Thursday, March 22, 2018

Croatia to get new virtual carrier

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Split Air, a new virtual airline which will lease aircraft and crew from foreign carriers without possessing its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), is hoping to establish services from Croatia this year. In a statement to EX-YU Aviation News, the newcomer noted it is still negotiating with different airlines. "Flights will be operated with smaller aircraft, such as the L-410 Turbolet from Silver Air, as they will have their aircraft based in Split a few days per week for their routes to Lošinj. We are still looking for another aircraft to cover our needs. Flights from Dubrovnik and Split to Hvar and Vis will be operated by local pilots with Cessna aircraft". The company added it also plans to operate seaplane services in the future. "Seaplanes are planned in phase two and we have a few pilots that worked for European Coastal Airlines (ECA) with us, however, there seems to be a legal matter between ECA and the Croatian state so at this moment we don't know if we will be able use their seaports. Our business idea is aimed at tourists from Asia and the United States who want to see as much as possible during their vacation and do not want to waste time on buses or trains. Most Asian tourists do not spend more than two days at each destination and we have contacts with their travel agencies. All flights will be set for sales in the Global Distribution System (GDS) and bookable for all travel agencies on Over-the-air (OTA) booking sites".

The virtual airline has its headquarters in the United Kingdom and Switzerland but will have offices and sales support in Croatia. It plans to reveal more information in the coming weeks.

18 comments:

  1. Stao sam poslje najavljenih letiva za Hvar i Vis......

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  2. Come on, actually transfering people to that dirt field on Hvar? Where can one possibly land on Vis though?

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    1. Vis: https://www.euroga.org/forums/trips-airports/7535-new-airfield-in-croatia-island-of-vis

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  3. I'm interested in the virtual airline model. Does someone have a good airline example of such model ?

    What are OTA booking sites?

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    1. There is Hahn Air

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    2. Air Prishtina is a good example of succes in the region, othervise virtual airline has nothing really to do with an airline business model. They are just a GSA or a broker, who has no money to start it's own airline or, they are smart emough not to throw it away for an airline and just take the sales commisions.

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  4. These guys have clearly not done there homework. A scam or just incompetent.

    See how long this last but I’ll be happy to be proved wrong.

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  5. This is pure scam. Many of such cheaters appear in all areas of economy recently in Croatia.

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    1. Why does it have to be "scam"? Silver Air as their partner for example is a small but solid business that is already operating.

      Hvar and Vis sound a little ambitious if they intend to use planes with fixed wheels but they already announced plans to introduce seaplanes as well.

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  6. Comrade Tito has landed at Vis a few times.

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    1. When "Comrade" Tito was the boss , Yugoslavia was superpower in civil aviation, today we are altogether one big ZERO. Thank You!

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    2. +100000000000000 for TITO

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    3. Powerful comment, anon 6:17pm

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  7. Why Split and not Dubrovnik? I think people always evaluate SPU over DBV which is not the case.

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    1. SPU is a lot bigger populationwise and carers for tourists of a much larger area. Basically all along the coast from Zadar to Ploce.
      Furthermore, it is much closer from Split to reach the majority of islands in question and those popular among tourists.
      Thirdly, flights from/to Split are known to be scenic when departing/landing from South, West and East particularly, often overflying dozens of islands and islets. This is what most people were looking for travelling with ECA which were also based at Split.

      ECA has undoubtedly proven the potential for such services with half a dozen of smaller airplanes and seaplanes. They charged nicely and both tourists and business travellers were willing to pay their prices.

      I give Split Air a good chance if they have the right and competent management.

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