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Small Planet Airlines to open two new European bases

Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Airbus A321-211 SP-HAX (msn 2903) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 934857.

Small Planet Airlines will open two new European bases in 2018: in Chania on the Greek island of Crete and in Stockholm-Arlanda airport which serves the Swedish capital. Together with major Scandinavian tour operators, Small Planet Airlines will perform flights to Albania, Croatia, Greece, and the Canary Islands.


The flights will commence in April 2018, and will be performed by two Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline plans to operate flights twice a day and transport 170 000 passengers during the seven months of the summer season.

Small Planet Airlines chose the Greek island of Crete as its new base due to its geographical location that will enable the airline to expand its route-map and reach multiple Scandinavian airports from one base in the Mediterranean.

In the Summer 2017, Small Planet Airlines utilized 22 Airbus aircraft from 9 European bases. The airline plans to operate a fleet of 28 aircraft in the year 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Small Planet): Small Planet Airlines (Poland) Airbus A321-211 SP-HAX (msn 2903) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 934857.

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Fly Olympic starts operations in Sweden

Fly Olympic (Sweden) (Small Planet) A320-200 LY-SPC (13)(Tko) ARN (Fly Olympic)(LR)

Fly Olympic (FlyOlympic.se) (Stockholm-Arlanda) is a new Swedish airline and also an affiliate of AeroPacific AB. The company has leased and painted an Airbus A320-231 LY-SPC (msn 415) from Small Planet Airlines. According to its website, the new airline is operating from Stockholm to Asmara, Baghdad, Erbil, London (Gatwick) Mogadishu, Mykonos, Sulaymaniyah and Thira (Santorini). Flights are also operated from Gothenburg.

According to the company, Fly Olympic also teamed up with Germania to launch operations on November 25, 2013 to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

Copyright Photo: Fly Olympic.

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Small Planet Italia is shut down

Small Planet Airlines (Italy) (Rome-Fiumicino) lost its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on January 17, 2014 due to concerns of Italy’s ENAC of its financial fitness. The Italian version of Small Planet was an independent company and was using the Small Planet name and brand under a franchise agreement.

The original Small Planet Airlines (Lithuania) (formerly flyLAL Charters) (Vilnius)  and (Warsaw) is still operating and issued this statement:

The Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) has issued a decision to suspend the operating license of “Small Planet Airlines Italia” in Italy.

“Small Planet Airlines Italia” is an independent company and is related to “Small Planet Airlines” only by franchise agreement. The suspension of the license of the Italian company shall in no way affect our companies in Lithuania and Poland.

The Italian company “Small Planet Airlines Italia” is owned by “Aeroservizi” (64.5%) and “Avia Solutions Group” (35.5%), whereas “Small Planet Airlines” based in Lithuania and Poland are owned by the management of the company, Vytautas Kaikaris (70%) and Andrius Staniulis (30%).  Mr. Kaikaris sold his 4.5% stake in “Small Planet Airlines Italia” in April, 2013.

“Small Planet Airlines”, holder of Polish and Lithuanian Air Operator Certificates, is an independent European leisure airline.

Copyright Photo: Nik French/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Small Planet Airlines). Small Planet Airlines Italia was operating two Boeing 737-300s. Boeing 737-3L9 LY-FLE (msn 27061) of the Lithuania version of Small Planet arrives at Manchester.

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Small Planet Airlines is retiring its last two Boeing 737-300s with newer Airbus A320s

Small Planet Airlines (formerly FlyLAL Charters) (Vilnius) is expanding its charter fleet. It is billing itself as the fastest growing charter airline in Europe. The charter airline is leasing five additional Airbus A320s. The first A320 was added in April 2011. The remaining two aging Boeing 737-300s should be retired at the end of the current summer season.

The current fleet serves the Polish charter market along with the UK, France and Lithuania. Small Planet Airlines works with the major tour operators to bring holiday travelers to Greece, Spain, Turkey, Egypt and other sunny destinations. The company also charters flights for the government, sport teams and private customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Formerly operated by Air Astana, Airbus A320-232 P4-UAS is becoming LY-SPB (msn 2987) with Small Planet. All other images and photos below from Small Planet.

Small Planet 737-300 Ad (Small Planet)(LR)

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FlyLAL Charters changes its name to Small Planet Airlines

FlyLAL Charters (Vilnius) in July 2010 decided to change its name and brand. The company will be now known as leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines.

This summer Small Planet Airlines operates a total of seven Boeing aircraft and performs flights from Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Italy. The airline possesses the Air Operator Certificates (AOC) granted by three European countries (Lithuania, Estonia and Poland) and has started certification process for acquiring the fourth in Italy. Small Planet Airlines performs charter flights inside the EU as well as to other countries.

The current Boeing 737 Classic aircraft will be gradually replaced with Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, more modern and capable of flying longer distances. This will enable Small Planet Airlines in cooperation with tour operators to offer a broader range of destinations. The first two Boeing 737NG aircraft will arrive in summer 2011.

Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. Ex-United Airlines Boeing 737-322 ES-LBC (msn 24664) prepares to land at Antalya.