Altair's regional feeder...

Altair Virtual Express is the regional carrier from the Altair Group. AVE is in charge of the shorter routes feeding the main carrier long distance flights. It operates basically turboprop, small and small to medium jet aircrafts with a range shorter than 2.500 nm and/or with less than 100 passengers capacity. The AVE routes are the first basic level of the Altair network operating locally to and from each one of Altair hubs worldwide. Altair Express operates regular, scheduled, regional passenger flights.


Aircraft Capacity x Range Comparison
DHC Dash 8
40 pax  
631 nm 
Fokker 100
107 pax  
1680 nm 
Fokker 70
79 pax  
1680 nm 
Embraer ERJ-170
70 pax  
2000 nm 
Embraer ERJ-145
50 pax  
1590 nm 
Embraer ERJ-135
37 pax  
1760 nm 
Embraer EMB-120
30 pax  
800 nm 
de Havilland DCH-6-300
20 pax
1110 nm 
Bombardier CRJ-200LR
50 pax  
1995 nm 
Beechcraft B1900D
19 pax
527 nm 
ATR 72-500
57 pax  
740 nm 
Aero Commander 680
 05 pax
1400 nm 



AERO COMMANDER 680 - FSO model FS2004 FS2002
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Founded in 1944 by two former Douglas employees (Ted Smith being one), Aero Engineering Company and introduced the first AC 520 in 1948. In 1950 they changed their name to Aero Design & Engineering Company introducing the AC680 in 1954. Through all those years the Aero Commander was last produced in 1980. Today, Commander Aircraft is known for the Commander 115 series. Did you know the AC680 was the smallest air Force One (1956-1960).

AEROSPATIALE ATR 72-500 - Mike Stone model FS2004 FS2002
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The ATR-72 is a stretched development of the popular ATR-42 and was launched in January 1986. The first of three ATR-72 development aircraft flew for the first time on October 27 1988, followed by the awarding of French and then US certification in late 1989. Entry into service was on October 27 1989 with Kar Air of Finland. Some other early operators are Foshing Airlines, NFD (later Eurowings), CSA, American Eagle, TAT, Air Littoral, LOT, and Olympic Aviation.

BEECHCRAFT B1900D - Mike Stone & PMDG models FS2004 FS2002
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Designed as a derivative of the Beech C99 Airliner and the King Air 200, the Beechcraft 1900 offers a longer fuselage and more powerful engines than its predecessors. The prototype Beech 1900D first flew on 1 March 1990, with production beginning in 1991. This enhanced version of the original 'C" model added an enlarged fuselage, allowing passengers to enjoy stand up headroom. To accommodate the additional weight associated with the fuselage growth, more powerful engines were added. Efficiency was also enhanced with the addition of winglets.
BOMBARDIER CANADAIR CRJ-200LR - Project Opensky model FS2004 FS2002
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The first CRJ100 was delivered to Lufthansa in 1992, after the initial flight in Nov 1991. In 1996, the CRJ200 was launched with higher performance engines. The CRJ700 made its maiden flight in 1999 and was delivered to inaugural customer Brit Air/Air France in 2001. And, in 2003, the latest and largest member of this highly successful family-the Bombardier CRJ900-was delivered to Mesa Airlines of the United States. All three versions of the CRJ have the same type rating, maximizing the benefits of common crew qualifications: one type, three sizes, no compromises.
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The Twin Otter has been sold to over 70 different nations. It has been used by both US and Canadian military forces. It flew its maiden flight on May 20, 1965. The 300 series was introduced with more powerful engines allowing the takeoff weight by almost 1,000 lbs (454 kg) and adding more passenger capacity.
EMBRAER EMB-120 - Project ERJ model FS2004 FS2002

The EMB 120 is a 30-seat, pressurized twin-turboprop featuring high cruise speed and low operating costs. The cockpit features Electronic Flight instruments. Its roomy cabin can seat up to 30 passengers. The EMB-120 Brasilia, become a mainstay of short-haul routes worldwide. It has logged over 5.5 million flight hours and carried more then eighty million passengers. Embraer has delivered more than 279 EMB-120 to 26 customers in 14 countries.

EMBRAER ERJ-135 - Project ERJ model FS2004 FS2002
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The ERJ 135 is a new generation jet for 37 passengers, based on the proven and very successful ERJ 145 regional jet. The ERJ 135 benefits from 98% of parts commonality with the ERJ 145: engines, main systems, cockpit, wing and tail. The fuselage cross section is the same, 11.7 feet (3,6 m) shorter. In service since August 1999. In order to increase passengers comfort the cabin is equipped with maximum pressure differential of 7.201 lb ensuring a smooth flight above bad weather.
EMBRAER ERJ-145 - Project ERJ model FS2004 FS2002
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A pressurized jet for regional transport, the ERJ 145 is characterized by its high performance and low operating costs. Available in Extended Range (ER), Long Range (LR) and Extra Long Range (XR) versions, the 145 is equipped with quiet, fuel-efficient turbofan engines. The cabin of the ERJ 145 has a maximum pressure differential of 8.4 psi, offering passengers the comfort of a smooth, relaxed flight above bad weather. Since first delivery in December of 1996, more than 600 of these successful Embraer jet aircraft have been delivered to airlines around the world.
EMBRAER ERJ-170 - Dreamwings model FS2004 FS2002
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The Embraer ERJ-170 is the first of a new family of twin engine jet airliners launched in June of 1999 to meet the needs of the commercial aviation industry. The first flight of the Embraer ERJ-170 took place on February 19, 2002.
FOKKER 70 - Project Fokker model FS2004 FS2002
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The F70 was a replacement for the Fellowship 1000 and 2000 series. It has a small cabin for low density short haul route needs. The 70 is a shortened development of the popular 100 seat class F100 and first flow in 1994. Fokker began development of the new airliner in 1992 despite the absence of firm orders, hopeful of snaring a large share of the forecast 2000 plus aircraft in the 70 to 125 seat class required through to 2010, and the replacement F-28 market. The Fokker 70's 30.91m length is close to that of the F-28-4000's 29.61m, on which the F100 was originally based.
FOKKER 100 - Project Fokker model FS2004 FS2002
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Fokker's largest aircraft, the Fokker 100 is a 100 seat jet airliner based on the Fokker F-28 Fellowship, but stretched and thoroughly modernized. Fokker announced it was developing the Fokker 100 simultaneously with the Fokker 50 turboprop in November 1983. The Fokker 100 is based on the basic Fokker F-28 airframe, with the most important and obvious change being the stretched fuselage, increasing maximum seating to 122, compared with 85 in the Fokker F-28-4000 (on which the Fokker 100 is based).
De Havilland Dash 8 - Dreamwings model        FS2004 FS2002
The Dash-8 was designed as a smaller quiet STOL commuter aircraft to follow on from the successful Dash-7. Large area trailing edge flaps, fowler flaps, and spoilers; along with slow turning 4m (13ft) 4-blade props helped achieve this. The prototype first flew in June 1983, with deliveries beginning in September 1994. The original -100 model has been stretched (56 pax) and provided with increased power (2,380shp) as the -300.