Thursday, November 13, 2014

Adria to open Lodz base

Adria leasing CRJ700 for Polish operations

Slovenia’s national carrier, Adria Airways, has announced plans to open a base in the Polish city of Lodz next year. The airline launched services from Poland’s third largest city to Munich during the 2014 summer season and maintains six weekly flights on the route. Adria’s CEO, Mark Anžur, says the carrier will lease a Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft, which will be stationed at Lodz, and will double its flights to the Bavarian capital next summer season. Furthermore, Adria will inaugurate a daily service from the Polish city to Amsterdam. Lodz is Adria’s second destination in Poland following Warsaw. In addition, Adria is considering commencing subsidised flights from Bydgoszcz, in Poland’s north, to Germany during the 2015 summer season. The CRJ700 has the capacity to seat up to 78 passengers.

In a recent interview, CEO Anžur, said, “Strategically we want to be a European carrier and not only a Slovenian carrier. We are embracing internationalisation. There are many reasons for this. One of them being that the Slovenian market is very limited. Through this segment of our strategy, we expect a 5% increase in our passenger numbers. The Bombardier is an ideal aircraft for regional routes because it acts as an alternative to low cost airlines which can’t make a profit on certain flights with larger Airbus aircraft”. Adria’s expansion into Poland comes only days after the Slovenian carrier announced it would launch several new routes from its bases in Ljubljana and Tirana in 2015.



Adria has had a successful year so far with the addition of two leased CRJ900 NextGen aircraft to its fleet, the launch of several new routes and growth in both passenger and revenue numbers. In addition, this summer, the European Commission found that state aid provided to the Slovenian carrier between 2007 and 2011, to the tune of 79.6 million euros, was in line with European Union regulations. “Our aim is to carry as many satisfied passengers as possible. In the first eight months of the year, just under 740.000 people chose to travel with us, which is up 5% on last year”, CEO Anžur says. He adds, “Results suggest that this year we are on course to, once again, surpass the million passenger milestone, which is further confirmation that we have chosen the right business strategy”. During the first three quarters, Adria carried 712.836 passengrs to and from the Slovenian capital, up 3% on last year. The busiest routes out of its main hub in Ljubljana were Frankfurt and Zurich.

102 comments:

  1. Impressive work from Adria, recognizing the potential of the Slovenian market and the need to expand into other routes. They've been very creative with their expansion and it looks like it is paying dividends. Purger mentioned this in his interview with tangosix if anyone read it, and as usual he is right.

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    1. Can you post link to this intereview?

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    2. http://tangosix.rs/2014/12/11/intervju-alen-scuric-croatia-airlines-je-zaspala-air-serbia-je-sada-lider-u-regionu/

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    3. Very good observation in that interview. Not as pinky for AS, some predictions and observations makes you thing about, but still positive on AS business model. And brave to say Croatia loss the battle.

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    4. as always with interviews ... nothing new there, its a compilation of his comments here and on other forums :)

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    5. He never talked about Air Serbia intercontinental routes and about winter cuttings till now. That is for first time.

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    6. Purger what do you say abaut the two comments on yesterdays Interview ?

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    7. He mentions delays in his interview, they are minimal at this point.

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    8. yes true dat about the winter cutings, sorry ;)

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    9. As much as I would like for it to happen, I agree with Purger about the non-feasibility of JU trans-Atlantic flights. Much larger airports in Europe with much busier hub airlines do not have trans-Atlantic flights. Serbia is still too small of a player for a big move like that.

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    10. ASL ce u toku 2015 posceti sa letovima za USA - SAD samo dali ce svojim avionima ili ce EY ili 9W.
      Ako ASL ne nabavi svoje onda u igru ulazi 9W koji ce leteti BOM-BEG-ORD-BEG-BOM sa 77W ili 789 posto ce leteti npr za EY BOM-AUH-SFO sa 77W.
      Ma da ja mislim da ce ASL ipak leteti svojim avionom vidimo se na letu za ORD vec 2015 godine ;)
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    11. Samo zato sto JU pocne 2015-e da leti za Ameriku i Kanadu ne znaci da je to dobra ili isplatljiva ideja! Odakle joj putnici da napune avione? Zato je toliko bitno da se ostvari veliki hub na Beogradskom Aerodromu da bi imali koda da nose za Ameriku. Ekonomska situacija u Srbiji nije jos takva da bi Srbi samo tako mogli da lete za SAD ili Kanadu. A mi iz dijaspore dolaze naj cesce letnim mesecima, osim par nas (npr. moj ujak ko dodje poslom po nekad). To mora onda biti veliki broj transfer putnika sa Balkana, Istocne Evrope, i Bliskog Istoka sto ce puniti JU-ove avione. Dali JU ima potencijal da to radi u buducnost, apsolutno! Ali mislim da je 2015 pre rano da bi se tako nesto uradilo kako treba.

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    12. Ja znam da skoro skoro svi stanovnici EU kupuju karte preko agencija ili sajtova za prodaju aviokarata pa zasto nebi neki Holandjanin leteo sa ASL umesto sa KLM-DAL ili jedan Englesz ako im je jeftinija njima je svejedno koja je firma njima je vazno da sto jeftinije prodju.
      A 2015 ASL ce leteti za USA-SAD dali wide body avionima iz alliance ili svojima ali ja znam da ce ti letovi biti isplativi jako za njih samo sto neki ne zele to da se bas desi ASL ali nema veze :)
      I ja bi voleo isto da lete za LAX ali to neverujem da ce 2015 ali ce 2016 :)
      INN-NS

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    13. Zaboravio si Peking, Toronto i Sidney. Ehm, mozda 2016 ili 20170:-D

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    14. In the TangoSix interview of Mr. Scuric, there is a lot of missinterpretetion. I don't know what he is doing and where he works, but for sure it's not aviation. Huge amount of crap he mentioned in this article!

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    15. Ko misli da je ASL napravio pomak u broju putnika zahvaljujuci tzv dijaspori je obicna budala. U tome se i razlikuje Hoganov koncept od ostalih exYu operatera. Ne verujem da ce leteti Englezi ali Pakistanci, Kiprani, Bugari i sl verovatno da da.

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  2. At this rate, they won't have any planes left in Slovenia soon.

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  3. come to Macedonia and open FRA,AMS & PRG

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  4. Adria Airways rebranding concept

    https://www.behance.net/gallery/12704011/Adria-Airways-rebranding-concept

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    1. what is this? the first pic is so over the top though, looks like a toothpaste advert to be honest :)

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    2. +1 horrible concept and a bit looks like Air Dolomiti. I think the current brand design has modern look for always.

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    3. Agree the current design is just fine. They modernised it a bit over the years and got rid of those huge Slovenija titles. Livery looks good, planes look good, uniforms are pure class.

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    4. Adria doesn't need any rebrending. Design is eternal and very distinguished. May be just some correction from time to time. Design is fresh, modern and invigorating. The crue fit is still on of the most classy among airlines.

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    5. The best part of that compilation is the re-branding concept on an A380.

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    6. I'm amazed to be the first to say I genuinely love the redesign. It's novel and brave, yet elegant enough for an airline.

      Not saying there's anything wrong with the current design, but if they're considering a change, this really looks good.

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  5. Stunnung crew photo :)

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    1. The ladies in the photo are part of their PRN-based crew.

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    2. I want to fly with them, what hotel are they staying at?

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    3. Hahahaha they are staying at their home since they are Albanian.

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    4. Slovenian women are the best looking in all of ex-Yugoslavia.

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    6. @ AnonymousNovember 14, 2014 at 4:39 AM, i think you got the wrong impression. The comment was referring to the the fact that the crew is based in Kosovo (since the crew in the photo is indeed their Pristina based crew) and I doubt any harm was intended.

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  6. Adria has the ugliest fleet in former Yugoslavia...

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    1. if JP has repainted all fleet lika AS than planes will look nice... we will see how will look AS planes in at list 5 years...

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    2. He did not mean it like that, he was mostly referring to their CRJ aircraft; they are generally uncomfortable and horrible to fly on.

      Also, what has Air Serbia got to do with it? Or are you implying that he has to be a Serb to trash talk?

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    3. CRJ uncomfortable? Look at the new Adria's CRJ900NextGen AAV and AAU a/c...

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    4. The cabin is small, the tail is higher than the nose, the aircraft is not wide... It's generally accepted that the Crj is not a comfortable aircraft especially compared to the Q400.

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    5. Q400 is a tractor compared to CR9

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    6. Yes but a much more comfortable tractor.

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    7. haha you must be joking - ride to SVO with Dash 8 then or to BRU ;)
      Must be better seating in noisy Dash 8 airplane for 2,5 hours than 1,5 in CRJ9.
      And your comment is specially funny as both planes have the same fuselage diameter =DDD

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    8. The Q400 still feels much more comfortable, anyone who flew on both models will know.

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    9. It probably feels more spacious because the Q400 cabin is higher by three inches.

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    10. Am I the only one that like CRJ900? I do no particularly like CRC200 but CRJ900 is a totally different story. The overall cabin filling for me is just great and I definitely prefer regional jet aircrafts on regional routs to Airbus or Boeing type, on the other hand I do not really like turbo props. I would never use the adjective "ugly" for referring on aircraft type, when it comes to livery, than yes. In that context for me Adria livery is still modern and works fine, especially on CRJ900. Not to mentioned the uniforms that are definitely pure class.

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    11. Actually I strongly prefer CRJs (and especially CRJ100 and 200) to Q400 - I loved when back in the time LH was operating a CRJ200 from BEG to DUS on a regular basis.

      I fly OS Dash to VIE pretty regularly and the one plane I dislike even more is the ATR, for its speed only. Feel of the cabin is entirely the same, if not worse in Q400...

      Has a lot to do with the pitch back then and of course always terrible LF from VIE (from the pax standpoint, that is :) ), but still, I have a strong preference for CRJs.

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  7. They are also much better in marketing, which includes several new products with competitive prices (first and last minute, one way). Their prices from LJU, so called “star”, with Star alliance partners are also very competitive. Great job Adria. Good luck!

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  8. Very interesting strategy they have going. Let's see next year if it will work

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  9. Excellent news for Adria and very smart strategy to move to higher yield markets (Munich).

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  10. But If they are going to have a base in Lodz, this means that cabin crew will be from Poland or they will have Slovenians there in Poland?

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    1. It will be a mixed crew

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    2. They have already started with the crew training in Poland.

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  11. This is only meant for cabin crew to be Polish, or also pilot, co-pilot will be Polish?

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  12. OT: BEG saga continues. In today's episode, MoU with Vinci is now officially not binding. Turns out to be more like management consulting type of engagement.

    Pessimists were right, decision on "how to expand" airport pushed back to mid-2015. Language does not include "sale" or "concession" any more.

    On the flip side, both terminal capacity increase and second runway are still in scope.

    Source: http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2014&mm=11&dd=13&nav_id=923269

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    1. Who would buy or run an airport with suspicious agreements. At the end of the day profit is the only issue here.

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    2. What suspicious agreements? Do you really think that Etihad is that stupid? By signing uncompetitive agreements through Air Serbia they know it will only harm them.
      The issue here is that the government is going broke and they need this source of income, that's the thing.

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    3. Biggest roadblock here is EU/EC not allowing both Air Serbia and Airport being owned or run by a non-EU owner/investor/operator. If it wasn't for that, UAE investor would already have construction in full force at the airport.

      One way to solve this is to align interests of prospective EU investor with interests of BEG airport and Air Serbia, similar to what apparently Hogan did with Benetton family when aligning goals and interests for Alitalia/Etihad with Rome FCO.

      Let’s assume some EU operator (like ADR) would then be joined by minority investor from UAE to help build out BEG (terminal, runway etc) and then operate airport under say, 30 year lease/concession and share the revenue. That should help clear the roadblock.

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    4. Prague airport is owner of ČSA. So that is not true...

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    5. Correct me if I am wrong, but non-EU investor (Korean Air) has some 45% ownership of CSA, but not of the holding company that also controls airport. Therefore non-EU investor is minority owner of the airline but not the airport. Is that correct?

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  13. Ljubljana Airport - October-117 500 passengers + 6,7% 2013/2014

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    1. oh only 10k more then SKP, cannot believe

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    2. And how much money did Macedonian spent for WizzAir in one year?

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    3. surely not as much as Slovenia for Adria:

      Adria Airways benefitted from three public capital injections in 2007, 2009 and 2010, amounting to around €15.2 million in total, carried out through the state-owned holding Posebna družba za podjetniško svetovanje d.d. (PDP) and its predecessor Kapitalska druzba d.d. (KAD), respectively.

      and so on and on ...

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    4. On 20 November 2012 the capital injections carried out between 2007 and 2011 for a total €85.5 million and the sale of Adria Airways Tehnika, at that time a subsidiary of Adria, were subjected to scrutiny in Brussels.

      the money given to Wizz its peanuts in comparison to this. Nice try!

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    5. It's not the same. Adria is the national carrier of Slovenia and it is a Slovenian company. It just can't pack up and leave once it has a disagreement with the government or airport authorities.

      Apples and oranges.

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    6. And what if you run out of money? As fast as they came, as fast they will fly away.

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    7. Wizz can sustain most of its SKP destinations without subsidies

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  14. Adria opens a connection to Munich (MUC) to Rzeszow (RZE) - while Bydgoszcz (BZG) opens a connection Lufthansa to Munich (MUC). LH Conference next week.

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    1. Adria is slowly but surely replacing Augsburg!

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    2. is LOT happy with this?

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    3. Lot is spineless when faced with Lufthansa, they are the same as OU. Sad but true.

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    4. Ja kad sam reko da se sprema napad na LOT meni su se smejali ovde .
      LOT ima bolji tretman od star alliance nego OU .
      Zalosno je sto ADR ucestvuje u svemu tome ali to sad moraju da vrate LH. A koliko CR7 ce dobiti i oceli jedan biti stacioniran u LJU :)
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    5. Ma decko nema zime za tebe.

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  15. And who is paying for Adria...
    Slovenians!
    And who profits from Adria...
    Everybody except Slovenians.

    But who cares about the stupid taxpayers.

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  16. Ovaj clanak nema previse veze sa exYU. Pokusaj Slovenaca da opstanu u EU. Male su im sanse.

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    1. Slovenia is ex-YU and EU - and will stay there. It is as simple as that. So, please, get the simple facts straight.

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    2. It is really nice to have articles about aviation from all ex-YU countries. Well done!

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    3. Some people on here are seriously intellectually challenged!
      He did not mean that Slovenia is not in ex-YU but that the article is irrelevant since Poland is not... and neither is Germany! None of these expansions in Poland have to do with the Balkans or even ex-YU.

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    4. It has to do with a company from the ex-yu just like you would be interested to read if Air Serbia was opening a base in Poland. Get over it.

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    5. Don't be silly, there is no reason for Air Serbia to open a base in Poland.

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    6. Indeed, seriously intellectually challenged!

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    7. ^ You are if you can't figure out that Adria is an airline from ex-yu (the only surviving one from the former Yugoslavia) and this is news relating to it.

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    8. Yes but this business move had nothing to do with ex-Yugoslavia, they are not even employing Yugoslavs there but Poles.

      By the way, Montenegro Airlines is also a Yugoslav airline and so is Aviogenex.

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    9. This business move has everythoing to do with an airline being subsidised by taxpayers of Slovenia, once part of Yugoslavia and normal it is reported here on exYU aviation. Thank god you don't decide the news. We would be reading what sort of material Air Serbia uses for its blankets.

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    10. Now that you mention it, what material do they use? Their blankets are so soft. ;)

      I always love it when people on here immediately attack others as being Serbs or fans of Air Serbia. lol

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    11. Jasno je valjda da je Adrija u problemima i pored odluke EC i da nece postati evropski prevoznik.

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    12. Slabo je u Adriji, to je samo sve fasada sa tim rauznim hubovima i pricama, narod je jako nezadovoljan koji je zaposlen u firmi, sada ce jos da zaposljavaju stjuardese preko student servisa ...

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  17. OT: What's the car loaded in DC-10 in the Vintage Ex Yu picture in the upper left? Does it look like old Mazda 323F or something else?

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  18. Pretty cool. Air Serbia's first add in Croatian! :)

    https://scontent-a-vie.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/1782081_385630701589928_4744013149464671430_n.jpg?oh=573f720174316f23d3c9a893a76d882f&oe=551CCE6B

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    1. Kako je moguce da SOF i SVO imaju skoro istu cenu karte to mi se ne dopada nikako.
      Sad se pocinje sa rasturanjem CTN i pomocu AF-KLM koja ima prepredobre odnose sa EY:
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    2. Па ка Москви имају што директну а што индиректну конкуренцију...

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    3. Znam ja da imaju ogromnu konkurenciju sto za DME sto za SVO ali opet je previse niska cena karte .
      Pa ja iz Innsbrucka platim busom-kombijem povratnu kartu 140 Eur a ovo za moskvu je prejeftino :)
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    4. Just out of curiosity, whenever Croatia Airlines advertises a sale they write, Vec od, not just od. Is this a difference in language between Croatian and Serbian or is one wrong or are they both right?

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    5. They are both right, but I'm guessing OU is trying to emphasize the lowest price by using "već".

      Actually, JU's version is kind of more honest, because putting "već" in front of their more expensive destinations (i.e. CDG or SVO) doesn't make much sense. But hey, what do I know, that's marketing.

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    6. @ INN-NS

      you cannot compare flying to travelling by bus. For someone who is supposed to be 'smart', that was a stupid comment.

      'Od' and 'vec od' are technically the same thing.

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    7. I think vec od puts more emphasis on the low fare.

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  19. http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=7920504&nseq=0

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    1. mew trade air livery looks great, if they can grow they might become strong operator out of Zagreb, would be nice to have more domestic operators that compete against OU on domestic and international lines.

      OU as it is is offering little choice out of Zagreb, we need more carriers that can cover most of Europe and the EU in particular, perhaps Tradeair can play a significant role in this. Air Croatia sounds too dodgy to be serious operator.

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  20. Adria has no money for paying the workers the current monthly salary.

    This newspaper is selling this news

    http://www.finance.si/8812867/Adria-spet-v-te%C5%BEavah-nima-za-pla%C4%8De

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    1. Yep, unfortunately all true.

      First hand unofficial information: Working climate within the company at an all time low. They don't have money to pay last month's salaries in full. They will maybe be able to pay for their employee's social & health insurance. Contributions to earnings might be paid by the end of month. Maybe! They don't have money to pay pilot's per-diems.

      On top of that the company still owes several millions of Euros to SloveniaControl - Slovenian ATC agency. They owe I-don't-know-how-much millions of Euros to Petrol - Slovenian oil & gas company that delivers & sells them kerosine.

      In December there will be a decision making to sell additional aircraft just to lease them back. This is yet another accounting gymnastics to keep the numbers in green or at least in black.

      They've sunk so low they're now hiring college students to work as flight attendants; see for yourself:
      https://www.adria.si/sl/o-druzbi/zaposlitve/odprti-razpisi
      This is a official recruitment campaign for new CCM published on their official website. By Slovenian labour legislation it's more than 40% cheaper (before tax) to employ students via student contract instead of employing them as full-time workers. This is a national disgrace.

      By the end of summer / beginning of autumn additional pilots left the company. As a consequence they had to quickly launch another recruitment campaign last month, just to employ new pilots to keep all the CRJs crewed and manned. Info I'm having is the top brass within company are planning of starting Pay to fly schemes for new-joining pilots in 2015.

      Currently within EU, in the ME and the Far East it's a pilot's market, so lots of opportunities to be had ... If however I'd still be working for them at this point, I'd start polishing my CV and sending it out to other companies.

      It's now official: This outfit is a house of cards. A sinking ship.

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    2. It's an old news (in english) but so bad.

      http://www.rtvslo.si/news-in-english/adria-did-not-respond-to-passenger-calls-they-had-to-spend-the-night-at-the-airport/350360


      Adria Airway was not ready to cover their accommodation costs.

      As I understand if there is a weather delay at least hotel accomodation, food and transportation to/from airport plus phone calls and similar miscelaneous must be provided.

      Pax sleeping in aiport no hotel receipts nothing to pay.

      What a joke.
      Adria is part of Star Alliance.

      Tell me pl. that this bad news i't not true???




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