Lithuanian leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines expanded its fleet by adding one more Airbus aircraft in the beginning of this summer. In total fleet consists of 22 Airbus 320 and Airbus 321 aircraft. All of them are already booked for the summer season. During this period Small Planet Airlines plans to carry 1 million passengers.
“The summer season of 2017 is clearly the busiest summer ever, and we are planning to carry over 1 million passengers. All of our aircraft came back to Europe after successful projects in Cambodia, India and Saudi Arabia. They are already flying to the most popular summer holiday destinations. This year we are aiming to grow in Germany, therefore our newest Airbus 320 is based in Paderborn, and will carry our German passengers to the Mediterranean Sea resorts”, Kristijonas Kaikaris, CEO of Small Planet Airlines, told.
After the newest addition, company’s fleet consists of 18 Airbus 320 and 4 Airbus 321. 10 aircraft will be based in Polish airports, and Poland remains the biggest Small Planet Airlines business market. 4 aircraft will operate from Germany, 3 from Vilnius, 2 from Paris, 2 from Amsterdam, and London Gatwick remains the base in the UK with 1 aircraft assigned.
Together with the tour operators Small Planet Airlines will carry passengers to the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, and others. Mr. Kaikaris notes that aiming to avoid delays and flight schedule disturbances this year company is going an extra mile: “All efforts will be focused on making processes more effective. We’ve started hiring crews much earlier than last year, assigning more crews to one aircraft than before. Moreover, we have two stand-by aircraft to cover delays”.
This year company has even more exciting challenges, one of them - obtain air operator certificate (AOC) in Cambodia where the company works during winter seasons. As for now Small Planet Airlines holds AOCs in three EU countries – Lithuania, Poland, and Germany.