VietJetAir (VJ, Hanoi) will wet-lease three A320-200s and three A321-200s from Avion Express (X9, Vilnius) during the Winter 2019/20 season, the Lithuanian ACMI/charter specialist said in a press release.

"Avion Express is constantly working on expanding its client base and has recently signed an ACMI contract with VietJetAir, an international low-cost airline from Vietnam. According to the wet-lease agreement, six aircraft - three Airbus A320 and three Airbus A321 - will be flying for the Vietnamese carrier until the end of February 2020. Four of the aircraft will already start operations in Vietnam in November," it said.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Avion Express currently operates fourteen A320-200s and seven A321-200s. Ten A320s are wet-leased to SunExpress (XQ, Antalya), one to undisclosed customer, two have been inactive since ACMI customer Thomas Cook Airlines UK (MT, Manchester Int'l) collapsed, and one was ferried to Amman Queen Alia on October 23. Two A321s are wet-leased to Onur Air (8Q, Istanbul New) and of the remaining five, which used to be wet-leased to Thomas Cook UK, operated only ad-hoc flights on behalf of various customers.

Subsidiary Avion Express Malta (MLH, Malta Int'l) operates an A320 for Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen).

For its part, VietJetAir operates an in-house fleet of twenty-two A320-200s, thirty-three A321-200s, and twelve A321-200neo. It also wet-leases three A320s from FlyOne (5F, Chisinau).

Editorial Comment: The article has been updated with corrected details about Avion Express' current ACMI contracts. - 29.10.2019 - 07:20 UTC