Fly2Sky has announced the signing of an ACMI agreement with Latvian national airline airBaltic throughout April of this year.
The agreement will ensure the lease of one Airbus A320 aircraft to airBaltic, which will have the aircraft based in Riga (RIX) throughout the month and help cope with demand.
This becomes the third announced ACMI agreement by Fly2Sky so far this year, as the company as early as last week, on April 5, announced the ACMI agreement with a national European carrier.
A leading IOSA registered airline company, Fly2Sky specializes in wet-lease ACMI charters, and on April 10 announced the company will be providing the Latvian national airline airBaltic with one of their Airbus A320 aircraft.
The airframe on lease to airBaltic will be LZ-FSA (MSN 4247), a 2010 built A320-200ceo aircraft. The airframe has previously been with Hong Kong’s Dragonair and Cathay Dragon, before it was returned to the lessor Avalon in March of 2020.
The aircraft is powered by two IAE V2500 engines and features a 150 seat layout according to Planespotters.net.
The aircraft will be based at Riga (RIX) during the lease period and will operate on a number of airBaltic’s routes within Europe.
Aleksandrs Gusevs, CCO of Fly2Sky said the following on the lease agreement: “We are excited to partner with airBaltic and support their continued growth and success,”
“Our team is dedicated to providing the highest levels of safety, reliability, and service to airBaltic and their passengers, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
Second A320 lease this year
With the temporary lease of the A320 from Fly2Sky now being announced, airBaltic has now got two lease agreements regarding the Airbus A320 type.
To support its operations, a partnership with the leading narrow-body ACMI and charter operator Avion Express was established in early March, effectively adding the Airbus A320-232 aircraft equipped with 180 seats to the fleet of airBaltic.
In total, two of the aircraft will operate out of the Riga base in the period of March 26 to October 28, while one will be based in Vilnius and another in Tallinn, from May 1 to October 28.
Speaking on the lease arrangement and strategic partnership, Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic said: “Although the challenges, caused by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine is still being felt, the aviation industry is gradually stabilizing.”
“As a result, passenger demand for air travel is increasing. At the same time, the industry as a whole continues to face technical parts supply chain issues, which means we need additional capacity to carry all passengers, avoiding flight cancellations.”
“Therefore, this summer airBaltic will be cooperating with Avion Express, which aircraft offer even more seats, thus allowing us to carry greater amount of passengers.”
The Avion Express configuration
The wet-leased aircraft will be available in two configurations, with burgundy red leather seats and blue textile seats.
The onboard ambiance will feature airBaltic-branded white headrest covers, Baltic Outlook inflight magazine, and the airline’s safety cards.
Furthermore, the crew of Avion Express has been instructed to detail, in order to ensure the same high standard of service as airBaltic.
The Airbus A320-232 aircraft of Avion Express (registration numbers: 9H-AMI, 9H-AMK, 9H-MLY, 9H-MLX) have been manufactured in the period from 2008 to 2011.