New airliner 'could replace' XL
26 January 2009 07:52
A new air carrier is gearing up to replace the services lost when XL went bust, the Telegraph has reported.
At the ABTA Travel Convention earlier this week, industry sources suggested that a company called Kiss Flights is being set up to cover the routes that disappeared when XL Leisure went insolvent.
XL was the UK's third-largest tour operator before it went out of business in September.
Chris Photi, a senior partner at travel company advise firm, White Hart Associates, told delegates at the conference: "Someone will come and provide the capacity, some are already gearing up to do so."
According to the newspaper, the founders of Kiss Flights were trying to buy a small executive jet firm in order to utilise its Air Operators Certificate, so that it may start operating flights next summer with its fleet of seven Boeing 737s.
American Express revealed last month that about a quarter of British holidaymakers were contemplating not taking out travel insurance in order to save money.