|Sea Air adds VIP-configure B737 and a Saab 340 to its fleet|
Sea Air has leased an additional two aircraft and revised its planned operations just over a week after launching commercial services. The Croatian start-up recently took delivery of a VIP-configured Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The jet can accommodate up to sixty passengers, has a 5.5 hour range and can hold up to five tonnes of cargo. It can also be configured in a 48-seat layout with sixteen club four seats and 32 rear cabin seats. The aircraft has been wet-leased from the Maltese aircraft management, charter, sales and maintenance company Maleth Aero. It is based at Osijek Airport. The airline has already leased a passenger-version of the Boeing 737-300 from the Maltese company, with the aircraft currently used on flights from Croatia to Germany. Furthermore, the carrier has taken delivery of a thirty-seat Saab 340, which will be utilised on its flights between Osijek and Mostar.
|Sea Air Saab 340 at Mostar Airport|
The start-up carrier has also revised its planned operations. Flights from Osijek to Mostar launched on September 1, while services from Sarajevo to Kuwait City, which will now run via the Georgian capital Tbilisi, will launch on September 15. The sector from Sarajevo to Tbilisi will take five and a half hours. Flights from Mostar operate on Sea Air's behalf by Ukrainian airline AeroJet, while services between Sarajevo and Kuwait will be run by the Georgian carrier Luftline. The airline will run a promotional flights between Mostar and Osijek tomorrow. Sea Air has previously said it sees great potential in the Bosnian market. The airline does not hold its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and runs all of its services under flight numbers held by other airlines. In a statement, the start-up said, "Sea Air will do its best to obtain a new Air Operator's Certificate within the next year from the Croatian Civil Air Office".
Sea Air says it will use its corporate B737 jet for VIP and business charters across the Balkans. "Sea Air is chartering modern Boeing aircraft and a Saab 340 which guarantee modern travel with all necessary comfort. Beside our small schedule network, these aircraft also serve for various charter operations all over Europe", the carrier 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 most start-ups is the use of foreign AOCs.