Sunday, March 8, 2015

Croatian start-up takes delivery of first jet

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.

53 comments:

  1. How did we miss this one? This is the first time I hear of it...

    Good for Rijeka, that's for sure. It's a shame they will not operate from other Croatian airports. The country is in a desperate need of a decent charter airline!

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    1. O ovome se pričalo odavno, samo što je baza trebao bit Zadar http://aerocroatia.blogspot.com/2014/04/limitless-airways-novi-zrakoplovni.html

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    2. I wonder why they gave up on Zadar...

      Will this base have an impact on Pula which is right next door?

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  2. Meni je veoma zanimljivo to što Bugarska ima tri relativno postojane čarter kompanije (VIA, BH i Bulgarian Air Charter) koje opstaju već godinama, ali sa druge strane Bugarska uz more ima i razvijeniji skijaški turizam od Hrvatske pa su im avioni kako-tako uposleni i u zimskom periodu.

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  3. OT: Air bridges in Zagreb Airport

    http://www.adelte.com/news-events/hi-tech-boarding-bridges-futurist-passenger-terminal-zagreb#

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    1. DBV već ima dva i prvi je u Hrvatskoj sa aviomostovima. Ni po čemu se ne razlikuju od ovih što će biti u ZAG.

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    2. Only eight gates, feel sorry for you.

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    3. Haha, it's not about quantity, but quality, you should know that ;))

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    4. DBV će u konačnici imati 4, a ZAG 8 aviomostova. Ali nije poanta u broju nego da će biti potpuno jednaki sa istom tehnologijom koja se spominje u članku.

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  4. Lets hope this airline actually works out and isn't a new Dalmatian.

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  5. http://tris.com.hr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Zagreb-Monta%C5%BEa-Fo-ZM-1.jpg

    http://tris.com.hr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Zagreb-Monta%C5%BEa-Fo-ZM-2.jpg

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    1. Awesome and thanks!

      Keep them coming!

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    2. http://i60.tinypic.com/33uqxll.jpg

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  6. Another WHATSOEVER AIRWAYS?!

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    1. The names of those croatian airlines are going from bad to worse.

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    2. Definitely not worse than AVIOLET!

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    3. I actually like their logo.

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    4. Violeta is at least flying, not sure for all those Libertas and Air Freedoms of yours that yet have to shine in the skies of lijepa nasa...

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    5. It's flying just because Air Serbia didn't get all those new planes that are desperately needed!

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    6. Violeta was supposed to fly regardless of the fleet renewal plan. It was always supposed to be a charter venture.

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    7. No actually, Air Serbia's management was keen to stop doing any sorts of charters. It took the persuasion of JAT staff and the realization that they don't know everything for them to realize that charters make a huge amount of money. So no, Aviolet was not planned from the very beginning at all. It was an afterthought.

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    8. No one mentioned that it was planned from the very start.

      Old JU management couldn't even organise a decent summer season, they are completely useless.

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    9. No one mentioned old JU management. There are several hundred hard working people who worked at Jat and today at Air Serbia who are not members of political parties. Serbia's aviation industry didn't start with Air Serbia or Etihad.

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    10. No, it didn't but Serbian aviation was brought to extinction by a lot of people from that era. There are maybe 5 people who are worth something from the Jat era who are in Air Serbia today.

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    11. To be honest with you, it would be much better if they painted in the 'Air Serbia' livery those B733 and just added a small italic title "leisure" underneath during the summer season. Like this it is starting to look real hypocrite and unprofessional, like on one side they were spitting on those a/c while now they send them regularly to all the mainline destination with no prospect of that changing in the foreseeable future.

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    12. You are very much mistaken about your 5 people and that's coming from someone who works at Air Serbia and worked for Jat and has passed all those Etihad tests. Perhaps you should tell Dane Kondic which 5 people are worth something because he seemed to think that 1000 people who worked for Jat should continue working for Air Serbia. You have no clue what you are talking about. They came with a similar attitude like you but then realized that many people at Jat knows quite a few things aboit aviation. You might not have seen progress but Jat survived thanks to all those people despite political managnment and not a fraction of the kind of support from the government Air Serbia has today.

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    13. 'A Violet'...(smells a flower and blinks innocently)

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    14. Well, colleague... if they were so happy with your kind then they wouldn't be negotiating with the government to organise another round of redundancy packages to get rid of what's left of the highly competent Jat employees. ;)

      Jat survived for all those years because of chronic government subventions. The airlines was sinking deeper and deeper into the abyss all thanks to its wonderful, disillusioned employees.

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  7. What will they do during the winter? Even Croatia Airlines has problems with fleet utilization during the slow season, let alone this airline with 2 Airbuses!

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    1. They will probably do charters for some other airline.

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  8. Dalmatian, Libertas, Blue Line, Limitless, Air Croatia... I can't keep up...

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  9. OT: http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2015&mm=03&dd=08&nav_id=966039
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    Vučić je rekao da mora da se ide u rekonstrukciju, povećanje kapaciteta i proširenje kako bi aerodrom bio funkcionalniji.

    Da li će se u taj posao ući sa stranim partnerom kroz koncesiju, ili nekim drugim oblikom javno-privatnog partrnerstva, ili ćemo u to ići sami, to je odluka koja će se doneti u naredna dva meseca, reako je Vučić
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    Ni reč o novoj pisti, terminalu i hotelu. Verovatno samo malo proširenje C i renoviranje starog A dela. Tragična kratkovidost!

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    1. Pobogu ljudi. Stariji ljudi bi rekli ko švaba tralala. Šta će Aerodromu Beograd druga pista?! Neuporedivo veći aerodromi u Evropi i širom sveta funkcionišu sa jednom pistom. Šta ste zapeli za to. Da, bilo bi lepo da postoji hotel na aerodromu, ali kakve veze ima aerodrom sa time? Ako postoji neki zainteresovan investitor, neka ga napravi, ko mu brani?!?!?!?! Ovo mu baš dođe WTF?

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    2. @2:08 postojeća pista se ne može reparirati jer joj uskoro ističu svi resursi.

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    3. 2;42 please stop trolling. It is true that in the following years BEG will need runway overhaul which will probably close the airport for 2 weeks in February I am guessing, but there is no need for second runway. Runways need overhaul from time to time, but there is NO EXPIRATION DATE!!! Pista ti nije imlekova kravica lol.

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    4. Even at 10 million pax there is no need for second runway. Yes during 3-4 months in BEG u can find "guzva" but have you seen the airport during winter or even march and april, its empty. A family member of mine traveled during first half of January ( which is busiest during winter time) to AMS in the morning wave of ASL and she said it was deserted. The check in took her 1 min and no she came 1:30 hr before flight, so its not like she came too early. If you pass 20 million then we can start to talk about it. BEG pax figures are up drastically which of course I find to be great, but reality is still far from second runway. Smaller sized hotel and new medium sized cargo facility do make sense and are essential. As for BEG airport it definitely needs expansion and makeover of A wing but not too drastic like you guys say " new terminal with 15 air bridges". That means BEG would have 31 air bridges and around 20 remote stands which is again too much even looking forward 15 years. Be solution would be to expand existing airport from C gates and add extra shopping and food court as well as 4-6 gates. Most of this stuff is reality but the end part is my opinion so you can ignore it if you disagree

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    5. @4:06 nema potrebe za ironijom, naravno da pista nije mleko. Samo sam hteo da kazem da je do sada vise puta reparirana, ako se ne varam 4 puta i da je potrebna generalka ali ne gornjih slojeva vec njenog fundamenta sto nije nesto sto moze da se obavi za par nedelja...

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    6. SAW handled 24 million pax in 2015 with just a single rwy. However, having more than one runways makes an airport more convenient. i.e. less occurance of queuing planes which loop around the town awaiting their landing slot (which usually happens in LHR for example). For now it is more important to make a terminal and more gates with jetways, and also completely overhaul the Terminal 1 and Arrivals floor

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    7. Compete overhaul of Terminal 1 can be more expensive than completely wrecking Terminal 1 and building new one in the same place.

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  10. This in bankruptcy before they even start and i agree with above that the names choosen are worse then their business idea.

    Start an airline in Croatia with base on Croatias coast that have a season of max 3 months

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    1. In the last year, this Limitless airways was flying in some type of cooperation with Scandjet. They were mostly bringing Scandinavian tourists during the slow summer timetable months (April, May, September, October). They have the some goal now, but they moved their operations from Zadar to Rijeka and want to launch several new routes from Rijeka. As I can on Scandjet website, there are really dozens of tourist packages to Kvarner.

      I am more nervous about Express airways that aims to launch several lines to Split and Brač. I would really like that they make pretty god results, but I am not so sure whether they will take off or not.

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    2. How can they be flying if they did not exist last year??

      And Scandjet is a tour operator selling packages and not an airline

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    3. @AnonymousMarch 8, 2015 at 2:22 PM
      This in bankruptcy before they even start and i agree with above that the names choosen are worse then their business idea.

      Start an airline in Croatia with base on Croatias coast that have a season of max 3 months.@


      u're talking nonsense, Season in Croatia lasts from late april to late October, with high season being late May to late September, also its a charter airline, operates on seasonal flights with seasonal charters be it in summer of winters. also A320 in question is 17 years old, so lease was affordable, around $2 million, I am sure investors knew what they're doing.



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    4. High season from late may, have you ever been on croatias coast late may or june, its pretty much empty everywhere except dubrovnik and opatija.

      as everybody who works in the tourism industry knows the so called spica sezona is august and last week in july and that is 5 weeks at its best

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    5. @AnonymousMarch 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM@

      Again talking nonsense, Croatia had 13.7 million tourist in 2014, 13.7 million, do you really think all of them came in 6 weeks of July and August ?

      http://press.croatia.hr/Documents/3495/Dolasci-i-nocenja-turista-SIJECANJ-PROSINAC-2014-2013.pdf

      Statistics just for you, so you can debate with Croatian HTZ and DZS and ministry of Tourism and Transport.

      U have some strange notions of what Croatia has and is, clearly never been to Croatia. Sure there are periods like last year when season had bad july, but June and May were way above record with 8% yoy growth, so first 2 weeks of July didn't really impacted overall tourist arrival and numbers, this year has also started strong with 7% growth across, with Zagreb registering 15% growth first two months of last year.

      Read before you start to yap about how bad situation is, cause clearly you don't know much about Croatia.

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  11. OT:
    From tomorrow on sale tickets for London - Ohrid with Wizz, first flight 14 June(Sunday)

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  12. Jel jos neko primetio da su Er Srbijine akcije postale (!) puko nabrajanje najjeftinijih cena za koje se mogu naci odredjeni letovi ako se karta kupi par meseci unapred (zato i iskljucuju datume oko praznika, jer tada avioni nisu 'prazni')
    Ove cene za Osmi mart se ne mogu nazvati previse 'promotivnim'

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  13. Ja kao dugogodisnja musterija odgovorno tvrdim da JU postaju sve skuplji i skuplji. Takodje sam kao cest putnik za FCO i MXP primijetio da je i AZ znatno povecala cijene otkako dodjose braca Arapi. Pa nismo mi svi Emiri. Ako jos kupe i YM necu vise moci da platim ni TIV. Bruka!

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    1. Ne valja kad ih spuste (dumping), a ne valja ni kad ih podignu... Ko ce nama svima udovoljiti...

      p.s. Ovo vazi i za anon at 6:55 PM...

      MM

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    2. ^ please, the guy is right! Its costs more to fly directly from BEG to TLV than AMS to TLV which is extra 2 hour flight lol.I know other companies are doing it as well, but not such drastic measures. Last summer it was like 350 euros from BEG to TLV and 230 from AMS. Do you get what I am trying to say?? At least it should be close to 350 not 120 euros lower. I understand dumping has to been done on some routes and it OK!!, but not such huge differences.

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    3. To add on my previous comment I chose to go via Istanbul with TK and I payed 260 euros which is still a lot but cheaper than ASL from BEG. On that date flight from Istanbul to TLV was 280 euros so TK also did price dumping, but only 20 euros differences. Not like ASL with 120 euros less with an extra 2 hour flight. Overall, the company can do whatever it wants although I just wanted to point out that its not dumping, its drastic dumping.

      I think everybody has to agree that ASL is doing drastic dumping, but at the same time again they have the right. Hopefully things will sort out in future.

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  14. Danas sam putovao easyJet-om iz Milana do Beograda i let je bio apsolutno krcat do poslednjeg mesta....isto je bilo i u odlsku pre desetak dana! Vidim da je guzva bila i za povratak u Milano jer je gate bio pun. Ko god da je leteo na ovoj liniji ovom aviokompanijom je pisao da je popunjenost bila odlicna a meni i dalje nije jasno zasto ukidaju ovu liniju od kraja marta!?! Velika steta!!!!

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  15. Kako se kompanija zove Limitless ili Libertas Airways posto tako pise na airfleets.net
    Hvala unapred :)
    INN-NS

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