Part of the prestigious SkyTeam Alliance, Czech Airlines is the national flag carrier and enjoys an impressive track record in the industry. Established back in the 1920s, it's one of a select club of first-generation airlines -- alongside the likes of Qantas and KLM -- that is still operating. Few other companies have a better claim to its motto "At home in the skies". However, today's airline is fully up to date. Its modernized fleet of around 20 aircraft, in their distinctive red and white livery, has been bolstered by a deal for seven Airbus 320neos to replace its current 319s.
The airline operates out of Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague with secondary operating bases in Kosice and Bratislava over the border in Slovakia. An extensive network map is genuinely Europe-wide, with flights as far afield as Reykjavik, Lisbon, Malmo, and Verona. As one might expect, connections with Eastern European destinations are long-standing. But in 2016, the airline also unveiled new routes to the Near East and Middle East, including Beirut and Riyadh. CSA flies from New York (JFK) as well as Toronto and Montreal, to its hub in Prague's Ruzyn International Airport, with service to over 60 cities in more than 40 countries in Europe and the Middle East.
Trusted by millions, Czech Airlines continues its traditional values of service and reliability.
Economy travel on the carrier's short and medium-haul routes offers a classic approach to customer care and attention. Smart but unfussy seating with all the usual amenities make this a good choice for the economy traveler. Prompted partly by budget carrier competition, Czech Airlines is one of many carriers to offer three different classes of tickets: Lite is the hand luggage only option, with optional add-ons like seat selection and in-flight meals, while the Economy Plus and Flex tariffs offer greater flexibility and added extras. Business Class (also available as a Lite option) provides extra comfort, preferred seating, and in-flight dining as standard plus complementary access to the airline lounge in Prague.
With a nod to the airline's IATA callsign, the aOK Plus program is the official frequent-flier club. Points are accrued when traveling with the airline, but also with participating SkyTeam carriers, as well as when spending money with approved hotel and car rental partners. Different grades of membership accrue benefits such as priority check-in and increased luggage allowance.
Save hassle at the airport with quick and convenient online check-in, open from 36 hours before scheduled departure. The service is also available on smartphones. Alternatively, use the airport's self-service check-in points or do it the traditional way at the check-in counter.
Baggage regulations are as follows: