14. 05. 2013 - Czech Airlines’ Fleet Expands with Its First Long-Haul Airbus A330-300

Prague, 14 May 2013

The first long-haul A330-300 joined Czech Airlines’ fleet of aircraft today.  It will bear a symbolic matriculation number, OK-YBA, referring to an Ilyushin IL-62, the first-ever long-haul aircraft to be used by the airline.  As of June, the aircraft will be deployed primarily on Czech Airlines’ new scheduled route to Seoul, as well as on flights to Almaty, Moscow, and Tel Aviv.  In the future, the airline plans to add more Airbus A330 aircraft to its fleet.

Czech Airlines is the first airline in the Czech Republic to operate an Airbus A330.  The A330-300 that Czech Airlines will operate in its colours with the matriculation OK-YBA has a capacity of 276 seats, 24 in Business Class and 252 in Economy, a cruising speed of 860 km/h, and a flight range of 12,000 km.  “Czech Airlines will celebrate its 90th anniversary this October. And in October, it will also be 44 years since the airline took ownership of its first-ever long-haul aircraft, an Ilyushin IL-62 with the designation OK-YBA.  This year, Czech Airlines has gained a strategic partner, Korean Air, thanks to which it again resumes the operation of its own long-haul flights, after a three-year break.  This symbolism has led us to grant the first Airbus A330-300 in the Czech Airlines fleet the historical designation OK-YBA,“ explains Marek Týbl, Vice-President of Czech Airlines for Flight Operations and a recent holder of a type qualification for Airbus A330 aircraft.  The airline has leased the aircraft on operative leasing from Korean Air.  In the future, Czech Airlines plans to expand its fleet with the addition of more new Airbus A330 aircraft.

With the Airbus A330 to Seoul, Almaty, Moscow, and Tel Aviv
As of the beginning of June, the Czech Airlines Airbus A330-300 will head to Seoul, Almaty, Moscow, and newly also to Tel Aviv on scheduled flights.  It will operate to the metropolis of South Korea twice weekly, with departures from Prague on Saturdays and Sundays; to Almaty once a week, with departures on Friday; to Moscow on Thursdays and Fridays; and to Tel Aviv three times a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  As of July, Czech Airlines will boost the number of flights on the Seoul service to three per week, newly adding a Tuesday departure from Prague.  Together with Korean Air, they will operate up to seven weekly flights between Prague and Seoul as of the summer vacation – every day except for Thursdays, with two flights on Saturdays.  The airlines will mutually share their codes on the flight.

Thanks to its strategic partnership with Korean Air, the new Czech Airlines service to Seoul, and a substantial harmonisation of the flight schedules of the two airlines, passengers will have connections from Prague to up to 20 destinations in Eastern Asia, connecting to flights from Prague.  With a comfortable transfer without a long wait, passengers can carry on from Seoul on Czech Airlines or Korean Air flights, for example, to seven destinations in Japan – Nagoya, Fukuoka, Niigata, Okayama, Osaka, Sapporo, and Tokyo; as well as Hong Kong, Qingdao and Shanghai in China; Da Nang, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Min City in Vietnam;  Denpasar and Jakarta in Indonesia; Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia; Bangkok; or to the Pacific islands of Guam and Palau (Koror).  All 20 destinations in Asia are included in Czech Airlines’ flight schedule.

A Menu with the Signature of the Chef from Prague Kempinski Hotel
Czech Airlines will serve two meals on the scheduled Prague – Seoul route in both travel classes: a main meal after take-off and then the second one before landing.  For their main meal, passengers will have a choice of a Korean, Asian, or European menu in both travel classes.  The author of the recipes of the Asian and European dishes served in Business Class is Marek Fichtner, Chef of Kempinski Hotel in Prague, with whom Czech Airlines also cooperates on its menu for its Abu Dhabi service.  The Korean cuisine will include the national dish bibimbap, made of ground meat, vegetables, and sesame oil, gochujang paste and rice, as well as rice porridge with jang jorim beef and oji cucumber salad or dry cod soup, and other specialities.  As the second meal served before landing, Czech Airlines will serve either a hot snack with a choice of Asian or international cuisine or a lighter, cold snack, depending on the time of day.  Between meals, passengers can nibble on small snacks, such as instant noodle soup, crackers, biscuits, ice cream, fruit skewers, and pastries, depending on the class in which they travel.

Business Class in the Czech Airlines Airbus A330-300 features seats that can be tilted to a full flat-bed position for comfortable sleeping.  Each seat, including Economy Class seats, feature a built-in, individual in-flight entertainment system that offers over 60 feature films and 70 short documentaries about sport, lifestyle, etc.  There are, of course, programmes for children, too.  Passengers will have a choice from a broad range of music of various genres.  The in-flight entertainment content will be updated and supplemented several times a year.

Basic technical information about the Airbus A330-300 OK-YBA:
Type: Airbus A330-323X
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4168 A (thrust 302 kN)
Capacity: 276 seats overall: Business Class, 24 seats; Economy Class, 252
Number of toilets: 9
Length: 63.7 m
Wing span: 60.3 m
Cruising speed: 900 km/h
Range: 12,000 km
Maximum ceiling: 41,100 ft (12 527 m)
Weight without fuel (MZFW): 173 t
Payload: 45.9 t
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): 230 t


Daniel Šabík
Press Spokesperson of Czech Airlines