To Budapest and back with Malév

From 3 May, 2004 Budapest will be only a short flight away from Ljubljana. Thanks to the renowned Hungarian airline - Malév Hungarian Airlines - offering two daily flights, businesspeople will no longer waste their valuable time on tiring and lengthy road drives. They will be able to do business quicker and much more comfortably in between the morning and evening flight. In addition to other scheduled destinations, the Hungarian carrier operates numerous flights connecting Budapest with Eastern and Southern Europe as well as the Mediterranean.

The Hungarian national carrier Malév, celebrating its 58th anniversary in March, is one of the leading airlines in Central and Eastern Europe, offering passenger, cargo and charter flights. Malév's fleet in 2003 counted 29 aircraft.

In the summer of 1992, Malév was transformed into a public limited company. Seven years later the national real estate agency A´PV Rt. purchased a 97.7% stake in Malév, whereas 2.1% remained in the hands of minority shareholders. In 2002 the carrier earned HUF 104 billion, carrying over two million passengers. At the end of 2003, Malév employed just under 3,000 staff. Last year it operated scheduled flights to 48 cities in 34 countries and ran charter flights to almost 90 destinations all over the world.

Malév's strategy relies on global alliances and quality assurance. In 2001 the airline signed framework agreements with KLM and Northwest Airlines. With such agreements airlines strengthen their partnership relations. By signing these agreements Malév made the most important step towards an alliance and consolidated its market position through synergies. In 2002, Malév signed co-operation agreements with Aeroflot and Air Europa. These agreements open the door to further opportunities for co-operation and at the same time offer a wider range of services to passengers.

Malév's operations are assessed by several major partner airlines each year. So far these assessments of the work of the Hungarian carrier were very positive. The Hungarian national carrier has been certified against the highest international air safety standards. Malév's passengers and business partners can rely on its full compliance with high and consistent standards. Moreover, Malév was awarded its Air Operators Certificate, an official confirmation of its compliance with JAR OPS 1 requirements. This proves that Malév complies with the benchmark standard of the aviation industry and professional requirements set out by the Joint Aviation Authorities at the European level.

On 3 May, 2004, Malév will launch the Budapest-Ljubljana-Budapest route twice daily on working days and once daily during the weekend. Businesspeople will thus be able to have business meetings during the day and fly home in the evening on the leased 33-seat SF340 aircraft.

In addition to good connections with Eastern and Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Malév operates flights to Kiev, Odessa, Kishinev, Bucharest, Sofia, Varna, Athens, Thesaloniki, Larnaca, Tel Aviv, Damascus, Beirut, Cairo, Tripoli and other destinations.

Tickets are available from all IATA tourist agencies and at the counter of Malév's representative office at the Ljubljana airport, tel.: 04/20 61 676.