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ch-aviation CEO Thomas Jaeger caught up with Byron Ding, President of Lucky Air, at the Aviation Festival Asia. Read our exclusive interview to find out about the Chinese airline’s low-cost model, fleet deployment, and regional and international expansion.

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It must be a very exciting time for you right now because you’re about to start long haul operations at Lucky Air?

Now we have the long-haul aircraft and we have become a low-cost carrier, which is a mixed low-cost carrier really, that means we’re not just focused on the traditional LCC model per se. Hence in the future, we can manage some national, international and intercontinental routes to more countries. We can focus on the long haul LCC, how to do this and how to explore this. Our market plan is based on South Asia and East Asia, and some European routes as well. So, since March we have the first widebody aircraft and we will now start with Moscow as the first long haul destination from Kunming. Read more

ch-aviation CEO Thomas Jaeger caught up with Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Finnair, for a chat about the airline’s growth strategy, expanding in Asia, and European partnerships.

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Following the break-up of Yugoslavia and the independence of Croatia, 1989-founded cargo operator “Zagal” was rebranded as Croatia Airlines in 1990. It commenced passenger services one year later with a single MD-82 leased from Adria Airways. Due to the still ongoing war, the newborn national carrier had to suspend its operations for a brief period in 1992, but returned with a fleet of three Boeing 737s that soon would be complemented with an ATR42. The fast-growing carrier acquired its first Airbus A320 series aircraft in 1997, and by 1999 all Boeing aircraft were gone. In 2004, the young airline became a regional member of Star Alliance. The ATR42 was eventually retired in 2008 when the Bombardier Q400 was introduced.

Last year, the state-owned airline carried 1,85 million passengers. It has a fleet of four Airbus A319s, two Airbus A320s and six Bombardier Q400s with an average age of 12.7 years deployed on flights to 35 destinations. ch-aviation´s Max Oldorf had the opportunity to chat with Krešimir Kučko, CEO at Croatia Airlines, about the company´s operations and future plans.

Krešimir Kučko: We are considering the Bombardier CRJ, Superjet SSJ100 and Embraer E-Jet.

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Air Rarotonga is operating on some of the most beautiful islands in Oceania. The Cook Islands. The small airline is active since 1978 and currently operates four aircraft. Three Embraer 110 and one Saab 340A.

ch-aviation talked with CEO Ewan Smith about the Cook Islands aviation sector, Air Rarotonga’s product & strategy and a possible fleet renewal.

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