Korean Air touches down in Zagreb


Korean Air inaugurated scheduled flights between Seoul and Zagreb this morning with its 218-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring six seats in first class, 24 in business and 188 seats in economy class. The jet arrived in the Croatian capital at approximately 15.30 local time. The airline, which has operated a handful of charters to Zagreb each year since 2010, will maintain the scheduled service three times per week on a year-round basis. During the 2018/19 winter season, which begins on October 28, the airline will run a three weekly triangle service with the routing Seoul - Zagreb - Zurich - Seoul, although it has not secured rights to sell tickets on the intra-European sector. The winter operation will be maintained with a Boeing 777-200ER jet from late October until early January and the 269-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner thereafter, until the start of the summer season in March.

Zagreb Airport and Korean Air representatives at Zagreb Airport

Zagreb Airport marked the occasion with a press event. Korean Air is the third major airline to launch flights to the Croatian capital this year following Aegean Airlines and Air Canada Rouge. The national carrier of South Korea is said to have recorded solid bookings on the route so far with numbers peaking for the upcoming Chuseok holiday in late September, when the average cabin load factor on flights to Zagreb is already said to be 99%. "Ticket sales and advanced booking numbers are in line with our expectations for this route and we are satisfied with its performance", Korean Air said. In order to promote the new route, the airline has begun screening ads entitled "A walk in Croatia" with actress Ye Sul Park (featured below).


Korean tour operator KAL Tours and Hanjin Travel have contributed a large share of passengers to the new service. A spokesman for Korea’s top travel agency, Hana Tour, said that Croatia is emerging as one of the most promising travel destinations for South Koreans who visit Europe. Last year, 448.636 Korean holidaymakers visited Croatia, which has become increasingly popular in the country after several reality shows were filmed in places such as Dubrovnik. The Croatian Minister for Tourism, Gari Cappelli, recently said the country was looking to secure flights from four far away markets in the coming period. These include Japan, China, South Korea and the United States. "One of our main goals is to improve Croatia's air connectivity. The establishment of new flights is crucial to increasing the number of arrivals, especially from far away markets. We are particularly focusing on Japan, with which we recently signed a bilateral Air Service Agreement, but also China, South Korea and the United States, which all account for a growing number of tourists", Mr Cappelli said.

Korean Air A330 upon landing in Zagreb

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  1. Congratulations Zagreb :)

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  2. Congratulations Croatian friends and brothers. Envying you in a very positive way. Keep up the excellent progress.
    Pozdravi ot Sofia :)

    Btw, you can track the flight on FR24 here:

    https://www.flightradar24.com/KAL919/1db570d7

    It's now flying over Novosibirsk approximately. Flight time> 10h30m approx.

    Have a good weekend :)

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    1. I forgot to post some info about the Airbus A332, it's only 5,6 years old!

      https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/Airbus/A330/HL8276-Korean-Air-Lines/5QEPUkQ

      F6C24Y188 seat configuration

      So, lots of business seats there!

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    2. I'm surprised they did not schedule B777 in September and October.

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    3. They obviously thought the A330 was more suitable for a new route like this.

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    4. Too much capacity.

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    5. Because Koreans travel more in off season than peak season actually.

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    6. Nice commercial!

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  3. Excellent! Can't wait for them to land.

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  4. Congrats Zagreb!

    Glad to see that you keep developing and developing!

    Wish you all the best!

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  5. What's most important is that this is a year round route, which is good to see.

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    1. Shame about the Zurich stop in winter though.

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    2. is it first year-round wide body?

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    3. Yes, first for Zagreb since Malaysia Airlines' flights from Kuala Lumpur which ended 16 years ago.

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    4. In that aspect ZAG is far behind BUD, BEG, VIE etc

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    5. Prague as well. Bucharest, Sofia and Zagreb have some work to do.

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    6. @Anonymous1 September 2018 at 09:34

      Why? Korean is playing safe, Zagreb and Zurich in combo is a smart move, if Zagreb under performs Zurich will pick up extra pax, is Zurich under performs ...

      It is a very smart move, sadly no inter-EU flights for non-EU airline it seems. Well Swiss... isn't in the EU but is part of EU structures...

      Anonymous1 September 2018 at 11:01

      In what respect is Zagreb behind ??? Number of widebodies ??? Let me see, Zagreb has Air Transat, Air Canada, Korean air, Emirates. Soon it'll have China Eastern, ANA and longer term Delta. I'd say Zagreb is doing mightily fine.

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    7. All those you listed except KE are on a summer seasonal basis. ZAG still has some work to do in that department especially now when EK showed us there are limits.

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    8. EK has prematurely sent a huge bird to ZAG when they should have done the same as BEG sending a smaller aircract (they did in the past) but then suddenly passed from 2-3 weekly FZ service to EK huge and difficult to fill aircraft.
      On my opinion FZ is the right aircraft for Zagreb until it reaches 6-7 million, then you can send EK big aeroplanes.
      KE has a much smaller aircraft and easier and safter to fill 218 seats, which is even lower than a Wizz A321 sent to to Skopje. So lets wait and see how the route goes.

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    9. @Anonymous1 September 2018 at 19:08

      EK is not flying only for 3.5 months, covered by FZ, they'll be back in 2020 year round, no biggie, I looked at EK numbers posted by nemjee, and although his numbers conflict with other numbers he posted, by a fair bit, example one data shows 84000 pax on the route and other 98000pax on the route, so which one is it.

      ""Nemjee16 August 2018 at 09:36
      EK in ZAG:

      06.17 - 12.975
      07.17- 17.479
      08.17 - 17.198
      09.17 - 15.735
      10.17 - 15.448
      11.17 - 8.988
      12.17 - 8.658
      01.18 - 8.175
      02.18 - 6.780
      03.18 - 9.442
      04.18 - 13.023
      05.18 - 12.606""

      Anyhow, data that we were presented shows EK is doing really well on the route, January, February and March are only bad months, when load factor was only 64%, EK should have reduced winters down to 3 weekly departures, however this winter they're using FZ to cover 14 weeks, with a daily flight with a B737Max. Sure would be nice to have EK 777, but not to worry it'll be back on 30th of March, daily.

      Add to this other carriers that are going to launch Zagreb... For small airport such as Zagreb, that is a really nice result. Things are looking up.

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    10. 98.301 in 2017 and 50.026 in the first five months of this year.

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    11. @Nemjee1 September 2018 at 20:25

      You also have data for last 6 months, one shows 98000 pax and other shows 84000, so I am not sure how reliable your information is, I'll wait for purger to do his story, if all fails I'll contact Zagreb airport and get lowdown on all carriers and pax.

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    12. I don't know what you are going on about since only the first five months of 2018 were published for this particular route. That said you are more than welcome to do as you please whether it's to wait for Purger's article or call Kolinda to get the numbers.

      Also, could you please tell me where you saw the 84.000 numbers?

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    13. He probably confused 06.17 with 06.18

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    14. Sure nemjee, and no need to call Kolinda, I don't like her politics so little chance of me calling her. However your numbers....

      "Nemjee16 August 2018 at 09:36
      EK in ZAG: "ZAG-DXB

      Q3 2017: 50.412
      Q4 2017: 33.094

      So this is why I take your numbers with a pinch of salt, well a bucket.
      Also, we have 3 guys that work at Zagreb airport on other forum, so getting data for Zagreb shouldn't be too difficult, also calling Zagreb airport is quite simple, anyone can do it.

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    15. I just checked and the difference comes from Q1 and Q2.

      Q1 - 1.820 passengers.
      Q2 - 12.975 passengers

      That's 14.795 which is then added to the above numbers to come out to be 98.301.

      It was my mistake, when I looked at 2017 I assumed there were no other flights besides EK. Now when I took a closer look I found the difference in the numbers. I guess there must have been charter flights during the first six months.

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    16. So in conclusion, in the first six months EK carried 83.506 passengers in ZAG.

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    17. @Nemjee1 September 2018 at 22:16

      I didn't know that, i just relied on stuff you posted, and hopped it was accurate, to me it seemed ok, the reason why i used your figures in several of my posts, including these today.

      As I've said, i am ok with your posts, however we need accurate data so we can ascertain if route is performing well or not.

      From your data, February seems very bad, and i don't dispute the number, in fact i thought it would have been far worse.


      using your numbers

      EK in ZAG:

      06.17 - 12.975 ----- average LF 58.6%
      07.17- 17.479 ----- average LF 80.5%
      08.17 - 17.198 ----- average LF 79.6%
      09.17 - 15.735 ----- average LF 58.6%
      10.17 - 15.448 ----- average LF 72.5%
      11.17 - 8.988 ----- average LF 73.2%
      12.17 - 8.658 ----- average LF 70.4%
      01.18 - 8.175 ----- average LF 66.4%
      02.18 - 6.780 ----- average LF 58.6%
      03.18 - 9.442 ----- average LF 62.1%
      04.18 - 13.023 ----- average LF 85.6%
      05.18 - 12.606 ----- average LF 58.0%

      No idea why May figures simply collapsed, 12600 pax in May, can you check you might have made a mistake there.

      Also these are my projections for rest of the year.

      06.18 - 17.500 ----- average LF 80.6%
      07.18- 20.000 ----- average LF 92.1%
      08.18 - 20.000 ----- average LF 92.1%
      09.18 - 17.500 ----- average LF 80.6%
      10.18 - 15.448 ----- average LF 72.5%
      11.18 - 10.000 ----- average LF 46.2% - if 30 rotations
      12.18 - 9.000 ----- average LF 92.5% - FZ with B728Max

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    18. Yup, just checked it and that's the number. Not all destinations were published but only three saw a drop in May compared to April: DXB, AMS and SJJ.

      All other destinations grew.

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    19. SJJ isn't that Sarajevo?

      Anyhow, I think i can project numbers for EK in 2019, based on figures we have now

      ------------------------------------------------- FZ first 3 months daily with B738Max
      01.19 - 8.500 ----- average LF 87.4%
      02.19 - 7.000 ----- average LF 77.1%
      03.19 - 10.500 ----- average LF 108.7% - either EK will fly some of the rotations or double daily for FZ on some days
      ------------------------------------------------- EK from here on
      04.19 - 14.000 ----- average LF 64.5% - 30 rotations, 96.7% if 20 rotations
      05.19 - 17.000 ----- average LF 78.4%
      06.19 - 18.500 ----- average LF 85.1%
      07.19- 21.500 ----- average LF 98.9.1% - A380/B773ER regular service
      08.19 - 22.000 ----- average LF 101.8% - A380 regular service
      09.19 - 20.000 ----- average LF 93.8% - Mix A380/B773ER
      10.19 - 17.500 ----- average LF 80.5% - B773ER
      11.19 - 12.000 ----- average LF 73.2% - 55.4% if 30 rotations, 82.8% if 20 rotations

      --------------------------------------------- FZ takes over with EK doing serveral rotations

      12.19 - 10.000 ----- average LF 102.8%

      and 2020:

      01.20 - 9.000 ----- average LF 92.6%
      02.20 - 7.500 ----- average LF 82.6%
      03.20 - 11.000 ----- average LF 131.1% - - either EK will fly some of the rotations or double daily for FZ on some days

      --------------------------------------------------------- EK from here on

      04.20 - 15.000 ----- average LF 69.0% - 30 rotations, or double daily on some days if 20.
      05.20 - 17.500 ----- average LF 80.5%
      06.20 - 20.000 ----- average LF 92.1%
      07.20- 22.500 ----- average LF 103.5% - A380/B773ER regular service
      08.20 - 22.500 ----- average LF 103.5% - A380/B773ER regular service
      09.20 - 21.000 ----- average LF 96.8% - A380/B773ER regular service
      10.20 - 18.500 ----- average LF 85.5%
      11.20 - 12.800 ----- average LF 58.9% - if 30 rotations. 88.4% if 20 rotations
      12.20 - 12.000 ----- average LF 55.4% - if 30 rotations. 82.7% if 20 rotations

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    20. OK Nemjee, now, as we can see you still publish exclusively numbers for Croatia, I will concentrate on just one request.

      Can you, please, publish number for Belgrade-Prague-Beijing route.

      If you will not do it that your publishing of just Croatian numbers has bad intention, and is very questionable.

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    21. Ugh you keep on coming back here with the same stupid comment despite me writing several times that I do not have numbers from BEG. I only have for the EU plus SKP and Turkey.

      I can't give you BEG-PEK but I can give you the overall numbers for BEG-PRG.

      01.17 - 3.436
      01.18 - 4.148

      02.17 - 3.839
      02.18 - 4.905

      03.17 - 4.531
      03.18 - 5.736

      04.17 - 4.403
      04.18 - 6.526

      Q1 17 - 11.906
      Q1 18 - 14.789

      Growth was probably caused by both Hainan but also by JU lowering its fares to Prague.

      Here is the whole 2017:

      Q1 - 11.806
      Q2 - 15.607
      Q3 - 25.335
      Q4 - 17.547

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    22. @Anonymous1 September 2018 at 19:27

      Actually based on nemjee figures, Emirates has really good loads with 365 seat B773ER,

      06.17 - 12.975 ----- average LF 58.6%
      07.17- 17.479 ----- average LF 80.5%
      08.17 - 17.198 ----- average LF 79.6%
      09.17 - 15.735 ----- average LF 58.6%
      10.17 - 15.448 ----- average LF 72.5%
      11.17 - 8.988 ----- average LF 73.2%
      12.17 - 8.658 ----- average LF 70.4%
      01.18 - 8.175 ----- average LF 66.4%
      02.18 - 6.780 ----- average LF 58.6%
      03.18 - 9.442 ----- average LF 62.1%
      04.18 - 13.023 ----- average LF 85.6%
      05.18 - 12.606 ----- average LF 58.0%


      Data for June, July and August are yet to be published, but it is above 90% for 3 months,
      Problem was and is, EK was sending B773ER in January and February 4 times per week, when demand was barely for 3 weekly flights. but EK being EK they must fly 4 times per week minimum.

      Projections for rest of the year should give you insight how well EK is doing in Zagreb.


      06.18 - 17.500 ----- average LF 80.6%
      07.18- 20.000 ----- average LF 92.1%
      08.18 - 20.000 ----- average LF 92.1%
      09.18 - 17.500 ----- average LF 80.6%
      10.18 - 15.448 ----- average LF 72.5%
      11.18 - 10.000 ----- average LF 46.2% - if 30 rotations
      12.18 - 9.000 ----- average LF 92.5% - FZ with B728Max

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    23. It's hilarious how they attack him for being anti-Croatian when the numbers are not bad. XD

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  6. Hope the loads are good. Good luck.

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  7. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  8. excellent news for Croatia tourism

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  9. Bad news for Lufthansa, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, Qatar and flydubai.

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    1. It is not bad news at all, plenty of room for everyone. You also forget Australian and NZ visitors, they're growing in numbers with each passing year, right now there are over 300 000 of these visitors to Croatia each year, last year it was over 250 000. Add to this South east Asian numbers, around 250 000, Indian 90 000 visitors this year, 250 000 Chinese and 177 000 Japanese visitors, and growth of 15-20% yoy, lets just say, there's plenty of room for growth.

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  10. About time considering the number of Korean tourists.

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  11. So Korean Air started their service today out of Zagreb, operation will be performed by A330-200, till January, when B787 takes over till June when A332 and so on. In South Korea more travelers travel between December 1st and May 1st than June 1st to December 1st. Strange I know, but that's how most S. Korean take their holidays.

    So far booking is good, above 85% for flights to Zagreb for upcoming month and return flights are so so+
    ,around 67%.

    Talks with China Eastern, Hainan and new routes out of Shanghai and Beijing should also be announced soon, Tokyo with ANA might wait announced till early next year. If all goes well, we could also be having flights to North America, I mean US, in 2020, we'll know more.

    Emirates btw, is doing really great, their flights to Zagreb and Dubai have really good loads, August might have passed 20k mark, we'll need to wait for full results.

    Estimated loads on service to Zagreb:

    "Nemjee16 August 2018 at 09:36
    EK in ZAG: "ZAG-DXB

    Q3 2017: 50.412
    Q4 2017: 33.094
    Q1 2018: 24.397



    06.17 - 12.975
    07.17- 17.479
    08.17 - 17.198
    09.17 - 15.735
    10.17 - 15.448
    11.17 - 8.988
    12.17 - 8.658
    01.18 - 8.175
    02.18 - 6.780
    03.18 - 9.442
    04.18 - 13.023
    05.18 - 12.606"

    speculation:

    June - 17 500
    July - 20 000
    August - 20 000
    September 17500
    October - 17500
    November - 10 000
    December - 9000 (partially EK/FZ)

    50 000 Q1/2 + 111500 = 161620 - 2018.

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    1. Those numbers are fantastic for the first year. Could we see FZ go double daily if those numbers are repeated in winter?

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    2. I doubts FZ would go double daily in winter. After all, demand from /to ZAG in winter is much lower and that 's why FZ is there. But what I think is highly likely to happen, is FZ going (again) year-round, extending flights into the summer season twice or at least 3-4 peak season summer months, together with EK B777 service. Considering the numbers, more logical for me to have double daily to DXB in summer than in winter, the numbers still low for double daily B777, doubt EK sending A380 to ZAG for now so I believe we will see this summer both EK B777 and FZ B737MAX in ZAG

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    3. wow! good new for Zagreb! :D
      Does anyone know why are Turkish and FlyDubai operating their flights from Istanbul/Dubai to Sarajevo via Blegrade for the whole past week and this week too (their morning rotations only)???

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    4. Fuel shortages in SJJ so they need to tank it in BEG which is the regional airport for diversions.

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    5. yesterday FlyDubai operated their Sarajevo service via Tuzla too

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    6. @Anonymous1 September 2018 at 10:04

      Thank you for re-posting my post from yesterday that was removed, cause it was a wrong date, yes I mixed my days, lol, forgot August had 31 days.

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  12. Great news. Looking forward to see this route develop.

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  13. Looking at all their promotions and adds it seems to be mostly aimed at Dubrovnik. I wonder why they didn't start flights to DBV.

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    1. Exactly. It would have been more logical at least in summer season

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  14. Amazing how a tv show can impact on tourism and trends. Good luck with the new route :)

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  15. Nice. A really good year for ZAG.

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    1. Well yes if we exclude EK downgrading the route.

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  16. Will be interesting to see how many premium passengers there are on these flights.

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  17. It's a surprise to see that their Zurich route is struggling that they have to link it with another one.

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    1. Or maybe by connecting ZAG with ZRH they are sure they will not be losing money

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    2. Their flights to ZRH previously operated via VIE

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    3. @Anonymous1 September 2018 at 10:48

      Zagreb and Zurich combo is a smart move, it'll guarantee flights are full or near full year round. Vienna is massive destination for Koreans, as is Austria.

      Most popular S. Korean European destinations are:
      http://kto.visitkorea.or.kr/eng/tourismStatics/keyFacts/visitorArrivals.kto

      France - Paris, Marseille 1.25 million - direct flights/cargo
      UK - 1.1 million - London, direct flights/cargo
      Italy - 1.07 million - Rome and Milan - direct flights/cargo
      Germany - 1.03 million - Frankfurt and Munich - direct flights/cargo
      Austria - 830 000 - Vienna direct link/cargo
      Spain - 724 000 - Barcelona and Madrid direct link/cargo
      Netherlands - 586 000 - Amsterdam direct flights/cargo
      Croatia - 444 000 - Zagreb direct flights now
      Switzerland - 416 000 - Zurich direct link now, via Zagreb in winters
      Czech R - 351 000 - Prague direct flights
      Denmark - 224 000 - Copenhagen direct flights

      They also fly seasonal charters to Stockholm, Oslo and Athens in Europe.

      Number of Korean visitors to Europe is growing, at nominal average of 8% yoy. Average number of visitors to Croatia is up by 25% yoy, this year 455 000 Korean visitors are projected to visit Croatia, slow-down in growth, 2020, 500 000+ S.Korean visitors are expected to visit Croatia. Korean Air is expected to carry 60 000 pax in first year of operations, 72 000 in 2nd year, however daily service is off the table till number of Korean visitors to Croatia exceeds 550 000. Potential for 120-150 000 passengers on the route is possible,but not before 2020.

      Projections for the route:

      2018: 62 000
      2019: 72 000
      2020: 80 000
      2025: 120 000 - if 5 weekly service and larger plane, B787 900?
      2025: 150 000 - if 5 weekly service and larger plane, B777 300ER?

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    4. I am still waiting for your credentials.

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    5. @Anonymous1 September 2018 at 22:35

      You can wait till hell freezes over.

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  18. After KE, I think the next legacy airline might be SQ. It would be a wonder to see their lush A350 in Zagreb. ZAG-SIN 3 weekly can work too.

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    1. Or Qantas from Perth.

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    2. Troll 1 and troll 2.

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    3. And you are a troll 3.

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    4. Guys don't be like that, we are all seeing the true potential of ZAG.

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    5. @Anonymous1 September 2018 at 11:26

      Surprisingly enough, Singapore Airlines might be the airline to come at some point in not to distant future. Croatian government minister had chat with Singapore airlines on potential of flights to Zagreb and them buying s steak in Croatian Airlines. Singapore buys loads of military stuff from Croatia and their trade and ministerial delegation was in Zagreb last year to conclude some trade deals. Singapore and Thai airways are very much in the game, however don't expect anything before 2020.

      Next year, China Eastern/Hainan and ANA.
      2020, we could see more Chinese carriers coming in, perhaps Cathay Pacific or even Air China.

      Number of visitors from South East Asia 2017:

      Singapore: 32 540
      Malaysia: 58 500
      Indonesia: 9 450
      Thailand: 29 000
      Vietnam: 9 200
      Philippines: 11 700
      Taiwan: 126 200

      Add:

      China: 160 000
      HK: 32 000
      Japan: 142 000
      S. Korea: 444 000
      India: 56 000
      Middle East: 30 000
      Israel: 58 000
      Australia: 210 000
      New Zealand: 35 000

      And all these markets are growing at an average of 20% yoy, things are looking up for Croatia and Zagreb. We can't discount any possibility anymore, ppl laughed when Emirates was mention, then Emirates arrived, ppl laughed when Air Canada was mentioned and then they arrived, ppl laughed when Korean Air was mentioned and ppl still laughed....

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  19. So the interesting thing is that it seems the KE Europe wave:

    KE903 ICN-CDG 77W
    KE919 ICB-ZAG 332
    KE913 ICN-MAD 789 - right after ZAG one
    KE917 ICN-ZRH 789
    KE905 ICN-FRA 748
    KE915 ICN-BCN 77W
    KE937 ICN-VIE 772
    KE935 ICN-PRG 748
    KE907 ICN-LHR 748
    KE923 ICN-SVO 333
    KE909 ICN-CDG 388
    KE903 ICN-LHR 77L
    KE925 ICN-AMS 772
    KE931 ICN-FCO 748
    KE929 ICN-LED 333 - shortly took off from Seoul

    Just incredible, all have short intervals and 2 big birds to LHR & CDG.

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    1. Nice wave of flights and pretty good Europe network for an Asian non-Chinese airline.

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  20. Landing in about an hour :)

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    1. Yep, currently flying over Slovakia. ETA: 15:29h

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  21. LANDED!!!! :)))))) 15:34

    RKSI > LDZA is now reality!!!

    BRAVO HRVATSKA

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  22. Promo ad for flights to Zagreb doesn't have any scenes of Zagreb, wtf?

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    1. Well it's not like anyone comes all the way from Korea to see Zagreb, there are other, bigger cities more representative of the Austro-Hungarian style.

      The coast and the national parks are where it's at.

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  23. Nice video of Korean touching Croatian soil. This shows how developed the country has become.
    Next year will be Dubrovnik's long-haul turn.
    Zagreb is booming, the coast is booming and the country showing no signs of stopping.
    I am sure they will get rid of Zurich and increase the route to 5 weekly just like PRG.

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    1. Not before 2020,

      I think this year they'll have around 32000 pax on the route, in 2019 around 62 000 and 70 000 in 2020, after that 5 weekly flights are possible with B787 900, this would allow for up to 120 000 pax on the route at 85% load factor to and back. However they'll still need to mix it with Zurich for return flights cause business segment in Zagreb for Koreans is just started to grow, there are now 2 Korean restaurants in Zagreb, 3 Korean hostels.

      We need more Korean business in Croatia, a lot more, ppl like Samsung, Kia, Hyundai and so on need to come to Croatia big time.

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    2. All these new routes are great and I don't want to rain on your parade, but you should be careful with the optimism, especially phrases such as "the country showing no signs of stopping". There are major signs of stopping, at least concerning the coast. There will be growth in the years to come for sure, but it won't be spectacularly double-digit as up to now.

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    3. @Anonymous2 September 2018 at 01:20

      Oh, once you hit that saturation point yes, but Asia is home to 4 billion people, increasingly wealthy people at that, middle class segment of Asia the above mentioned markets only, generate around 10-12 million leisure visitors to Europe each year, and this might be modest figure, Croatia alone is picking some 1.5 million of these visitors, i am guessing unless there's a major economic upheaval the nice growth numbers should continue well in to 2020s.

      Number of visitors from South East Asia 2017:

      Singapore: 32 540
      Malaysia: 58 500
      Indonesia: 9 450
      Thailand: 29 000
      Vietnam: 9 200
      Philippines: 11 700
      Taiwan: 126 200

      Add:

      China: 160 000
      HK: 32 000
      Japan: 142 000
      S. Korea: 444 000
      India: 56 000
      Middle East: 30 000
      Israel: 58 000
      Australia: 210 000
      New Zealand: 35 000

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    4. I think there is definitely scope to bring in more Asian carriers to ZAG over the next few years. I travel a lot in Asia and Croatia as a tourist destination has a very positive and growing profile. I can definitely see a Chinese carrier, perhaps ANA or JAL seasonally and also a South East Asian Carrier too (Thai Airways could work well as an add on to the Vienna Service a few times per week perhaps, would capture some of the Australia/NZ traffic too, just my two bahts worth).

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  24. Letio sam sa Koreanom puno puta vecinom iz PRG i FRA za Seoul i dalje sa Gimpa i Incheona unutar Koreje te za Japan. Dobra kompanija i usluga. Hrana i nije nesto. Najcudniji nacin letenja ikada je na letovima unutar Koreje. Manervri koji se tamo rade su cudo. Jednom sam i zaspao, probudili me da izlazim iz aviona, nisam ni osjestio sletanje sa 738. Dobro dosli Korean. Iduci put iz ZG.

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  25. Avion Korean Air Boeing 777-200(registracija HL7598) je najudobniji avion na koji sam ikad letio kao putnik, apsoluno ni jedna plastika kabine tokom leta ne ispusta cudne zvukove u putnickoj kabini,za razliku od Airbus 330 Air Serbia(registracija YU-ARA)u srednjem redu putnicke kabine ispusta povremeno neko slabo skripanje plasticnih djelova iznad sjedala koi itekako iritira (obavezno koristite slusalice za muziku)kao neki polovni svedski ili njemacki auto sa vise od 300tisuca kilometara nakome sve plastike u unutrasnjosti sviraju svoju pjesmu tjekom voznje,nadamo se da ce da servisiraju ili zamjene unutrasnje plasticne obloge ovog divnog aviona.

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    1. Kakove zvuke ispusta Korean 777-200 tijekom jake turbulencije? Takodjer apsolutna tisina?

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    2. Sefe, covek je u pravu. Prica o Er Srbiji jer je na njihovom Erbasu leteo, i prica o Korean Eru jer je na njihovom Boingu leteo. I ocito pogresno povezuje auditivni dozivljaj letenja sa kompanijom, a on se tice proizvodjaca aviona. Cinjenica je da kroz let, sa turbulencijom ili bez nje, Erbas krcka, skripi i pucketa, a Boeing ne. To nema veze ni sa sigurnoscu ni sa komforom i to ne cini Boeing ili Erbas, govorim i o velikim i o malim modelima, boljim ili slabijim. To je jednostavno tako i svi mi koji smo imali priliku raditi na tipovima obaju proizvodjaca to znamo. Cao!

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    3. Erbas krcka, skripi i pucketa, a Boeing ne

      Really? Leteo sam na skoro svim 747 osim SP i -8i, od AA 747-123 do 744 sa BA, AF, KL i mnogim drugim. Svaki, ali svaki Boeing 747 krcka skripi i pucketa tokom turbulencije, narocito centralna konzola za prtljag.

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