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Flyglobespan to almost double in size

23.05.06

Scottish budget airline Flyglobespan will almost double in size in the next year, after unveiling plans for a huge new fleet of aircraft. The airline is adding 7 new aircraft to its existing fleet of 12 planes. Included in the new additions are 4 large long-haul planes capable of serving new destinations in North America, Africa and the Caribbean.

Flyglobepspan is already Scotland's biggest independent airline but the new planes, which are all Boeings and are worth more than £300 million, will make it bigger than some established international carriers, including Icelandair. Among the new fleet are two more 767s, two additional 757s and three more 737s.

Although the airline has not confirmed any new destinations that the planes will fly to, founder and chairman Tom Dalrymple said that New York, Boston, LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco were all possibilities. He also said there were options in the Red Sea, North Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Mr Dalrymple said: 'We would like to be recognised as Scotland's national airline. Our drive is to develop a network to match that aspiration.' He also revealed that the company could soon announce that it will be willing to team up with other airlines in international code-sharing alliances. 'We hope to announce our first code-sharing no later than the end of June,' he said.

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