|Sea Air and Air Croatia delay launch and adjust plans|
Croatian-based start-up airlines Sea Air and Air Croatia have modified their plans including their launch date, fleet and destination network. Sea Air, which was to inaugurate services from Osijek on May 18 with a Fokker 100 jet, will now do so on June 29 with a Boeing 737-500 aircraft. The launch was delayed after the airline encountered problems with processing credit card payments. However, the start-up says it has now overcome all issues and has put 10.000 tickets on sale. It will operate daily flights from Osijek to both Frankfurt and Munich. Initially, the airline planned to run services to Vienna as well but has since swapped the route in favour of Stuttgart instead, which will run three times per week.
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. “Sea Air will operate every day of the week from Osijek to Munich, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, with Boeing B737-500 aircraft, which have the capacity to seat 132 passengers”, Osijek Airport said in a statement earlier this week. The airline plans to appeal to travellers not only from Croatia but also from neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Hungary. “Sea Air will operate as a low cost airline, however, this will not reflect on our service. Our passengers are our guests and will be treated to an experience where safety and efficiency is our priority”, the company said. 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.
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On the other hand, Air Croatia, which suspended operations this April just weeks into its launch, has scheduled its comeback for June 18. The start-up hopes to resume services between Zagreb and Budapest, Rome, Milan and Prague. The company suspended operations after the firm responsible for processing its credit card transactions had failed to forward funds to the airline, leading to Air Croatia’s inability to pay for the wet-lease of Denim Air’s ATR 42, which it used to maintain flights. It is unclear which aircraft Air Croatia plans to utilise this time around if it resumes flights in two weeks time. The aircraft it previously used has been leased out and is no longer available. Both Air Croatia and Sea Air will use foreign Air Operators Certificates (AOC).