Cyprus Airways has received the first aircraft for its fleet. The Airbus A319 wearing the new company’s livery landed on Thursday at Larnaca airport, according to a press release issued by the company.
The airline`s corporate design elements, including the livery and the logo of Cyprus Airways, were designed by the British agency Landor. The pastel shades were chosen for the livery: Light blue as the basic color and Azure blue for the underside of the fuselage to replicate the various colors of the Mediterranean Sea surrounding the island.
The olive branch, the main symbol of Cyprus that could also be found on the national flag of the republic, is depicted on the tail unit and engine nacelles of the plane. The fuselage wears the logo of Cyprus Airways, while on the front part there is a mouflon, another popular symbol of Cyprus.
“We are happy to present the first aircraft for the new Cyprus Airways. We hope that our livery will appeal to our passengers and will make the company’s fleet recognizable in any airport across the world thanks to the selected colors and the symbols of Cyprus, which remind of the unique peaceful and beautiful atmosphere enjoyed by anyone arriving on the island. We invited the best air service professionals both from Cyprus and other successful European airlines to join our new team, which will help us save the best practices of the national carrier, offer high quality service to the passengers and build an effective business model,” Natalya Popova, Cyprus Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said.
Currently, the company’s specialists are finalizing the plans for the route network expansion. By late 2016, the company expects to receive an air operator certificate and begin selling airline tickets.
Cyprus Airways is a trademark of the emerging Cyprus airline. In July, Charlie Airlines, co-owned by the Russian S7 Group, won a tender competition for the right to use the trademark Cyprus Airways for a decade. The Ministry of Finance of Cyprus and Charlie Airlines signed a corresponding agreement. Cyprus Airways will be based at Larnaca airport and operate regular flights to Europe and the Middle East. The airline’s fleet will comprise of Airbus A319 aircrafts.