This week was marked by the last aircraft introduction to the Avion Express fleet for the European Summer 14 operation. Airbus A320 MSN 1626 was awarded the registration LY-VEN and is leased from Plane Business in the UK. The aircraft has been operating for Lan Chile during the past years. This brings the total Avion Express fleet up to 11 aircraft. Further introduction will be made later this summer in order to support our operations in the Americas.
Avion Express is looking forward to a busy summer season yet again. A total of 6 A320 aircraft are assigned to the European season this year. Avion Express is pleased to inform that three aircraft were signed up with Vueling, based in Barcelona, Spain. The contract started on April 1st and will come to an end on October 31st, 2014. All three aircraft were delivered on time and have operated successfully throughout this month. Moreover, the successful A319 operation last year in Dublin for the Thomas Cook Group has led to a increase in the business volume between the two companies. Two A320 aircraft will be operated for the group this summer, one in Cardiff for Thomas Cook UK and the other one for Thomas Cook Belgium, based in Brussels. The 6th aircraft will be operating on behalf of repeat customer Air Algerie.
Avion Express and PrivatAir have come to an agreement to sub lease its A319 with manufacturers serial number 1263 to VIP/Executive specialist PrivatAir. The aircraft was already in an executive configuration and had operated a number of flights on behalf of french football team Paris Saint Germain and other corporate customers. PrivatAir was looking to expand its existing fleet and the executive configuration layout of the aircraft was quite appealing to them. The aircraft will remain on sublease with Privatair until July 2015.
The first Airbus 320 aircraft was introduced into Avion Express on 1st April 2011. The Aircraft with Manufacturers Serial Number 375 and registration LY-VEX flew its first commercial flight from Milano to Malaga on April 3d 2011. Since then the aircraft operated 8840 Block Hours or an average of 245 Block hours per each month with an overall dispatch reliability statistic of 99.5%. The aircraft was ferried to Montreal on its very last flight February 23rd where it will be parted out. The aircraft will continue to play a part in the Avion Express expansion, namely by providing spare parts in support of the growing A320 fleet. The introduction of LY-VEX was a major milestone in the history of Avion Express and the aircraft will fondly be remembered as such as well as having been a reliable workhorse during its stay with the company.
Another milestone was reached for Avion Express last week when its Airbus 319, with registration LY-VEU, flew its maiden flight in an all corporate configuration. The aircraft was chartered by french football club Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (PSG) to fly from Le Bourget in Paris to Brussels, Belgium for their Champions League encounter with R.S.C. Anderlecht on October 24th. PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted a stunning four goals in the 0-5 encounter as PSG swooped away Anderlecht in an impressive 0-5 win.
Avion Express President and CEO, Aleksei Lupitski, stated that he was extremely happy with the launch of the product and went on to say that the impressive PSG result for our customer added a positive aura to the maiden flight. Head of VIP Sales at Avion Express, Pierre Antoine Napoleoni, stated that the flight was a complete success and as a result that PSG had signed for more flights in the future. He went on to say that the launch had generated a lot of interest in the industry.
Avion Express offers a variety of all corporate configurations, specifically customised to the needs of the customer.