Cyprus Airways
IATA ICAO Callsign
CY CYP CYPRUS
FoundedJanuary 29, 2016; 8 years ago (2016-01-29)[1]
Commenced operations1 June 2017; 6 years ago (2017-06-01)
AOC #CY-012
Operating basesLarnaca International Airport
HubsLarnaca
Fleet size4
Destinations18
HeadquartersLarnaca, Cyprus
Key peopleTasos Michael (Chief Executive) [2]
Employees110
Websitecyprusairways.com

Cyprus Airways (Greek: Κυπριακές Αερογραμμές) is the flag carrier of Cyprus, based at Larnaca International Airport.[3][4] It commenced operations on 1 June 2017.

History

Cyprus Airways resumed operations in 2016 after a start-up Cypriot company, Charlie Airlines Ltd., won the rights to use the trademark of Cyprus Airways. The airline's logo incorporates an olive branch, the main symbol of Cyprus.

In March 2017, the airline obtained its air operator certificate from the Cypriot Department of Civil Aviation, marking the start of commercial service for the airline.[5]

In 2019, 400,000 travellers were carried by Cyprus Airways.[6]

Destinations

As of October 2023, Cyprus Airways operates scheduled flights to the following destinations:[7]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport Hub
Paphos Paphos International Airport Hub
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Italy Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
Milan Milan Malpensa Airport
Czech Republic Prague Václav Havel Airport Prague Seasonal
Egypt Cairo Cairo International Airport Seasonal
Greece Athens Athens International Airport
Heraklion Heraklion International Airport
Thessaloniki Thessaloniki Airport
Preveza Aktion National Airport Seasonal
Skiathos Skiathos International Airport
Santorini Santorini (Thira) International Airport Seasonal
Rhodes Rhodes International Airport Seasonal
Israel Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport [8]
Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport
Armenia Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport
Switzerland Basel EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg Seasonal
Zürich Zurich Airport Seasonal
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport [9]

Codeshare agreements

Cyprus Airways codeshares with the following airlines:

Cyprus Airways also has an interline agreement with Sky Express.[14]

Fleet

Current fleet

Cyprus Airways maintains a modern fleet to serve its expanding network of destinations. The fleet is continuously updated to provide passengers with a reliable and comfortable travel experience. As of September 2023, the following aircraft are operational as part of the Cyprus Airways fleet:[15]

Cyprus Airways Current Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A220-300 2 8[16] 138[17] Details regarding the airline's A220 operations.[18]
Airbus A320-200 2 1[19] 180 Aircraft utilized for the airline's mainline services.
Total 4 9

Fleet development

The airline's inaugural fleet comprised two Airbus A319-100 aircraft, formerly in service with S7 - Siberia Airlines. Equipped with an all-economy seating arrangement, each aircraft could accommodate 144 passengers. These aircraft ceased operations between 2021 and 2022, leading to their storage and subsequent scrapping.[15]

Cyprus Airways undertook a significant fleet expansion by placing orders for four Airbus A320-200 aircraft. The first of these jets was inducted into service in May 2022, followed closely by the second in July 2022. Notably, both these aircraft had previously been operated by Flynas.[15] By March 2023, the airline took delivery of the third A320.[15]

In alignment with its vision for future growth and to meet rising passenger demand, Cyprus Airways made a strategic decision in March 2023 to incorporate the Airbus A220-300 into its fleet. This move was evidenced by the airline's recruitment drive for crew members specifically for this aircraft model.[20] The first duo of A220 aircraft graced the Cyprus Airways livery in June 2023.[15]

Livery

Cyprus Airways first livery.
Cyprus Airways first livery, painted on their Airbus A319-100 aircraft.

The first livery of Cyprus Airways was introduced in 2016, and featured two shades of green on the fuselage. The airline's logo, the olive branch, was displayed on the aircraft's tail, in shades of green, and on the engines, in a dark green color. The old Cyprus Airways logo, the mouflon, is also featured by the front doors of the aircraft, on the cockpit's side. This first livery was painted on Cyprus Airways' two Airbus A319-100 aircraft.

The mouflon yellow logo, as featured on the old Cyprus Airways livery, on the tail and engines.

In October 2022, the A320 registered as 5B-DDR arrived at Larnaca International Airport, painted in the carrier's new livery. The carrier's new liveryfollows the Eurowhite scheme, where most of the fuselage is white, and the tail wears the carrier's colors. The tail features the olive branch in shades of green, and a larger, white shade of the olive branch. In contrast to the first livery, however, the mouflon logo and the olive branch have changed positions. The olive branch in a dark green color is now featured on the cockpit side of the front doors of the aircraft. The yellow mouflon has now been moved onto the plane's engines, reminding of the old Cyprus Airways livery design, which also featured the mouflon on the engines.

The second livery was revised in November 2022, when 5B-DDQ, the airline's first Airbus A320-200, was also painted in the airline's new colors. However, 5B-DDQ's new livery had the engines painted in a light green color, in contrast with 5B-DDR's livery, on which the engines are white. The mouflon is still present on the engines.

See also

References

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  11. ^ "Cyprus Airways and Bulgaria Air enter into codeshare partnership". 27 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Cyprus Airways Signs Interline Agreement with Qatar Airways". Archived from the original on 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim (5 June 2017). "Cyprus Airways resumes operation in early-June 2017". Routesonline. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  14. ^ "New Interline Agreement with Cyprus Airways". skyexpress.gr. 23 September 2019. Archived from the original on 31 October 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Cyprus Airways Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2 September 2023.
  16. ^ "Cyprus Airways is now recruiting Pilots, both Captains and First Officers, Mechanics, and Cabin Crew!". www.cyprusairways.com. Retrieved 2023-03-22.
  17. ^ Field, James (2023-08-10). "Larnaca to Athens: Cyprus Airways Inaugurates The A220". AviationSource News. Retrieved 2023-08-10.
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  19. ^ "Cyprus Airways unveils new livery". AeroRoutes. 24 October 2022.
  20. ^ "Cyprus Airways | Careers". www.cyprusairways.com. Retrieved 2023-03-20.

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