The grounding of Boeing 737 MAX brought unexpected challenges to multiple airlines worldwide. In reaction to these circumstances, Avion Express ramped up the operations to support its current and new clients. The largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world demonstrated its flexibility and readiness to support airlines affected by the suspension of Boeing 737 MAX.
As such, with over 11% of fleet grounded, Norwegian, Europe’s third largest airline, turned to Avion Express for assistance. According to the signed contracts, the ACMI operator will provide up to 4 Airbus A320 aircraft to operate for Norwegian in the span of April-June 2019.
Additionally, in March-April 2019 Avion Express provided services for Royal Air Maroc to assist the airline in overcoming the absence of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The Moroccan carrier is a recurrent partner of Avion Express that has been reaching out for additional capacity and crew in times of need.
While supporting the abovementioned operations, during the first part of the year Avion Express kept continuously working with its other long- and short-term customers such as Thomas Cook Airlines, Condor, Sky Angkor Airlines, SunExpress, Onur Air, Tunisair, Transavia and others.
“So far 2019 has been very dynamic for us,” comments Avion Express CEO Darius Kajokas. “Our team is constantly working hard to provide high-quality and flexible ACMI services to our clients. Day in, day out we dedicate our efforts to help our customers, i.e. regular and charter airlines, to cope with challenges they are encountering, such as seasonality, shortage of crews, grounding of aircraft or late aircraft deliveries and other issues”.
Avion Express is the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world successfully working with clients in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia-Pacific. In 2019 the airline will operate 22 Airbus A320 family aircraft. Avion Express was awarded ACMI Operator of the Year 2019 at Air Transport Awards organized by International Transport News.