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In 30 years, Croatia Airlines flew over 38,240,000 passengers

14th March 2019, Zagreb

Croatia Airlines, the Croatian national carrier and member of Star Alliance, takes great pride in the fact that this year is marking the company’s 30th anniversary.

On this occasion, a prize competition was organised and conducted by the company, within the framework of which the company’s employees themselves have chosen the celebratory slogan. Amongst the many creative ideas imbued with emotions, Creating memories for 30 years! has been selected as the best slogan and the one under which Croatia Airlines and its passengers will be flying until the end of this year. Accompanying the slogan, a celebratory birthday visual has also been designed exclusively by the company’s employees, and this in the roles of models and visual design creators.

In the year marking the 30th anniversary of the company, the airline’s fleet – consisting of 12 aircraft (two Airbus 320, four Airbus 319 and six Dash 8-Q400 turboprop aircraft) – is being visually revamped. As part of the regular technical maintenance programme, the CROATIA logo was enlarged and is now more visible. Also, the squares, a recognisable symbol of Croatian national identity, are now also spread lower across the fuselage. There are visual modifications on the lower part of the aircraft too, which are now white in colour, resulting in the aircraft being visually larger and more elegant. As a result, the aircraft of Croatia Airlines – which are for many passengers their very first encounter with Croatia – have become an even more powerful and more recognisable promoter of Croatia, with the company continuing to actively contribute to the promotion of the Croatian tourist offer.

Marking the 30th anniversary of uninterruptedly connecting Croatian destinations and Croatia with the world, and wishing to thank our service users for their many years of loyalty, the company is organising several prize draws this year with many valuable prizes in store for passengers. These prize draws will be conducted in collaboration with the media and on social networks, with surprises in store for passengers aboard our flights as well. All details will be made available to the public in a timely manner and all relevant information will also be posted on the company’s website at www.croatiaairlinees.com.

The story of Croatia Airlines began on 7th August 1989, when Zagreb Airlines d. d. (Zagal), an air transport company, was registered in Zagreb. Zagal started operating in December of the same year by providing postal delivery services. On 23rd July 1990, Zagal changed its name to Croatia Airlines d. d., having thus become the national airline for the transport of passengers, goods and mail.

The first commercial flight of Croatia Airlines was operated on 5th May 1991 from Zagreb to Split, while the first international flight from Croatia was operated on 5th April 1992, and this on the international Zagreb-Frankfurt route.

In the period from the first flight to the end of February this year, the company operated a total of 589,500 flights and flew over 38,240,000 passengers. Of these, 11,407,500 passengers were recorded aboard national flights, 24,014,500 aboard international flights, and 2,818,000 passengers aboard charter flights. During the upcoming tourist season, Croatia Airlines will be flying to 38 destinations in 24 countries in regular traffic.

It is also worth pointing out that, in the past thirty years, the company has become a member of the most important aviation associations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Star Alliance, the largest airline association in the world. In Europe, Croatia Airlines is today a medium sized European airline, whose flight safety, professional staff and quality of service have been recognised by passengers.

Wishing to continue creating memories together with our passengers for many decades to come, Croatia Airlines thanks all its service users for their trust and is sincerely looking forward to all our new flights together!

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