ZAGREB, CROATIA — Croatia Airlines has announced a new long-term lease agreement with Air Lease Corporation for six new Airbus A220 aircraft.

This comes in addition to the airline's previous order for six A220s, placed in November 2022 directly from the European Aircraft manufacturer. The new aircraft, which will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines, will include four of the larger A220-300 variant and two of the smaller A220-100 variant and will be delivered between 2024 and 2025.

"We are pleased to announce this lease placement for six new Airbus A220 aircraft with Croatia Airlines. ALC looks forward to a successful long-term relationship with Croatia Airlines as the airline modernizes and expands its fleet with the newest and most fuel-efficient jets,"

ALC's Executive Chairman, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, said.

Croatia Airlines announced in November that it plans to upgrade its fleet with Airbus' Canada-made A220 jets, with a total of 15 planes in the fleet. The airline had originally planned to renew its fleet with the Airbus A320neo but removed the four planes it had on order from Airbus' backlog following the A220 deal.

"By flying new and higher-quality aircraft whose capacity will be in the market segment of 100 to 150 passenger seats, we will be able to meet the specific needs of our passengers in a much better way," 

Jasmin Bajić, CEO and President of the Management Board of Croatia Airlines, said during the signing of the order with Airbus.

"In turn, this will, I am convinced, ensure the development of an even more efficient business model, thanks to which additional business opportunities will open up to the company."

Croatia Airlines, the country's flagship carrier, plans to lease an additional three Airbus A220s as part of its ambitious goal to operate a single-type fleet by 2026.

The current fleet of Croatia Airlines is composed of five Airbus A319s, two A320 aircraft, as well as six De Havilland Dash-8 Q400s. The new deal will allow the airline to standardize its fleet around a single, new-generation aircraft type, providing substantial advantages, including lower operating costs, monotype maintenance, and crew training.

Croatia's A220-100 will be configured to accommodate 127 passengers, while the A220-300 will have a seating capacity for up to 148 passengers. The Los Angeles-based American lessor Air Lease Corporation, on the other hand, has 68 A220-300s on order and 7 A220-100 series.