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
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.”
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