25 MAY 2009
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WEST ATLANTIC is an airline likely to be seen much around European airports in the future with its aircraft seemingly sitting on the ground doing nothing. They mainly fly by night. Late last year two of Europe’s leading regional freight airlines West Air Europe of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Atlantic Airlines of Coventry (UK) announced they were merging to form West Atlantic with a fleet of 41 BAe ATP-F, a single ATR-72 freighter, six 15-tonne Lockheed Electra dedicated cargo aircraft and two 7-tonne capacity Bombardier CRJ200PF. The legal process of the tie-up is expected to be completed shortly "more or less on schedule" according to Sales and Operations Director Russell Ladkin. He added that in spite of the economic downturn the West Atlantic fleet had been kept very busy: "The ATP simply provides the most cost effective kilo/nm costs of any aircraft in its class, whilst our CRJ and Lockheed fleets offer excellent niche market solutions.” www.atlanticairlines.co.uk
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