History

Czech Airlines is one of the oldest airlines in Europe.  We have provided services to passengers since 1923.  Right up to the present, we have gained an enormous amount of experience and have grown into a modern airline, boasting a number of awards for the quality of our services.

2012

January

  • Czech Airlines announced that in 2012, it would complete its carriage network model, the backbone of which being flights between Western Europe and Russia. It also introduced the concept of its summer flight schedule, featuring new destinations: Ufa, Nizhny Novgorod, and Geneva.

February

  • Czech Airlines welcomed its second aircraft in late-1950s retro livery.

March

  • The European Commission concluded that the two-and-a-half billion-crown loan from Osinek in 2009 did not constitute state aid.
  • Czech Airlines commenced operations on new routes – to Ufa, Russia.

April

  • Czech Aeroholding became the sole shareholder of Czech Airlines Technics.
  • Czech Airlines launched the SkyPriority project at Prague Airport – a single system for providing priority services to premium customers of all SkyTeam member airlines.
  • Czech Airlines started to operate new services to Nizhny Novgorod and Geneva.

May

  • The airline agreed with the Albanian airline BelleAir on an ACMI lease of one Boeing 737-500 aircraft.
  • Tirana and Reykjavík were added to Czech Airlines’ flight schedule.


2011

February

  • The Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic signed the founding deed of the joint stock company Czech Aeroholding.

March

  • The joint-stock company Czech Aeroholding was registered in the Commercial Registry.

April

  • Czech Airlines launched new services from Prague to Lvov and Doneck in Ukraine.
  • In cooperation with the Czech Air Navigation Services and Prague Airport, the airline started to test CDA (Continuous Descent Approach) procedures.

May

  • Czech Airlines launched operation on a new route between Prague and Poprad.
  • A new Airbus A319 aircraft joined the Czech Airlines fleet.
  • Czech Airlines received “The Best Performing Airbus A320 Family Operator in Europe” award from Airbus for the high standard and quality of the operating use of its A320 family Airbus aircraft.

June

  • Czech Airlines and Etihad Airways agreed on strategic code-share cooperation in operating long-haul flights from Prague to Abu Dhabi, and then on to destinations in the Etihad Airways network.
  • The company started to operate direct flights from the Bratislava M. R. Štefánik Airport to Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Brussels, and Larnaca.

July

  • Czech Airlines agreed with Kempinski Hotel on cooperation in developing its Business Class product on the planned scheduled flights to Abu Dhabi.

August

  • HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines became the official carrier of the HC LEV Poprad hockey team in the Russian Continental Hockey League.

September

  • Czech Airlines operated its first scheduled flight on the Abu Dhabi route.
  • Czech Airlines successfully passed the IOSA audit, which tests the safety and quality of operations in line with International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards.

October

  • Czech Airlines and Air France resumed code-share cooperation on scheduled flights between the Czech Republic and France.
  • The airline introduced its flight schedule for the 2011/2012 winter season, in which it boosted the number of flights to Eastern destinations, primarily to Russia and Ukraine.
  • Czech Aeroholding became the sole shareholder of Czech Airlines Handling.

November

  • The possibility of paying for tickets booked via Czech Airlines’ website on the Czech market expanded with the addition of a cashless off-line bank transfer.
  • Czech Airlines welcomed an aircraft in 1957 retro livery
  • Czech Aeroholding became the sole associate in CSA Services.

December

  • Czech Airlines launched service to the Azerbaijani metropolis Baku.
  • Czech Airlines’ management and the Executive Board of the Czech Commercial Pilots’ Association CZALPA agreed on the resolution of the tense situation in the company and on the immediate termination of the readiness to strike and pilot protests.
  • Czech Aeroholding became the sole shareholder of HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines.


2010

January

  • All activities related to aircraft and passenger handling were transferred to the subsidiary ČSA Support, s.r.o.
  • Czech Airlines won the prestigious Rhodos award for the airline’s image.

February

  • Czech Airlines won first place in the Best Airline category at the TTG Travel Awards.
  • The subsidiary ČSA Support, s.r.o. was renamed Czech Airlines Handling, s.r.o.
  • The European Commission launched formal investigations to evaluate the stabilisation and restructuring steps taken at Czech Airlines, including the loan provided to the airline by Osinek.

April

  • The airline’s Supervisory Board approved the newly drafted restructuring plan for Czech Airlines.
  • Air transport over all of Europe was suspended due to the eruption of an Icelandic volcano, due to which Czech Airlines was unable to operate some 900 flights.

May

  • The Government of the Czech Republic approved the restructuring plan for Czech Airlines.

June

  • Charter services were hived off from the portfolio of Czech Airlines’ activities and transferred to the new subsidiary HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines, a.s.

August

  • Technical services related to the maintenance of aircraft and aircraft components were transferred to the subsidiary Czech Airlines Technics.
  • Czech Airlines welcomed the 500,000th member of its OK Plus Frequent Flyer Programme.

October

  • Czech Airlines celebrated its 87th anniversary.
  • The subsidiary HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines received an air operator certificate (AOC), becoming a full-fledged airline.

November

  • The government of the Czech Republic approved a project for the creation of a new joint-stock company, Czech Aeroholding. In addition to Czech Airlines, its members would also include Prague Airport and Czech Airlines’ subsidiaries.

December

  • Czech Airlines switched from the weight to the piece concept of baggage handling and carriage.


2009

February

  • The Czech Ministry of Finance announced a tender for the selection of the purchaser of the majority stake in Czech Airlines.

March

  • Four bidders entered the competition for the purchase of the majority stake in Czech Airlines: Air France-KLM, Darofan from the Aeroflot Group, Odien Group, and a consortium of the Unimex Group and Travel Service.
  • Czech Airlines commenced service to a new destination – Tashkent.

April  

  • Air France and the Unimex Group and Travel Service consortium advanced to the second round of the privatisation.

May

  • Czech Airlines acquired a new Airbus A319.
  • One of the airlines’ ATR42 became its first aircraft to get the SkyTeam alliance livery.
  • The airline secured medium-term financing through a loan from Osinek.

June

  • Czech Airlines successfully passed the IOSA audit, testing the safety and quality of operations in line with the standards of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as well as a new ISAGO audit, which guarantees the quality of the handling services provided.

July

  • The airline won a tender to provide handling services to Air France-KLM.

August

  • Air France-KLM withdrew from the tender for the selection of the new majority owner of Czech Airlines’ shares.

September

  • The Unimex Group and Travel Service consortium submitted a final bid for the purchase of the majority stake in Czech Airlines.

October

  • The Government of the Czech Republic rejected the offer of the Unimex Group and Travel Service consortium, and halted the process of privatising Czech Airlines.

November

  • Czech Airlines, in cooperation with Prague Airport, launched the operation of self-service check-in kiosks.


2008

January

  • Czech Airlines offers the members of its OK Plus Frequent Flyer Programme a Platinum Card.

February

  • Czech Airlines prepared a more diverse and richer offer of refreshments for passengers in Economy Class.

March

  • During the summer flight schedule (from 30 March through 25 October), Czech Airlines started serving six new destinations: Strasbourg, Tbilisi, Damascus, Rostov-on-Don, Almaty, and Heraklion.

May

  • The Airline bolstered its scheduled service on the Prague-Brno route.

June

  • Czech Airlines began offering a new service for its passengers at Prague Airport – the complimentary wrapping of baggage in security foil.
  • Czech Airlines earned the Best Airline Based in Central and Eastern Europe award from the international aviation organisation Official Airline Guide (OAG).

July

  • The Airbus A310 aircraft that Czech Airlines most frequently deploys on its long-haul flights to New York underwent a major overhaul of its interior.

August

  • Czech Airlines agreed with the Prague Airport Authority on the disentangling of their relations.  The step increased the value of both companies and enabled Czech Airlines’ further development in the Northern Grounds of Prague Airport.

September

  • Czech Airlines provides a new service to passengers with a Business Premium ticket – complimentary taxi rides to Ruzyně Airport and back, from any place in Prague.

October

  • Czech Airlines celebrated its 85th anniversary.
  • During the 2008/2009 winter flight schedule, Czech Airlines boosted flight frequencies primarily to the most in-demand destinations in Western Europe and Scandinavia, but also to a number of cities in South-Eastern Europe.  There was also a significant bolstering of domestic routes to Brno and Ostrava.
  • Czech Airlines successfully passed the final stage of an environmental audit pursuant to the international ISO 14001 standard.
  • Czech Airlines passengers can newly check in for their flights directly at selected Prague hotels.

November

  • The members of the Czech Airlines OK Plus Frequent Flyer Programme can take advantage of an upgrade to Business Class in exchange for miles, not only on Czech Airlines flights, but also on those of the SkyTeam Alliance.

December

  • The Airline published its 2009 Action Plan in response to the economic crisis.

 

  • Over the course of 2008, Czech Airlines took delivery of four brand new Airbus A319 aircraft.


2007

February

  • Czech Airlines was awarded the title of “Best Airline” by TTG magazine, for the seventh time.

March 

  • Czech Airlines was awarded the “Best Airline Based in Central/Eastern Europe” by OAG in London, for the fourth time.
  • Czech Airlines participated in prestigious cultural events as the Official Carrier – transporting the participants of the 62nd Prague Spring Festival and the 42nd International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary.  The “Under the Wings of Czech Airlines” project, which supports the education of children in Czech orphanages, also continued.

April

  • Czech Airlines acquired its eighth new Airbus A320/319 for its fleet

May

  • In cooperation with Delta Air Lines, Czech Airlines introduced a direct flight to the largest airport in the world: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • The launch of a new programme for children – Jetsters – offering entertaining and educative games on board of Czech Airlines flights.
  • Czech Airlines added new flights to Slovakia (Prague-Poprad) and Russia (Karlovy Vary-St. Petersburg).

June

  • Czech Airlines extended its cooperation with the tour operator Exim Tours for an additional three-year period.
  • Czech Airlines introduced Internet Check-in; a faster and more comfortable check-in option via the Internet.

July

  • Following renovations, Czech Airlines opened its largest sales office in the Centre of Prague.

August

  • Czech Airlines won the prestigious “Best Airline in Central Europe” award, in the World Airline Awards ranking.

September

  • Czech Airlines introduced its new visual style, which is more comprehensible for its foreign clients, who constitute 80% of the airline’s customers.  For Czech passengers, the easily identifiable, traditional abbreviation for Czech Airlines has been retained in the new logo.
  • The Airline reserved eight Airbus A319 aircraft to be supplied in 2011-2012

October

  • Czech Airlines successfully passed a safety audit of the international aviation organisation IATA, called IOSA.

November

  • In code-shared cooperation with Emirates SkyCargo, Czech Airlines launched its first Prague – Dubai – Hong Kong cargo flight.

December

  • Czech Airlines celebrated the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the Tupolev-104A jet on scheduled flights.
  • The Czech Airlines Air Crew Training Centre introduced an A320 cabin simulator for its cabin attendants.


2006

January

  • Czech Airlines was voted the Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the second time by the American public.
  • Opening ceremony for our new airport lounge – the Crystal Lounge.
  • The first three new Airbus A320s delivered  (named Jeseník, Kutná Hora, and Slaný).

May 

  • For the third time, Czech Airlines was chosen the Best Airline in Central and Eastern Europe (the award is handed out by the international aviation society OAG in London).
  • Czech Airlines enhanced its Telephone Check-in service; the Call Centre now operates around-the-clock.
  • A survey conducted by IATA shows that in 2006 passenger satisfaction with Czech Airlines services was among the highest in Europe.

July 

  • Czech Airlines, in cooperation with Russia’s Aeroflot, expanded its code-shared network of destinations in the Russian Federation (Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Omsk, Barnaul), in Ireland (Cork and Dublin), in Great Britain (Manchester) and Scotland (Edinburgh).
  • Czech Airlines carried a record 5.5 million passengers over the year.

 

2005

  • CSA won the “Best Airline in Eastern Europe” Award (the Annual GT Tested Awards) from the American magazine Global Traveler, New York (January).
  • CSA acquired two Airbus A320’s for regular transport and two A321’s for charter transport.
  • In April, CSA and Airbus SAS signed a contract for 12 new-generation aircraft (Airbus A320 Family - A319’s and A320’s), to be added to the CSA fleet over the 2006-2008 period.

 

2004

  • Inauguration of a new CSA Cargo terminal (January).
  • CSA won the “Best Airline on the Czech Market” award by TTG Czech Republic (February).
  • CSA was selected as “Best Airline Based in Central/Eastern Europe” by the OAG (Official Airline Guide, London) (May).
  • CSA pilots won the “The Most Consistent Airline” award given out by Manchester Airport (annual track-keeping award for the most consistent performer).
  • September – long term exclusive cooperation with the EXIM Tours travel agency for charter transport began.
  • In 2004, the CSA fleet grew to 45 planes, i.e., growing by a record number of ten airplanes (three new ATR42-500’s, four Boeing 737-400’s, two Boeing 737-500’s and one long-haul Airbus A310-300)
    ten new destinations were added to the CSA network – in the European Union (Glasgow, Krakow, London-Gatwick, Luxemburg, Marseilles), in the Russian Federation (Samara, Yekaterinburg); Azerbaijan, Baku) and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.  At the same time, after the Czech Republic joined the EU, CSA entered a completely new market.  For the first time in its history, it offered a connection outside the Czech Republic, a Marseille-Barcelona flight.
  • In 2004, CSA offered connections to 75 destinations in 44 countries worldwide and carried a record number of 4.34 million passengers.

 

2003

  • Ceremonial laying of foundation stone for new CSA Cargo terminal (February).
  • Call Centre service extended from 6a.m. to 10 p.m. - phone no.: 239 007 007 (May).
  • In 2003 CSA carried a total of 3 591 456 passengers and 21 092 tons of cargo and mail, offering regular connections to 40 countries and 66 cities in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
  • At the beginning of 2003, CSA had a fleet of 31 airplanes.  The fleet grew by four additional airplanes (one Boeing 737-400, two Boeing 737-500’s and one Airbus A310-300).
  • Over the year, CSA introduced flights to Tallinn in Estonia, Edinburgh in Scotland, Cork in Ireland and Sliač in Slovakia.

 

2002

  • The summer season sees the opening of routes to Venice and Cologne/Bonn.

 

2001

  • CSA joins the SkyTeam alliance on 25th March.
  • The summer season sees the opening of new routes to Birmingham, Ljubljana, Thessaloniki, Vilnius and, in co-operation with Air France, Lyon.

 

2000

  • The direct sale of flight tickets via the Internet is introduced.
  • Routes to Ostrava and Brno are reopened.
  • The use of Russian aircraft on iregular routes is terminated.

 

1999

  • Extended fleet by two new Boeing 737's and ATR 42's.
  • Introduced operation on new routes to Dublin and Göteborg.

 

1998

  • Celebrated 75th anniversary of the foundation of the company.
  • Opened new flights to Oslo, Nice and Bologna.
  • Three Boeing 737's added to the fleet in March, April and May.
  • For the first time in its history and in the history of civil aviation, carried out technical maintenance of airplanes from a Western European.

 

1997

  • Another three Boeing 737 aircraft were delivered, the Russian TU- 134A aircraft were removed from the operation and TU- 154M aircraft were removed from the regular operation.

 

1996

  • Beginning of cooperation with Continental Airlines.
  • Introduction of the ATR-42 into CSA operation.

 

1995

  • Introduction of Boeing 737-400 on CSA routes.
  • Opening of flights to Hanover and Stuttgart.

 

1994

  • Air France's share in CSA sold to Konsolidacni banka.

 

1992

  • Included ATR-72 and Boeing 737-500 aircraft into operation.
  • Extended network to Chicago, Toronto, Manchester, Dusseldorf, Vienna, Lvov, Riga and Bahrain.
  • Transformed into a joint stock company in the second part of the year, with Air France as a shareholder.

 

1991

  • Introduced the Airbus 310-300 into fleet at the beginning of the year and began.
  • Operating to Tel Aviv and Istanbul.

 

1990

  • Opened flights to Mexico and Hamburg in the summer season.

 

1988

  • Included the TU-154M into fleet and introduced a flight to Bangkok.

 

1977 - 1987

  • Expanded operations to include new destinations, such as: Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Malta, Lisbon, Jerevan and Tashkhent.

 

1974

  • Included the JAK-40.


1971

  • Included the TU-134A into its fleet.

 

1970

  • Opened new flights to Montreal and New York.

 

1969

  • Introduced IL-62 aircraft into operation for long-distance flights.

 

1963 - 1968

  • These years were marked by the rampant development of international transport - new destinations in Africa, the Middle East and South.
  • East Asia appeared in the network.

 

1962

  • introduced the first trans-Atlantic flight from Prague to Havana.

 

1960

  • Introduced the turbo-prop IL-18 aircraft into fleet.
  • Crossed the equator for the first time, with the opening of a flight to Jakarta, on the 14th of August.

 

1957

  • Introduction of Avia IL-14,made under licence.
  • Entered the turbo-jet era on the 9th of December, by introducing TU-104A aircraft into regular operation on the Prague - Moscow route.

 

1949

  • Began an orientation toward Soviet airline-technology, introducing IL-12 and LI-2 planes.

 

1947

  • Entered into intercontinental air transport for the first time, with the opening of flights to Cairo and Ankara.


1946 - 1948

  • Gradually renewed, or newly introduced, operation on both international and domestic routes

 

1945

  • Czech airlines introduced post-war activity on the 14th of September, as the only Czechoslovakian airline carrier.


1939

  • 15th of March, interrupted activities due to the occupation of Czechoslovakia.

 

1938

  • Opened flights to Paris, Rome and Budapest.


1937

  • at the beginning of April, moved to the new airport in Prague-Ruzyni, the construction of which was awarded a gold medal from the  International Exhibition of Art and Technology in Paris.
  • on the 7th of April performed airport's introductory flight to Brussels.
  • improved passenger service by introducing cabin attendants on board.

 

1936

  • CSA connected Prague and Moscow on the 2nd of September.

 

1933

  • introduced Prague - Bucharest flight on the 11th of September.

 

1930

  • on the 1st of July, CSA entered into the world of international transport with a Ford 5AT plane on the Prague - Zagreb route.


1929

  • CSA became a member of IATA (International Air Transport Association).


1924 - 1927

  • connected Prague with Kosice and Brno and also with the West Bohemia spa area.

CZECH AIRLINES was founded as Czechoslovak State Airlines on the 6th of October 1923. The first transport flight from Prague to Bratislava took place on the 29th of October the same year. On that trip, pilot Karel Brabenec flew the distance of 321 km with an Aero A-14 (Brandenburg) bi-plane.