Croatia could soon have another domestic airline, Smile Air. According to reports on Poslovni dnevnik the owner of Avio Nova, Nino Borić, is working on setting up a new airline in Croatia. Borić, who has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, registered the name Smile Air back in the summer of 2017.
Speaking to Poslovni dnevnik Boric stated that he works with the philosophy of Sir Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin Atlantic, who, as he says, knows that a good attitude towards employees also means satisfied passengers.
Borić is the owner of Avio Nova, headquartered in Florida, and for years he has been in high positions in the operations of various airlines. The other co-owner of Smile Air is Bernard Lukač, a 30-year-old pilot and former instructor in Croatia Airlines, and for the last eight years an inspector at the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency (CCAA).
The third member of the team is Krunoslav Dumlija, a pilot with 15 years of experience and a former CCAA inspector. Asked about the amount of capital needed to start this business, Borić said he would start with two aircraft in operational lease, and it would need between $3 and 5 million.