Czech Airlines Orders A321XLR and A220

Once again, Airbus has won another order from a SkyTeam member. This time, it's from Prague based Czech Airlines. Czech Airlines has adjusted their Airbus order to include 3 A321XLRs and 4 A220-300s. Originally, their order was for 7 A320neos. While the number of planes remains the same, the configuration is different.

The A220s will fit in with Czech's fleet nicely, reaching all over Europe with efficiency. The interesting part is the A321XLR. This plane has a range of 4,000 nautical miles, which means it can comfortably reach the northeast of the United States from Prague.

That being said, Czech Airlines has said they plan to outfit it with 195 seats in a two-class configuration. For reference, American Airlines operates their A321neos (the same footprint and plane essentially) with 196 seats. Out of those 196, only 20 are a premium cabin's recliner seat. If Czech Airlines does intend to use these for long flights, they'd likely be using a sparser configuration, with a better-than-American Airlines recliner style business class. Czech, right now, only operates one long haul flight from Prague to Seoul-Incheon on a leased A330-300 from Korean Airlines. The plane is painted with Czech's livery on the outside, but the inside has been untouched.

In addition to that, Czech Airlines currently operates a small fleet of Airbus A319s, ATR 72-500s and a singular Boeing 737-800.


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