â€œ Ljubljana-bases airline, Slovenia. Main hub: Ljubljana JoÂže Pučnik Airport. Member of the Star Alliance. â€ž
I had to make a business trip to Ljubljana, Slovenia from London and found Adria Airways offered the most convenient flight option and times from Gatwick Airport. Having not heard about the airline before, I was a little worried but airlines have to pass certain requirements before our business places them on a recommended internal list. So with this in mind, I thought it would be fine and booked.
The plane itself was small and propeller driven rather than jet. This was a mild concern as the weather conditions were not good and the plane did not look like it would withstand too much turbulence.
The flight itself was delayed almost 2 hours while all passengers were sat on board and the plan on the runway. The weather was terrible and it was raining heavily so I guess this could be understood. We were offered a glass of juice whilst we waited.
The crew were smartly dressed, friendly and approachable. The seats were not anything of note but what you'd expect from the likes of a BA aircraft. The food onboard was the same, it served it's purpose and I ate it all but would not be something that you'd request extra helpings of.
The flight apart from some mild turbulence was fine. I would use the airline again but then you do have a limited selection from which to choose when going to Slovenia.
Adria is a regional member of the Star Alliance so if that is important to you then you can get some points using this airline.
Adria Airways are the national airline of Slovenia, the northernmost of the former Yugoslavian nations. Established as a charter airline in the sixties, Adria have enjoyed a slow but steady growth to become the Slovenian flag carrier.
If you're travelling to or from Slovenia, you'll probably have a choice of Adria over a low cost airline or competing European flag carrier. Perhaps most important to your choice of Adria over other airlines will be the fact that it serves a large number of major European capital cities, and in most cases serves those cities' principal airports. These include Frankfurt & Munich, Amsterdam-Schipol and Paris-CDG. In the UK they serve Manchester and London Gatwick.
For frequent flyers or business travellers, Adria is a regional member of the Star Alliance, the largest airline alliance. Their regional status is sponsored by Lufthansa, whose Miles&More frequent flyer programme is provided for Adria passengers. If you carry a frequent flyer card with most Star Alliance airlines you can earn and burn air miles with Adria. Lufthansa also provide most of Adria's long haul connections through their German hubs.
Adria has a very young fleet or Airbus A320 and Bombardier C-Series jets. Both are extremely pleasant aircraft to fly on, and the on-board service is extremely hospitable. Beverage and snack service is included, and is delivered by extremely friendly and knowledgeable crew. Their home airport at Ljubljana Joze Pučnik is compact and easy to use.