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Adria Airways
Founded 1961
Hubs Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
Frequent flyer program Miles & More
Member lounge Senator Lounge
Alliance Star Alliance
Fleet size 12 (+4 orders)
Destinations 25
Parent company Kapitalska družba d.d.
Headquarters Ljubljana, Slovenia
Key people Tadej Tufek (President)
Adria Airways Boeing 737-500 landing at London Gatwick Airport, England. (2007)
Adria Airways CRJ 200 in Star Alliance colors.
Adria Airways CRJ 200 lands at Munich International Airport, Germany (2005)

Adria Airways d.d. is the flag carrier airline of Slovenia and its main base and hub is Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. It is a regional member of the Star Alliance. It operates international scheduled services throughout Europe and charter services to destinations in Europe and the Middle East.



The airline was established and started operations in 1961 as a charter company with a Douglas DC-6[1] under the name Adria Aviopromet (Adria Airways). Later, extra DC-6s were bought from KLM. In 1968, the company changed its name to Inex Adria Aviopromet (later Inex Adria Airways) and introduced its first jet type, the Douglas DC-9. Its name was changed after aligning with Belgrade-based trading group Interexport, but reverted to the title Adria Airways after that association ended in May 1986.

In the early 1980s, Inex-Adria introduced its first scheduled flights[1], purchased McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft and became a member of IATA. Its fleet was mostly employed in charter work throughout Europe. International scheduled flights were added, initially to Larnaca, in November 1983. By the late 1980s, and after the name change back to Adria, it purchased several Airbus A320 aircraft. With the break-up of Yugoslavia, Adria Airways attained the role of Slovenia's flag carrier. In the early 1990s, it was an unsuccessful take-over target of the Albert Group led by Evan Hammer.

In March 1996, Adria completed its part-privatisation process. On July 23, 2002, Bombardier Aerospace appointed Adria Airways as the first Bombardier recognized CRJ heavy maintenance facility in Europe. On November 18, 2004, Adria Airways joined the Star Alliance.

In 2001, Adria Airways recorded a large decrease in the number of annual passengers as a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The company operated with a loss for the next five years. In 2006, the company recorded a minimal profit and transported its first annual millionth passenger. In 2007 Adria Airways carried 1,136,431 passengers and made a profit of 420,000 euro for the year. For 2008, Adria Airways is planning 12% growth in income, which should ensure the company's profitability. The company has 719 employees (December 2008).

In March 2009, Adria Airways has signed a letter of intent with Airbus to purchase a new Airbus A319 aircraft.The management board intends to replace its existing Airbus A320 fleet with new Airbus A319 aircraft. The management board is planning the successive replacement of the Airbus fleet by 2013. The seating configuration of the aircraft allows for approximately 140 seats, which is rational for the type of service operated by Adria Airways.

Although Adria has announced to purchase new CRJ 1000 in the year 2010, in February 2009, it has converted its order for a single CRJ-1000 into a CRJ-900.



Codeshare agreements

Adria Airways has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Adria Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of December 2009):[2]

Adria Airways Fleet
Aircraft Total Order Passengers Registration Notes
Airbus A320-231 1 162 S5-AAA Exit fleet 2010
(to be sold)
Airbus A319-132 3 128 S5-AAP, S5-AAR, S5-AAQ replacing Airbus A320,
2 entering service April 2010
Bombardier CRJ100 1 50 S5-AAH
Bombardier CRJ200 6 48 S5-AAD, S5-AAE, S5-AAF, S5-AAG, S5-AAI, S5-AAJ
Bombardier CRJ900 4 1 86 S5-AAK, S5-AAL, S5-AAM, S5-AAN, S5-AAO [3]
Total 12 4

As of March 2010, the average age of Adria Airways fleet is 9 years [4].


Inex Adria fleet in 1970 [5]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Douglas DC-6B 4 0
Douglas DC-9-30 1 1
Sud SE-210 Caravelle III 1 0
Total 6 1

Incidents and accidents


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