Ex-Adria Airways Pilot To Start An All-A320 Slovenian Airline

Slovenia has a new airline, SouthEast Airways, and its founders necessarily mean business. SouthEast Airways was started at the start off of this 12 months by a former A320 pilot of Slovenia’s collapsed flag provider, Adria Airways. With Slovenia’s aviation market in a dire condition, the previous Adria pilot has joined forces with aviation industry industry experts, previous Adria personnel, and a Chinese investor who purchased the Adria Airways pilot academy to develop SouthEast Airlines. They prepare for it to be an all-A320 airline with economic climate-course planes only.

The demise of Adria Airways has still left a staggering sector hole in Slovenian aviation. Photograph: Alex Beltyukov by means of Wikimedia

A new Slovenian airline

Slovenia has a new airline, a 12 months and a 50 percent just after the collapse of its 58-calendar year previous flag carrier, Adria Airways. The new airline is identified as SouthEast Airways and 1 of its founders is Blaž Berdnik, a previous Adria Airways pilot. Sierra5 experiences that Berdnik has 22 a long time of experience in the aviation market, amid which are his tenure as an A320 pilot in Adria Airways and a placement as an instructor for EASA. Commenting on his founding of SouthEast Airways, Mr Berdnik explained,

“Sometime in the commencing of 2019, my team and I made the decision that it could possibly be time for a fresh new method in Slovenia. Of training course, the preparations for these a venture are incredibly intensive and that is why it took someplace involving 18 and 20 months for us to reveal our plans to the community.

”In January, subsequent the initially official interview at the Civil Aviation Company of the Republic of Slovenia, we also formally confirmed our intentions to build a new airline based mostly in Slovenia.”

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Beginning off with charter flights

SouthEast Airlines intends to start off its functions with a target on the constitution flights industry initial. It has already signed a tour operator deal which will see it complete an intensive software of constitution flights this summer. The system relies on SouthEast Airlines getting an Air Operators Certification initially, even though, and presently it does not have just one. Commenting on the new airline’s speedy strategies, Mr Berdnik claimed,

“Getting started out is always complicated, so we are presently focusing on markets in just the European Union. Given the current point out of the epidemic, we anticipate that the air transport market place in Europe will stabilize someday in the spring or all through the summer months of following calendar year. 

“This 12 months will be a 12 months of opportunities, in particular for individuals who have a excellent program and excellent small business connections. Europeans want to journey, which was also demonstrated previous summer when specified countries opened up for a small time.”

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Adria Airways was 58 a long time aged when it collapsed. Picture: Oxfordian Kissuth through Wikimedia

An all-A320 operator

The latest prepare, in line with Mr Berdnik becoming an A320 pilot, is for SouthEast Airways to run of fleet of 180-seat Airbus A320 plane in overall economy-only configuration. The airline is previously negotiating the information of its to start with A320 lease, and it hopes to have a further A320 by the finish of 2021. By 2023, it hoped to have six A320 aircraft.

The intention is for SouthEast Airlines to start off flying in June this year, pending the receipt of its AOC. Cabin crew instruction is presently beneath way. Nevertheless, the airline is but to choose if it desires to be dependent in Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, serving Slovenia’s funds city, or in Maribor Airport (MBX), which at this time has no scheduled flights at all.

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