Titan operated on behalf of Gambia Bird for the first time in early September, providing short term ACMI coverage of operations from London Gatwick to airfields in Sierre Leone, Gambia, Senegal and Ghana. Since the successful completion of this initial three day contract the two carriers have been in talks about possible longer term cooperation.
The new deal, for the wet lease of one of Titan’s Boeing 757-200 aircraft, covers the period 11th November 2013 to 31st March 2014. The aircraft - which is being specifically modified to accommodate 20 business class and 162 standard seats for its new role - will initially be operating thrice weekly between London Gatwick and Freetown in Sierre Leone. A further three flights between Gatwick and Accra in Ghana, are expected to be added to the weekly programme at a later date.
“We have built a strong industry reputation for airline sub-charter and aircraft leasing within Europe, but are less well known further afield, so we are thrilled with securing this new African business with Gambia Bird,” said Alastair Kiernan - Titan Airways’ Commercial Director - “The Gambia Bird deal coupled with our ski charter flight programme mean that winter 13/14 is looking very promising for us.”
Titan regularly operates airline sub-charter flights on behalf of British Airways, British Airways Cityflyer, Aer Lingus, Thomas Cook Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Thomsonfly, Arke Fly, Jet 4 You, TUI Fly, Condor, Transavia and EasyJet. The carrier’s recently acquired Airbus A320 is now back on the sub-charter market following a summer of operations at Jet2.com.