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Experiences With Croatia Airlines...?  
User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1703 times:

Hey, people...

I'm just interested, if some of you have flown on Croatia Airlines flights. If yes, post your experiences, good or bad.
Eventhough it might sound subjective, I think that in last few years they turned into a very nice small airline. Their safety record is perfect, with no accidents in 12 years history.
I find this forum the best place for collecting this information, and I will be more than happy to present the results to my friends in Croatia Airlines...!

Thank you all!

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User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

... or your opinion about it's c/s, fleet, possible expansion...
You can find more at...
http://www.croatiaairlines.hr


User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

I have flown on Croatia airlines few times, and I have to say they are a good airline. The flight crew is very nice and professional, the food is good, and they have a new and young fleet of aircrafts. I had the pleasure to experience all their aircraft types. The Aircrafts are!


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ATR42-300 ( I flew this aircraft to ZAG-ZAD-ZAG and ZAG-PRG-ZAG)


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737-200 ( I flew this airfraft to LHR-ZAG-LHR and ZAG-SPU-ZAG)


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A319 ( I flew this aircraft to ZRH-ZAG-SPU)


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A320 ( I flew this aircraft to ZAD-ZAG-ZRH)


I would have to say I love the new airbus's (A319 and A320) the best.


CB777


User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

Hey...
There's no 737's anymore. They are all sold out. The whole fleet now is:
4 A319
3 A320
3 ATR42

The rumour is that they want to sell ATR's, and replace them with CRJ's or 328JET aircrafts.
Also, by the end of this year, they will turn options for 3 or 4 more A319/A320's into orders, but it depends (rumour again) of the deal between croatian government and Airbus. Two croatian companies are producing some parts for Airbus aircrafts and CFM engines, and orders for new aircrafts probably depend on the deal between those factories and Airbus.
Also, I belive they want to involve strong croatian aluminium industry into Airbus production.

Croatia Airlines has to add more aircraft to their fleet because of the strong need for more seats during the summer season.
I'll give you the latest numbers...

number of pax in July 2001: 160.000 (company record)
number of flights in 07/01: 2056 (+6%, comp. with 07/00)
The cabin was 67,4% full.
The record was Saturday, 28th of July, with 7600 passengers (cabin 84,2%).




User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 12 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Yeah I know the 737-200's are gone, I was stating the aircrafts I flew on with OU. I flew on the 737 the summers of 1994 and 1995. I hope they replace the ATR's with the CRJ's. When will they order these new planes, and when will the ATR's be phased out. If they order more airbus's, will they take delivery of some of them next year in 2002?


CB777


User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1619 times:

As I said, replacing ATR's with other aircrafts is just a rumour, but it's more and more obvious that they will actually do it... CRJ will be a very smart replacement.

They need smaller regional aircrafts (hopefully jets) in order to keep the service to smaller island-based airports like Losinj, Brac, Hvar and similar.
The government will invest lot of money into building more of these airports during the next few years, and there will be more need for regional a/c in Croatia.
The smaller airliners (like North Adria) with their Turbolets are not big enough to cover that part of the market, they will allways get the left-overs from CTN.

When it comes to Airbuses, all I know is what I wrote. It was on TV and in newspapers that CTN is going into second phase of renewing the fleet, which considers buying 3 or 4 more airbuses. Don't know the delivery time, but if the same thing happens like with the first airbuses, it will be surprisingly short. If nothing will happen before summer 2002, they will lease BAe-146 again...
Don't know why they call it "renewing", because the whole fleet (except ATR's) is allready renewed.
Hold on for more info soon...


User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1616 times:

Just found out...
According to the contract between Airbus Industrie and Croatia Airlines, 6 airbus aircrafts were delivered between 1998 and 2000. There is an option for 10 more airbus aircrafts!


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

I have travelled CTN/OU on several occasions in the last few years, from LHR, FRA and Rome into Split and Dubrovnik. I will be on them again next week from LGW to DUB.

I agree that Croatia is a well run and professional small airline. Once a FA was rude to my wife, but other than that, I have no complaints. I just wish they would quickly add to their fleet, and increase NS service from Split to LHR, FRA, and perhaps CDG. I don't mind connecting in Zagreb. But the service is at different times on different days of the week. The current service also does not match well for trips to and from North America (requiring overnight stays). But overall, a pleasant traveling experience.



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User currently offlineCroFlight From Croatia, joined Jul 2001, 275 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

As far as I know, they have a deal with Virgin trough LHR and Lufthansa trough FRA and MUC. Those are good connections, without overnight or long waiting...

User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (12 years 12 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

Does Croatia Airlines and Virgin have a codesharing aggreement with each other?

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