Small Planet Airlines
as FlyLAL Charters
|Headquarters||J. Basanavičiaus g. 15, Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Key people||Vytautas Kaikaris (CEO), Andrius Staniulis (COO), Halldor Sigurdarson (CFO)|
|Revenue||€153,3 million (2014)|
|Profit||€8,2 million (2014)|
Small Planet Airlines is a Lithuanian leisure airline based at Vilnius Airport and Warsaw airport belonging to holding company "Small Planet Group." It is also operating other bases in Europe and Asia.
The company flies mostly to Greece, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria and other countries. In Lithuania UAB Small Planet Airlines cooperates with major travel organizers Tez Tour and Novaturas. In addition the company organizes special flights — fly governmental delegations, sports teams, and other private flights. During the winter some aircraft are transferred to other locations.
The company was previously known as FlyLAL Charters and was registered on 14 March 2007. In October 2008, the company received its operational licenses to begin passenger flight operations. In 2009, a subsidiary, flyLAL Charter Eesti, was registered with an aim to provide chartered operations to and from Estonia. In December 2009, another company, flyLAL Charters PL, was registered to implement flights from various airports in Poland.
In 2010, FlyLAL Charters was authorized to perform scheduled flights to Greece, Spain, Italy and various other countries. In July of the same year, flyLAL Charters was rebranded to its current name, Small Planet Airlines.
In 2009 and 2010, FlyLAL Charters carried 400,000 passengers; in 2012 the renamed Small Planet Airlines had increased the number to nearly 0.7 million passengers.
In April 2013, Small Planet Airlines announced a buyout of the 99.5 percent of Small Planet Airlines UAB (Lithuania) and Small Planet Airlines Sp. z o. o.“(Poland) shares held by Avia Solutions Group. After the transaction, Small Planet Airlines was owned by Vytautas Kaikaris and Andrius Staniulis, the management of the company. In 2014, holding company Small Planet Group was established to take ownership of the Small Planet Airlines of Lithuania and Poland. Small Planet Group UAB owns 100 percent of the shares of the leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines UAB and 90 percent of the shares of Small Planet Airlines Sp. z o. o.
In December 2014, Small Planet Airlines founded a company in Thailand, with the intention of securing a local air operator's certificate (AOC) and operating international flights from Thailand to China and South Korea. In 2015, Small Planet Airlines entered the German market with the incorporation of Small Planet Airlines GmbH; the company’s office was established in Berlin.
In September 2015 the company announced that during the next 5 winters, several aircraft (and flight deck crews) will be transferred to the Southeast Asia to operate from Siem Reap town in Cambodia to China, South Korea and Vietnam.
On Sunday 21st February 2016 a Small Planet Airlines Airbus A320 came off the taxi way at Birmingham International Airport in wet conditions. No passengers suffered any injuries.
In June 2009 flyLAL Charters the company flew 33,6 thousands passengers and that month it was the largest number in Vilnius Airport, even greater than that of regular airlines. By the end of the year flyLAL Charters had a total 85% of a charter market share. In 2012 from all the basis in Lithuania, France, Poland, United Kingdom Small Planet Airline flew over 700,000 people. In 2013 Small Planet Airlines became the first Lithuanian capital company to fly a million passengers. In 2014 due to increased locations the number increased and reached 1.212 million passengers.
As of March 2016, the Small Planet Airlines Lithuania fleet (excluding all subsidiaries) consists of the following aircraft:
|Aircraft||In Service||On order||Passengers||Notes|
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