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LEA establishes Oxford base

One of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, LEA is basing its latest Embraer Legacy 600 at the fast-growing general aviation airport. The new Legacy, the 1,100th aircraft to be produced on Embraer’s ERJ 145 platform, arrived at Oxford on June 9 2009, becoming the first LEA aircraft to be based there.

George Galanopoulos, managing director of LEA, says: “The recent investments at Oxford Airport are establishing the facility as another attractive and well-positioned centre for business aviation. Now that the airport can accommodate larger aircraft we believe that it will become increasingly popular with charter customers and operators. We are looking forward to basing a growing number of aircraft at Oxford in the coming years.”

Galanopoulos continues: “The airport is ideal for people who live and work to the west of London and who might currently be flying from Luton or Farnborough. Oxford offers a less-costly alternative to those facilities, with great opening hours and uncongested airspace.”

Steve Jones, Oxford Airport’s managing director, says: “We are delighted to welcome LEA, one of the longest-established and most high-profile charter and management companies to our family of businesses at Oxford. LEA’s high-specification, super mid-size Legacy 600, with its striking ramp appeal, is a welcome and complementary addition to the charter fleet based here.”

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