Air Lituanica

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Air Lituanica
Air Lituanica (logo).jpg
IATA
LT
ICAO
LTU
Callsign
LITUANICA
Founded May 2013 (2013-05)
Hubs Vilnius International Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations 10
Parent company Start Vilnius (68.7%)[1]
Headquarters Vilnius, Lithuania
Key people

Erikas Zubrus (CEO)[2]

Website www.airlituanica.com
Embraer 175 Air Lituanica

Air Lituanica is a Lithuanian airline based in Vilnius, Lithuania. It was officially launched on 1 May 2013 (2013-05-01).[citation needed]

History[edit]

Air Lituanica was registered in late May 2012 (2012-05). The carrier's sole owner, Air Vilnius Group, had an initiial investment of LTL0.5 million. Air Vilnius Group was in turn owned by Šiaurės miestelis, which had been registered on 21 May 2012 (2012-05-21) as a subsidiary of the Vilnius City Municipality. Plans were to collect LTL43.5 million (EUR14 million) from a number of investors for the establishment of the new airline.[3]

In May 2013 (2013-05), Brussels was announced to be the carrier's first destination, with services starting on 30 June 2013 (2013-06-30); by this time, the air operator's certificate (AOC) had not been granted yet but the airline already had 27 employees.[4] Air Lituanica was established in May 2013 (2013-05).[5] The activation of the company was partly accelerated by the fact that Lithuania would take position in the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) to 31 December 2013 (2013-12-31).[6][7] The carrier was named after Lituanica, an aircraft commanded by Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas, two pioneer Lithuanian pilots that flew it on a transatlantic flight in 1933.[8] The sale of tickets was launched in early June 2013 (2013-06) using the Estonian Air booking channels.[9]

Air Lituanica received its AOC on 26 June 2013 (2013-06-26);[10] operations started four days later, on 30 June, serving the Vilnius–Brussels route with a leased Embraer E-170.[11][12][13] After its maiden flight, Air Lituanica became the first scheduled Lithuanian airline since FlyLAL and Star1 Airlines ceased operations in 2009 and 2010, respectively.[6] Following allegations of missed payments from both parts,[14] the contractual relationship between Air Lituanica and Estonian Air was unilaterally terminated by the Estonian national carrier in late November 2013 (2013-11).[15][16][17]

Destinations[edit]

The carrier started flying its very first route, Vilnius–Brussels–Vilnius, on 30 June 2013 (2013-06-30), and the second one, Vilnius–Amsterdam–Vilnius, on 8 July; with these two routes, the airline contributes with 2% of the international capacity in the country; as of July 2013, the company ranked 9th in terms of available seats to and from Lithuania.[6] Berlin Tegel, Prague and Munich were added to the route network on 5 August, 20 September and 21 September 2013 (2013-09-21), respectively.[18][19][20]

In April 2014 (2014-04), the airline announced the start of flights to Gothenburg and Malmö, to be served on a seasonal basis between June and August 2014 (2014-08),[21] and the resumption of flights to Amsterdam.[22] The latter destination had been discontinued on 27 November 2013 (2013-11-27).[23] Air Lituanica flies to the following destinations, as of August 2014:[24]

Country City Airport Begin End Refs
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport 30 June 2013 present [11]
Czech Republic Prague Prague Václav Havel Airport 20 September 2013 present [19]
Denmark Billund Billund Airport 16 June 2014 present [25][26]
Estonia Tallinn Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport 12 March 2014 present [27]
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport 14 February 2014 present [28]
Germany Berlin Berlin Tegel Airport 5 August 2013 present [18]
Germany Munich Munich Airport 21 September 2013 present [20]
Lithuania Vilnius Vilnius International Airport Hub N/A N/A [11]
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol 31 August 2014 present [nb 1]
Sweden Göteborg Göteborg Landvetter Airport 16 June 2014 present [30]
Sweden Malmö Malmö Airport 17 June 2014 present [21]

Fleet[edit]

Air Lituanica Embraer E-170 taking off at Vilnius airport

In early June 2013 (2013-06), a contract for the lease of an Embraer E-170 until 2015 was signed with Estonian Air.[31][32] An 86-seater Embraer E-175 leased from ECC Leasing Company, an Embraer subsidiary, would enter the fleet in July 2013 (2013-07);[33] the aircraft was handed over by the manufacturer two months later than planned.[2]

The Air Lituanica fleet consists of the following aircraft, as of August 2014:[34]

Air Lituanica Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
Bombardier CRJ200 1 0 50 Leased from Cimber[35]
Embraer 145 1 0 49 Leased from BMI Regional[36]
Embraer 175 1 0 86
Total 3 0

Retired[edit]

Air Lituanica Retired Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Embraer 170[1] 2013[1] November 2013 (2013-11)[1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Services resumed on 31 August 2014.[22][29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Moores, Victoria (31 January 2014). "Air Lituanica receives fresh capital". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 31 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Vilnius airport welcomed the second Air Lituanica aircraft". The Lithuania Tribune. 6 September 2013. Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Lithuania Tribune". 3 June 2012. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Air Lituanica has announced its first routes and ticket prices". The Lithuania Tribune. 15 May 2013. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Air Lituanica happy with Estonian Air co-operation". The Lithuania Tribune. 19 July 2013. Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Air Lituanica launches operations, becomes Lithuania’s sole scheduled airline". Centre for Aviation. 12 July 2013. Archived from the original on 12 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David (10 December 2012). "Lithuanian start-up aims to be ready for EU presidency". London: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Moores, Victoria (5 June 2013). "Start-up Air Lituanica secures two E-Jets for June launch". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Pavilenene, Danuta (7 June 2013). "Air Lituanica launches ticket sales". Vilnius: The Baltic Course. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Air Lituanica obtains commercial activity license". The Lithuania Tribune. 8 August 2013. Archived from the original on 23 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Moores, Victoria (2 July 2013). "Lithuanian start-up Air Lituanica launches operations". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  12. ^ Ricci, Joël (30 June 2013). "Air Lituanica arrive à Bruxelles" [Air Lituanica arrived in Brussels] (in French). Air Journal. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Blachly, Linda (18 June 2013). "Air Lituanica acquires two Embraer E-Jets". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  14. ^ Moores, Victoria (3 December 2013). "Estonian Air, Air Lituanica split over debts dispute". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Estonia Air informing its customers flying on Vilnius-Berlin route" (Press release). Estonian Air. 29 November 2013. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Estonian Air terminates its contractual relationship with Vilnius based Air Lituanica" (Press release). Estonian Air. 28 November 2013. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Estonian Air Cancels Contract with Air Lituanica, Citing Payment Problems". EER News. 28 November 2013. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. 
  18. ^ a b Moores, Victoria (5 August 2013). "Start-up Air Lituanica adds Berlin Tegel service". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 6 August 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Air Lituanica inaugurated its first flight from Prague". The Lithuania Tribune. 23 September 2013. Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "New route Vilnius - Munich" (Press release). Air Lituanica. 24 September 2013. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Air Lituanica to launch flights to two cities of Sweden this summer" (Press release). Air Lituanica. 4 April 2014. Archived from the original on 4 April 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Air Lituanica resumes flights to Amsterdam" (Press release). Air Lituanica. 30 April 2014. Archived from the original on 30 April 2014. 
  23. ^ "Commercial cooperation between Air Lituanica and Estonian Air was terminated unilaterally." (Press release). Air Lituanica. 2 December 2013. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Air Lituanica flights". Air Lituanica.  Archived 31 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ "Airline Routes". Air Transport World. 28 August 2014. "Air Lituanica will keep 2X-weekly Vilnius-Billund on its schedule of regular flights, going off seasonal-only service."  Archived 28 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "Autumn to bring more flights from Lithuania to Denmark" (Press release). Air Lituanica. 29 July 2014.  Archived 31 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ "New destination - Tallinn". 12 March 2014. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. 
  28. ^ "New flight to Paris" (Press release). Air Lituanica. 2 December 2013. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. 
  29. ^ "Airline Routes". Air Transport World. 29 May 2014. Archived from the original on 30 May 2014. "Air Lituanica begins daily Vilnius-Amsterdam Embraer E-175 service Aug. 31 and increases from 10X-weekly to 12X-Tallinn-Vilnius service." 
  30. ^ "Air Lituanica adds three new routes to Scandinavia". The Baltic Course. 18 June 2014. Archived from the original on 24 June 2014. 
  31. ^ Bonnassies, Oliver (5 June 2013). "Air Lituanica to start flights with leased Embraer 170". London: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "Air Lituanica and Estonian Air signed a lease agreement for E170 aircraft" (Press release). Estonian Air. 4 June 2013. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  33. ^ "Air Lituanica Selects Embraer E-Jets". PRNewswire. 18 June 2013. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. 
  34. ^ "Fleet". Air Lituanica. Retrieved 22 August 2014.  Archived 22 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ http://www.vilnius-airport.lt/en/news/?id=590119
  36. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/30844-air-lituanica-wet-leasing-a-bmi-regional-erj-145

External links[edit]

Air Lituanica official website