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Odyssey Airlines plans to buy 10 Bombardier CSeries aircraft for its all-business-class service between London and New York.

Odyssey Airlines plans to buy 10 Bombardier CSeries aircraft for its all-business-class service between London and New York.\

Katia Hetter | CNN | May 8, 2014 -You’ve finished your business in London and want to head directly home to New York.
Instead of traveling to far-off Heathrow or Stansted airports, imagine boarding a light-rail train directly to the closer London City Airport. There, you can quickly clear security and customs and walk a short distance to your gate, where you can board an all-business-class airline for your nonstop flight to New York.
That’s the pitch from Odyssey Airlines, which hopes to start service in 2016.
“We are going after the traditional business traveler,” Odyssey CEO Adam Scott said. “We are operating the most fuel-efficient and modern aircraft available.” And flying out of London City Airport, with its proximity to the city center and short walking times to gates, “we are able to offer our travelers substantial time savings.”
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“The entire journey (to New York) will be significantly less than the journey that you might currently fly with one of the traditional carriers.”
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Odyssey plans to start service with 10 specially outfitted 40-seat Bombardier CSeries aircraft to fly nonstop from London City Airport to New York and elsewhere.
To do so, the new airline hopes to raise about about 5 million pounds ($8.48 million) by crowdfunding, including a current effort to raise 1 million pounds on Crowdcube. It’s already raised about 5 million pounds from investors and peer-to-peer lending. Overall, it needs to raise more than 60 million pounds ($101.8 million), mostly through institutional investors, to launch the airline.

read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/07/travel/odyssey-airline-london-nyc-airports/

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