CSA Czech Airlines have become the latest airline to order the increasingly popular Airbus A220-300.
Also included in the deal is an amendment to the airlines order for the A320neo. CSA will now take delivery of the larger A321XLR instead.
The A220 and A321XLR fit well with our long-term business strategy in terms of network expansion. These aircraft will definitely give Czech Airlines a competitive advantage, and will increase the capacity of our regular flights. I believe that this step will be appreciated by our passengers, as the aircraft offer best in class comfort even during long haul flights thanks to a brand new cabin configurationPetr Kudela, Chairman of the Board of Czech Airlines.
Currently, CSA operates a reasonably small fleet of just nine aircraft, consisting of:
- 2x Airbus A319
- 1x Airbus A330
- 5x ATR72
- 1x Boeing 737-800
Whilst the new A220’s will feature 149 seats, the A321XLR will have a capacity of 195 in two classes.
What is currently unknown is where the three A321XLR will operate to. CSA only serves a single long haul route between Prague and Seoul. With a range of up to 4700 miles, it will be a bit of a push to place it on the Seoul route, however destinations in North America and Africa wouldn’t be out of the question.
With the growth of the shorthaul fleet by four aircraft, it could mean that the airline returns to London. Currently the only airport the airline serves in the UK is Birmingham. The airline last served London in 2010.
The Airbus A220 was previously known as the Bombardier C Series. Since Airbus bought the project, the type has sold well. As of the end of September, there is an order backlog of 525 aircraft. Notable orders have come from Air Canada, Gulf Air and JetBlue.