Croatia Airlines CEO Krešimir Kučko said in front of a number of invited guests at Gradska Kavana on Zagreb’s main square, including Prime Minister Zoran Milanović, that Croatia Airlines over the last quarter of a century has grown into a regional leader and company with the highest level of flight safety. Kučko added that the company was successfully restructured, which has produced positive business results in 2013.
Croatia Airlines was established on 7 August 1989, initially trading with the name Zagal (formally, Zagreb Airlines), and started operations using a single Cessna 402 aircraft on cargo services for UPS. After the first democratic elections held in Croatia, Zagal changed its name to Croatia Airlines on 23 July 1990 and made its first passenger service on 5 May 1991 when it flew from the capital Zagreb to Spit. One year later on 5 April 1992 Croatia Airlines made its first international passenger flight from Zagreb to Frankfurt in Germany. Since then the company has flown over 469,000 commercial flights, transporting more than 29 million passengers.