Vilnius, Lithuania-based air charter firm KlasJet started operations this week after receiving its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Lithuanian CAA late last month. Its first charter trip was a three-hour flight to a Mediterranean resort. KlasJet launched its operations with a VIP-outfitted Bombardier CRJ200 and Challenger 850. It plans to operate up to 10 business jets. The carrier’s fleet is supported by Avia Solutions Group and its subsidiaries.
Lietuvos Avialinijos, better known as Lithuanian Airlines (LAL), was established in 1991 when Lithuania won its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over the last 10 years LAL has changed its fleet and has been earmarked for privatization. But its weak market (Lithuania’s population is 3.7 million) could mean it must wait for its expected entry into the European Union in 2004 or 2005 for a real takeoff.