Czech completes 2007 fleet upgrade

Czech Airlines (CSA) has just received the last of its new Airbus planes scheduled for delivery this year. The Airbus A319, with a seating capacity of 135 passengers, landed at Prague’s Ruzyn? Airport on Thursday night.  Over the past year, CSA has acquired a total of five new Airbus planes designed for medium distance travel. The newly delivered plane is scheduled to take its first commercial flight this coming Monday, when it will take off shortly before noon for Minsk.

The new Airbus A320/A319 planes, which have helped CSA modernize its fleet this year, offer passengers a greater level of comfort and are used primarily for flights within Europe. The new planes offer a more comfortable travel experience in the form of a more spacious and wider cabin and they have more room in the overhead luggage compartments. Passengers can also benefit from the latest in onboard communication technologies. CSA is generally using its new mid-range aircraft for service to high demand destinations such as Moscow, Paris, Madrid and Brussels.

The airline acquired its first three new Airbus A320 planes last year. This year, CSA has received a total of five new Airbus planes (three A320s and two A319s). In 2008, Airbus S.A.S. will be delivering the last four A319 planes currently on order from CSA. All twelve of the new Airbus aircraft were ordered under an October 2004 tender. The new Airbus planes are slowly replacing the existing Boeing 737s, which are being returned to their leasing company at the expiration of their operating leases this April and May.