Battered by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Czech Airlines resumed its modernization and expansion plans. To this end, the flag carrier of the Czech Republic signed a lease agreement for four A220-300s with the Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
The aircraft will only be delivered in 2024 and will be part of the order for new ALC jets 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.”
“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,” said Petr Kudela, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Czech Airlines
Founded as ČSA, the carrier will celebrate its 100th anniversary in October, making it one of the oldest airlines in the world still in business.
The company’s situation, however, was quite serious until 2022, when a group of businessmen acquired it and kept only one A320 jet in service – it currently has two such aircraft, which fly from Prague to Paris, France.
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Shortly before the Covid-19 outbreak, Czech Airlines announced an order for three A321XLR and four A220-300 with Airbus, a conversion from a previous order for A320neo aircraft.
At the time, the airline had six A319s and one A330-300, but in subsequent years these planes ended up being withdrawn from service in 2021 when Czech filed for insolvency and canceled the agreement with Airbus as well.