Lithuania's Aurela to add two 757s

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Lithuanian carrier Aurela Air has purchased two Boeing 757-200s to meet strong demand for its cross-border charter services.

Overall, both aircraft cost the privately-owned company around €60 million, says its director Valdas Barakauskas, who expects a sound return on this investment.

He explains: They can accommodate 217 passengers each and fly up to 8,000km without landing. We already have secured a raft of orders for such flights from domestic and foreign customers.   

Aurela Air specialises in providing non-scheduled services from Vilnius International Airport for several tour operators by renting out a pair of 737-300s and a nine-seat Hawker 850XP for VIP services.

Last year, the carrier transported 170,000 people and ranked as the third largest Vilnius-based operator, accounting for 10% of local passenger traffic. It says its fleet expansion plan also envisages purchasing 737-400s.