Croatia Airlines adds another Dash 8 to fleetYesterday evening, a few minutes past 19.00, Croatia Airlines received its third Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft. The aircraft arrived to Zagreb from Montreal, Canada via the Scottish city of Aberdeen. The aircraft, the third of its type in the Croatia Airlines fleet, is registered 9A-CQC and has been named Istra, after the West Croatian region. The aircraft will enter regular service from today. A fourth Q400 is expected to arrive in a month while a further 2 Bombardiers on order will be distributed next year. However, the Croatian carrier has a further 4 options for this type of aircraft. The fourth Bombardier will be registered 9A-CQD.
The delivery of the Bombardier was made under an agreement Croatia Airlines signed with Bombardier Aerospace on May 31, 2007. The fleet of Bombardiers has replaced the airline’s short haul fleet of ATR aircraft. The Bombardiers operating for Croatia Airlines have a capacity of 67 seats and is organized in an all economy class layout. The airline now has a total of 11 aircraft (with 2 aircraft leased for the current summer season not included). The airline has a total of 6 aircraft on order with 2 Bombardiers set to arrive next year and 4 Airbus A319s to be delivered from 2012.