At Václav Havel Airport Prague, Čedok, historic Tourism Brand organized in the Czech Republic, and Luke Air, the new brand of the Italian airline Blue Panorama Airlines, presented the second of the three A330-200s to be used for long-haul flights.
The airline, after over 20 years offering long-haul scheduled and charter services with Boeing 767-300s, has since 2020 undertaken a re-fleeting programme to make its fleet more efficient and modern, thus achieving a considerable improvement in comfort for its passengers.
The second of the three A330-200s will be based at Václav Havel Airport Prague from where it will operate long-haul flights for Čedok from next October. This Airbus is configured with 12 Business Class lie-flat seats and 277 Economy Class seats. The main charter series will be launched from the winter season to the following destinations starting in October for: Nosy Be (Madagascar), Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), Santa Clara (Cuba), Zanzibar (Tanzania) and Maldives.
The aircraft was presented in Prague with its new disruptive livery: an exclusive camouflage-style pattern with a highly innovative, barrier-breaking design with no sharp edges but curves. The livery is all hand painted and boasts a new and exclusive colouring made with yellow ochre and sky blue combined with white. The Airbus of Luke Air operated by Blue Panorama has also been renewed in terms of its cabin furnishings, in blue leather set against ochre stitching, which recall the colours of the livery and the crew uniforms, a distinctive visual element which characterizes all the Luke Air branded aircraft.
For the entertainment system, in line with the plans to improve comfort and reduce CO2 emissions, a modern Wi-Fi system was chosen through which passengers can stream all the multimedia content on their own device. The seats, which have a 31’’ pitch in economy and 78’’ in business class, are equipped with a USB socket to allow each passenger to charge their smartphone or tablet during the flight. For all long-haul flights of over 8 hours, catering will be provided with a completely free of charge double service in both classes. In addition, there is an Open Bar service in business class.
Among those present at the event were Stanislav Zeman, CEO of Čedok, Remo Della Porta, Chief Commercial Officer of Blue Panorama Airlines and Jakub Puchalsky, Member of the Board of directors at Prague Airport, who all set out the services which Luke Air will provide for Čedok customers.
“I am very glad that Čedok will offer to our customers the new way of travelling to long haul exotic destinations by aircraft A330-200 operated by Luke Air from Blue Panorama SPA Group. We will offer the new standard of travel in leisure segment in the Czech Republic– direct flights, the best timetable, widebody aircraft and great onboard service with Czech speaking cabin crew”, said Stanislav Zeman, CEO of Čedok. "Luke Air will be operating from Prague exclusively only for Čedok clients“.
“We are proud to be able to serve Čedok and its passengers by making our new A330 available because we strongly believe in the growth of the Czech market and the potential of the Prague catchment area which after 10 years will return to having direct long-haul charter flights for wonderful destinations chosen by the Tour Operator,” said Remo Della Porta, Chief Commercial Officer of Blue Panorama Airlines. “We will continue with investments to improve the comfort, efficiency and reliability of our aircraft and we are always ready to seize new opportunities both in Europe and globally, and in the future to make other medium-long aircraft available to Čedok”.
"Thousands of Czechs have long been heading to the Dominican Republic, Zanzibar, the Maldives and other exotic destinations only with a transfer. As of now, thanks to the new offer of holiday packages of the Čedok travel agency, they can use direct flights from Prague, enjoy new experiences at these popular holiday retreats and travel more easily, comfortably and faster. We can see a great potential for these charter flights on the Czech market and look forward to the launch of our co-operation with the Luke Air, part of Blue Panorama Airlines, which will also base its aircraft at Prague Airport," Jakub Puchalsky, Member of the Board of Directors of Prague Airport concluded.