Greek carrier Aegean is backing the privatisation of Croatia Airlines.

Aegean confirmed it has participated in the non-binding indicative offer stage of privatisation of its fellow Star Alliance member.

However, the airline stressed that this “does not include any commitments” from the company.

“Any material decisions about Aegean’s potential participation or not in the next stage will be taken in the following months,” the airline added.

This would follow Aegean being provided with access to information and discussions on Croatia Airlines as part of the process started by the Croatian government.

The two airlines share similar Airbus short haul aircraft fleets, with the Croatian flag carrier marking its 30th anniversary in September serving 38 destinations including 24 European countries.

Croatia Airlines’ fleet includes two Airbus A320s and four A319s.

Aegean and subsidiary Olympic Air operates more than 60 aircraft including A320s and A321s and took delivery of the first of 46 new generation A320neos in December as part of an order worth $6 billion.