Adria eyes "more stability" this winter


Adria Airways is satisfied with its operational results for the first half of the year and will focus on "restoring customer's confidence" over the upcoming winter following a number of operational issues this summer. In a statement, Adria's Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Schneider, said, "The first half of this year was good, and from a commercial point of view, the period was marked by a number of factors that influenced the entire aviation industry as well as individual airlines. The specific conditions and global dynamics required constant adjustments from our side, which sometimes resulted in unfulfilled expectations of our passengers. From the winter season moving forward, I expect more stability, and our dedication will be aimed at restoring our customer’s confidence and improving the quality of services".

During the first half of the year, Adria carried 577.233 passengers, an increase of 8.6% on 2017. The company also increased its number of operations by 2.4%, meaning it flew almost 10.000 flights during the first six months. The number of flights run under ACMI agreements grew substantially. The carrier operated more than 3.300 such services. In addition, the average cabin load factor on Adria's scheduled flights improved just under 2% compared to the same period last year and stood at 63.9%. The company increased its operating revenues by 17.7%. Adria's CEO, Holger Kowarsch, said, "During the first half of the year we took on many challenges and with the upcoming winter season when revenues are traditionally weaker, we will keep our focus on the long-term, sustainable growth of the company".

Meanwhile, Adria is said to be considering operations from Bern Airport following the bankruptcy of Swiss carrier SkyWork Airlines which ceased all operations this week. Adria intended on opening a base in the city last year with two Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft after Swiss authorities temporarily grounded SkyWork Airlines for a short period of time. However, it shelved such plans after the airline managed to retain its Air Operator's Certificate. The Slovenian airline planned on launching flights from Bern to Munich, Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg. Adria will open a base in Paderborn in Germany in late October by stationing a Saab in the city.

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  1. Load factor is still very low, especially considering they have a low density fleet.

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    1. guess what? they are not in the game to maximize that;

      with their PAD flights 60% would be the unlikely best case; they will be happy with anything close to 45%;

      and if they finally come to Belp, they will not aim much higher than 45%... and it looks like that they are considering more such destinations with characteristics as PAD and BRN in the very near future (and they finally have its operations ready to do that without losing money)

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  2. When will the 2017 financial results be published for Adria?? It's September tomorrow and still nothing!

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    1. +1
      Everyone has published theirs. Croatia Airlines, Air Serbia, even Montenegro Airlines. Comeon Adria!

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    2. I remember that last year they published it at the end of August. Hopefully soon.

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    3. Isn't there some sort of law in Slovenia when companies must publish their results for the previous year?

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    4. Adria is a 100% private company. They can publish the results whenever they want.

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    5. They will post profit for 2017.

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    6. But not as big as last year.

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    7. They have to publish the financial report until end of business today, so it should be published online in about 10 days.

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    8. Ok thanks, looking forward to seeing how they performed.

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    9. What was the profit in 2016?

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    10. €3.2 million.

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    11. With the help of some creative accounting.

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    12. I'm very interested in their financial results for last year. I don't think there was much to sell so we should get a clear picture of how healthy the business is. I hope the results were positive.

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    13. Wet leasing their equipment to other airlines probably brings in nice money as well and they have done that successfully for two years now.

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    14. Their actual result in 2016 was 4.7 million euro loss.

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    15. Having in mind Adria's finances from a few years ago this is going in the right direction.

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    16. @Anonymous31 August 2018 at 09:05

      Air Serbia posts their financial result once in a blue moon.

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    17. They posted their financial results for last year months ago.

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  3. There is a rumour that JP will take Skywork saabs.

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    1. Nice if it happens. SkyWork has 6 Saabs.

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    2. That would mean 28 planes for Adria in total right? Crazy.

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    3. Plus they said they are adding 3 CRJ900s next year.

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    4. So that's why they are hiring all those extra pilots.

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    5. If they take those 6 saabs they will become one of the largest Saab operators in the world.

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    6. Where are the Saabs serviced? I doubt Adria Tehnika has the license to work on Saabs.

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    7. Probably a contracted maintenance company. Contrary to the some people's opinion here, you don't need a hangar with full base maintenance capability at every airport you operate from.

      All it takes for line maintenance is a certified engineer, a toolbox and a small parts storage for lubricants, tires and other consumables. And for heavy maintenance, you just ferry the aircraft to the maintenance facility.

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    8. Lipican aer on LJU has certification for servicing saabs

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    9. Only for Saab 340, but not for 2000.

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  4. How bad are things if they are constantly apologizing about late flights, cancellations and operational issues?

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    1. Bad. Hopefully will get better when the Saabs start joining from tomorrow.

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    2. Their reputation is really taking a beating. So many flights are being rescheduled, delayed, cancelled.

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

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    4. Inexperienced management.

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  5. Any chance for a surprise new winter route like we had Kiev last year?

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    1. People were saying maybe LED.

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    2. I think their focus will be on PAD this winter and sustaining the new routes out of LJU.

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    3. The Saabs give them a lot of flexibility and he ability to test out new markets with little risk. I hope we see some new interesting routes next summer.

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    4. The company is barely able to cope with its current schedule and the flight punctuality sucks so I don't think we will see any new routes if they promise to deliver on "more stability" like they said.

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    5. @9.21

      Paderborn is being launched because they probably got subsidies to fly routes out of there. Same as they used to in Lodz. But a warning to Paderborn - they pack up and leave afterwards.

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  6. Does Adria still have a Swiss AOC through Adria Switzerland? If they do they could easily replace Skywork, especially with all those extra Saabs sitting around.

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    1. They don't.

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    2. With an investigation over the head in Switzerland, I'm not so sure they will be running back to that market.

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    3. It is not Adria who is under investigation. Also the people who were around that time are not around any more.

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  7. So how many passengers can we expect by the end of the year?

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  8. Impressive growth strategy in my opinion. Think Adria is definitely in a better place than it was 2-3 years ago.

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    1. Agree. I have a lot of criticism concerning the operational issues this summer but I think they definitely have a clearer strategy then when they were state owned.

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    2. Honestly I don't see a clear strategy. What are they? Transfer airline, ACMI provider, P2P carrier...

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    3. Adria is becoming much more competitive then before

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    4. Still the good old headless chicken as it was in the past, just that they are trying to do everything at once.

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    5. They are not losing as much money as they did before which is a good thing. These guys have managed to turn the airline around. That's why they were brought in after all.

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    6. JP is not making profit. And there is a criminal investigation going on in Switzerland.

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    7. They had a profit in 2016. Yes it's true it's achieved by selling planes and brand names but this is legitimate practice around the world. I have a feeling the 2017 results will be good as well.

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    8. Legitimate practice around the world... Serious business publish profits/losses before any major sell of assets as well as after. Not the case here obviously.

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  9. They need to to do something about the lack of pilots quickly. Otherwise it will limit their future growth plans.

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    1. They need to pay more money, but since they are most likely making loss already, that's going to be tough.

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  10. When will airline executives stop explaining their bad performance by using pathetic phrases like "a number of factors that influenced the entire aviation industry as well as individual airlines" and "specific conditions and global dynamics that require constant adjustments".

    It's 2018. Accept this aviation reality and make it work if you can. If not, go pick strawberries or something...

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    1. What do you expect these newbies to say? "-We thought it was easy to run an airline, but we messed everything up, tried to grow ostensibly so that we can sell the company to some other stupid investors or someone for money laundry operations but even couldn't manage to do that, operational problems rise everywhere, costs are growing soo much higher than the revenues that we don't know what the hell to do?"

      Specific conditions, global dynamics, challenging environment, growing competition, constant adjustments... These sound fancier than what I wrote above of course :)

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    2. For comparison:

      SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK, Copenhagen Kastrup) cancelled around 700 flights during the last three months, around 1% of all scheduled services, partially as a result of a pilots' shortage at its ACMI provider CityJet (WX, Dublin Int'l), the Irish Times has reported.

      "We do not have a problem recruiting crews and have a steady flow of pilots joining the airline. However, in common with most regional airlines, we are also experiencing crews moving to other airlines to fly on larger aircraft, creating a temporary shortfall," a CityJet spokesperson said.

      https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/69422-sas-cuts-flights-due-to-staffing-at-acmi-partner-cityjet

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    3. Or another CRJ user Nordica's marketing and communications director Toomas Uibo:

      "We would of course want the flying composition buffer of employees to be greater," he explained. "Work has been done here all the time in the name of this, but the company is growing slightly faster than we are able to recruit people."

      According to Uibo, it is namely the 30-40 people currently undergoing training that the company lacks. The employees in training should be ready to enter service in a few months, however.

      "All air carriers have workforce problems today," he said. "We are not alone in that sense, and many airlines unfortunately cancel flights for similar reasons."

      https://news.err.ee/848532/nordica-forced-to-cancel-flights-over-weekend-as-many-employees-fall-ill

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  11. Can anyone explain why the July growth at Ljubljana was very low. Is it related to Adria? I don't get it since Adria introduced so many new routes.

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    1. Adria cancelled a lot of flights because of crew shortage.

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    2. Any hint at how Ljubljana will perform in August? Anyone know?

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    3. A lot better then in july

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  12. Adria had a tradition of being well trusted until this year when so many flights are cancelled, delayed, operated by other carriers and crew...

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    1. They have lost all my confidence since i was stuck in Bucharest for 24 hours. They cancelled flight to Ljubljana and they booked me flight via Vienna but then cancelled even that flights. So two flights in a row. I hope they know what their agenda is in next years otherwise...bye bye Adria.

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  13. JP please return to MBX!

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    1. Not gonna happen.

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    2. Maribor does not need them. They will have Xian soon!

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    3. MBX has capacity problems, VLM has taken all the slots for the A320s/A330s.

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    4. For MBX it would be the best FR to return

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    5. No space for FR. With so many A320 and A330 on apron.

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    6. VLM announced bankruptcy today (again). That's it about the chinese investors.

      https://pr.flyvlm.com/shs-antwerp-aviation-vlm-goes-into-liquidation#

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  14. The biggest winner this year will be LJU. I an still hoping for twi million.

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    1. You never know, but LJU will overpass SKP in November and December for sure due because SKP is facing service and aircraft reductions.
      The same applies for the first 3 months of 2019.
      LJU will have more flights to London and the new routes will be included in the statistics.
      2 million will be easily achievable.

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    2. Even JU does well there with more flights than to SJJ, ZAG or SKP.

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    3. Actually, JU has more flights to SKP (13 weekly) than to LJU (12 weekly).

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    4. @"Anonymous31 August 2018 at 09:41
      The biggest winner this year will be LJU. I an still hoping for two million."@


      Unlikely, 1.8 million is current projection. Perhaps 1.85 million but this is like really if unexpected growth happens in remaining 4 months of the year.

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  15. As a matter of fact, Adria is already ahead of OU in terms of fleet and more year round destinations.
    Should the bankrupt SkyWork Saabs be bought, Adria will become the biggest regional airline in the Balkans.

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    1. I think Adria has done really well this year. They increased frequencies and fleet size which increased passenger numbers. They have launched new routes which is great as well.

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    2. Not difficult to be ahead of OU

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  16. Sa 63 % LF mogu samo da stave katanac ako ih Lufthanza ne uzme uskoro.

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    1. Mislim da ni ostale kompanije u ex-Yu nisu mnogo bolje.

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    2. ErSrbija i Kroacia imaju preko 70% LF sto je takodje nedovoljno a sa 63% nemaju cemu da se nadaju.Bilo je reci da su ih Nemci preuzeli da ih naprave profitabilnim pa da ih onda prodaju Lufthanzi ali od toga izgleda nema nista.Pre ce biti bankrot.

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    3. koliko LF nema veze sa tim koliko je airline uspijesan imas primjer Kroacije, koja ima atomsku exploziju na marketu, solidan LF, a vidimo na sto firma lici.

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  17. Carpatair v2. 0 in the making LOL

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    1. Very true. I fear in the end they will become an ACMI airline.

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  18. Adria has faced many obstacles but its solid position and excellent managers helped it to destroy all the biggest problems. With the arrival of the new birds, it will be able to organise itself and become more punctual. Star Alliance needs Adria and Adria needs Star Alliance to feed Lufthansa.
    Prishtina and Tirana remain one of the most important markets.

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    1. I'm glad they are getting their act together. I think competition at LJU will become bigger and bigger now. The management there is trying to attract new airlines so Adria will have to deal with this too.

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  19. Good luck Adria. As an outsider, I think 4K has done an ok job with the company so far. Remember they were on the brink of bankruptcy when they took over.

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    1. Absolutely great job on the blow, putting wallpaper 'n it and trying to sell it.

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  20. What about the new routes? Any suspensions? How they are performing?

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    1. For this winter at the moment it looks like no new routes from Ljubljana but all new routes are sustained (except the seasonal Dubrovnik and Brac).

      They are launching 3 routes from Paderborn which has been announced.

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    2. From their newest destinations, Sofia is surprisingly doing really good but nobody knows why. I think it's pure O&D or business traffic rather than transit. Although on Skyscanner JP offers very good prices and connections via LJU to Europe and back.

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    3. Can the Saab make it between Ljubljana and Athens?

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    4. Good to hear about Sofia. Wouldn't have expected that. Maybe Bucharest could work too.

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    5. Any info how Geneva is doing?

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    6. Geneva is not that good, maybe they started Geneva becuse of darwin sloths

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    7. They removed Geneva flights from their winter timetable.

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  21. Is it known which routes out of Ljubljana will be operated with SAAB. Or will they randomly assign every day based on booking numbers?

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    1. For beginners, just randomly. We will see later if there will be Saab specific routes.

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  22. Looking at that pic I'm in love with the Adria uniform. So stylish.

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    1. We are talking about an airline which is 57 years old. I am so proud of my Adria.

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  23. I certainly hope for MORE STABILITY. They cancelled my flight not once but twice this year and they were 3 months apart. Not flying with them for some time now until they clean things up.

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  24. I just checked their timetable and Bucharest will be decreased from 4 to 3, which is a really big surprise given the population of Bucharest to be almost 2 million and the market.

    LJU-SOF remains unchanged 3 weekly - service upgraded to CR9 during the month of September and a mix of CR7 and CR9 in October. I won't be surprised if they increase this route next year. S200 for the moment to be deployed in winter timetable.
    LJU-GVA remains unchanged 3 weekly, now they have a code-share with LX on LJU-GVA route which is a smart move indeed to make connections via GVA.
    LJU-HAM 3 weekly unchanged
    LJU-DBV seasonal
    LJU-BWK seasonal

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

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    1. who on Earth is flying LJU SOF?

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    2. People. Men. Women. Children. Infants. Passengers. Travelers. Tourists. Visitors. Guests.

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    3. This route was supposed to be launched back in March 2009 but because of the crisis it never took place:

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2009/03/adria-cancels-new-service.html

      I assisted personally when Adria representatives visited Sofia. Service was supposed to be launched using the CR2:

      http://tesdfdfd.blogspot.com/2009/01/adria-ljubljana-sofia.html

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    4. How is LJU-KBP doing?

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    5. Really well :) flights are always almost full :) yesterday pax 69 on lju kbp route

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  25. Nemjee if you are back
    Any numbers for adria routes?

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  26. Their Skyshop Katalog is not bad really. Water 2,5€ is maybe a bit too much. After all, JU provides it gratis:

    https://www.adria.si/assets/Uploads/Skyshop-katalog-small2.pdf

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    1. Water is gratis also on JP and they still have full service on LJU-SVO route.

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    2. And on route to TLV and MAN

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    3. Ah nice, lucky Israelis and Russians :) Also this is most likely because it's considered medium-range route.

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  27. The passengers are very satisfied with comfort and service of the Adria Fokker 100 fleet( aircraft registration YR-FKB)from Munich to Ljubljana.

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    1. Adria is a good airline. It just receives all those negative reviews for nothing.
      It has a 3,5/5 ranking on Tripadvisor which really is not bad:

      https://www.tripadvisor.com/Airline_Review-d8728984-Reviews-Adria-Airways

      OU score: 3,5/5 too

      https://www.tripadvisor.com/Airline_Review-d8729057-Reviews-Croatia-Airlines

      JU score: 3,5/ 5 too

      https://www.tripadvisor.com/Airline_Review-d8729096-Reviews-Air-Serbia

      YM score: 3/5 still not bad

      https://www.tripadvisor.com/Airline_Review-d8729120-Reviews-Montenegro-Airlines

      Hhehe nothing compares to SUPER Aegean 4,5/5 !!

      https://www.tripadvisor.com/Airline_Review-d8728985-Reviews-Aegean-Airlines

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    2. I find the Adria comments generally nice. You have 1-2 angry comments but if you take a closer look and read the comments, it says nice things about Adria:

      This Canadian guy flying CDG-LJU made a very nice comment:

      “Great service”
      Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
      We had great experience with Adria airways. The flight and service was amazing. They waited for us as the plane was late from Paris. Also they made sure that we were comfortable with everything. Great suprise when the plane waited for our luggage as the time was only 10 min between flights due to delay from Paris. Thank you Adria Airways we will be back.

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      And this American guy sure left a very touching comment about Adria. Really, nice:


      Clancy K
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      “Very detail-oriented”
      Reviewed 2 days ago NEW
      This flight left 1 hour late, but the pilot explained that Zurich was experiencing high cross-winds which left some runways inoperable. They advised anyone who had connections to make to let the flight attendants know. Then they served chocolates. During the flight they also served snacks & drinks & chocolate again when we had to circle the airport for 20 minutes. The pilot announced that all passengers would make their connections & announced the gates for connecting flights for each passenger on our flight. When we landed I could feel the pilot fighting the heavy winds...but it was still a smoother landing than the Air Canada one in Toronto. In the shuttle from the plane to the building, the connecting flight information was shown on a screen. Delays are expected when traveling, but it's nice to know what's going on and what to expect and Adria handled all delays very efficiently and with a high level of guest service.

      Seat comfort
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  28. Etihad style management statements. JP cannot open a base in Switzerland. First it needs an AOC or do it for LX. On the top the company has bad reputation in Switzerland, so I doubt they're able to recover it with this management. It would be a time for all the experts to realize that BER is very limited and dully risky market to enter.

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  29. Šnajder priča iste gluposti koje je pričao za vremena Darwina i prije u LH Italy. Zna se gdije su završili i kakvi su bili ekonomski rezultati.

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  30. My Austrian Airline flight will be operated by Adria Airway from Bucharest to Vienna. Unfortunately I haven't read so much nice about the Adria Airways' punctuality - are they wrong?

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    1. They are a good airline. They have been around for almost 60 years.Their fleet os quite modern and many crew know German as well. No need to worry :)

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    2. Thank you! I have a connecting flight from Vienna, so I started to worry a little bit to much after having read many bad time schedule reviews. :-) Now I do not have to buy a new flight ticket - thanks to you!

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