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Reaching out.(Statistical Data Included)

Luxair is taking advantage of changing times to expand throughout Europe and across the Atlantic

when you're a small fish in the waters of liberalization, the options are pretty much to grow up fast or be eaten. Luxair, flag carrier for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is taking the grow-up-fast option, moving toward an all-jet fleet and adding new routes- including its first North Atlantic service.

Under its revamped growth strategy, Luxair has turned its Luxembourg hub into the center of a European regional net work, providing feed for larger carriers to and from airports throughout Europe.

Since its beginning in 1961, when it reorganized from the Luxembourg Airlines Company to Luxair-Societe Luxembourgeoise de Navigation Aerienne, Luxair has been a niche carrier basically serving west-central Europe. Its first route was Luxembourg-Paris, lauhched in 1962 with a leased F27. Its first jet, a Caravelle, arrived in 1970 to replace a Viscount turboprop. In 1977 it received its first 737, a dash 200, which eventually led to today's fleet of two 737-400s and four 737-500s.

In 1997 the decision was made to move toward an all-jet fleet and Luxair ordered two Embraer ERJ-145s in the first step toward replacing its Fokker 50s. Last year it took the order up to a total of nine ERJ-145s with two options. It has received four of the 50-passenger jets and expects to take delivery of the remaining five by 2002. It still has four F50s.

Although it is flying 737s, the ERJ-145 is considered the workhorse under Luxair's new strategy of developing a regional network throughout Europe. …

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