At 1600 on the 22nd of March, the Faroe Islands saw the arrival of the new edition to the Atlantic Airways fleet, the Airbus A319, marking the company’s 24th birthday. The new aircraft has been specially designed to better cope with the challenging conditions associated with the flight path into the Vágar, the Faroes’ only airport. Europe’s first performance-based Navigation system (RNP AR 0.1) and the head-up cockpit display are intended to improve the operational range in low cloud cover and turbulent weather conditions, which is predicted to increase reliability and generate quicker flight times. The powerful CFM engines capable of producing 27, 000 lbs of thrust and technologies allowing slower approach speeds and improved braking, help to compensate for short runway lengths.
The interior design of the aircraft was created in collaboration with Faroese writer and artist, Anker Eli Peterson and includes drop down screens and mood lighting. The 149 seats result in a 50% increase in the carrying capacity of the current aircrafts operating to the Faroe Island. The Atlantic Airways Airbus A319 will begin operation between Vágar and Copenhagen, Denmark on Wednesday 28th of March. For the moment, this will be the only route for the new aircraft, but in anticipation of its success it is likely the airline will have a second plane in a year’s time.
The new Atlantic Airways Airbus A319 preparing for its journey from Hamburg to Vágar, Faroe Islands.