07. 04. 2008 - Czech Airlines Has Extended the Airbus A310 Lease Agreement with Air India for another Year

Prague, 7 April 2008

Czech Airlines has signed an agreement with Air India for the lease of an Airbus A310 aircraft and crew for another year.  The airplane has operated out of Bombay Airport since last March, thus far flying on the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur routes.  From May, it will be newly deployed on flights to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Delhi and Hyderabad in India. 

The agreement has been concluded for 12 months.  For that period, Czech Airlines will provide Air India with the aircraft and a crew, comprising two pilots and a head cabin attendant, including insurance and technical maintenance.  Due to technical requirements, the Czech crews will continue to be supplemented with local cabin attendants, who have undergone differences training at Czech Airlines, in line with Czech norms and the knowledge of the particular aircraft.

Above all, the profitable one-year lease of the airplane will bring Czech Airlines higher long-haul fleet profitability,” said Vice-President for Sales Petr Řehák.

The Czech Airlines aircraft received a coat of paint in the colours of Air India, in connection with the previous one-year lease, which it will retain for the next 12 months.

Air India is the largest international airline carrier in India, flying to over 90 domestic and international destinations.  The airline operates 115 aircraft, of which 16 are of the Airbus A310 type.  In 2007, Indian Airlines and Air India merged to form one airline operating under the name of Air India. Since 2004, Air India has also operated the low-cost subsidiary Air India Express.


Daniela Hupáková
Communications Director
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson