Croatia Airlines to code share on US international and domestic flightsUS Airways and Croatia Airlines have announced a new bilateral code share agreement after receiving approval from the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency and the United States Department of Transportation. Croatia Airlines will code share on US Airways’ services from Europe to Philadelphia and Charlotte (flight numbers OU5000 and upwards). The Croatian national carrier will also add its code on US Airways flights from Philadelphia to Cleveland, Detroit and St. Louis. In the future, there are plans for US Airways to code share on Croatia Airlines flights from Europe to Dubrovnik and Split.
Speaking of the new arrangement, Andrew Nocella, US Airways' Senior Vice President for Marketing and Planning said, “US Airways' new codeshare agreement with Croatia Airlines will provide our customers with expanded options to reach Zagreb, the capital of the Republic of Croatia, with a convenient single ticket purchase”. He added, “We look forward to strengthening this bond and expanding travel options to our customers visiting Croatia and for Croatia Airlines customers visiting the United States”.
Through the new agreement, Croatia Airlines is hoping to lure away transit passengers from the likes of Air France and Austrian but also Oneworld rival British Airways, which expects to carry large amounts of transit passengers to the United States once it launches flights to Zagreb this December. Croatia Airlines is currently the only airline in the former Yugoslavia with its own codes on US bound flights. US Airways is also a member of Star Alliance like Croatia Airlines.