Silverjet announces further delay to second New York flight

25 Jul 2007 by business traveller

All-business class carrier Silverjet has announced the launch of its second daily flight to New York will now start on September 20, nearly three months behind schedule.

The airline's second flight between London Luton and New York Newark was originally due to have started on July 2, but this was delayed until the end of this month to allow for a C-check (a maintenance check carried out on aircraft every 12-18 months) to be performed on its first aircraft.

However this check has thrown up the need for additional work to be carried out on the plane, meaning that the carrier's second aircraft (which went into service on July 17) is needed to ply the original flight until the maintenance work has been completed in September. Said Lawrence Hunt, CEO of Silverjet:

"Whilst we're disappointed that the launch of our second flight has been delayed, the fact that much of the work is being carried out during the traditionally quiet time for transatlantic business travel will reduce disruption to our customers."

The carrier says that all passengers who have booked on the delayed second flight will be offered seats on the current Silverjet service or a full refund.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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