Happy Birthday, Croatia Airlines.
Exactly three decades ago, on August 7, 1989, Zagreb Airlines (Zagal), an air transport company providing postal transport services, was born. About a year later on July 23, 1990, Zagal changed its name to Croatia Airlines, the national carrier for the transport of passengers, goods, and mail, announced Avio Radar.
The first passenger flight of Croatia Airlines took off on May 5, 1991, on the Zagreb-Split route, which established regular passenger traffic within Croatia. Croatia Airlines began connecting the country with the world on April 5, 1992, with the first international flight from Zagreb to Frankfurt. That same year, it began creating its fleet by purchasing a Boeing 737-200 aircraft. Soon, the ATR42 aircraft was introduced, and commercial momentum and refinement in all areas followed.
The first development phase of the company was completed by the mid-range fleet renewal cycle from 1998 to 2000, when the Boeing aircraft was replaced by six new Airbus aircraft (four A319s and two A320s). The new development chapter was represented by the renewal of the short-haul fleet (from 2008 to 2010, with the inclusion of six new Dash 8-Q400s instead of the ATR42s.
Over the past three decades, providing regular and charter passenger and cargo transportation services, Croatia Airlines has grown into a European airline recognized for its safety, professional staff, and quality of service. Since the first flight to date, the company has performed a total of 603,000 flights and has carried a total of 39,240,000 passengers. In doing so, the company became a member of the most important airline alliances – the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Star Alliance.s