Article published in cooperation with The Prague Review
Start-up carrier PRAGUSA.ONE has announced plans to operate nonstop flights from both Dubrovnik and Prague to the US and Asia.
The first flights from Dubrovnik to New York and Los Angeles are due to commence in late June 2021 – although tickets aren’t on sale yet.
The company says that tickets will be on sale from May 24th and both routes are initially set to operate until the end of October 2021. Flights to New York will be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, while services to LA will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
The website, currently just a simple holding page, shows ambitious route plans.
You may think that the PRAGUSA name was inspired by plans for flights between Prague and the USA. Not so, the name is actually a portmanteau of the words ‘Prague’ and ‘Ragusa’ the old name for Dubrovnik.
The company plans to order four Airbus A350-900 aircraft in a single-class configuration with 251 premium economy seats. The deliveries of these A350s would take place in 2024.
Dubrovnik and Prague would each receive two of these A359s. Prior to delivery, they will wet-lease two Airbus A350-900 and two A330-330 aircraft from another airline.
Wet lease means that another airline provides the aircraft and crew, probably catering and even fuel. So these leased aircraft are unlikely to be fitted as all premium economy.
Managing director Kresimir Budinski is quoted as saying: “We worked hard since summer 2020 to create this unique product for avid travellers that are ready and steady to fly abroad. Point-to-point flight operations bundled with a full travel package and premium in-flight service are key success factors for the ultimate travel experience in the future. The US market represents one of the focus markets for Pragusa.one.”
Let’s hope this airline gets off the ground and offers reliable, comfortable, and good-value flights.