Start-Ups UK-Startup Hans Airways signs LOI for first Airbus A330-200

UK´s Start-Up airline Hans Airways has signed a Letter of Intent to add a first Airbus A330-200 to its fleet.

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The United Kingdom is welcoming a new long-haul carrier to the aviation scene with the introduction of Hans Airways. The airline seeks to begin scheduled passenger flights to India this year and has over this course now signed a Letter of Intent for a first used aircraft, an Airbus A330-200.

Registered as G-KJAS, the A330-200 will help Hans Airways to introduce regular flights as smooth as possible. The aircraft with Manufacturer Serial Number 950 has previously been used by Novair and most recently by Air Europa. The aircraft is powered by GE CF6-80E1A4 engines and is 14 years old.

Hans Airways’ CEO Satnam Saini, commented: “We are delighted to have achieved this very important milestone in our two-year journey […] Our scheduled operations centre on the Airbus A330, a popular and spacious long-haul widebody, excellent for cargo too, and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us to ratify this agreement at the start of the new year.”

Hans Airways will configure their first A330 in a two-class layout. 24 passengers can be accommodated in premium economy and 275 in economy class. The carrier seeks to operate under a hybrid business model between low-cost airline and premium carrier. IFE will be available at every seat and as well as catering as standard.

Currently, Hans Airways is applying to the UK Civil Aviation Authority for its Air Operator´s Certificate (AOC), which would allow to commence passenger operations. The application for the Operating License and Route License has been published by the UK CAA.

Main operational hub is planned to be at Birmingham Airport. In the city, nearly 30,000 British Indians have their home. Together with leisure travellers, Hans Airways seeks to connect these target groups to offer sustainable flights between the UK and secondary cities in India.

To ensure that the start of operations is as smooth as possible, Hans Airways´ first set of flight crew is currently commencing their first set of training. Furthermore, the airline is working on implementing a loyalty programme named HAPEEI.

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