Air Transport World

Charter carriers go scheduled.

London-Britain's traditional charter airlines are moving into the scheduled sector with fares into Europe that often undercut those of the majors. Two such carriers are Dan-Air, with its Class Elite aimed at the business passenger, and Air Europe, now claiming to be the U.K.'s second-largest scheduled-service carrier.

Dan-Air introduced Class Elite in October, 1988 with a 33-in. seat pitch-British Airways, Swissair, SAS and Lufthansa offer 34 in.-but with seating on Boeing 737 and BAC-111 equipment guaranteed 2 x 2, the center seat of 3-seat rows is left unsold and is converted into a table.

Class Elite passengers have the use of lounges at 10 U.K. and European airports, and others are being added as the service expands. …

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