|A320 to return to Adria’s fleet this summer|
Adria Airways will lease back one of its former Airbus A320 aircraft for the upcoming summer season, which is currently used by Danish Air Transport, “ch-aviation” reports. The jet, registered OY-JRK, was operated by Adria (as S5-AAS) from April 2011 until October 2014, before it was returned to the PAL Phoenix Aircraft Leasing company. The aircraft has the capacity to seat 180 passengers and operates in an all economy class layout. It is expected to enter service for Adria in April and has been leased until the end of the summer season in October. In the short-term, Adria plans to wet lease several A320-family aircraft in 2015, while a total of five or six jets will join the fleet by 2016. The Slovenian carrier recently leased a Bombardier CRJ700 from Lufthansa CityLine, which has since been stored at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The aircraft will be stationed at the airline’s newest base in Lodz in Poland this summer.
In line with its fleet restructuring, the Slovenian carrier will phase out its two remaining CRJ200s from scheduled service by March. The airline will scrap one of the jets while the other will be used for charter flights. Meanwhile, Adria has sold and leased back two Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft in an attempt to stabilise its finances and pay off debt. Earlier, Adria’s CEO, Mark Anžur, said the carrier’s fleet will consist of sixteen CRJs and Airbuses by 2020. Adria has been a long time Bombardier customer, ordering its first aircraft from the Canadian plane manufacturer back in 1997. Adria Tehnika, which was once a subsidiary of the Slovenian carrier, but is now an independent company, serves as the regional maintenance centre for Bombardier jets.
The Airbus A320 has been a staple of Adria’s fleet since May 1989. The airline ordered five aircraft of the same type in 1985 with the first arriving almost 26 years ago, still operating under the Yugoslav flag. The jet delivered to Adria was the first to be powered by IAE engines and the first Airbus A320 ever to be registered in Yugoslavia. The A320 to be leased this summer entered commercial service 21.5 years ago. It is likely to be utilised primarily for charter flights to Greece, Egypt and Turkey.