TOULOUSE, FRANCE — Croatia Airlines has firmed up an order for six Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The airline also plans to lease an additional nine A220s, taking its total commitment for the type to 15 copies. The A220s will replace previous-generation aircraft in the fleet of Croatia's national flag carrier.

The Canada-built A220 is a regional jet for the 100 to 150-seat market segment and is powered by Pratt & Whitney's latest-generation GTF engines. The A220 delivers a 50% reduced noise footprint, up to 25% lower fuel burn per seat and CO2 emissions compared to previous generation aircraft, and around 50% lower NOx emissions than industry standards.

Airbus and Croatia Airlines have a long-standing partnership starting 25 years ago when the airline first became an Airbus operator. Today, the Croatian carrier operates an Airbus fleet of seven single-aisle aircraft from the A320 Family, including five A319s and two A320s.

Airbus has so far delivered 230 A220s delivered to 16 airlines operating on four continents. To date, The aircraft carried more than 70 million passengers on over 800 routes and 325 destinations worldwide. As of the end of October 2022, Airbus' backlog stands for more than 780 A220s from around 30 customers.

Croatia Airlines aims to become an-all Airbus A220 operator by 2025.