Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SkyGreece confirms Toronto - Zagreb launch

Transatlantic flights from Zagreb to launch this summer

Charter carrier SkyGreece Airlines has confirmed the launch of transatlantic flights between Toronto and Zagreb. The new service, which will operate once per week from Canada’s largest city, will commence on Monday, June 22, with the return flight to be operated two days later, on June 24. A full schedule is expected to be published by the airline soon. Services will operate until October 15 with a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, which has the capacity to seat 274 passengers. The news comes less than two weeks after the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) issued SkyGreece Airlines a license to operate services between Canada and European Union member states.

Commenting on the new route launch, SkyGreece’s Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Dennis Codere, said, “We shared our vision with the Zagreb Tourist Board, the Croatian National Tourist Board and Zagreb International Airport to make Canada closer to Zagreb and Croatia and we were extremely happy with the openness and the enthusiasm they truly demonstrated in bringing Canadians to discover the beauty of Croatia. We can assure all Canadians that Croatia is waiting for you with its rich history, beautiful scenery, young and active population, trendy lifestyle and the beautiful Adriatic Sea to discover”. He added, “This new direct flight to Toronto will allow families to see each other more often and Croatians can now also discover the beauty and richness of Canada”. The charter specialist has agreed on a joint marketing approach with the Croatian National Tourism Board in Canada in order to attract more Canadian tourists to the flights.

Cabin view of SkyGreece's B767-300ER

The Croatian Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs negotiated the new route late last year, with talks initiated by the Croatian Ambassador to Canada, Veselko Grubišić. The planned new service will mark the resumption of flights between Zagreb and Canada’s largest city in seven years. Skyservice Airlines previously operated the route once per week on a seasonal summer basis for two years, in 2007 and 2008, with a Boeing 757 jet. SkyGreece is a Greek-registered airline set up by expats living in Canada with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Athens. It will operate three weekly flights from Toronto to Athens and a one weekly service to Thessaloniki from May 18 and 20 respectively. Furthermore, the carrier will run a weekly service from Montreal to the Greek capital. SkyGreece Airlines says it will offer Canadian travellers “an alternative to discover Europe with a touch of the renowned Greek hospitality”. It is in the process of acquiring a second aircraft.

70 comments:

  1. Congratulations to ZAG!

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  2. OU should codeshare, so they can distribute the passengers from Zagreb to all the coastal destinations.

    Also that cabin looks pretty good.

    Good luck to SkyGreece. I wish them great success.

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  3. ZAG works pretty well!

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  4. Great job, Zagreb!

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  5. OT: Wizz Air revives float plans

    ...
    Wizz Air said that it has achieved a 23.5pc increase in revenue to €727.3m, a 37.2pc increase in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and rentals on operating leases to €254.8m in the last six months and pre-tax profits of €158.1m.
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    The key message: Pre-tax profits of 158m EUR.

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    1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/11388889/Wizz-Air-revives-float-plans.html

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    2. Znaci nije bilo profita pre pada cene goriva? Zanimljivo.

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    3. A funny conclusion to make based on the above article. I won't play a guessing game as to how you managed to misinterpret it though. Rest assured it couldn't be more wrong.

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    4. revenue increase something like 727*.235 something like 170 .... and they lowered ipo from 200m to 150m. Pathetic.

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    5. I don't get the pathetic part. It's not obvious what valuation they're going for - 150m could be any % of shares.

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    6. http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pressreleases/press-release-detail/detail/new-airbus-aircraft-list-prices-for-2014/

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    7. Exactly as I mentioned before, Wizz is running out of time to float or sell the company after previous unsuccessful attempts. You can stretch investors patience only so much. With overall volatility and oil trending up, there is a possibility third attempt will also fail, and that would further darken their outlook.

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    8. I would give a pretty penny to see your face in a month or so when it all gets done and the numbers get published. No need to get so bitter darling. It has nothing to do with investors' patience. All you need to do is read the fine article linked above, it's all there in black and white.

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  6. It has now been 18 days since last Air Serbia article... I really think that is not ok

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    1. every story mentions air serbia, not enough of a fix for you?

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    2. Look on the bright side of it no news can also be good news.

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    3. A) That is not true

      Air Serbia hiring crew
      Wednesday, January 28, 2015

      Air Serbia adds Seoul codeshare
      Monday, January 26, 2015

      Air Serbia adds Vietnam codeshare
      Monday, January 19, 2015

      Air Serbia adds Singapore codeshare
      Thursday, January 15, 2015

      B) You won't see much news from the airline until the end of this month, before it presents its financial results. Would you prefer for me to make something up?

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    4. We'll leave the artificial Air Serbia news to INN

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    5. Admin, please delete above 10:26 comment, posted in the wrong thread. Thank you.

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    6. Last news about Air Serbia (on the main page) were the ones about on board WI-FI. And that was more than two weeks ago.

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    7. And again B) You won't see much news from the airline until the end of this month, before it presents its financial results. Would you prefer for me to make something up?

      The airline has been contacted, the airline has a no interview policy, the airline doesn't want to reveal anything before late February/early March.

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    8. Just disregard this bla bla complaints. In month they will complain about "too much Air Serbia"

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    9. Anonymous at 10:21 AM
      Sa tim me sigurno necete izprovocirati ;)
      Trebaju doci 6-7 Aviona i da vidimo kako su prosli pregovori sa Kinezima.
      INN-NS

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    10. It seems as if Air Serbia had a problem with their ATR72 yesterday, and was pretty much late on their flight to Banjaluka. Can anyone confirm his is true.

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    11. Piloti kazu, prica se da treba da dodju jos 2 737-300 a 737 ce leteti do 2017....

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    12. We should soon hear the January numbers for BEG so calm down.

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  7. Back on ZAG: my 2 cents opinion - everybody please refrain from "mine is bigger" type of comments, thnx :)

    This is a confidence/morale booster type of post...

    Within last 12 months ZAG has so far managed to either realize and/or announce confirmed flights/airlines as follows:

    - KLM
    - Eurolot
    - Air Serbia
    - FlyDubai
    - Swiss
    - Brusseles Airlines

    + a series of "smaller" contributing routes that are nonetheless significant:

    - Korean (frequency increase, 2014)
    - Onur Air/Correndon (Frequency increase 2014)
    - European Coastal Airlines (Rab)
    - Trade Air/OU to Osijek/Rijeka
    - Vueling, seasonal to Rome,
    - Vueling, flight period extension (May, October) to Barcelona
    - SkyGreece, flights to Toronto
    - Montenegro, flights to Podgorica and CPH
    - Air Croatia to Milan, Prague, Rome and Budapest - still not fully convinced they'll start, however they show "serios" signs of serios intention (FB "refer a friend" campaign, 100 free tickets), bookable/searchable through Skyscanner

    Not sure if I have left anything out - but to me looks like a promising year for ZAG :)

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    1. Yes for ZAG but not for OU.

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    2. that's OK. OU's priority is to finish what it has started (restructuring). OU will bounce back. It may not re-gain "my c*ck is the biggest in the Region" status, but sustainable/profitable growth is fine. The next goal would be finding a strategic partner. So, OU will be fine, not great, but fine.

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    3. Actually, I am curious, how is OU planning on coping with increased competition? Do they have any other plan besides lowering their fares?

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    4. Croatia Airlines Fail

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    5. @Petar,

      great post as usual, thanx for updates.

      @NemjeeFebruary 4, 2015 at 10:50 AM

      I'll say what I say always, any good competition is good and healthy for airlines that are set in old ways.

      OU must restructure and find its way, currently airline has 200 staff surplus, imho they need to be made redundant before 2015 is up,especially the upper management echelon. However, it is unlikely OU will be privatized this year, simply put its too short of a time and OU must restructure first before it is sold off, a 3rd year with profits will also give a signal to any would be buyer that OU is a safe bet.

      Also Zagreb is greatly undeserved as a destination, plenty of fish in the ocean, OU will do fine no matter what happens.


      This year Alitalia, SAS, Czech Air and Finnair should be coming to Zagreb if they see a potential in Zagreb. Alitalia and Czech Airlines have plans for return to Zagreb, SAS and Finnair might need to consider plans for Zagreb for Finland sent 62 000 tourist to Croatia in 2014 and 5500 of them actually visited Zagreb considering there's no direct link between two cities this is a major success imho.

      SAS should be flying to Zagreb from Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo on a daily basis, why they aren't is anyone's guess, but I hope they'll consider Zagreb and start flights to Zagreb.

      I mentioned above 4 companies cause Zagreb airport management is in talks with these 4 carriers and there might be some announcements in mid March or late April.

      Czech Air seems certain to come this year in September or October, but talks are still ongoing and if financial situation inside CA improves they might start flights to Zagreb three times per week at first from September, but more likely they'll start from April 2016, we'll see. Alitalia is in same position as CA, but they might start flights to Zagreb this year. other two carriers are still in deep talks with Zagreb Airport Management and no news as to how these talks are going, but they might start flights sometimes next year if all goes well.









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    6. "plenty of fish in the ocean" - I think it's your head that is full of crap.

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    7. Might fish some in-there.

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    8. In my humble opinion, even though there are plenty more fish in the sea, both Serbia and Croatia governments do as much as they can, to ensure traffic in both states mostly goes through BEG and ZAG. The situation is much better in Croatia than Serbia. Croatia looks like being of very irregular shape - it really wouldn't be suitable for tourists to land at ZAG and travel to Dalmatia by bus, especially to Dubrovnik region. Contrasting this, Serbia's territory's compact and also Serbia has no Adriatic sea. So, only BEG is operational in whole Serbia minus K&M. The situation is much better in B&H than in Serbia, because there are 3 more airports that are operational to some extent besides SJJ which is located in the capital and used pretty much. Slovenia, Montenegro and Macedonia which are also underdeveloped countries, are too small to have more than one international airport within its territory.

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    9. @AnonymousFebruary 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM

      "Slovenia ... ...... ... which are also underdeveloped countries,"

      Hm, Slovenia is developed country, if you meant to say they have underdeveloped air transport infrastructure, i wouldn't agree with that either, unless you meant underused not the capacity, sure there's plenty of more space, Ljubljana for its size should be handling around 5.5 million pax, and perhaps in 20 years it will handle that much, :)

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  8. Croatia Airlines has no other plan the Ceo Mr.Kucko has only one concern and that is save his job nothing to do with saving Croatia Airlines

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    1. Well, if OU's performance worsens then he might have one less argument in order to justify his 'plan.' So far he could always say that he brought the airline to profitability...

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  9. CAN I READ AN ARTICLE ON SARAJEVO FLIGHTS SITUATION WITH WIZZAIR? You said there will be trhee flights from Sarajevo by Wizzair.

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    1. Calm down. Here you go http://exyuaviation.blogspot.com/p/wizz-air-confirms-sarajevo-airport-talks.html

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  10. Razgovor s Denisom Codereom, zamjenikom glavnog komercijalnog direktora SkyGreecea :

    http://www.putovnica.net/vijesti/hrvatska/skygreece-s-izravnim-letovima-zagreb-toronto-krece-22-lipnja-karte-uskoro-u-prodaji

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  11. ZAG Airport stats are in for 01/2015:

    2014: 135.758
    2015: 150.667, + 11%

    # of flights, +9%

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    1. BEG wins again with growth :)

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    2. How can BEG win since they have not yet published their numbers?

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    3. Someone mentioned 17%, i guess it was a lie. Anyway, great for Zagreb for publishing numbers that fast.

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    4. someone mentioned BEG has 20 % growth for january, which isn't that unrealistic considering results last year, and a well good start for 5.5 to 5.7 million this year

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    5. I sincerely hope BEG handles more than 300.000 passengers in January but with JU's rather bad loads I don't think it's that possible.

      I am curious to see February, the airline cancelled many, many flights as a result of catastrophic loads. Let's wait and see how 2015 turns out to be.

      One thing that's for sure is that this summer are going to have a month with 600.000+ passengers!!

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    6. Hi Peter,

      previously I commented that anything less than 8% would be a disappointment. so these figures are very good for Zagreb. I am expecting 10% growth for the year but to achieve 11% during what is traditionally slow month is great to see and if we see plus 10 for February too than I would not be surprised if we see closer to 15% total growth for 2015!

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    7. Actually it's much easier to make significant growth in the slow months than in the busy summer months.

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    8. Hi Peter,

      previously I commented that anything less than 8% would be a disappointment. so these figures are very good for Zagreb. I am expecting 10% growth for the year but to achieve 11% during what is traditionally slow month is great to see and if we see plus 10 for February too than I would not be surprised if we see closer to 15% total growth for 2015!

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    9. BEG has 14% increase. Total number for Januar is 308.381

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    10. Let's hope they publish their numbers soon so as to officially confirm what you just wrote.

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    11. It is practicly published
      http://www.blic.rs/Vesti/Ekonomija/532063/Beogradski-aerodrom-u-januaru-povecao-broj-putnika-14-odsto

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    12. anoymous@3:33 PM - while in slow months you have a lower base to work with (hence it's seemingly easier to grow), on the other hand slow months don't have that many pax... while in summer, you are more likely to fill up the flights.

      so, to conclude: an airport needs to have an increased number of flights that provide a solid base for growth in winter, while propelling a higher growth rate in the summer - due to better LF of those flights. So yes, these percentages may easily go up from 11% to 16-17% or more, it depends... to me it seems that they can as many flights were not even 50% full in ZAG this January...

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    13. Does SkyGreece airplane have seat screens or wifi for entertainment?

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    14. No but they probably make souvlaki and gyros onboard!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCJhXO1G83w

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  12. QR is recruiting in Nis, maybe they plan on launching flights. ;)

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    1. Why would they?

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    2. Dude... couldn't you recognize the sarcasm in his post.

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  13. Five aircraft are circling above BEG, no one is landing, does anyone know what's going on?

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    1. JU 123 from SOF
      JU 113 from SJJ
      JU 643 from OTP
      JU 553 from IST
      AZ 594 from FCO

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    2. Beogradski tabloidi ce sigurno objaviti kataklizmicne naslove sta god da je pravi razlog.

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    3. Promena staze u upotrebi zbog skretanja jugo-zapadnog vetra na severo-zapadni 300/10kts

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  14. hahahahahahahahahaha:
    Bosnian Wand Airlines ostao bez dozvola za letove
    http://www.aviokarta.net/vesti/2940-bosnian-wand-airlines-ostao-bez-dozvola-za-letove/

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    1. Oh how shocking... they killed it just a few days after the Bosnian government decided to keep JA alive.

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    2. JA is a cute carrier. I like their promo of last autumn SJJ-BEG for Eur 1 plus airport fees. Did anyone buy tickets on this promo and what was the price? I'm sure its not much pricier than traveling the same route by bus. I wish i fly them.

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    3. Unbelieavable, what a shame. I tried to refrain myself from being sceptic as some other people regarding this airline's future but it indeed looks like a joke.

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  15. Ovaj 763 me podseca malo na onaj od Gospodina Abramovicha.
    INN-NS

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    1. Hahahaha, INN je hit :D

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