Airbus has announced a commitment from Croatia Airlines for 15 A220-300 aircraft in a bid to reduce the airline’s operating costs and improve environmental efficiency.
The A220s will replace previous generation aircraft in the company’s fleet with Croatia Airlines placing a firm order for six aircraft and plans to lease an additional nine.
The A220 is a clean sheet design and is believed to be the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100 to 150-seat market segment bringing together state-of-the-art aerodynamics, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest generation GTF engines.
Compared to previous generation aircraft, the A220 delivers a 50% reduced noise footprint, up to 25% lower fuel burn per seat and CO2 emissions, as well as around 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards.
Jasmin Bajić, CEO and President of the Management Board of Croatia Airlines, said: “Today’s signing of a contract for the purchase of state-of-the-art Airbus aircraft is a very special moment for all of us at Croatia Airlines. It marks the beginning of a new period of aviation, a new period in the life of Croatia Airlines, a new period for our passengers, and a new period for Croatia’s tourism and economy as a whole.”
“We are thrilled to add Croatia Airlines as a new A220 customer. The A220 is ideally suited to Croatia’s aviation needs, providing operational flexibility and efficiency allowing its airline to pursue its ambition for both regional and international connectivity without compromising on any aspect, be it passenger comfort or trip and seat cost economics,” added Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International.
The partnership between Airbus and Croatia Airlines started 25 years ago, when the airline first became an Airbus operator. The Croatian carrier currently has an Airbus fleet of seven single-aisle aircraft from the A320 Family (five A319s and two A320s).
According to Airbus, the A220 will enable Croatia Airlines to further contribute to the development of tourism in the region, while providing flexibility to right-size its operations.