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SmartLynx Airlines signed ACMI wet lease agreement with Thomas Cook Airlines.
According to it SmartLynx leases to Thomas Cook Airlines two aircrafts A320, MSN 533 and MSN 1873 with Latvian Registration Marks YL-LCL and YL-LCO respectively.
Aircraft YL-LCL will operate from base in Birmingham International Airport (BHX), England, and YL-LCO – from base in London Gatwick Airport (LGW), England, both starting from 29 April 2017. Redelivery date for both aircrafts is 1 November 2017.
Aircraft seating configuration – 180 Y, MTOW (maximum take-off weight) 77t.
Thomas Cook Airlines is SmartLynx long term ACMI partner since 2012.
About SmartLynx Airlines:
SmartLynx Airlines was founded in 1992 as a private airline and is the leading full-service ACMI (Aircraft-Crew-Maintenance-Insurance) provider on Airbus 320 in the EU with its headquarters being located in Riga. Latvian and Estonian air carrier certificates have been granted to the airline. Being an EU airline, SmartLynx Airlines complies with international quality standards IOSA and EASA, as well as it has access to the free route airspace.
SmartLynx Airlines specialises in lease services of its Airbus A320 fleet, as well as ensures full charter operation for its home markets in Latvia and Estonia, predominantly in the leisure market. It also performs flight crew trainings.
Airline’s fleet consists of 12 Airbus A320 aircrafts and 1 Airbus 321 aircraft that ensure flights in Europe, Asia and Africa. SmartLynx flight crew members represent 17 nationalities, and the average experience of captains is above 5300 block hours and first officers — above 1900 block hours.
Overall the number of passengers transported by SmartLynx is rapidly increasing with every year — in 2015 it reached 1.6 million, and in 2016 – 1.9 million. SmartLynx flight precision (On Time Performance) is constantly improving — in summer of 2016 this indicator reached 89% for all charter flights. Company is rapidly growing and in 2016 its turnover increased by 18%, reaching 109.4 million EUR.