Titan Airways, the London Stansted-based charter airline, is bolstering its fleet with the introduction of its first Airbus airliner. The seven year young Airbus A320-233 will join Titan’s 12-strong fleet and begin revenue service from May 1st. The new addition is an important one for Titan, which marks its 25th birthday this spring, being the first step in its long term strategy which aims to introduce more modern, economical and environmentally friendly aircraft into the fleet.
Alastair Kiernan, Titan Airways Commercial Director, explains: “All the aircraft in the A320 family, which comprises the A318, A319, A320 and A321, are economical to operate, with lower fuel burn and lower carbon emissions. Plus, many of the components and systems are interchangeable so maintenance costs can be reduced even when operating more than one type of aircraft. In addition, all the aircraft in the A320 line are equipped with the same cabin/flight deck management system, so crew are able to switch between aircraft types and savings can be made with regard to training.”
The best-selling Airbus A320 product line is a highly popular choice for a host of airlines worldwide and Titan anticipate strong demand for the new aircraft from other airlines for wet/damp lease and airline sub charter. In addition the Titan Airways Airbus A320 will be available for ad-hoc charter and tour operator charter work.
The aircraft will be delivered fully refitted with 168 all-leather seats offering a minimum 31 inch seat pitch. Half of the aircraft will be configured with variable geometry seats which can be converted at the touch of a button from six seats abreast to four seats abreast with a drop down central table. Alastair Kiernan, commented: “We have the same variable geometry seats on our Boeing 757 aircraft and the versatility of seating configurations has been a real hit with customers. The aircraft will also be equipped with drop-down in-flight entertainment screens at approximately three row intervals.”
Titan Airways recently became a wholly independent company, having completed a Management Buyout (MBO) from 3i, led by Titan CEO Gene Willson. The airline offers a versatile fleet, ranging from a six seat Citation CJ2+ to a 265 seat Boeing 767-300.