New Australia-headquartered charter airline Strategic Airlines will be able to open its planned second base in Europe after receiving its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC), France’s aviation regulatory agency.
Strategic’s business model unusually contemplates joint bases and using a fleet of leased Airbus A320s and A330-200s for short- and long-haul operations in Australia as well as short-haul operations in Europe. Its Europe-based fleet now includes two A320s, while its Australian fleet comprises two A320s and an A330-200.
“The awarding of our French Air Operators Certificate is a great outcome that our team has been working around the clock to achieve for quite some months. We now look forward to welcoming our new customers on board our A320s,” says Michael James, Strategic’s executive director.
Strategic’s first A320 takes to the air on August 14 under contract with Solomon Airlines, and the second aircraft is to be operational within the next two weeks for European ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurancewet-lease and charter operations.
Within Europe, Strategic aims to be a full-service charter operator with aircraft available in full economy or economy and business class configurations. ACMI options are also available.
“With offices now established in Europe, Strategic is ready to launch its Airbus A320 operations on the international stage,” says James. “The attainment of this AOC confirms our commitment to providing a quality charter option to a wide range of potential clientele, both within Europe and abroad.”
For further information on Strategic operations, visit www.flystrategic.com.