23 June, 2019

Atlantic Airways orders two A320neo aircraft

Atlantic Airways orders two A320neo aircraft

Atlantic Airways, the Faroe Islands flag carrier, has signed a Purchase Agreement with Airbus for two A320neo aircraft, becoming the latest A320neo customer. The engine selection will be made at a later date.

With this new order, Atlantic Airways intends to further develop its European network. The airline, an Airbus customer since 2008, already operates a fleet of three A320 Family aircraft.

Featuring the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, the efficient A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver more than 20 percent fuel and CO2 savings as well as a 50 percent noise reduction. With more than 6,500 orders received from over 100 customers, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent of the market.
The airline started operations on March 28, 1988, the day Atlantic Airways landed for the first time in Vágar. It was a day of celebration for the Faroese nation who for the first time was able to fly with Faroese wings. But the establishment of the company was far from easy. A combination of determination, luck and chance made the Faroese dream of having a national airline come true.

In 2007/08 Atlantic Airways had seven aircraft and two helicopters in its fleet, and employed around  277 staff. An extension of the runway at Vágar Airport in 2010 opened up new possibilities for the Faroese airline and the decision was made to replace the ageing British Aerospace aircraft with Airbus aircraft. Only four months after the runway was finished the first Airbus 319 landed in Vágar Airport in March of 2012.

The current fleet are named after William (Heinesen), Elinborg (Lützen) and Ingálvur (av Reyni), and the helicopters are named Sámal (Joensen-Mikines) and Ruth (Smith). 

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