Camerons edges out rival to help airline start-up take off

CMS Cameron McKenna’s fledgling Ukraine office has won an instruction from start-up airline Wizz Air Ukraine.

The ;firm ;saw ;off ­Chadbourne & Parke, Wizz Air’s other legal adviser in Ukraine, to act on the leasing of the company’s first aircraft, an Airbus A230-200.

The company leasing the aircraft, General Electric Commercial ;Aviation ­Services, turned to Clifford Chance ;and ;associate Antony Single.

Wizz Air Ukraine is a subsidiary of Hungary-based Wizz Air. It is currently operating domestic flights but hopes to expand its fleet and begin international flights in a bid to tap into the fast-growing market for air travel in Eastern Europe.

Camerons’ ;Ukraine ­senior partner Olexander Martinenko said: “Given the record increase in air ­passengers, we think more instructions are likely.”

The company had originally used Chadbourne & Parke on the leasing deal but transferred to Camerons early in 2008.