On 7 August 1989, the first Croatian air carrier, called Zagal - actually Zagreb Airlines - was registered.The Zagal company began operating with an aircraft of the Cessna 402 C type, and was engaged in the transport of UPS consignements.
Following the first democratic elections in Croatia, on 23 July 1990, Zagal changes its name to CROATIA AIRLINES.
On 1 January 1998 Croatia Airlines becomes a member of AEA - Association of European Airlines.
On 5th May 2001 Croatia Airlines celebrated in Split the tenth anniversary of first commercial flight with Croatian national code.
On the annual meeting of the Association of European Airlines held in Amsterdam on 15 November 2002, Mr Ivan Misetic, our CEO, became a member of the AEA Presidency.
On October 1 2003 in accordance with authorizations from IATA we introduced new price regulation of international traffic tariffs.From October 1 tariffs for outbound flights from Croatia are quoted in euro.
In December 2003 we were issued with ISO 9001:2000. This is a universal standard for quality systems in Europe.
On 18 November 2004, Croatia Airlines signed a contract in Frankfurt to become a regional member of Star Alliance, the most respected air transport association in the world.
In February 2011, based on independent research carried out by the market research company GfK, Croatia Airlines was awarded the prestigious Best Buy Award certificate in the Airline category. This certificate carries great significance because it validates the opinion of Croatian citizens that Croatia Airlines has the best price/quality ratio among airlines that operate on the Croatian market. The research also confirmed the transparency of the offer which Croatia Airlines provides to the users of its services
The twentieth anniversary of the first Croatia Airlines international flight from Zagreb to Frankfurt was celebrated on the 5th April 2012.
A new service concept – The Flavours of Croatia was introduced on the 11th April on international and domestic flights, which made air travel more comfortable. The meals we offer are representative meals which are a faithful portrayal of the different parts of Croatia and its individual regions through various segments: from the gastronomy of Istria, to Dalmatia and Zagorje.
We started operating on route between Zadar and Frankfurt on the 27th April, and from Zadar to Paris on the 1st May 2012.
The fifteenth anniversary of the Star Alliance association was celebrated at Croatia Airlines on the 14th May 2012.
According to the Skytrax's World Airline Awards, Croatia Airlines was the fourth best Europe's airline in June 2012.
Croatia Airlines received another global Superbrands Croatia 2012 award for the best brand names in the market, on the 5th December. Experts and consumers chose Croatia Airlines among 1200 brands and 78 top brands in twenty categories.
Their fleet consists of A319, A320, B737, DH4 and ATR72
These flights are served with a DH4 (max 160kg per pc).
Destinations for cargo ex ZAG:
Dubrovnik (DBV), Istanbul (IST), Podgorica (TGD), Pristina (PRN), Pula (PUY), Sarajevo (SJJ), Skopje (SKP), Split (SPU) and Zadar (ZAD)