XL Airways France

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XL Airways France
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Founded 1995 (Société de Transport Aérien Régional SA)
Operating bases Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Fleet size 9
Destinations 53
Parent company X-Air Aviation Sarl (2012-Present)
BeachSide Capital, LLC (2012-present)
Headquarters Continental Square II
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
Tremblay-en-France, France
Key people Laurent Magnin (CEO)
Website www.xlairways.fr

XL Airways France is a French airline with its head offices on the grounds of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and in Tremblay-en-France. It operates scheduled flights mainly to long-haul destinations in Africa, the Middle East, the United States and the Caribbean as well as charter flights to medium-haul destinations in the Mediterranean, usually out of Charles de Gaulle Airport.


Formed as Star Europe in 1995 by Cédric Pastour (abrreviation for Société de Transport Aérien Régional, renamed Star Airlines in 1997),[1] the airline was previously owned by Transat A.T., before being sold to and taken over by XL Leisure Group.[citation needed] On 23 November 2006 the airline changed its name to XL Airways France.[2] The owning group went bankrupt on 12 September 2008,[3] but the airline was saved as it was acquired by Straumur-Burdaras Investment Bank on the same day, along with its German sister company XL Airways Germany.[4] In November 2012, the airline was sold to X-Air Aviation, a subsidiary of Swiss-US investment group BeachSide Capital, LLC.[citation needed]



A Star Airlines Airbus A320-200 takes off from Stuttgart Airport. (2006)
An XL Airways France Airbus A330 lands at Punta Cana International Airport, Dominican Republic. (2008)

As of July 2014, the XL Airways France fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 6.9 years:[5][6]

XL Airways France Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A330-200 2 0 21 343 364
Airbus A330-300 1 0 0 408 408
Airbus A340-300 1 0 TBA TBA TBA Leased from Hi Fly
Boeing 737-800 2 0 0 189 189
Total 6 0

A:^ The business class onboard some XL Airways France aircraft is dubbed "Galaxie Class".

Head office[edit]

XL Airways's head office is in the Bâtiment Mars in Continental Square II on the grounds of Charles de Gaulle Airport and in Tremblay-en-France, France.[7][8][9]

The airline's head office was originally in the Immeuble Horizon facility in Noisy-le-Grand,[10] in the Marne-la-Vallée development. Cédric Pastour, the founder of the airline, said that the company chose the Noisy site because the airline did not yet know which airport, Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport, would serve as the airline's base, and that the Noisy site was equidistant to both airports. Pastour added that the Noisy site had access to the A4 and the A86 autoroutes and was close to the Francilienne, and that the costs in the Noisy area were lower than the costs in the airport area.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Company : Introduction." Star Airlines. 11 August 2004. Retrieved on 18 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Bienvenue Chez XL Airways." XL Airways France. Retrieved on 18 June 2010. "Le 23 novembre 2006, Star Airlines grandit et devient XL Airways France."
  3. ^ Thousands may be stranded as XL Leisure prepares to declare bankruptcy
  4. ^ "Change in ownership of XL Airways Germany". XL Airways Germany. 12 Sep 2008. Retrieved 11 Nov 2010. 
  5. ^ XL Airways France fleet list at planespotters.net
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Plan interactif." Tremblay-en-France. Retrieved on 18 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Contacts : nos coordonnées." Tremblay-en-France. Retrieved on 18 February 2010.
  9. ^ "Mentions légales." XL Airways. Retrieved on 18 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Contacts." Star Airlines. 11 February 2004. Retrieved on 18 June 2010. "STAR AIRLINES Immeuble Horizon 10 allée Bienvenue 93885 NOISY LE GRAND Cédex ."
  11. ^ "Star Airlines : décollage réussi." Les Echos. 12 January 1998. #17561, Page 21. Retrieved on 18 June 2010. "ce transporteur aérien a choisi de s'installer à Noisy-le-Grand, l'un des pôles en développement de la Seine-Saint-Denis, dans le périmètre de la ville nouvelle de Marne-la-Vallée. « Nous nous sommes implantés là car nous ne savions pas encore de quel aéroport _ Orly ou Roissy _ décolleraient nos avions. Or Noisy-le-Grand est à égale distance des deux sites et bénéficie d'un noeud autoroutier : l'A4, l'A86, la Francilienne pas loin. Et le coût y est moindre que dans une zone aéroportuaire », confie Cédric Pastour, le PDG, ancien directeur général adjoint d'Air Liberté au côté de Lotfi Belhassine."

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