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Orion moves forward with Airbus A300s. (Orion Airways; includes related material)

Orion moves forward with Airbus A300s

Established at the end of the last decade and with its first flight in March 1980, Orion Airways is now well-established as one of Britain's charter airlines specializing in packaged-vacations and, with recent new owners, looks set to embark on a major expansion.

It has also recently placed its corporate toe into scheduled services, but Bob O'Donnell, managing director, says it has no pretensions to expand very far in that sector. The main purpose of the scheduled routes it has gained from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to accommodate the growing number of British vacationers who own or rent villas or apartments around the Mediterranean and who do not, therefore, require the hotel portion that goes with the average inclusive-tour deal. Orion carries around one and a half million sector passengers a year. Its fleet consists of nine aircraft--four Boeing 737-300s, three 737-200s and two Airbus A300B4s, the latter bought from Lufthansa in a deal worth, with spares, $60 million. …

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