|Founded||20 August 1989 (as Zagal - Zagreb Airlines)|
|Frequent-flyer program||Miles & More|
|Airport lounge||Senator Lounge|
|Company slogan||More than a comfortable flight|
|Parent company||Government of Croatia|
|Key people||Krešimir Kučko
(President and CEO)
Croatia Airlines d.d. is the national airline and flag carrier of the Republic of Croatia. Based in Buzin, Zagreb, the airline is a member of Star Alliance and operates domestic and international services. Its main base is Zagreb Airport, with focus cities being Dubrovnik and Split. In 2008 Croatia Airlines posted a net profit of 38 million Croatian kuna and transported 1,870,000 passengers (2008). Croatia Airlines is the leading airline (in terms of passengers) from the former Yugoslavia. In 2012 Croatia Airlines transported a total of 1,951,501 passengers. and had annual turnover of 1,763,261,725 kuna, with the loss of 384,588,059 Croatian kuna.
The airline was established on 20 July 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.
In 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 ongoing military conflict in the region and the closure of the airspace over Croatia, the airline was soon forced to suspend operations. As soon as flights restarted, Croatia Airlines acquired three Boeing 737s from Lufthansa and became a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). That year also saw the airline open its first international route 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. By 1994, Croatia Airlines had welcomed its one millionth passenger. Later that year, Pope John Paul II flew the airline on a trip to Croatia.
In 1995, another ATR 42 was welcomed, as was the two millionth passenger. 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. This airplane was named Zadar. In the same year, Croatia Airlines became a member of the Association of European Airlines (AEA). By 1999, two more Airbus jets had arrived and Croatia Airlines started selling the Boeing part of their fleet. The airline flew its five millionth passenger.
In 2000 two more Airbus planes arrived and an Automated Ticketing System was inaugurated. In 2001 the airline received maintenance and technical performing certificates from the German aviation authority Luftfahrt-Bundesamt. On 18 November 2004, Croatia Airlines joined Star Alliance.
By March 2009, the airline completely 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 Q400 aircraft, the first of which was delivered in May 2008.
The Government Asset Management Agency for the Republic of Croatia is the largest shareholder of the airline with 96.22% of the issued capital. The State Agency for Deposit Insurance and Bank Rehabilitation owns 2.16% of the airline and 1.62% is publicly held. 
|Order on hold until financial situation becomes clear.|
|Airbus A320-200||3||0||18||146||164||To be replaced by Airbus A319 in the order queue.|
|Bombardier Dash 8 Q400||6||0||10||66||76|
- As of February 2013, the average age of the Croatia Airlines fleet was 9.8 years.
- Airbus and Croatia Airlines announced on 22 October 2008 the order of four additional 132-seat A319 aircraft, to be delivered from 2013.
- Croatia Airlines and maintenance partner Lufthansa announced on 23 May 2011 the introduction of new slim-line Recaro economy seats to be retrofitted into certain A320 Family aircraft from Summer 2012, increasing seating capacity by two rows.
|McDonnell Douglas MD-82||2||1990||1991|||
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