Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Adria Airways renewing its fleet

Adria Airbus A320 soon to be replaced
As reported yesterday the Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways has signed a letter of intent to purchase a new Airbus A319, valued at around 45 million American dollars, the company wrote in a press release released Monday. The company plans to successively replace its three Airbus A320s with the new modern Airbus A319 planes by 2013 as part of the strategic plan to modernise its entire fleet. After four new Canadair CRJ900s, this is Adria's fifth new plane in the last five years. The trade union of Adria's pilots already said it welcomed the work of the management in the modernisation of the fleet.

The Airbus A319s belong to the same category as the Airbus A320s, which means the pilots, the cabin crew and the technical personnel will need no additional training, Adria Airways explained. Furthermore, the new plane are more economical and environmentally friendly compared to the existing fleet and conforms to the carbon dioxide emission standard that steps into force in 2011. Its usual capacity is approximately 120 seats. The airline says that the A319 is economical for the route profile of Adria Airways. One of the A320s that are being phased out has been leased to the Libyan Afriqiyah Airways.

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