freight and passenger carrier Trade Air is to add an ATR 42 freighter and is
looking to roll out its SunAdria
charter brand across its whole operation.
Trade Air operates two Let L-410
quick-change turboprops and a pair of Fokker 100s, using the latter to launch
charter operations early last year.
the profitable regional carrier is seeking to add a new type to its fleet and
is negotiating a short-term ATR 42 lease with Danish Air Transport (DAT).
Air flight operations manager Marko Cvijin
tells ATI: “We are working on the
acquisition of an ATR 42 cargo aircraft, which will enter the fleet in one
month’s time. The aircraft will be on lease until we can source an aircraft to
purchase in a couple of months’ time.
we are trying to buy the ATR, not just lease it, that shows that we have strong financial
Croatian carrier, which is fully-owned by managing director Michael Cvijin, will deploy the ATR on
freight services for DHL. Relations between the firms started when Trade Air
began operations in 1995. The two firms have a long-term contract in place.
L-410s operate for DHL between Zagreb
The ATR would free one of the L-410s to operate a new DHL route. The other will
“most likely be sold”, says Cvijin.
Air has no plans to add to its two Fokker 100s, despite securing work with over
30 companies including Windjet
Central European carrier SkyEurope
Airlines and the UK’s
Excel Airways. “It’s not good to grow too fast,” says Cvijin.
whole company is also preparing to adopt the branding of charter subsidiary SunAdria. “Trade Air is not quite
appropriate for passenger operations,” says Cvijin. “This is why we are changing our name.”