Croatia Airlines is an airline based in Zagreb, Croatia and based on the Zagreb Airport as well as a member of the airline alliance Star Alliance.
The airline was on July 20, 1989 as Zagal - founded in Zagreb Airlines and took the cargo flight operations for UPS Airlines aircraft Cessna 402. Following the first democratic elections in Croatia in 1990, the airline changed its name to Croatia Airlines. With a leased McDonnell Douglas MD -82 Croatia Airlines started in 1991 a link between Zagreb and Split. In 1992, the airline had to stop due to the Croatia - war air operations. When the flights were resumed, the Company purchased three Boeing 737 and was a member of IATA.
1993, two ATR 42 and two more Boeing 737 came to the fleet added, in some European cities, offices were opened and the company took over the agency Obzor to organize trips for groups and individuals. Until 1994 flew with Croatia over one million passengers. Another ATR 42 came in 1995 to and already two million passengers were transported. 1996 Croatia was the first airline that had approached Sarajevo. Croatia Airlines received its first Airbus A320 in 1997 and 1998, the first A319. That same year, Croatia has been a member of the Network of European Airlines ( AEA). By 1999 two more machines of the manufacturer Airbus were added and Croatia began its Boeing aircraft for sale. Another important event was the five millionth passenger.
In 2000 Croatia Airlines received two more Airbus aircraft and an automated ticket system was put into operation. 2001 Croatia received from the Federal Aviation Authority, the license for maintenance.
On 18 November 2004 Croatia Airlines became a member of the Star Alliance.
In May 2013 found at Croatia Airlines extensive strike action in protest against drastic cuts instead. The Government was considering the meantime a bankruptcy and relaunch the company.
Croatia Airlines connects Croatia in Zagreb all year with Dubrovnik, Pula, Split and Zadar and also deploys some seasonal domestic flights by, for example, from Dubrovnik to Osijek. In addition, international destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin -Tegel, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Podgorica, Rome, Zurich, Erfurt and Dresden are served.
As of January 2014, the Croatia Airlines fleet consists of 12 aircraft and an average age of 9.8 years:
- 4 Airbus A319 -100
- 2 Airbus A320 -200
- 6 Bombardier Dash ( silent one) 8Q -400
- 4 Airbus A319 -100
- On September 27, 2013 had a Bombardier Dash 8Q -400 emergency landing at Zurich airport because the nose gear was not extended. The machine was on the scheduled flight from Zagreb to Zurich go. No one was injured.