Small Planet to become all-A320 operator

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Lithuania's Small Planet Airlines is to operate an all-Airbus fleet after opting to return its Boeing 737-300s and lease additional A320s.

The holiday charter operator is to return its remaining two 737-300s to their lessor, having already given back another pair at the end of last year.

From the end of the summer 2013 season its Lithuanian and Polish operations will have an all-A320 fleet. It is leasing five of the type to raise its fleet to nine. The twinjets will come from lessors MCAP, International Lease Finance, Aviation Capital Group and World Star Aviation.

Small Planet says it is taking the aircraft to "capture new growth opportunities". Chief executive Vytautas Kaikaris says: "Following the leasing of the new aircraft, the company's fleet became one of the freshest among the European charter airlines."

He says the A320s are larger than the 737-300s and have lower fuel consumption per seat.

Small Planet will station three aircraft in Poland this summer, and a pair in each of Lithuania, France and the UK.