Monday, March 30, 2015

Air Croatia and Sea Air prepare for launch

Air Croatia to inaugurate services on Thursday as Sea Air prepares for May 18 launch

Newcomers Air Croatia and Sea Air say they are ready to launch flights from Zagreb and Osijek, respectively, this summer season. Following several delays, Air Croatia, which is a Swedish, Cypriot and Israeli joint venture, will inaugurate services from Zagreb this Thursday. The company’s flights from the Croatian capital to Budapest, Prague, Rome and Milan, will be operated by Dutch-based Denim Air. “Denim Air has requested and received slots at all airports, including Zagreb, and there will be no more cancellations or delays for any flights in April or at any other later date”, Air Croatia’s Mehmet Akif Borucu says. An ATR 42 aircraft, which has the capacity to seat up to 52 passengers, will operate the planned services.

Denim Air, which is running the flights on behalf of Air Croatia, will launch operations on April 2. Originally, flights were to be inaugurated last summer, but were delayed until December before being pushed back to March and then again to April this year. At first the company planned to wet lease a ČSA Czech Airlines Airbus A319 and then an Estonian Air Embraer E170 jet, but only recently decided to switch to Denim Air instead. Air Croatia, based in the United Kingdom, has been selling tickets for its flights for several months. It faces no direct competition on any of its routes and will be the only one to offer nonstop flights between Zagreb and Rome. Croatia Airlines currently operates services to the Italian capital via Dubrovnik and Split, depending on the departure day.


Meanwhile, Osijek-based newcomer Sea Air is set to launch flights on May 18 to Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna. Tickets are to be put on sale next month. The airline plans to operate flights with a mix of Boeing B737-500 and MD 82 aircraft. “We at Sea Air are delighted to inform that we will commence regular scheduled air services from May 18 and operate to Munich, Frankfurt, and Vienna, utilizing Boeing 737-500 series aircraft and MD 82 aircraft. In addition to these city pairs, Sea Air will extend its operational network to include other European destinations in the second and third phases of its development”, the airline says. It adds, “Sea Air will operate as a low cost airline, however, this will not reflect on our service. Our passengers are our guests will be treated to an experience where safety and efficiency is our priority”. According to the airline, passengers will be served cold meals and beverages on all flights at no additional cost and will have the opportunity to check-in twenty kilograms of luggage free of charge. Osijek Airport, which handled almost 30.000 passengers last year, anticipates to welcome some 100.000 travellers in 2015 as a result of the new services.

54 comments:

  1. Would be great if a normal airline actually launches flights from Croatia at one point. Wouldn't give these money if my life depended on it.

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  2. I'm surprised no one ever really tried ZAG-BUD after Malev. It was packed.

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    1. Qatar Airways did

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    2. ZAg and BUD are too close. MA had it covered since they flew very small capacity A/C with double or triple daily frequencies and vast majority of traffic went beyond BUD anyway. There is no P2P demand to BUD sufficient to have such flights (QR had 5-10 pax to BUD per flight). BUD is also simply too close.

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  3. Has LU reacted with lower fares to Rome?

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  4. OT:

    http://www.aviokarta.net/vesti/3045-air-berlin-planira-let-od-diseldorfa-do-beograda/

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    1. Extra. Nadam se da će uvesti i liniju do Berlina koja nam je preko potrebna da parira ASL sa visokim cenama... :) Lepa vest.. :)

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    2. Even if it happens, prices will be the same as on Air Serbia.

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    3. Jako dobra vest za letnju sezonu i nadan se da ce cesto slati A321.
      I nadam se da ce imati ASL codeshare na letovima AB za INN.
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    5. Vest bi bila da neko ko nije iz Etihad deonicarske "alijanse" otvori liniju, ovako nista... Jedina povoljnost je sto je AB clan Oneworlda pa ljudi koji cesto lete u USA sad mogu da imaju ponudu sve tri formalne alijanse direktno iz BEG preko AB i AA.

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    6. Diseldorf je odlican za presedanje.

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    7. Vazno je da je bilo koja nova Aviokompanija dosla u BEG a odlicno je sto je AB jos samo da dodje HG.
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    8. There is no a mere chance that Air Berlin starts operations to Belgrade in May. The announced schedule is not acceptable for Air Serbia at all.

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    9. ^ yea genius, you have inside info to what AirBerlin will do

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    10. Connection wise wouldn't Berlin be a better option than Dusseldorf?

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    11. Completely agree with Anonymous at 8:00. Simply, it is obvious this schedule is terrible, what would you catch at Dusseldorf at 11:00 pm. No way.

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    12. Some connecting transfer flights I guess

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  5. Živi bili,pa vidjeli

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  6. Fares are pretty cheap. They have added them on skyscanner

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  7. Is there interest for Zagreb - Prague?. CSA suspended these flights a while ago

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    1. Yes there is a large demand for the route, OU and Czech flew this before recession with double daily, route is very popular and was one of the first routes Czech Airlines launched way back in 1919. Czech will most likely launch this route this or next year again, AirCroiatia with an ATR42 should test waters for Czech Air before they return.

      On a side note, I thought Air Croatia suppose to fly to Milan, not Rome!?

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    2. They decided to go for both

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  8. Sto se ne objavi jednom kako ja otvaram Aviokompaniju najavio sam nekoliko puta nego uvek prednost dobije Air Croatia i oni stalno kasne. A ja bi imao bolju flotu a mene nece da najave.
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    1. Kazi Albrehtu kad ga vidis da nam se nista nesvidja novi livery Austriana uzas,fuj!

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    2. Hocu sutra da pise NS-INN otvara aviokompaniju pod imenom Serbian Airways.
      Flota ce mi biti
      8 ATR 72-600
      4 A319
      20 A320
      6 A321
      6 B77W
      9 A359 je naruceno.
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    3. Big +1 INN :D

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  9. Sea Air from Osijek, great name. ;-)

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    1. Out all the names they could choose from they decide to go for Sea Air from Osijek :D

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    2. If they are to be based in Osijek, what about Slavonica Air, or Air Slavonia. etc.

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  10. I will believe it when I see it

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  11. SMATSA King Air hired by Croatian airspace authority www.flightradar24.com/YUBTC/5e0e3be

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  12. On a side note Zagreb airport had really good March, first half wasn't that great with 8% growth but last two weeks were really great, 20% growth, no idea what the final figure for March will be, could be around 15% growth.

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  13. If these flights start it will be a nice boost to Zagreb's passenger numbers :)

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  14. OT Turkish Airlines increases Podgorica flights from 7 to 10 weekly from 26 June.

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  15. I will never understand why this news has been so many times as the main topic or on the news flash. Personally I think that it would be more appropriate to cover how construction of ZAG airport is going rather than this fictional company who has changed the starting date 3-4 times and changed 3 aircraft already ( from A320 to atr 42). I actually want more news from region, and I am not ASL lover, but please no more Air Croatia crap.

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    1. They publish news every single day from a region that isn't bustling with aviation development. I assume that sometimes they have fillers like these articles with Air Croatia. But anyway there is some new info. But I noticed the Hub routes website picked up this news today as well :D

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  16. I'm hoping for Flights from Eindhoven to Zadar or other croatian Costal cities

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    1. There is 3 weekly Ryanair Weeze - Zadar flight, all summer long, with very very cheap prices. Weeze is some 50-60 km form Eindhoven. So, you have very good option, and to expect newcomers to compete with FR is what you shouldn't hope for

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  17. Both logos are horrendous. My 1 year old would have done a better job.

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  18. aircraft striped zag airport

    https://www.facebook.com/451378948306663/photos/a.501328126645078.1073741828.451378948306663/718328101611745/?type=1&theater

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    1. omg this is actually happening o.O

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    2. Yea so, it will be same story as Bosnian Wand Airlines. In the best case scenario they will cease to exist after the summer season.

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    3. This plane is as old as Air Serbia 737s!

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  19. It's disappointing Centavia was blocked by the government in Serbia. I think they would have been a very interesting airline. They had good plans.

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    1. Centavia was deemed a danger to JAT at the time and Compadre Ilic did all in his power to take them out. Sadly he was successful.

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    2. Centavia also didnt get rights to fly scheduled services from the countries it planned to fly to. I believe it planned BTS, ZAG, TGD and LJU. They did operate many charters during the summer.

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  20. Sladak im je aviončić.

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  21. I missed it, does Air Croatia have AOC, or do they fly under Denim Air AOC ?
    Is this a virtual airline ?

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  22. OT: Air Serbia was rejected additional slots in LHR for the summer season 2015. Application was for 10 slots, or 5 extra flights p/w.

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    1. from where would ASL even get the money? 10 slots are like 30 million euros

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    2. Firme i biznismene netreba nikad pitati odtkud im pare.
      Steta sto je odbijen zahtev ali tesko je i doboiti jos slotova u LHR.
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    3. Air Serbia (JAT) 's had 9 slots at LHR for years.

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