On June 1, aircraft lessor Air Lease Corporation announced long-term lease placements for four new Airbus A220-300 aircraft with Czech Airlines. All four aircraft are scheduled to deliver to the European airline in 2024 from ALC’s order book with Airbus.
“We are pleased to announce this lease placement for four new Airbus A220 aircraft with Czech Airlines,” said Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation.
“As the first to introduce the A220 to the airline, ALC looks forward to working with Czech Airlines long-term to modernize and enhance the airline’s fleet with the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient new aircraft.”
Petr Kudela, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Czech Airlines, added: “These ALC A220s will greatly enhance our airline’s operational strength as we modernize our fleet with highly efficient and environmentally friendly single-aisle aircraft.”
“Czech Airlines is pleased to launch the cooperation with the ALC team at the time we celebrate our 100th anniversary in October 2023.”
“Thanks to a brand-new cabin configuration, the aircraft offers best in class comfort for short- and medium-haul flights. I am, therefore, convinced that this step will be appreciated particularly by our customers.”
The A220-300 is a single-aisle aircraft which is slightly smaller than the Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX. It is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines and has a range of up to 3,600 nautical miles.
Czech Airlines says that the A220-300 will allow it to replace its aging fleet of Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s. The airline also says that the A220-300 is more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly than its current fleet.
The deal with Air Lease is a significant step for Czech Airlines as it seeks to modernize its fleet and improve its operational efficiency. The A220-300 has become a popular ‘next generation’ aircraft with airlines around the world and is expected to be a success for Czech Airlines.
Some of the key benefits of the upgrade to the Airbus A220 include:
Fuel efficiency: The A220-300 is up to 20% more fuel-efficient than the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800. This will save Czech Airlines money on fuel costs.
Environmental benefits: The aircraft produces up to 50% less noise and emissions than the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800. This will make Czech Airlines more environmentally friendly.
Operating efficiency: The A220-300 is easier to maintain and operate than the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800, representing a saving on maintenance and operating costs.
Passenger comfort: The aircraft has a wider cabin and larger windows than the Boeing 737-700 and 737-800. This will benefit passengers with a more comfortable flying experience.
Overall, the A220-300 seems a good fit for carrier as it seeks to modernize its fleet and improve its operational efficiency.
About Czech Airlines
Czech Airlines is the Czech Republic’s flag carrier. Founded in 1923, it ranks among the five oldest airlines in the world. The carrier specializes in regular passenger air transport, focusing primarily on direct scheduled connections between Prague and important destinations in Europe.
Being a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance and cooperating with its partner airlines, Czech Airlines offers its customers a wide range of destinations, daily frequencies and connecting services around the world.