Tus Airways on expansion course with Airbus A330

Airbus A320 (Photo: MAviO News / Mario Caruana).
Airbus A320 (Photo: MAviO News / Mario Caruana).

Tus Airways on expansion course with Airbus A330

Airbus A320 (Photo: MAviO News / Mario Caruana).
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The Cypriot Tus Airways will soon be flying the first Airbus A330-200. This previously flew as VH-XFC for Virgin Australia. The aircraft leased from Knafaim is currently in Istanbul for maintenance and has the interim registration 9H-GKL.

Tus Airways is expected to add a second long-haul aircraft of this type to its fleet at the end of March/beginning of April 2022. The two machines are initially to be used as so-called preighters for cargo flights. It has not yet been finally decided whether these will also be used for passenger flights at a later date. The first Airbus A330-200 will be registered 5B-DDJ.

In recent years, Tus Airways has had a real rollercoaster ride - also completely independent of Corona. In autumn 2021, the Israeli Knafaim Holdings Ltd. 49,9 percent of the shares. Since then, the route network has been heavily geared towards Israel. There are also two flights a week from Düsseldorf to Tel Aviv from Germany.

Further flights to the economic metropolis of Israel are offered from Larnaca, Toulouse and Paphos. Numerous other routes to Tel Aviv, but also to Eilat-Ramon, are planned in the course of 2022. It will almost exclusively be about destinations in the EU area, however, for reasons of competition, the destinations are not yet to be named.

Two Airbus A320s are currently in operation. Two more units are expected to be registered in the coming weeks. During the summer of 2022, the fleet will be expanded to six A320s and two A330s. With the latter type of machine, cargo flights are to be carried out first. Due to the strong expansion of the fleet, it can be assumed that the carrier will announce further flight destinations in the near future.

Another mainstay that we now want to push more strongly is the charter and ACMI business. However, no major tour operator has yet communicated contracts with Tus Airways. It is also conceivable that one or the other sub-charter could be landed. In any case, Tus Airways has been on an expansion course again since the Israeli shareholder came on board.

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