Wizz Air Adds Wet-Leased Boeing 737 to Sofia Operations

Wizz Air has leased a Boeing B737-800 from Ukraine’s LCC SkyUp Airlines. The aircraft will be added to Wizz Air Base in Sofia, Bulgaria for an indefinite period.

The news first appeared on the Twitter page of Romanian website BoardingPass.ro earlier this week.

Translated into English, the tweet reads:

“Probably due to the personnel crisis, Wizz Air has leased a Boeing 737-700NG (UR-SQO) from the Ukrainian company SkyUp Airlines. This aircraft will operate part of Wizz Air flights to and from Sofia (Bulgaria) from June 30, 2022. .”

The Ukrainian SkyUp operates one of its B737s with Wizz Air

Wizz Air operates an all-Airbus fleet of the A320 Family, including the -neo and -ceo types. Photo: WizzAir

Corresponding Flugradar24.com, the SkyUp Boeing B737-800, registration UR-SQO, has been parked at Serbia’s Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) since February 18. It was reactivated on June 22, flying from Belgrade to Dubai World Central Airport (DWC), followed by the next day’s flight to Islamabad, Doha and back to Dubai. On June 24, it left Dubai for Varna Airport (VAR) in Bulgaria, where it spent five days before the ferry flight to Sofia Airport (SOF) on June 29.


The B737-800 flew with Wizz Air (Wizz) the next day, operating Flight W64437 to Larnaca International Airport (LCA) in Cyprus and returning to Sofia. In its first week with Wizz, the company operated 35 flights in Europe, including to Rome, Copenhagen, Brussels, Geneva, Valencia and Bologna. Wizz has a fleet of 137 aircraft including ch-aviation.com Data shows 126 are active.

The fleet consists of 52 Airbus A320-200, six A320-200neo, 35 A321-200, 43 A321-200NX and one A330-200F Freighter. The data shows 13 A320-200 and 303 A321neo on order, including 47 A321XLR. Wizz operates around 1,100 routes to 190 airports in 51 countries.

Wet lease aircraft keep SkyUp through tough times

SkyUp has leased a Boeing 737 to Turkish leisure airline Corendon Airlines, which has a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Photo: Getty Images

With operations halted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, SkyUp has leased most of its 11 aircraft. It has leased three B737-800s to Corendon Airlines Europe, two to Smartwings (Czech Republic) and one each to Wizz Air, Tailwind Airlines and Freebird Airlines. This leaves the airline with one B737-800 parked at Kyiv Boryspil International Airport (KBP) and two B737-700s, one parked at Varna Airport and one at Lasi Airport in Romania.

Corendon Airlines is a Turkish leisure airline based at Antalya Airport (AYT). Antalya, home of Corendon Airlines, is a Mediterranean resort town on the Turquoise Coast of south-west Turkey. Corendon operates from bases across Europe including Turkey, UK, Switzerland and Germany. During the summer season, the company offers flights to around 150 airports in more than 40 countries and announced last week that it would relocate around 150 flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol due to ongoing capacity problems there. Tailwinds Airlines and Freebird Airlines are Turkish leisure airlines operating out of Antalya, while Smartwings, which operates scheduled flights and wet-and-dry leases, is based at Vaclav Havel Airport (PRG) in Prague.

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Source: boarding pass.ro

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