LONDON – Croatia Airlines will receive its first Airbus A220 in 2024, following a placement announcement by Air Lease Corporation for six units of the type.
Croatia Airlines will receive four A220-300s and two A220-100s from Air Lease Corporation through the placement agreement.
The jets are due to be delivered from 2024 all the way through 2025, based on the orderbook the lessor has with Airbus.
Udvar-Hazy: New Long-Term Relationship…
Commenting on the placement was Air Lease Corporation’s CEO Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, who said the following:
“We are pleased to announce this lease placement for six new Airbus A220 aircraft with Croatia Airlines”.
“ALC looks forward to a successful long-term relationship with Croatia Airlines as the airline modernizes and expands its fleet with the newest and most fuel-efficient jets.”
Croatia Airlines is looking to use these aircraft for fleet renewal and growth as it looks to modernize its fleet moving forward.
ICYMI: The Full A220 Order from Croatia Airlines…
Back in November, it was revealed that Croatia Airlines had signed a firm order for six A220-300 aircraft. Croatia Airlines plans to lease an additional nine A220s, taking its total commitment for the type to 15.
The A220s will replace previous generation aircraft in the company’s fleet, reducing operating costs as well as improving environmental efficiency and competitiveness while offering passengers unrivaled comfort throughout its fleet.
The signing of the contract for the purchase of the state-of-the-art Airbus aircraft marks a special moment in the airline’s history, says Croatia Airlines.
“It marks the beginning of a new period of aviation, a new period in the life of Croatia Airlines, a new period for our passengers, and a new period for Croatia’s tourism and the economy as a whole,” said Jasmin Bajić, CEO and President of the Management Board of Croatia Airlines.
“We are thrilled to add Croatia Airlines as a new A220 customer. The Airbus A220 is ideally suited to Croatia’s aviation needs, providing operational flexibility and efficiency”
“Allowing its airline to pursue its ambition for both regional and international connectivity without compromising on any aspect, be it passenger comfort or trip and seat cost economics,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.
The Croatia Airlines – Airbus relationship
Airbus and Croatia airlines have had a long-standing partnership starting 25 years ago when the airline first became an Airbus operator.
Today, the Croatian carrier operates an Airbus fleet of seven single-aisle aircraft from the A320 Family (five A319s and two A320s).
With currently more than 230 A220s delivered to 16 airlines operating on four continents, the A220 is the optimal aircraft for regional as well as long-distance routes and will enable Croatia Airlines to further contribute to the development of tourism in the region while providing flexibility to the right-size their operations.
To date, more than 70 million passengers have enjoyed the Airbus A220. The fleet is currently flying on over 800 routes and 325 destinations worldwide.
As of the end of October 2022, around 30 customers have ordered 780+ A220 aircraft – confirming its breakthrough in the small single-aisle market.
With contributions from Len Varley