XL Airways France

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XL Airways France
XL Airways France.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
SE[1] XLF STARWAY
Founded August 1995 (1995-08)[2]
Commenced operations December 22, 1995 (1995-12-22)[2]
Hubs Charles de Gaulle Airport
Fleet size 7
Headquarters Seine-Saint-Denis,
Île-de-France, France
Website xl.com

XL Airways France, formerly Star Airlines, is a French airline with its head offices on the grounds of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. 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, mostly out of Charles de Gaulle Airport.

History[edit]

A former Star Airlines Airbus A320-200 in 2006

The airline was founded by Cédric Pastour in August 1995 as Société de Transport Aérien Régional and was trading under Star Europe. In October 1997 it changed its trading name to Star Airlines.[2] On 23 November 2006 the airline changed its name to XL Airways France.[3] On 12 September 2008, parent XL Leisure was about to declare bankruptcy.[4] The airline was then bought by Straumur Investment Bank.[5]

Corporate affairs[edit]

XL Airways's head office is in the Bâtiment Mars in Continental Square II on the grounds of Charles de Gaulle Airport.[6] The airline's head office was originally in the Immeuble Horizon facility in Noisy-le-Grand,[7] 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.[8]

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

XL Airways France Airbus A330-200

As of June 2015, the XL Airways France fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9][10]

XL Airways France Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A330-200 3 21 343 364
Airbus A330-300 2 408 408
Boeing 737-800 2 189 189
Total 7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "History". star-airlines.fr. Archived from the original on 10 September 2006. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "XL AIRWAYS France - Accueil". xlairways.fr. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Thousands may be stranded as XL Leisure prepares to declare bankruptcy". thetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "XL's Airways Germany and France businesses continue to operate". travelweekly.co.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "DISCLAIMER". xl.com. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Contacts." Star Airlines. 11 February 2004. Retrieved on 18 June 2010. "STAR AIRLINES Immeuble Horizon 10 allée Bienvenue 93885 NOISY LE GRAND Cédex ."
  8. ^ "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."
  9. ^ ch-aviation.com - XL Airways France retrieved 20 June 2015
  10. ^ "OUR FLEET". xl.com. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to XL Airways France at Wikimedia Commons
Media related to Star Airlines at Wikimedia Commons