Go set to expand fleet to at least 80 aircraft - 15 March

Go plans to expand its fleet to at least 80 aircraft by 2008.

We currently operate 20 leased Boeing 737-300s, with at least five more arriving this year. Go is assessing offers from Boeing and Airbus for new planes, versus continuing to take advantage of the attractive secondhand aircraft market.

Ed Winter, chief operating officer at Go, says: `We have an aggressive plan for growth. We began operations at London Stansted in 1998 with three routes and now fly from there to 21 destinations. Last year we opened a second base in Bristol and services began on Thursday from our third base at East Midlands Airport.

`Going forward we plan to open a new base each year, and we will need to expand to a fleet of at least 80 aircraft by 2008.`

`We are currently completing the analysis and will be reaching a decision in the next few months.` He added: `It is important for the aircraft manufacturers to come up with the right offer, as we are committed to flying a single fleet type in order to keep driving our costs down.`