Croatia AirlinesCroatia Airlines (IATA designator: OU) started on August 7 of 1989 as Zagreb Airlines, using Cessna 402 planes on cargo missions for the cargo airline UPS. The company used the name Zagal for short.
In 1991 the airline signed an agreement with Adria Airways and then was able to lease a McDonell Douglas MD-82 to start domestic jet services. That year also saw the airline's first international route when a flight was inaugurated from Zagreb to Split in Yugoslavia.
1992 was a tough year for the company, because it had to stop flying momentarily because of the Croatian conflict. However, as soon as flights were re-commenced, Croatia Airlines bought three Boeing 737's from Lufthansa. They also became a member of the IATA, or International Air Transport Association.
1993 saw two ATR-42's and two more 737's join the fleet, and many offices get opened in several European cities. The company bought over a travel agency, Ozbor, to organize travel for groups and individuals.
1997 saw the airline's first Airbus A320 arrive. It was nicknamed Rijeka. In 1998, another first plane of a new type arrived when the airline's first Airbus A319 joined the fleet. This plane was nicknamed Zadar. Also that year, Croatia Airlines became a member of the AEA or Association of European Airlines.
In 2000 two more Airbus planes arrived and an Automated Ticketing System inaugurated.