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Czech Airlines converts its A320neos to A321XLR and adds four A220-300

Toulouse, France - Czech Airlines has placed an order for four Airbus A220-300 and converted three A320neo to A321XLR from a previous order.

The new planes will allow the carrier to expand its regional network and launch new long-haul routes while reducing its operating costs.

The A220-300s of the Czech carrier will be equipped with 149 seats, while the A321XLRs will offer 195 seats in a two-class layout.

The A220 and A321XLR fit well with our long-term business strategy in terms of network expansion. 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,

said Petr Kudela, Chairman of the Board of Czech Airlines.

What a winning combination for Czech Airlines! The A220 has proved to be a strong performer in Europe with its high daily utilization being a testament to its versatility,

said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The A321XLR has the longest range of our A320 Family. The passengers can now fly further without compromising on comfort, whilst Czech Airlines benefits from remarkably lower fuel consumption as it expands its network,

Scherer added.

The A220, formerly CSeries, is the only aircraft intended for the 100-150 seat market. Last year in July, the European manufacturer took over the majority stake (80%) of Bombardier's CSeries program and rebranded it as the Airbus A220.

Thanks to its new generation engines (PW1500G), improved aerodynamics and lighter composite materials used in the airframe, the A220 series jets of Airbus consumes 20% less fuel per seat than the previous generation jets.

According to the manufacturer, the performance of the A220s is comparable to larger single-aisle planes.

As of the end of Sept. 2019, the manufacturer's A220 backlog stands for 525 aircraft.

The newly launched A321XLR is the newest member of the Airbus's single-aisle family. The aircraft is designed to respond to market needs for even more range and payload with a narrow-body jet.

The aircraft will be available from 2023 and will have a range of up to 4,700 nm with 30% percent lower fuel consumption per seat compared with previous generation jets.

To date, the A320neo Family has accumulated more than 6,650 orders from nearly 110 customers around the globe.