Published on June 19th, 2016 | by Jim Lee0
Titan Airways adds a new Phenom 300 to its fleet as it embarks on a busy summer programme
British charter airline, ACMI, wet lease operations and ad-hoc passenger and cargo charter specialist, Titan Airways, which was founded in 1988, has added a brand new EMB-505 Phenom 300 to its fleet, as it embarks on a busy summer. The company, based at London Stansted Airport, holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority ‘Type A’ Operating Licence, permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail, on aircraft with 20 or more seats and currently operates a fleet of 10 aircraft, plus one helicopter.
The new executive jet, registered G-POWO, (c/n 50500266), which seats nine passengers in ultimate comfort, was delivered to the airlines London Stansted base on 27th May, direct from the manufacturer in Fort Lauderdale, USA. It joins the operator’s other executive jet, Cessna 525 Citation, G-POWG, and its fleet of a fleet of nine airliners, three Airbus A320-200s, an A321-200s, two Boeing 737-300(QC)s, two 757-200s and one 767-300(ER).
The Phenom 300 has been the world’s most delivered business jet for the past three years, offering top-tier speed, climb and field performance, next-generation avionics, class-leading fuel efficiency and exceptional cabin and baggage capacity. The aircraft will be Stansted-based and used to support Titan Airways commercial operations, for time-critical crew movements. When not in operation on behalf of Titan Airways, the Phenom 300 will be managed by SaxonAir, who will market the aircraft for private charter use. SaxonAir was established in 2007 is one of the fastest growing and diversifying business aviation companies in the UK and has specific aircraft operating bases located at London Luton, London Stansted, London Biggin Hill, Norwich and Carlisle.
Titan’s busy summer programme
Titan Airways has managed to line up a busy summer programme, with a mix of airline sub-charter work, tour operator and cruise flight programmes, oil and gas flights and ad hoc operations, as well as its year-round night mail operation. Ad hoc operations have included provision of services for Aer Lingus. Recent operations for Aer Lingus have included.
- 14th June: Boeing 737-3L9, G-ZAPW operated the EI-494/5 Dublin – Faro rotation before positioning Dublin – London Stansted that afternoon as the EI-990.
- 1st – 5th June: Boeing 757-256 G-ZAPX, positioned London Stansted – Dublin as EI-991, on the afternoon of 1st June, in order to operate EI-139 Dublin – Boston. Unfortunately, the return EI-138 had to be cancelled as there was no Titan Airways crew available at Boston. This necessitated the operation of an additional Boston – Dublin sector on the afternoon of 2nd June, as the EI-2132. The aircraft remained in Dublin, before positioning Dublin – London Stansted late on the night of 5th June, as the EI-990.
- 12th/13th May: On the morning of 12th May, G-ZAPX, positioned London Stansted – Shannon as the EI-135P, in order to operate EI35 Shannon – Boston. After operating the EI-134 from Boston to Shannon, the aircraft positioned Shannon – London Stansted, as EI-134P, on the morning of 13th May.
Outside of its commitments to airlines such as Aer Lingus, as well as services to tour operators, corporations, governments and companies in the sports and entertainment sectors, the following is an indication of availability across Titan’s diverse fleet, over the summer.
The airline’s new Airbus A321-200, G-POWN, in a 212 seat economy configuration, is currently in service with Jet2 and is therefore unavailable until October 2016. It also has three Airbus A320-200s in 180 seat economy configuration. These are currently in service with Novair, Vueling Airlines, and Norwegian Air International. Therefore G-POWM is unavailable June – August inclusive, but has good availability from September onwards, G-POWK has limited availability from June to August, but has good availability from September onwards, while G-POWI is unavailable until April 2017.
Turning to the two Boeing 737-300QCs, which are in a 130 seat economy configuration, both G-ZAPW and G-POWC have good availability Monday to Friday, during the day, and at weekends, with night-stop capability. Boeing 767-300ER, G-POWD in 265 seat economy configuration, has good availability throughout the summer.
Finally, of the two Boeing 757-200s, which are in 202 seat economy configuration, G-POWH is unavailable until November 2016. G-ZAPX, which was used by Aer Lingus, has limited availability in June, is unavailable in July, but has good availability from August onwards. The Boeing 757s are also available in split and full-business cabin configurations. G-ZAPX also became the first aircraft within the Titan fleet to feature mood lighting, with STG Aerospace completing the liTeMood® installation on 23rd May. The plug-and play programmable lliTeMood® system, represents the next generation in simple, beautiful and easy-to-install retrofit LED mood-lighting. The blue/white bi-colour system creates a calming and fresh cabin ambience, by delivering outstanding quality and consistency of light throughout the cabin.