French startup Lorizon Aircraft (Lorient) plans to launch business charters between Lorient and Inverness, Scotland, and domestically to Paris, Toulon, and Lyon, with two E135s.

The airline is the brainchild of Breton investor Maxine Ray, who purchased the 37-seater Embraers formerly operated by Loganair for EUR8 million euros (USD8.1 million), according to a media release. ch-aviation fleets data reveals that Loganair has stored one E-135, G-SAJB (msn 145473), while G-SAJT (msn 145376) is in active service, according to Flightradar24 ADS-B data.

Inverness will be the first destination to be launched with thrice-weekly flights aimed at corporate clients, but a launch date has not been announced. A certain number of flights will be made available to individual passengers to boost tourism to Scotland. Lorizon Aircraft intends to launch charters on the same principle to Paris, Toulon, and Lyon by 2023. The E-135s would also be made available for medevacs.

The plan, supported by the local Chamber of Commerce, is to revive Lorient-Bretagne Sud airport, abandoned by Air France in March 2021. In September 2021, the French civil aviation regulator (DGAC) granted a five-year concession to a consortium led by the engineering group EDEIS to manage and operate the airport which serves the city of Lorient in the Morbihan département in Brittany.

According to the ch-aviation capacities model, Lorient Lann Bihoue airport is currently only served by APG Airlines (GP, Toulouse Blagnac) from Toulouse Blagnac and Air Nostrum (YW, Valencia Manises) from Girona.

A small third-party maintenance centre is also planned, which would create 14 jobs and attract other airlines to the airport.