Wizz Air reveals Budapest livery aircraft at Budapest Airport
BUDAPEST 2024 DESIGN LIVERY AIRCRAFT JOINS THE FLEET
Wizz Air, the largest low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, in partnership with Budapest Airport and the Budapest 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Bid, revealed today the livery of its Budapest aircraft.
As part of its support towards the Budapest 2024 Olympic and Paralympic bid, Wizz Air has decorated one Airbus A321 and one Airbus A320* aircraft of its Budapest fleet with unique livery carrying Budapest 2024 design elements. The elements reflect the waves of the Danube River that flows through the heart of the city, as well as the historic monument of the Statue of Liberty located on one of the highest hills of the Hungarian capital.
The A321 Budapest 2024 livery design aircraft joins the fleet on 24 November, followed shortly by an A320 aircraft that will start operating commercial flights from 1 December 2016. Both aircraft will feature the new Budapest livery for the entire duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Bid, until 31 August 2017.
Being the hometown airline of Hungary, Wizz Air has constantly expanded its operations in Hungary. The airline currently operates two Hungarian bases in Budapest and Debrecen with a total of 11 aircraft in the country and recently announced an additional aircraft to join the Budapest fleet from April 2017, employing more than 1,000 people in flight crew, cabin crew, office and supporting functions. Over the past twelve months until 31 October 2016, Wizz Air carried 3.4 million passengers on its low-fare Budapest routes, further supporting over 2,300 local indirect jobs**. Wizz Air already announced four new routes to be launched in 2017 including such attractive destinations like Faro, Hanover, Bergen and Lamezia Terme. WIZZ is also a strong supporter of sports and active lifestyle, this year Wizz Air Budapest half Marathon was held for the third time attracting over 13.5 thousand runners from all over the world to the Hungarian capital.
To mark the revealing of this special livery, Wizz Air is launching a “Spot the Budapest Plane” competition, calling on all plane lovers to keep an eye out for the special Budapest aircraft. Take a photo of the Budapest 2024 livery design aircraft and post it on Instagram with the #WIZZBudapest2024 hashtag. The two best photos will each be awarded a €200 Wizz Air Value Voucher and a special gift package***.
Speaking at a press conference in Budapest today, József Váradi, the CEO of Wizz Air said: “As an airline with its roots in Hungary, we are proud to contribute today to building and further promoting the Budapest brand internationally. Since 2004, when the airline took off for the first time, we have earned the loyalty and trust of close to 18.5 million passengers in our Hungarian route network, and this year, we will achieve a record number of passengers per year ever carried by an airline to and from Hungary. Wizz Air’s Budapest aircraft with the Budapest 2024 livery design will help create international buzz and inspire people to visit Budapest, as we continue to grow capacity and expand our route network in Hungary.”
“As a main sponsor of this historic bid, we are proud to welcome the new Wizz Air Budapest 2024 livery design A321 aircraft to our airport, where it will be seen by hundreds and thousands of people from all around the world daily.” said Jost Lammers, the CEO of Budapest Airport. He added: „Together with Wizz Air and the ten thousand-strong community of employees at the airport, we will do everything to help the success of Budapest’s Olympic Bid for hosting the 2024 Games. Our biggest contribution to this noble cause is our 50 billion HUF (170 m EUR) BUD 2020 airport development program, as well as our sport initiatives, like the unique and successful annual BUD: Runway Run.”
“I have been to many international competitions,” said Emese Szász, Olympic champion at the 2016 Rio Games in women’s épée fencing, “and I feel that to host the Olympic Games in Budapest would be really special. Generally, it takes a long time to travel between the Olympic village and the competition venues. On the contrary, in Budapest it would take an average travel time of 12 minutes between the different competition venues for the athletes… Then how much time would be left for everything else, to train, to prepare, to rest? For the fans, the Olympic Games in Budapest would be a great experience, because in addition to the competition, they can learn about our amazing buildings and our gastronomy; they can feel the sport festival atmosphere – something we are famous for – and experience the bottomless enthusiasm of Hungarian fans.”
"Budapest is experiencing a renaissance from every aspect, it is a city that constantly renews itself and is truly on the rise. Hosting the 2024 Games would speed up the economic catching up of Budapest and Hungary by 25 years, and according to economic analyses of hosting the Games we would need to spend half a percent of the country's budget between 2017 and 2024 for getting back three times as much within 15 years" - said Balázs Fürjes, head of the Budapest Olympic and Paralympic Bid. He added, "In order to host the games we would only need to implement those developments that would be necessary even without the Games, however, hosting the Olympics would guarantee that these developments will indeed be finished.”
Line up of twelve top sponsors for Budapest 2024
To date, twelve organisations have pledged their support for the nation’s Olympic bid, including the Hungarian operations of major global brands and regional leaders in telecommunications, finance, travel and transport, real estate and commodities.
The multi-million-euro Bid Sponsorship Programme began in June this year, propelling Budapest’s Olympic hopes forward with a mix of direct financial contributions and value in kind. The twelve sponsors all have strong ties with Hungary and Budapest as well as the support of sport and Olympic values in the region.
The sponsors include: Audi, Budapest Airport, the Budapest Transport Company, the Centre for Budapest Transport, Gránit Pólus, GRAPHISOFT, Mid Ocean Brands, Provident Financial, Telekom, Wizz Air and Zwack * (see end of article for more detail on each sponsor).
As key providers of nationwide services, a number of the sponsors represent significant backing for Budapest 2024. Telekom, Budapest Airport, the Budapest Transport Company and the Centre for Budapest Transport would all play invaluable roles in the seven-year planning period leading up to the Budapest Games – their local knowledge and domestic networks providing a firm foundation for planning in transport, telecommunications and information technology.
Transport is well represented in the sponsor line up. The Budapest Airport has recently announced a $182-million airport development programme known as Bud 2020. This will provide a series of major upgrades and modernisations that will be completed in time for Euro 2020, when Budapest will act as one of 13 host cities. The Budapest Transport Company provides bus, tram, metro, suburban and trolleybus transport for 1.3 billion tourists and local residents every year. As of 2010, the Centre for Budapest Transport has been modelled on TfL, London’s highly successful transport management system. In addition, Porsche Hungaria, as the largest importer of cars in the country including Audi, and WizzAir, as the region’s largest low-cost airline, also have considerable potential to evolve into major Games transport partners.
Hungary was recently upgraded to Investment Grade by Standard and Poor’s Ratings agency and this is reflected in the country’s robust financial services industry. As a Budapest 2024 sponsor, the leading provider of nationwide financial products, Provident, is well positioned to provide important local expertise and services to the bid and to a future OCOG.
Telecommunications is also represented in the sponsor list by the largest telecommunications company in Hungary, Telekom. As a result of a new generation network implemented last year, Telekom’s high-speed fixed line internet coverage reached more than 2.6 million households. The outdoor coverage of its 4G mobile network is at around 97.6%.
Speaking from the Bid Headquarters in downtown Budapest, the Communications Director of Budapest 2024, Iván Rózsa, said that the team had been delighted by the enthusiasm of both national businesses and multinationals.
‘We have twelve fantastic sponsors on board, all eager to show their support for Budapest,’ he said. ‘It’s been truly inspiring to see such faith in our city and in our capability as an Olympic sporting nation. We expect that more sponsors will join the movement as the momentum continues to build. This is especially relevant after February next year, when we will see a much wider exposure for the bid in both domestic and international markets. As an example, we have fifteen major sport events coming up in Hungary before the IOC vote next year, including the FINA World Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival next summer.’
The growing wave of private sector confidence in the bid is not just about mobilising resources in support of the campaign. It also reflects the steady support of the domestic market for the Olympic bid, and could have a further positive impact on local audiences. According to the latest opinion poll, around two thirds of Hungarian citizens would be “proud” or “very proud” if Budapest were given the opportunity to host the Games. The percentage rises to over 70 in the 18-33 age range.
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Named as European Capital of Sport 2019, Budapest is a high-value city, with an excellent transport infrastructure and a long-term sustainable development plan. The Budapest 2024 Olympic Bid proposes a compact and intimate Games footprint in the capital, and a truly nationwide Games that features sport in six other Olympic cities. Budapest 2024 is dedicated to deliver an on-budget and inclusive Olympic and Paralympic Games in one of the top 20 most peaceful countries in the world. Sports-mad Hungary was one of the founding members of the IOC and has participated in the Games since 1896. Ranked in the top ten of the all-time Olympic Medal table, Hungary has yet to be awarded the right to host the Olympic Games.
* Sponsor detail:
Audi (imported by Porsche Hungaria)
Porsche Hungaria is the Hungarian importer of five iconic brands: Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. It is the biggest importer of cars in Hungary with a nationwide dealers' network, that offers world-class car service background with car sales financing, insurance, automotive leasing and supply of spare parts.
Budapest Airport Plc.
Budapest Airport is home to 44 airlines, which transported 10.3 million passengers to 95 airports in 36 countries last year. It recently announced a $182-million airport development programme known as Bud 2020, which includes a new airport hotel, increased check-in desks, enhanced security facilities, a direct rail link to the city centre, a new airplane pier, a multi-level parking facility and the expansion of the passenger plane apron area.
Budapest Transport Company (BKV)
The Budapest Transport Company provides bus, tram, metro, suburban and trolleybus transport for 1.3 billion tourists and local residents every year.
Centre for Budapest Transport (BKK)
The Centre for Budapest Transport, established in 2010, is the mobility manager of the Hungarian capital. Its main tasks are to organise public transport services, to meet transport demand and coordinate the different transport modes, and to manage developments on behalf of the Municipality of Budapest.
The BKK commissions public transport services – such as tram and bus lines – from different service providers. It plans the transport network, provides schedules, controls traffic, sells and inspects tickets and passes, and also provides passenger information services. As the activities of the BKK are diverse and extensive, everybody who uses some form of transport in Budapest is a customer of BKK – including those who walk, drive private vehicles or ride MOL Bubi bike (Budapest’s public bike- sharing system).
Gránit Pólus Ltd.
The Gránit Pólus Group is one of Hungary’s biggest property development and management companies. It operates in five Central European countries as well as in Russia. Assets within the Granit Polus portfolio include the National Theatre, Palace of Arts, Budapest Sportarena, WestEnd City Center, Hilton Hotel Budapest and Korda Studios, one of Europe’s premier film studio facilities.
Since it was established in 1982, GRAPHISOFT has revolutionized the architectural design and construction industry with innovative software solutions. Its flagship product, ARCHICAD, has fundamentally changed the way buildings are designed, constructed and managed. As a result, buildings designed and constructed using our technology are delivered on time and within budget and are of extraordinary quality.
Mid Ocean Central and Eastern Europe Ltd.
With over 50 years of experience, Mid Ocean Brands is one of the leading wholesalers in the European premium and business gift market. More than 10,000 distributors rely on Mid Ocean to ship promotional items on a 24-hour turnaround, in support of events and campaigns across the world.
Provident Financial Plc.
Provident Hungary was established in 2001. Provident is a leading provider of simple, fair and transparent financial products. It has approximately 300,000 customers and employs around 3,500 people, making it one of the biggest employers in the country. Provident’s parent company, International Personal Finance Plc is evolving to meet the changing needs of 2.6 million customers across 12 international markets including Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Mexico and Australia.”
Telekom is a privately-owned telecommunications company, and is the largest telecommunications company in Hungary. It is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom and its three major areas of operations are: wireline services, mobile communications and business services. Telekom is an active sponsor of sport in the community, including the Ferencvárosi Torna Football Club for youth talent, the Vezprem Men’s Handballl Team, the Hungarian Swimming Association, and the Hungarian Olympic Committee.
Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.
Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, operates a fleet of 73 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, and offers more than 450 routes from 26 bases, connecting 129 destinations across 38 countries. At Wizz Air, a team of approximately 2,800 aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low ticket prices making Wizz Air the preferred choice of 20 million passengers in the financial year ended 31 March 2016. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker WIZZ and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE All-Share Indices. Wizz Air is registered under the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the global benchmark in airline safety recognition. The company was recently named 2016 Value Airline of the Year by the editors of Air Transport World, one of the leading airline trade magazines.
Zwack Unicum Plc.
Zwack Unicum Plc. is a Hungarian family business. The company’s most important product is Unicum liqueur. This unique herb liqueur, based on a secret family recipe and distilled from over forty different herbs and spices, is more than 225 years old. It was originally conceived as an aid to digestion to the royal court of Austria Hungary in 1790. Over the centuries it has become a drink for any time of day, either as a shot or warmed by the hand in a cognac glass or enjoyed chilled. Still in family hands after six generations, Unicum liqueur in Hungary is not just a drink but a national treasure. The Zwack distillery also produces a number of other Hungarian brands, such as St. Hubertus, Fütyülős, Kalinka, Sándor Zwack Noble Pálinka and Vilmos. Furthermore, the company is the exclusive distributor of close to thirty international brands, including Johnnie Walker, Baileys, Hennessy, Smirnoff and Dom Pérignon.