Bingo Airways, a new Polish charter airline, has started flight operations with its first Airbus A320.
The carrier expects its fleet to grow to three Airbus A320 jets by the end of 2012. The new A320s, powered by IAE V2500 engines, are being configured in an all-economy, 180-seat configuration.
Bingo Airways’ network is focused on flights from Poland to resort destinations in the Mediterranean countries of Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Spain and Tunisia. Bingo Airways’ bases in Poland will be Warsaw Chopin and Katowice International airports.
“We are extremely happy with the decision to use A320 family aircraft, which give us a competitive advantage over our main competitors on the Polish charter market, says Marek Sidor, CEO of Bingo Airways. “The A320 gives us optimal capacity and range capability as well as superior comfort for our passengers, which is a key to our strategy.”
Bingo Airways signed a contract on April 12 with leasing company Mitsubishi Corporation Aviation Partners for the operating lease of its first Airbus A320. After being painted in the airline’s colors at London Southend Airport in the UK, the aircraft successfully completed its acceptance flight from Southend on May 5.
Registered SP-ABK, the carrier’s first A320 was delivered to Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport on May 13. The aircraft was flown by Capt. Maciej Gościński, head of crew training for Bingo Airways.
Bingo Airways’ first commercial flight, BGY 1571 departed at 6:00 a.m. local time on May 18 from Katowice International Airport to Hurghada International Airport in Egypt. There were 174 passengers on board, traveling with the tour operator Wezyr Holidays, which had chartered the aircraft for the flight.
As of today, nearly 8,400 Airbus A320-family aircraft have been sold to more than 360 customers and operators worldwide.
For more information on Bingo Airways, visit www.bingoairways.com/en/12/homepage.html.