Pragusa, one of them will start service from Dubrovnik to New York, LA in June
Pragusa, the long-haul premium economy class starter airline, has announced that it is inaugurating seasonal flights from Dubrovnik to Newark Liberty Airport in New York and Los Angeles from June. Three weekly operations to the Big Apple will begin on June 21, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday with a crewed-leased Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The LA service will be inaugurated a day later, on June 22, and will be serviced three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, with an Airbus A340 aircraft. Flights will be operated until the end of the 2021 summer season, at the end of October. The company said it would offer a total of 15,700 seats between Dubrovnik and New York, and an additional 14,700 seats between the Croatian coastal city and Los Angeles.
Ticket sales for the new routes will begin on May 21. Commenting on the new flights, Pragusa.One General Manager Krešimir Budinski said: “We have been working hard since summer 2020 to create this unique product for avid travelers who are ready and stable to fly abroad. Point-to-point flight operations coupled with a comprehensive travel package and premium in-flight service are key success factors for the ultimate travel experience in the future. The US market is one of Pragusa.One’s target markets ”. Pragusa.One is a UK based travel agency established in August 2020. It now offers comprehensive seven and fourteen day travel packages between Dubrovnik and the US.
Mr Budinski previously said the company would start out as a tour operator, selling tour packages to Dubrovnik and Prague, while offering point-to-point flights through a crewed rental agreement with a partner. “We will start as a travel agency, but in the next three years we will be transitioning to becoming an airline, as AOC [Air Operator’s Certificate] certification will take some time. In Croatia we are going to apply for an AOC which will take ten to twelve months. Until then, we will be working with our partner on a full charter basis. We will convert the wet lease to a dry lease by 2024, ”said Budinski. He added: “We are in advanced talks with Airbus to get brand new A350s in a single class while in Premium Economy configuration by 2024. We have decided to launch a fully premium airline because there is a team of professionals. aviation and travel behind Pragusa. who have studied how airlines have used this configuration in the past. We saw an opportunity, especially after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, to offer point-to-point flights for premium passengers, which is why the A350s will have a very economical configuration ”.