Bluebird Nordic, Icelandic ACMI leasing and cargo airline, is planning to obtain an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) in Slovakia, expanding its operations in Europe. The company’s decision comes as a strategic move to enter new and prominent markets.
“Slovakia is ideally positioned in the middle of Europe, which offers great opportunities for a wider geographical coverage.”
“The new AOC in the country will aid in expanding our airline routes and destinations, and strengthen the airline’s name in the region,” said Audrone Keinyte, CEO of Bluebird Nordic.
Currently, Bluebird Nordic is operating a fleet of one B737-300, six B737-400 and five B737-800 full freighter aircraft.
Bluebird Nordic plans to grow the fleet to 25 aircraft in the next couple of years and strengthen the position in cargo market, especially in Boeing Next Generation (NG) segment.
Bluebird Nordic is a family member of Avia Solutions Group, the leading aviation business group and the largest global ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance) provider, with a fleet of 165 aircraft.
The Group is a parent company of SmartLynx Airlines, Avion Express, BBN Airlines, KlasJet, Magma Aviation and more, operating on all continents in the world.
Currently, the biggest group’s expansion focus is set on Bluebird Nordic and KlasJet airlines, both of which will be operating Boeing 737-800 and 737-800 MAX type aircraft.
Avia Solutions Group holds 8 AOC in Europe, and in May the group is planning to get AOC in Indonesia, expanding its current presence in more than 70 countries worldwide.
About Bluebird Nordic
Bluebird Nordic is a cargo airline based in Reykjavik, Iceland. The airline operates scheduled and chartered cargo flights primarily within Europe, but also to destinations in North America and Asia.
Bluebird Nordic was founded in 2019 through the merger of two Icelandic cargo airlines, Bluebird Cargo and Air Atlanta Icelandic Cargo.
The airline has a fleet of Boeing 747 and 737 freighter aircraft, as well as Airbus A330 freighters. The airline is owned by BB Holding and has its main hub at Keflavik International Airport.
Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the west, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. Its capital and largest city is Bratislava.
Slovakia is a member of the European Union, the United Nations, NATO, and other international organizations. The country has a mixed economy with a strong manufacturing sector, particularly in the automotive and electronics industries.
The largest international airport in Slovakia is Bratislava Airport, which offers cargo handling services for various types of cargo, including perishable goods, dangerous goods, oversized cargo, and express courier shipments.
In addition to Bratislava Airport, there are several other airports in Slovakia that offer cargo services, such as Košice Airport and Poprad–Tatry Airport.
These airports handle both domestic and international cargo shipments, and are served by several cargo airlines and logistics companies.
Slovakia is also well-connected to the wider European air cargo network, with several major cargo hubs located within a few hours’ flying time, such as Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.
These hubs offer a wide range of air cargo services, including intercontinental cargo flights, and provide access to global air cargo networks.