21. 10. 2005 - Czech Airlines holds ceremony for its two new airplanes named after Svitavy and Sokolov

Prague, 21 October 2005

In the presence of company representatives, special guests, and the mayors of the Czech towns of Sokolov a Svitavy, Czech Airlines today christened two new ATR42-500 airplanes at Ruzyne Airport. Patrik Gedeon, the Capitan of the SK Slavia Praha football club, and the team’s head coach, Karel Jarolím, were chosen as the airplanes’ godfathers. The new airplanes, produced by ATR in Toulouse, will replace older ATR turbo-prop airplanes in the national carrier’s fleet.

“By acquiring these two brand new ATR airplanes, we have completed the modernisation stage of our short-haul fleet, which now features both the utmost travel comfort and higher efficiency,” said Jan Váňa, the Company’s Director for Strategic Planning and Development.

The ATR42-500 airplanes represent the best in their class

The ATR42-500 airplanes offer 46 seats in business and economy classes. The planes‘ state-of-the-art engines provide high efficiency, higher cruising speed (540 km/hour), a longer range and less noise. As for travel comfort, the airplanes feature newly designed interiors, including a new seat type with blue leather upholstery. The ATR42-500 stands alone in its class.

The first destinations for the new airplanes, Sokolov and Svitavy, will be Vienna, Ostrava, Ljubljana, and Stuttgart. Then they will be used for all CSA regular services to neighbouring countries, such as Germany, Slovakia, Poland, and even Lithuania.

The two ATR42-500s will join the 5 turbo-prop airplanes, the latest ATR generation, that CSA has acquired over the past two years, in modernising its short-haul fleet. CSA’s fleet of turbo-prop airplanes currently consists of 12 planes – 7 ATR42s, 4 ATR72-202s and 1 ATR42-320.

The Czech Airlines fleet presently features 50 airplanes - ATR42/72, Boeing 737, and Airbus A310/A320/A321.


Jitka Novotná,
CSA Spokesperson