Sunday, October 2, 2016

Croatia Airlines considering Adria jet lease


Croatia Airlines is studying the possibility of leasing an Adria Airways Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft during the upcoming winter season. In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, the Croatian carrier said, “Croatia Airlines and Adria Airways, both Star Alliance members, are considering this possibility, but so far nothing has been definitely agreed”. It is believed the aircraft would be used on a trial basis for Croatia Airlines during the winter months as the carrier is leaning towards the possibility of acquiring the type for next summer season as part of its regional fleet expansion. There has also been speculation that in return the carrier would lease out its Dash 8 aircraft, which has fewer seats, to Adria Airways for use on some routes, although this has not been confirmed.

Adria’s six CRJ900 aircraft have the capacity to seat 86 passengers. The airline wet-leased one of the jets to Air Serbia between June 15 and October 1. Furthermore, one of the aircraft operated a select number of Austrian Airlines flights during the summer. The Slovenian carrier has, on a number of occasions, also wet-leased its aircraft to Croatia Airlines, when one of the latter’s jets were either due for maintenance or experiencing mechanical problems. Most recently, this Wednesday, an Adria Airbus A319 operated flights from Zagreb to both London and Munich on Croatia Airlines’ behalf. Through a wet-lease arrangement, the lessor provides an aircraft, crew and maintenance to the lessee.

Croatia Airlines currently has a fleet of thirteen aircraft, with one Fokker 100 wet-leased from Trade Air for the summer and due to be returned by the end of the month. The airline plans to add regional jets to its fleet next year with the ability to seat between 70 and 100 passengers, therefore bridging the capacity gap between its Dash 8 turboprops and larger A319/A320 aircraft. On the other hand, Adria plans to add a CRJ700 to its fleet this winter. It has already taken delivery of two aircraft this year, including a CRJ700 and a CRJ900 jet.

42 comments:

  1. Intrresting choicd

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  2. That would be smart move

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  3. Ugh... what pointless business moves between two airlines with no future.

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    1. Troll and hater

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    2. Why don't you give some examples before attacking me? Neither JP nor OU have a clear strategy and they are just existing, surviving day by day with no concrete long-term strategy.

      Feel free to prove me wrong.

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    3. @ano 9:23 Some arguments upon this statement?

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    4. Anonymous at 9:23 it is you that needs to prove your statement, not for the others to disprove it.

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    5. Why? Are you saying that both OU and JP have a long term strategy or that they any prospects? Who are you kidding.

      JP is aimlessly expanding around Europe's tertiary airports hoping it eventually strikes gold.
      OU is slowly losing the coast to its competitors while its still relatively protected in Zagreb due to airport's high taxes.

      If either one of these two is directly attacked they will instantly fail. So this 'transaction' is nothing more and nothing less than two terminally ill businesses pulling at straws.

      Feel free to prove me wrong.

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    6. @AnonymousOctober 2, 2016 at 1:11 PM

      With current government in place, there's little chance of OU going bankrupt no matter what. This government would find a way to help out OU, same way Italian and Polish governments did for their national airlines.

      Also Zagreb airport is owned by the State, it only allows the management of the airport for 30 years or the lease. So what Croatian government says go in this regard, and if this means OU will maintain a privileged status at Zagreb and other Croatian airports which are owned by the state btw, so be it.

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    7. Agree, Anonymous 8:52!

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    8. Yet OU's finances keep on going from bad to worse and they are withdrawing from markets all the time. They are slowly dying because they are losing whenit comes to competition.

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    9. Do you trolls, who have been repeating for years how OU is at the verge of collapse, live in an alternate universe, or are you just so stupid and naive as to think that people here can't see through your pathetic propaganda? Or do you perhapse lack the the simple skill of actually checking out the OU's finances, which have been in the plus and going up for the 4th year in a row now? As for the strategy, that too exists and is launching next year big time. Not to mention that OU has been successfully restructured and privatized, so it's been doing busines with profit on its own, without state having to intervene, ever since 2013, with each year better than the previous one. That is what we, in the world of sane people, call an upward trend, not theethering at the verge of collapse.
      Just give it up already and accept that you'll not live to see OU collsapsing. I honestly don't understand why that seems to be such source of suffering for some of you, as to actually make you reveal your emotional state, instead of stating arguments. Must be some weird balkans thing.

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    10. Do you trolls, who have been repeating for years how OU is at the verge of collapse, live in an alternate universe, or are you just so stupid and naive as to think that people here can't see through your pathetic propaganda? Or do you perhapse lack the the simple skill of actually checking out the OU's finances, which have been in the plus and going up for the 4th year in a row now? As for the strategy, that too exists and is launching next year big time. Not to mention that OU has been successfully restructured and privatized, so it's been doing busines with profit on its own, without state having to intervene, ever since 2013, with each year better than the previous one. That is what we, in the world of sane people, call an upward trend, not theethering at the verge of collapse.
      Just give it up already and accept that you'll not live to see OU collsapsing. I honestly don't understand why that seems to be such source of suffering for some of you, as to actually make you reveal your emotional state, instead of stating arguments. Must be some weird balkans thing.

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  4. If they plan pn getting CRJs next summer then it is a smart move.

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  5. Great. My guess is it's the same CRJ they leased to Air Serbia which is quite new.

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  6. If OU leases out 1 Dash and leases a CRJ900 from Adria then probably no money will be exchanged.

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  7. So they are definitely going for Bombardiers for their regional fleet.

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    1. Makes sense seeing as they already have Bombardier aircraft in their fleet.

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    2. @AnonymousOctober 2, 2016 at 10:38 AM

      Yes but it won't be CRJs, it'll be CS100s, 99% certain of that. We won't know anything till May 2017.

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  8. Seci usi krpi dupe. Nova vlada Kroacije treba da lansira Kucka u orbitu ako ima imalo soli u glavi kako da leci ekonomiju najveceg bolesnika u EU. Da li je on kupio ijedan avion?

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  9. Croatia Airlines won't do anything until new Ceo takes over asome current Ceo is on his way out

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    1. Do we know when that might happen?

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    2. The new Cro govt should be approved on 14th October in Sabor and it looks like this one might be a little more stabile, enough not to fall apart in a few months. There's a possibility that the current minister (Butkovic) will remain, but even if there's a new one, Kucko was SDP's man, and the new govt will be HDZ's so Kucko staying is virtually impossible. Some people were commenting here that Kucko's contract ended in August, but he's still here so that probably wasn't true, or he had some clause leavaing him in charge until a new CEO was appointed. Anyway, there'll deffinitely be a new CEO, the question is only when, I belive by the end of the year it's possible.
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    3. His contract was to expire in August like the contracts of almost all airport CEOs in the country but the government decided not to name new managment teams as it had already collapsed and new elections were to be held.

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    4. CEO's contract got extended until March 2017. Confirmed (inside info).

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  10. Nice. Love the CRJs

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  11. Although I like CRJs, this is hardly a 100 seater to fill in the gap between Dashes and Airbuses, CRJ900 has only 10 seats more than Dash 8...
    However, new planes are deffinitely welcome, looking forward if OU really gets 4-6 new regional jets.

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  12. OU needs some RJs besides the Dash-8.They should get a E-190 or E-195. And Adria needs a A318 or another A319

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    1. A318... That's a way to bankrupt Adria even faster. There's a reason why A318 accounts for less than 1% of all A320family orders and why there is no A318neo.

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  13. According to the latest rumor, the deal won't materialize.

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  14. OU moze za relativno mali novac dobiti SSJ i zameniti nekoliko svojih Q400 kojih se ocigledno zeli resiti.

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    1. Buy a Sukhoi super jet today and tomorrow after Putin makes another war stunt and embargi kicks in, stay without all spare parts. Should be nice.

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    2. Interjet didn't have any issues with their own SSJs so I don't know what you are going on about.

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    1. Bilo bi dobro kad bi imali saradnju neku ali to je ne moguce zbog blizine svojih Hub-ova.
      INN-NS

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    2. koja je poenta brisati komentar pa opet pisati saci?

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  16. Come to think of it, a Croatia and Adria merger/cooperation is quite a clever idea if properly executed.

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  17. JU se ne da rastati od svojih 26-god. starih ATR-72-200 i 31-g. 737-300...

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    1. A kakve to veze ima sa temom?

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  18. Adria and Croatia Airlines swapping one CRJ and one Q400 seems like a good idea. Adria has some really short routes from LJU such as SJJ, ZRH, VIE, and MUC which are probably much more economical on the Q400. On the other hand, I think Croatia airlines would benefit from having a CRJ on routes such as BRU and CPH because those are a bit far for a turboprop.

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    1. OU doesn't fly turboprop to Copenhagen anymore. At least not all the time. Last time I flew it was A319

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