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Connectair ready to expand after three years of service. (commuter airline)

Connectair ready to expand after three years of service

Connectair, a small commuter airline based at Gatwick airport, celebrated its third birthday recently and is moving towards decisions that will result in the replacement of its current fleet of one Bandeirante, a Shorts 330, and a Shorts 360 (the latest version, with the 65AR engine and Category 2 autopilot) with larger aircraft.

Robert Wright, managing director of Connectair, told ATW that he and his fellow directors Brad Burgess (commercial), Chris Simpson (finance) and Jim Bond (planning) aim to "focus sharply' on that decision by the summer of 1988. Aircraft under consideration will be the British Aerospace ATP, the ATR 42 and 72, and the de Havilland Dash 8-300. …

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