|Key people||Mihajlo Cvijin|
Trade Air d.o.o. is a Croatian passenger and cargo charter airline headquartered in Zagreb and based at Zagreb Airport. The company is registered as an airline whose main activities are passenger charter flights and cargo operations, organized either on charter chain flights or ad hoc flights. Trade Air also specialises in the transportation of dangerous goods.
Trade Air was established in April 1994 and started operations on 22 May 1995. It is a private company fully owned by Mihajlo Cvijin. In April 1999, the airline started to operate their first Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft, with two more aircraft of the same type added to their fleet during the summer of 2000.
In 2004, the airline added two Fokker 100 aircraft to their fleet and started to use them to operate charter flights for passengers in March 2005. In November 2007, Trade Air operated flights with their Fokker 100 aircraft in Australia, transporting journalists as one of two dedicated carriers for the Australian federal elections. Both Fokker 100 aircraft operated by the airline are painted in the SunAdria livery.
Between November 2004 and February 2005, Trade Air based one of its Let 410s in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a short-lived and ultimately failed attempt to operate flights between Mostar and Zagreb under the Bosnia Airlines brand.
In March 2007, the airline was anonymously accused of allegedly overloading their aircraft with cargo and having pilots who allegedly flew every consecutive day for two or three weeks without taking a minimum 36-hour rest period within any 7 consecutive days. Legislators dismissed the anonymous accusations.
Until June 2010 Trade Air operated scheduled flights between Zagreb, Ljubljana and Sarajevo with two Let L-410 Turbolet aircraft besides other charter flights for either cargo or passengers. In Summer 2013, Trade Air started scheduled operations supported by the Croatian Ministry for Sea Transport and Infrastructure between Osijek and Zagreb. This is the first time this route is being served after 26 years. In May 2016 Trade Air started operating scheduled flights for Croatia Airlines from Zagreb to Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik, and Lisbon.
As of February 2017, Trade Air operates scheduled flights between the following domestic destinations:
As of 2017, the Trade Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:
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Accidents and incidents
- On 30 October 2005, Trade Air Flight 729 crashed near Bergamo, Italy, shortly after taking off from Orio al Serio Airport in poor weather. The flight was a night-time cargo flight from Bergamo to Zagreb operated by a Let L-410 Turbolet with the registration 9A-BTA. All three people on board, two pilots and a passenger, were killed.
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- "Nakon Air Adriatica i Trade Air gubi dozvolu za letenje?". Poslovni dnevnik (in Croatian). 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
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- "Osijek-Zagreb Flight Returns After 26-Years".
- 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Croatia Airlines Outlines Planned Fokker 100 Operation in S16". Routesonline.
- see http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/02/trade-air-secures-switzerland-contract.html
- "TradeAir - Redovni letovi". www.trade-air.com.
- "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 12.
- Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Let L-410UVP-E19A 9A-BTA Bergamo-Orio Al Serio Airport (BGY)". aviation-safety.net.
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