Eastern Bloc Party: Part two

PART TWO

Keith Otto continues to peer over Berlin walls and through Iron Curtains as he takes in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Albania and East Germany in this two-part article profiling the airlines of the Eastern Bloc

If you missed part one, it's available to read on Key.Aero here: https://www.key.aero/article/eastern-bloc-party-part-one

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Czech Airlines quickly retired its Soviet types as a cost-saving measure during the early 1990s. The carrier had found a more stable footing by the end of the decade and was in the black by 2001
AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM/ BOB ROBINSON
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CSA's initial ambition to introduce Western airliners and expand its route network across Europe and the Atlantic was undermined by the Velvet Revolution and a popular vote to divide Czechoslovakia into two separate countries
RICHARD VANDERVORD
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CSA leased a pair of Bristol Britannias from Cubana for its Prague to Havana service ahead of receiving Ilyushin Il-18s 
 AIRTEAMIMAGES.COM/ THE SAMBA COLLECTION

With the Cold War having ended, the airlines of the former Eastern Bloc were thrust into another conflict. Operators from across the region were battling between financial sense and political prestige, and questioning whether to trade in their fleets of Soviet stalwarts for Western wonder tech.While challenging enough, the flag carriers of Czechoslovakia and East Germany had to negotiate the added complexities of revolution as well as nations divided and reunited.

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