Quick Airline Information:

✈Airline IATA* code: OU
✈Airline ICAO* code: CTN 
✈Founded: 20 August 1989 (former Zagal Airlines)       
✈Website: www.croatiaairlines.com
✈Alliance: Star Alliance
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*IATA: (International Air Transport Association)
*ICAO: (International Civil Aviation Organization)OU

History Menu:

✈Airline Beginnings

The airline was established on 20 August 1989, trading with the name Zagal (formally, Zagreb Airlines), and started operations using a single Cessna 402 aircraft on cargo services for UPS. After the first democratic elections held in Croatia, Zagal changed its name to Croatia Airlines on 23 July 1990.

Croatia Airlines started as "Zagal Airlines" operating postal services in 1989 with the Cessna 402. (Photo:achtungskyhawk.com)
✈Expansion and Development

For one year, 1990-1991, Croatia Airlines signed an agreement with Adria Airways which allowed it to lease a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 to commence domestic jet services between Zagreb and Split. Due to the Croatian War of Independence and the closure of the airspace over Croatia, the airline was soon forced to suspend operations and the jets returned to their owner. 

From 1991, Croatia Airlines started jet operations with leased MD-82. (Photo:airliners.net)

As soon as flights restarted, Croatia Airlines acquired three Boeing 737s from Lufthansa and became a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). As the flag carrier of newly-independent Croatia, the airline launched its first international service on April 5, 1992, from Zagreb to Frankfurt. 

In 1993, two new ATR 42s and two more 737s joined the fleet and representative offices were opened in several European cities and the company bought the travel agency Obzor to organize travel packages for groups and individuals.  

In 1992, it re-started services with Boeing 737-200. (Photo:flickriver.com)
For domestic and thinner routes it operated the ATR-42-300 from 1993. (Photo:jetphotos.com)

In 1995, another ATR 42 was welcomed. In 1996, Croatia Airlines became the first airline to fly to Sarajevo after the Bosnian War. In 1997 the airline's first Airbus A320 arrived and was named Rijeka. In 1998, another first plane of a new type arrived when the airline's first Airbus A319 joined the fleet. By 1999, two more Airbus jets had arrived and Croatia Airlines started selling the Boeing part of their fleet. 

In 1997, the biggest plane to date for Croatia Airlines was the A320. (Photo:alineport.com)

In 2000 two more Airbus planes arrived and an automated ticketing system was inaugurated. On 18 November 2004, Croatia Airlines joined Star Alliance. By March 2009, the airline retired its fleet of three ATR 42 short-haul aircraft, after operating the type since 1993, and replaced it with a fleet of six Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, the first of which was delivered in May 2008. 

The Dash 8 Q400 joined in 2008, to replace the ATR-42. (Photo:Airplane-Pictures.net)

Airbus and Croatia Airlines announced on 22 October 2008 the order of four additional 132-seat A319 aircraft, to be delivered from 2013. In June 2009, Croatia Airlines reinstated flights to Barcelona and Gothenburg. Losses were made for several years; in November 2012 the government announced that it would provide HRK 800m for Croatia Airline to become cost-effective from 2013 on. The government sought to restructure the airline, which included plans to cut its workforce by ten percent within two years. 

✈Recent History and Growth

In 2013 the airline starting receiving it’s additional A319, and the fleet was standardised around this aircraft for international flights. 

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In 2015, the third Croatia Airlines’ hangar at the company’s technical centre at the Zagreb International Airport was put in operation in February. Code share cooperation in passenger transport with Singapore Airlines was started in May, and in late October, also with Air Canada. 

An order for new planes was also placed with Airbus for four latest Airbus 320neo models. The first two Airbus A320 neo aircraft will be delivered in 2021.

History Source: Wikipedia.org / Croatia Airlines

The newest aircraft for Croatia Airlines will be A320neo from 2021. (Photo:Airbus.com)

Operations and Destinations 🌍:

Its main base is located at Zagreb Airport. However it also has major presence at Dubrovnik and Zadar where it operates scheduled and charter flights in the busy Summer season.

Croatia Airlines flies to the following destinations*:

Region 🗺️ Destinations 🌍🌎🌏
✈Croatia (domestic)
Brač, Dubrovnik, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Zadar, Zagreb
 ✈EuropeAmsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Lyon, Milan, Mostar, Munich, Nice, Oslo, Paris, Prague, Pristina, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Venice, Vienna, Zürich
 Saint Petersburg

*Destination list is for reference only. Please check directly with the airline for updates. 

*Note some destinations are only seasonal.*Correct info as of  Nov 2018. 

Fleet ✈️:

The fleet of Croatia Airlines is formed of a dozen planes, operating short and regional flights mainly throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. 

The fleet* consists of the following aircraft:

Network  🌐 Aircraft ✈️
✈Short haul (domestic)
 Bombardier Dash-8-Q400
  ✈Short haul and regional (international)Airbus A319, A320 (A320neo from 2021)
*Correct fleet info as of Nov 2018. 

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Reviews ⭐:

 Good fares to/from Zagreb and domestic connections in CroatiaNone found.
 All inclusive fares, with hold luggage.
 Free online check-in and free seat selection.
Meals and drinks included on board, a good quality meal for short/medium routes (all classes).
Professional Cabin crew and friendly service. 
Good punctuality record