Fly Romania makes debut with five routes

Getting on, getting off. Passengers preparing to board Fly Romania’s inaugural flight from Timisoara to Verona, and passengers disembarking from the airline’s first domestic flight between Bucharest and Tulcea.

On 15 May, Fly Romania began commercial operations from, not surprisingly, Romania. The new carrier will initially serve primarily the Romania-Italy market with a couple of MD-80 series aircraft, operated on its behalf by Romanian operator Ten Airways. So far a total of 11 routes have been announced on the airline’s website, www.flyromania.com.

Launch date From To WF (days of week)
15 May Bucharest (OTP) Verona (VRN) 3 (247)
15 May Timisoara (TSR) Verona (VRN) 3 (247)
16 May Bucharest (OTP) Tulcea (TCE) 3 (257)
16 May Tulcea (TCE) Milan Bergamo (BGY) 2 (25)
17 May Bucharest (OTP) Genoa (GOA) 3 (136)
27 May Bucharest (OTP) Palermo (PMO) 2 (24)
1 June Bucharest (OTP) Timisoara (TSR) 8 (11234557)
1 June Tulcea (TCE) Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) 1 (7)
5 June Bucharest (OTP) Antalya (AYT) 1 (4)
6 June Bucharest (OTP) Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) 3 (135)
6 June Bucharest (OTP) Barcelona Reus (REU) 3 (135)
Source: Fly Romania website.

Two (and a bit) aircraft needed to operate the schedule

By studying the airline’s on-line booking tool for the week commencing 16 June 2014, anna.aero has come up with the following aircraft rotation plans.

Aircraft 1 Depart OTP Routing Arrive OTP
Monday 07:00 OTP – HHN – OTP – REU – OTP 21:45
Tuesday 11:25 OTP – VRN – TSR – VRN – OTP 22:10
Wednesday 07:00 OTP – HHN – OTP – REU – OTP 21:45
Thursday 11:25 OTP – VRN – TSR – VRN – OTP 22:10
Friday 07:00 OTP – HHN – OTP – REU – OTP 21:45
Saturday 11:30 OTP – GOA – OTP 17:15
Sunday 10:00 OTP – TCE – HHN – TCE – OTP – TSR – OTP 21:45
Source: Fly Romania website.
Aircraft 2 Depart OTP Routing Arrive OTP
Monday 07:00 OTP – TSR – OTP – GOA – OTP – TSR – OTP 20:30
Tuesday 07:00 OTP – TSR – OTP – TCE – BGY – TCE – OTP 19:00
Wednesday 07:00 OTP – TSR – OTP – GOA – OTP 18:05
Thursday 07:00 OTP – TSR – OTP – AYT – OTP 16:15
Friday 07:00 OTP – TSR – OTP – TCE – BGY – TCE – OTP – TSR – OTP 22:15
Saturday
Sunday 11:50 OTP – VRN – TSR – VRN – OTP 22:35
Source: Fly Romania website.

However, this leaves the twice-weekly service from Bucharest to Palermo unaccounted for, suggesting the use of a third aircraft on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both aircraft start and finish each day in Bucharest, with flights from other Romanian airports operated as “W”s.

Ovidiu Tender, CEO, Ten Airways; Roxana Badea, PR, Fly Romania; and Cătălin Butu, Director General, Ten Airways

At a press conference in Bucharest in mid-March, Ovidiu Tender, CEO, Ten Airways; Roxana Badea, PR, Fly Romania; and Cătălin Butu, Director General, Ten Airways, outlined plans for the airline, and fielded questions from an inquisitive press.


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