The Lithuanian ACMI and charter operator GetJet Airlines has begun operations in Canada having recently signed a short-term contract with Sunwing Airlines. This marks the airline’s first operations in the Canadian market, and a major step in the company’s growth internationally.
2019 has been a year of substantial expansion and development for GetJet Airlines. It became the first airline in the Baltics to have an Airbus A330 in its fleet, which is now comprised of 17 aircraft. Furthermore, it added agreements with TUI and GECAS to its long-term contracts with leading regional tour operators and major carriers such as Finnair and LOT. This latest development will further bolster the company’s reputation as a reliable international ACMI partner.
Foreign airlines operating in Canada are robustly regulated by Canada’s civil aviation authority, Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA). Airlines must have a Foreign Air Operator Certificate (FAOC) to start operations in Canada. GetJet Airlines’ possession of an AOC and its ability to adhere to TCCA requirements has enabled it to conclude this agreement with Sunwing Airlines.
For GetJet Airlines this agreement marks a first venture into the Canadian ACMI market, explains Darius Viltrakis, CEO of GetJet Airlines. “Canada is a new strategic destination for us – until now we have mostly been operating in Europe. Entering the Canadian market has been a long-term goal for GetJet Airlines, and one for which we have been preparing carefully and thoroughly. This partnership will strengthen our position in the international market, and we are excited to embark on further expansion in North America after this very promising beginning,” he said.
GetJet Airlines started performing flights on behalf of Sunwing Airlines, a Canadian leisure carrier, on September 2nd 2019. GetJet Airlines is using one of the latest additions to its fleet, a 150-seater Airbus A319, for this new contract.
Sunwing Airlines turned to GetJet Airlines following the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. Sunwing Airlines was required to wet lease in capacity to cover existing programs. Mark Williams, President of Sunwing Airlines commented: “We are very satisfied to have found such an experienced ACMI partner. We appreciate GetJet Airlines’ experience and ability to provide an important contribution to our operations at this time.”
GetJet Airlines is an IOSA registered ACMI and charter operator that is headquartered in Lithuania. Its fleet has expanded 300% in the past 2 years, and currently stands at 17 aircraft: 7 Boeing 737, 6 A320s, a wide-body Airbus A330 and 3 Airbus A319s.