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New route for Silverjet?

Business-class carrier Silverjet plans to launch a new service between Luton and Chicago, according to reports.

Earlier this month, the airline's chief executive, Lawrence Hunt, told ATWOnline that "huge demand" meant that the airline was looking to expand its services just six months after its first flight between the UK and Newark in the US.

Now, the Times reports that Silverjet has lodged a application with the US Department of Transportation to fly between Luton and Chicago.

According to the paper, the application said: "Silverjet proposes to introduce competitive low-cost, business-class only services on the heavily-travelled Chicago-London route.

"Its unique service to and from Luton airport will provide consumers with an attractive alternative to existing London services.

"Silverjet's low-cost service will increase competition and improve the level of service options and convenience for the travelling public by providing hassle-free travel via the uncongested Luton airport."

If given the go-ahead, the airline hopes to run a daily service leaving Luton at 11:00.

Earlier this month, the airline revealed that it had arranged to buy several new aircraft as part of its expansion plans.

Tony Hill

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