17 MAY 2021
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A new airline arrives at Heathrow on Thursday 3 June.
Smartwings (QS), a low-cost carrier, is the largest airline in the Czech Republic and is the 98% owner of Czech Airlines. It will operate from Prague on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Passengers can go to the airline website and book a variety of meals up to 48hr prior to travel.
The airline, founded in 1997, currently operates 35 aircraft, mainly Boeing 737 variants, including in service seven Boeing MAX with another 11 due.
A company called Travel Service is the investment holder for the airline with the Chinese investment group CEFC China Energy a 49.9% stakeholder.
Smartwings also operates five Cessna Citation Sovereign nine-passenger business jets. It is a member of Airlines for Europe.
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John Dvora, Surbiton, London
Please explain the position with Czech Airlines? Do they fly to London or is it just a rebadging/name change?