Startup Air Lituanica to cooperate with Estonian Air18.06.2013, 09:46
Vilnius City Mayor Arturas Zuokas' idea for a municipality-owned airline has advanced to leasing two aircraft – the most among those who have harboured new Lithuanian airline ideas in recent years, writes news2biz LITHUANIA.
Besides, having failed to find a strategic investor so far, municipality-controlled Air Lituanica has entered into a cooperation agreement with Estonian Air to help it spread the wings.
The new Lithuanian airline plans taking off on 30 June with a regular Brussels service (daily) and add Amsterdam as of early July (daily) and Berlin as of early August (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun). The Brussels debut and Lithuania's EU presidency that starts on 1 July is no coincidence as Air Lituanica will try to gain traction with a route that will ensure regular supply of hundreds of travellers for the coming six months. Return air fares cost around EUR 180.
Tickets are already for sale through Estonian Air's booking system, although Air Lituanica's own website still features only a place holder. The government-controlled Estonian airline, itself looking for survival solutions, has also agreed to lease an Embraer 175 aircraft to Air Lituanica until end-2015. The latter's timetable has been fine-tuned to make use of Estonian Air's agreements with other airlines for connect flights to some 100 destinations. Additionally, Air Lituanica's flights will be operated with Estonian Air's flight numbers.