BOSTON, MA – MetroAir Virtual Airlines has said it plans to lease four Boeing 737 aircraft from codeshare partner Fly UK on a six month term.
The airline expects to improve its operational performance and capacity through the summer season, when the airline expects an increase in travel demand. The lease term begins April 18th and terminates on October 31st.
MetroAir will be receiving three Boeing 737-800s and one Boeing 737-700. The short term lease will be the first time MetroAir will operate a variant of the Boeing 737 since 2007, when the still Detroit based airline operated three Boeing 737-700s alongside the 737-200s the airline was founded with.
“The addition of the 737 is a short term solution to an anticipated increase in passenger travel,” CMO Anders Young explained explicitly, “I know many people will see this as a sign of the 737 joining our permanent fleet, but I want to make perfectly clear this is temporary.”
Temporary claims aside, MetroAir officials still hinted at slight fleet movement in the next year. Seven of MetroAir’s A320 aircraft are slated for retirement in the next six months and a permanent solution is sure to be announced in coming weeks.