Croatia Airlines turns 30

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Croatia Airlines is celebrating its thirtieth birthday, marking three decades since it launched operations as Zagreb Airlines (Zagal) in what was still Yugoslavia. Over its history, the airline has developed into one of the busiest in the former Yugoslavia. On July 23, 1990 it changed its name to Croatia Airlines and operated its first domestic flight on May 5 that same year between Zagreb and Split using an MD-82 jet. On April 5, 1992, the newly established national carrier inaugurated its first international service, from Zagreb to Frankfurt. Over the past thirty years, Croatia Airlines has operated over 600.000 flights and handled more than 38 million passengers. It has grown into one of the staples of the Croatian economy, making a significant contribution to the country’s tourism industry.

Zagal Zagreb, first aircraft

Arrival of Croatia Airlines' first B737-200, Zagreb Airport, April 3, 1992

Croaita Airlines' first ATR42

Arrival of Croatia Airlines' first A319 in 1998 at Zagreb Airport


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  1. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  2. Youngest airline in the Ex-yu.

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    1. Nope, Montenegro Airlines is younger. Date of creation 1994.

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  3. Those 737-200ADV were a lot of fun!

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    1. Probably a good size plane for them now actually :)

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  4. I love them but there isn't much to celebrate this year. So many missed opportunities.

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  5. So many hateful comments

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  6. Zaposlen sam pod rednim brojem 4 u ZAGALu, CTN. Vodio sam najteže pregovore u Beogradu i Ljubljani, a 1991, te sa bezobrazni Stjepan Tuđman i njegovi Hrvati i Grci iz Toronta. I njihovi Dadh 8.

    Znam tajne financijske rupe CTN. Mene su " ubili", neke potvojenili kao legendarni cpt. Krešimir Petrin, a a svu Mast i Čast, isisali Drko Prbežec, a Ivan Mišetić Tedeschi, a te Dalibor Pavičić.

    https://zpadjen.wordpress.com/.../cpt-kresimir-petrin.../

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  7. E pa sve najbolje. Osjećam se starim. Čini mi se kao par godina nazad kad je krivousti na MD82 letio ZAG-SPU

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