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Airline Waves on track for take-off in August

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NEW airline Waves made its first test flights around the island yesterday in its single-engine Cessna Grand Caravan to widespread acclaim as the team behind it said it was on track to start flying commercially in August.

The Waves team, led by tech entrepreneur and island resident Nick Magliocchetti, has also launched a second wave of fundraising, looking to find £2.5m. to fund the acquisition of three 10-seater aircraft to operate 'on demand' inter-island services and to fly to northern France.

Mr Magliocchetti said he was confident he could secure the backing from institutions overseas, but also wanted to allow locals to support what he described as 'probably the most exciting company to come out of the Channel Islands in a very long time'.

He also revealed more detail about how the airline would work when it should enter service in August, including proposed flat fares for individual travel at £45 each way for Alderney, £60-65 for Jersey-Guernsey and £80-85 for the French and English coasts.

Discussions are continuing with the Border Agency about the levels of security required, with the intention of operating in a similar way to current private charter flights and not having to go through formal security procedures.

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