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Needy airlines boost Baltic ACMI operator’s fortunes

Avion Express is starting 2019 with record production results and new clients around the world.

Vilnius-based ACMI operator Avion Express has revealed some of its results for 2018, closing the year with a 27% year-on-year rise in production after flying a record number of more than 52,500 block hours.

The increase was driven by the aircraft lessor’s “significant growth” during the year as it obtained its 18th Airbus A320-family aircraft in the summer. The average number of aircraft in the company’s fleet grew by over 20% compared to 2017.

“The fleet expansion and the production increase which we managed to achieve during 2018 became possible due to the increasing popularity of ACMI services among airlines and the constant efforts of our team,” says Darius Kajokas, Avion Express chief executive.

“We try to work to our full potential season after season, so it’s great to see that these efforts are paying off.”

Kajokas says that Avion Express is constantly stretching to expand its client base. This winter it plans to start operations for Onur Air, a low-cost carrier based in Turkey.

The two companies signed a leasing agreement for two Airbus A321 aircraft, one of which will start flying for Onur Air this winter, the other in mid-April.

Cook flights in Europe
During this winter Avion is also continuing to work with its long-term partner Thomas Cook Group, in a deal where five A320 and A321 aircraft are flying on an ACMI basis for the group’s airlines in Germany and the UK.

Avion is also providing its services this winter to Sky Angkor Airlines in Cambodia. Under the recently signed ACMI deal, one A321 and one A320 have been leased to the Cambodian carrier.

Avion Express brands itself “the largest narrowbody ACMI operator in the world”, working with clients in Europe, South America and Asia-Pacific.

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