American Airlines to launch Dubrovnik next June


The world's largest carrier, American Airlines, will introduce seasonal summer flights from its Philadelphia hub to Dubrovnik next year. The three weekly service will operate from June 7 until September 27, 2019 with the 209-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft, featuring 28 business flat-bed seats, 21 in premium economy (Main Cabin Extra) and the remaining 160 seats in standard economy. Dubrovnik will be launched together with new seasonal services to Edinburgh, Bologna and Berlin. “Through our Atlantic Joint Business, we have seen increased interest to these markets from the US, and adjusting our network to introduce these destinations will provide more choices for customers on both sides of the Atlantic”, American Airlines' Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning, Vasu Raja, said.

As previously reported, American Airlines has been in talks with Dubrovnik Airport over the new service for some time. The carrier currently codeshares on flights from Madrid and London to the Adriatic city via its partners Iberia and British Airways. "This is creating new markets that really no one flies. Even though no one flies it, there isn't the kind of risk that would normally be in a prospect market because, in fact, for years we have operated these markets with a connection in London. So we have some understanding how these markets perform and behave", Mr Raja said. He added, "This is going to create a tonne of new markets, a tonne of new origin and destination connections for our customers and we are excited for the future of Philadelphia".

American Airlines B767-300ER business class cabin

The new service will mark the resumption of flights between Dubrovnik and the United States after more than 25 years. Prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia, both JAT Yugoslav Airlines and Pan Am maintained seasonal flights between Dubrovnik and New York. The route also marks the first scheduled long haul service from Dubrovnik in decades and the first scheduled service between Croatia and the United States since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Philadelphia is the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania which counts the biggest Croatian diaspora in the United States according to the American Community Survey.

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    1. More like very nice.

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    2. DBV is the only city in Ex-Yu that has an American carrier (seasonally and in general)! Wow!!!

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    3. So? Zagreb has two Canadian ones. It's way better.

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    4. Officially:

      http://news.aa.com/news/news-details/2018/American-Airlines-Expands-European-Footprint-and-Modifies-Asia-Service/default.aspx

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    5. You watch and see how this route will slowly be upgraded to year round. Tickets are selling fast fast like sugar & cotton.

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    6. Tickets are not on sale yet so...

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  2. What a slap in the face for ZAG.

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    1. +1000000!!!!!!

      BRAVO DBV! BRAVO!

      Wait, they will tell you DBV is a sleep town and no room for more....
      LOL! The best airport in the Balkans, way to go!

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    2. Zagreb is next, negotiations are done! Hear you soon ;)

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    3. Aviomostovi - next
      Dreamliner - ups
      US Flights - next....
      Do kad brate da "selo od 45000 stanovnika koje nema nikakvog potencijala za išta osim malo sezone" šiša jedan MZLZ.

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    4. Aviomostovi - 8 trenutno, novi u gradnji
      Dreamliner - Korean Air redovna linija year round
      US flights - dogovoreni, objava uskoro
      A An. 18.00 je jedino sto je UPS

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    5. What flights from mzlz to the us bruh?

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    6. Kao što rekoh... uvijek drugi :)
      Vjerujem da boli...
      45000 vs 1 000 000 - gradić vs metropola
      Ouch.....
      Dok palme njišu grane....i cijela varoš spi......
      Ček da SPU završi rekonstrukciju pa ćemo zapivati i Nima Splita do Splita...na na na
      Veselio sam se svakom novitetu u ZAG dok nisam počeo čitati vas stručne komentatore.

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    7. Congrats to DBV from dysfunctional SJJ. :)
      Ignore ZAG, they tend to be a bit arrogant. It is important that you are growing and that you are professionally run. Dubrovnik, since the Byzantines founded the city, was always ahead of the Balkans.

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    8. Haha dogovoreni letovi za ZAG iz US, uskoro objava hahahah...to "uskoro" traje vec 3-4 godine...dobra fora

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    9. Anon 19:24, Kina, Japan, US. Točno je da traje i više od 3-4 godine, ali će se isplatiti.

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    10. Dont generalize ZG because of a few idiots. Normal ZG guys are happy for every achievement in Croatia and this is a big one. Go DBV!!

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    11. Ne boli ni malo. Dubrovnik je biser hrvatskog turizma. I zaslužio je ovu liniju. Ona će biti ogromna stvar za Dubrovnik i hrvatski turizam.

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    12. Anon@19:45
      Verujem i ja da ce se isplatiti samo ne znam u kojoj deceniji posto jos uvek vam nema ni Kine, ni Japana a ni SAD u redovnom saobracaju ka ZAG a nije da se nije najavljivalo :-) . I uvek istim recnikom "uskoro velika vest" - postaje vec dosadno

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    13. @Purger

      Takoreći veća stvar nego ulaganje Etihada u Air Serbiju.

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    14. ULAGANJE HAHAHAHA , druze loze vas da je ulozeno, sve ste sami platili a ono malo kredita vracate sa debelom kamatom. Aj caos

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  3. More than logical move. Like someone wrote DBV might be number two soon. I mean how long has ZAG tried to get these flights?

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  4. Bravo Hrvatska!

    Only US3 flying to ex-Yu. This shows to what extent Dubrovnik is a world-class destination.

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    1. ZAG is in nogotiations so they will happen soon

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    2. ZAG has nothing to negotiate. Go Dubrovnik!!!

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    3. It actually does, but not with American airlines, nor Philadelphia!
      Congrats, Dubrovnik!

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  5. So, can we here again those experts from other day?
    Neki su rekli da bi ovo bila glupost!? Eto AA sve sami glupani vode.

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    1. That guy with his tourist number obsession said: No US carrier in their right mind would start a seasonal intercontinental service to Dubrovnik, without having strong foothold in Croatia beforehand

      LOL he was wrong again!

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    2. That one! Yes!

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  6. DBV-ZAG 1:0 ;) ;) ;) ;)

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    1. No, it is DBV+ZAG 1x congratulation!

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    2. No, it's DBV 1x ZAG 0x.

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    3. If not taking sides and cheerleading, it's actually (just at the moment, with new developments expected) 4:1 in favour of ZAG, having Air Canada, Air Transat, Korean Air and Emirates, versus DBV having American. Widebody speaking of course. Or 5:3 in favour of Croatia versus Serbia, having Air Serbia, Hainan and Mahan, again widebody regular speaking, without cargo widebodies present at both ZAG and BEG about equaly

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    4. Sorry I just have to inform you that Iran Air and Qeshm Air operate widebodies on all of their flights to BEG and that tgere are scheduled cargo flights by Turkish Airlines A330F once per week and scheduled Etihad Cargo B777F service 3x per week.

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  7. more breaking news for Croatia is coming very soon :)

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    1. Yeah, right

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    2. Yes, next big news are flights to ZAG from both Japan and China! USA to follow!
      Bravo, DBV!!!

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    3. Funny how purgeri can't miss a chance to speak about themselves on a DBV topic. Sad.

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    4. Those are not purgeri!!!!

      From all purgers - Bravo Dubrovnik! Huge bravo!

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    5. А ко су ако нису Пургери? Да нису можда Београђани пошто ми то личи да си хтео рећи мало доле у својој објави.

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  8. Ex-Yu, seriously, this could have waited till tomorrow.

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    1. Why does it bother you?

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    2. It doesn't bother me. It would have been more of a surprise to see it in the morning.

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    3. Well I guess you got your surprise now.

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    4. It was more an interruption of this existing discussion. Sorry.

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  9. Bravo Hrvatska!
    Croatian tourism is on fire!

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    1. sure it is:

      https://www.jutarnji.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/sto-je-poslo-po-zlu-u-perjanici-dalmatinskog-turizma-gostiju-za-trecinu-manje-sve-manje-i-trose-cini-se-da-nikad-nije-bilo-gore/7737417/

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  10. It's unfortunate that American has no personal IFE on these B767s.

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    1. Of course, what a downgrade, disaster and shame for DBV, ZAG and whole Croatia. OMG imagine, no IFE, now not a single American tourist will ever visit HR. So envious and so pathetic dragi komsija

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    2. You are such an idiot. I'm from Croatia! I was just checking out their cabin features. They do give tablets in business. I'm really happy about this news of course which I already commented on since my first comment is the first comment on this article. I was just surprised that they don't offer PTV in economy and economy + on a relatively long flight.

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    3. Komsije are happy for you because we already have a year-round connection on an airline offering 32' seat pitch. I think the only ones who are jealous here are your countryfolk from the capital.

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    4. ZAG na aparatima

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    5. Hvala na komplimentu Mislim na idiota Ako se ne slazes s onim sto sam napisao, s time nemam nikakvih problema. Ali vrijedjati na ovaj nacin, i mene i hendikepirane ljude daleko je od onog sto bi civilizirana osoba napravila, bez obzira odakle dolazi.

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    6. Ja koliko vidim ti pricas da je covek "komsija" u nadi da ga izvredjas a sada si pogodjen kada ti je odgovorio.

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    7. Kratko i jasno : komsija nije uvreda, idiot jeste. Pitaj bilo kog pravnika za tumacenje ako ga sam ne znas

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    8. Ja sam komsija i mene vredja sto svaki put kada se nesto napise protiv vas odmah sumnjate da smo mi.

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    9. Ma na kakvim aparatima? Ovo je ogromna vijest za Hrvatsku. Kada je Dubrovniku dobro onda je i za Hrvatsku dobro. U kom god dijelu Hrvatske se nešto dobro napravi ili desi to je dobro i za Hrvatsku.

      Ovdje je potpuno stran mentalitet da samo jedan aerodrom mora imati sve ili većinu, da se može limitirati druge aerodrome zbog najvećeg (kad je davana zagrebačka koncesija nikom nije palo na pamet da i pomisli limitirati Dubrovni, Split, Zadar, Pulu, Rijeku ili neki od 8 ostalih aerodroma). Naravno da dubrovačkom turizmu treba američka linija. I to ne samo jedna. I bravo za management koji je to uspio. I daj bože još linija iz Dubrovnika za SAD i za druge dijelove planeta. I iz Splita, i iz Zadara, i iz Zagreba...

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    10. Ево га опет... јел ти мораш у сваком свом посту да суптилно нешто пребациш Србији? У чему је фора? Као да ти није био довољан онај релативно глуп текст на Танго6 где си очајнички покушавао да докажеш како Сарајево има више летова за Истанбул од Београда иако је то искључиво стицајем околности.

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    11. Zašto se Vi nalazite prozvanim? Zašto Vi sve okrečete na Srbiju? Zašto se nisu našli prozvani Slovenci i Ljubljana, Albanci i Tirana (Kukeš je dekretom zatvoren)...

      Što nije istinito u konstataciji da Sarajevo ima više letova za Istanbul i od Beograda, Zagreba, Prištine... zar to nije istinita konstatacija? I to bitno više. Što je tu neistinito?

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    12. Зашто би се Словенци освртали на коментар о давању концесије и ограничавању саобраћаја на другим аеродромима? Кога брига за Албанију, ово је портал везан за територију бивше Југославије.
      Тема ограничавања промета на нишком аеродрому је била доста популарна у последње време... дакле очекивано је да подмукли коментар буде на наш рачун.

      Немојте нас правити лудим.

      А што се Сарајева тиче, цео тај текст је написан тако непрофесионално и аматерски да немам речи, као да је за Телеграф. Али добро, очито је било битно да се докажу неке ствари а да се директорат и остале неке ствари само спомену онако, у пролазу тек ради реда.

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  11. This is going to create a tonne of new origin and destination connections for our customers

    LOL. Which one is it Vasu, O&D or connections? If it's O&D in a strict PHL-DBV sense, there will be local outbound tourism and VFR demand but won't be tons of pax in the 49 seats up front. If talking about LAX or ORD or JFK-PHL-DBV sense, they are not in a better place than going via LHR or MAD.

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    1. Of course, what a President of Network and Scheduling department of the biggest Worlds airline knows? He should probably come here on this blog and learn something from you. Again so envious and pathetic dragi komsija

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    2. If you dare write something that isn't Bravo Croatia you are a "dragi komsija" unfortunately.

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    3. Why do you have to think that anything that doesn't go along with your script is someone being envious or a neighbor? Why would he be envious when he has 6 weekly flights to New York from his home airport if he is the neighbor you are referring to. I can tell you right now American does not offer a better product.

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    4. Hahaha vidim da sam pogodio komisije u zivac, znaci definitivno sam u pravu LOL

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    5. Ne, ne, ne komisije, komsije, susjede..

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    6. I am not your neighbour. AA shuts down some routes just like everyone else. Being big does not mean being perfect. What VP knows better is his ability to downplay the risk of a new market (I don't buy it, just because it worked in PRG and BUD doesn't mean it will work in DBV, risk is still there), and his ability to sell excitement of a "tonne of new markets". I don't buy that either, it's only 45 or so flights for the whole season operated by a 767.

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    7. "...doesn't mean it will work in DBV, risk is still there..."

      You wish! One of the biggest names in aviation industry coming to DBV, not too risky, seasonal flights, 3pw, should be great! And, yes, this is huge news! Bravo, DBV!

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    8. Anon 19:57 molim te.

      DBV not even being a big European metropolis has the HONOUR to welcome AA.
      The 40 thousand little town you all like to attack similar to all SUCCESSFUL small ex-YU airports: TZL, INI, BWK, etc.

      Please, learn to respect.

      Thank you.

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  12. So so, DBV is heading for second place after all. Second busiest airport in ex-Yu :)

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  13. Congratulation to Dubrovnik on this major win of confidence!!

    AA also announced ORD-ATH! I wonder if we might see them open more destinations in the region. Maybe ORD-BEG?

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  14. This, with no doubt, will be the second most prestigious route in the Balkans after BEG-JFK, but I personally would place it first because it is operated by the world's number 1 largest airline. DBV has just shown us all, how an airport devolps, how it well maintains its airlines. I am confident we will be seeing more long-haul routes to YYZ, NRT and maybe LAX or BOS.

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    1. I am sorry but how can Philly be better in any way than New York? That's blasphemy!

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    2. I'd rather have AA DBV-PHL than the low cost version of Air Canada - Rouge ZAG-YYZ.
      AA is a serious airline and if they see DBV works, they will add more destinations inluding DBV-JFK.

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    3. AA establishing route to DBV is really great news for both DBV and Croatia. Delta to follow. But not in DBV.

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    4. DL will never pick ZAG because it is dominated heavily by Star Alliance. Why wouldn't DL fly to DBV?

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    5. HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA yes DL will come to ZAG before VIE, BUD, OTP or even SKG.

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    6. World's most prestigious route flown seasonally 3 months in a year, 3 times per week, with an aircraft seating a bit more than an A321... This is a great news but c'mon.

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    7. Anon 19:26, VIE doesn't have AA either (a OneWorld member, btw), DBV has.
      Anon 19:28, it is a big news, even though "just" a seasonal route, they have chosen DBV!

      For some of you, ZAG and DBV are in the same country, just to remind you. Congrats!

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    8. ZAG is unlikely too receive any US route soon. DL already mentioned in the past they are not interested.
      The most logical choice is to see Norwegian initially launch DBV-JFK and who knows, maybe DBV becomes the next BCN, connected to various other US airports: FLL, OAK, etc.

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    9. An. 19.26
      Is it HAHAHAHA as well for the Korean flying ZAG and not others listed with except ion of VIE?

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    10. Anon 19:57, you couldn't be more wrong. Stay tuned.

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    11. dođem na ovaj blog nakon skoro godinu dana i vidim ništa se nije promijenilo, 90% 'komentara' trolova koji odgovaraju sami sebi..iskompleksiranost 'tko ima veći', tko može neka bježi što prije iz ovih balkanskih vukojebina

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    12. An 19:59
      Yeah but KE is linking ZAG with ZRH while PHL-DBV is non-stop and hassle free :)
      It's called: Byzantine professionalism :)

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    13. Wow, Anon 20:08, poor Zurich, poor Zagreb!

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    14. This will take a number of passengers from BEG.

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    15. Nop, Korean fly 7 months nonstop, and 5 months with one stop. American flies 3 months nonstop.

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  15. Huge congratulation to Dubrovnik from Zagreb!

    And for sure no one from Zagreb wrote those comments up. And for sure no one from Zagreb is jealous of success in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is pearl of Croatian tourism, of course it should have flights to USA. To say village of 45.000 "šiša" Zagreb is more than lame. To say "village" for Dubrovnik, one of best tourist city in the world?!?! And for sure Dubrovnik "šiša" a lot of cities in region, and that is normal for tourist city of that level.

    I am more than happy that this happens essentially that I was the one to announce that first. Congratulation to all those who worked on this route. I know how hard job you have about this. And I will be more than happy to share all those information you gave mi before, now when it is officially announced.

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    1. Excuse me but what are you implying? If no one from Zagreb wrote them then who did?! These are serious and intolerant accusations coming from you.

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    2. Somebody recently here called DBV - The Ambassador airport of the Balkans and people made fun of him so I know what you mean when you name it the pearl of HR tourism.
      DBV has quality tourism compared to other crappy towns ,which also increases the standard of living of Croatia. More money = more class.

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    3. You announced what first exactly? Most of us heard about these flights on here. Also it's petty to come on here and brag like that.

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    4. Fino se DBV razvija. Zavrsetkom Peljeskog mosta i autoceste u punom profilu do DU, DBV ce i vise dobiti za znacaju.

      Glede ovog stolicenja u odnosima DBV-ZAG-SPU.....mi u Hrvatskoj smo oduvijek bili za konkurenciju. Zdravu konkurenciju....pojam koji je, po do sada iscitanom, u "komsiluku" nepoznat.

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    5. Молим? Где то у регији нема здраве конкуренције?

      Колико активних аеродрома има у Босни? Иако Сарајево тврдоглаво гура своју неповољну политику, Бања Лука и Тузла се слободно развијају.

      У Србији стране компаније черупају Ер Србију која како стигне. Вреди само погледати и упоредити удео сваког националног авио-превозника на њиховим базним аеродромима. Који удео има Адрија у Љубљани или Кроацијан у Загребу?

      У Црној Гори је слична ситуација где Монтенегро није више заштићен и где сада мора да се носи са нискобуџетним компанијама.

      Дакле молим те појасни нам како то да је прељепа Хрватска испред нас када је у питању конкуренција јер судеђи по ситуацији у Загребу и не бих баш рекао.

      Господе боже шта ћу све овде прочитати.

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    6. Molis?
      Pa Eid Mubarak i tebi kad vec molis.

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    7. I agree with Purger! No one from ZBG would write something against DBV. There must've been foreign intelligence behind all those hateful comments.
      We must now find the perpetrator fyring up the intra-Croatian conflict. We're dealing with professionals here people! My bet is on the Bosnians! They have been awfully quiet lately.
      I shall proceed with the investigation. We will find the people behind such scheme, and don't you worry about it, Purger!

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    8. 6.6.2018:
      "The world's largest carrier, American Airlines, is considering introducing seasonal flights to Dubrovnik. According to the "TangoSix" portal, the company is in talks with the airport over a seasonal service from Philadelphia. A decision on the matter is expected within the next month. "

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/06/american-eyes-dubrovnik-service.html

      That was news I wrote on TangoSix, that ExYu quote here 2 and half month ago.

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    9. Check the other news section forum. Again the eternal OU vs JU ZAG vs BEG sequel.
      Coincidence? I don't think so.
      At the end of the day, we are all aviation enthusiasts and no experts, so having this "Balkan jealousy" was always like that.
      Remember the SKP vs INI one? Or PRN?
      Take it easy guys. Come on...

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    10. You reported on the possibility of these flights, not of them actually happening. Ex-YU wrote about the actual realization of those. Don't forget you also wrote how AF is considering introducing JFK-ZAG flights which was a rumour that someone started in the comment section on here. lol

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    11. Anonymous21 August 2018 at 20:57

      He is the one who does everything (good ofcourse) in this country,and other countries,and,all the way to Tokio.

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    12. ...and beyond. I am still waiting for his AF rumor to come true.

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    13. I did not. I sad there are speculation that AF would open that route, and that I don't find it very real.

      This news was today published by several media, American Airlines page included. My information came from very source of negotiation 2 months ago.

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    14. ...and than in begging of June, no one even did know Dubrovnik negotiate with American, and that route they negotiate is to Philadelphia.

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    15. Some people knew but they where kindly asked not to go public with that info.
      You were asked as well but that doesn't matters to you much.

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    16. You wrote on speculation and about all sorts of possibilities. Like I said, you also wrote about AF opening the route based on information you got from a comment on this portal. I guess those are your kind of sources. LOL

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  16. Nego....kako je nova asfaltna pista (USS) u BiH prosla nezapazeno?

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  17. Is their aircraft seriously a 205 seater?

    https://www.planespotters.net/production-list/search?fleet=American-Airlines&manufacturer=Boeing&type=767&fleetStatus=current

    Lots of business class seats though!

    C28W14Y163

    Premium economy will be offered too, which is nice.

    Which is the biggest widebody in DBV? The Ruski 747?

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  18. Long time reader of this blog, first-time poster.

    I don't understand why every single post here needs to be riddled with inflammatory comments at worst, or at best comments depicting fierce competition between people of different ex-YU states? Or even why there even needs to be a depiction between these? When will the Balkans get rid of this primitive style of thinking and start acting more civilised?

    I am Slovene, and when I see any (any!) good news on this site, whether it's related to Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, BiH or Macedonia I think to myself: "Čestitke!".

    I've noticed that at least in my surroundings, feelings of envy (the famous "fovšija") are rapidly being replaced with compersion (people rejoicing on the success of others - "iskreno privoščiti dobro drugemu"). If only it were the same on this forum.

    veteran

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