Gambia Bird is wet-leasing Boeing 757s for its route between London Gatwick and Freetown in Sierra Leone to introduce a business class and increase capacity.
The Banjul, Gambia-headquartered airline – which is majority-owned by Berlin-based charter operator Germania – has so far deployed Airbus A319s on all routes. The aircraft are operated by the parent.
But the carrier is now deploying 757 aircraft on the UK routes, wet-leased from Stansted-based Titan Airways, says Gambia Bird.
The 757s are equipped with 162 economy and 20 business class seats, while the A319s can accommodate 144 passenger in a single-class layout.
The upgrade comes after the Gambia Bird started the thrice-weekly flights from Freetown to Gatwick a year ago.