A319s leaving Adria after three years
Adria Airways has officially put up its only two Airbus A319s for lease, raising questions as to how the Slovenian national carrier will carry out its 2013 summer timetable with only ten aircraft in operation. Phoenix Aircraft Leasing is offering the two A319-100s for an immediate lease. The aircraft were produced only three years ago and have a capacity to seat up to 135 passengers. On Monday, Jat Airways announced it would lease the two jets from Adria, which are to be delivered late next month after its cabin crew completes necessary training for the aircraft.
Adria has recently said it was looking to downsize its fleet, although it originally announced the retirement of three out of five Bombardier CRJ200s. The carrier’s A319s mostly operate flights to Frankfurt but also carry out services from Priština to Germany. Following the lease of the two aircraft, the airline will have nine Bombardiers and one Airbus A320 in operation, with the latter operating charters out of Ljubljana and Maribor this summer. Jat has said it would lease the two aircraft for three year with maintenance to be carried out by Adria Airways Tehnika in Ljubljana.
Adria Airways hopes to end this year break even. According to the “Sierra5” portal, the Slovenian carrier recorded a 10.8 million euro loss in 2012. However, the airline’s average cabin load factor increased from 63.1% in 2011 to 69%. By the end of this year, Adria plans to reduce its workforce to 397 employees. Speaking to “Sierra5”, Adria Airways CEO, Mark Anžur, said the airline plans to launch flights to Berlin in 2014 and resume services to Barcelona, Madrid and London.