Croatia’s ETF Airways granted tentative US flight permit

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Croatian charter carrier ETF Airways, specialising in ACMI flights, has been granted tentative approval to operate to the United States by the Department of Transportation. ETF Airways filed for a permit on September 10. In its decision, the US Department of Transportation noted the airline can now engage in the following:


The Department noted, “With respect to the applicant’s request for exemption authority, we find that grant of this authority, as conditioned, is consistent with the public interest. We also find that the applicant is financially and operationally qualified to perform the services authorised, and that it is substantially owned and effectively controlled in a manner consistent with the provisions of the US - EU Agreement. We also find that the authority sought by the applicant is encompassed by the US - EU Agreement. Further, we note that the applicant is properly licensed by its homeland to perform the proposed services. In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration has advised us that it knew of no reason why we should act unfavourably on the applicant’s request”.

Those wishing to object to the order have 21 days to lodge their complaint. In the event no objections are filed, the Department will make their tentative decision final. As previously reported, ETF Airways plans to add a further two aircraft to its fleet next year for a total of five and recently established two carriers in the French overseas departments of Reunion and Martinique, with the aim of setting up a permanent presence in the territories, one of which is in the Indian Ocean and the other in the Caribbean.

Comments

  1. Anonymous10:31

    This should be headline news!
    I thought TradeAir is doing great but ETF is just on another level

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    1. Anonymous10:33

      Yes, but unfortunately ETF has no desire to fly from Croatia.

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    2. Anonymous10:34

      Neither does TradeAir... they pretty much just apply for PSO and let someone else to fly the routes

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    3. Anonymous00:19

      ETF has desire to fly from Croatia but apparently no one else has desire to take apart and support this project, so they have to find a job elsewhere.

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    4. Anonymous09:20

      ETF is not obliged to fly in Croatia only. Also, nothing wrong with French Overseas territory where the competition is way too lower compared to Europe.

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  2. Anonymous11:19

    Bravo Hrvatska!

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  3. Anonymous11:19

    ETF is a clever airline. They took advantage of them being an EU carrier and enjoy passporting within the entire EU which also includes the French Overseas Territories in Réunion & Martinique.
    We will see what their next move will be. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  4. Anonymous11:36

    Smart move. While other airlines stay in Europe and wait for miracle to happen, this airline actually tries to find a job in winter... After seeing them flying to Réunion after just 6months from the AOC approval, I don't doubt they will do it again this year together with US ops. Congrats to the management and sales team!

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    1. Anonymous14:31

      I agree. Smaller Romanian carriers are operating in Italy at the moment, Bulgaria Air sent its Embraers and currently flying for TAP. Poland is operating long-haul Budapest flights and so on. This is why OU should really step into LJU and base an aircraft there.

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    2. OU should, hahahahaha

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  5. Anonymous14:21

    Bravo ETF Airways, soon the largest after OU!
    Is there an airline with Croatian capital in another country?

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    1. Anonymous17:25

      Avio Nova in US ,but this is a lessor ,they have one Fokker, one MD-83 and maybe more.
      Maybe Jet Stream from Hungary.This airline have planes in Croatia,one jet flies for Delic Air (Air Medulin).
      More?

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    2. Anonymous17:28

      Air Adriatic in Slovenia?

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  6. Anonymous14:21

    Pragusa.One?
    Where are you?

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  7. Anonymous14:28

    So we can safely consider that Hrvatska has now 3 major airlines including ETF, Trade Air and OU. I guess it's time for a cargo carrier.

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    1. Anonymous15:34

      14:28
      Airline with 7 planes is big?
      Countries like Romania, Greece and Bulgaria have many more airlines.
      Yes, they are bigger than Croatia, but why should the Bulgarians ,Greeks have three big airlines and we don't!?

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    2. Anonymous19:14

      I agree with you. I think Hrvatska has more potential of having more airlines. The EU-US open skies market is huge. Still, 3 airlines is not bad at all.

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    3. Anonymous20:16

      14:28
      + Sundair/Fly Air 41 ,they have 10 A319,320 ;)

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    4. Anonymous20:21

      Sundair has little to do with Croatia. They just use Croatian AOC because it is cheaper to register planes. Similar reason why many airlines use Slovenia to get AOC,

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    5. Anonymous20:30

      That's right ! But on paper it is Croatian and is developing quite well.
      Next summer there will be more new planes maybe!

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  8. Anonymous15:28

    Croatian airlines now:
    Croatia Airlines
    Trade Air
    Sundair/Fly Air41
    ETF Airways
    Fly Li(also France)
    Fly Wi(also France)
    Pragusa.One

    Can you tell me for more?

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    1. Anonymous15:58

      Pragusa One is not an airline. When they get an AOC you can consider them an airline.

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    2. Anonymous17:26

      Will be interesting to see this project;))

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    3. Anonymous20:26

      First Croatian A350!

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    4. Anonymous07:13

      Did they pay $200,000 as a deposit to a US bank before any charter flights under Part 380? :-)

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  9. Anonymous15:38

    First time I saw Air France A320 in Miami long time ago I was stunned. Didn't take long to figure out the routes.

    By design, Guadeloupe and Martinique are focused on tourists from France and Quebec with some from Belguim and very few from the US. Good luck expanding that US portion, it will be fun to watch.

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  10. Anonymous17:27

    Bravo ETF! Will be interesting to see flights to USA by Fly Li

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    1. Anonymous17:29

      I think it is Fly-WI, fly li is for reunion... But not sure

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    2. Anonymous19:10

      Not even gonna be surprised if they lease a widebody. Or operating flights out of Europe within EU boundaries.
      Interesting airline indeed..

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    3. Anonymous20:28

      Will be interesting to see widebody croatian plane .

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    4. Anonymous20:31

      Maybe they will have wide body one day but it would be more healthy to have all year round flying with their current fleet than thinking about something more complex and big. 3 aircrafts are already amazing achievement, if they could find a job for all of them it would be much more impressive than one wide body staying on the ground.

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    5. Anonymous20:34

      +1
      Two A330 will be perfect one day!

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  11. Anonymous20:24

    When Trade Air will get new planes?
    Soon ETF will have more than Trade Air?

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    1. Anonymous20:27

      Next summer for now one A320 ,to retire Fokker 100!

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    2. Anonymous20:38

      Their two new 737 will be added to their subsidiaries!

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    3. Anonymous17:16

      Last time I checked, seven was more than three.

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  12. Anonymous20:26

    Bravo ETF!

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  13. Anonymous20:32

    BTW OU sleep! They will sing -their new project!

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    1. Anonymous21:17

      Just think it's a common practice in EU countries of having various airlines being created and operating freely. This is the beauty of it. Mind you, even smaller countries than Croatia such as Lithuania already have more than 1 airline:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airlines_of_Lithuania

      I would love to see more Croatian airlines circulating in EU space and especially cargo ones as this is a sector that is expected to have more demand.
      Good examples are Romania and Bulgaria that have recently created their cargo airlines and serving DHL, TNT, etc. Romania have their own 747 cargo jet already - Romcargo, while Bulgaria launched their second cargo airline last year.
      Hrvatska has much more room for potential and ETF has proved it. The CEO Stjepan Bedic has been involved in aviation for more than 20 years and seems to have a quite interesting biography.

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    2. Anonymous22:28

      +10000
      Bulgaria have 9 airlines
      Romania 16
      Greece 12-15
      Lithuania over 20
      Croatia have same potential as BG,RO,GR!

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    3. Anonymous05:20

      22:28 Obviously! People love to quickly blame EU for many things but keep forgetting that this is one of the most largest free markets in the world and the advantages are endless.
      Croatia may at least have 5 more airlines, with no problem.

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    4. Anonymous06:23

      Problem with Croatia is she continues to have the old socialist mentality. Has no idea how to move towards capitalism, is scared of the benefits of capitalism for whatever reason. So much waisted time and potential. Meanwhile the future leaves in droves towards..... yes, nations who have embraced capitalisms.

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    5. Anonymous09:16

      Capitalism is certainly not the best system but can guarantee you it lowers poverty when it is effective.
      It will take Croatia sometime to create a new airline. Quite optimistic after Eurozone membership. As for ETF, wishing them further development.

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  14. Anonymous20:40

    Will Fly Li and Fly WI have AOC or this carriers are only brands of ETF Airways?

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    1. Anonymous09:36

      Maybe no.
      They have EU AOC now.
      Their subsidiaries are Maybe only brands as Aviolet,Anadolujet,Buta Airways.

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