09. 10. 2008 - Czech Airlines to Christen Four New Aircraft Today
Prague, 9 October 2008
Today, Czech Airlines will christen the four new Airbus A319 aircraft that it has taken delivery of this year. At the evening ceremony, to be held tonight in a hangar at Prague Airport, the aircraft will be named after Czech rivers: Vltava, Labe, Dyje, and Odra. At the ceremony, which will be attended by major guests from the aviation business as well as social life, Czech Airlines will also celebrate the 85th anniversary of its establishment and the 90th anniversary of Czechoslovak aviation, that both fall on this year.
The four aircraft christened today are the last from the supply of 12 new aircraft that the Airline obtained between 2006 and 2008. With their christening, Czech Airlines will symbolically complete the first stage of its medium-haul fleet modernisation. In addition to the 12 brand new aircraft, the Airline leased two Airbus A320 aircraft in 2005 and two charter specials, Airbus A321s. Ás at today, 16 new-generation Airbuses from the A320 family are thus flying in Czech Airlines colours.
The modernisation of Czech Airlines’ fleet does not, however, end there. Next year, the Airline should obtain one Airbus A319 on lease and another aircraft of the same type a year later. Furthermore, at the end of last year, Czech Airlines decided to take advantage of the advantageous option arising from the purchase agreement with Airbus and booked eight Airbus A319 aircraft, to be supplied in 2011 and 2012.
Investment into Aircraft = Investment into Czech Airlines’ Future
Since 2006, Czech Airlines has invested ten billion crowns into new aircraft. Annual investments into aircraft fleet renewal amount to approximately 1.8 billion. The Airline will continue to upgrade its fleet in the upcoming years. Its development strategy envisages further investment into aircraft in the volume of eight billion crowns by 2013.
“The modernisation of medium-haul aircraft, which constitute the backbone of the Czech Airlines fleet, is a priority for the Airline,” said Czech Airlines’ President, Radomír Lašák. “Modern and competitive aircraft, in combination with a quality offering of services on board and during the entire carriage process, an advantageously structured flight schedule, and high-quality staff, are what gives Czech Airlines a competitive advantage,” added Radomír Lašák.
With the replacement of the present Boeing 737s in the fleet, with more modern new-generation A320/319 aircraft, the Czech Airlines fleet is being gradually unified, which significantly reduces the cost of maintenance and operations. The new aircraft have a 1,200 km greater range than the present Czech Airlines medium-haul fleet aircraft, and compared to the classic-generation Boeing 737 aircraft, they are about five percent faster. The operation of an Airbus A320/319 is also very economical, due to lower fuel consumption, and hence it also more environmental. In 2012, Airbuses from the A320 family should constitute roughly one-half of the entire Czech Airlines fleet. The average age of medium-haul aircraft should reach approximately seven years in 2012.
Czech Airlines deploys Airbuses A320 and A319, i.e., its most modern aircraft, on priority routes, such as the connections between Prague and Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, and Milan, but also to Odessa, Sofia, Riga, and Samara. The aircraft also fly to the new destinations that Czech Airlines introduced in 2008, such as Tbilisi, Rostov-on-Don, and Damascus.
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson