Historia de Adria Airways

  • Adria Airways started operations in Slovenia back in 1961, as a charter company using a single Douglas DC-6 plane. Back then, its name was Adria Aviopromet (this translates to Adria Airways). A few years after, Adria began to fly to the Adriatic coast from Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Scandinavia.
  • In 1964, Adria added flights to the United States and Canada and relocated its base to Ljubljana.
  • In 1968, the company ended in bankruptcy procedure due to the serious crisis it experimented in 1967 with regards of its aircraft becoming non-competitive in the market. Thanks to the great efforts of the president of the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Adria continued its operations.
  • In December 1968, Adria suffered a merger with InterExport in Belgrade and changed its name to Inex-Adria Aviopromet.
  • In 1969, Adria purchased a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 jet and began to modernize the fleet, increasing their share on the tourist flights market. By March 1970, Adria already had four Douglas DC-6B and a Douglas DC-9-30.
  • In 1970s, Adria received an award for being the most punctual carrier on the charter flight market. As one of the principal focus was on education, Adria founded a professional education center and helped setting up an aviation course at the engineering faculty in Ljubljana where they gave emphasis to the development of safety awareness.
  • Adria initiated the ’80s as a respectable and successful company in the tourist market and scheduled internal flights. As success continued through the 80s, Adria purchased several new McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft.
  • In 1984, Adria establishes the first scheduled international flight with the route Ljubljana-Belgrade-Larnaca. As success continued, Adria added more airplanes to its fleet: 5 Airbus A320, 2 Dash-7, 4 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30, 2 McDonnell Douglas DC-9-50, 1 McDonnell Douglas MD-81, and 4 McDonnell Douglas MD-82.
  • In 1986, Adria left the Inex group, due to commercial law restructuring programme, and became independent, changing its name to Adria Airways. Later the same year, Adria became a member of IATA.
  • In 1989, to keep up with advancements in the aviation’s field and to continue to offer a safe, efficient and affordable flight, Adria acquired its first A320 aircraft, followed by another two the following year.
  • The early ’90s, due to the declaration of independence of the Slovenia Republic, become difficult for Adria: in 1991, it gets banned from flying for 3 months as a political repression, in 1992 operates on a reduced market and changes the company structure, in 1995 they reduce their fleet, staying with the Airbus A320s.
  • In 1998, Adria began to modernize its fleet and bought 3 Canadair Regional Jet, for being economical, environmental friendly and flexible.
  • In 2002, Adria was selected by Bombardier Aerospace to be the first authorized heavy maintenance facility for the CRJ aircraft in Europe.
  • In 2004, Adria obtained the IOSA certificate among the first in the world and joined Star Alliance, the largest airline association.
  • In 2010, Adria added Belgrade to its schedule and moved all operations to Maribor since the Ljubljana airport was being renovated. On April 2010, there was a volcanic eruption in Iceland, and many airlines like Adria were grounded.
  • In June 2010, the company was reorganized, so Adria Tehnika and Adria Flight School were created as separate companies. Later in July, flights to Banja Luka and Istanbul were added.
  • In March 2011, Adria’s 50th Anniversary was celebrated showing Adria’s history with an exhibition in the National Museum of Contemporary History.
  • In July 2013, Adria Airways became a member of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
  • In spring 2014, Adria Airways began operating from Frankfurt to Tirana, Albania.
  • In summer 2015, Adria Airways began operating from Maribor, Slovenia’s second-largest city and an important tourist destination and winter sports center, to London Southend Airport.
  • In March 2016, Adria Airways was privatized when 96% of Adria Airways’ shares were acquired by 4K Invest, through its subsidiary company AA International Aviation Holding GmbH, from the Slovene state.
  • In 1975, 1976 and 1981, Adria Airways planes were involved in 3 incidents with a total of over 400 deaths. No accidents have been recorded since the 1981 Ajaccio crash.