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Avion Express is the leading narrow-body ACMI operator operating Airbus A320 family aircraft. Working in the field for over 15 years, we have established a long-term partnership with clients in Europe and are also operating in Africa, Asia-Pacific, South America.
To strengthen our position in the market, in 2019 we established Avion Express Malta, a subsidiary airline based in Malta which operates Airbus A320 aircraft fleet.
Avion Express is a company of Avia Solutions Group, Avia Solutions Group, the largest aerospace business group from Central & Eastern Europe with 83 offices and production stations providing aviation services and solutions worldwide.
Avia Solutions Group unites a team of more than 7000 professionals, providing state-of-the-art solutions to aviation industry and beyond.

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Avion Express enters cargo transportation market

Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Originally established as a cargo and passenger airline back in 2005, Avion Express, leading ACMI operator with 15 years of experience, announced re-entering the airfreight market. This move comes as a response to a rapidly changing situation in the market. Although commercial passenger flights were suspended around the world due to coronavirus pandemic, cargo-carrying flights are in huge deman...Read more

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Avion Express Malta obtained FAA approval to fly to and from the USA

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Avion Express Malta has reached another landmark in its development – the company obtained the Part 129 Operation Specification approval, issued by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to conduct passenger flights to and from the United States. The Maltese company will now be able to make wet-lease agreements with companies throughout the North America. In order to attain the approval, ...Read more

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Avion Express appoints Vice President Commercial

Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Avion Express is delighted to announce that Dainius Staniulis was appointed Vice President Commercial as of May 1st. Dainius previously served the company as a Commercial Manager. For the last two years, Dainius was developing sales function in the company with a strong focus on strengthening clients’ portfolio and meeting customer’s needs. Having brought his expertise in sales working with...Read more

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To be more than a Captain: the Success Story of Jose Maria Fernandez

Monday, 02 March 2020

“Dynamism and challenging day-to-day reality” – that is Jose Maria Fernandez’s, Avion Express’ new Deputy Head of Flight Operations, answer when he is asked why he loves his job and wakes up with a new flow of excitement every morning. The experienced pilot opens up about his career path and success he achieved. Jose Maria’s relationship with aviation started developing 35 years ag...Read more

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Notice on Fraudulent Job Offers

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Avion Express' Commitment to Privacy It has been brought to our attention that there have been instances of fraudulent job offers, purporting to be from UAB “Avion Express” and/or its affiliates (“Avion”). These persons have been offering fraudulent employment opportunities to applicants / candidates (usually pilots and/or cabin crew) and often asking for sensitive financial information...Read more

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Avion Express reached record production results in 2019

Monday, 13 January 2020

Avion Express, leading ACMI operator in the world, is delighted to announce that the company reached record yearly production results in 2019. During 2019 Avion Express expanded its fleet to the all-time high number of 22 Airbus A320 family aircraft. Last year Avion Express produced a record number of over 60,200 block hours (BH) in comparison with 52,500 BH recorded during 2018. Hence, the com...Read more

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Avion Express recognised among the top companies in Lithuania

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

After a great year of accolades, Avion Express has been awarded another acknowledgement. This time the company has been recognized among the 7% of most reliable and stable companies in Lithuania by a leading Lithuanian business portal rekvizitai.lt. The selection criteria was based on the aspects as follows: the companies established two or more years ago, timely submitting their financial repo...Read more

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Avion Express to lease four Airbus A320 aircraft to LOT

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, has reached an agreement to wet-lease four Airbus A320 aircraft to the Polish National Airline LOT. Under the ACMI agreement, signed until 31st of May 2020, two Airbus A320 aircraft will start flying for LOT Polish Airlines from 14th of January 2020 and the other two will commence flight operations on 1st of February 2020. Al...Read more

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From Aircraft Technician to Vice President Fleet: the Success Story of Artūras Vegys

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Recently, Avion Express has appointed Artūras Vegys as its new Vice President Fleet. For an experienced specialist, such an important career turn didn’t happen overnight and Artūras’ story proves to be an inspiring example to follow. Over just a few years that Artūras has been a part of Avion Express, he has helped tremendously to lead the company forward to its largest fleet of 22 Airb...Read more

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Avion Express Malta lands Canadian FAOC

Friday, 22 November 2019

Avion Express Malta, a subsidiary airline of the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world Avion Express, has received FAOC (Foreign Air Carrier Certificate) from Transport Canada, issued by the Minister of Transport on the 1st of November. Avion Express Malta has started its operations in May and had been flying for Europe’s third-largest low-cost airline Norwegian Air for the whole sum...Read more

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Avion Express recognized among the best companies internationally

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, received the Airline of the Year 2019 Bronze Award from the European Regions Airline Association (ERA). The achievement was announced during the General Assembly, followed by ERA’s annual awards ceremony, on October 9th, 2019 in Juan-les-Pins, France. The company received the prestigious award based on numerous criteria such a...Read more

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Avion Express reached record production results during Q3 2019 and signed winter contract with VietJet Air

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world Avion Express announced record quarterly production results. During Q3 2019 the airline flew over 27,400 block hours, increasing the year-on-year production result by 28%. September year to date production results increased by over 15% – the company flew over 50,000 block hours in the three quarters of 2019. The company CEO Darius Kajokas sai...Read more

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Quality Manager Marius Brazys: “My whole journey with Avion Express has been a success story”

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Marius Brazys, Avion Express Quality Manager, has been a valuable part of the company since 2012, which in itself is long enough. However, his journey in aviation started long before that. “I have always wanted to be a pilot,” starts Marius. “The standards and requirements for this job are extremely high, and I have poor eyesight, so, unfortunately, I couldn’t pursue that path. So, I m...Read more

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During H1 2019 Avion Express demonstrated growth in fleet and production

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

During the first half of 2019 Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, expanded its fleet and increased production results. This summer the company is operating 22 Airbus A320 family aircraft. The current fleet is the biggest in the history of Avion Express. During the summer season 2019 Avion Express is providing ACMI services to Onur Air, SunExpress and Thomas Cook A...Read more

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From an intern to an employee: securing a job in aviation while still at university

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Avion Express is offering an Intern Programme which provides great opportunities for students to discover the aviation industry from within while still at university. Domantas Paičius joined Avion Express in the spring of 2018 as an intern, but once his internship was over, Domantas was offered to continue his journey with the company, and now he is as a Junior Flight Documentation Officer. He is...Read more

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Avion Express established subsidiary airline in Malta

Thursday, 16 May 2019

To strengthen its position in the market, Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, established a subsidiary airline in Malta. The latter company, which was named Avion Express Malta, was granted Maltese Air Operator’s Certificate and Air Operating License earlier this week. Alongside with its parent company, the Maltese airline will provide ACMI services to regular a...Read more

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Avion Express offered prompt assistance to airlines affected by the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The grounding of Boeing 737 MAX brought unexpected challenges to multiple airlines worldwide. In reaction to these circumstances, Avion Express ramped up the operations to support its current and new clients. The largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world demonstrated its flexibility and readiness to support airlines affected by the suspension of Boeing 737 MAX. As such, with over 11% of f...Read more

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A journey to the Captain’s seat: the success story of Gregor Siljan

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Being a pilot is a dream job of many. But it takes a lot of effort to reach the top. Gregor Siljan joined Avion Express as a First Officer at the end of 2016, and in February 2019 he was upgraded to a Captain. His fascinating success story proves that it takes a lot of dedication and hard work to get to the Captain’s seat. Gregor has walked a long and thorny path to be where he is now. But h...Read more

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Avion Express Cadet Programme first graduates shared their experience with the Programme and airline

Friday, 05 April 2019

At the beginning of 2019, the first two cadets finished Avion Express Cadet Programme. It is a big step in the lives of the young pilots and the company as well. Jonar Hanak and Oliver Bjurling are highly motivated and hard-working. They took the opportunity to pursue their dream of becoming professional pilots and showed that it takes dedication and persistence to reach this goal. Jonar Hanak ...Read more

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Avion Express to launch its first MPL Training Programme with BAA Training

Monday, 08 April 2019

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, announced the launch of the MPL Training Programme with its long-term partner BAA Training, one of the biggest independent aviation training centres in Europe. The competency-focused MPL Training Programme, that is set to begin in August 2019, is based on a multi-crew training that imitates the actual cockpit experience working ...Read more

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From working in a male-dominated team to managing one: the success story of Sigita Kašėtaitė

Friday, 08 March 2019

This year will mark 10 years that Sigita Kašėtaitė has been working in aviation. More than half of this time she has spent at Avion Express, where she has walked a long and interesting path from Engineering Services Engineer to Planning Manager to Engineering Manager to ARC Signatory to her current well-deserved position of the Head of Engineering and Planning. Sigita has always known that s...Read more

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Avion Express ended 2018 with record production results and new clients

Monday, 14 January 2019

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, announced its production results of 2018. The company closed the year with the 27% year-on-year increase in production, having flown the record number of more than 52,500 block hours. The increase in production was driven by the airline’s significant growth during 2018. In the summer of 2018, Avion Express reached its all-tim...Read more

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Q3 2018 production results of Avion Express increased 67% year-on-year

Wednesday, 03 October 2018

During the third quarter of 2018 Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, demonstrated another significant growth in production. In Q3 2018 the airline flew over 21,600 block hours, increasing the year-on-year production result by over 67%. “Our company has grown significantly since the beginning of the year in terms of fleet size, cockpit and cabin crew and HQ pers...Read more

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Avion Express to reach its all-time high in production in 2018

Thursday, 01 March 2018

According to the global passenger traffic results revealed by the International Air Transport Association, the number of travellers in 2017 increased by 7.6% compared to 2016 and it is going to go up even more in 2018. Due to the growing demand for air travel, commercial airlines every so often find themselves in a position where they lack the resources needed to operate in full swing. To sati...Read more

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Avion Express to launch Type Rating training programme with BAA Training aviation academy

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Avion Express, an experienced narrow-body ACMI operator, has signed an Airbus A320 Type Rating training agreement with BAA Training. Further working on solving pilot sourcing and recruitment challenges as well as anticipating the increase of the fleet, Avion Express took an extra step to attract new pilots with relevant qualification and skills to operate the company’s Airbus A320 family air...Read more

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Avion Express sets new records in mid-2018

Friday, 03 August 2018

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world, keeps demonstrating strong growth. The fleet expansion in the first half of 2018 became the driving force of the increase in the production results of the company. During H1 2018 Avion Express fleet have flown almost 22,000 block hours, which accounts for a 17% year-to-year growth. In late July Avion Express hit another milesto...Read more

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Avion Express has expanded its fleet to 18 aircraft

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Avion Express, the largest ACMI operator in the world, has signed leasing agreements for three additional Airbus A320 aircraft. These three aircraft have recently been added to the fleet of Avion Express, which now comprises of 18 Airbus A320 family aircraft. During summer-autumn 2018 all three newly leased-in aircraft will be flying on behalf of Avion Express clients in Europe. With the addit...Read more

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Avion Express signed a leasing agreement with AviaAM Leasing

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

Avion Express has signed a leasing agreement with AviaAM Leasing, a Warsaw Stock Exchange listed aircraft leasing company, for two Airbus A321 aircraft. Under the operating lease agreement, Avion Express will operate the aircraft for the next 6 years. Both aircraft will operate for Thomas Cook Airlines during the summer season. “We are very happy to have signed partnership with AviaAM Le...Read more

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Avion Express demonstrates growth in production in Q1 2018

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

In 2018, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts a 6%-rise in air traffic, compared to the previous year. Average passenger traffic in geographical Europe already grew by 7.4% during the first month of the year, while the non-EU market showed an increase of 14.6%. On a global scale, passenger air travel is expected to maintain positive growth rates up to 2030. In order to...Read more

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Changes at the Helm of Avion Express

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Avion Express, one of the world leaders in the provision of ACMI services on narrow-body aircraft today announced that Darius Kajokas is to be named its new CEO, effective April 4th, 2018. Mr. Kajokas joined Avion Express as Deputy CEO in August 2017. He succeeds Gardar Forberg who has served as interim CEO since April of 2017. Mr. Forberg, an 8-year veteran of Avion Express as Shareholder and Man...Read more

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Avion Express to implement the Paperless Flight Bag™ EFB Platform

Monday, 22 January 2018

Avion Express is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with IFS – International Flight Support, a Copenhagen based EFB Software Platform provider, to support its system with paperless solutions. Looking for ways to increase efficiency, Avion Express has selected Paperless Flight Bag™ solution provided by IFS to strengthen operational information exchange processes among the c...Read more

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Overcoming the Pilot Shortage: How to Deal with the Situation

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The global airline industry, growing rapidly due to economic, technological, and demographic changes, is facing a shortage of airline pilots. With the increasing passenger traffic, the demand for commercial flights is now beginning to outweigh the resources available to deal with the growth. It has been estimated that over the course of the next 20 years the global airline industry will need to fi...Read more

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Breaking The ‘Glass Ceiling’: Interview with a Female Pilot

Thursday, 08 March 2018

Although the demand for pilots in today’s aviation is bigger than ever, coming across a female in the cockpit is still very rare. According to Gender Gap Grader, women account for approximately 5% of airline commercial pilots globally. To celebrate the successes of women in the industry and raise awareness of roles where women are still under-represented, we talked to one of our female pilots R...Read more

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SunExpress to lease five Airbus A320 from Avion Express

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

SunExpress, a joint venture of Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, has signed a wet-lease agreement with Lithuanian Airline Company Avion Express for five Airbus A320 aircraft. The leased aircraft will be deployed to SunExpress Antalya. According to the ACMI agreement (including aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance), five Airbus A320 aircraft will be flying for SunExpress from Antalya in the ...Read more

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Avion Express signed the agreements to lease aircraft to SKY Airline and Sky Angkor Airlines

Friday, 05 January 2018

Avion Express is dry-leasing one A321 aircraft to Sky Angkor Airlines (Cambodia) and damp-leasing two A320 aircraft to SKY Airline (Chile). The dry-lease covers the period from December 2017 to March 2018. Sky Angkor Airlines previously leased two Airbus A320-200 from Avion Express during the same period one year ago. Alongside this, two A320s (LY-VEF and LY-VEI) have been deployed to Chile ...Read more

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Avion Express appoints new Vice President Finance and Administration, Vice President Flight Operations and Vice President Production

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Avion Express is proud to announce that Stasys Viltrakis and Olegs Krisovatijs, who previously served as the Head of Flight Operations and OCC Manager respectively, have been appointed to the new positions of Vice President Flight Operations and Vice President Production. Vytenis Šuklys has joined the company as Vice President Finance and Administration. Stasys Viltrakis has been working at Av...Read more

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Avion Express held Crew And Operations Forum 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017

On November 15th, 2017, Avion Express held an important event – Crew And Operations Forum 2017. Our flight crews, station managers, senior cabin crew members and office personnel gathered together for a tactical session to step back from day-to-day operations, reflect on the past high season and discuss future plans. During Crew And Operations Forum 2017 participants engaged in a couple of b...Read more

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Avion Express Reaches a Milestone of 200 Block Hours per day

Monday, 21 August 2017

Summer season at Avion Express is in full swing. With the fleet expansion this year that introduced as many as 11 aircraft, we are excited to have broken the milestone of 200 block hours per day in July. All operations ramped up increasing the results by 50% compared to last year. This is by far the best numbers we have reached. We are beyond happy that all the hard work eventually pays off. In...Read more

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Avion Express signed partnership agreement with Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

Thursday, 31 August 2017

We are pleased to announce a partnership between Avion Express and the Lithuanian Aviation Academy (VGTU A. Gustaitis’ Aviation Institute (AGAI)). Avion Express Technical Vice President Romas Žakys says, “As a VGTU AGAI alumni myself, I could not feel more proud about this partnership. We have been working with VGTU on several projects for a while already, and I am certain that this offi...Read more

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BAA Training and Avion Express To Offer a Brand New Cadet Programme

Monday, 02 October 2017

BAA Training, one of the leading aviation training centers in Northern Europe, and Avion Express, an airline headquartered in Vilnius, have announced a new collaboration to support future aviation talents. Under the partnership, BAA Training will prepare pilots to fill vacancies for the expanding fleet of Airbus A319, A320, and A321 aircraft operated by Avion Express. The initial pilot training...Read more

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Darius Kajokas appointed Deputy CEO of Avion Express

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

As the company meets its strategic ambitions to successfully expand the business, Avion Express CEO Gardar Forberg has decided to introduce a new position of the Deputy CEO to keep up with the business’ dynamics and ensure the highest level of leadership as the company continues to grow and operate around the world. The newly created role was appointed to Darius Kajokas, who took up his duty ...Read more

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Avion Express sells its Shares in Dominican Wings

Friday, 30 June 2017

Avion Express is pleased to announce that it has sold its 65% stake in Dominican Wings to the President of the company, Mr. Victor Pacheco. After establishing the company, a little over three years ago it is now time to pass the baton to Mr. Pacheco who will now be 100% owner of the airline. Chairman of the board of Avion Express Mr. David Masson stated, “We are proud to have contributed to...Read more

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Avion Express Welcomes A321 Aircraft to its Fleet

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

European summer season at Avion Express is off to a successful start. All together 11 aircraft are ready to operate from the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Germany. This year, the focus has gone on the supplying lift for the Thomas Cook Group with four airbuses operating out of the United Kingdom (Cardiff, Manchester, and Newcastle) and three from Germany (Cologne, Stuttgart, and Munich). Other thre...Read more

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Aleksei Lupitski Steps Down as President & CEO of Avion Express

Thursday, 02 March 2017

Today Aleksei Lupitski stepped down as the President & CEO of Avion Express. Mr Lupitski had been at the helm of the company for over 8 years and will continue to serve as a special advisor to the board and shareholders. During his tenure as President and CEO, the company grew from a single Airbus 320 aircraft to its current fleet of 15 aircraft operating around the globe. Avion Express has become...Read more

Board of Directors

Sigurdur Oern Agustsson
Darius Kajokas
David Masson

Meet Our Senior Management

Darius Kajokas
Olegs Krisovatijs
Vice President Production
Stasys Viltrakis
Vice President Flight Operations
Artūras Vegys
Vice President Fleet
Vytenis Šuklys
Vice President Finance and Administration
Dainius Staniulis
Vice President Commercial
Danielius Žepnickas
Chief Legal Officer

Company Facts


Company Documentation

Avion Express AOC Specifications 11JUN2019
Avion Express Operating Licence
Avion Express Canadian FAOC No 11821 - 2019-09-25
Avion Express AOC No LT.AOC.003 2019-11-11
Avion Express IOSA Certificate 2019-03-29
Avion Express EASA Part 145 approval
Avion Express EASA Part M approval
Avion Express Malta Operating Licence
Avion Express Malta AOC
Avion Express Malta Operations Specifications
Avin Express Malta Canadian FAOC No 12825
Avion Express Malta FAA Part 129 Operations Specifications Approval
Avion Express CCAR 129 Operations Specifications Approval

Company Values


During our 10 years of operating, we have established a strong track record. We never compromise on the quality of our services and our Quality Systems make sure of it.


We pride ourselves in being flexible, from the smallest details to complicated tailor-made solutions for individual clients. Together with you we strive to think "outside the box".


Safety is always our top priority. We have implemented state of the art systems to ensure that our safety standards remain at the highest possible level. Our company has been IOSA registered since 2013.

Customer focused

Building an excellent relationship with our customers is very important to us. Throughout the past years we have built a team that you can rely on and that is ready to walk that "extra mile" to satisfy your needs.


We were recognized by Verslo Žinios as one of the TOP-20 Lithuanian Most Desirable Employers of 2019. Our company was also awarded ACMI Operator of the Year 2019 at Air Transport Awards by International Business News and reached the 22nd position among Lithuanian Business Leaders Top 500 in 2018 according to Verslo Žinios, the leading business newspaper in Lithuania.