Start-Ups Canada Jetlines prepares for takeoff
The Canadian airline start-up has announced to commence operations in the first half of 2019 with two leased Airbus A320 aircraft.
Jetlines has announced, it has signed a contract with the international leasing company AerCap for two Airbus A320 aircraft, effective June 12, 2018. Delivery of the two aircraft is expected by the first half of 2019.
The two committed Airbus A320’s are sister aircraft, having virtually identical conformity in design, features, and equipment, allowing Jetlines to expedite the necessary training and maintenance processes to commence operations at an earlier date. The sister aircraft are 12 years old.
Jetlines Executive Chairman Mark Morabito stated, “Our operations team has worked diligently on securing quality aircraft, carrying out a meticulous vetting process to ensure that the aircraft are fit for Jetlines and our future passengers.” Mr. Morabito continued, “I am pleased to report that we are now positioned to carry out the remainder of work to complete our licencing process and that we are continuing to advance our financing initiatives, personnel recruitment, and airport agreements.”
The pre-existing purchase agreement with Boeing for the 737-MAX’s for delivery in 2023 remains in place. Jetlines plans to use the Airbus planes to support its start-up operations and is not limited from securing a Boeing fleet in future, should the Company decide to do so.
Earlier this year, Jetlines has announced plans to open a first base at Halifax International airport in Canada. According to the carrier, additional bases are planned at Hamilton International airport and Abbotsford International airport. Destinations from Canada to the United States, the Caribbean and to Mexico are in the airlines´ route portfolio. AerCap is a global aircraft leasing company with over 1500 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio.
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