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Small Planet Airlines Poland (LLP) is a subsidiary of Small Planet Airlines (LIJ), Lithuania.
Skibicka Street 29
Warsaw PL-02-269, Poland
Poland (Republic of Poland) was established in 1918. It covers an area of 312,683 km. Its official language is Polish. The population is 40 million. The capital city is Warsaw.
November 2013: Small Planet Airlines Poland (LLP) is a subsidiary of Small Planet Airlines (LIJ), Lithuania. (LLP) is a Polish charter airline operating non-scheduled services from Warsaw, Katowice, Gdansk, and Poznan to popular holiday destinations throughout Europe, North Africa and Turkey on behalf of leading Polish tour operators.
(IATA) Code: LLP.
Main Base: Warsaw.
January 2014: Italian National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) grounded Small Planet Airlines Italia on January 20 due to its fragile financial situation, although its Lithuanian franchise parent, Small Planet Airlines (LIJ) is still operating normally.
In a statement posted on Small Planet Airlines Italia’s website, President, Stefano Canessa confirmed that all flights were suspended from January 20 following an “unexpected communication” from the (ENAC) on January 17. “This suspension was purely for economic and financial reasons and has nothing to do with the safety of our flight operations, which have always complied fully with the law,” Canessa said.
(ENAC) described Small Planet Airline Italia’s recent financial performance as “critical,” adding it had already placed a block on ticket sales beyond February 15. “They failed the essential requirements relating to financial aspects for the maintenance of the license,” (ENAC) said.
However, Canessa believes operations will resume shortly. “I'm extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused, but we are also confident that in a short time we will be able to provide the authorities all the evidence and clarifications of our economic and financial situation needed to restore flight operations,” he said.
Rome Fiumicino-based Boeing 737 operator, Small Planet Airlines Italia secured its Italian air operator’s certificate (AOC) in June 2011. It is a franchise of Lithuanian company Small Planet Airlines (LIJ), which provides the Italian carrier with brand rights, a subleased Boeing 737-700 and flight dispatch services.
“The suspension of the license of the Italian company shall in no way affect our companies in Lithuania and Poland,” the Lithuanian company said, distancing itself from its grounded partner.
It added that Small Planet Airlines Italia is owned by Aeroservizi (64.5%) and Avia Solutions Group (35.5%), whereas the Lithuanian Small Planet Airlines (LIJ) is 70% owned by (CEO), Vytautas Kaikaris and 30% owned by (COO) Andrius Staniulis.
Kaikaris did hold 4.5% of Small Planet Airlines Italia, but sold the stake in April 2013. Small Planet Airlines Italia was due to stop using the "Small Planet" brand at the end of 2013.
“[The] financial difficulties of Small Planet Italia have been known for some time. Therefore, the management teams of the respective companies have discussed payment schedule and agreed on termination of the agreement on use of Small Planet Airlines trademark,” the Lithuanian firm said.
Small Planet Airlines in Lithuania and Poland operates a fleet of 10 airplanes and carried more than >1 million passengers in 2013. The company was created from the assets of defunct Lithuanian scheduled carrier flyLAL.
October 2014: Small Planet Airlines Polska ((IATA) Code: P7, based at Warsaw Chopin) (LLP) will base two A320-233s in Siem Reap, Cambodia with effect from November onwards as part of an agreement with Cambodian carrier, Sky Angkor Airlines ((IATA) Code: based at ZA, Phnom Penh) (SKW). Under the terms of the deal, set to run until March next year, the two aircraft (883, SP-HAE and 914, SP-HAF) will be used on flights between Siem Reap, Cambodia and cities in China and South Korea.
June 2017: AviaAM Leasing, a Warsaw Stock Exchange listed aircraft leasing company, announced the sale of 3 Airbus A320 family aircraft to Poland’s Small Planet Airlines (LLP). The 220-seat A321s were delivered June 22.
June 2018: Small Planet Airlines (LIJ) appointed Vytautas Kaikaris as (CEO)-SPA Poland (LLP) with Bartosz Czajka joining the company as his Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO).