A newly launched Cyprus Airways has taken delivery of its first Airbus A319 aircraft Dec. 1. The carrier, which expects to get an air operator’s certificate (AOC) before the end of 2016, is finalizing its route network and preparing to launch ticket sales.
The airline’s fleet will comprise A319 aircraft, which will fly to European and Middle East countries. The brand Cyprus Airways is used by Charlie Airlines, which won the right to work under the Cyprus name in July 2016. The 10-year brand deal was signed by the Cyprus government and Charlie Airlines.
Charlie Airlines was founded by Russia’s S7 Group co-owner Vladislav Filev, who told journalists in March 2016 the carrier would begin operations before the end of the year. According to carrier’s commercial director Natalya Popova, a new airline team has been formed from Cyprus and European aviation specialists.
Cyprus has been without a locally based airline since national flag carrier Cyprus Airways went out of business in January 2015 after a long period of decline.
At the beginning of February 2016, it was announced that new Cypriot low-cost carrier Cobalt planned to start operations at the end of March, once its AOC was finalized. Cobalt CEO Andrew Pyne also launched Russian low-cost carrier Avianova in 2009.
(Polina Montag-Girmes - ATWOnline News)