25. 10. 2013 - Czech Airlines and Partners are Offering Connections to 89 Destinations in 45 Countries during the 2013/2014 Winter Season

Prague, 25 October 2013

On Sunday, 27 October 2013, Czech Airlines will kick off its winter flight schedule. During the upcoming season, Czech Airlines and its partners will be offering connections to a total of 89 destinations in 45 countries. The company will add new flights versus last year to Russia, e.g., to St. Petersburg and Perm. By contrast, flights to Munich, Budapest and Madrid will be optimized to accord with seasonal demand. During the winter season the company will expand its collaboration with Travel Service, using code sharing for regular flights to Rome, Barcelona and Tel Aviv. In the course of the winter season, thanks to its partnership with Korean Air, Czech Airlines will expand its connections to new long-distance destinations in Asia, e.g. to Manila and Cebu in the Philippines, to Phuket, Thailand and other cities. The winter schedule will be in force until 29 March 2014.

In the upcoming 2013/2014 winter season, Czech Airlines will moderately increase its regularly scheduled connections over last year, particularly to destinations in the Russian Federation. Aside from the new flight to Perm, flights from Prague to St. Petersburg and from Karlovy Vary to Moscow will be flown more often. The two available destinations in Switzerland – Zurich and Geneva – will be flown exclusively by Czech Airlines during the winter season. With the seasonal drop in demand for flights to some destinations, Czech Airlines has optimized the frequency of connections to selected cities such as Munich, Budapest, Madrid and Warsaw for the upcoming winter season. The freed Airbus capacity will be used throughout the winter season by Czech Airlines for ACMI leasing, which is beneficial for the company during periods of weak demand. One Czech Airline Airbus A319 will be used on the ACMI principle to operate a regularly scheduled airBaltic connection from Riga to Abu Dhabi. The second Czech Airline Airbus A320 will be deployed on the basis of ACMI for Travel Service flights.

New Destinations in East and Southeast Asia
Czech Airlines will be collaborating more intensively with its strategic partner and minority shareholder, Korean Air, during the winter season, expanding its roster of long-distance flights to East and Southeast Asia via connections to the regularly scheduled link between Prague and Seoul. The most interesting new connections undoubtedly include straightforward links to the Philippines – to the capital city of Manila, as well as the island of Cebu in the central section of the islands, favoured by tourists. The Czech Airlines flight schedule is also to be expanded to include popular another tourist destination – Phuket, Thailand. There will be new connections to Hong Kong and Shanghai and other destinations are being negotiated.

During the winter season, Czech Airlines is going to expand its commercial collaboration with other air carriers: with Royal Air Maroc on a direct link between Prague and Casablanca and with Air Lituanica on a link between Prague and Vilnius.

Expanding Code-Share Collaboration with Travel Service to Bring More Connections to Rome
Collaboration between Czech Airlines and Travel Service based upon code-sharing on selected regular lines initiated in late June of this year has brought positive returns for both companies. This common venture was originally designed only for transfer clients of both companies changing flights in Prague. Based upon experience gained to-date, the companies have agreed to expand the existing code-sharing collaboration to include the local market, too, which also covers passengers who start or finish their trip in Prague. Czech Airlines and Travel Service, under the SmartWings brand, will now share codes of their flights also on three regular routes: Prague – Rome, Prague – Barcelona and Prague – Tel Aviv.

Thanks to the expanded collaboration, both companies can offer their passengers more flights to Rome per week, a total of fourteen, with two returns per day, one operated by Czech Airlines and the other by SmartWings.  Seven flights per week remain on the Barcelona route; all will be operated by Czech Airlines in the upcoming winter season. In case of the Tel Aviv link, Czech Airlines will offer seven return trips per week, four of which will be operated by Czech Airlines and three by SmartWings using the same departure and arrival times to which passengers have become accustomed.

Free Transfer of Skis on Czech Airlines Flights
Starting 1 November, Czech Airlines will introduce a new service for skiers – free transfer of a single pair of skis with poles with a maximum length of 180 cm. The service will be available only during the winter season, until the end of April 2014. Currently, Czech Airlines transports golf equipment free-of-charge. This is an auxiliary service offered by Czech Airlines to accompany the standard transport of luggage prescribed by the reservation and transport class. Passengers holding a valid Czech Airlines ticket may make use of the service whether they travel Economy or Business Class.

New Catering Supplier and Improved Beverage Offering Onboard Czech Airlines
With the beginning of the winter season, Czech Airlines is changing its onboard beverage supplier for all the company's flights. The new catering supplier will be Gastro Hroch. As part of the change, Czech Airlines and Gastro Hroch are collaborating with the Buddha Bar Hotel in Prague, which has created international cuisine dishes for Business Class passengers on CSA long-distance links to destinations like Seoul. For shorter flights, muesli bars from Emco will now be offered.

The overall upgrade to the existing refreshment offering was started by Czech Airlines in cooperation with Budweiser Budvar. Czech Airlines will be offering a choice between 12% Lager and nonalcoholic beer in Business Class. Economy Class passengers will have a choice between Budvar 10% light beer or nonalcoholic beer. Czech Airlines has also changed and improved its offering of other beverages starting with this winter season. The new supplier of water for all CSA flights is Karlovy Vary Mineral Waters. Mattoni will once again be the only mineral water on offer, in both uncarbonated and lightly carbonated varieties. Jan Becher – Karlovarska Becherovka will supply alcoholic beverages onboard Czech Airlines aircraft, including the traditional Becherovka Original. Tea lovers onboard Czech Airlines flights will once again be able to select from teas by Dilmah. And finally, the juice offering will see changes, as well. Czech Airlines will now be featuring only 100% Rio Juices from McCarter in Slovakia.

 

Daniel Sabik
Press Spokesperson of Czech Airlines