Grounding of Boeing 737 Max helps drive growth at Avion Express in 1H19

posted on 11th July 2019 by Justin Burns

The largest narrow-body aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) operator in the world Avion Express has expanded its fleet and increased production results in the first half of 2019 (1H19) as the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max helped it grow its operations.

This summer the company is operating 22 Airbus A320 family aircraft. During the summer season 2019 Avion Express is providing ACMI services to Onur Air, SunExpress and Thomas Cook Airlines. The company’s subsidiary airline Avion Express Malta is operating A320s for Norwegian.

Avion Express said it demonstrated an over five per cent year-on-year growth in production in 1H19. The company flew almost 23,000 block hours in 1H19, its highest ever fugure. Adding to this, in June 2019 Avion Express reached its daily production record of over 300 block hours flown in one day.

“Every year we are concentrating on providing quality ACMI services to our clients. Compared to the previous high season when we had 18 Airbus A320 family aircraft in our fleet, we grew the number of aircraft to 22 this year. This growth was influenced by multiple factors, including the global grounding of Boeing 737 Max fleet,” said Avion Express chief executive officer, Darius Kajokas.