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Avion Express Airbus A320 (photo: Avion Express)

“Largest narrow-body ACMI operator” sees 67% rise

New quarterly production results from Vilnius-based Avion Express show a significant increase even on earlier figures.

A Vilnius-based company that calls itself the “largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world”, Avion Express, continues to report strong growth, according to its latest figures.

During the third quarter of this year, the ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, insurance) operator flew over 21,600 block hours, increasing the year-on-year production result by over 67%.

During 2018, Avion Express continues its long-term partnership with the tour operator Thomas Cook and its subsidiary the German leisure airline Condor.

This year it also started providing its services to SunExpress, the Antalya-based joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines which flies to more than 100 destinations.

“Our company has grown significantly since the beginning of the year in terms of fleet size, cockpit and cabin crew and HQ personnel,” said Avion Express’ chief executive Darius Kajokas, who took over at the top from Icelandic national Gardar Forberg earlier this year.

“The mutual efforts of the team led to great production results during the third quarter of 2018.”

Operating 18 Airbus A320-family aircraft, Avion works with clients in Europe, South America and the Asia Pacific region.

Big year
Earlier this year, Avion Express reported that its fleet flew almost 22,000 block hours during the first half of this year, 17% year-on-year growth, so the latest figures show a significant increase.

In late July, a new production record was set of over 250 block hours flown per day, more than 25% higher than the previous record set last year.

“We have expanded our fleet by more than 10% since last year’s summer season,” Kajokas said at the time.

In recent years, Avion has provided ACMI services to a variety of airlines, many of them fast-growing low-cost carriers such as Norwegian, Vueling, WOW air, Transavia and the now defunct Primera Air, airlines that often need flexibility in the form of spare planes and crews at short notice.

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