Adria to replace CRJ200s with larger aircraft
Adria Airways is planning to modify its fleet by further downsizing on the number of its Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft and replacing them with the larger CRJ900 version. The Slovenian carrier will shortly remove two of its CRJ200s from service, registered S5-AAD and S5-AAE. Both aircraft were delivered new to Adria and are now almost sixteen years old. The airline is to replace both of the 48 seat jets with the larger CRJ900ER aircraft, which have the capacity to seat ninety passengers. The aircraft will be leased from Italy’s Air One. Adria’s CEO, Mark Anžur, announced plans earlier last month to replace the CRJ200s.
The airline has begun to ease its reliance on the aircraft in line with its new business strategy announced earlier this year. “The CRJ200s are only suitable for the development of new routes. Our strategy is to operate larger aircraft and fewer frequencies. This way we can offer cheaper prices”, Mr. Anžur said recently. In late September Adria sold one of its CRJ200 aircraft to SCAT Airlines from Kazakhstan. Furthermore, as EX-YU Aviation News learns, the Slovenian carrier is planning to lease out its Airbus A320 on a short term basis to Cambodia’s Skywings Asia Airlines until the summer of 2014 when it will be needed in Ljubljana to operate lucrative summer charter flights.
Adria is preparing for a big year ahead as it plans to expand its route network out of Ljubljana, station an aircraft in Verona and exercise seventh freedom rights out of Tirana. Furthermore, the Slovenian carrier is still mulling the possibility of basing an aircraft in Klagenfurt in Austria. At the same time, the airline is anticipating for its privatisation process to be launched soon and is also waiting for the European Commission to rule on whether it accepted state aid contrary to EU competition laws.