Croatia Airlines and Airbus signed an agreement for the acquisition of six A220-300 jets this week, as announced by the carrier itself in October.
The aircraft will replace the old A319 and A320 and also the Dash 8 turboprops, currently in operation. The goal is to reach 2026 with only the A220 in the fleet and for that the airline also has plans to lease nine aircraft of the model.
“The renewal of our fleet is the continuation of our collaboration with Airbus. More specifically, we have just signed an addendum to our pre-existing contract, thanks to which all of Croatia Airlines’ existing, old aircraft will be replaced with new ones by 2026. By flying new and higher-quality aircraft whose capacity will be in the market segment of 100 to 150 passenger seats, we will be able to meet the specific needs of our passengers in a much better way”, said Jasmin Bajić, CEO of Croatia Airlines.
Croatia had four A320neo orders pending delivery that will be converted to the A220. Founded in 1989, the airline has operated several types of aircraft, including the ATR, 737, BAe 146, MD-80 and Fokker 70, but since 1998 it has become an Airbus customer.
The Croatian carrier operates an air network concentrated on the European continent. Its hub in Zagreb has its furthest destination Dublin, Ireland, which is within the range of the A220-300.