Croatia Airlines, the Croatian national carrier and member of Star Alliance, takes great pride in the fact that this year is marking the company’s 30th anniversary.

The story of Croatia Airlines began on 7th August 1989, when Zagreb Airlines d. d. (Zagal), an air transport company, was registered in Zagreb. Zagal started operating in December of the same year by providing postal delivery services. On 23rd July 1990, Zagal changed its name to Croatia Airlines d. d., having thus become the national airline for the transport of passengers, goods and mail.

The first commercial flight of Croatia Airlines was operated on 5th May 1991 from Zagreb to Split, while the first international flight from Croatia was operated on 5th April 1992, and this on the international Zagreb-Frankfurt route.

It is also worth pointing out that, in the past thirty years, the company has become a member of the most important aviation associations, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Star Alliance, the largest airline association in the world. In Europe, Croatia Airlines is today a medium sized European airline, whose flight safety, professional staff and quality of service have been recognised by passengers.