New Slovak airline, AirExplore, should shortly after 20th May bring its first aircraft – Boeing 737-400 for 170 passengers. The airline company was established based on the travel agency SlovExplore, operating on the market from autumn 2008.
The owners, managers and employees are former employees of Seagle Air and Air Slovakia and other employees of the Slovak aircraft industry.
At the beginning of April, the Bulgarian company, Titan 77, which has been operating in the air transport as a broker and handling entity at Sophia Airport for more than ten years, acquired a quarter share in the company.
According to the Executive Director and a co-owner, Mr Martin Štulajter, Air Explore should provide for charter flights in Europe for an Italian customer from the beginning of June. Moreover, it intends to carry out irregular transport upon order for travel agencies and to lease aircrafts including cabin crews to other carriers. Since the current Slovak summer holiday market has already been divided, the airline company intends to attract the Slovak holidaymakers next year. In the meantime, it shall provide its services in Italy.
“We are open for any customer which shall pay for our services in order the company can operate on the market and survive,” Mr M. Štulajter said for TREND. He indicated that the company should not inevitably fly only for Slovak customers but anywhere where aviation business is nurtured.
The first aircraft of AirExplore served in the fleet of the Spanish company, Futura, which went bankrupt. The Slovak company leased it. In the coming years the company could dispose of two up to three aircrafts of the B-737 type.
Source: TREND, 11.05.2010 / Ján Blažej