Eritrean Airlines Adding Airbus A320 to Return to Europe
www.caperi.com | September 4, 2016
Eritrean Airlines is adding an Airbus A320-200 on wet-lease from Armenian scheduled operator Atlantis European Airway, according to ch-aviation.
Quoting Sama Air Leasing, which arranged the transaction, ch-aviation said that EK-32008 is due to be delivered to Asmara beginning of September.
It will be used on regular flights to Jeddah, Khartoum, Cairo Int’l, and Milan Malpensa, marking the carrier’s return to Europe.
Eritrean Airlines can sell flights to Europe despite being banned by the European Union from operating directly to Europe under the EU’s Air Safety blacklist.
Air carriers listed on the blacklist can be permitted to exercise traffic rights by using wet-leased aircrafts on an carrier which is not subject to an operating ban and provided that the relevant safety standards are complied with.
Under a wet lease agreement, Atlantis European Airway (the lessor) could lease an aircraft, complete crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) to Eritrean Airline acting as a broker of air travel (the lessee), which pays to Atlantis European Airway by hours operated for example.
The European Commission updated its Air safety list in June removing two African countries, Zambia and Madagascar, from the list.