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SmartLynx Airlines to expand its fleet to around 60 aircraft this summer

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SmartLynx Airlines has made this announcement:

This week, Latvia’s oldest operating carrier SmartLynx Airlines marks its 30th anniversary. In the summer season, the airline plans to have about 60 airplanes, becoming the largest air fleet operator in the Baltic states.

Presently, SmartLynx Airlines operates 33 airplanes, in April three more will be delivered, and the other 22 will be delivered gradually by the end of the summer season. The company’s fleet consists of Airbus A320 (25), A330-300 (6), and A321 (4) aircraft. There are two other Airbus A321F air cargo jets, and in April the company will receive the first Boeing 737 MAX.

“We expect that in relation to the fleet size, this year we will be ahead the world’s largest names in aviation, but we will be able to speak about it in more detail when we have received all the aircraft. The experience obtained during the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis helped us to continue sustainable development so that we could mark our 30th anniversary with a record-high number of airplanes. As our fleet is expanding, the number of our employees is also increasing – we have already 300 employees in our Riga office, and by the end of the year we plan to fill in 40 more vacancies. We hope to see our next anniversary as the largest Latvian employer in aviation,” said SmartLynx Airlines head Zygimantas Surintas.

Developing new business directions during crisis

The pandemic is called the most severe crisis in the aviation history, however, despite the sudden strike, SmartLynx Airlines during this time has not only managed to maintain its operations, but also develop new business directions. The air cargo fleet has been expanded significantly, and air cargo transportation will be one of the company’s main strategic directions also in the future. The airline announced on opening fleet service centre SmartLynx Technik in Riga and Tallinn. Meanwhile, two geographically significant players – Royal Air Maroc in Morocco and Air Peace in Nigeria were added to the client portfolio for full-service ACMI aircraft lease services.

The company’s subsidiary SmartLynx Malta announced on a significant step, signing a partnership agreement with DHL Express, providing that the two recently refurbished cargo jets Airbus A321-200 will join the DHL European air fleet. The company during the pandemic has managed to keep and maintain cooperation with the largest partners from the pre-pandemic period, such as EasyJet, TUI and Jet2.

Development plans not only in Europe, but also in other continents

As the company’s head says, the main strategic direction of SmartLynx Airlines will be to strengthen the airline’s leading position as a trustworthy passenger and air cargo carrier not only in Europe, but also in other continents.

At present, the main business share of SmartLynx Airlines is organization of passenger charter flights to different resorts and special destinations. A large business share is related with leasing the company’s jets, services and staff to those airlines who wish to expand their range of services.

SmartLynx Airlines long-term clients include easyJet, TUI, Jet2. Recently such companies as DHL, Qatar Airways, Air Peace, Royal Air Morocco, and others have joined the client portfolio.

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Top Copyright Photo: SmartLynx Airlines Estonia Airbus A320-232 ES-SAM (msn 1896) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 927299.

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SmartLynx sourcing over 1,000 personnel for its growing team

SmartLynx Airlines has made this announcement:

As the pandemic laid waste to businesses around the world, some forward-thinking companies used the opportunity to create new and more diversified business strategies. SmartLynx Airlines, a subsidiary of Avia Solutions Group, took this time of disruption to diversify its business model and take in over 1,000 new personnel to service its expanding fleet.

Transforming its single-strategy business line to a triple-strategy model – passenger narrow-body, passenger long-haul, and cargo narrow-body/long-haul flights – the European ACMI, charter and cargo operator is approaching the traditional high season. With its biggest fleet to date, the airline actively engaged in a highlighted international cabin and flight crew onboarding process. 

In February 2022, SmartLynx had signed an agreement with SMBC Aviation Capital for the lease of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, two of which will join the company’s fleet in the spring of this year. With such an increase in capability, the company is currently in the process of gathering over 1,000 additional flight and cabin crew members to service its expanding fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

As part of the sourcing process, SmartLynx Airlines has already conducted ‘open-door days’ for cabin crew in February and continues into March at locations across Europe. The events attracted record numbers of attendees where it was announced that SmartLynx was happy and willing to meet those with no previous flight experience as all of the necessary training courses will be provided directly by SmartLynx.

SmartLynx Airlines began 2021 with a fleet of 12 aircraft that grew to 36 units by the end of the year. Following on the back of such massive growth, the company is now focused on growing its fleet to 65 units by the end of 2022, including the addition of 8 cargo freighters.

SmartLynx Airlines to welcome the first Airbus A330-300P2F

SmartLynx Airlines has made this announcement:

In a move to bolster its position as a leading air cargo carrier, SmartLynx Airlines has signed an agreement with Air Transport Services Group to be one of the first customers to take delivery of 6 Airbus A330-300 P2F converted cargo freighters under the terms of a six-year lease.

SmartLynx Airlines is an integral part of Avia Solutions Group, a leading global aerospace services group providing aviation services and solutions worldwide, for whom the introduction of the new A330-300 P2F will reflect the company’s commitment to operating a modern, and environmentally-friendly fleet.

According to Zygimantas Surintas, CEO of SmartLynx Airlines, “The introduction of the A330-300 is a logical step and one which creates relevant synergies with the rest of our fleet – A330 Pax and A321F units – and as an aircraft which will see increased popularity in a post-Covid environment. For us, the move comes as part of our fleet modernisation strategy providing greater capacity and efficiency and is another step towards SmartLynx Airlines becoming a leading global player in the air cargo marketplace.”

With the first of the aircraft due to join the SmartLynx fleet, in 2023, the A330 type offers the benefits of unmatched operational economics and versatility, with over 1,500 orders on Airbus’ books and over 1,100 units operational for 110 operators worldwide, the aircraft is historically one of the most popular widebody aircraft ever to come into service. 

With a maximum structural payload of up to 61 tons, and a range of up 6,660 km (3,600 nm), the A330-300’s combination of payload and range place the aircraft as a unique and perfect solution for cargo operators when the availability of freighters is inadequate to cover the market requirements.

As part of the most modern and reliable family of aircraft in operation today, the A330 – equipped with state-of-the-art technology – provides a quality solution for every route and comes with the operational reliability of 99.4%.

The A330-300 conversions offer an impressive range of features:

  • Main deck cargo door: 41” clear width & 101” clear height, hydraulically operated 
  • Reinforced floor grid & new freighter floor panels 
  • Cargo Loading System 
  • Additional revenues per flight – The 96“ side-by-side AMV containers make full use of Airbus superior cross-section allowing up to 10% more volume compared to 88“ × 125“ ULD

Air Peace – a new client for SmartLynx Airlines

SmartLynx Airlines, a specialist in full-service ACMI aircraft lease services and a respected ACMI cargo and charter provider in the EU has announced the welcome procurement of a new client, Nigerian airline, Air Peace – Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline.

The agreement was signed between SmartLynx Malta and Air Peace on November 11, 2021 and will last until May 11, 2022. We will see SmartLynx Airlines, a family member of Avia Solutions Group, damp lease 2 A320s based in the Nigerian city of Lagos. The lease sees a return to Nigeria for SmartLynx who had operated in the region and the rest of Africa from 2007. 

The onboarding of Air Peace comes as a part of SmartLynx’ continuous reach into potential new markets. The move also demonstrates the company’s commitment to expanding its client portfolio, in support of the growing demand for safe travel. This commitment to safety has been underlined by SmartLynx’s signing of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Covid Charter.

The Chief Operating Officer, Air Peace, Oluwatoyin Olajide, stated: “We are happy to have entered into the 6-month damp-lease agreement with SmartLynx and we believe this will open up more layers of business relationship with them. We are damp-leasing two A320s to meet the growing travel demand in the Nigerian and larger West African markets while we expect to take delivery of more Embraer 195-E2 airplanes. Air Peace is committed to reducing the air travel burden of Nigerians and this deal with SmartLynx is a testament to this commitment. The two A320s will be deployed to boost both domestic and regional connectivity for our esteemed customers, as the Yuletide draws near”. 

Air Peace currently services 19 domestic routes, 6 regional routes and 2 international destinations, including Johannesburg, while it boasts of a varied fleet of 30 aircraft, the latest being four brand new 124-seat capacity Embraer 195-E2 jets. 

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SmartLynx adds two more Airbus A321Fs to its expanding cargo fleet

Smartlynx Airlines  Cargo (Malta) - DHL Airbus A321-212 (F) (PCF) 9H-CGA (msn 891) (Smartlynx). Image: 955725.

SmartLynx made this announcement:

As part of an ambitious expansion strategy, SmartLynx Airlines, a high-profile European ACMI charter and cargo operator has announced the addition of two more A321Fs to its growing cargo fleet. 

The two new cargo freighters aircraft will bring the airline’s A321F fleet to a total of eight (8) active aircraft of the type by the end of 2022. SmartLynx, a family member of Avia Solutions Group – a leading global aerospace services group with almost 100 offices and production stations providing aviation services and solutions worldwide – additionally has plans to double its fleet number in the near future.

Both A321Fs – MSNs 1204 (9H-CGC) & 775 (9H-CGD) – are leased to SmartLynx by entities managed by Cross Ocean Partners and will be registered in Malta. The passenger to freighter conversions are being undertaken by Precision Conversions in the United States and aircraft are expected to enter service in Q1 2022.

The addition comes as an integral part of SmartLynx’s strategic expansion plans to become the largest operator of A321F cargo freighters in the near term. The A321F freighter has the highest revenue payload and the most versatile, customer-friendly features in today’s cargo marketplace. SmartLynx is already successfully operating its first A321F in support of DHL’s European network, with a second aircraft scheduled to commence operations for DHL eminently.

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Photo: Smartlynx Airlines Cargo (Malta) – DHL Airbus A321-212 (F) (PCF) 9H-CGA (msn 891) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 955379.

New A321 freighter operating for DHL

Copyright Photo: Smartlynx Airlines Cargo (Malta) – DHL Airbus A321-212 (F) (PCF) 9H-CGA (msn 891) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 955379.