Sunday, March 25, 2018

Adria Airways begins major expansion


Adria Airways will today commence one of its biggest network expansions to date with seven new routes to be launched this summer season. Despite scheduling inaugural flights from Ljubljana to Sofia, Bucharest and Hamburg for today, the airline has pushed back the latter two, as new crew members undergo training. Instead, only the service to Sofia will be launched this afternoon, with Bucharest to follow on March 27 and Hamburg on April 1. Services to Geneva and Dusseldorf, as well as seasonal flights to Dubrovnik and Brač, will be introduced over the next month. Initially, all of the airline's new routes were to run with the fifty-seat Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft, previously operated by its now defunct subsidiary Adria Airways Switzerland. However, their arrival has been delayed with entry into service not expected before June. Until then, all of the airline's new flights will be operated by a mix of Bombardier CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft. The carrier recently added two newly leased CRJ900s to its fleet.

Launch of new Sofia service, Ljubljana Airport

Commenting on the new route launches, the company said, "At Adria Airways, we want to maintain our position as a reliable airline and good market player. By introducing these new connections we will also be opening up new opportunities for both business and tourism". It added. "Adria Airways will consistently continue to improve its offerings and has ambitious plans for 2018. The year will be dedicated to opening more connections between cities in Europe and the Balkan region. With the implementation of novelties and optimisations, Adria Airways is continuously committed to improving the travel experience and offering the most convenient way of travelling in the region".

RouteLaunch date
Ljubljana - Sofia25.03.2018
Ljubljana - Geneva26.03.2018
Ljubljana - Bucharest27.03.2018
Ljubljana - Hamburg01.04.2018
Ljubljana - Dusseldorf26.04.2018
Ljubljana - Dubrovnik27.04.2018
Ljubljana - Brač28.04.2018
Click on links for flight details

Adria's Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Schneider, said, "This year will be key for Adria Airways and this is why we are happy to follow our growth strategy by launching seven new destinations out of Ljubljana. This is good for the market, this is good for the customer, because it gives more variety, more choice. We have seen the demand already in 2017 and this is why we believe that 2018 with seven new destinations will be good for the market". Adria carried over 1.2 million passengers in 2017, representing an increase of 10% on the year before. It expects for the strong growth to continue throughout 2018.

90 comments:

  1. Their reputation is really taking a beating. So many flights are being rescheduled, delayed, cancelled.... and now they do the same with the inaugural flights...

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  2. Anyone know the loads or which new route is performing best?

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    1. I work at lju airport so i will tell you as soon that i start working today

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    2. BWK is the best

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    3. LJU SOF 63 pax
      SOF LJU 19 pax

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    4. S5-AAK has a seating capacity of 86 seats meaning:
      LJU-SOF: 73% LF
      SOF-LJU: 22% LF

      Tomorrow's flight to SOF will be operated by CR7. But hey, LF from LJU are not bad at all.

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    5. The load from LJU is very good. I assume around 5 pax were officials from Adria but that's still more than the capacity of the Saab2000 which was planned to operate this route. SOF-LJU not so great especially if a couple of passengers are non revenue from Adria but it's just the first day.

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    6. The SOF and OTP routes will work out, no doubt. I even predict they will be year round destinations.
      If you remember well, JP was supposed to launch flights to SOF back in spring 2009 but unfortunately never happened:

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/11/adria-eyes-balkans-west-europe-for.html

      It took them 9 years.

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    7. thx for numbers

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    8. BWK best of all 7 new routes??

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    9. Thx for the numbers! Flight LJU - SOF had a president Pahor on board together with some other gov representatives (ministre), so there were some under cover security guys as well probably. But anyway, still good numbers! SAABs would fit perfectly!

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    10. Also Slovenian U21 football team was on board today

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  3. Good luck Adria! Impressive expansion for one season.

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  4. Those SAABs will never come.

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  5. The company is bearly able to cope with its current schedule and the flight punctuallity sucks. They perform tripplets (did someone realized how the do point to point?), constant usage of acmi’s even without informing passengers in advance. Since the beginning is all talk no actions, quazi business maker new owners with a sale of a national airline below the table. Overall they hired A Chief Commercial from the company they were able to dive in 3 months and the story with Saabs is a discrace. Simply, extremely poor management, even worst leadership and poor know how on the top of bad behavoir. This product lost even that little what left from the past.

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  6. I am afraid, their reputation on Skytrax is declining:

    http://www.airlinequality.com/airline-reviews/adria-airways/

    People complain about delays.

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    1. It's unfortunate really. They had a good reputation.

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  7. I don't understand how they were so unprepared for this expansion?

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    1. Inexperienced management.

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    2. Exactly anon 10.07. How could they not have trained their crew on time. They have known they will be adding 7 routes in late March for months now.

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    3. It's not a problem of training, the problem is finding people who would work for these salaries, where there are better jobs available at the moment. Other for Slovenians, Adria is not really an airline many people wish to work for.

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    4. Salaries are competitive, the problem is communication or better, arogant behaviour.

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    5. They are not. Even ULCCs in Europe are paying more for less working days.

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    6. There is no ULCC registered in Europe, yet.Do know the conditions in Wizzair? Not really ...

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  8. They have been leasing planes from Carpatair, Croatia Airlines and Trade Air lately.

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  9. It's good to see some positive news coming from Slovenia again with both Adria and Ljubljana Airport recovering.

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    1. True. Good news coming from Adria lately. I hope the growth will translate into profits too.

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    2. Fraport should rather fix that mess in the terminal first.

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  10. today and on Thurs. they are combining their PRN and SKP afternoon flights in a triangle route LJU-PRN-SKP-LJU

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    1. Terrible from a passenger's perspective.

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    2. Air Serbia is doing the same with ZG and LJ lately. Of course, without notifying passengers in advance.

      All the best to Adria, but if Air Serbia failed with a similar strategy and plenty of support at the time, don’t know what Adria will achieve.

      All the best to

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    3. The difference being that Air Serbia did it on that one single route in February and start of March. Since then the flights have been operating normally (separately).

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    4. there are no other triangle routes planned except on those two days

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    5. They will get s5aap and s5aaz back

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    6. Yes but there were all through March on other routes.

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    7. Same with some zrh flights via muc....

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    8. Do you get some reimbursement because you are arriving delayed at your destination?

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    9. Schedules are made in a way that the following triangle route can be made;: Ljubljana _ Bucharest _ Sofia _ Ljubljana (or Bucharest first Sofia second).

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    10. or Sofia first Bucharest second

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    11. Anon12:00, No! They avoid paying compensations by declaring force majore for every cancelation or service downgrade. I have two open cases with them

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    12. Im a lawyer and willing to help if anyone decides to sue JP for a compensation 😂

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  11. Will all the new routes be year round? (except of course Brac and Dubrovnik).

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    1. Yes I believe so

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    2. If they are successful they will keep it during the winter.

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  12. So out of a 3 new routes planned for today only 1 launched. Great.

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    1. GVA flights are on Mon, Tue, Thu and how you should start new route on Sunday???

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    2. Wel GVA was not even planned to start today, but some other routes were supposed to launch today, but ...

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  13. Interestingly they will also use CRJ900s on some Brac flights.

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    1. High demand or lack of equipment?

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    2. Prije je bilo u sistemu 2 leta sa crj900 ali vise nije...sad su svi letovi do kraja 5 mjeseca crj700

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  14. Next up Adria goes transatlantic :D

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    1. Yes. With Saab 2000 ;)

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    2. They have actually flown TATL in the past. They were the first Yugoslav airline to fly charters to the US.

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    3. Correct, they could try this business model again, equipment is still there :)
      https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Douglas_DC-6_Adria_Airways_YU-AFF,_LJU_Ljubljana_(Brnik),_Slovenia_PP1164017769.jpg

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  15. I am actually quite happy with the planned schedule. Having in mind Adria's finances from a few years ago this is going in the right direction.

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    1. A big improvement on before. All the best to Adria.

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  16. Thanks to this expansion, LJU will probably have 15% passenger growth this year.

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  17. It has been reported many times now by this site about the two new CRJ-900 (S5-AFB and AFC), however they have never entered into service, and there is no trace of them on FR24. Do you know when they will start operating? Instead Fokker 100s of Carpatair and Trade Air are flying for JP quite a lot

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    1. AFB has test flight yesterday as ADR8 and it's going to service tomorow. First flight will be BRU then SKP and MUC.

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    2. great! Is it in full Adria livery?

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    3. yes, here is the photo https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10215730784402555&set=gm.1698084546916608&type=3&theater&ifg=1

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    4. thanks for the link :) but it says content not available

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    5. like SloPlanespotters FB page and there is a pics of new AFB :)

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    6. here is another from Adria's FB page https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10215730943526533&set=p.10215730943526533&type=3&theater :)

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  18. German management and unfortunately in todays aviation world, more and more master and bachelor bureaucrats, but with no experience in aviation and sometimes not even work experience. Those guys have no clue about practical work life, but its them to make decisions. I hve my personal experience in terms of that with the LH group and its sometimes just frustrating to see how unprofessional and irresponsible leadership sometimes can be

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    1. Obviously investor bought (read: score) much bigger shoes (he) is able to wear. Management (he) hired have experiance, but bad reputation.

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  19. They seem to be expanding a lot in LJU. This is a positive strategy because they are reducing ops in other countries and expanding in LJU, which is very good for Slovenia

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    1. Adria is on its way to recovery and is looking more and more as serious player in ex-Yu (again).

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  20. Looking at that pic I'm in love with the Adria uniform. So stylish. Probably one of the best in Europe.

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    1. you should probably fly more often

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    2. I do fly often. Suggest to me some nicer uniforms in Europe?

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    3. Fale im borosane.

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  21. Who are the people on the photo?

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    1. From left to right: Zmago Skobir, Ljubljana Airport General Manager, Holger Kowarsch, Adria CEO and Peter Gašperšič, Slovenian Minister for Infrastructure.

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    2. Thank you for the quick response :)

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    3. I'm more interested to know who is the lady in the photo :)

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  22. They were cancelling flights prior to the 'expansion' (a week ago), and now you expect us to believe, that this is going to go through normally?

    I have a hunch that 4K is going to restructure the company in the following months - they will slash many routes, cancel some of the lease agreements for the airplanes and basically become full time wet lease company. At least their HR management is going in this direction - they are hiring foreigners who basically don't care about the collective agreement - in case of a major restructuring (which will be accompanied by layoffs) you can keep the foreign work force, slash salaries and keep the company alive for a couple of months more.

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    1. They are privately owned and operated entity, so they can hire whoever they want (provided they meet the requirements) and each employee can decide whether they want to join the union or not.

      It's usually more a case of locals sticking around for the inevitable doom as they have more to loose if they move somewhere else.

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  23. all the time we listen here how Adria and everything connect with them will go bankrupt and how new routes will be disaster and so on... come on folks

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  24. Here are some photos of JP in SOF. Red carpet!

    https://www.facebook.com/SOFIAirport/photos/pcb.1714327988661672/1714327208661750/?type=3&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/SOFIAirport/photos/pcb.1714327988661672/1714327311995073/?type=3&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/SOFIAirport/photos/pcb.1714327988661672/1714327431995061/?type=3&theater

    Last photo is very nice:

    https://www.facebook.com/SOFIAirport/photos/pcb.1714327988661672/1714327665328371/?type=3&theater

    They have been welcomed with bread and salt apparently:

    https://www.facebook.com/SOFIAirport/photos/pcb.1714327988661672/1714327778661693/?type=3&theater

    https://www.facebook.com/SOFIAirport/photos/pcb.1714327988661672/1714327898661681/?type=3&theater

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    1. Good that they managed to have their own metal enroute. :)

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  25. tommorow flight to GVA has 25pax

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    1. Is there any other route launching today?

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