Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sea Air delays launch for a fourth time

Sea Air delays launch until August and leases Tupolev cargo jet

Croatian start-up Sea Air, which was to inaugurate services tomorrow, has delayed its launch for a fourth time. The Osijek-based airline was initially meant to start operations to Germany on May 18. It then pushed back its launch to June 29, followed by July 19 and now says it will begin flights on August 9. In a statement, Sea Air said it understands the impact the delays are having on potential passengers. “We are aware that, after changing our launch date on several occasions, we have lost the trust of many passengers and that the public is highly sceptical of our flights”, Sea Air said. It added, “We are asking our passengers for their understanding and patience. Sea Air is a new company. We could not foresee some of the difficulties that we have faced, which came as an unwelcome surprise to us, while some were beyond our control”.

Passengers who have booked tickets with the newly established airline will be offered alternative transport. Sea Air initially delayed its May launch after it encountered problems with processing credit card payments. Subsequently, the airline faced issues with leasing its aircraft. It plans to operate flights from Osijek to Munich and Stuttgart three times per week, while services to Frankfurt will run four times per week. The airline has previously said it would operate a Boeing 737-500 aircraft, however, the Managing Director of Osijek Airport, Domagoj Marinić, said earlier this month that a Saab 340 would be initially utilised before demand picked up and the carrier shifted to the larger Boeing aircraft.

Meanwhile, Sea Air has begun operating cargo flights with a leased Russian-built Tupolev Tu-204-120C aircraft from Egypt’s Cairo Aviation. The jet has the capacity to carry 26 tonnes of cargo and is being chartered on flights from Osijek to the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans. “We have chosen this aircraft because it is cost-efficient and beats other jets in its class. We believe the Tu-204 has no competition among aircraft with its carrying capacity”, Sea Air said. Start-up airlines across the former Yugoslavia have had difficulties in launching operations and almost all have failed. Only this year, Air Croatia, which began services from Zagreb in April, suspended services shortly after. Despite plans to resume flights on June 18, it has not done so. Common to all of the start-ups is the use of foreign Air Operators Certificates (AOC).

27 comments:

  1. Ovo je postala sprdnja. Gdje je sad udruga Potrosac? Gdje su institucije zaduzene za zracni prijevoz? Nadlezno ministarstvo? Ovu farsu je trebalo sasjeci u pocetku. Hrvatska se pretvorila u poligon za nadobudne diletante koji bi se igrali zracnih prijevoznika pritom cineci ogromnu stetu putnicima koji od putovanja nazalost vide samo online rezervaciju. Uozbiljimo se konacno.

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  2. I have a feeling they won't start in August either. Seriously is this even legal?

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  3. "and is being chartered on flights from Osijek to the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans." lol money laundering

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    1. Seriously, does anyone have any info about those freight flights? What are the exact routes? What is the cargo? I suppose its a wet lease with Egyptian staff?

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    2. Judging by the geographical area they are flying within, probably weapons.

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  4. Pravosuđe bi se trebalo aktivirati. Ali valjda su na godišnjem. Farsa.

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  5. So whats the actual problem/excuse this time? Did they notice noone wants to rent an aircraft to a company with no more but a few thousands on their account not able to pay for the first lease rate?

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  6. Sezona kiselih krastavca.

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  7. Kad su se vec odlucili za ruske Avione onda bi trebali 2 SSJ 100 da uzmu na Leasing i bilo bi im mnogo korisinije nego tenk 735 ili 320 koji nikad nece da napune u OSI a ovako ce uvek imati pun avion koji pritom trosi jako malo .
    INN-NS

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  8. A kada sam ja rekao da je njihov koncept već oproban u Crnoj Gori (i da lično znam čoveka koji je nadrljao finansijski zbog toga) i da nema šanse da će dobiti potrebne dozvole da ikada polete, meni su se ljudi rugali. HAHAHA - to je sve što mogu da dodam.

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  9. Who is behind this Sea Air fiasco?

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    1. Maybe same people who were behind Centravia fiasco?

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  10. ОТ

    Може ли неко ко се боље разуме у Флајтрадар да појасни шта се дешава са летом за Солун ЈУ 522, А319 ЈУ-АПЈ.

    Тренутно је близу Ниша. Од тренутка када је полетео путања којом иде показује веома честе и нагле промене висине. Још није прешао већу висину од 5500 метара, а на моменте падне и на свега неколико стотина

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  11. Nije samo taj let. Ceo dan nekakvi gremlini sa vertikalnom putanjom. Mozda je od vrucine :)

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  12. FR24 is full of bugs... was monitoring an A3 flight from ATH to RHO yesterday and the route looked like I drew it after a bottle and a bit of dunja on an empty stomach. ..

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    1. Would be interesting to know how those flights are doing.

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    2. What route?

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    3. Athens-Riyadh (i know RHO is Rhodos, it just reminded me of the latest route).

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    4. Athens-Riyadh is apparently seasonal route which is supposed to start on 20th of July if I am to trust wikipedia, but if I remember correctly they initially planned on launching the route during the beginning of June but then pushed it back for July ( possibly due to poor ticket sales?). Nemjee, do you have any more info on the A3 ATH-RUH route?

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  13. Sea Air Routine Fail

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    1. Jat Airways, Centravia, Aviogenex Routine Fail

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  14. How can the Croatian regulator let this happen, how can law enforcement agencies let this happen over and over again. I thought Croatia was in the EU.

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  15. prosto ne mogu da shvatim da hrvatske aviokompanije ne mogu da opstanu na svom trzistu, a milioni turista godisnje.. steta sto ni tamo uz pregrst uslova ljudi nemaju ideja..

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    1. Molim te objasni mi kako to "hrvatske kompanije ne mogu da opstanu na svom trzistu" ?

      1. Croatia Airlines - opstaje na svpm trzistu uspesno 24 godine
      2. Trade Air - opstaje uspesno na svom trzistu skoro 20 godina
      3. Anic Airways - opstajao i leteo na svom trzistu 2 godine
      4. Limitless Airways - opstaje i leti na svom trzistu, doduse tek prvu godinu, ali opstaje, za sada uspesno
      5. Dubrovnik Airline - opstajao i leteo 6 godina
      6. Air Adriatic - opstajao i leteo 6 godina
      7. European Coastal - uspesno opstaje i leti drugu godinu
      Sve navedene kompanije imaju ili su imale hrvatski AOC.

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  16. Sea Air, Air Croatia, Limitless, Dalmatian, Bosnian Wand Airlines, future Air Bosna... are the same people behind all of this?

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    1. What was neme of that LCC serbian company Centarair or something? Same shit!

      Limitless is not in that gang as they do fly. They made several hundreds flights till now from Rijeka to Ängelholm, Catania, Göteborg, Kalmar, Karlstad, Kristiansand, Norrköping. Skellefteå, Sundsvall, Umeå. Their parent company is Scanjet.

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