Air Luxor

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For the Egypt-based airline, see Luxor Air.
Air Luxor
Air Luxor logo.svg
IATA
LK
ICAO
LXR
Callsign
AIRLUXOR
Founded 1988
Ceased operations 2006
Hubs Portela Airport
Headquarters Lisbon, Portugal
Key people Vítor Pinto da Costa (President)
Website airluxor.com

Air Luxor was an airline based in Luxor Plaza in Lisbon, Portugal,[1] operating a limited number of scheduled flights out of Portela Airport, Lisbon. The airline's operations were located in Building C1 and Hangar 7 in Delta Park, an area in Lisbon Airport.[2]

History[edit]

The airline was established by the Mirpuri family, which decided to turn their private aviation company, consisting of a fleet of small aircraft, into a public airline. Thus, Air Luxor was established in December 1988.

In 1997, Air Luxor extended its operations to commercial aviation, first in the charter sector and then, from 2001, concentrating on scheduled flights. In October 2003, a marketing concept called Air Luxor Light was introduced offering low-cost operations.

In 2005, the airline had plans to rebrand itself as Hifly. The idea of Hi Fly was later indeed realized by the Mirpuri family, but with a newly founded airline. At that time, deep financial troubles with Air Luxor emerged, resulting in the discontinuation of some flight routes, including Lisbon and Porto to Paris or Lisbon to Praia in May 2006. In July of the same year, Air Luxor (including all sister projects) was sold to a group of Portuguese-Canadian investors, which were associated to the Longstock Financial Group. Only two Airbus A320-200s remained with Air Luxor. which were temporarily grounded in September 2006 by the lessors due to unpaid leasing fees. The dispute was settled and Air Luxor was briefly operational again, until fully shut-down in October of that year.

Destinations[edit]

Upon closure, Air Luxor operated scheduled flights to the following destinations:

Fleet[edit]

Over the years, the Air Luxor fleet consisted of these aircraft types:[3]

History of the Air Luxor fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Airbus A319-100 2002 2003
Airbus A320-200 2000 2006
Airbus A330-200 2002 2003
Airbus A330-300 2002 2005
Boeing 767-200 2001 2002
Lockheed L-1011 2000 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Offices." Air Luxor. 13 August 2003. Retrieved on 21 December 2010. "The administration, financial section, information systems management and call center for Air Luxor are located on the final floors of the majestic Air Luxor building in Lisbon."
  2. ^ "Operacional Loacations." [sic] Air Luxor. 13 August 2003. Retrieved on 21 December 2010. "The operational location of Air Luxor is situated in the Delta Park of Lisbon Airport, Building C1 and Hangar 7."
  3. ^ "Air Luxor fleet history at". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 2014-02-15.