Czech TKC Praha to buy Tupolev planes from Slovak Airlines

Prague-based TKC Praha appears set to buy three Tupolev TU-154M planes from Slovakia's national air carrier, Slovak Airlines (SA), for $9.05 million (€7.72 million).

According to SA spokesman Marek Revilák, a general meeting of SA shareholders has recommended the company's leaders to sign a contract with TKC Praha as the winner of a tender, news wire TASR reported.

"TKC Praha has offered the highest price of four valid bids," he said. "The four craft will be replaced by more modern Boeing 737s that consume less fuel than do the Russian-made Tupolevs. We will not acquire them with our own property sources, but rather through operational and financial leasing, as is typical among airlines."

The new planes should cover charter and regular lines, including new destinations like Brussels and Tel Aviv.

SA, 90 percent of which is owned by the state, transported more than 170,000 passengers last year, a 15 percent rise year-on-year. Charter flights accounted for 140,000 of the passengers, and regular return flights to Košice and Moscow for the rest.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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