Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sabotaging Croatia Airlines?

Foul play suggested ahead of Croatia Airlines’ privatisation

Croatian parliamentary speakers from different ends of the political spectrum voiced their concern yesterday that the recent scrutiny of Croatia Airlines’ safety record following last Friday’s emergency landing at Zurich Airport is an orchestrated attack on the airline prior to its privatisation. Croatian media is still rife with speculation whether the airline’s Dash fleet is safe after Friday’s incident was followed by another two safety concerns, one occurring on Saturday and the other this Monday. Small scale safety incidents are common and widespread across the aviation industry and rarely get much media coverage as has been the case with Croatia Airlines in the past. However, several members of parliament (none of which belong to the governing coalition) say the media spotlight, with the support of the government, is an attempt to devalue the airline. “It seems all of this is supposed to justify the future results of the privatisation so it can be presented to us that we should be happy with what we get”, Ivan Šuker, Croatia’s former Finance Minister and member of the largest opposition party, the Croatian Democratic Union, says.

Members of both the HDSSB and Labour Party also suggested foul play is at hand and criticised the government for appointing party members as part of Croatia Airlines’ management team. Later this month the first of two tender rounds for the privatisation of the Croatian national carrier is expected to take place. The first, where potential buyers will express their interest, and the second, expected in February 2014, where specific takeover offers will be made. Recently, the Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure said, “The price offered by a potential partner will not be paramount, rather, the focus will be on the quality of the strategic partner which could generate more traffic for Croatian airports”.

Meanwhile, Croatia Airlines has launched an investigation into last Friday’s emergency. The airline has been trying to save face after another one of its Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, on route from Dubrovnik to Rome last Saturday, landed in Split due to an indication that one of its engines was experiencing problems. On Monday, passengers on board another Croatia Airlines Dash, which was to operate its return flight from Belgrade to Split, were asked to disembark the aircraft after problems with one of the engines was identified. Passengers were bussed to Zagreb, after which they were flown to Split.

12 comments:

  1. Dash 8 is still superb regional plane. No worries.

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  2. Balkan politics. <3 ...not.

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  3. Dash 8 is still parked in front of the SR Technics at ZRH airport.

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  4. omg... this happens, planes can be broken sometimes, nothing serious happened, Dash-8 is safe. Pilots and cabin crew from OU were trying to get some extra money for flying those planes as they find theme dangerous, but why noone finds them dangerous in airBaltic, eurolot, Luxair, Ethiopian, Qantas or Horizon??? There is always media interest while plane has an emergency landing, why there isn't if city bus is broken? Same amount of pax...

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  5. I apologize for the off-topic but this seems interesting:

    'Али, за сада је готово извесно да ће део такозваног линијског одржавање радити неко други, а не ми. Вероватно они сами – каже први човек „Јат технике”, додајући да осим са „Јатом”, односно „Ер Србијом”, ова компанија већ сарађује и са другим превозницима и на другим аеродромима, попут оних у Подгорици и Тивту. Све то би, како каже, требало да буде добра препорука.'

    Does this mean that Air Serbia plans on opening its own maintenance facility at Belgrade Airport?! Wouldn't that be a massive investment, somehow I can't see that happening.

    http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Ekonomija/Jat-tehnika-ne-strepi-od-Itihadovog-ne.sr.html

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    1. yes. they are recruiting maintenance technicians and engineers. you have it here on Air Serbia's page. and from what i've heard, some workers from Tehnika applied

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    2. Yes, but wouldn't they have to build a whole new hangar where they will service their birds? Seems like a huge investment.

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    3. No, because a small hanger at BEG Airport belongs to Jat. Offcourse, just like 2 months ago the airport realized they don't own terminal 1, Jat Tehnika realized it doesn't own that hanger,

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  6. Who owns Terminal 1??

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  7. Typical Ex-YU Balkan, no matter if in Croatia or Serbia.

    Rather than waiting for the results as an outcome of an investigation, conspiracy theories are spread.

    It was the Serbs, stupid! *nodding*

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