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 as 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 fleet of four Saab 340s 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 other investors. 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-aircraft 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 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 operated a fleet of nine Airbus A320s and two Airbus A319s. 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.

As of July 2017, Avion Express is operating a total of 15 aircraft, including A321 that has been added to the fleet in June, 2017.

There are about 90 employees at headquarters in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Fleet[edit]

Avion Express Airbus A320-200

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

Avion Express Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 1 8 132 140[4] Leased to Cubana de Aviación
Airbus A320-200 11 8 150 158[5] Two leased to Thomas Cook Airlines[6]
Two leased to Condor[7]
Four leased to Cubana de Aviación
174 174
180 180[8]
Airbus A321-200[9] 3 220 220 Two leased to Thomas Cook Airlines[10]
One leased to Condor [11]
Total 15

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External links[edit]

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