Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1600 times:
Lithunain Airlines (LAL) will change two of it's leased Boeing 737-300 ("Žemaitis" and "Antanas Gustaitis") and lease two Boeing 737-500 instead. Lithuanian Airlines already used one Boeing 737-500 a while ago, but then terminated the lease and changed it with old Yakovlev Yak-42, which was gotten back from lease to some mid eastern airline. Now LAL retired all Yakovelevs and completely westernised it's fleet. Current LAL fleet is:
2x Boeing 737-300 (both leased, flying mostly to Western Europe, to be changed to 737-500)
2x Boeing 737-200 (both owned, flying to non-EU countries like Russia, Ukraine, also on charter flights)
3x SAAB 2000 (all leased, flying to Scandinavia and some shorter destinations like Tallin, etc.)
Formerly LAL also had 2 Yak-42 (owned), which were changed to 1 737-300 (previously LAL had only one plane of this type) and 1 SAAB-2000. Also LAL owned two very small SAAB-340B, but it decided that flights with such small aircraft should be carried by it's subsidary Air Lithuania, which uses two ATR-42 and flights from two other airports, Kaunas and Palanga. Both Yaks were sold to other Lithuanian airline, Aurela.
Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1512 times:
I think it has something to do with the upcoming privatisation of LAL - most of airlines interested in buying it uses Airbuses, so, probably Lithuanian fleet would also be transferred to Airbuses and thus LAL doesn't wants to aquire new Boeings... It would be quite sad if LAL would go all-Airbus after privatising, since Lithuanian Airlines is one of few European airlines which never used any Airbus plane and thus after retiring Russian planes it's jet fleet always was all-Boeing. Since the creation in 1992 it had 3 B737-200, 2 B737-300 and 1 B737-500 over the time, also it planned to lease Boeing 767-200 some time ago.
Now however it is not the best time for LAL. Many routes are dropped (Dubai, Istanbul, Riga, Warshaw, Minsk, Larnaca, St. Petersburg, Rome, Milan, Madrid, etc.), number of planes and seats decreases (once LAL had 2 SAAB 340B, 2 SAAB 2000, 2 Boeing 737-200, 1 Boeing 737-300 and 1 Boeing 737-500), loadfactors ar lower than 50%, sometimes there are only 4 or 5 passengers in SAAB-2000 (50 seats), airline had to sell it's slots in Heathrow to BA and instead fly to Gatwick, it also has huge debts to Eurocontrol and banks...
Slawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 10 Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
I dont think the economic factors are quite there for them to justify buying NG's right now...The -3,4,500's are becoming very popular in Eastern Europe right now, with LAL, Estonian, Ukraine-International, and Aerosvit all being recent operators of the type...
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada