Aegean Airlines; the largest Greek carrier, plans to add 11 new routes in 2018 and will choose between Airbus and Boeing planes by the end of this year to renew its fleet, its executives said on Monday.
Riding on a strong tourism year, Aegean will expand its fleet with three new aircraft next year. It will also fly to 11 new destinations, including Basel in Switzerland, Malaga in Spain, Palermo, Turin and Bologna in Italy, executives said.
Aegean, which currently operates mostly Airbus narrow body jets, is evaluating the new generation Airbus A320neo family and Boeing’s 737MAX to renew its fleet of 60 aircraft, as most of its leases need to be replaced between 2019 and 2023.
The company had been in talks with Airbus and Boeing since the summer in order to pick the type of aircraft that will form the core of its fleet. It currently operates 46 Airbus A320 jets.
Aegean’s passenger traffic will grow to 13 million this year from 8.8 million in 2013 when the carrier acquired state-run Olympic Airlines. The airline expects to carry around 15 million passengers a year by 2023.