Croatia Airlines’ first A220 performs test flight prior to delivery

Croatia Airlines’ first Airbus A220-300 aircraft, leased from the Air Lease Corporation and named Zagreb, performed a test flight at Montreal’s Mirabel Airport yesterday evening local time. The jet, currently bearing the temporary Airbus test registration C-FPBE, before being re-registered as 9A-CAE, performed an engine run and taxi check, a rejected take-off, and was airborne for three and a half hours. Croatia Airlines previously noted it anticipates for the aircraft to be delivered by the end of July. Airbus typically conducts one to several test flights, depending on performance, prior to delivery to the customer. The Croatian carrier has said it plans to deploy its first A220 on flights between Zagreb and Frankfurt, as well as Split and Frankfurt, before progressively scheduling the jet on other routes.

Stevan Udvar-Hazy, Executive Chairman of the Air Lease Corporation, from which the Croatian carrier is financially leasing six A220s, including the first one, said, “We want to acknowledge the hard work, long hours, critical strategic analysis and decision-making that commenced more than four years ago in close collaboration between Air Lease Corporation, Airbus, Pratt & Whitney and the entire team at Croatia Airlines, which ultimately resulted in the selection of the Airbus A220 model by the airline. As the most modern, technologically advanced, and only clean sheet designed single-aisle aircraft in production, the first A220 delivery is a wonderful achievement that commences the fleet transformation project at Croatia Airlines”. He added, “Air Lease Corporation is honoured to have been selected by Croatia Airlines to lead the project as the first lessor to introduce the A220 to the airline and support Croatia’s major fleet modernisation program”.
Croatia Airlines will take delivery of a total of fifteen A220s up until 2027 and has slightly tweaked its order. It now plans to take two instead of three A220-100s. as well as thirteen instead of twelve A220-300s. A second jet, named Split, is expected to be delivered by the end of the year, followed by six in 2025, four in 2026 and two in 2027. The airline recently inked an agreement with TP Aerospace for MRO services specifically tailored to the A220’s wheel maintenance needs, as well as a comprehensive component support agreement with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance.

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