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Avion Express to wet lease four Airbus A320s to LOT Polish Airlines

Avion Express has announced it has landed an agreement to wet-lease four Airbus A320s to LOT Polish Airlines.

Previously LOT Polish Airlines announced new flights for summer 2020:

In Summer 2020 LOT will add new holiday destinations to its growing flight network from Budapest. Starting from June 2020, passengers will be able to fly directly from Hungary to Dubrovnik and Varna.

From May 6, 2020 the number of frequencies between Budapest and Seoul will be increased to four per week. The additional frequency will ensure even more convenient flight schedule for passengers travelling between Hungary and South Korea both for leisure and in business.

OT’s second hub. In a few months time, not only we will increase the number of frequencies on Budapest-New York route up to 7 flights per week – already in May, we will add another weekly frequency on our first route from Budapest to Asia. Launched in September this year, flights between Budapest and Seoul have been a huge success. Until today, the route have recorded an average load factor of 85%, which is the best evidence that passengers both from South Korea and Hungary recognize the convenience of the just started direct connections offered by LOT.

In the coming summer season, LOT also adjusts selected flights’ timelines. Due to Boeing 737 MAXs being still grounded and consequent lack of aircraft, LOT had to temporarily adjust frequencies on some of its short-haul flights between March 30 until May 26, 2020 (Stuttgart, Sofia, Bucharest will be lowered to 6 flights per week; Brussels – to 7 times per week). The flights to Prague and Belgrade will be launched on May 27, 2020. Thus, in the summer season, passengers from Hungary will be able to fly in total to as many as 13 destinations.

In summer season, the number of flights operated by LOT from the capital of Hungary will total 13 – passengers will fly directly to Warsaw, Krakow, London City (LCY), Bucharest, Brussels, Stuttgart, Prague, Belgrade, Sofia, Dubrovnik and Varna as well as New York City (JFK) and Seoul Incheon (ICN). To operate its newly announced European flights, additional LOT’s Embraer 195s will be permanently based in Budapest. The carrier’s fleet base in Budapest will amount to four short-haul aircraft and two Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Currently, LOT’s cabin crew operating nonstop flights from Budapest totals 80 flight attendants and a dozen Hungarian pilots. LOT has also opened the first Star Alliance Gold business lounge operated by an airline at the Budapest Airport.

The expansion of flights from Budapest is part of the airline’s profitable growth strategy, which LOT Polish Airlines has been implementing since early 2016. As a result, over the recent three years LOT has become one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe, doubled its fleet size and launched over 70 new routes worldwide.

The additional Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has joined the fleet early November, increasing the total number of LOT wide-body aircraft to 15.

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Avion Express expands its fleet to 18 aircraft

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, has signed leasing agreements for three additional Airbus A320 aircraft. These three aircraft have recently been added to the fleet of Avion Express, which now comprises of 18 Airbus A320 family aircraft. During summer-autumn 2018 all three newly leased-in aircraft will be flying on behalf of Avion Express clients in Europe.

With the addition of these three aircraft, Avion Express has completed its fleet expansion for 2018. The current fleet, which is the largest in the history of the company, has been growing consistently over the years back from 2011 when Avion Express started to operate its first Airbus A320 aircraft.

Following the latest additions to the fleet Avion Express CEO Darius Kajokas said, “In times of constantly growing demand for ACMI services, we have worked consistently to increase our fleet and strengthen our position in the market by assisting our clients worldwide. During 2018 and beyond we will continue working hard to further strengthen our stand as a forward-thinking leader in the ACMI market”.

Photo: Avion Express.

Avion Express leases two Airbus A321s for Thomas Cook Airlines

Avion Express has signed a leasing agreement with AviaAM Leasing, a Warsaw Stock Exchange listed aircraft leasing company, for two Airbus A321 aircraft.

Under the operating lease agreement, Avion Express will operate the aircraft for the next 6 years. Both aircraft will operate for Thomas Cook Airlines during the summer season. 

 

Avion Express is the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world successfully working with clients in Europe, South America, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean regions. In 2018 Avion Express will operate 18 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

Photo: Avion Express.

Wow Air is coming to Dublin on June 2, 2015

Wow Air (Keflavik) is coming to Dublin, Ireland. The Icelandic carrier is planning to launch a new Dublin-Keflavik (near Reykjavik) service from  June 2, 2015. The service, which will run year round, will see flights operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and marks the first scheduled service between the two locations.

The airline is also planning to introduce North American service to Boston next year (possibly in March) according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Operated by Avion Express for Wow Air, Airbus A320-232 TF-WOW (msn 2457) taxies at Amsterdam.

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WOW Air 10.2014 Route Map

Wow Air: AG Slide Show

 

Wow Air logo with A320

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Wow Air acquires rival Iceland Express

Wow Air (stylized as WOW air) (Keflavik) yesterday (October 24) took control of all Iceland Express (Keflavik) flight operations and schedules. No disruption is expected for passengers booked on Iceland Express flights and Wow Air will ensure that all obligations to them are fulfilled.

The move is not a merger, it is a takeover, with Wow Air acquiring the Iceland Express route network, branding and customer base; as well as gaining access to all knowledge and expertise acquired by the company in its years of operation. The united company will fly under the “WOW air” brand, which will continue to emphasise entertaining service, extra legroom, and always providing the lowest available prices to and from Iceland. This acquisition creates a very powerful Icelandic low-fares airline with new destinations and greater frequency.

Wow Air will immediately begin offering more flights to Iceland from London and Copenhagen, as well as flights this winter from Berlin. Routes will also operate between Iceland and Salzburg over the skiing season and Warsaw and Kaunas over Christmas.

From next spring Wow Air will operate four Airbus A320s and will offer up to 400,000 tickets to and from Iceland. The company”s summer timetable will include 15 European destinations: London, Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan, Zurich, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Lyon, Alicante, Frankfurt, Vilnius and Warsaw. In addition to the higher number of destinations, the frequency of flights to many of them will also increase significantly.

Wow Air was established in November 2011 by Icelandic serial entrepreneur Skuli Mogensen. Skuli has had a successful career building companies primarily in the telecom and technology sector in Iceland, Europe and North America. He was voted businessman of the year 2011 in Iceland.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Avion Express is operating two Airbus A320s for Wow Air in their colors. A320-231 LY-COS (msn 415) “WOW Force Two” taxies at Zurich.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli. Holidays/Czech Airlines is the latest and final operator for Iceland Express. Holidays’ Airbus A320-214 OK-LEE (msn 2719) taxies at Bologna in Holidays colors with Iceland Express titles. Previously Astraeus Airlines and Hello operated aircraft for Iceland Express. Neither Icelandic “airlines” had an AOC.

Wow Air announces its plans for this winter

Wow Air (Keflavik) according to the new airline, “has announced increased competition in the marketplace, one of the main goals is to make flights to and from Iceland cheaper than ever.”

The airline flew to 13 destinations in Europe this summer; Copenhagen, London, Paris, Lyon, Alicante, Zurich, Basel, Stuttgart, Cologne, Berlin, Kaunas, Warsaw and Krakow.

This winter Wow Air will fly to Iceland from Berlin, London, and Alicante. Around Christmas the airline will offer flights to Copenhagen, Warsaw and Kaunas and over the ski season from December until March Wow Air offer ski flights to Salzburg.

Wow Air fleet consists of two Airbus A320s named WOW Force One and WOW Force Two. The aircraft are comfortably set up with 30-32 inch leg space and are wet leased from Avion Express.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner. Airbus A320-231 LY-COS (msn 415) taxies at Zurich.

Cosmo Airlines buys seven Pluna Bombardier CRJ900s for European expansion

Cosmo Airlines (Madrid) is growing fast. The charter and ACMI airline is the winning auction bidder for seven Pluna (Montevideo) CRJ900s. The new fleet additions will be brought to Europe for expansion of operations in central and eastern Europe. Cosmo currently operates two 180-seat Airbus A320s.

The company issued the following statement (translated from Spanish):

“Cosmo Airlines bid $137 million, and was proclaimed the winner, being the highest bidder.

The Cosmo Group has a fleet of two Airbus 320s, and is in the process of expanding the fleet with more Airbus A320 family aircraft. With the acquisition of seven Bombardier aircraft the goal is to give a quantitative and qualitative leap in its European charter flights operations.”

The objective of the Cosmo Group with the acquisition of this fleet of seven CRJ900s, is to expand its charter business in Central and Eastern Europe, since aircraft acquired are appropriate to cover all flight ranges that exist within of these regions.”

Read the full report from Merco Press: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli. Cosmo Airlines’ Airbus A320-212 LY-COM (msn 528) taxies at Bologna.

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Cosmo Airlines launches charter operations in Spain

Cosmo Airlines (Madrid) is a new Spanish charter and ACMI carrier. On July 10 the new airline took delivery of its first aircraft, this Airbus A320. A320-212 LY-COM (msn 528) is actually wet-leased from Avion Express (Vilnius).

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. LY-COM is pictured on the ramp today operating a flight to Kos, Greece for Arkefly.

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