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Czech Airlines Orders 4 Airbus A220-300s; Converts A320neo Order to A321XLR

Czech Airlines has ordered four Airbus A220-300 aircraft (formerly known as the Bombardier CS300) and changed a previous order for three A320neo to the new A321XLR.

The A220-300 will be fitted with 149 seats, while the A321XLR will have a two-class layout with 195 seats.

“The A220 and A321XLR fit well with our long-term business strategy in terms of network expansion,” said Petr Kudela, Chairman of the Board of Czech Airlines. “These aircraft will definitely give Czech Airlines a competitive advantage, and will increase the capacity of our regular flights. I believe that this step will be appreciated by our passengers, as the aircraft offer best in class comfort even during long haul flights thanks to a brand new cabin configuration.”

Czech Airlines Airbus A220-300. Click to enlarge.

The A220, purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines and has a range of around 3,000 nm. From H2 2020, this range is expected to increase to around 3,400 nm.

The A321XLR, powered by CFM International Leap-1A or Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines, will launch in 2023 with a range of up to 4,700 nm, compared to the A321LR which has a range of 4,000nm.

“What a winning combination for Czech Airlines! The A220 has proved to be a strong performer in Europe with its high daily utilisation being a testament to its versatility,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “The A321XLR has the longest range of our A320 Family. Passengers can now fly further without compromising on comfort, whilst Czech Airlines benefits from remarkably lower fuel consumption as it expands its network.”

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