|Limitless Airways to launch flights on May 1|
Croatian start-up airline, Limitless Airways, has taken delivery of its first aircraft, an Airbus A320, which arrived in Zagreb on Thursday. The jet, which will carry the registration 9A-SLA, arrived from Subang Airport in Malaysia via Al Anin in the United Arab Emirates. Ultimately, its destination will be Rijeka where Limitless will be based. The jet is seventeen years old and previously operated for China Eastern Airlines, before it was stored in October last year. It is owned by leasing company GECAS. The airline plans to lease a second Airbus A320 for its operations this summer. Limitless Airways has been registered in Croatia and has already advertised for several job vacancies including cabin crew positions.
Limitless Airways initially planned to launch operations from Zadar but has moved its base to Rijeka. This summer it will run a range of seasonal flights to Scandinavia on behalf of tour operator Scandjet. Furthermore, the airline will operate a series of charters to Denmark and Finland as well as flights between Mostar and Gothenburg. Over 25.000 passengers are expected to fly with the airline this summer. In preparation for the new carrier, Rijeka Airport is undertaking the biggest overhaul of its passenger terminal since opening its doors in 1970. Work is expected to be completed this month. Furthermore, Rijeka Airport is considering building a hangar in cooperation with Limitless Airways so maintenance work can be carried out at the airline’s base.
The start-up is expected to operate its first flights on May 1, from Rijeka to Angelholm and Kristianstad in Sweden. Several new airlines, to be registered in Croatia, have announced plans to launch flights from the country this summer. One of them is newcomer Sea Air, which is to be based in Osijek. It plans to begin scheduled flights next month with two aircraft. The full-service airline will operate with a Boeing 737-300 and B737-500 to Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna. Ticket sales will begin in mid-March when the airline launches its webpage. Sea Air will operate daily flights to Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna and offer complementary meals, twenty kilograms of free checked-in baggage and a free shuttle bus service between Osijek city centre and the airport. Furthermore, Croatian ferry company, Blue Line International, is considering creating an airline subsidiary with two turboprop aircraft, however, no firm timeframe has been given for its launch. It is said to be eyeing services to Rome, Zurich, Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt and will operate on a low cost basis.