The latest commitment for the Mirabel-built narrowbody adds to the existing orders from airBaltic, Air France, ITA Airways and Swiss International Air Lines.
The deal, announced on November 29, covers six -300 series aircraft to be acquired directly from the manufacturer, while the remaining nine will be sourced from an undisclosed lessor. They are expected to replace the Zagreb-based flag carrier’s existing fleet of previous-generation aircraft, currently consisting of five A319s, two A320 and seven De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s.
Reflecting on the order, Croatia Airlines CEO and president of the management board Jasmin Bajić commented: “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.”
Airbus chief commercial officer and head of international, Christian Scherer, added: “We are thrilled to add Croatia Airlines as a new A220 customer. The aircraft 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.”
The latest order builds on a 25-year partnership between airline and manufacturer and makes Croatia Airlines the fifth European customer for the type after airBaltic, Air France, ITA Airways and Swiss International Air Lines. It increases the total commitments for the Montréal/Mirabel-built type to more than 790, of which 232 are currently in service with 16 operators on four continents.