|Adria’s fleet shrinks to ten aircraft|
Adria Airways has phased out its last Airbus A320, brining the carrier’s total fleet size down to just ten aircraft. The 21-year old jet, registered S5-AAS, performed its last flight on behalf of Adria on Tuesday to Egypt. It joined Adria’s fleet in April 2011, performing its first flight for the carrier from Ljubljana to London Gatwick, with an all-economy 180-seat layout. The A320 was primarily used on charter flights to Greece, Turkey and Egypt but on occasion would also operate on regular services to Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich. Recently, the aircraft was involved in a series of minor technical glitches, bringing bad publicity to the Slovenian carrier. The jet will now return to its lessor.
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 25 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. As a result, after more than two decades, Adria will no longer feature the A320 in its fleet. However, the Slovenian carrier plans to wet-lease several A320-family aircraft in 2015 while a total of five or six jets will join the fleet by 2016.
|Adria’s first A320, registered YU-AOA|
The CEO of Adria Airways, Mark Anžur, recently said his airline was considering leasing out aircraft larger than the A320. The carrier’s fleet is expected to shrink further this winter with the retirement of its last two Bombardier CRJ200s by March next year. The airline will scrap one of the aircraft while the other will be used for charter flights. Earlier, Adria’s CEO said the carrier’s fleet will consist of sixteen CRJs and Airbuses by 2020. Mr. Anžur notes Adria will need higher capacity aircraft in order to keep up with expected growth trends next year. The Slovenian carrier now operates a fleet of ten aircraft with a pair of Airbus A319s, six Bombardier CRJ900s and two CRJ200s.