is recruiting 40 additional cabin crew to be based at London
Gatwick this winter to cover its busiest-ever flight schedule. New routes from Gatwick, served by additional aircraft, means weekly
departures will increase from 28 to 41, growth of 46%. Ski and winter
routes will join the airline’s programme, operating in conjunction
with a number of tour operators.
Fleet plans include basing four of its ten aircraft at Gatwick - three
extra-legroom Boeing 757s, plus a Boeing 737. The 737 will be replaced
another extra-legroom 757 in Spring 2006. The 737 fleet will primarily
operate out of the UK’s regional airports thereafter.
“There is a strong demand for a high-quality niche charter airline, and we
have successfully filled it with great support from tour operators and
customers alike,” said Jonathan Hinkles, Commercial Director of Astraeus.
“We are thriving on customers discovering and then propagating word
our high service standards, quality in-flight meals, free drinks and,
crucially, our unique enhanced seat pitch cabins in our Boeing 757
operating on short and medium haul routes.”
London Gatwick-based Astraeus, which commenced operations in 2001,
more than 300 people and operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300, 737-700
and 757-200 aircraft from a number of UK airports, flying charter and
routes to destinations in Europe, Russia, North America, Africa and the