Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sea Air to expand across Croatia

Sea Air to add new flights from Osijek, Zagreb and Pula

Croatia's Sea Air, which commenced operations last summer, plans to introduce a handful of new routes from its base in Osijek, including its first domestic services, as well as international flights from Zagreb and Pula. Starting March 24, the airline will begin flying from Osijek to London Southend Airport, which will be followed by services to Zagreb on March 30. Furthermore, it will also add flights from both the Croatian capital and Pula to Germany. However, Southend Airport's Managing Director, Glyn Jones, said discussions were still ongoing with the airline and no routes have been confirmed. "We are talking to a number of airlines about the possibility of commencing services to and from London Southend Airport, however, it would be inappropriate to comment on these talks whilst our discussions with them are still underway", Mr Jones said. Sea Air states the flights will operate every Thursday and Sunday, while the carrier has decided to introduce the new service to London because its passengers "often requested the destination". The airline also says it will include a one-way train ticket from Southend Airport to Liverpool Street as part of the ticket.

Sea Air, which operated services to Germany last year before they were cancelled, will launch its first domestic flights - between Osijek and Zagreb - three times per week, which will continue on to Stuttgart. From Pula, the carrier will run three weekly flights to Dusseldorf and two weekly to Leipzig. Tickets are already on sale, though potential travellers should take caution when booking tickets. The airline previously announced it would launch flights from Osijek to London Stansted, Pristina, Mostar and Tirana, as well as services to Kuwait City via Tbilisi, none of which materialised. Sea Air plans to mantain operations with three wet-leased aircraft, a Boeing 737-300, a corporate B737 jet with the capacity to seat sixty passengers, and a Saab 340.

Sea Air, which commenced operations on August 23, 2015, does not hold its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and thus operates all of its flights under that of Maleth Aero from Malta. "Sea Air will do its best to obtain a new AOC from the Croatian Civil Air Office", the company says. Osijek Airport's Managing Director, Domagoj Marinić, recently noted, "Sea Air had a lot of difficulties in developing its route network and establishing flights. However, we should not forget that the company has hired some twenty locals. This is a positive development for our city. We want to assist them where we can and we believe their idea deserves our help".

58 comments:

  1. They should have first got a Croatian AOC and then they could have applied for IPO and done some domestic routes.

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  2. I'm surprised they are still around.

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    1. Well they lasted longer then the Air Croatia experiment. That lasted 2 weeks. I don't get why the Croatian CAD allows these virtual airlines to operate.

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    2. They can't really do much. As long as they compensate passengers for their cancelled flights they are allowed to operate.

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  3. So in the end they will have more flights outside of Osijek then from Osijek.

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  4. This will be another great year for aviation in Croatia!

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  5. OT: Air Berlin planes new routes from Berlin Tegel to both Pula and Zadar for summer 2016 which should go live soon.

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  6. There is another Sea Air on the horizon. It is called Tushkan Airlines and it will be launched from Rijeka this summer. I expect a similar scenario to Sea Air with people being robbed for flights that never take off.

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    1. Do you have more info on them. Who is behind them?

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    2. Tushkan Airlines - what a name.

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    3. It's a start-up.
      It plans to operate scheduled flights from Rijeka.

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    4. Tushkan is the name of the guy who bought Air Adriatic from the first owner Dejan Cabric. They had big plans for AHR but instead of acquiring 737-700 and opening scheduled LCC routes, they lost their AOC. Would this plans for the new airline in RJK materialize, I couldn't say, but the fact is that one 30-seater turboprop owned by mr. Tushkan has been parked on RJK apron for about 3 months now.

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  7. No we wait for all of these flights to be moved by several weeks, then months, then cancelled. Same story each time.

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  8. OT: EY will replace 319 with 320 on ther BEG flight effective next winter season

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    1. Because all A319s are being retired.

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    2. ETIHAD recently updated its winter 2016/17 schedule, effective 30OCT16. Initial update sees following routes served by Airbus A319 being replaced by A320.

      Abu Dhabi – Bahrain EY377/378 (all 4 daily operates with A320 in W16)
      Abu Dhabi – Belgrade 1 daily
      Abu Dhabi – Minsk 1 daily
      Abu Dhabi – Muscat EY388/381, EY384/385 (all 4 daily operates with A320 in W16)

      ETIHAD tentatively plans last A319 service on 29OCT16, however further changes remain possible.

      Source: http://airlineroute.net/2016/02/02/ey-w16update2/

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    3. I'm surprised its taking this long to upgauge to the A320. The flight is always full. I wonder what will be of the A319's. One even has the wifi installed.

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  9. Does Sea Air still fly from Pristina? They announced how they would be flying from PRN to some German destinations. Probably chartered by some tour operator.

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  10. Did they operate any flights during the winter season? How on earth are they still around? Who is financing them? And what's the reasoning behind the VIP jet? It doesn't seem that practical.

    What I don't get is why didn't they start right away in Zagreb. It's not like OU is a major threat.

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    1. ZAG was probably too expensive for them. They didn't operate flights from Croatia during the winter except for charters. I think one aircraft was/is operating out of Pristina.

      They seem to be a bunch of amateurs. You just have to visit their website.

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    2. Thanks. I wonder what changed their mind and pushed them to launch ZAG-STR flights. They are probably realizing how silly it was to base your operations in OSI.
      Let's see how it all turns out in the end. I have my doubts but you never know.

      That said, it was unfortunate when Air Croatia went belly up. I kind of liked them.

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  11. An airline offering flights from Croatia to Eastern Europe would be a point of difference in my opinion. There is a lot of demand for flights to Bucharest, Sofia, Kiev... It cold work with a small aircraft. I think small airlines should have used Croatia Airlines' 4 year stagnation and tried to work with them so they could feed OU from various cities. It would be a win for both.

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    1. Not a bad idea, are any of those cities even have seasonal services?

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    2. No unfortunately. I think Croatia Airlines will introduce Bucharest this year when they get those 100-seat planes they have been talking about.

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    3. +1 that way it would be a win win for both Croatia Airlines and a smaller partner.

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    4. Croatia needs connections to Bucharest, Sofia and Kiev. There are a lot of tourists that will come to the Adriatic cost.

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  12. I think this is the first time we have seen an article by Ex Yu which comes with a warning lol!!

    The fact that Osijek airport are backing them tells me that this airline either has very good management or are run by real good con-artist. Remember last year Osijek was burnt by this mob by not delivering on what they promised and as a result the airport missed out on other potential flights with other operators.

    The fleet choice is obviously very questionable except for the Saab 340. A airline based in the region with a modest fleet of these aircraft could be reasonably successful in my opinion.

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  13. OT
    PRN January 2016 figures are out.
    Pax: 120,531 (up 12.82%)
    Flts: 1019 (up 10.04%)

    These figures represent the best January figures ever.

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  14. I read elsewhere that Air Transat chose a Belgrade based company for their ex-YU presence. Wouldn't an agency in Zagreb make more sense? Or are they also considering Belgrade?

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    1. where you've read it?

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    2. They chose international company whose BEG office also handles Croatia. They probably work globally with that GSA so BEG office automatically handles Croatia.

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  15. Ryan announced today another 2 destinations from SOF - MXP 2x weekly and CIA on daily basis.

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    1. So, we're waiting for the good news. May be they consider BEG or SKP.

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    2. Are they going to base a plane there?

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    3. Probably yes. So far the announced routes are 6.

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    4. Neka idi u INI a ne u BEG tamo je potrebnije da nekukaju stalno kako nemaju letove
      INN-NS

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    5. Rome CIA, Brussels CRL, Dublin, London STN, Milan MXP & Pisa! Wow! The competition with Wizz will be very tough.
      Daily flights will be ROM, MXP and most likely STN will be 2x daily. Bravo!

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    6. Thank you for the update from Sofia! They are certainly very interesting!

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    7. definitely WOW!

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    8. Doci ce Ryanair u Beograd čim Air Serbia propadne

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    9. Time for BEG and SKP to shine!

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    10. BEG ne treba FR trebaju mu druge stvari.
      INN-Ns

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    11. Anon 4:49,

      Dabogda ti svaki let u životu bio sa Ryanair-om.

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    12. just checked Ryan's webpage, MXP is indeed daily and not 2x p/w

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  16. Trebali su da uzmu 2 E175 umesto ove mesavine i da lete u saradnji sa CTN mislim da bi se vise isplatilo nego ovo igranje.
    INN-NS

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  17. OT; Air Arabia to strat flights to Sarajevo, from March 20.

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    1. http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/01/air-arabia-plans-sarajevo-service.html?m=1

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    2. Karte su tek danas pustite u prodaju!

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  18. After last years fiasco with Sea Air, I personally wouldn't fly with them. You could never trust if they are coming or going. They left a bad impression.

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  19. I would kindly ask you for additional information about Sea Air.... Have they ever performed a scheduled flight from Osijek or/and Mostar and/or Prishtina?

    Thanks in advance for sharing information with me

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    1. Yes, they did.

      Haplek

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    2. For how long they did that? Do they fly now from Priština and Mostar?

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