8. 9. 2004 - Czech Airlines begins exclusive long-term cooperation with Exim Tours travel agency
Prague, 8 September 2004
Czech Airlines has agreed to start up exclusive long-term cooperation with Exim Tours – the Czech Republic’s biggest charter travel agency. From the end of October this year, CSA planes will carry clients of Exim Tours to popular destinations such as Brazil, Venezuela, Cuba, Egypt and Jordan.
Exim Tours, which until now has largely been using the services of a rival carrier, decided on CSA because CSA can offer its clients a higher quality of service – including travel to long-haul destinations by the Airbus A310, departing from Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
Jaroslav Tvrdík, CSA President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, said of the new cooperation with Exim Tours: “Czech Airlines planned to strengthen its position in charter transport significantly this year. Our cooperation with Exim Tours – one of the leading Czech travel agencies – shows that we have been successful in fulfilling our plans for further expansion in charter transport.“
Ferid Nasr, Exim Tours Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer said: “We decided to cooperate with Czech Airlines because we expect a high quality of services leading to the higher satisfaction of our clients.“
By the end of this year, Czech Airlines and Exim Tours plan to transport over 30 000 clients and next year the number should reach 160 000. In addition to long-haul fights to Latin America, CSA will carry passengers to traditional Exim Tours destinations, especially Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Spain.
Three specially adjusted Boeing 737-400’s for 162 passengers will be operated on these flights. Next year, the national carrier’s charter fleet will be enlarged by two modern new generation Boeing 737-800 or Airbus A321 planes, depending on the outcome of the current tender. An Airbus A310, which is to be added to the fleet this autumn, will also be operated on intercontinental charter flights, offering improved quality of service on longer flights.
Currently Czech Airlines cooperates with more than thirty travel agencies in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and other countries. In addition to Prague, CSA airplanes operate charter flights regularly from Brno and Ostrava. After the Czech Republic joined the EU, CSA was able to extend its services to charter flights outside of the Czech Republic – CSA charter flights depart from airports in Bratislava, Budapest and Bologna. During the first six months of 2004, CSA transported 150 000 passengers on charter flights, representing a growth of 16% in comparison with the same period last year. The average seat load factor on charter flights was 80%.