Slovenia’s Adria Airways has seen a 20-percent decline in traffic on its Ljubljana-Moscow route due largely to the geopolitical upheaval in Eastern Europe. Now flying a pair of Airbus A319s, a single A320, six Bombardier CRJ900s and two CRJ200s, the airline expects a 10-percent increase in passenger traffic this year throughout its network. Unfortunately for CEO Mark Anzur, the airline’s only route into Russia has seen a precipitous decline since soon after the annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
London Gatwick-based Air Partner played a leading role in a major air logistics operation for Land Rover, which chose Marrakech, Morocco, to present its new fourth-generation Range Rover to some 7,000 car dealers from 53 countries around the world. The operation was carried out in conjunction with the UK car manufacturer and marketing agency P&MM.
Kazan International Airport (Russia)-based Tulpar Technic has been named a Bombardier-authorized service facility for the CRJ100 and CRJ200 regional jets. “Tulpar Technic is emerging as a leader in the region and will provide Bombardier operators with much needed access to quality maintenance services,” said Éric Martel, president of Bombardier Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. “The Russian market is extremely important to Bombardier, and our team continues to accelerate the expansion of our international services offering, here and around the world.”
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres (Hall 2B Stand H110) is displaying the tires it will be supplying for Bombardier’s new CRJ1000 Next Gen regional jet for the first time, after a recent contract award by the Canadian manufacturer. The 100-seat aircraft–45 of which have been ordered by airlines such as Adria Airways, Brit Air and My Air–is set to enter service in late 2009.
Bombardier added another name to its list of customers for its new 100-seat CRJ1000 last month, when Slovenia’s Adria Airways signed for one of the big regional jets as part of a firm order that also included a pair of 86-seat CRJ900s. A long-time Bombardier customer, Adria placed its first order for CRJ200s in March 1997. It now operates seven of the 50-seat airplanes and, since this past May, a pair of CRJ900s.
Adria Airways, the national airline of Slovenia, has overcome the trauma of Yugoslavia’s dissolution and has adapted to the new shape of the market. The company effected radical changes to its fleet, most notably with the addition of four 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets, and appears likely to board 900,000 passengers this year in primarily regional markets.