Air Adriatic falls at the first hurdle in its quest to replace Adria Airways

Should a country the size of Slovenia expect to have a national airline? A nation of just over two million citizens is not an ideal market for an established flag carrier or one that is considering starting up, and had the former Yugoslav republic not previously been serviced by the now defunct Adria Airways, I…

Adria Airways and Sukhoi: Cancelled agreement mired in claim and counterclaim

The dramatic cancellation of a deal to supply Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways with a phased delivery of fifteen Sukhoi Superjets has provoked a divergence of reasons behind the now annulled agreement. Much is therefore unclear, although it is blatantly unequivocal that both parties will insist on pursuing their own face-saving narrative. The need for owners…

Adria Airways: No Sukhoi Superjets, and no obvious Plan B

Adria Airways' summer schedule was presumably released by the Brnik-based flag carrier on the proviso that it was to begin receiving, through a phased introduction, the first two of what was to be a deal for up to fifteen Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The introduction of the Russian-made jets to the Star Alliance member's fleet…

Maribor Airport the real victim of VLM Airlines’ demise

To describe VLM Airlines as Maribor Airport's 'anchor tenant' somewhat stretches a definition more associated with large retail concerns, situated to attract custom to smaller, adjacent businesses. Despite offering a modern, fit for purpose terminal, VLM were though all Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport had, aside from sporadic charter flights for visiting soccer teams. Having recently…

Should its new-found stability encourage Adria Airways to stick or twist?

Adria Airways' tacit core strategy of concentrating on its 'bread and butter' routes from Ljubljana's Brnik Airport has been further underlined by an increased commitment by the Slovenian flag carrier to extend services into its fellow former-Yugoslav republics. Despite there always being a wide disparity between the relatively prosperous northern Yugoslavia and the comparatively impoverished…

Maribor Airport: no return of London flights but services confirmed to Duesseldorf and Split

Adria Airways have confirmed that flights operated by the Slovenian flag carrier from Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport will not recommence during 2016, dashing hopes that its 2015 route into London Southend, its first service from Maribor in fifteen years, will be reintroduced for the summer season. This decision was presumably made before Adria's new owners,…

Adria Airways: sale of Slovenian flag carrier agreed in principal

GOING...GOING...FINALLY GONEThe seemingly interminable denationalisation of the troubled Slovenian flag carrier has been concluded, at the second time of asking, although the wishes of the Slovenian government to divest themselves of Adria Airways have been bubbling under the surface since its initial failed attempt in 2012.As widely reported in the Slovenian media, on the Ex-Yugoslav…

Adria Airways to sell for €1 – but there’s a catch…

The imminent sale of Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways has taken a decisive step towards its denouement, with the country's incumbent administration agreeing to facilitate the airline's disposal with a rumoured €2-4 million cash injection that could potentially be used to service the Brnik-based operator's debts, one of the reported conditions demanded by interested parties…

Adria Airways: a January sale of the Slovenian flag carrier?

The protracted sale process of Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways appears to be entering its denouement, following reports that a meeting scheduled for 19th January 2016 called to discuss and vote on a recapitalisation package, rumoured to total €8 million and designed to see the ailing airline through the notoriously lean winter season, will decide…

Adria Airways to take over Lufthansa’s Tirana-Munich route

Adria Airways' two-pronged strategy for their immediate future has seen the Slovenian flag-carrier move away from a desire to expand its route network, opting to shelve plans to broaden its continental reach and instead consolidate existing services, concentrating on maximising passenger load factors.Strengthening of key routes will form the cornerstone of Adria's notional blueprint, a…

Maribor Airport set to welcome seasonal flights from Podgorica

Life has been much quieter at Maribor Airport since the initial flurry of excitement surrounding Adria Airways' reintroduction of services after a hiatus of fifteen years gave way to the almost inevitable shelving of the flag carrier's route into London Southend, with no guarantees of a 2016 reinstatement. Berlin-based aviators Windrose Airlines plan to operator several…

Adria Airways to clip the wings of its own ambition

Adria Airways have announced plans to scale back their ambitious plans for the coming year, deciding instead to consolidate its current schedule and confirmed routes for 2016.Whilst much of what Adria's management implement is at the mercy of the flag-carrier's new owners, there is, as has perpetually been the case, a strategic position being adopted…