Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Adria to expand in 2015 without partner

Adria looks to the future following EC ruling

The CEO of Adria Airways, Mark Anžur, has said his airline can pursue its strategy independently without strategic partners in words echoed by the Slovenian Ministry for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning. Speaking after the European Commission cleared 79.6 million euros in state aid for the national carrier, Mr. Anžur said, “It is hard to find a buyer for the airline. I see their [European Commission’s] decision as confirmation that the company is on the right track as a modern and profitable airline with a clear vision and mission". He added that the carrier’s new hybrid full fare - low cost model of business is proving successful. The ministry said Adria already has strategic partners since it is a member of Star Alliance and added that Adria can operate successfully independently. The Slovenian national carrier has been earmarked for sale this year following a failed attempt in late 2012.

“Adria welcomes the decision of the European Commission and believes that the company's operations and successful restructuring with a new business model represents one of the main reasons for the Commission's decision”, Adria said in a statement. It went on, “Adria believes that the Commission's decision is proof that through consistent implementation of the restructuring programme, the company is capable of successfully adapting both to the demands of the market and to Community requirements”. Mr. Anžur said the airline has reduced its ticket prices by 8% and expanded its network. It recently introduced “last minute” fares and has added additional seats to its Airbus A319s as it continues to adopt a low cost business strategy. Furthermore, earlier this year, Adria began charging economy class passengers for food and beverages. ”Adria will retain all services that are important to travellers such as good scheduling and operations to primary airports”, the CEO said. He stressed that Adria could capture some of the 200.000 passengers from Slovenia who choose to fly from airports in surrounding countries rather than Ljubljana due to high costs.

The Slovenian carrier plans to add flights from Ljubljana to Madrid, Barcelona and Stockholm next summer season and will focus on its new base in Tirana from which it will likely launch services to Brussels and Paris next year. “We want to grow because it is easier to manage expenses that way. We need to increase the number of destinations and we are planning new direct flights to new destinations”, Mr. Anžur said and noted the airline will also focus on expanding operations in Poland.

Over the weekend, the newly formed SMC party won Slovenia’s snap parliamentary elections in which centre-right parties suffered a heavy defeat. SMC leader, Miro Cerar, has previously said he opposes the outgoing government’s privatisation push, a part of which Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Adria Airways and Adria Airways Tehnika were to be sold. All privatisation processes have been temporarily halted in the country until a new government is formed. Outgoing Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek won just over 5% of the vote in Sunday's poll.

24 comments:

  1. Interesting how last year all of the sudden Adriia and Croatia Airlines were being privatized and searching for a partner and now they don't need them. Wonder why. BTW they are spending big time at Croatia Airlines now since the restructuring is coming to an end. I only hope we won't have another restructuring next year when they run out of cash the way they are carrying on.

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    1. This is interesting. Can you please elaborate what are they spending money on?

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  2. Way to go, Adria, Croatia Airlines should learn something from you, hope they will also open some new routes once the restructuring process is over!

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  3. Interesting development... so basically Croatia Airlines will be sandwiched between two growing airlines. I wonder how they will respond to this.
    Someone who knows a bit more, did Croatia Airlines give up on building a hub in Zagreb? Somehow their regional network has been shrinking over the past several seasons. Some time ago I flew with them to SKP on the A319 and there were maybe 40 passengers onboard. I hope this was not the norm.

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  4. Adria needs to be privatized. Strategic Partner yes or no, but get this government parasites out of the Slovenian economy !!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. It's too easy taxpayers money.
      Clan involved don't want to leave stolen money.
      As long as can parasiterthey will do it.
      Do you still remember mister 30%?
      It's in excellent health.

      Boycott Adria don't support parasites twice (once you are supporting already because Adria it's public)!



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  5. Danas El Al na redovnoj liniji Tel Aviv - Zagreb došao sa B767-300

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    1. I'm sure Zagreb will break the 3 million this year.

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    2. EL AL ima samo B767-300ER a nemaju obicni B767-300:-)
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  6. Why Emirates didn;t order a single B787?

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    1. Nemaju zato sto ima problema sa motorima i zbog problema sa Baterijama
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    2. and they ordered 150 777Xs, so why bother with 787

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    3. I wouldnt be surprised for EK to take an order for 70 B787's to replace the 70 A350 order. The fact that the B787 licence can be combined with the B777 allows for crew to operate bothe types. The GCAA allows cabin crew to operate 2 a/c types, so it will no longer have seperate crew (A330/A340/B777 and B777/A380) rather all will be trained for all types (B777/B787/A380). Cockpit commonality on the B787 and B777 will allow flight deck to operate both and have a seperate A380 flightdeck crew. The B787 would therefore as well be cheaper to maintain, less strain and more flexibilty to crew scheduling etc, and EK could get very good prices from Boeing considering current orders they have with them. Tim Clarke has recently said they need smaller a/c than the B777 so expect news by january 2015.

      The 150 B777 order will replace half the B777 currently in the fleet (most likely the A6-EB and A6-EM series) as well as allow growth.

      The B787 would therefore replace the A332, A343 and A345 a/c, as wel as allow expansion.

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  7. INN- problemi o kojima govoris su relatvno novije prirode i cisto sumnjam da su igrali veliku ulogu. Mislim da vise ima veze sa njihovim dogorocnim planovima, gdje planiraju da lete, kojim kapacitetom. Dio 777X narudzbe je porucen radi penzionisanja A332 od 2022.

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    1. DLH nije htela da poruci 787 zbog problema sa motorima.Ima neke probleme sa sneznim kristalima :-)
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    2. Pazi, da 787 imao je i ima problema je neminovno. Boing je potrosio dosta vremena i sredstava kako bi rjesio sve njih i jos uvijek nisu tu gdj ebi htjeli biti. U ovom slucaju nisam bas siguran da je to bas razlog inace bi bili u redu za A330neo ili bi natjerali Airbus da ne digne ruke od A350-800. Ocigledno u njihovim dugorocnim planovima nema potrebe za tom klasom aviona (250/300 putnika i 5700/7200nm). Zasto, nebih ti bas znao reci. Mozda neko pametniji ovdje bi nam mogao objasniti.

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  8. Of topic does anybody know any news about the rumor that the Ceo of Croatia Airlines Kucko is leaving the company .

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    1. I would like to know too!!!

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    2. Purger, where are you? I miss your comments!

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  9. This is great news for the cryptocommunist clique that runs Slovenia. There will be many positions with great salaries to take, many contracts with counselling firms will be signed, etc, etc, ...
    N. B.: Everything is lost and nothing can be done

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  10. Cryptocommunists that run Slovenia...
    Haha that was a good one!
    I would love to see them.
    It still would be better than that corrupt idiot that leads Slovenias second biggest party out from jail.
    The guy that freed Slovenia from very evil and bad communist Yugoslavia where everything was soo bad.
    Whine,whine...

    What the people our beautiful Slovenia still have to learn is the taste of shit ....the shit it is sitting in
    knees deep.

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    1. Of course, now that Jansa is in jail, things will improve enormously. Get real! Everyone in Adria knows that corrupt politicians are running the show (which aircraft to buy, routes to operate, ...). But don't worry, communists will solve all the problems and you'll be able to sit on your ass all day long and get a decent salary at the end of the month.

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    2. I already sit on my commie ass...
      Thats common for people like me,who are retired,and that already for many years .
      A decent salary the young people here only can dream of.
      Btw...i would prefer to donate our "national"airline to Kosovo or some country in Africa!
      Get rid of that crap...you and your Jansa get tickets with no return!

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  11. Great to hear you still have pension. I guess you're very grateful to all mighty AB. Don't forget, thanks to her brilliant idea on how to save Slovenia from Brussels, my generation will have to pay for your stupid decisions. I would be more than happy to send you and other commies out of the country.

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