years. You need to love this industry before you go into it. There are not many gold mines in aviation. …

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