Travel Service (airline)

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Travel Service
Travel Service logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
QS[1] TVS SKYTRAVEL
Founded 1997[2]
Operating bases Václav Havel Airport Prague
Focus cities
Subsidiaries
Fleet size 24
Destinations 91
Headquarters Prague, Czech Republic
Key people
  • Jiří Šimáně
  • Roman Vik
  • Jiří Jurán
Website www.travelservice.aero

Travel Service, a.s.[2] is a Czech charter airline and the biggest airline in the Czech Republic with its head office on the property of Václav Havel Airport Prague in Ruzyně, 6th district, Prague.[3] It operates charter flights mainly to leisure destinations and also wet and dry leases aircraft to other airlines. It has subsidiaries in Poland, Hungary and Slovakia and also operates scheduled flights under the brand SmartWings.[4]

Overview[edit]

History[edit]

Travel Service head office in Prague

In 2007, the company carried 2.2 million passengers, one year later about 2.3 million passengers. In 2014, it carried 4.3 million passengers, about 1.2 of them on regular flights under the brand name SmartWings.[5]

On 18 September 2007, the Icelandair Group acquired 50% stake in the carrier and purchased further shares to bring its holding to 80% by April 2008. In December 2008 it reduced its holding to 66% by selling shares to the other shareholders, Unimex.[6][7] In 2009 their stake was further diluted to 50.1% through a new share issue, and they also sold a portion of their stake to fellow owners reducing their holding to 30%[8][9] In 2009 Icelandair spun its 30% stake in Travel Service into a new company, that was the taken over by Icelandair's creditors.

Business figures[edit]

Selected financial results of Travel Service, a.s.
million CZK 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Operating revenues 4,391 4,844 5,818 6,511 7,006
Operating profit 40 73 205 384 344
Net profit after tax (25) 15 156 4 212
Assets 1,074 1,205 1,564 2,226 1,653
Equity 70 62 237 158 409
Liabilities 1,004 1,143 1,327 2,068 1,245

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

As of May 2017 the Travel Service fleet consists of the following aircraft:[10][11]

Travel Service Boeing 737-800
Travel Service mainline fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 1[11] 180 180 Leased from SmartLynx for summer season 2017
Boeing 737-700 2[12] 148 148
Boeing 737-800 30[13][14][12] 1[15] 18 150 168 One leased from MIAT Mongolian Airlines
189 189
Boeing 737-900ER 2 212 212
Boeing 737 MAX 8 30[16] 189 189[16] Deliveries start in early 2018[16]
Total 15 30
Travel Service Boeing 737-800 in SmartWings livery.
Travel Service Boeing 737-900ER landing in Prague

Business jet fleet[edit]

Travel service also operates business jets that are available for private air charter.[17] As of January 2017 the business jet fleet consists of the following aircraft:

Travel Service also operates private business jets
Travel Service business jet fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Cessna Citation Sovereign 3[18] 9
Cessna Citation Sovereign+ 1[18] 9
Cessna Citation Longitude 1[19] 9 Delivery in 2018
Total 4 1

Previously operated[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". iata.org. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Výpis z obchodního rejstříku - Travel Service, a.s." (in Czech). Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic. 
  3. ^ "Travel Service Contacts". Travel Service, a.s. 
  4. ^ "SmartWings Contact". smartwings.com. 
  5. ^ "Travel Service hlásí za loňský rok skoro o pětinu víc cestujících" (in Czech). Novinky.cz. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Annual Report of Travel Service 2007
  7. ^ "Icelandair Group signs LOI to acquire Czech airline operator Travel Service". Air Transport World. Retrieved 13 May 2007. 
  8. ^ "Icelandair Group hf. Prospectus - October 2010" (PDF). euroinvestor.dk. 
  9. ^ "Icelandair Group sells 20% of its share in the Czech airline Travel Service". euroinvestor.dk. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Travel Service Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017.  Included in the fleet list are several Boeing 737-800s on lease to other airlines.
  11. ^ a b Travel Service Fleet retrieved 8 July 2016
  12. ^ a b "CAA Czech Republic". 
  13. ^ "Airfleets.net SmartWings fleet". 
  14. ^ "Airfleets.net". 
  15. ^ "Planespotters.net". 
  16. ^ a b c "iDnes". idnes.cz. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Business jet". Travel Service. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Travel Service rozšíří flotilu business jetů, první v Evropě kupuje novou Cessnu". E15.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  19. ^ "Travel Service objednal letoun Cessna Citation Longitude" [Travel Service orders Cessna Citation Longitude]. planes.cz (in Czech). 24 October 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "Planes.cz". 
  21. ^ "Planes.cz". 

External links[edit]

Media related to Travel Service at Wikimedia Commons