Avion Express

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Avion Express
Avion-express-logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
X9[1] NVD NORDVIND
Hubs Vilnius Airport
Fleet size 16
Parent company Eyjafjoll SAS
Headquarters Vilnius, Lithuania
Revenue 152,3 million LTL (2013)[2]
Employees 90 (2017)
Website flyavex.com

Avion Express is a Lithuanian airline headquartered in Vilnius that specializes in providing capacity to other airlines under the ACMI concept.

History[edit]

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 SAAB 340 cargo and passenger aircraft. The company grew steadily to a size of four SAAB 340 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 along with strategic investors from industry. The new owners set up a long term plan to develop the airline as an 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 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 9 Airbus A320 and 2 Airbus A319. In 2013 Avion Express successfully passed the IOSA Operational Safety Audit and consequently obtained an IATA registration. The last Saab 340 Cargo aircraft was removed from operation in March 2013.

Currently Avion Express is the largest Lithuanian Airline providing Aircraft on Charter and ACMI basis to airlines worldwide. Going through a substantial growth period operating 16 Airbus type aircraft for various customers around the world. Fleet: One Airbus A319, 11 Airbus A320, 4 Airbus A321. There are about 90 staff at headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Fleet[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Avion Express Airbus A320-200

The Avion Express fleet consisted of the following aircraft as of 2017:[3]

Avion Express Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 1 8 132 140[4]
Airbus A320-200 4 8 150 158[5]
5 180 180[6]
2 174 174 Two operated for WOW Air
Airbus A321-200 4 220 220
Total 16

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