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Six Saab 2000s for Adria

Slovenian carrier Adria Airways is expanding its fleet with the addition of six leased Saab 2000 turboprops, increasing its total number of aircraft to 21.

It already operates three Airbus A319s, nine Bombardier CRJ900s and three CRJ700s. The six additional aircraft will fly to a selection of Adria’s 25 current destinations.

The 50-seater aircraft will be leased from US company Jetstream Aviation Capital LLC, based in Miami. Jetstream is the largest global lessor of Saab regional aircraft, with the Saab 2000s to fly primarily on Adria’s scheduled routes, but also to potentially be leased out on ACMI contracts to other airlines. The new aircraft are expected to begin operations at the beginning of September.

Holger Kowarsch, managing director at Adria, commented: “The latest acquirement confirms our commitment to investing in the company’s development since our acquisition of the company. Our goal is to keep growing and strengthening, and we believe that we are able to further transform the company into a stable, strong and important carrier in the region, by developing it for a prosperous future.”

Privately owned by 4K Invest, the carrier says it is developing “into a strong and important regional airline. The period of stabilisation and optimisation of operations after the acquisition will be followed by a period of intensive company growth. This year was already marked by the expansion of the company’s existing scheduled network with seven new destinations, the number of weekly flights and the number of employees in the operational sector.”

Christian Schneider, chief commercial officer, added: “Being competitive in these demanding and dynamic market conditions, we are constantly looking for new commercial opportunities and, above all, continuously improving existing services. The satisfaction of our passengers is our priority, and by acquiring these six additional aircraft, we can absolutely deliver on this promise.”

Adria is based out of Ljubljana Jože Pucnik Airport (LJU).

 

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