Nevertheless, the airline maintains that even with an avarage 15% passenger decrease in the first 9 months of 2009, it is still competitive. Adria is one of the rare European airlines which enjoys little competition on most of its services.
In a statement, Adria also confirmed that it will become a full member of Star Alliance in January. The group announced the elimination of the regional member designation (with Finland’s Blue1 and Croatia Airlines being the other 2 members) in June.
Adria removed a Boeing B737-500 from service this month. Next year it will withdraw one Airbus A320 from service and add 2 Airbus A319s. By next summer it plans to operate one A320, two A319s, four CRJ900s, six CRJ200s and one CRJ100.