Avion Express

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Avion Express
Avion Express Italia Airbus A320 JBM.jpg
Hubs Vilnius Airport
Fleet size 11
Parent company Eyjafjoll SAS
Headquarters Vilnius, Lithuania
Revenue 152,3 million LTL (2013)[1]
Employees 46 (2013)[2]
Website Avion Express

Avion Express is a Lithuanian – European Union Airline that specializes in providing capacity to other airlines under the ACMI concept. The company is headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania. The airline is fully licensed by the Lithuanian Civil Aviation Authority (full EASA member) in accordance with EU OPS regulations. Avion Express is headquartered in Vilnius, Lithuania, a member of European Union. The airline is fully licensed by Lithuanian CAA (full EASA member) in accordance with EU OPS regulations. Moreover Avion Express holds EASA Part-145 approval for aircraft maintenance and EASA Part M Subpart G approval for continuing airworthiness management.[3]

ACMI Concept[edit]

ACMI stands for Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance, also sometimes referred to as “wet lease”. From time to time, traditional airlines have a need to augment their fleet due to seasonal traffic fluctuations, technical reasons, incorporation of new aircraft and other reasons. Instead of adding new aircraft to their fleet they opt to contract in ACMI specialists that can provide the required capacity on short or longer term basis. The ACMI operator will bring their crews with them and be fully responsible for the operation and maintenance of the aircraft. [4]


The airline was established in 2005 albeit under a different name, Nordic Solutions Air Services. The main purpose of the company at the time was to operate charter and wet lease flights on SAAB340 cargo and passenger aircraft. The company grew steadily to a size of four SAAB340 aircraft operating mostly in Northern Europe for integrator bluechip clients such as TNT, DHL and Royal Mail. In 2008 the company was re-branded to its current name Avion Express.In 2010 Avion Express was acquired by French investment company Eyjafjoll SAS, formed by Avion Capital Partners of Switzerland (www.acp.aero) along with strategic investors from industry. The new owners set up a long term plan to develop the airline as a ACMI specialist. The first step of this plan was to move towards a jet airplane operation. A significant milestone was reached in April 2011 when Avion Express introduced its first Airbus 320 passenger aircraft. The aircraft was based in Milan, Malpensa and operated successfully on behalf of Italian tour operators throughout the summer season. During 2012 and 2013 more aircraft were added and by Summer 2014 Avion Express operates a fleet of 11x A320s and 2x A319 based around the world. In 2013 Avion Express successfully passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit and consequently obtained IOSA registration.The last Saab 340 Cargo aircraft was removed from operation in March 2013. Today Avion Express is an all-jet operator. [5]

Client base (major contracts)[edit]


Alpitour (Italian Tour Operator)


WOW Air (Icelandic low cost airline) JET2 (UK Airline) Cosmo Airlines (Spanish Operator) TACV (Cabo Verde Airlines)


WOW Air Transavia France (French Airline) Air Algerie (National Carrier of Algeria) Travelservice (Czech Airline) Air India (National Carrier of India) Thomas Cook Ireland (Irish Tour Operator) Skyview (Thai Airline)


Vueling (Spanish low cost Airline, part of IAG Group) Thomas Cook Belgium (Belgian Airline) Thomas Cook UK (UK Airline) Air Algerie Privat Air (Swiss VIP Airline) Skyview (Thai Airline)

Avion Express has been operating flights from Canada to various destinations in the Caribbean.

It was rumored that Avion Express had been selected in 2013 to operate the short haul program on behalf of Virgin Atlantic (Little Red). However, this contract did not come to fruition.


There are about 50 staff in the Vilnius headquarter. However, it is believed that total staff with crews and maintenance personnel may exceed 300.