Air Lithuania (Lithuanian: Aviakompanija Lietuva, literally: Air Company "Lithuania") was a regional airline based in Kaunas in Lithuania. It operated scheduled and charter flights, provided cargo services and aircraft rental. Its main bases were Kaunas International Airport (KUN) and Palanga International Airport (PLQ).
|Founded||13 September 1991|
|Ceased operations||23 November 2005|
|Hubs||Kaunas International Airport|
|Secondary hubs||Palanga International Airport|
|Fleet size||3 (2005 est.)|
|Destinations||10 (2005 est.)|
Air Lithuania was established as a state-owned company on 13 September 1991 after the reorganization of Aeroflot division in Kaunas. It started charter flights on 15 February 1992. The first scheduled flight was in February 1993 from Kaunas to Budapest. On 17 July 1995, it was reorganized from a state-owned company into a Joint Stock Company. In August 1997, the shares of Air Lithuania were transferred to the parent company Lithuanian Airlines.
In May 2004, Air Lithuania was bought by Arijus, a Lithuanian transport and logistics company, and subsequently sold to World Aviation Capital, a British company. At the time of the sale the company had debts of approximately 20 million litas, while its annual gross income reached 40 million in 2004. The airline filed for bankruptcy in November 2005. It was the first airline bankruptcy in Lithuania.
In 2004 the airline carried 54,500 passengers (24% increase over 2003). At first the airline used Tupolev Tu-134 and Yakovlev Yak-40 planes, later leased ATR-42. During landing in December 2004, the ATR-42 aircraft touched some tree branches and almost crashed at the Boryspil International Airport in Kiev.
Air Lithuania operated the following services (as of October 2004):
- Home page. Air Lithuania. 6 August 2002. Retrieved on 15 January 2010.
- "Dalį sustojusios "Aviakompanijos Lietuva" skrydžių perims "Amber Air"". DELFI. 24 November 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- ""Aviakompanija Lietuva" papuolė į duobę". DELFI. 3 November 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "KaunoDiena.lt - Tavo miesto naujienos". diena.lt. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- ""Aviakompanijos Lietuva" klientų gelbėjimasis – jų pačių reikalas". DELFI. 24 November 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Vos neįvykusios Lietuvos lėktuvo katastrofos Ukrainoje priežastys - kitais metais". DELFI. 22 December 2004. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- AB "Aviakompanija Lietuva" vasaros sezono tvarkaraštis (archive)
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