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18/01/2007

WIND JET LAUNCHES EAST EUROPEAN ROUTES IN 2007

New routes to Moscow and Saint Petersburg from Verona and Catania
Two Airbuses 319 will complete the fleet next spring

Wind Jet is betting again on East Europe and, during the press conference at the Tourism Promotion Agency in Catania, is proud to announce its new flight connections to Moscow and Saint Petersburg from Verona and Catania.
Verona is then expanding its flight geography even further, after the previous connections to Catania and Palermo opened on 18th September last year. Starting from next March, two weekly direct flights will connect Verona to Moscow and Saint Petersburg (on Wednesdays and Saturdays in March and on Tuesdays and Saturdays from April).
“We strongly believe in our relationship with Wind Jet and therefore we want to enhance the airline growth and development in our airport. We have already gained very good results with the previous connections to Catania and Palermo, so we are confident that these two new routes, that for the moment are opened as charter flights, will be appreciated by both tourists and businessmen flying to and from our airport” reported Dr. Umberto Solimeno, Marketing and Sales Manager of Verona & Brescia airports.
Wind Jet was the first non national flagship airline connecting Italy to Russia. The routes Forlì-Moscow and Forlì-Saint Petersburg, including connections with Catania and Palermo, were inaugurated during spring 2006 and marked the first accomplishment of the agreement between the two countries.
Catania, which is also an armament base for the airline, will be connected to Moscow and Saint Petersburg from next April with one weekly direct flight and with the connections via Verona and via Forlì (that are operative since spring 2006). The same connections via Verona and via Forlì will be opened for Palermo as well, that is the second Wind Jet operative base.
“We decided to expand to East Europe in 2006, by opening the flights to Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Bucarest and in just a few months we gained positive results from the market” comments Wind Jet General Manager, Angelo Lo Bianco. We are proud to enhance our network connections in 2007 adding Verona to our partner airports and also increasing the flight connections with Sicily”.
“In 2006 we took 15.000 passengers to Bucharest” adds Wind Jet Sales Manager Massimo Polimeri. “We noticed an increasingly request for flying connections from Italy to all East European destinations. This is mainly due to the European Union enlargement and to a high interest in Sicily”.
“Wind Jet is a real local resource” underlines the Commissioner of the Tourism Promotion Agency of Catania, Antonio Belcuore. “The airline is an essential element for tourism development in our island. There is no other airline at the moment, offering such a wide range of direct low-cost connections to foreign countries from and to Catania”.
From January 29th the route Palermo-Pisa will also be operative (one daily flight). As for Forlì-Bucarest  connections, they are not only confirmed for the whole 2007, but will be increased from two to three weekly flights during the summer.
Other summer connections will be added: from Catania and Palermo to Paris the number of flights will pass from three to four per week, while two weekly departures will be scheduled to Madrid.
During 2006 Wind Jet has expanded its network with new connections: in Italy Pisa, Verona and Bergamo and in Europe, Paris, Bucharest, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Madrid and Barcelona.
The fleet.
Wind Jet development program includes the acquisition of 2 Airbuses 319 with 142 seats capacity, that are expected to be delivered between February and March. The fleet will then count a total of 12 Airbus aircrafts (10 A320 and 2 A319).

The results.
Astonishing results have been obtained during 2006. The 37,3% increase in seats availability made the passengers flux grow of 43,3% and allowed a 64% profit raise. 2.200.000 is the number of passengers flying with the airline in 2006. The fleet enhancement, with consequent seats number increase, together with the extension at international level made all these results possible.
Tickets can be bought from Call Center (899809060), website volawindjet.it and travel agencies.
Wind Jet is the fourth airline run by private capital. It was established as a low-cost airline in June 2003 by Antonino Pulvirenti, with the aim to connect Sicily to main Italian and European towns.
Wind Jet network includes 16 destinations: in Italy Catania, Palermo, Forlì, Milano Linate, Venice, Roma Fiumicino, Olbia, Bergamo, Verona, Pisa and in Europe Paris, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Barcelona, Madrid and Bucharest.
The flights are operated by 10 Airbuses 320 with 180 seats capacity and 2 Airbuses A319 with 142 seats capacity (that will complete the fleet in March 2007).
From February 2006 the technical management of Wind Jet is assisted by Lufthansa Technik, which is the main worldwide supplier of MRO services (Maintenance, Repair e Overhaul) providing technical support, spare parts supply and management for the whole fleet. Wind Jet has been approved to carry out all light maintenance operations (Certificate JAR 145).
Wind Jet staff counts today a total of 440 people, 75% with operative roles.
Wind Jet also operates charter flights to European capitals and main tourism destinations in Egypt, Spain, Canary Islands, Balearics, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia, Israel, according to partnerships agreements with the best known Italian tour operators.