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Ceased operations: 2002
Homebase: Lyon, France
Founded: 1996
ICAO callsign: Aerolyon
Flightnbr prefix: 4Q / AEY
Operations: passengers

(C) Ruud Leeuw
DC-10-30 F-GLYS (cn46872/233) of AeroLyon is seen here on a charter for football supporters at Amsterdam Int'l in June 2000

Somewhere during the year 2002 AeroLyon ceased operations. AeroLyon was a French long-haul holiday charter airline flying from France to French overseas destinations, as well as operating on demand, available for charters and subservices for other carriers.
For their operations for tour operator "Nouvelles Forntières", a DC-10-30 was leased from Challengair in late 1996 awaiting delivery of an ex-AOM aircraft. This was leased in February of 1997 and was followed by a second one from the same source in late 1999.
From Lyon, Paris and a large number of smaller French airports (like Brest, Nantes and Bordeaux) AeroLyon flew to holiday destinations in the French Caribbean and other overseas territories with a fleet consisting of McDonnell-Douglas DC-10-30s.

This was the fleet for 2002:

F-BTDDDC-10-3046963 / 244Y356
F-GLYSDC-10-3046872 / 233Y356
F-GTDFDC-10-3046854 / 193C32Y275

Aeroplus L'Air (4Q/Lyon), the successor of Aero Lyon, was planning to resume operations in December 2002 with a single A340. It was planning to operate flights between France and the French overseas departments in the Caribbean.
But on 26Dec02 the commercial court of Lyon ruled that L'Air was to be liquidated, rejecting a rescue plan put forward by Jean-Marie Gras, the company's chairman and CEO, without having flown at all. The rescue plan was deemed too risky.

Fleet info: JP Airline Fleets 2002/2003
Thomas Jaeger Newsletter ( 23Oct02

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