Six new Airbus A220 aircraft for Croatia Airlines
Croatia Airlines’ decision to acquire six new Airbus A220 aircraft and transition to a single-type fleet by 2026 is aimed at transforming the loss-making carrier into a more efficient and competitive business, which will also impact its network development and enable the company to reduce seasonality.
“This aircraft is right-sized for smaller single-aisle markets. It will enable Croatia Airlines to replace older generation aircraft and to operate on thin routes while opening new destinations,” Airbus said. “If you compare the A220 to older generation aircraft, Croatia Airlines will be able to operate with 25% lower fuel burn. That is what counts – being able to operate efficiently at a lower cost. This 25% lower fuel burn also means 25% lower CO2 emissions.”
Details of Croatia Airlines’ planned order have not been revealed, however, the carrier is expected to operate both the -100 and -300 variants of the A220. The airline said the two will have the capacity to seat 127 and 148 passengers respectively. Despite Croatia Airlines currently boasting thirteen planes in its fleet, while only six new jets will be ordered, it is believed the deal will include options for additional aircraft. Similarly, airBaltic reduced its initial fleet size when it retired its Dash and Boeing fleets in favour of the A220. Currently, Airbus is producing six A220 frames per month with plans to ramp up production to fifteen per month by the middle of the decade. Croatia Airlines has said renewing its fleet is part of its “strategy for success” where it plans to radically turn around its business in just a few years.