The first A321LR aircraft registered in Romania landed on Thursday at Henri Coandă International Airport and will enter commercial service in the coming days. The first scheduled flight that the airline will operate with this aircraft will be on the Bucharest-Dublin route, on Friday, March 31.
The aircraft, registered YR-WOW, was painted in the brand’ colors after officially being taken over from the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany earlier this month.
To begin with, the new aircraft, the sixth in the HiSky fleet, will operate on the company’s regular routes to several cities in Europe, as well as charter flights to holiday destinations. Considering, however, its extended capabilities to cover long-distance flights, due to the autonomy of up to 7400 km, the airline plans to introduce new routes, to destinations inaccessible so far from Romania, without a stopover.
“For a developing company, every new target we reach is a joy and another proof that we are on the right path and the plans we are making are realistic. We managed to land with YR-WOW in Bucharest a few days earlier than we had previously estimated and I hope that this will be a pleasant surprise for our passengers. Tomorrow we will already start operating flights from the Otopeni base, and for the next period this is the plan for the new aircraft. We are in the final stages of finalizing some pretty ambitious flight plans and I hope to be able to announce them soon. The aviation market in Romania has gone through a series of setbacks in recent years, and this has created a high level of skepticism among passengers regarding local companies, which is why we are determined to be reserved in our promises and win the trust of passengers with facts.“, Iulian Scorpan, HiSky CEO.
With the introduction of this aircraft into service, HiSky marks a series of firsts on the Romanian market. This increases the operating capacity of the airline, which has already reached almost one million transported passengers, but it is also part of the directions assumed by HiSky for development: better flight conditions for passengers and low impact on the environment. Thus, in addition to the chosen configuration of only 201 seats, which offers significant space to each passenger, the A321LR also comes with the most spacious cabin among the aircraft in its class, (3.7 m) which allows the installation of more comfortable seats and a wider aisle. In addition, passengers will benefit from entertainment on board, during the flights, through the installed multimedia system, but also from a reduced level of perceived noise. In terms of reducing the environmental footprint, the two Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines ensure a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 20% and emit up to 20% less CO2 and 50% less NOx.
“HiSky has relied on our V2500 engines – the most fuel-efficient for the Airbus A320ceo family – as the airline has grown since 2020,” said Rick Deurloo, president of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “With the GTF-powered A321LR, HiSky is again choosing the engine with the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions available today. Not only does this help the airline’s customers with competitive fares, but GTF engines’ quiet operation also offers a superior passenger experience.”
In April, the airline is scheduled to welcome its seventh aircraft into the fleet, also an A321LR, manufactured in 2023, with the Romanian registration YR-WIN.
HiSky operates domestic flights in Romania, from Bucharest to Cluj Napoca and Timisoara and direct international flights departing from the airports of Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iași and Baia Mare to Tel Aviv, Brussels, Dublin, Malaga and Paris. From the Republic of Moldova, passengers can travel with HiSky to six foreign destinations, Milan, Paris, Dublin, Frankfurt, Tel Aviv and Rome.