Greek start-up Ellinair to receive first A319 in May

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New Greek airline Ellinair will take delivery of a wet-leased Airbus A319 later this year and plans to start new charter services to destinations in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

The Thessaloniki-based carrier – which owns two BAE Systems Avro RJ85s – says it will take delivery of the A319 under an ACMI contract in May.

Having started with Thessaloniki-Kiev flights on 19 February, the leisure charter airline plans to expand to serve Bryansk, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Kaliningrad, Kharkiv, Lviv, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow, Odessa, Rostov and Voronezh.

Currently all Ellinair services are flown by Russian carriers such as Ural Airlines, but the Greek airline says it plans to begin its own charter and scheduled services.

Ellinair operates on behalf of tour operator Mouzenidis Travel. Both companies are owned by the Mouzenidis group.