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For over 10 years we have been working hard to become who we are today – a professional and reliable airline with an excellent track record. We are excited about our job: flying is our passion and we would like to share it with you.

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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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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 launch Type Rating training programme with BAA Training aviation academy

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

The largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world Avion Express 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 fa...Read more

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Avion Express sets new records in mid-2018

Friday, 03 August 2018

The largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world Avion Express 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 milestone...Read more

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Avion Express has expanded its fleet to 18 aircraft

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Avion Express, the largest narrow-body 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. Wi...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 the Milestone: 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

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.

Meet Our Senior Management

Darius Kajokas
Gardar Forberg
Business Development Manager, Shareholder
Romas Žakys
Vice President Technical
Olegs Krisovatijs
Vice President Production
Stasys Viltrakis
Vice President Flight Operations
Vytenis Šuklys
Vice President Finance and Administration
Danielius Žepnickas
Chief Legal Officer

Company Facts

Company Documentation

Air Operator Certificate 2018
Operating Licence
EASA Part M approval
EASA Part 145 approval
Avion Express IOSA
AOC_Specifications_ 28MAY2018


Avion Express is the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world and the largest airline in Lithuania. Since the introduction of its first Airbus A320 in 2011, the company has reached its largest fleet of 18 Airbus A320 family aircraft in 2018. Headquartered in Vilnius, Avion Express has established long-term partnership with clients in Europe and is also operating in South America and Asia-Pacific.