ERA 2014: Luxair to phase out ERJ 145s

Luxair is planning to phase out its Embraer ERJ 145s by the end of 2015 and is in labour talks over the choice of a replacement aircraft.

Executive vice-president airline, Martin Isler, reported that while any new aircraft are likely to be turboprops, no decision would be made until the discussions with staff groups have been concluded. “We do need to reduce our costs though,” he remarked.

As part of keeping costs down, Isler confirmed that new aircraft joining the fleet willalmost certainly be owned by the airline. “That’s usually been the case,” he noted, “as it works out cheaper for us.”

Isler added that Luxair is expecting to carry approximately 1 million passengers this year. Figures up to the end of August 2014 showed a 23% increase on the same period last year, this after the passenger figures for the whole of 2013 had been up by 15% over the whole of 2012.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/
Barcelona, Spain

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