KANSAS CITY, MO – MetroAir has announced a partnership with Kensington Tours to charter an Airbus A330-200 aircraft from Kansas City to Frankfurt and Munich for three weeks beginning on September 18, 2014.
Kensignton Tours is a tour group who focus on luxury and custom adventures. Tour participants will be flown to Germany, where they will embark on an adventure through Bavaria. Each year, millions of tourists visit Germany for Oktoberfest, the world’s largest funfair. While the main festivities take place in Munich, Kensington Tour participants also have the option to start their trip in Frankfurt and travel through Bavaria, or vice versa.
“We are very excited to partner with Kensington Tours,” said Director of Charter Operations Anthony Gilmer, “They want to give their customers the best experience possible and that’s where we come in.”
The charter flights, which will run 3x weekly to each city [FRA on M W F, MUN on T Th S], are the first time MetroAir has operated Airbus A330 aircraft at MCI as passenger flights.
“In the past, we haven’t operated the A330 out of MCI due to size constraints,” spoke Fleet Director Zak Winnick, “We don’t have any gates capable of handling aircraft larger than a 757. However, we have done some restriping on the ramp to allow for an A330 to be parked on a remote stand.”
Winnick added the remote stand allows for airstrair boarding from any door and could be used for future charter flights. When asked if scheduled A330 service can be expected, Winnick responded, “We want to give our passengers the best possible experience, which means terminal and lounge access, as well as a jet bridge. To make space for an A330 capable gate, we’d need to move everything around and the numbers don’t add up right now. Don’t count it out though.”
The remote stand for this charter is located on the northeast corner of the Terminal A ramp. A graphic depiction is included on the second page of the charter brief.