Friday, December 23, 2016

Eurowings to expand EX-YU operations


Lufthnasa's low cost subsidiary Eurowings will launch nine new routes to Croatia and Montenegro next year, including a year-round service between Stuttgart and Osijek, with more announcements possible in the coming period. Lufthansa has made Eurowings its main focus in the battle with market leaders Ryanair and easyJet for leisure passengers in Europe and a vehicle for consolidation. It is set to become Europe's third largest low cost carrier after deals to lease 33 crewed planes from Air Berlin and to take over Brussels Airlines, which will lift its fleet to 180 planes from 93 by 2018. While the majority of Eurowings' routes to the former Yugoslavia will operate on a seasonal summer basis, services to Osijek will run throughout the year, making it the only carrier to offer international flights to the Croatian city on a year-round basis.

Osijek Airport has hailed Eurowings' decision to introduce flights to the city, noting that the new service will cater for both the Croatian diaspora in Germany, as well as travellers from nearby Serbia and Hungary. Eurowings' Network Development and Airport Relations Manager, Ivan Oreč, said, "We are pleased to commence new flights between Osijek and Stuttgart through which we will connect Slavonia with Germany. Osijek becomes the 130th destination in our network and the seventh in Croatia. It is a very important destination and we are certain we will consider some other routes from Osijek in the near future". The announcement comes just a day after Wizz AIr unveiled its plans to introduce services from Basel to the Croatian city next year.

Other destinations that will be launched by Lufthansa's low cost unit include seasonal services from Munich to Dubrovnik, Zadar and Pula, from Salzburg to Dubrovnik and Split, Vienna to Zadar, Dusseldorf to Pula, as well as between Dusseldorf and Tivat, marking the airline's entry onto the Montenegrin market. Eurowings aims to become profitable in 2017 after start-up losses in 2016. The flurry of new routes have been made possible by the lease of Air Berlin jets, which the Lufthansa subsidiary says it has secured at "competitive" rates. "Our hands are full. We don't have much capacity to handle anything else in 2017", Eurowings' CEO, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, said when asked whether the airline could take on more of Air Berlin.

RouteLaunch date
Salzburg - Dubrovnik27.03.2017
Salzburg - Split28.03.2017
Vienna - Zadar08.04.2017
Munich - Dubrovnik29.04.2017
Dusseldorf - Tivat30.04.2017
Munich - Pula02.05.2017
Munich - Zadar03.05.2017
Dusseldorf - Pula06.05.2017
Stuttgart - Osijek09.05.2017

111 comments:

  1. Meh... nothing too exciting besides STR-OSI. All these are pretty much there for tourists in summer.

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    1. Well its good for Zadar, they becoming less and less dependent of Ryanair

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    2. But what will happen when SPU gets its new terminal? I fear most will just move there.

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    3. Well they wont move, they will just boost the operations at Split, nothing else!

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    4. It's not like the croatian coast is only Split ;-) There are many things to do and places to see around Zadar too. Don't forget about Kornati

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    5. Zadar and other parts of Northern Dalamtia has much to offer, many national parks around Zadar

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    6. Split is just a base where to start exploring Adriatic, actually there are far more cities in Croatia which are more popular tourist destinations than Split, in fact Split get fewer tourists than Rovinj, Porec or even Zagreb.

      Zadar is growing fast, they should handle 575000 next year easily. 750 000 by 2020.

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  2. Great news for Osijek. Finally year round flights.

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    1. Alen Šćuric PurgerDecember 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM

      OSI has all year flithts:

      OSI-ZAG nonstop 6pw
      OSI-PUY nonstop 2PW
      OSI-RJK nonstop 2pw
      OSI-SPU 1stop 4pw
      OSI-DBV 2stop 2pw

      That is 10 all year flights per week to 5 destinations

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    2. I meant international flights Not pso with 30 seat plane.

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    3. hahahah @last anon, made me laugh. :D

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    4. Yeah, he made me laugh as well, when I recalled my last pso in Serbia from Subotica to Nis 8 hours on pso Nis Ekspres

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    5. Nis Ekspres is not subsidized. Also if you want to travel faster buy a car, no reason taxpayers should pay for your adventures

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    6. Alen Šćuric PurgerDecember 23, 2016 at 10:56 PM

      It is 19 seats plane not 30, but still that is 20.520 seats per year from Osijek and 33.000 seats per year in all Croatia.

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    7. I kosta vas vise nego let do NYC. Smesno.

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  3. Croatian airports will come close to 10m pax in 2017. Thx to booming tourism, pity that OU wont get any of this tasty cake...

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  4. It was reported a few times that they considering Nis. Wonder if we might see it happen.

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    1. Considering they only fly seasonally to Belgrade (basically a couple of weeks), I wouldn't be too optimistic.

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    2. Would be good to see them in Skopje too.

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  5. They are cutting more and more into OUs share. I think in the end we might see Croatia Airlines integrated into Eurowings like Brussels Airlines.

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    1. Alen Šćuric PurgerDecember 23, 2016 at 10:58 PM

      Croatia and Adria as part of Eurowings is most real scenario.

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    2. Maybe even Air Serbia if Etihad sell everything they own to LH??

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    3. Sell everything they own in Europe I meant.

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    4. Alen Šćuric PurgerDecember 24, 2016 at 9:22 AM

      Oh yes, just in few days everything changes...

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    5. Not sure if LH will take the bite but reading all the articles it seems this is what Etihad might be pushing for especially in regards to Alitalia and Air Berlin.

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  6. We will be seeing more and more of them as they grow.

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  7. Good news fro Osijek they are making a comeback

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    1. It's especially good that they want to add more new routes.

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  8. Good to see something other than Moscow being launched from Tivat.

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    1. Yeah very nice for Tivat they need more destinations to/from western eu countries.

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  9. The amount of new flights being launched to Croatia next summer is really impressive and compared to previous years the points in Croatia are much more diverse rather than just being Dubrovnik and Split.

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    1. Ocekuje se raspad CTNa sta tu nije jasno?

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    2. To nema nikakve veze. CTN uopce ne dijeli tu tortu. Oni spavaju, tako da veci broj letova nema veze s njima.

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    3. Ne bi imali uopste skoro dva miliona putnika da im nije turista leti. Zimi kada popunjavaju LH ne mogu nikako da opstanu.

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    4. E pa ali ima turista ljeti

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    5. A neki "dobro komsije" u Srbiji bi radije cele godine racune za grejanje placali, samo zima da je stalno pa da CTN propadne. Epa nece da moze drugari, pre ce to u ASL da se desi kad se Etihad povuce

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    6. Iduća godina će biti fantastična i van svih očekivanja za aerodrome u Hrvatskoj! Super! Ovo i nisu sve najave, gotovo svaki dan se najavljuju nove linije!

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  10. It's great news but Croatia should do more to attract airlines to fly year round. Then it would really be an achievement.

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    1. And how do you suggest they do that? People just want to go on holiday during the summer.

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    2. You develop winter tourism.

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    3. Actually the "summer" season is starting to expand to at least half a year. Starting about mid-April to November, the peak ofc being July/August

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    4. Year round tourism is the new focus in Croatia. They are investing a fair bit into it too.

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  11. Mama Lufthansa strikes back against other LCCs.

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    1. Makes me happy. It will force W6 to be more competitive and to stop being a bottom feeder. Maybe a good start would be to no longer charge for carry-ons.

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    2. @10:20

      Erm.. no and no. Their market value is based on the ancillary %. And Eurowings won't make any LCC even bat an eyelash.

      There is a whole wide world beyond exYu. Sorry to burst the bubble, but this is the fringe market mate.

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    3. Maybe for Ryanair but it's not 'the fringe market' for Wizz Air. Without ex-YU they would lose a considerable chunk of their business.

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    4. More precisely, ~6.5%. 7.5% with another a/c in Belgrade. Minimum leverage.

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    5. According to whom exactly? I am sure that Wizz Air wouldn't agree with you.

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    6. So you are saying that if Wizz Air lost 7.5% of their business they wouldn't care because it's just a 'fringe?'

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    7. I wish people had some reading skills.

      No, I'm not saying that. Stop making a straw man and face the fact it's a fringe market with minimum leverage. In addition, all of the above is completely in the context of the response to the original statement. It's about leverage, not cherry picked statements. Sheesh.

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    8. Don't try to change your arguments now when you were proven to be saying nonsense.
      Ex-YU market is not some backwater market no one cares about like you said. It's an important one for airlines and they are not going to lightly walk away from it.

      Stop with your western chauvinism.

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    9. Ja sam Balkan boy (i ne smrdim na znoy ;) ).

      It's what the actions and figures related to it suggest. Rose tinted glasses and wishful thinking might hold you under a spell for a limited time, though they will not change reality for you, no matter how much your hate of it drives the denial.

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    10. Oh, and I'm under no expectation whatsoever that people here know how to argue. Charm yes, fight yes, argue no. So I'm not expecting you to accept any actual facts, you've been conditioned to a lifetime avoiding just that.

      Fringe market, bottom of the barrel. Mala bara, puna krokodila.

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    11. LOL you are such a classical liberal Balkanite always belittling your own area thinking that grass is greener on the other side.

      Ex-YU is no different than the Baltics, the Visegrad Group area and so on.

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    12. Whatever helps you sleep at night. Cheers.

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    13. "Maybe for Ryanair but it's not 'the fringe market' for Wizz Air. Without ex-YU they would lose a considerable chunk of their business."

      How many Wizz aircraft are based in exyu today? 1x BEG, 3x SKP and 1x TZL + couple of routes operated by other aircraft.

      As of today, they have 74 aircraft, so exyu market is less than 7%. Remember there are Wizz bases 5+ aircraft - in a single base, not in 3 countries...

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    14. At least in BEG a few destinations are not operated by a plane based there so you need to look at the overall passenger numbers. I am sure they handle over 2 000 000 pax each year in ex yu

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  12. Excellent news for Osijek. They should be able to overtake their passanger numbers from ex-Yugo days now.

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  13. And at the same time they cut Berlin-Pristina this winter :(

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    1. Are you surprised? Few can afford to fly out of PRN and you can't just sustain a route by sales in Germany alone.

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    2. Berlin-balkan flights do not seem to have worked out for them. They also suspended Berlin-Sarajevo a while back. Maybe with the Berlin takeover they will give it another try.

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    3. They are not taking over Air Berlin... At least not yet.

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  14. They increased VIE-ZAD from planned 1pw to 3pw just after a few weeks of sales. Must have been very impressive sales.

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    1. Maybe FR or W6 should look at BTS-ZAD.

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    2. @anon 10:17 wll I dont think that WizzAir is here in the game, they are very cheapskaters, want everything for free and always crying Croatian cost is too expensive for them...

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    3. An interesting and possibly risky strategy the Croatian airports saying no to incentives to attract LCCs but one that is clearly working. Good on them cause it's paying off and attracting cashed up tourists. These days you need to be wealthy just to buy a coffee in DBV or set foot on Hvar in the peak

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  15. Great news for Croatia, new carriers and routes are being announced every day!

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  16. OT: Eurowings increases Vienna- Zadar further to 4X per week.

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    1. how is that an "OT"? Have you read today's article?

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    2. This would appear to have caught them quite by surprise. Probably someone hitting someone, why the f did you not suggest this sooner ?

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    3. From when? I don't see it in the system yet. It's still 3 p/w the other are via German cities.

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    4. 4th frequency will be bookable within the next few weeks!

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    5. Great! Thanks. Any other plans from EW?

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    6. That's impressive 4 times pw is very nice, if you calculate fast the total capacity per week is about 1200.

      I think Zadar will get about 620.000 pax in 2017

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  17. As a citizen of Vojvodina I'm pretty excited to hear that Osijek is waking up, I hope it will be able to offer more routes and become nice alternative to BEG airport on some of those routes.

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    1. Why? Fares out of BEG are quite low.

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    2. You can be an inhabitant of Vojvodina, but not a citizen of Vojvodina ;)

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    3. Yeah for me it would also be a good alternative for the too much expensive belgrade...

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  18. Plus we have Lufthansa starting Frankfurt-Pula

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    1. LH group really going after the Croatian market next year.

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    2. LOT announced Pula yesterday

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    3. Yes there is news about it
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/12/lot-to-launch-podgorica-and-pula-flights.html

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  19. Ex-Yu, LOL. You meant, Croatian operations!

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  20. 2016. air traffic in Croatia will probably reach and possibly surpass 8 million!
    And on off topic remark; BEG rose up to 16th most popular airport in terms of traffic from/to ZAG! Quite an achievement,considering the service has been around for less than 2 years. More closely to 1 year in fact.

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    1. Do you know who BEG dethroned? How many airports are served in total?

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    2. I don't know, I'm sorry. The report I was reading was for top 15 airports and they added Belgrade since it was so close to making that list, you see? Skopje is No.15 and the difference is less than 20,000 pax if I remember correctly.
      As for overall number of airports served, it's around 30.

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  21. Many international media reporting today on EY's surrender of AB to LH and Hogan's departure. AB CEO was fired last Sunday, the newly appointed got the task to create conditions for LH to absorb AB. Priority is to "strengthen" LH as the reports claim. It seems AB will completely disappear. The story about keeping long haul routes and fleet in AB were false.

    Maybe it's right time for Kondic to give now an interview to Ex-Yu Aviation News and better insight into the situation.

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    1. I have a feeling Dane is too busy packing his own suitcases in Belgrade...

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    2. I hope so too but I fear he will be staying on.

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    3. I have a bad feeling that Eurowings will not only take over longhaul flying to leisure destinations but will also take over JU's flight to New York if the group decides to keep it.
      The government should quietly start looking at options for the airline without EY involvement.

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  22. Kaku su ovo dobre novosti...? Nase zdracne luke su francuske a avio kompanije ce biti njemacke...

    Josip

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  23. JU is losing ground and its share in the Croatian market especially Tivat, what a pity. It was a goldmine destination for them.

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    1. Tivat is not in Croatia the last time I checked.

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    2. Why would one want to go via BEG when you can fly direct?

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  24. I don't get it. Eurowings as lcc is not low cost at all... Fares are very high compared to Ryanair or Wizz. On the other hand they do not offer connecting flights and regular airlines LH and OS and Swiss offer fares with hold on luggage. What's the point introducing Eurowings as LCC? They will not destroy Ryanair, maybe just slowing them a bit, but certainly not making any difference long run.

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    1. Eurowings is competing with Transavia and Vueling.

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    2. Yeah compare them with Transavia not cheapskaters as WizzAir and Ryanair

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    3. EW is offering connecting flights, at least to all LH Group member airlines.

      Fares are comparable to Vueling and Transavia.

      Basic EW fares do not include baggage, same as with all the other full fare airlines of LH group.

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  25. JP 307 ZRHLJU 23DEC ETD 1930h A319 133 Pax
    Merry Christmas to all or lets say most of you

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    1. Tomorrow there will be 7 flights from Zurich Kloten to Belgrade : JU371,JU373,JU375,LX1412,LX2716,LX1416, LX1418 with probably more than 1.100 passengers on board.
      Merry Christmas to Roman Catholics from Belgrade.

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    2. So Qatar owns 20% of IAG with codeshare agreement Etihad will form similar relationship with LH. Is Emirates going to announce some big partnership following deal with Qantas from 2013.

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    3. Wow, sounds great !!

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    4. So Qatar owns 20% of IAG with codeshare agreement Etihad will form similar relationship with LH. Is Emirates going to announce some big partnership following deal with Qantas from 2013.

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    5. Emirates / Qantas partnership has been great for Emirates but not so much for QF. Perth / London route might be the first of many such flight from Australia to Europe skipping the Dubai stop.

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  26. Tužna vest. Malopre je objavljeno da je preminula Vesna Vulović, nekadašnja JATova stjuardesa, jedina preživela u padu aviona pre 44 godine.
    RIP Vesna
    http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/naslovna/drustvo/aktuelno.290.html:641497-ODLAZAK-LEGENDARNE-STJUARDESE-Preminula-Vesna-Vulovic

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    1. Sad. Rest in peace Vesna. :(

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    2. RIP

      Poor thing, died alone several days before being found. :'(

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  27. With WizzAir to Friedrichshafen and Baden-Baden, Eurowings to Stuttgart both from Belgrade and Osijek, could this be a final punch to JU for their Stuttgart route?

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