UK Operator Launches Fractional Program

Business Jet Traveler » October 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007 - 5:00am

Charter operator LyddAir has introduced Airshare, a fractional-ownership program offering pre-owned twin-engine piston and turboprop aircraft. At present, the fleet includes a pair of Piper PA31 Chieftains and a Beech Baron B58. The company, headquartered at Lydd Airport in southeastern England, is preparing to add a Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200. Unlike most fractional programs, Airshare allows owners to fly a specified number of days each year rather than a specific number of flight hours. A one-eighth share in the Chieftains, which sells for $50,000 to $60,000, entitles the owner to fly on 40 days for each year of a five-year agreement.

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