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FOUNDED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1923. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PRAGUE RUZYNE AIRPORT
CZ-16008 PRAGUE 6, CZECH REPUBLIC
THE CZECH REPUBLIC WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1993. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 78,852 SQ KM AND ITS CAPITAL CITY IS PRAGUE. ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS CZECH. ITS POPULATION IS 10.5 MILLION.
The Czech Republic capital, Prague, is one of the world's most beautiful cities and cheaper than other prominent European capitals. Americans will find hospitality and affordable health care, but getting permission to move there permanently is tough. Many retirees come on tourist visas, then briefly leave and return to the small, centrally located country every few months. The language barrier is also an issue.
JANUARY 1993: 1992 = +19.6% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +15.6% PASSENGERS (PAX), -5.2% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
AIR FRANCE (AFA) OWNS 20%. PRIVATIZATION UNDERWAY.
JANUARY 1994: 1993 = -$33.6 MILLION. LAST 6 MONTHS = +8.2% PASSENGERS (PAX).
2 A310-304'S ARE LOSING MONEY, EVEN THOUGH 13 HOURS UTILIZATION, AND 70% LF LOAD FACTOR.
MARCH 1994: AIR FRANCE (AFA) SELLS 20% STAKE.
ANTONIN JACUBSE, PRESIDENT
JULY 1994: 1ST 6 MONTHS = +6.7% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +8.0% PASSENGERS (PAX), -11.9% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
3,871 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 267 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 416 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 973 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
OCTOBER 1994: 2 ATR 42-300 (PW120) DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 1995: 1994 = +$4 MILLION (-$28 MILLION).
MARCH 1995: CHANGED NAME FROM "CZECHOSLOVAK AIRLINES" TO "CZECH AIRLINES."
2 737-400 (CFM56-3C1), (GUI) LEASED.
JULY 1995: 1ST 6 MONTHS = +12.8% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +15.8% PASSENGERS (PAX), +9.7% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
OCTOBER 1995: 1ST 9 MONTHS 1995 = +272 MILLION CROWNS (-215.2): +18.5% (RPK) TRAFFIC, 67.5% LF LOAD FACTOR (+4.7%).
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = 0.99 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (0.83 MILLION) (+20.5%), 20TH HIGHEST IN ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN AIRLINES (AEA); +20.1% (RPK) TRAFFIC, 18TH IN (AEA).
APRIL 1996: $350 MILLION, 10 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 1997) 737-500'S (CFM56-3B2).
MAY 1996: +2 727-200 WET-LEASED FOR SUMMER.
JULY 1996: 2 727 LEASE DID NOT PROCEED. INSTEAD LEASED 1 TU-154.
SEPTEMBER 1996: DEBATING IF & WHEN TO CONVERT 737 ORDERS TO NEW MODEL SERIES.
JANUARY 1997: JIRI ZUMMER ENGINEERING SUPERVISOR. PETR HORDOSSY SUPERVISOR AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE.
4TH AIRPLANE OF NEW ORDER WILL BE A 737-500. 2 737-400'S UNDERGOING "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK.
MARCH 1997: BOHUMIL BARTUSEK ACTING DIRECTOR SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY, REPLACES MR BINA.
2 737-500 DELIVERIES.
APRIL 1997: EXPECTED TO SWITCH ORDER FROM 737-500 TO 737-400.
JUNE 1997: 1 737-500 DELIVERY (CFM56-3C1).
AUGUST 1997: PLANS TO PHASE OUT REMAINING 3 TU-134A'S, 72 PAX, BY THE END OF 1997 (>20 YEARS OLD).
SEPTEMBER 1997: PLANS TO ESTABLISH A CHARTER DIVISION AT BEGINNING OF 1998, WITH 4 TU-154'S, & TO USE 737-300/737-400, WITHIN 5 YEARS.
DECEMBER 1997: (CSA)/BOEING (TBC) JOINT VENTURE FOR STAKE IN LOCAL CZECH AEROSPACE CO, AERO VODOCHODY (AWAITS GOVERNMENT APPROVAL), (34 TO 40% STAKE).
LAST TU-134 SOLD TO ORBI.
JANUARY 1998: TO BOLOGNA (ATR72).
FEBRUARY 1998: TO OSLO (737-500).
NEW CHARTER OPERATOR, (IDG) TECH, IN PROCESS OF OBTAINING 737-300 (23747) (IN "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK) & (CSA) WILL PROVIDE TRAINING.
MARCH 1998: (CSA) DOES "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK, ON FISCHER AIR (FIH) 737-300.
2 ORDERS 737-400'S AND 1 ORDER 737-500. 737-500 (PT984, "TABOR") (AFTER TOWN IN MORAVIA) DELIVERY.
APRIL 1998: 3,852 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.csa.cz).
12TH 737-45S (28473 "TREBON") DELIVERY.
MAY 1998: (JAR) 145 REPAIR STATION APPROVAL.
13TH 737-45S (CFM56-3C1) (28474, "TREBIC"), DELIVERY.
JULY 1998: TRAINS TU-154 (FC) PILOTS FOR 737, 5 CREWS/MONTH. NOW 150 (FC) TRAINED WITH 160 BY THE END OF 1998.
SEPTEMBER 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$2.87 MILLION.
MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 5 737-400 HAPAG LLOYD (HAP) "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS, THROUGH THE END OF 1998.
OCTOBER 1998: NEW ROUTE TO DAMASCUS.
1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.2 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+1%), 11.5 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+3.5%), 771,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+3.4%).
FEBRUARY 1999: COMPLETES 1ST "C" CHECK ON LUFTHANSA (DLH) A310. TERMINATES MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH TRAVEL SERVICES (TSF).
+2 ORDERS 737-400 FOR TOTAL 3. 1 737-500 (PT985) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1999: MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR 2 737-430 "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS FOR (DLH) IN 1 WEEK, REQUIRING (CSA) TO CHANGE FROM 1 SHIFT, TO 3 SHIFT, 24 HOUR OPERATION.
1998 = +400 MILLION CROWNS/+$11.7 MILLION (+89 MILLION CROWNS).
737-500 DELIVERY (15TH 737).
APRIL 1999: 3,912 EMPLOYEES. (email@example.com).
SITA: PRGDDOK. PRGDSOK.
MAY 1999: CODE SHARE WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) TO MUNICH, STUTTGART, DUSSELDORF, FRANKFURT, COLOGNE, HAMBURG, AND HANOVER.
2 ORDERS (JUNE 1999) ATR42.
JULY 1999: GOVERNMENT SHAKEUP OF (CSA) OUSTED MAJORITY OF (CSA)'S BOARD, AND REDUCED ANTONIN JAKUBSE TO A BOARDROOM OBSERVER. JOSEF PETRIK CHAIRMAN & GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF DEPARTMENT FOR PRIVATIZATION PROJECTS.
CODE SHARE WITH AIR MALTA (MLT).
AUGUST 1999: ANTONIN JAKUBSE PRESIDENT RESIGNS.
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = +$11.4 MILLION: 1.8 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
MAINTENANCE CONTRACT WITH HAPAG LLOYD (HAP) FOR "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS ON 8 737'S, INCLUDING 2 737-NG'S.
SEPTEMBER 1999: MIROSLAV KULA PRESIDENT. TOMAS HECZKO VP TECHNICAL.
OCTOBER 1999: 1ST 9 MONTHS = 2.42 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+7.5%), 17.92 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+2.6%), 1.57 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+12.1%).
TECHNICAL DIVISION: CONTACT: PETR MUNZ, MARKETING & SALES SENIOR MANAGER (firstname.lastname@example.org): 12,400 SQ M HANGARS: FOR 2 WIDE BODY, 8 NARROW BODY AIRPLANES, FOR 737'S, A310'S, ATR 42/ATR 72'S "A" - "C" MAINTENANCE CHECKS, & TU-154M'S TO "F3" CHECK, INCLUDING AVIONICS UPGRADES, CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP), COMPOSITES REPAIRS, INTERIORS, STRIP/PAINT, SHEET METAL WORK AND (VIP) REFURBISHMENTS.
NOVEMBER 1999: 2 737-400'S IN FOR "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK.
JANUARY 2000: SOLD LAST (3RD) TU-154 TO AIR BASHKORTOSTAN (BSH), UFA, RUSSIA.
FEBRUARY 2000: LAST 2 737-45S DELIVERIES (FROM BOEING (TBC) LINE), (28477, OK-FGR; 28478, OK-FGS).
APRIL 2000: IN JUNE 2000, TO ALEPPO, & RESUME FLIGHTS TO KUWAIT CITY.
1ST QUARTER = 631.36 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+16.65); 7.14 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+24.1%); 421,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+22.1%).
MAY 2000: COMPLETES 2ND 737 "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK.
1 ATR 42-300 (173, OK-VFI) DELIVERY.
AUGUST 2000: THE GOVERNMENT OK'S SALE OF 15% STAKE TO AIR FRANCE (AFA) AND DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) IN 2002.
COMPLETES "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK ON ESTONIA (ENA) 737-400.
+2 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2001) 737-400. 1 ATR 42-300 DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 2000: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.57 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+18%); 15.45 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+29.2%); 1.08 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+23.2%). 1999 = +$1.08 MILLION (+$23.7 MILLION): 2.93 BILLION (RPK) (+8.2%); 23.23 MILLION (FTK) (+4%); 1.92 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+14.3%); 3,795 EMPLOYEES (-3%).
INTENDS TO JOIN SKYTEAM (STM) ALLIANCE IN APRIL 2001 TO BOLSTER CO-OPERATION WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL).
CONSIDERING ACQUIRING 5 70-PAX REGIONAL JETS.
OCTOBER 2000: CODE SHARE WITH SABENA (SAB) TO BRUSSELS.
IN APRIL 2001, TO BECOME 5TH MEMBER OF SKYTEAM ALLIANCE: (DAL), (AFA), (KAL), & (AMX).
IN MARCH 2001, TO CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) TO NEW YORK (JFK) AND NEWARK, AND TO 9 USA CITIES.
2 ORDERS (MARCH 2001) 737-49R'S, EX-(PRR). 1 737-4Y0 (24693), RETURNED TO (GECAS) (GEH).
NOVEMBER 2000: 1 737-400 WET-LEASED TO JORDAN AVIATION (JOR).
DECEMBER 2000: 1ST 9 MONTHS = 2.78 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+14.6%), 23.08 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+28.8%), 1.87 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+19.2%).
FEBRUARY 2001: IN MARCH 2001, TO BIRMINGHAM, UK (737-500, 5/WEEK).
MARCH 2001: JOINS SKYTEAM (STM) ALLIANCE.
CODE SHARE WITH DELTA (DAL) TO (JFK), AND NEWARK (A310).
1 737-49R DELIVERY.
MARCH 2001: DECIDES TO DO ITS OWN "D" MAINTENANCE CHECKS AGAIN.
APRIL 2001: 3,876 EMPLOYEES.
TO (JFK) (A310, DAILY).
1 737-400, BOULLIOUN (BOU) LEASED.
MAY 2001: BUILDING $18 MILLION CARGO TERMINAL AT PRAGUE TO HANDLE 60,000 TONS/YEAR, STARTING 1Q/2003. 2000 = 16,000 TONS (+27%).
TO DO "D" CHECKS ON OWN AIRPLANES.
2 ORDERS (2/02) 737-400.
JUNE 2001: TO YEREVAN, ARMENIA (737, WEEKLY).
1ST Q = 694.02 MILLION RPK (+9.9%), 5.25 MILLION FTK (-12.5%), 519,000 PAX (+23.5%).
$230 MILLION, 8 ORDERS FAIRCHILD DORNIER 728JET'S, 4 (GEF) LEASED (2/03).
AUGUST 2001: CODE SHARE WITH COMAIR (COI) TO SELECTED USA CITIES, WITH CONNECTIONS FROM TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS AT (JFK), CHICAGO (ORD) AND BOSTON LOGAN.
ALITALIA (ALI) BECOMES 6TH MEMBER OF SKYTEAM ALLIANCE: (AFA); (DAL); (CSA); (KAL); & (AMX).
1ST 6 MONTHS = -$1.37 MILLION (+$5.46M): 1.36 MILLION PAX (+22%).
NOVEMBER 2001: TO CODE SHARE WITH SKYTEAM PARTNER, AEROMEXICO (AMX), TO MEXICO CITY IN 12/01, VIA PARIS, & (JFK).
1ST 9 MONTHS = 339.7 MILLION RPK (+8.7%); +7.5% ASK; 72.3% LF (+.8); 1.87 MILLION FTK (-26.2%).
DECEMBER 2001: AGREEMENT WITH BOEING/AVIATION PARTNERS (APB) FOR (CSA) TO ACCOMPLISH 727NG WINGLET MODIFICATIONS. MAY ALSO BE ABLE TO INSTALL THE WINGLETS ON CLASSIC 737'S, WHEN THAT MODIFICATION IS OFFERED.
ACCOMPLISHES 2ND OF 5 "D" CHECKS WHICH ARE SCHEDULED FOR THIS WINTER.
JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 4 BILLION RPK (+10.5%); 25.84 MILLION FTK (-19.9%); 2.9 MILLION PAX (+16.9%); 70.8% LF (+.4).
FEBRUARY 2002: 4 ORDERS (2/03) FAIRCHILD DORNIER 728JET'S, (GE) CAPITAL AV (GEF) LEASED.
MARCH 2002: (TELEPHONE: (2) 36 26 14). (FAX: (2) 316 27 74).
APRIL 2002: 3,990 EMPLOYEES.
(TELEPHONE: +420 (2) 2011 1111). (FAX: +420 (2) 2056 2266).
MAIN BASE: PRAGUE - RUZYNE (PRG).
OWNERS/SHAREHOLDERS: CZECH NATIONAL PROPERTY FUND (56.43%); CZECH CONSOLIDATION BANK (32.63%); MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES (4.41%); CZECH INSURANCE CO (4.33%); ENDOWMENT FUND (0.49%); FUND OF NATIONAL PROPERTY OF SLOVAK REPUBLIC (0.24%).
TO VENICE. IN 7/02, ZURICH - CALGARY, & VANCOUVER.
July 2002: 2001 = +$6.2 MILLION (+$13.54 MILLION): 4 BILLION RPK (+10.5%); 70.8% LF; 2.88 MILLION PAX (+16.5%); 25.84 MILLION (-19.9%); 4,422 (+10.8%). 1st Q = 599,000 PAX (+16.4%); 68.1% LF (+.9).
1 737-400 (28549, OK-CGT), ex-Virgin Express (EBA), Babcock (BBB) 4 year leased.
August 2002: 1st 6 months = 1.9 Billion RPK (+5.6%); 1.4 Million PAX (+8.4%); 12.54 Million FTK (-3%).
In 10/02, to Dubai - Colombo (A310-300, 2/week). Code share with Air France (AFA) from Paris, to Vilnius, via Prague.
1 ATR 42 delivery.
November 2002: Delta (DAL) expands its code share with CSA Czech Airlines (CSA) to Prague - Riga. In 2/03, to Edinburgh (737-500, 5/week). Code share with SN Brussels Airlines (DAT), to Brussels.
December 2002: In 3/03, to Cork (4/week), and to Tallinn (5/week).
January 2003: Plans to add +1 737-400, 2 737-500's by 6/03 and 1 order (6/03) A310-300 for long-haul flights.
February 2003: 2002 = 4.18 Billion RPK (+4.4%); 3.06 Million PAX (+6.3%); 71.3% LF; 17,900 Tons of cargo & mail, 27.28 Million FTK (+5.6%).
March 2003: Added Cork, Edinburgh, and Tallinn to its route network. In 6/03, will resume Prague - Newark.
737-4Q8 (CFM56-3) (2486-26289, /93 OK-YGU), ex-British Airways (BAB), (ILF) leased.
April 2003: Unveils a 737-500 with a special paint design to celebrate the company's 80th anniversary!
May 2003: In 6/03, Prague - Yerevan (2/week).
June 2003: Code share with Aeroflot (ARO) to Moscow. (ARO) is a potential candidate for SkyTeam, to which (CSA) belongs.
(CSA) and SkyTeam partners (DAL), (AFA), (AMX), & (KAL) are leasing facilities from airports operator (ADP) in the new purpose-built # EUR750 Million/$892 Million Terminal 2E at Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG). Alitalia (ALI) operations will remain for now in nearby 2F. Terminal 2E, basically consisting of a main concourse 450 m long and a boarding pier 650 m long, ultimately will have a handling capacity of 17 on-stand parking gates and up to 10 Million passengers/year, with 6 Million passengers/year in the initial phase.
A310-325 (672, OK-YAC), (AFIS) leased.
July 2003: 4,100 employees. SITA: PRGDZOK.
Prague - Sliac (2/week). Prague - Tblisi (2/week).
August 2003: 1st 6 months = 1.5 Million PAX (+6.6%); 68.3% LF (-2.1); cargo & mail 9,565 tons (+14.1%). 2002 = +$14.6 Million (+$7.8 Million): 3.1 Million PAX (+6.5%); 71.3% LF.
September 2003: Board dismisses Miroslav Kula President & (CEO), and most of its executive leadership. Jaroslav Tvrdik, 34, named President & (CEO), was Czech Defense Minister.
October 2003: In 3/04, Prague - Cluj (4/week)/Krakow (8/week). In 6/04, Prague - Marseille - Barcelona (5/week).
November 2003: In 3/04, Prague - Dortmund (6/week). Flights between Prague and Cluj have been deferred. Prague - Samara (3/week). Prague - Baku (2/week). Prague - Ekaterinburg (2/week).
December 2003: On the advice of consultants (KPMG) and Baker & McKinsey, is contemplating the launch of a low-fare subsidiary with separate branding, through the acquisition of the small Czech charter carrier, Travel Service (TSF).
7 orders (3/04) ATR 42-500's.
January 2003: 2002 = +$10.14 Million (+$6.20 Million).
February 2004: In 3/03, Prague - Samara (737, 3/week).
Zuzana Reznickova VP Marketing & Sales; Petr Juza VP Economics, both ex-telecommunications companies.
March 2004: In 6/04, Prague to Marseille and Barcelona (5/week).
Providing (CSA) privatizes, Air France (AFA) will ask (CSA) to join the (AFA)/(KLM) Group.
April 2004: 1st Q = 821,092 PAX (+30%); 67.8% LF (+3.4).
May 2004: Code share with Korean Air (KAL, Prague - Seoul.
SkyTeam: Aeroflot (ARO) (applicant); Aeromexico (AMX); Air France (AFA)/(KLM); Alitalia (ALI); (CSA) Czech Airlines; Continental Airlines (CAL) (agreed to join); Korean Air (KAL); & Northwest Airlines (NWA) (agreed to join).
2 737-436's (25349, OK-WGX; 25839, OK-WGY), ex-British Airways (BAB), Babcock (BBB) leased. 2 737-5L9's (28997, OK-DGB; 3076-29235, OK-DGC), Maersk (MRS) wet-leased. 2 ATR 42-500's (623, OK-JFJ; 625, OK-JFK), deliveries to feed its Prague hub.
July 2004: In 10/04, Glasgow - Prague (737-500, 2 class, daily).
1st 6 months = +# 270.4 crowns/+$10.2 Million (+34%) (-# 292.5 Million crowns/-$11 Million): 2.4 Million PAX (+27%); 70% LF (+3.2); 11,200 tonnes (+17% FTK); benefitting from heavy tourist and business travel into Prague. 2003 = +$25.95 Million (+$14.65 Million): 5.07 Billion RPK (+21.7%); 72.6% LF; 3.59M PAX (+17.2%); 36.24M FTK (+32.6%). Projects 2004 = 4.4 Million passengers (+22%).
A310-325 (674), Airbus (AFIS) leased. ATR 42-500 (629, OK-JFL), delivery.
September 2004: Northwest Airlines (NWA), (KLM), & Continental Airlines (CAL) become the newest members of the SkyTeam (STM) alliance to join Aeromexico (AMX), Air France (AFA), Alitalia (ALI), (CSA) Czech Airlines, Delta (DAL), & Korean Air (KAL).
Plans new route from Prague to Nizhniy Novgorod.
Will reduce its number of employees by "several hundred" by end of 2005.
October 2004: 4,100 employees.
Prague - Glasgow (737-500, daily). Plans new routes from Prague to Skopje & Tirana by spring 2005.
SITA: PRGDZOK. (Telephone: +420 220 561 993). (FAX: +420 220 562 266).
3 orders A320's (CFM56) and 2 orders A321's leased. # 10-12.5 billion crowns/$398.5 Million - $498.7 Million) 12 orders (2/06) A319/A320 (CFM).
November 2004: In 6/05, Prague - Dubai - Kuwait - Prague (A310-300, 2/week).
December 2004: In 3/05, Rome - Riga (737, daily).
January 2005: In 3/05, Prague - Sarajevo (4/week). In 5/05, Prague - Skopje (3/week).
2004 = +# 271 Million Krona/+$10.6 Million (+# 70.6 Million Krona): 4.3 Million RPK; 4.3 Million PAX (+21%). Projects a profit for 2005 of ># 521.5 Million koruna/+$22.9 Million: 5.4 Million RPK.
737-4K5 (24769), ex-Air Europa (ARE), KG Aircraft Leasing leased.
February 2005: Plans to add 2 to 3 new destinations in its network every year. In 2004, added 10 new destinations, owing to the fall of aeropolitical barriers after the Czech Republic and other countries joins the European Union (EU).
In 5/05, Prague - Minsk (737, 4/week). In 6/05, Prague - Zilina (ATR 42, 6/week).
March 2005: In 2005, expects to increase its passengers from 1 Million to 5.4 Million and move up to 7th place among (AEA) members, by adding 1 737-500, 2 A320's and dedicating 2 A321's to charter flights Will have new flights to Sarajevo, Minsk & Skopje, as well as service from Riga to Rome. Will add 30 frequencies to existing routes. In 6/05, Prague to Montreal & Toronto (7/week).
Plans to build a # 1.35 Billion koruna/$59.8 Million multipurpose maintenance center that will open in the 1st half of 2008. It will also expand its training center with the introduction of a full flight simulator and a flight training device for Airbus & ATR airplanes. The simulator will be acquired free of charge in 2006 as part of its contract with Airbus. It also plans further improvements to its in-flight services.
2 A320-214's (1502, F-GKXC), Air France (AFA) wet-leased and A320-214 (1439, OK-GEA), (SALE) (SIL) leased. Its 1st A321 airplane will be used to operate charter flights.
April 2005: Finalizes its # 10-12.5 Billion koruna/$429.4-$536.7 Million, 6 orders (3/06) A319's (CFM56-5B6/P) & 6 orders (3/06) A320's (CFM56-5B4/P).
737-59D (25065, OK-WGD), delivery.
May 2005: 1st Q = 964,000 passengers (+17%). Prague - UK (+9%). Projects 2005 = +# CVZK 521.5 Million/+$22.4 Million (+# CZK 271 Million): 5.4 Million RPK (4.3 Million).
Will build a new maintenance hangar to support its expanding operations. The new Hangar G will provide heavy maintenance to (CSA)'s fleet, as well as for 3rd parties, and should open in 2008.
2 A321-211's (674, OK-CEC; 684, OK-CED), ex-Air Canada (ACN), (GATX) (GAX) leased, deliveries. ATR 42-320 (412), returned. 2 ATR 42-512's (635, OK-KFM; 637, OK-KFN), deliveries.
June 2005: 2004 = +# CZK 324.2 Million/+$22.9 Million.
September 2005: (CSA) Czech Airlines will end its Prague - Newark route by the end of October but continue to operate A310 services to New York (JFK).
Separately, (CSA) said it expanded its e-ticket facilities for travel agents in the UK with Amadeus and Galileo. Sabre will come on line September 15 and Worldspan October 1.
(CSA) Czech Airlines intends to move forward on an ambitious cost-cutting plan in response to continuing high oil prices that have caused its fuel bill to rise by >CZK1 billion/$41 million in 2005. "The only way to successfully face the increasing pressures of rising fuel costs and competition is to aggressively cut (CSA)'s own costs and to introduce effective, modern technological tools at the same time," said Eduard Janota Chairman of the (CSA) board of trustees. Restructuring of its foreign offices, its businesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and the operations of its long-distance fleet "are among the other things that are seen by (CSA) as ways to add an additional boost to its profitability." (CSA) is actively reviewing all of its costs, including those of external suppliers such as Prague Airport, air traffic control (ATC), fuel suppliers and distribution channels and plans to reduce its number of suppliers from 3,500 currently to below 2,000. On the revenue side, it aims to pursue opportunities for charter flights, outside maintenance and training. It intends to speed its conversion "to more modern electronic forms of doing business," and is widening its sales focus with particular emphasis on corporate clients and small and medium-size businesses. It also intends to carry out a "radical expansion" of its direct sales options, particularly the Internet. After it completes its project to replace the existing turboprop fleet, (CSA) will begun replacing its medium-distance fleet, "leading to a major modernization and therefore greater cost efficiencies."
October 2005: Czech Airlines (CSA) will add capacity to destinations throughout Europe. From November, there will be more frequencies to Sarajevo, Minsk, Skopje, Bucharest, Moscow, Yerevan, Kiev, Athens, Zilina, Hannover, Marseille and Barcelona. Flights from Prague to the USA will be through New York (JFK). Services to Newark will be terminated.
2 ATR 42-500's (633, OK-KFO; 639, OK-KFP), deliveries.
November 2005: Czech Airlines (CSA) and Czech Railways signed a contract for joint marketing of (SC) Pendolino express trains on the Ostrava - Prague route. The trains will be operated as code share connections.
(CSA) said that an overhaul of its purchasing processes has saved >-CZK140 million/-$5.64 million and should result in further savings of up to -CZK300 million next year. Central to the improved performance has been creation of a Central Procurement Department and adoption of new purchasing rules, the "unambiguous definition of tender subjects, aggressive price negotiations, and the application of modern purchasing methods, for example electronic auctions." Additionally, the number of (CSA) suppliers is being cut from 6,500 to some 2,000. The number of invoices per supplier also should be reduced by a 3rd and a significant drop in stock reserves remains a target.
1st 9 months = 6.05 Billion RPK (passenger traffic) (+27.9%); 27.67 Million FTK (freight traffic) (-4.9%); 4.03 Million passengers (+22.3%).
January 2006: Full year 2005 = Passenger traffic 7.78 Billion (RPK) (+25%); Freight traffic 38.93 Million (FTK) (-4%); 5.20 Million passengers (+20.2%).
(CSA) Czech Airlines announced that President & Chairman Jaroslav Tvrdik is resigning, subject to formal approval at extraordinary board meetings scheduled January 18. Tvrdik is leaving to become general campaign manager of the Czech Social Democratic Party. (CSA) named former power company executive Radomir Lasak as its new President.
3 weeks after the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) tentatively rejected their request for transatlantic antitrust immunity, SkyTeam (STM) members Delta Air Lines (DAL), Northwest Airlines (NWA), (KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France (AFA), Alitalia (ALI) and Czech Airlines (CSA) withdrew their application. In a joint filing to (DOT) yesterday, the airlines said they believe "the department reached the wrong decision for the wrong reasons," but added that "in light of the fact that [DOT] remains open to a grant of antitrust immunity in the future, [they] have decided at this time to withdraw their request." At the same time, they asked the department to finalize its tentative approval of blanket code sharing authority among the 6 carriers.
Prague will open its new Terminal North 2 this month. Beginning January 17, the CZK10 billion/$419.9 million facility will take over handling passengers bound for Schengen countries flying on (CSA), Alitalia (ALI), (KLM) and Air France (AFA). From January 24 the terminal switches to full operation, replacing Terminal South 2, which will be used for general aviation and special flights.
February 2006: (CSA) Czech Airlines named Vendulka Raymova new director for the UK, succeeding Tomas Kaufman, who has been appointed Sales Manager, General Sales Agents, based in Prague. It named Dusan Ryban VP Human Resources.
(CSA) Czech Airlines (OK/Prague) will launch daily 737-500 service from Prague to Odessa on April 1. It has however given up its Prague - Baku route and will give up its Prague - Birmingham route by the end of March and its Prague - Dubai - Colombo route in mid-May.
March 2006: Teledyne Controls said (CSA) Czech Airlines ordered its Wireless GroundLink quick access recorder (WQAR) for its A320 fleet. (WQAR) fully automates the recording and transmission of flight data.
(CSA) Czech Airlines will increase its network with the new summer schedule. It is adding Odessa in the Ukraine and will start charter flights to the Cape Verde Islands. More frequencies will be added from Prague to Athens, Istanbul, Zagreb, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Yerevan, Yekaterinburg and Sarajevo. Domestic services from Prague to Ostrava will be increased to 4x-daily flights and to Brno 2x-daily. For the summer, it will renew its service to Newark. Services to Colombo, Birmingham, Baku and Gothenburg will be dropped.
From April through June, (CSA) will take delivery of 3 new A320s.
(CSA) Czech Airlines took delivery of a new (CFM56-5B4/P)-powered A320 yesterday in Toulouse. It will continue to take delivery of its order for 6 A320s and 6 A319s (leased and purchased) through September 2008.
A320-214 (2719, OK-LEE), delivery.
April 2006: A320-214 (2758, OK-LEF), delivery.
May 2006: (CSA) Czech Airlines moved its operations at New York (JFK) to privately operated Terminal 4 from T3. It offers daily service to Prague aboard an A310-300.
A320-214 (2789, OK-LEG), delivery.
June 2006: (CSA) Czech Airlines posted a -CZK496 million/-$22.6 million loss in 2005, a significant reversal from the +CZK324 million profit earned in 2004, and expects to finish 2006 in the red, the carrier told the (CTK) Czech News Agency. Operating revenues rose +12% to CZK22.4 billion against a +21.4% increase in costs to CZK23.4 billion. (CSA) transported 5.2 million passengers last year, a +20% increase that "was achieved at the cost of inadequately high expenditures," President Radomir Lasak told (CTK). "This problem has roots in 2003, when (CSA) decided to increase its fleet by +45% in a leap. This raised (CSA)'s transport capacity by +59% but the company was not ready for this in business terms." Lasak said (CSA) has revamped its business plan for 2006 - 2008, and will present it next week.
(CSA) Czech Airlines, unveiled a 3-year plan to return to profitability dubbed "OK 2006 - 2008" that will include a -10% to -20% workforce reduction, "especially in administrative positions." President Radomir Lasak said, "An immediate change to internal procedures and business practices is critical to the future of Czech Airlines (CSA)," adding that "(CSA) will not become a low-cost carrier. The quality of the services provided by (CSA) will remain at a high level. We will, however, significantly reduce our operating costs and, most importantly, we will improve the marketing of our services."
Among the initiatives outlined in its release are a stricter focus on the core business, simplification of its ticket sales process, a cost-benefit analysis of existing services and the addition of long-haul flights to E Asia with renewal of the long-haul fleet beginning in 2008. (CSA) said it will consider putting its cargo, catering and duty-free units up for sale. It also will spin its charter unit off into a separate subsidiary, look to renegotiate certain collective bargaining agreements and transition to a more modern Information Technology (IT) platform across its operation.
9 SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member carriers signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with the British Airports Authority (BAA) confirming their co-location at London Heathrow (LHR)'s Terminal 4 in 2008, when the new T5 opens and the airport reorganizes. The alliance said nearly 3.5 million passengers travel through (LHR) each year aboard Aeroflot (ARO), Air France (AFA)-(KLM), Alitalia (ALI), (CSA) Czech Airlines, and Korean Air (KAL). (KLM) already operates out of T4. AeroMexico (AMX), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and Northwest Airlines (NWA) are parties to the agreement and will have the option to take a place in T4 should they serve (LHR) in the future.
The alliance will upgrade the terminal to include 32 check-in desks, additional luggage drop-off locations, lounges and space for self-serve kiosks.
(CSA) plans to improve its business class service on its 4 A310-300s. The current 3-seat configuration will be replaced by a 2-seat configuration. (CSA) said it will add sockets for charging notebook computers and improve video systems. A tender will be announced for the supply of new equipment. (CSA) expects the replacement of seats and audiovisual technology to be completed by June 2007.
(CSA) named Jan Janik VP Flight Operations effective July 1. He replaces Peter Jusko, who will become VP Ground Operations.
July 2006: Aeroflot (ARO) and (CSA) Czech Airlines launched a code share agreement that will place Aeroflot (ARO)'s code on (CSA) flights from Prague to Dublin, Cork, Manchester and Edinburgh while (CSA) will expand its network to Irkutsk, Barnaul, Kemerovo and Omsk via Moscow.
August 2006: (CSA) Czech Airlines flew 2.5 million passengers in the 1st 6 months of 2006, an increase of +6% over the year-ago period. (CSA) credited increased service to Russia.
(CSA) Czech Airlines President Radomir Lasak this week reported half-year losses of -CZK773 million/-$35.2 million, widened from a -CZK240 million loss in the 1st 6 months of 2005, but -CZK20 million less than forecast, the (CTK) Czech News Agency reported.
(CSA) expects a full-year loss similar to the CZK496 million suffered last year, but intends to return to the black in 2008. Revenues rose +8.9% to CZK 10.9 billion and costs increased +11.3% over the year-ago semester to CZK11.5 billion, as the number of passengers climbed +6% to 2.5 million.
(CSA) unveiled its OK 06 - 08 restructuring program 2 months ago, calling for elimination of 10% - 20% of its payroll, or up to 1,000 employees. Lasak told (CTK) that 224 staff members have accepted a buyout so far, and another 150 are expected to follow soon. The airline expects to save CZK150 - CZK200 million through its turnaround measures this year and CZK500 million next year.
(CSA) is increasing fuel surcharges by $2 to $25 on European flights and by $7 to $67 on long-haul flights.
(TFC) GmbH Kaufer was chosen by (CSA) to supply an A320 cabin training simulator. It is scheduled for delivery to (CSA)'s Prague training center in September 2007.
September 2006: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems and (CSA) Czech Airlines signed a contract for deployment of Information Technology (IT) solutions for network and route planning.
(IBM) signed a 3.5-year agreement with Prague Airport to implement, maintain and manage a new (IT) system. Based on the mySAP Business Suite product, the integrated information system will be used by 350 airport staff, (IBM) said.
October 2006: (CSA) Czech Airlines said yesterday it will initiate the sale of its catering operation and cargo terminal at Prague Airport.
The announcement followed the completion of the 1st stage of an analysis of possible divestments that led the airline to conclude that those assets do not fit with its strategy to give "full focus on the mainline."
The carrier noted that it will hold onto duty free shops and on board sales, though the existing (CSA) catering operation will be sold as a unit. It also said it will retain cargo transport aboard its airplanes, even though it is selling its Prague cargo terminal. The cargo terminal divestment will be divided into 2 parts.
(CSA) contacted prospective investors yesterday by sending out basic information regarding the sale of the catering operation. Prospective investors in the cargo terminal will be contacted later this month. The company said it would like to receive indicative quotes from investors this year and select the winners of the tenders for both units in February.
Later, (CSA) Czech Airlines started to contact potential investors in its cargo terminal and handling operation in Prague. Prospective buyers should be shortlisted by the middle of December. (CSA) has started preparing to transform the terminal into a subsidiary, which should be established in January.
(CSA) Czech Airlines is the national carrier of the Czech Republic, operating domestic and international services.
Employees = 4,861.
(IATA) Code: OK - 064. (ICAO) Code: CSA (Callsign - CSA).
Parent organization/shareholders: Czech National Property Fund (56.43%); Czech Consolidation Agency (34.49%); Cesca Pojistovna (4.33%); City of Prague municipal authorities (2.94%); City of Bratislava (0.98%); endowment fund (0.49%); Fund of National property of Slovak Reoublic (0.24%).
Alliances: SkyTeam; Aeroflot Russian Airlines (ARO); AeroSvit Airlines (UKA); Air Malta (MLT); Atlantis European Airlines; Azerbaijan Airlines (AHY); Belavia Belarussian Airlines (BLV); Bulgaria Air (BUL); Comair (CML); Croatia Airlines (CRH); Finnair (FIN); Iberia (IBE); (JAT) Airways; Malev (HGA); Olympic Airlines (OLY); SkyEurope; SN Brussels (DAT); Swiss (CSR); Tarom (TRM); (THY) Turkish Airlines; & Ural Airlines.
Main Base: Prague Ruzyne Airport (PRG).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Brno; Karlovy Vary; Ostrava; & Prague.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Athens; Barcelona; Basle/Mulhouse; Beirut; Belgrade; Berlin; Birmingham; Bologna; Bratislava; Brussels; Bucharest; Budapest; Cairo; Cologne; Colombo; Copenhagen; Cork; Dubai; Dublin; Dusseldorf; Edinburgh; Ekaterinburg; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Hanover; Harrisburg; Helsinki; Istanbul; Kiev; Kosice; Krakow; Larnaca; Las Vegas; Ljubljana; London; Luxembourg; Madrid; Manchester; Marseilles; Milan; Minsk; Montreal; Moscow; Munich; New York; Oslo; Paris; Riga; Rome; Saint Louis; Samara; Sarajevo; Skopje; Sliac; Sofia; Split; St Petersburg; Stockholm; Stuttgart; Tallinn; Tel Aviv Yafo; Thessaloniki; Toronto; Venice; Vienna; Vilnius; Warsaw; Yerevan; Zagreb; Zilina; & Zurich.
November 2006: 1st 9 months = 6.32 billion passenger traffic +4.4 (RPK), 28.22 million freight traffic +1.8% (FTK), 4.24 million passengers +5.1%.
The (CSA) board postponed indefinitely the construction of its CZK1.35 billion/$61.9 million Hangar G Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) center. (CSA) said the financial burden imposed by the project, which was to include CZK400 million of (CSA)'s own resources, was too great. "The parameters of this investment project have not changed, and they are still very interesting," President Radomir Lasak said. "The conditions in (CSA) have changed, and that is decisive for us today. It would have been irresponsible of us, as managers, to launch the project in an unchanged form and in line with the original time schedule."
Current (MRO) activities will not change, but (CSA) will be unable to expand 3rd-party work as a result of the decision, VP Technical Tomas Heczko said. (CSA) unveiled the project last year and intended to open the facility in 2008. (CSA) hoped to double its (MRO) capacity within a decade.
December 2006: (CSA) Czech Airlines revealed that it expects to turn a 2007 profit of +CZK42 million/+$2 million, a reversal from the -CZK493 million it expects to lose this year. Its 2007 business plan projects a +5.6% increase in passenger volume to 5.7 million and includes the sale and leaseback of 5 737-500s.
(CSA) Czech Airlines said employee reductions and a more efficient organizational structure, will produce -CZK100 million/-$4.7 million in savings next year, even though costs will rise as a result of existing labor agreements. It intends to shed approximately -200 of its 5,300 employees during the 1st quarter.
January 2007: (CSA) Czech Airlines carried "nearly" 5.5 million passengers in 2006, a +4.7% increase over 2005.
February 2007: (CSA) Czech Airlines terminated its Prague - Dubai service, calling it "unprofitable." It also announced that it will save CZK100 million/$4.7 million annually on insurance premiums after selecting Renomia and (JLT) as its new insurance brokers.
(CSA) Czech Airlines took delivery of its 1st new A320. Through April, it will collect 3 A320s and its 1st 2 A319s. The additions are part of a 12-airplane order placed in late 2004. Airbus will deliver the final 4 airplanes in 2008. New equipment replaces leased 737s. In April and May, (CSA) will return 4 737-500s and 1 737-400.
A320-214 (3031, OK-MEH) delivery.
March 2007: (CSA) Czech Airlines reported a 2006 net loss of -CZK397 million/-$18.5 million, lower than the forecast -CZK493 million loss and narrowed from a -CZK496 million deficit in 2005, the Associated Press reported. (CSA) expects to return to the black in 2007 with a +CZK42 million profit.
(CSA) Czech Airlines released its full-year results later, confirming the previous report of a -CZK397 million/+$18.5 million loss, narrowed from a -CZK496 million deficit in 2005. Revenues rose +5.9% to CZK23.48 billion and expenses fell -1.5% to CZK23.59 billion. (CSA) said it achieved cost reductions by "centralizing its purchasing and by re-bidding tenders for outsourced services," such as switching insurance brokers and ground handlers at foreign airports. Passenger numbers climbed +4.7% to 5.5 million. It is expecting 5.8 million to fly this year as it forecasts a +CZK42 million net profit.
(CSA) Czech Airlines will place its code on Delta Air Lines (DAL)'s 4x-weekly, Atlanta - Prague service from May. Flights will operate 5x-weekly from June 4th to the September 1st.
(CSA) said it will lease an A310 to Air-India (AIN) for 1 year.
A319-112 (3043, OK-MEK), ex-(D-AVWL), and A320-214 (3060, OK-MEI), deliveries.
April 2007: (CSA) Czech Airlines carried +1.1 million passengers in the 1st 3 months of 2007, up +5.2% from the year-ago quarter. >90% of those passengers flew (CSA)'s scheduled services with the most popular destinations being Paris Charles de Gaulle, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Amsterdam, Madrid and Dublin. It took delivery of 8 A320 family airplanes during the quarter, a 9th last week and will take its final new airplane of 2007, an A319, this week.
(CSA) named Ivan Kocarnik as the new Chairman of the supervisory board replacing Miroslav Sevcik, who resigned.
(CSA) took delivery of its 11th A320 family airplane, an A320. It will take 3 A320s and 2 A319s this year. Next year, 4 A319s will join the fleet.
2 A319-112s (3094, OK-MEL; 3097, OK-MEJ), deliveries.
May 2007: (CSA) Czech Airlines said it will avoid entering the high season "in a hole for the 1st time in several years" thanks to a -CZK122 million/-$5.8 million 1st-quarter loss that was +CZK500 million better than forecast in its business plan, which projected a deficit similar to that incurred in the 1st 3 months of 2006. "In terms of revenue, the 1st 3 months are problematic for all airlines. In that time period, we achieved better revenue and greater cost savings than planned," President Radomir Lasak said.
The sale and leaseback of 5 737s in February also helped the result, (CSA) said. Turnover climbed +7% year-over-year to CZK4.6 billion while expenses fell -4.7% to CZK5.1 billion. Passenger numbers were up +5.2% to 1.06 million, as traffic flourished on routes to Germany, Scandinavia, Romania, Spain and Belgium.
June 2007: (CSA) Czech Airlines has a new fare structure that divides tickets into 5 categories featuring a variety of benefits and restrictions: Business Premium, Business, Economy Premium, Economy and Value Special. The new Economy Premium package offers free rebooking or cancellation, increased loyalty program benefits, and the right to check in at business class (C) counters.
SkyTeam (STM) members Air France (AFA), Alitalia (ALI), (CSA) Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines (DAL), (KLM) and Northwest Airlines (NWA) filed an application with the USA Department of Transportation seeking antitrust immunity on transatlantic routings. The carriers withdrew their previous application in January 2006 after the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a tentative decision denying the request. Delta (DAL) currently has antitrust immunity with Air France (AFA), (ALI) and (CSA), while (NWA) has antitrust immunity with (KLM).
"Included in the application is a joint venture agreement between Air France (AFA), Delta (DAL), (KLM) and Northwest (NWA), that would create a comprehensive and integrated partnership among the 4 SkyTeam (STM) members across the Atlantic," (NWA) said. "A more integrated SkyTeam (STM) alliance offers significant advantages to consumers, including more choice in flight schedules, travel times, services and fares." The carriers are attempting to take advantage of route opportunities made possible in the (EU) - USA "open skies" accord that goes into effect next year.
August 2007: (CSA) Czech Airlines won a 3-year tender to provide handling services for Lufthansa (DLH) flights in Prague starting in November.
(CSA) Czech Airlines announced that Vice Chairman & VP Information Technology (IT) Jiri Devat was appointed to the (SITA) board. He will represent the members from Central and Eastern Europe.
September 2007: Swiss Aviation Software said (CSA) Czech Airlines is implementing its (AMOS) integrated information system to help streamline Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) administration and management.
(CSA) Czech Airlines announced the conversion of 8 A319 options stemming from its 2004 order for delivery in 2011 through 2012. (CSA), which is replacing its 737s, already has taken delivery of 6 A320s and 2 A319s. 4 more A319s will arrive in 2008.
November 2007: 1st 9 months = 5.97 billion (RPK)s (-5.6%) traffic; 24.1 million (FTK)s (-14.8%) freight traffic; 4.2 million passengers (-1.1%).
Citing "targeted management of sales and marketing," (CSA) Czech Airlines said that its ability to sell higher-priced tickets was the primary driver behind a profit of +CZK563 million/+$30.2 million in the 1st 9 months of 2007, reversed from a -CZK323 million deficit in the year-ago period. (CSA)'s "OK 2006 to 2008" turnaround plan forecasted a 2007 profit of +CZK40 million. According to International Accounting Standards (IAS), (CSA)'s 9-month net was +$9.8 million on a +10.5% increase in revenue to $876.8 million. Czech standards and (IAS) differ in the way they account for financial leasing, provisions, exchange differences and asset write-downs. In addition to "attracting better-paying clientele and not selling tickets under price," (CSA) said its improvement was due to fleet optimization, canceling or reducing loss-making routes, and strengthening popular services. Holding exchange rates constant, 9-month revenue climbed +4.6% year-over-year to CZK17.95 billion. Passenger revenue lifted +3.7% as yields rose, while revenue from nonflying activities soared +20% thanks to (ACMI) wet-leases. Passenger numbers were "roughly the same" as the 4.2 million transported in the 1st 9 months of 2006, but the number of business class (C) passengers grew +3% from the year-ago period, while the number of "better-paying passengers" in economy (Y) was up "more than" +41%, (CSA) said.
(CSA) announced the launch of its 1st long-haul freighter flight in cooperation with Emirates SkyCargo (EMC). (CSA) will be responsible for filling "more than half" of a SkyCargo (EMC) 747-200F on a weekly Prague - Dubai - Hong Kong routing beginning November 9.
January 2008: 2007 statistics: 7.68 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic -4%; +.7% capacity (ASK)s; -3.3 load factor for 68.2% LF.
SEE ATTACHED COMPARISON CHART TO SELECTED OPERATORS - "CSA-2007-STATS."
(CSA) Czech Airlines will expand its code share with Korean Air (KAL) to cover flights from Prague to Bratislava, Zilina, Ostrava, and Budapest, and negotiations are ongoing concerning (KAL) flights to Japan. (KAL) currently puts its code on (CSA) flights to 13 destinations in Western Europe.
(CSA) approved the sale of its Air Czech Catering subsidiary to Alpha Overseas Holdings. Final settlement of the transaction is expected in late March/early April.
February 2008: (CSA) Czech Airlines will start 6x-weekly, Munich - Bordeaux on March 2.
(CSA) Czech Airlines took delivery of a new A319, the 1st of 4 it expects this year. The 2nd will arrive next month followed by units in April and September.
A319-112 (3406, OK-NEM), delivery.
March 2008: (CSA) Czech Airlines posted a +CZK111 million/+$6.7 million pre-tax profit in 2007, an impressive reversal from a -CZK396 million loss the previous year, and nearly 3x- greater than its forecast result under its "OK 2006 to 2008" strategy. "Today the airline is stabilized and prepared for potential privatization, and we can say with a large degree of certainty that (CSA) can expect further growth," President Radomir Lasak said.
The result was boosted by CZK50 million netted from the sale of its Air Cargo Terminal subsidiary. The sale of Air Czech Catering will reflect on its 2008 balance sheet. (CSA)'s operating profit swung to +CZK256 million from a -CZK75 million deficit in 2006. It said its restructuring plan had predicted a -CZK255 million operating loss for 2007. Operating revenue rose +3.5% to CZK23.78 billion, driven by a +7.8% increase in yield to CZK2.43. Costs fell -1% to CZK23.4 billion as the carrier realized savings "in the cost of fees, handling, telecommunication and maintenance." Passenger numbers grew +3.7% to 5.6 million with "comparable capacity," it said. Business class (C) passengers increased +5% during the year and "better paying" economy (Y) passengers climbed +37%. "OK 2006 to 2008" calls for a +CZK391 million pre-tax profit this year, when (CSA) will add 4 new A319s and launch service to Almaty, Tbilisi, Rostov-on-Don, Strasbourg, Damascus, and Heraklion. It currently operates 50 airplanes.
It said future profitability "will be assisted by development projects launched late last year/early this year," including a new Worldspan system that will lead to CZK1 billion in savings.
(CSA) Czech Airlines' summer schedule will include new services from Prague to Strasbourg (9x-weekly), Tbilisi (3x-weekly), and Rostov-on-Don (3x-weekly), beginning April 24. It also will launch 3x-weekly service to Damascus on April 30, 2x-weekly to Almaty on May 1, and 2x-weekly to Heraklion on May 30. (CSA) will serve 69 destinations this summer with 813 weekly flights, up +5% from summer 2007.
A319-112 (3436, OK-NEN), delivery.
April 2008: (CSA) Czech Airlines launched service from Prague to Tbilisi (3x-weekly) and Rostov-on-Don (weekly) aboard A319s. Next month, it will start flying to Damascus, Almaty, and Heraklion.
The Czech government announced a tender for an adviser to facilitate the privatization of (CSA). The tender will begin April 15, and once a consultant is chosen, the government intends "to finish the privatization within months," Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said.
(CSA) Czech Airlines will continue to lease an A310-300 to Air India (AIN) under the terms of a recently signed extended agreement. The airplane has been operating out of Mumbai since March 2007.
A319-112 (3452, OK-NEO), delivery.
May 2008: The USA Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a grant of transatlantic antitrust immunity to SkyTeam (STM) partners Delta Air Lines (DAL), Northwest Airlines (NWA), Air France (AFA), (CSA) Czech Airlines, Alitalia (ALI), and (KLM), upholding a tentative approval issued last month. The 6 now will be able to "coordinate their transatlantic fares, services and capacity as if they were a single carrier in these markets, subject to certain conditions," the (DOT) said, adding that the approval is unrelated to (DAL)'s and (NWA)'s merger plans. Those are subject to a separate review. The (DOT) said the alliance "is in the public interest, because it features a proposed new and highly integrated joint venture, that will likely produce efficiencies and provide consumers with additional price and service options," but that the alliance must be implemented within 18 months as a condition of immunity.
(NWA) President & (CEO) Doug Steenland said, "This enhanced ability to coordinate among the carriers will provide a more positive, seamless experience for our customers with single-ticketing, seamless baggage handling and greater customer ease and convenience. It is also good news in light of skyrocketing fuel costs."
SEE NEW LIVERY - - "CSA-A320-2008-05."
August 2008: (CSA) 1st 6 months = net profit of +$11 million.
(CSA) Czech Airlines may be put up for privatization before year end, Finance Ministry official Tomas Uvira told "Reuters. "This may be 1 of the last chances to sell (CSA), as the market situation could be much worse in coming years," he said, adding that an adviser should be secured next month. The Czech government holds 91.5% of (CSA).
September 2008: (CSA) Czech Airlines lost -CZK178 million/-$10.2 million in the 1st half of this year, a result it said was "on last year's level." However, the company reported a +CZK201 million operating profit, that represented a turnaround from a -CZK449 million loss in the year-ago semester. President Radomir Lasak said it "managed to nearly entirely offset increased fuel costs, and the impact of the strong crown by operational improvements." He said (CSA) expects to report a full-year profit.
1st-half revenue rose +3.5% year-over-year to CZK11.17 billion, while the airline managed to reduce operating costs by -2.4% to CZK10.97 billion. Passenger revenue grew +7.5%. Hedging and a more favorable exchange rate were worth an additional +CZK179 million, (CSA) said, without explaining the reasons for the net loss. Passenger numbers climbed +5.9% to 2.6 million on >20,000 flights.
(CSA), although being yet another airline expected to put itself up for sale, is showing some meaningful, turnaround progress.
A319-112 (3660, OK-NEP), delivery, ex-(D-AVVI).
SEE PHOTO - - "CSA-A319-2008-09."
October 2008: (CSA) Czech Airlines received a new A319, the last of the airplanes ordered by the airline in 2004.
November 2008: (CSA) Czech Airlines reported a pre-tax profit through the 1st 9 months of 2008 of +$22.1 million, more than double the +$9.8 million earned in the year-ago period. Operating profit increased 1 3rd to +$39.2 million, (CSA) said. "We are in very good financial shape compared to comparable competitors," President Radomir Lasak said. "We expect a positive financial result at the end of the year." Revenue rose +28.3% year-over-year to $1.13 billion, on a +4.9% increase in passengers to 4.4 million. (CSA) said it expects passenger growth "to level off in the future."
December 2008: (CSA) Czech Airlines said it has realized nearly CZK400 million/$20.5 million in savings this year owing to nearly 700 new contracts with suppliers "primarily" related to navigation fees, airplane handling and Information Technology (IT). (CSA) is seeking an additional CZK100 million in savings in 2009 related to Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) and has opened negotiations on new contracts with repair and maintenance parts and components suppliers.
(CSA) is also looking to grow revenue and in the spring 2009 will begin offering passengers the option to purchase on board beverages and snacks "that go beyond the standard services" that will continue to be offered for free.
January 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines should be privatized this year following a decision by the government to sell 91.5% of the national carrier by September. The sale reportedly is expected to generate up to CZK5 billion/$238.7 million and will consist of a 2-round tender.
Singapore and the Czech Republic signed an "open skies" agreement on January 19. There currently are no direct services between the countries. Singapore has concluded "open skies" agreements with >30 countries, including 16 in the European Union (EU).
Snecma Services won a 7-year Engine Services per Operation contract with (CSA) to provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) support for (CFM56-3)s. Snecma will furnish remote engine monitoring services and Snecma Services Brussels will handle shop visits.
February 2009: Aeroflot (ARO) said "preliminary analysis" of its 2008 financial performance indicated a +26.2% year-over-year growth in revenue based on Russian accounting standards. "This gives ground for us to expect a positive financial result for 2008, close to the 2007 level," (ARO) said. It reported a +$313.4 million profit under (IFRS) in 2007. It transported 9.3 million passengers in 2008, up approximately +13.4%, but load factor fell -0.3 point to 70.9% LF.
(CSA) launched 2x-weekly, Moscow Sheremetyevo - Eilat Ovda flights aboard an A320. It also suspended flights to Magadan from Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk pending certification of Airbus airplanes for operation at the airport. The route currently is served with a Tu-154.
(ARO) confirmed its interest in purchasing a stake in (CSA) following the Czech government's February 5 tender launch. It intends to sell 91.5% of (CSA) in a 2-round tender. (ARO) acknowledged that it cannot own >49% of (CSA) owing to European regulations but said, "We aim to have a partner who would be a Czech resident."
(ARO) (CEO) Valery Okulov said (ARO) is "talking to prospective partners and will be able to declare its choice shortly." (ARO) said it will maintain (CSA)'s status as the country's flag carrier, which would "get an ability to operate on a much wider scale" in partnership with (ARO). "The synergy is certainly there. We started our cooperation long before any global alliances appeared. We have even more in common now that both belong to SkyTeam (STM)," Okulov said.
A J Walter Aviation (AJW) was awarded a 7-year power-by-the-hour contract to provide rotable component support for (CSA)'s fleet of 33 Airbus (EDS) airplanes from March 1. The agreement initially covers 2 A321s, 8 A320s and 7 A319s. The remaining 16 airplanes will join the program over the next 7 years.
One of its A310-304s was retired in November and ferried to Frankfurt in December to be delivered to Bishkek to an unidentified Kyrgystan carrier.
March 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines posted a 2008 pre-tax profit of +CZK500 million/+$23.6 million, compared to a +CZK111 million profit in 2007. It said pre-tax earnings under (IFRS) came to $550,000, reversed from an -$8.8 million loss on a similar basis the prior year. It said fuel and currency hedges were the difference and that absent those its fuel expense would have increased by +CZK1.2 billion. However, falling demand in the 2nd half of last year cost approximately CZK400 million in lost revenue. Full-year 2008 operating revenue of CNY23.24 billion was about even with 2007, while expenses fell -1.6% to CNY22.83 billion. Passenger numbers on scheduled and charter flights were up +2.4% to 5.6 million.
President Radomir Lasak said (CSA) is "a restructured company that is ready for privatization," which he claimed "is the right step even at this difficult time." (CSA) said its cost-cutting initiatives this year will focus on its technical division.
Pierre-Henri Gourgeon (CEO) of Air France (AFA)/(KLM) confirmed that (AFA)/(KLM) will submit an official expression of interest for (CSA)'s privatization by the March 23 deadline, "Reuters" reported. "We understand the Czech government is interested in finding a buyer for a significant part of (CSA).
We don't have a lot of information but we are of course very attentive because (CSA) is a SkyTeam partner (STM)" Gourgeon said. (AFA)/(KLM) earlier had indicated its interest in (CSA) as part of its strategy to participate in the consolidation of the European airline industry. (STM) partners (AFA)/(KLM) and Aeroflot (ARO) were among the 4 groups filing official yet nonbinding expressions of interest in fellow alliance member (CSA), the Czech Finance Ministry announced. The Czech government is selling its 91.5% stake in the airline. Other interested parties are charter carrier Travel Service (TSF)/Unimex Group and Odien, a private investor.
(AFA)/( KLM) said the Czechs do not expect any binding offers before June, giving the bidders time to perform due diligence. It said (CSA)'s "network is highly complementary to that of (AFA)/(KLM)" and that it would "enable the group to strengthen its position in Central and Eastern Europe." (ARO) confirmed its intention to "maintain (CSA)'s status as a national Czech airline" and said that because it is not a citizen of an (EU)-member nation and cannot own >49% of (CSA), it intends to partner with a Czech entity during the tender's 2nd stage. "(CSA) is the largest and most stable airline in Central Europe in economic and market terms. By joining and mutually expanding their route networks, (AAO) and (CSA) will be able to become more profitable," (ARO) (CEO) Valery Okulov said.
(ARO)'s bid occurred amid the controversy surrounding Okulov's future with the company. Reports surfaced earlier this month that Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin wished to replace Okulov and assign him to a ministry position. A board member representing 30% shareholder National Reserve Corporation said removing Okulov would be "madness" and "like putting out a fire with kerosene" in comments reported by "Reuters."
(CSA) said 40% of its premium customers have used its newest service: a free taxi ride to Prague’s airport from anywhere in the city. Other amenities provided by (CSA) include priority security lanes and boarding, lounge access, more generous bag allowances and assigned seating. (CSA) hopes it can foster loyalty among locally based business (C) travelers, recognizing that competition for leisure travelers, travelers originating outside of the Czech republic and connecting passengers is intense.
(CSA) will wet-lease 2 737-400s to Nayzak Air Transport (NZK). The airplanes will be based at Tripoli and will operate domestically and to Egypt through April 2010.
April 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines will launch 2x-weekly, Prague - Novosibirsk service on April 28 with an A319.
The Czech government selected Air France (AFA)/(KLM) and the Unimex/Travel Service consortium to proceed to the 2nd round of bidding for a 91.5% stake in (CSA). Aeroflot (ARO) and Odien, a private investor firm, were rejected. (AFA)/(KLM) issued a statement confirming its selection. Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek and Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek told reporters that (AFA)/(KLM) and Unimex/TS will be asked to submit their bids by the end of June and that the government would not disclose why they were chosen ahead of (ARO) and Odien.
(ARO) said the Czech government's decision to pass on its bid for (CSA), "objectively corresponds with the interests of (ARO)'s management" because (ARO) "detected considerable risks in the bid, which would have entailed serious financial obligations at a time of a global financial crisis." (ARO) said it came to that conclusion "following a thorough examination of (CSA)'s financial and operational situation." (ARO) also confirmed that "recent statements by Czech politicians" had "associated" the airline with "a security threat to the Czech Republic" and with a "lack of high standards of flight safety." (ARO) said it acknowledged the government's "legitimate right to select its preferred business partners" but that it "would be inappropriate if the Czech government were to have based their decision on politically biased assessments."
(SITA) said (CSA) signed a 4-year deal making (SITA) the single supplier of (CSA)'s global network communication and messaging services. The agreement involves evolution of the existing infrastructure "to increase performance while reducing cost by 25%." The new "hybrid network" includes (IP VPN), (ISP), (DSL) and (SITA) AirportHub connections.
(AAR) (ALC) signed a 7-year agreement with (CSA) to provide rotable component repair services on a flight-hour basis for (CSA)'s 9 737-400s and 10 737-500s.
May 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines reached agreements with 7 of 9 unions to reduce salaries to last year's levels, which will save the carrier approximately -CZK250 million/-$12.4 million this year. (CSA) said it "initiated redundancies" targeting 28 positions held by employees represented by the Trade Union of Aviation Mechanics, with which there was no agreement on pay cuts that will bring about the necessary 5% reduction in costs. Negotiations with the (CZALPA) pilots (FC) union are continuing. (CSA) President Radomir Lasak said the pay reductions "will contribute to lessening the effect of the crisis on our company." The salary cuts are effective from April 1. Members of (CSA)'s board of directors and supervisory board have reduced their own salaries by -15%.
(CSA) signed a seven-year global maintenance agreement with ATR valued at $14 million covering repair of Line Replaceable Units (LRU)s on the 12 ATR airplanes in (CSA)'s fleet. The accord marks the launch of ATR's new Door-2-Door service program in which (ATR) is responsible for the entire supply chain management process.
A319-112 (3892, OK-OER), (BOC) Aviation (SIL) leased.
July 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines said it will cease Prague - New York (JFK) flights in the coming winter season. 2 A310-300s used for the service, will be switched to charter operations. The move is part of the 2009 "action plan" to achieve overall cost savings of -CZK300 million/-$16 million.
August 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines suffered a -$99.6 million loss in the 1st half of 2009 under international accounting standards and confirmed that it will reduce both its fleet and its work force as it seeks to return to profit next year. (CSA) reported a pre-tax profit of +CZK500 million/+$28.2 million in 2008, but has failed to weather the industry crisis, suffering a drop in passenger demand that led executives to contemplate the cuts 3 weeks ago.
(CSA) said it will reduce its operating fleet to 44 airplanes during the winter season and sell 3 737s in order "to obtain sufficient cash" to survive the low season. It will not renew its leases on 2 A310s set to expire in the spring. In conjunction, it will reduce the number of management employees by -20% and "other personnel costs" by -15%. "These measures, if they are carried out immediately and thoroughly, will adapt the company permanently to the new market conditions and ensure (CSA) a profit as early as in 2010 and 2011, in the order of hundreds of millions of crowns," President Radomir Lasak said. "It is more than clear that there is no other way to reach the goal." A spokesperson was quoted in German media saying that some 860 of CSA's 4,600 employees will be let go and that the cuts will affect all areas of the company. (CSA) operates 51 airplanes but suffered a -12% year-over-year passenger drop in the 1st quarter. It has announced the closure of its remaining transatlantic routes after the summer schedule. 5x-weekly, Prague - New York (JFK) flights will be operated by Delta Air Lines (DAL), with (CSA) code sharing from October 25. The last flight operated by (CSA) will be October 24. Its last flight from Toronto will be October 14. It will ground 2 A310s during the winter schedule.
(CSA) VP Marketing & Product Development Petr Pistelak said relying on code sharing will give the airline "more strength for medium- and short-haul routes in Europe, primarily in its eastern part, on which we can better concentrate." Last month, (CSA) decided to "accelerate" implementation of measures to weather the crisis. "In spite of the emotions that will accompany the unpopular optimizing steps, we have to take those steps. The companies that remain on the market will not be those that are the most beautiful, largest and strongest, but those that are able to adapt the best and the fastest," Lasak said at the time. The "action plan" is designed to save -CZK300 million/-$16.7 million this year, partially through wage reductions to 2008 levels.
(CSA) will commence seasonal 2x-weekly, Prague - Tashkent service August 19 under a code share agreement with Uzbekistan Airways (UZB) aboard an A319.
The Czech government launched a privatization process in January and hopes to generate around €200 million/$288 million. Air France (AFA)/(KLM) and a partnership between Unimex and Travel Service (TFS) have expressed interest. Progress is expected following parliamentary elections in October.
(SITA) won a $12 million, four-year contract from (CSA) to implement its Horizon portfolio of passenger management solutions.
Air France (AFA)/(KLM) withdrew from the tender process for privatization of (CSA) Czech Airlines, stating that in the current economic environment it believes "(CSA) might focus on developing and implementing a standalone recovery plan aimed at restoring its profitability." The Czech government in April selected (AFA)/(KLM) and the Unimex/Travel Service consortium as the finalists to proceed to a 2nd round of bidding for a 91.5% stake in (CSA). The Czech-Icelandic consortium is now the only remaining bidder and has until September 15 to submit a binding offer. "We're moving forward now we're doing due diligence," a consortium spokesperson told "Dow Jones." The group will submit a bid by the mid-September deadline, she added.
(AFA)/(KLM) said that it wishes to strengthen its existing partnership further with (CSA) (both are SkyTeam (STM) members) and to continue to explore any new areas of cooperation that "could be of mutual benefit." The Czech Ministry of Finance said that the public tender will move forward as scheduled without (AFA)/(KLM).
September 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines will cease operating from Prague to both New York (JFK) and Manchester, UK, during its winter schedule and will reduce frequencies to London Heathrow, Riga and Hamburg. Flights will be added to Moscow Sheremetyevo, Yekaterinburg, Yerevan, Rostov-on-Don, Tbilisi, and Minsk.
(AJW) Aviation expanded its power-by-the-hour contract with Czech Airlines (CSA) to include an additional 2 A320s and 2 A321s. The program is set to cover the entire (CSA) fleet of 33 airplanes by 2016.
October 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines plans to code share on China Eastern Airlines (CEA)'s Frankfurt - Shanghai Pudong flights from March 28.
(CSA) named Miroslav Dvorak Head of Prague Ruzyne operator Prague Airport, as its new Chairman & (CEO). He succeeds Radomir Lasak and will run both organizations, "Reuters" reported. Miroslav Zamecnik was named Chairman of (CSA)'s supervisory board, succeeding Vaclav Novak, who resigned. The Czech Finance Ministry said it is continuing to evaluate a CZK1 billion/$57.5 million offer for the airline from Unimex and Travel Service.
The Czech government rejected the CZK1 billion/$57.8 million bid for (CSA) Czech Airlines from Unimex and Travel Service (TSF). "There will be a hard restructuring, namely to the expense side," Prime Minister Jan Fischer told reporters, according to "Dow Jones."
November 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines named Marek Tybl Head Pilot of its ATR fleet, as VP Flight Operations and (CSOB) executive Philippe Moreels as VP Marketing & Sales.
December 2009: (CSA) Czech Airlines next month will merge all handling activities under an independent subsidiary called (CSA) Support. Approximately 800 (CSA) employees will be transferred to the new operation.
February 2010: (CSA) Czech Airlines put up its entire fleet as a guarantee against loans offered by banks and the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Civil Aviation Authority sources told media in both the Czech Republic and Austria. (CSA) reportedly is depending on the cash to maintain operations and expects to report a record full-year loss of -€115 million/-$158.2 million for 2009.
The European Commission (EC) launched an investigation into a CZK2.5 billion/$131.7 million loan to (CSA) Czech Airlines from state-owned firm Osinek in April 2009. Last October, the Czech government decided to free up the assets that secured the loan in order to allow (CSA) to use it as collateral to secure additional commercial loans "and continue in business," according to the (EC). The (EC) said that "it cannot exclude [that] the loan and its subsequent de-collateralization (which (CSA) will use to finance costs linked to the operation of the company) constitutes state aid."
March 2010: (CSA) Czech Airlines said it launched a tender to sell its slots at London Heathrow (LHR) and New York (JFK). It operates to (LHR) 2x-daily from Prague and code shares on Delta Air Lines (DAL) flights to/from (JFK).
DanubeWings operated weekly seasonal services from Bratislava to Milan Orio al Serio, from Kosice to Rijeka and from Milan Orio al Serio to Crotone and Olbia this summer season using its fleet of ATR 72-200s. Danubewings, however, returned the 737-436 (25839, OK-WGY), wet-leased from (CSA) Czech Airlines on March 7 and has given up its services from Bratislava to Manchester and from Poprad to Dublin, London Luton and Manchester, that it had offered with the airplane. DanubeWingst has also given up its routes from Bratislava to Brussels and Zadar, from Kosice to Milan Orio al Serio, from Poprad to Basle/Mulhouse, Brussels, Split and Warsaw, and has not launched the previously announced seasonal Basle/Mulhouse - Sarmellek route.
A319-112 (4258, OK-PET), delivery.
August 2010: (CSA) Czech Airlines released its 2010 - 2011 winter flight schedule, signaling a change in its network philosophy to focus on offering passengers an East-West air bridge rather than operating to the highest number of destinations throughout Europe. (CSA) said the new network will take shape gradually, reaching a final form in 2012. Significantly, from October 31, Brno, Munich, Cologne/Bonn, London Heathrow and Manchester will all be dropped from (CSA)'s network.
(CSA) will also reduce the number of flights it operates from Prague to Ostrava, Bratislava, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Zurich, Bologna, Vilnius, Oslo, and Copenhagen. It will additionally downgrade vacation destinations Marseille, Thessaloniki, and Venice to "seasonal service" operated during the summer rather than year-round.
(CSA) will increase the number of flights it operates from Prague to Belgrade, Brussels, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Athens, Beirut, and St Petersburg. On certain routes, ATRs will be replaced with higher-capacity jet airplanes. (CSA)'s winter schedule will include 100 destinations in 44 countries.
(CSA) named Jiri Marek as its new Sales Director effective September 1.
September 2010: (CSA) Czech Airlines has been forced to put up all of its owned airplanes as a guarantee for new loans granted by the Czech government and several banks that have allowed (CSA) to cover its losses. It has retired its last A310-300s after the winter season. As part of its restructuring efforts, it is also spinning off its charter operations into a separate subsidiary that will operate with a lower cost base after cooperation talks with Travel Service Airlines (TSF) to outsource charter flights to the (CSA) competitor have failed. (CSA) is planning to cut up to 30% of its routes and phase out the remaining 3 737-400s and 10 737-500s by the end of 2012. It has already given up its Prague - Kuwait route in the meantime and will give up its routes from Prague to Cologne/Bonn, London Heathrow, and Manchester on October 31. It will also temporarily suspend its Prague - Brno and Prague - Munich routes between October 31 and December 31 and its routes from Prague to Marseilles, Thessaloniki, and Venice Marco Polo will become summer only services.
In better news, (CSA) has announced Astana and Dublin as new destinations:
Prague - Astana - Almaty - Prague: weekly, A319-100 service starting on November 2;
Prague - Dublin: weekly seasonal, A321-200 service between May 23 and October 2.
December 2010: The Czech government plans to merge 92% of state-owned (CSA) Czech Airlines and Prague Airport into 1 entity. According to several Czech press reports, the Ministry of Finance said that the consolidation, to be named Cesky Aeroholding AS, will bring stability to the companies. (CSA) has been managed by the Prague Airport since last year. The state-owned airport handles about 11.6 million passengers. Last year, (CSA) transported approximately 5.6 million passengers and had an operating loss of -€150 million/-$195.8 million.
2 737-55Ss (28469; & 28470), leased to Mauritania Airlines International (MAR).
February 2011: The European Commission (EC) said it opened a formal investigation "under European Union (EU) state aid rules" into the restructuring plan of Czech Airlines (CSA) to examine whether it "is suitable to restore the company's long-term viability and whether the proposed reduction in activities will be sufficient to offset the distortive effect of the aid it received."
According to the (EC), the measures to be examined include a loan of CZK2.5 billion/$138.9 million granted by state-owned Osinek "under allegedly preferential conditions," that was subsequently de-collateralized and transformed into equity, and "a potential guarantee for the purchase of an airplane." The (EC) also "has doubts about" the plan to merge the airline with Prague Airport, as well as other parts of the rescue package.
March 2011: (CSA) a longtime SkyTeam (STM) alliance member, unexpectedly ended its code share with Air France (AFA) on the Prague - Paris route, which each carrier flies 3x-daily and where a joint venture (JV) is in place. One possibility is that Air France (AFA) isn’t happy about (CSA)’s decision to launch Prague non-stops to Bordeaux this summer. Another is that (CSA) itself wasn’t happy with the terms of the joint venture (JV). Whatever the case, (CSA) is busy trying to revitalize its troubled business, launching new summer routes to Lvov, Donetsk, and Kharkov in the Ukraine, and Baku in Azerbaijan. (CSA also said it’s evaluating service to Riyadh, Teheran, Baghdad, and Ashkhabad in Turkmenistan, all places with lots of energy resources, if not quite bastions of human development. On the other hand, (CSA) is cutting capacity to Oslo, Cairo, and Damascus, while abandoning some scheduled service to Greek and Croatian tourist destinations.
April 2011: (CSA) will launch 2x-weekly, 737 Prague - Bordeaux service on May 29.
May 2011: (CSA) Czech Airlines said it will temporarily suspend its Prague service to Cairo (2x-weekly) and Damascus (3x-weekly), and will potentially renew the flights in its winter schedule.
(CSA) will launch Bratislava service to Barcelona (2x-weekly), Brussels (3x-weekly), Larnaca (3x-weekly), Amsterdam (4x-weekly), Rome Fiumicino (5x-weekly) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (7x-weekly) in June.
July 2011: Etihad Airways (EHD) reached a code share agreement with Czech Airlines (CSA) under which (CSA) will launch 4x-weekly, Prague - Abu Dhabi A319 flights on September 21.
(CSA) will reduce its Bratislava (BTS) service to Brussels (3x-weekly to 2x-weekly), Rome Fiumicino (5x-weekly to 4x-weekly). It will shut down 2x-daily (BTS) - Prague service on July 29.
November 2011: Iceland Express (ICX) recruits Czech Airlines (CSA) after Astraeus Airlines (AUA) collapses and ceases operations.
December 2011: (CSA) Czech Airlines said it would fire a 3rd of its 300 pilots (FC) in the coming days and weeks as part of its restructuring plan.
According to Czech media, some of the 100 terminated flight crew (FC) members may be hired by (CSA) subsidiary, "Holidays Czech Airlines," but at significantly lower salaries. (CSA) posted a -CZK632 million/-$33.5 million loss last year and is in need of an urgent restructuring plan. (CSA) said it will transfer up to 11 narrow body airplanes to the leisure carrier.
According to its website, (CSA) operates 9 A319s, 8 A320s, 2 A321s, 8 737-500s, 4 ATR 72s and 7 ATR 42s.
January 2012: Czech Airlines (CSA), the state-owned airline of the Czech Republic, is doing what many struggling airlines in its home region are doing: expanding eastward into the former Soviet Union. (CSA), which is still sometimes referred to by its Czech initials "CSA," began flying to oil-rich Baku in Azerbaijan last month and will add service to Ufa in Russia this summer. This will in fact be its 6th destination in Russia, with some markets like Moscow and St Petersburg flown not just from Prague but also from Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic’s 2nd largest city.
(CSA) has continued its major network restructuring this fall and has announced plans to lay off 1 6th of its 300 pilots (FC). While introducing the following new routes, it has mainly made further cuts in an effort to cut its losses:
Karlovy Vary - Samara: weekly A319-100 service has started on November 2;
Prague - Baku: weekly A320-200 has resumed on December 18;
Prague - Ufa: 2x-weekly A319-100/A320-200 service starting on March 28.
(CSA) has given up its routes from Bratislava to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels National, Larnaca, Paris (CDG), and Rome Fiumicino as well as from Prague to Belgrade, Bologna Marconi, Bordeaux, Marseilles, Venice Marco Polo, and Zurich on October 30. (CSA) has also temporarily cancelled its Prague - Tashkent route until March 24. In better news, (CSA) has not cancelled its Prague - Tel Aviv Ben Gurion route as previously announced, and continues to operate a 6x-weekly A321-200 service on the route. It also wet-leases an ATR 72-200F freighter from Farnair Switzerland (FRN) for 2x-weekly, Prague - Zurich cargo flights. AirFrance (AFA) and (CSA) have again come to terms and have resumed their code share agreement for the Paris (CDG) - Prague route as of October 30. (CSA) will replace its remaining 737-500s by 6 new A319-100s until November 2012. It is also planning to transfer up to 11 Airbus airplanes to its subsidiary Holidays Czech Airlines. The Czech government is again planning to try and privatize (CSA) in 2012.
Baltic Ground Services has extended its cooperation with (CSA) Czech Airlines for another 2 years, under which it will continue to provide into-plane fueling services until the end of 2013.
February 2012: Troubled (CSA) Czech Airlines, which posted a -$33.5 million loss in 2011, has reported that it will reduce its 300-strong flight crew (FC) by up to 1 3rd in a bid to cut costs. (CSA) is also set to transfer up to 11 of its narrow body airplanes to its leisure arm carrier, Holidays Czech Airlines.
AeroTurbine (AUB) has a 3-year supply chain agreement to support pool access for (CFM56-5B) engine (LRU)s for the fleets of 3rd-party customers of Czech Airlines Technics, including (CSA) and Holidays Czech Airlines.
March 2012: (CSA) Technics is performing "C" maintenance checks and repainting on 2 Syphax Airlines A319 airplanes, on lease from Doric Asset Finance.
April 2012: Holidays Czech Airlines has wet-leased A320-200 (426, YL-LCH) from SmartLynx (LAJ) for the summer season. It now operates an A320-200 (4699, OK-HCA) and a 737-400 (25349, OK-WGX) on behalf of Iceland Express (ICX).
May 2012: (CSA) Czech Airlines celebrates 75 years of operations between Prague and Budapest, Hungary.
June 2012: Czech Airlines (CSA) recorded an increased pre-tax loss in 2011, tripling its deficit to -CZK241.3 million/-$11.6 million from -CZK76.1 million in 2010. Rising fuel costs and previously incurred financial obligations were cited as reasons for the poor results.
Revenue dipped to CZK16.9 billion, down from 2010’s CZK21.5 billion. Costs declined to CZK17.1 billion compared to CZK21.4 billion in 2010.
(CSA) is in the middle of a 3-year restructuring plan. Chairman Philippe Moreels said a combination of financial leasing obligations for previously ordered airplanes and a +40% jump in fuel costs have negated the progress.
(CSA) last year transferred several of its subsidiaries to a holding company and succeeded in reducing its personnel costs by almost one-third, he said. It also reduced airplane movements by nearly -20%. In terms of fleet size, it was “returning to a state that corresponds to the transport network and market potential of a small local market.”
(CSA)’s structural changes had not been sufficiently implemented to have their full impact on 2011’s financial results, he said.
Although these improvements are becoming more apparent, Moreels said fuel cost increases in the 1st 4 months of 2012 “nearly eliminated” the benefits. This means an even greater focus on reducing costs is needed in the coming year, he said.
August 2012: (CSA) Czech Airlines has decided to resume its own flights from Prague Ruzyne (PRG) to Berlin Tegel (TXL) and Stuttgart Echterdingen (STR) airports from September 3, following the suspension of all scheduled services by its partner, Central Connect Airlines (CCA) ((IATA) Code: 3B, based at Ostrava Mosnov airport (OSR)) on June 19 due to financial difficulties. (CCA) had taken over several (CSA) regional routes earlier this year operating them with its Saab 340Bs at its own risk with (CSA) just code sharing on the flights. (CSA) plans to serve both German cities 2x-daily with its ATR 42-500/ATR 42-600s.
(CSA) will add 3 ex-Jet Airways (JPL) ATR 72-500s (674, OK-GFQ; 679, OK-GFR; 681, OK-GFS) to its fleet between August and October to complement its existing fleet of 6 ATR42-500/-600s. (CSA) plans to start using the airplanes from September 3, initially serving Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel (HAM) and Kosice Barca (KSC) airports from Prague with the ATR 72-500s. (CSA) also plans to then deploy the additional airplanes on some of its flights from Prague to Budapest Ferenc Liszt International (BUD), Copenhagen Kastrup (CPH), Dusseldorf International (DUS), Ostrava Mosnov (OSR), Stuttgart Echterdingen (STR) and Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin (WAW) airports.
September 2012: (CSA) Czech Airlines resumed operations on 2 routes between Prague (PRG) and Germany on September 3, both of which (CSA)’s partner Central Connect Airlines (CCA) used to operate on its behalf until the regional operator suspended operations in June. (CSA) now flies 10x-weekly to Berlin Tegel (TXL) and 11x-weekly to Stuttgart (STR); both with 46-seat ATR 42 airplanes. (CSA) as a SkyTeam (STM) Alliance airline already serves Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Hamburg in Germany. 1 further German destination, Hannover, was served by Central Connect Airlines (CCA); however, (CSA) has not announced the return of this route.
Darwin Airline, in collaboration with (CSA) Czech Airlines, launched 6x-weekly, Lugano - Geneva - Prague, Saab 2000 service on September 3.
(CSA) Czech Airlines has received European Commission (EC) approval to receive a CZK2.5 billion/$130 million loan from state-owned company Osinek SA, after agreeing to a 5-year restructuring plan that includes selling subsidiaries, airplanes and other assets and securing a private bank loan for an airplane lease.
European Union (EU) regulators opened a probe into the aid in 2010, saying they were concerned that the loan was granted on preferential terms. The fincancially troubled SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member is searching for long-term investors. In 2011, it recorded an increased pre-tax loss, tripling its deficit to -CZK241.3 million from -CZK76.1 million in 2010. Rising fuel costs and previously incurred financial obligations were cited as reasons for the poor results.
October 2012: Czech Airlines (CSA) increased 21x-weekly Prague - Budapest service to 31x-weekly on October 28, operated by ATR 42-500s and ATR 72-500s.
Air Corsica (CCM) has temporarily wet-leased its ATR 72-500 (727, F-GRPK) to (CSA) Czech Airlines. (CSA) currently already has taken delivery of 2 ex-Jet Airways (JPL) ATR 72-500s with a 3rd airplane (679, OK-GFS) due in November.
November 2012: The Czech government may again try to privatize (CSA) Czech Airlines before (CSA) completes a 3-year ongoing restructuring process in 2013, according to Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas. “We see some possibilities and we want to use the window of opportunity for finding a strategic partner,” Necas said in Prague, adding that the government was seeking a “strategic partner for (CSA).” The world’s 50 leading carriers should be invited for the tender.
(CSA)’s main shareholder is Cesky Aeroholding.
The government had previously tried to privatize (CSA) in 2009, following heavy losses from a failed expansion plan. The sole bidder, Czech-based Travel Service (TFS), refused to invest without securing a capital injection from the government.
(CSA) lost -CZK241 million/-$12.1 million in 2011.
(CSA) has received European Commission (EC) approval to receive a CZK2.5 billion/$130 million loan from state-owned company, Osinek SA.
(CSA) Czech Airlines and its pilots (FC) have agreed to a year-long pay freeze as it heads toward the end of a three-year restructuring process. The agreement between (CSA) and its pilots (FC)’ union, (CAS) (ALPA), had been reached after negotiations carried out in a professional, sensible manner, with the mutual aim of ensuring the future of (CSA), said (CSA) Chairman & President, Philippe Moreels.
(CSA) lost -CZK241 million/-$12.1 million in 2011 and has received European Commission (EC) approval to receive a CZK2.5 billion loan from state-owned company Osinek SA. The Czech government has said it may again try to privatize (CSA) before the restructuring deal reaches a conclusion.
As part of the deal, there will be no redundancies among pilots (FC) in 2013 and seniority arrangements will be strengthened. However, to improve productivity, the number of pilots (FC)’s annual days off will reduce from 120 to 103.
(CSA) operates a fleet of 9 A319-100s, 4 A320-200s, 2 A321-200s, 5 737-500s, 5 ATR 42-500s and 1 ATR 72-500.
December 2012: Qatar Airways (QTA) is considering taking part in the privatization of (CSA) Czech Airlines. The Czech government announced it was in the early stages of talks with both (QTA) and Korean Air (KAL) over the national airline. "We have studied it but have not concluded anything," (QTA) (CEO) Akbar Al Baker told "Reuters" when asked about his airline’s involvement with (CSA)’s privatization. "We are still looking at the proposal," he added.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said in November the government was seeking a strategic partner for the loss-making airline, which reported a loss of -$12.1 million in 2011. It is nearing the end of a 3-year restructuring plan and has received European Commission (EC) approval for a $130 million loan from a state-owned organization.
In 2009, the government was unsuccessful in its attempts to privatize (CSA) following heavy losses from a failed expansion plan. However, it now hopes to find an investor by as early as April.
Following 3 years of absence from longhaul operations, (CSA) Czech will start new A330 flights to Seoul. Although somewhat unusual, in having just 1 longhaul destination from Prague, plus it is really only a secondary Asian market compared to say a longhaul flight to New York or Tokyo. The motivation may be (CSA)'S relationship with Etihad Airways (EHD), which perhaps it wants to copy with Skyteam (STM) Alliance partner, Korean Air (KAL). (CSA) did recently open Abu Dhabi service and credits its (EHD) cooperation and assistance. (KAL) is occasionally named as a possible investor or shareholder in (CSA) which its government owners have been trying to get rid of. Qatar Airways (QTA) is also sometimes mentioned as a possible suitor.
Back in the short range field, competition is provided by Latvia's airBaltic (BAU) with 3x-weekly flights to Prague, with marketing connections to Scandinavia and the former Soviet region, the latter being a rare market, where (CSA) has some modest competitive strength. (BAU) has itself recently experienced its share of struggles, but did earn a solid +$7 million net profit in the peak 3rd quarter. And while it may be reducing some capacity on some routes, it does plan 6 new destinations for next summer.
January 2013: airBaltic (BAU) returned to the Czech market adding Prague (PRG) to its Riga (RIX) network on January 1. The route is served with 76-seat DHC-8-400 equipment offering 3x-weekly flights. Following Czech Airlines (CSA)’s withdrawal from the route last month, (BAU) is now the solo carrier on the route. Czech Airlines (CSA), which previously operated the route in monopoly conditions since September 2004, pulled all of its services to the Baltics and now offers them only as a code share with (BAU) via Riga.
Russia’s Perm Airport is losing 1 out of 2 international destinations in Western Europe; Prague remains the only route connecting with European cities. Tatarstan Airlines (TAK) operates flights from Perm to Prague; (CSA) Czech Airlines will launch flights to Prague on March 31.
February 2013: Korean Air (KAL) has confirmed that it is currently in the process of conducting due diligence on Skyteam (STM) Alliance partner, (CSA) Czech Airlines ((IATA) Code: OK, based at Prague Ruzyne (PRG)). It is 1 of several parties reportedly interested in taking a 44% minority stake in (CSA) currently up for sale. The 2 carriers already closely cooperate on the route between Prague and Seoul Incheon International (ICN) currently served by (KAL) 4xweekly with (CSA) planning to launch 2x-weekly service on the route as well from June 1.
(CSA) Czech Airlines has phased out the last 5 out of 15 737-500s, ending operations with Boeing (TBC) jets after 23 years. (CSA) phased out the last 5 out of 15 737-400s last year. (CSA)’s current fleet includes 9 A319-100s, 4 A320-200s, 2 A321-200s, 5 ATR 42-500s and 1 ATR 72-500.
March 2013: Korean Air (KAL) is expected to acquire 44% in SkyTeam (STM) Alliance partner, (CSA) Czech Airlines. According to several media reports, the contract should be signed April 9.
No official statements are available on whether (KAL) will pay the reported €2.64 million/$3.4 million for (CSA) and if there is a guarantee to retain employees and not re-sell (CSA) after 5-years.
The financially troubled Czech flag carrier has been looking for a potential investor for many years. In December 2012, Qatar Airways (QTA) said it was also considering taking part in the privatization of (CSA). In 2009, the government was unsuccessful in its attempts to privatize (CSA) following heavy losses from a failed expansion plan.
(CSA) plans to operate a leased A330-200 this summer from Prague to Seoul Incheon. (KAL) operates 4x-weekly flights on the same route, which could give Prague a more important role as a hub.
(CSA) celebrated the 65th anniversary of its service from Prague to Berlin.
November 2013: Russian and Czech aviation authorities will designate 2nd carriers to begin services on the Moscow - Prague route during the (IATA) summer season 2014. According to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in September 2012, the new airline will have rights to operate 7 flights per week. Currently, only Russia’s Aeroflot (ARO) and (CSA) Czech Airlines (both SkyTeam (STM) Alliance members) can operate flights between the cities. In November 2012, (ARO) (CEO) Vitaly Saveliev said (ARO) was ready to decline its monopoly on 34 international destinations.
Last year, Russian authorities agreed to liberalize bilateral agreements with several countries including France, Finland, and the Ukraine.
December 2013: Czech leisure carrier, Travel Service (TVS) will acquire 34% of (CSA) Czech Airlines from Korean Air (KAL), prompting the departure of Czech Airlines Chairman & President, Philippe Moreels.
Korean Air (KAL) acquired 44% of (CSA) Czech Airlines from Czech Aeroholding in April 2013 and is now planning to buy a further 34%. It will then sell the shares to Travel Service (TVS) to reinforce its European operations. “Working together with Travel Service (TVS), the company wishes to make Vaclav Havel Airport Prague its European hub. The entry of Travel Service (TVS) into (CSA) will provide Korean Air (KAL) with connections to approximately 40 new destinations in Europe to which their passengers will be able to fly after their transfer at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague,” Czech Aeroholding said.
Following the deal, which remains subject to competition clearances, Korean Air (KAL) will continue to hold a 44% stake, followed by Travel Service (TVS) (34%), Czech Aeroholding (19.74%) and Ceska Pojistovna (2.26%). “In this new phase, (CSA) is going to need some new blood and a change in its management style. Therefore, it is logical that all the shareholders will agree on a new company President after the transaction has been completed,” Moreels said, announcing his plan to resign after the deal is cleared.
(CSA) Czech Airlines has been through an intensive 4-year restructuring, including 2 years under Moreels’ leadership.
Czech Airlines (CSA) entered the Slovakian market on December 11th with the launch of a new service from its Prague (PRG) hub to Bratislava (BTS) and a new Slovak domestic route linking Košice (KSC) with the capital of Slovakia. The SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member will be serving the 2 destinations 6x-weekly, utilizing its 48Y-seat ATR 42s. Both services face no direct competition and will see a frequency increase to 10x-weekly flights with the start of the summer season.
January 2014: European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) approach procedures are now available in the Czech Republic, Finland and Austria.
They join Switzerland, Germany, France, and Italy which have thus far between them implemented 136 (EGNOS) approaches in Europe.
In the Czech Republic, Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approaches are available to 2 runway ends at both Brno and Ostrava airports. The Czech Civil Aviation Authority recently approved the use of (EGNOS) vertical guidance with (Baro-VNAV) procedures, meaning (EGNOS) approaches are now available to 4 runway ends at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport. And (Baro) and (LPV) procedures are currently being designed for Karlovy Vary Airport.
In Finland, (EGNOS) procedures were implemented by air navigation services provider (ANSP) Finavia at Joensuu Airport at the end of last year.
Finavia Senior VP & Air Navigation Director Raine Luojus said: “Finavia is a pioneer in the implementation of satellite-based flight procedures in Europe. The main operators’ modern fleets have enabled Finavia to introduce (RNAV)-based non-precision approach procedures at all our airports, allowing us to roll out (EGNOS)-based (LPV) approach procedures.”
In Austria, (EGNOS) approach procedures are now operational at Linz and Graz airports, and Austria’s (ANSP) Austro Control said it would be rolling out additional procedures at other airports in the near future.
The implementation of these new (LPV) approaches is being facilitated by the European Union (EU)-funded Accelerating (EGNOS) Adoption in Aviation (ACCEPTA) project. (ACCEPTA) aims to secure wide-scale, real-life adoption of (EGNOS)-enabled (LPV) approaches across Europe in areas where the (EGNOS) signal is available and certified.
(EGNOS) is Europe’s 1st concrete venture into satellite navigation and uses geostationary satellites and a network of ground stations to augment positioning signals received from the (USA) (GPS), Russian Glonass and eventually Europe’s Galileo satellite systems. (EGNOS) was certified for civil aviation in 2011 and Galileo is scheduled to start providing services from the end of 2014 and be fully operational before 2020.
April 2014: Condor ((IATA) Code: DE, based at Frankfurt International) (CDF) has signed a cooperation agreement with (CSA) Czech Airlines ((IATA) Code: OK, based at Prague) effective immediately. Under the terms of the deal, (CSA) will operate a feeder service from its Prague hub to Condor (CDF)'s Frankfurt International long-haul hub. Both carriers will offer convenient connection times in order to improve the tie-up's marketability.
July 2014: (CSA) Czech Airlines will reportedly sell its fleet of 6 A320-200s this autumn as part of cost-cutting measures. In addition, (CSA) will also seek to renegotiate an outstanding order for a further 7 of the type, though no exact terms or conditions of the arrangement have yet been settled on.
Michaela Lagronová, a spokeswoman for Czech Aeroholdings, told the "Idnez" newswire that maintaining an A320 presence in (CSA)'s fleet no longer made economical sense. Ordered under the management of former (CEO) Jaroslav Tvrdik, the A320s have proven too big for (CSA)'s needs. Talks with Airbus Industrie (EDS) are scheduled to commence later.
At present, of (CSA)'s 6 A320s, only 2 are operational with (CSA), while the remaining 4 are out on on lease to either Travel Service Airlines ((IATA) Code: QS, based at Prague) (TVS) or Travel Service Slovakia ((IATA) Code: 6D, based at Bratislava) (TSF).
Aside from the A320s, (CSA)'s fleet also includes 9 A319-100s, 1 A330-300, 3 ATR 42-500s and 4 ATR 72-200/-500s.
(CSA) currently operates 23 airplanes, and serves 25 countries, 42 destinations, 46 routes and 73x-daily flights.
September 2014: Czech Airlines (CSA) expanded its presence in the Swedish market with the addition of Gothenburg (GOT) from its Prague (PRG) base, operated via Hamburg (HAM). The 963 km airport pair to the 2nd largest city in Sweden will be served 6x-weekly from September 15th, utilizing the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member’s 60Y-seat ATR 72s. There is no competition on (CSA)’s new route. (CSA) is already serving the Swedish market with 5x-weekly flights to Stockholm Arlanda from Prague.
(CSA) Czech Airlines will cut a 3rd of its workforce as a result of plans to phase out its fleet of 6 A320-200s. The "Ceskenoviny" newspaper said in its report that (CSA)'s board had submitted a proposal to the country's labour ministry with a view to firing some 70 pilots (FC), 150 flight attendants (CA) and some 60 administrative staff.
(CSA) spokesman Daniel Sabik said that the decision to phase out its A320 fleet had come on the back of "a significant drop in the number of annual reservations and passengers from the Russian Federation and other countries of the former Soviet Union in connection with the crisis in Ukraine."
Earlier this month, (CSA)'s shareholders, among them Czech Aeroholding and Korean Air (KAL), agreed at an (AGM) to implement an extensive restructuring plan aimed at returning (CSA) to profitability. "Several restructuring measures, predominantly in the revenue area such as a new one-way tickets concept, flight schedule changes and changes to the company’s transport network (including those in the Russian market), have already brought 1st results," (CSA) said.
Currrently, (CSA) operates 9 A319-100s, 1 A330-300, 3 ATR 42s and 4 ATR 72s in addition to its fleet of A320-200s.
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October 2014: News Item A-1: SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member, (CSA) Czech Airlines is working to get financial help from key shareholder, Korean Air (KAL) to overcome its financial struggles. Several media outlets are reporting that, as of September, an estimated $20 million is required.
“There has been a significant shift in negotiations with (KAL),” (CSA) said, adding that (KAL)’s capital contribution is conditional on (CSA)’s execution of measures outlined in its restructuring plan.
In 2013, (CSA) announced a loss of -CZK922 million/-$42.4 million.
Korean Air (KAL) holds a 44% stake in (CSA) and saved the Czech flag carrier from bankruptcy in spring 2013.
According to the statement, (CSA) management has been reviewing (KAL)’s proposal and will present it to Czech Aeroholding management, which is also ready to provide (CSA) with a capital contribution as a private investor.
(CSA) management is convinced this important move will help stabilize the carrier in the immediate future.
Czech Aeroholding, a state-owned company, is in the process of reducing its (CSA) stake to 19.74% from 53.74%.
According to the European Union (EU) rules, non-(EU) carriers must have shares below 50% in European airlines. To be able to help (CSA), Korean (KAL) has announced an agreement with Prague-based, privately owned Travel Service (TSF) to cooperate on (CSA)’s management. Travel Service (TSF) agreed to acquire 34% of (CSA) from Czech Aeroholding. Korean Air (KAL) needs (TSF) and Czech Aeroholding as local partners to retain the Czech carrier’s European status.
It is expecting to obtain regulatory approvals in the coming weeks.
Czech Aeroholding also owns the operator of Prague International Vaclav Havel Airport.
Meanwhile, a planned strike by (CSA) flight attendants (CA) to protest layoffs has been canceled following a compromise agreement between (CSA) management and Cabin Crew Trade Union representatives. In September, (CSA) unveiled plans to lay off about a 3rd of its 230 pilots (FC), nearly half of its 400 cabin crews (CA) and a quarter of its 270 administrative staff.
According to local media reports, the compromise includes layoffs of -135 cabin crew (CA), 65 pilots (FC) and 26 administrative staff.
In addition, (CSA) will put its entire fleet of Airbus A320-200s up for disposal as it continues to fight to find a niche in the market. In the interim, 4 A320s have been wet leased to Travel Service (TSF) for the summer 2014 season.
News Item A-2: Russian and Czech aviation authorities have again agreed to designate second carriers to begin services on the Moscow - Prague route.
According to new memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in September, both sides will add 1 carrier on the route beginning in the 2015 (IATA) summer season. Each carrier will operate up to 7x-weekly frequencies with any airplane type. “Usage of airplanes with seating capacity of >200 seats by the 2nd designated airlines is subject to approval of the aeronautical authorities of the other side,” the document states.
In November 2013, the countries had agreed to designate 2nd carriers on the Moscow - Prague route in the 2014 (IATA) summer season, but it did not happen because of changes in the Czech government.
In the (MOU) signed this fall, the Czech side said that “prospective requests of Russian-designated carriers for granting 5th-freedom traffic rights for passenger and combination services to North America will be considered sympathetically without any preconditions.”
The document also approved Kazan, Volgograd, and Voronezh as additional points of destination in Russia for a Czech-designated carrier from the (IATA) 2015 summer season with up to 5 frequencies on each route. Also, both sides agreed that Russian cargo airlines may utilize 3rd-, 4th-, 5th- and 7th-freedom traffic rights for scheduled and charter operations to and from the Czech Republic to any points in Europe, America and Asia with an unlimited number of flights.
December 2014: News Item A-1: (CSA) Czech Airlines has unveiled a batch of new services as it attempts to rebound from a period of retrenchment.
News Item A-2: The European Commission (EC) has approved plans for Czech carrier Travel Service (TVS) to take a 34% shareholding in national carrier (CSA) Czech Airlines.
(CSA) said it welcomed the decision, as it would help stabilize the loss-making company and “enhance its further development.” The largest shareholder in (CSA) is Korean Air Lines (KAL), which has a 44% shareholding. (KAL) announced late last year, that it wanted to exercise options to buy more (CSA) shares, but European Union (EU) regulations do not allow (EU) airlines to be controlled by non-(EU) entities.
To comply with this requirement, (KAL) acquired the shares from Czech government body, Czech Aeroholding and transferred them to Travel Service (TVS). It is this transaction that has been approved by the (EC) and by 4 Czech organizations that monitor potentially monopolistic deals.
When the transaction’s formalities are completed within the next few weeks, the shareholding structure of (CSA) will be: Korean Air (KAL) 44%, Travel Service (TVS) 34%, Czech Aeroholding 19.74% and eská Pojišovna (a Czech insurance company) 2.26%.
(CSA) said the link-up with (KAL) has already allowed it to make improvements to its business, including the re-introduction of long-haul flights using an A330-300 leased from (KAL). This has been stepped up from an initial 2x-weekly to 3x-weekly frequency, with 4x-weekly services due to be introduced from the start of the summer 2015 season.
The Prague - Seoul sector, together with a code sharing arrangement between the 2 airlines, allows (CSA) to offer onward services to >40 Asia-Pacific destinations that it would not be able to serve itself.
January 2015: News Item A-1: Transaero Airlines (TRX) will launch daily, Moscow - Prague Boeing 737 service from March 29.
In September 2014, Russian and Czech aviation authorities signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) agreeing that both sides will add one additional carrier on the Moscow - Prague route beginning in the 2015 (IATA) summer season. Each carrier will operate up to 7x-weekly services with any airplane type. A 2nd (MOU) designated carriers.
In November 2013, the countries had agreed to authorize 2nd carriers on the Moscow - Prague route in the 2014 (IATA) summer season, but it did not happen because of changes in the Czech government.
It is expected that Travel Service (TSF), which works under the SmartWings (SMW) brand, will become the 2nd designated airline from the Czech side, although the flights launch has not yet been announced.
Currently, only SkyTeam (STM) Alliance carriers, Aeroflot (ARO) and (CSA) can serve on the Moscow - Prague route. Transaero (TRX) has been operating flights to Pardubice, near Prague, since 1996.
At the end of 2014, the European Commission (EC) approved plans for Travel Service (TFS) to take a 34% shareholding in national carrier (CSA).
April 2015: Czech airline company Travel Service (TVS) has completed acquisition of a 34% stake in Czech Airlines (CSA), becoming (CSA)’s newest and second largest shareholder. The deal was approved by the European Commission (EC) in December 2014.
As a result of the transaction, Korean Air (KAL) remains the major shareholder, with 44%, followed by Travel Service (TVS) (34%), and Czech Aeroholding (19.735%).
(CSA) said it viewed “the entry of Travel Service (TVS) into its management structure as an important step towards enhancing the management principles of a private business entity and an opportunity to continue transforming (CSA) into a modern European air carrier.”
(CSA)'s board of directors remains unchanged, and the restructuring process approved by shareholders in September 2014 continues, with the emphasis on increasing operational efficiency, and changing the company’s business model and routes management.
Travel Service (TVS) was founded in 1997 and operates scheduled and charter flights under the SmartWings (SMW) brand (since 2004) and private business jet services (since 2007).
May 2015: Czech Airlines (CSA) expanded its European network from its Prague (PRG) base with the addition of 2 new routes, both of which are flown by the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member’s 144Y-seat A319s and will face no direct competition from any other carrier. On May 21st, (CSA) started 2x-weekly flights (Thursdays and Sundays) to Stavanger (SVG) in Norway. Furthermore, on May 22nd, it linked the Czech capital to Porto (OPO) with 2x-weekly departures (Mondays and Fridays). This summer, (CSA) will serve a total of 44 destinations from Prague, +9 more than it did last summer.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Czech Airlines (CSA) launched services to 5 destinations from Prague (PRG) between July 1 and 6, starting with flights from the Czech Republic capital to Venice Marco Polo (VCE). Services on the 529 km sector will operate 3x-weekly, facing direct competition from Volotea. On July 2nd, (CSA) launched services to Kristiansand (KRS), a 987 km airport pair that will be flown 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays). The following day, July 3 (CSA) launched flights to Athens (ATH). The 1,555 km distance between the capitals of the Czech Republic and Greece will be connected with 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) flights on board (CSA)’s A319s, with services increasing to 4x-weekly from July 23. The route faces direct competition from Aegean Airlines (CRM) which flies the sector five times weekly. Finally on July 6, (CSA) launched services from Prague to Växjö (VXO), with flights continuing onto Linköping (LPI). Flights will operate 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) using ATR 72-500s. The services to Sweden face no direct competition.
News Item A-2: Czech Airlines (CSA) launched services to 4 new destinations on July 14 and 17, starting with flights from Prague (PRG) to Lodz (LCJ), with the service continuing onto Edinburgh (EDI). The 401 km sector to the Polish city faces no direct competition, however, services to Edinburgh do face competition from easyJet (EZY), which operates direct services between the Czech Republic and Scottish capitals 5x-weekly. Flights between Lodz and Edinburgh face no direct competition. On the same day, CSA) launched services from the Scottish airport to Rzeszow (RZE) in Poland, becoming the 2nd carrier to connect the Polish city with the UK after Ryanair (RYR). The city pair will operate 2x-weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the same days of operation as those between Prague, Lodz and Edinburgh. On July 17, the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member launched services from Prague to Liverpool (LPL). Flights operate on the 1,226 km airport pair 2x-weekly on Mondays and Fridays, also facing no direct competition. All of the new services will be flown using (CSA)’s A319s.
The routes are as follows:
Prague (PRG) to Lodz (LCJ) A319 2x-, to Edinburgh (EDI) via (LCJ), vs (EZY) 5x-;
(LCJ) to (EDI);
(EDI) to Rzeszow (RZE);
(PRG) to Liverpool (LPL).
August 2015: Czech Airlines (CSA) began 2x-weekly, Liverpool (LPL) - Prague service.
September 2015: News Item A-1: "China's (CEFC) Adds to Czech Buying Spree with Airline, Brewery Deals" By Jason Hovet, "Reuters" September 05, 2015.
China's 6th largest private company (CEFC) added to a weeklong buying spree in the Czech Republic on September 5, 2015, announcing deals to buy a majority stake in a top brewery group and a share in an airline company in the central European country.
The Czechs have sought more investment ties with the world's 2nd largest economy. This week President Milos Zeman was the only Western leader to attend a massive military parade to mark the end of World War Two in Beijing.
The (CEFC), which counts energy and financial services as its core businesses, had already announced a series of deals, including taking a majority in Slavia Prague, one of the oldest Czech soccer clubs.
On September 5, 2015, the (CEFC) China Energy Company said it had acquired a 10% stake in Travel Service (TVS), operator of Smartwings (SMW) and the 2nd-largest shareholder in (CSA) Czech Airlines (CSA) after Korean Air (KAL). The (CEFC) said it planned to acquire a further 39.92% stake in (TVS) at a later date.
"An investment into the largest Czech airline operator is a big opportunity for us to develop our business in Europe," (CEFC) President Chan Chauto said. "We chose Prague as the headquarters of our European activities and plan to invest in all areas."
The (CEFC) will also be the lead investor in a 1.9 billion crown (US$78.46 million) deal to buy a 79.4% stake in brewer, the Pivovary Lobkowicz Group, by taking 70% control of the special purposed company buying the share. The Czech investment group (J&T) will hold 20%. Lobkowicz (CEO) Zdenek Radil, who had agreed to buy the brewery stake in June, will have 10% in the new shareholder and an option to buy another +10% from the (CEFC).
Lobkowicz is the 5th largest brewer in the Czech Republic (home of the original Pilsner lager and the world's highest per-capita annual beer consumption rate). It said the (CEFC)'s involvement will create opportunities in Asian markets.
The (CEFC) had already announced this week it would buy two buildings in Prague's center and double its stake in (J&T) Finance Group to 9.99%, aiming to grow that to 30%.
It also said on September 5th, 2015, it would buy minority stakes in communication firm, the Medea Group and media company, Empresa Media, which owns television channel TV Barrandov and publishes weekly magazine "Tyden."
March 2016: (CSA) Czech Airlines on March 3 commenced services between Prague (PRG) and Helsinki (HEL). The 1,318 km city pair will be served by the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member 4x-weekly until March 27, when the frequency of the service will increase to daily. (CSA) will operate its A319 fleet on the link between the 2 capital cities.
(CSA) will face direct competition from 2 airlines on the route, with Finnair (FIN) and Norwegian (NWG) also offering services between the two airports.
April 2016: News Item A-1: (CSA) Czech Airlines announced it will slightly increase its summer operations compared to last year, and launch or relaunch 11 destinations.
For the main summer season, (CSA) will wet lease a Boeing 737-400 for 6 months from May. From the end of April, it will add a 4th ATR 72-500 to its fleet.
(CSA) will launch 2x-weekly seasonal Airbus A319 service between Prague and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from July 5.
Several new routes from Prague (in addition to Helsinki that launched in March) that will start in May and June: 5x-weekly, Prague - Birmingham; 4x-weekly, Zagreb (Croatia) service; 3x-weekly service to Odessa (Ukraine) and Skopje (Macedonia); and 2x-weekly service to Pisa (Italy) and Russia’s Kaliningrad, Kazan, and Ufa.
More frequencies will be offered to Venice, Bologna, Milan, Rome and Kiev (Ukraine). (CSA) will add >10 new destinations to its summer schedule via cooperations with Finnair (FIN), (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines, and leisure carrier Travel Service (TVS).
(CSA) Czech Airlines has been a member of the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance since 2001 and operates scheduled flights to 47 destinations in 23 countries this summer.
According to its website, its fleet includes 1 Airbus A330-300, 9 A319s, 3 ATR 72s and 3 ATR 42s.
News Item A-2: Czech Airlines (CSA) plans to launch 2x-weekly, Prague - Kazan Airbus A319 service and resume 2x-weekly, Prague - Ufa A319 flights from April 27 and 28, respectively, according to Russian authorities.
(CSA) also operates flights from Václav Havel Airport Prague (formerly Prague Ruzyn; International Airport) to Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Yekaterinburg, and Rostov-on-Don, as well as flights from Karlovy Vary to Moscow.
(CSA) Czech Airlines is increasing its Russian network despite a continuing decline in international traffic in January and February of this year, when international passengers carried by Russian airlines decreased -14.5% year-over-year (YOY). In 2015, international traffic for Russian airlines was down -15.8% to 39.5 million (YOY).
The downward trend in international traffic started at the end of 2014 and forced several international carriers (such as Lufthansa (DLH), airberlin (BER), Cathay Pacific (CAT). and easyJet (EZY)) to cut operations to Russian destinations. In 2014, (CSA) ceased flights from Prague to Perm, which had been launched just a year before, and Nizhny Novgorod.
May 2016: News Item A-1: airberlin (BER) and Czech Airlines (CSA) have signed a code share agreement that will increase connectivity between their two countries and beyond.
Under the agreement, (BER) passengers will benefit from improved links between Germany, the Czech Republic and neighboring Slovakia, while travelers with the Czech flag carrier will have direct flights between Prague and Berlin, as well as daily connections to Keflavik in Iceland.
Airberlin (BER) will place its AB code on 5 routes operated by (CSA) (specifically between Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Prague) as well as from Prague to the Czech city of Ostrava and the Slovakian city of Košice.
(CSA) will add to its schedule a daily connection between Prague and Berlin operated by airberlin (BER). (CSA) will also place its OK code on all flights to Keflavik, which are operated by (BER) from Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg during the main summer holiday season.
“The partnership enables us to expand our European network,” (BER) (CEO) Stefan Pichler said. “It will allow airberlin (BER) to offer >85 weekly direct flights between Germany and Prague and new connections to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.”
The new agreement will particularly strengthen (BER)’s hub at Düsseldorf, he added, providing connecting flights to many long-haul routes to the USA and the Caribbean.
German customers traveling with Czech Airlines (CSA) would primarily have improved connections to destinations in central and Eastern Europe under the arrangement, (CSA) Chairman, Jozef Sincák said.
News Item A-2: Czech Airlines (CSA) commenced services between Prague (PRG) and Skopje (SKP) on May 19. The 1,067 km sector will be served 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays), with a 3x-weekly rotation (Tuesdays) launching on June 28. The route will face no direct competition, and will be flown by a mixture of (CSA)’s Airbus and ATR fleets.
July 2016: Czech Airlines (CSA) recorded its best half-yearly results in a decade, showing a net profit of +CZK72.4 million/+$2.9 million for the first half of 2016, the Prague-based carrier said July 21.
It did not give a comparative figure for the same period in 2015, but said its operating profit improved to +CZK47.3 million, compared to a loss of -CZK154.1 million for (1H) 2015. The figures came from unaudited results, (CSA) said.
Passenger numbers grew to just >1 million, compared to 903,000 for the same period a year ago. As well as this figure, (CSA) the national airline of the Czech Republic carried an additional 200,000 passengers for other airlines to which Czech (CSA) had leased its aircraft: “Our well-managed project in Saudi Arabia, where we operate flights for Saudia (SVA) using 2 of our Airbus A319 aircraft, is another factor contributing to the positive operating profit achieved,” Czech Airlines (CSA)’s Chairman Jozef Sincák said.
Capacity grew +8%, while load factor remained unchanged at 70% LF.
Sinčák added the results had been obtained in the teeth of difficult operating circumstances. “Despite the security issues experienced in Europe and continued competitive pressure on ticket prices, we achieved the best profit record in the last 10 years during the first half of 2016. Czech Airlines (CSA)’s profit during the first six months of the year resulted primarily from the better use of our fleet and from an increased number of transported passengers by +12%.
“We continue to profit from the results of the company restructuring process and are able to control operating costs.” There had also been an improvement in ancillary revenues, such as preferential seats and onboard food, he said.
The Czech flag carrier anticipates a full-year operating profit of +CZK180 million.
October 2016: News Item A-1: Czech Airlines (CSA) Technic has 5-year Germania (GER) contract to provide base maintenance for its A320ceos/A320neos/737s.
March 2017: ATR 72-212A (789, OK-NFU), ex-(OY-JZV), Nordic Aviation Capital leased.
May 2017: News Item A-1: Czech Airlines (CSA) has added a further 2 European airports to its string of recently added destinations from Prague (PRG) this week, with the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member starting flights to Aarhus (AAR) and Lisbon (LIS). Launched May 10, flights to Lisbon, the Portuguese capital will be flown on (CSA)’s A319s, while Aarhus, which commenced on May 11, will be flown on (CSA)’s ATR 72-500s. While flights on the 729 km sector to Aarhus will face no direct competition, (CSA)’s new 2,227 km link to Lisbon will go head-to-head with (TAP) Portugal which already offers 8x-weekly flights.
News Item A-2: (CSA) Czech Airlines Technics has 9-year Air France (AFA) Group contract to provide 737NG landing gear (LG)/component maintenance, plus lease of spare (LG) shipsets, for Transavia.com (TAV) and Transavia France (TVF).
August 2017: (CSA) Czech Airlines Technics was selected by (KLM) low cost carrier (LCC) Transavia (TAV) for Boeing 737NG maintenance.
November 2017: News Item A-1: Traffic between Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) and Prague increased in January to October +14.6% year-over-year (YOY). According to the airport forecast, it will reach 720,000 to 750,000 passengers at the end of 2017.
The (SVO) to Prague route is the 3rd most in-demand after Paris and Tel Aviv, (SVO) airport said in an October 30 statement devoted to the launch of a 3rd daily (CSA) Czech Airlines (CSA) Prague to (SVO) frequency.
(CSA) Chairman Jozef Sincák said all (CSA)´s main markets have grown since the beginning of 2017, but the best results are in Western Europe and in Russia. In the summer season, (CSA) operated flights from Prague to Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Kazan, and Ufa.
The total number of tourists from Russia in the Czech Republic in January to June grew +51.1% (YOY) to 268,206, (SVO) said, quoting the Czech Statistical Office.
News Item A-2: Czech Airlines Technics opened a 5th line for narrow body maintenance.
November 2018: News Item A-1: "Czech Airlines To Renew Short-Haul Fleet in 2019" by Robert Abols, Aeronatics Aviation News & Media, November 17, 2018.
(CSA) Czech Airlines, the Czech national carrier, is satisfied with 2018 so far. In the 1st half of the year, (CSA) increased passenger numbers to 1.174 million, a +22% increase. However, management not only wants to grow with its own routes but also emerge in the wet-lease business. (CSA) already has some success in the wet-lease industry.
Eurowings (EWG) will lease up to 5 A319s from (CSA) next year. The agreement will run, depending on the aircraft, between 12 and 18 months. One base for the (CSA) aircraft will be Stuttgart. Overall, (CSA) currently owns 9 Airbus A319s.
However, the A319s should gradually disappear from the fleet of (CSA) starting from December 2018. Ján Tóth, a spokesman of (CSA) confirmed, “The plan is to phase out the Airbuses (EDS) from the end of 2018. In time, the group will soon have 60 to 70 airplanes and fly to a 100 destinations in Europe.”
On regional routes, (CSA) continues to fly the ATR, while A330s rented from Korean Air (KAL) are used on scheduled services to South Korea.
“[The A330] contract is still running until the end of summer season 2020,” said Tóth.
Airbus A319s are going to be replaced by Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737 MAX airplanes coming from new (CSA) owner Travel Service. The Czech charter company bought Czech Airlines (CSA) a year ago. It is not yet clear what will happen to the 7 A320neo planes that (CSA) has ordered. Currently, they are to be delivered starting in 2021.
(CSA) and Travel Service (including subsidiary SmartWings) continue to operate as independent brands, and with which strategy, will be announced at a later stage.
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0 737-4K5 (CFM56-3) (24769, OK-VGZ), EX-(ARE), KG AIRCRAFT LEASING 2005-01. RETURNED, LEASED TO FLAIR 2009-09.
0 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (2486-26289, /93 OK-YGU "MELNIK"), EX-(BAB), (ILF) LEASED 2003-03. RETURNED 144Y.
0 737-4Y0 (CFM56-3C1) (1972-24693, /91 OK-WGG "LIBEREC;" 1978-24903, /91 OK-WGF "JIHLAVA"), EX-(MAS), (GEF) LEASED. 24693 RETURNED (GEF) 2000-10. 162Y.
0 737-400 (CFM56-3C1) (25349, OK-WGX), (ICX) WET-LEASED 2012-04 FOR HOLIDAY CZECH AIRLINES. RETURNED.
0 737-43Q (CFM56-3C1) (2839-28494, /96 OK-BGQ "KARLOVY VARY"), (BOU) LEASED 2001-04. RETURNED, LEASED TO (CRM) 2006-04. 162Y.
0 737-436 (CFM56-3C1) (2156-25349, OK-WGX; 2188-25839, OK-WGY), EX-(BAB), (BBB) LEASED 2004-05. 25839; RETURNED FROM DANUBE WINGS LEASED SEE MARCH 2010 DATA. RETURNED. 144Y.
0 737-45S (CFM56-3C1) (3014-28473, /98 OK-DGM "TREBON"; 3018-28474, /98 OK-DGN "TREBIC"). 144Y.
0 737-45S (CFM56-3C1) (3103-28476, /99 OK-EGP "KLADNO"). RETURNED. 144Y.
0 737-45S (CFM56-3C1) (3131-28477, /99 OK-FGR "OSTRAVA;" 3132-28478, /99 OK-FGS "BRNO"), 2000-02. RETURNED. 144Y.
0 737-46M (CFM56-3C1) (2844-28549, /97 OK-CGT "PISEK"), EX-(EBA), (BBB) 4 YEAR LEASED 2002-07. RETURNED. 144Y.
0 737-49R (CFM56-3C1) (2845-28882, /96 OK-CGI "PROSTEJOV"), EX-(PRR), (KGL) LEASED 2001-04, RETURNED. 144Y.
0 737-5H6 (CFM56-3C1) (2327-26445, /92 OO-XGV, 2358-26446, /92 OO-XGW), (GEF) LEASED. RETURNED, LEASED TO (ORB) 2007-07. 108Y.
0 737-5L9 (CFM56-3) (3008-28997, /04 OK-DGB; 3076-29235, /04 OK-DGC), (MRS) WET-LEASED. RETURNED.
0 737-55S (CFM56-3C1) (2849-28469, /97 OK-CGH "USTI N;" 2861-28470, /97 OK-CGJ "HRADEC KRALOVE;" 2885-28471, /97 OK-CJK "PRADUBICE;" 3004-28472, /98 OK-DGL "TABOR" - SEE PHOTO; 3096-28475, /99 OK-CJO "JINDRICHUV HADREC;" 2300-26539, /92 OK-XGA "PIZEN;" 2317-26540, /92 OK-XGB "OLOMOUC;" 2319-26541, /92 OK-XGC "CESKE BUDEJOVICE*;" 2337-26542, /92 OK-XGD "POPRAD;" 2339-26543, /92 OK-XGE "KOSICE;" ). 28469; & 28470; TO (MAR) 2010-12. *26541; SEEN IN RED RETRO COLORS 2012-04. ALL BOEING JETS PHASED OUT BY 2013-02. 26539; TO FLY AFRICA 2014-02 IN ALL WHITE COLORS. 108Y.
0 737-59D (CFM56-3) (25065, OK-WGD), 2005-04.
0 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (564, /91 OK-WAA "PRAHA;" 567, /91 OK-WAB "BRATISLAVA"), (AFA) LEASED. TOTAL TECHNICAL SUPPORT PROGRAM & MAINTENANCE BY (DLH). 1 RETIRED & SENT TO A KYRGYSTAN CARRIER 2008-12. 21C, 188Y.
0 A310-325 (PW4156A) (672, /93 OK-YAC "ZLIN" 2003-06; 674, OK-YAD, 2004-07), (AFIS) LEASED. 672; TO (UBD) 2010-09. 21C, 188Y.
9 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (3043, OK-MEK, 2007-03; 3094, OK-MEL, 2007-04; 3097, OK-MEJ, 2007-04; 3406, OK-NEM, 2008-02; 3436, OK-NEN, 2008-03; 3452, OK-NEO, 2008-04; 3660, OK-NEP, 2008-09 - - SEE PHOTO - - "CSA-A319-2008-09;" 4258, OK-PET, 2010-03). 144Y.
0 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (3892, OK-OER, 2009-05), (SIL) LEASED. RETURNED.
3 A320-200 (426, YL-LCH), (LAJ) WET-LEASED 2012-04 FOR HOLIDAY CZECH AIRLINES.
1 A320-200 (4699, OK-HCA), (ICX) WET-LEASED 2012-04 FOR HOLIDAY CZECH AIRLINES.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/2P) (1439, /01; 1450, /01), EX-(LXA), (SIL) LEASED 2005-02. RETURNED. 156Y.
6 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2719, OK-LEE, 2006-03; 2758, OK-LEF; 2789, OK-LEG, 2006-05; 3031, OK-MEH, 2007-02; 3060, OK-MEI, 2007-03), 159Y.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1439, OK-GEA), (SIL) LEASED 2005-04. 159Y.
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1502, /01 F-GKXC), (AFA) WET-LEASED 2005-04. 159Y.
2 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (674, /97 OK-CEC; 684, /97 OK-CED), EX-(ACN), (GAX) LEASED. 24C, 142Y.
1 A330-300 - - SEE PHOTO - - "CSA-A330-300 - 2014-08).
1 ATR42-320 (PW121) (409, /95 OK-BFG "RAKOVNIK;" 412, /95 OK-BFH "TELC;" 173, /90 OK-VFI "NEBESKYJEZDEC/SKYRIDER"), ATR LEASED 1999-09. 412 RETURNED 2005-05. 409 RETURNED 2005-06. 46Y.
2 ATR42-400 (PW121) (487, /95 OK-AFE "KOLIN;" 491, /95 OK-AFF "KUTNA HORA"), 42Y.
3 ATR42-500 (PW127E) (623, /04 OK-JFJ; 625 /04 OK-JFK; 629, /04 OK-JFL; 633, OK-KFO, 2005-10; 635, OK-KFM, 2005-05; 637, OK-KFN, 2005-05; 639, OK-KFP, 2005-10; 641, OK-KFQ). 48Y.
5 ATR72-202 (PW124B) (285, /92 OK-XFA "CESKY KRUMLOV;" 297, /92 OK-XFB "ZNOJMO;" 299, /92 OK-XFC "NITRA;"; 303, /92 OK-XFD "MLADA BOLESLAV"), 64Y.
1 ATR72-212A (789, OK-NFU), EX-(OY-JZV), NORDIC AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED 2017-03.
0 ATR72-500 (PW127F) (674, OK-GFQ; 679, OK-GFR; 681, OK-GFS), (SFA) LEASED 2012-10, EX-(JPL) 2012-08. 62Y.
0 ORDERS FAIRCHILD DORNIER 728JET, (GEF) LEASED, 8 CANCELED.
0 IL-62. 8 WFU.
0 TU-154M, 3 SOLD TO (BSH) 2000-01.
0 YAK 40. 6 WFU.
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JOZEF SINCAK, CHAIRMAN.
JIRI DEVAT, VICE CHAIRMAN & VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
CAPTAIN MAREK TYBL, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (2009-11).
PETER JUSKO, VP GROUND OPERATIONS (email@example.com) (2006-06).
CAPTAIN JAN SOBINOVSKI, CHIEF PILOT 737.
TOMAS HECZKO, VP TECHNICAL (firstname.lastname@example.org) (1999-09).
BOHUMIR BARTUSEK, VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
RADEK SNABL, VP FINANCE & PLANNING.
JOZEF SINCAK, VP MARKETING & SALES.
PETR PISTELAK, VP DEVELOPMENT.
DUSAN RYBAN, VP HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) (2006-02).
JIRI POS, VP OPERATIONS.
PETR JUSKO, VP ECONOMY (2004-03).
FRANTISEK BIS, SECRETARY GENERAL.
JAN TOTH, DIRECTOR ALLIANCES & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.
JIRI ZEZULA, DIRECTOR NETWORK MANAGEMENT.
STANISLAV ZEMAN, DIRECTOR SALES.
ZDENEK SVANDA, MARKETING PROJECTS DIRECTOR.
DANIEL HOLDA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS CONTROL.
PETR MUNZ, DIRECTOR INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT & CONTROL.
PETR HORDOSSY, DIRECTOR AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE.
VENJDULKA RAYMOVA, DIRECTOR UK (2006-02).
BOHDAN KAUFMAN, SENIOR MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) & CONTROL (QC).
JOSEF TURECKY, GENERAL INSPECTOR.
JITKA HEMMEROVA, MARKETING MANAGER.
EVA KADLECOVA, SALES MANAGER (2015-06).
TOMAS KAUFMAN, SALES MANAGER (2006-02).
JIRI JAHODA, MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE 1.
OLDRICH LUSTINEC, MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE 2.
JIRI VODICKA, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.
ZDENEK MELICHAR, MANAGER COMPONENT MAINTENANCE.