June 10, 2023

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    Date Based:
    Guillaume Faury
    Headquarters Location:
    Toulouse, France
    Key Product Strains:
    Airbus A220, Airbus A320, Airbus A330, Airbus A340, Airbus A350, Airbus A380
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Avion Categorical, one of many world’s largest narrowbody plane, crew, upkeep, and insurance coverage (ACMI) operators, has efficiently acquired its second Airbus A320 plane from Goshawk Aviation. The brand new fleet addition was delivered on August twenty fourth and was the second plane supplied to Avion Categorical by the Irish plane lessor as the 2 firms proceed their precious partnership.

The primary Airbus A320 was delivered on June twenty seventh and has since been registered as LY-NVO. Ruth Kelly, Chief Government Officer at Goshawk Aviation, mentioned:


“We’re delighted to proceed our relationship with Avion Categorical with the supply of our second A320. The busy summer season months characterize an thrilling restoration interval for the airline trade, and we look ahead to what the longer term holds alongside our companions, Avion Categorical.”

A glance into the fleet of Avion Categorical

With the addition of a brand new Airbus A320-200 into its fleet, the Lithuanian ACMI operator now has eight of the sort, a couple of of which had been leased from different plane lessors resembling Macquarie Airfinance and the DVB Financial institution. All eight plane have a median fleet age of roughly 15.6 years outdated and have all beforehand been shuffled by way of the fleets of a number of totally different airways and lessors.

One attention-grabbing plane housed by Avion Categorical can be a singular Airbus A320-200, registered as LY-VEN. The plane first operated with LAN Categorical in November 2001 and first got here to Avion Categorical in 2014 earlier than being leased out to Thomas Prepare dinner Airways. The 180-seater narrowbody has since then been shifted round in Sky Airline and Sky Angkor Airways fleets earlier than Avion Categorical began working the 20-year-old plane for the United Nations.

A summer season partnership with SunExpress

Then what concerning the remaining Airbus A320s within the fleet of Avion Categorical? The Lithuanian ACMI operator leases six of the plane to Turkish-German provider SunExpress Airways as a part of their ongoing partnership for this yr’s summer season season. Through the season, Avion Categorical is damp-leasing the plane to function on behalf of SunExpress from the Antalya Airport base.

Leasing away that many plane has been an enormous step in a brand new interval of progress for Avion Categorical, which underwent monetary restructuring in the course of the pandemic. With the sixth plane soon-to-be leased to SunExpress, Avion Categorical Vice President Business Dainius Staniulis mentioned:

“We’re extraordinarily proud to proceed our relationship with SunExpress and supply extra capability for summer season 2022. We’re additionally excited to be again to and be based mostly in one of many busiest locations of summer season in Europe – Antalya, and expertise summer season operations in full swing. I wish to thank each groups for onerous work, dedication, and cooperation, and I’m certain summer season 2022 will likely be fruitful for each airways.”

The joint-airline-venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airways has been flying the plane to roughly 15 cities in Turkey, together with Antalya, Konya, and Mardin, in addition to worldwide locations, which embody Beirut, Milan, Nantes, Manchester, Tel Aviv, Budapest, and Skopje.

Backside line

Contemplating Avion Categorical is comparatively recent out of restructuring, the ACMI operator has been making vital progress in getting again to enterprise, which has been booming ever because the demand for air journey roared, and airways wanted extra capacities instantly.

The enterprise has additionally been blossoming over at its Malta subsidiary, Avion Categorical Malta, which has been moist leasing Airbus A320s for Eurowings after being nominated because the long-term ACMI supplier. With the European summer season season ending in a couple of month, it might be attention-grabbing to see which airways Avion Categorical will likely be leasing its plane to for the winter season, which is predicted to be busier than summer season.