Animawings, a new Romanian airline specialized in charters and with operations from 2020?
Update: New airline officially launched - Animawings. It will operate charter flights starting May 1, 2020. It will operate 2 Airbus A320 aircraft.
There are rumors that a new airline will be launched in Romania. We are talking about Animawings, a company sponsored by Memento Group Holding BV (Christian Tour) and Panait Mihai. According to the Trade Register, the company ANIMA WINGS AVIATION SA was established on 17 July 2019.
Now it's a long way from the company to the airline. Checking the airlines at the Romanian Civil Aviation Authority - AACR, I did not find Animawings. So he has not yet taken his AOC (Air Operator Certificate). Maybe we're working on this. It remains to be seen what planes will bring in the fleet. We will follow the evolution of Animawings with interest.
Animawings, a new airline
If Animawings takes flight in the summer of 2020, as some charter flights are scheduled in the DerTour offer, it will be an interesting and timely move made by Christian Tour. The charter market in Romania is growing, while the planes available for charters in Romania are fewer and fewer.
According to some statements made by Oana Petrescu, Blue Air CEO, the company will no longer be involved in the charter of travel agencies except punctually. And that's because the Blue Air fleet is affected by the delay of 737 MAx aircraft. And Blue Air needs airplanes to stay on regular flights. TAROM does not even launch on many charter flights, apparently also due to problems with fleet size. Blue Air and TAROM are regular flight companies, this is their core business.
It needs airline companies specialized in charters
Thus, the big tour operators in Romania have to resort to foreign airlines. For example, Christian Tour operated over 40 weekly charters from / to Romania. And in 2020 their number will increase. It requires companies specialized in such operations. Air Bucharest, the only Romanian airline company specialized in charters will not be able to cover all the demand in the market.
Air Bucharest is a Romanian airline established in 2010. The base of the company is at the "Henri Coandă" International Airport in Bucharest, but it also operates from the airports in Cluj-Napoca, Iași, Sibiu, Suceava and Timișoara. It is a company specialized in charter flights. He owns a Boeing 737-300 (YR-TIB) aircraft, which is over 24 years old, but is very well maintained.
So there is a place on the air charters market. A new player on the market will only bring new opportunities for tourism development. Now it remains to be seen what will happen to her ANIMA WINGS AVIATION SA.