Sunday, 7 July 2013

Small Planet Airlines operates Alitalia charters to Irish Airports

                                                   

Small Planet Airlines has begun to operate a series of student charter flights to Cork Airport and Dublin Airport on behalf of Alitalia, using LY-FLE Boeing 737-3L9 c/n 27061. The carrier plans to return it's two remaining 737-300s to lessors at the end of the summer season.

The airline has begun a fleet renewal programme to replace its five Boeing 737-300s with Airbus A320 aircraft creating new growth opportunities.

Small Planet Airlines CEO Vytautas Kaikaris said "Following the leasing of the new aircraft, the company’s fleet became one of the freshest among the European charter airlines. We will aim to maintain an average fleet age of about 10 years. By renewing our fleet, we are aiming at more efficient operations. A320s, compared with Boeing 737-300s, have bigger capacity and lower fuel consumption per seat. In addition, they are more reliable and that should help with punctuality.”

Small Planet Airlines is a holiday charter airline holding two air operator certificates in Poland and Lithuania with a fleet of nine aircraft. Key markets for the airline include Poland, UK, Italy, France and Lithuania.

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Aer Arann wet-leases second ATR72 from Danish Air Transport

                                                   
OY-LHB ATR72 Danish Air Transport 
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional franchise has wet-leased an second ATR72 from Danish Air Transport due to the requirement of additional capacity following the launch of it's new Dublin to Manchester route and pending delivery of a further of two new ATR72-600s EI-FAT c/n 1097 and EI-FAU c/n 1098 due this month.

The aircraft OY-LHB ATR72-202 c/n 496 Danish Air Transport was ferried Copenhagen to Dublin Airport on Wednesday 3rd July as REA100P.

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