Air Serbia

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Air Serbia
Air Serbia.png
IATA
JU
ICAO
JAT
Callsign
AIR SERBIA
Founded17 June 1927 (1927-06-17) (as Aeroput)
Commenced operations26 October 2013 (2013-10-26) (as Air Serbia)
HubsBelgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Frequent-flyer programEtihad Guest[1]
Airport loungeTBA
AllianceNone
Fleet size22 (+15 on order)
Destinations41 (7 seasonal) + 7 announced
Company sloganTBA
Parent companyGovernment of Serbia (51%)
Etihad Airways (49%)
HeadquartersBelgrade, Serbia
Key peopleDane Kondić (CEO)
Employees970[2]
Websitewww.airserbia.com
 
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Air Serbia
Air Serbia.png
IATA
JU
ICAO
JAT
Callsign
AIR SERBIA
Founded17 June 1927 (1927-06-17) (as Aeroput)
Commenced operations26 October 2013 (2013-10-26) (as Air Serbia)
HubsBelgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Frequent-flyer programEtihad Guest[1]
Airport loungeTBA
AllianceNone
Fleet size22 (+15 on order)
Destinations41 (7 seasonal) + 7 announced
Company sloganTBA
Parent companyGovernment of Serbia (51%)
Etihad Airways (49%)
HeadquartersBelgrade, Serbia
Key peopleDane Kondić (CEO)
Employees970[2]
Websitewww.airserbia.com

Air Serbia (stylized as AirSERBIA) is the flag carrier and largest airline of Serbia.[3] The airline was formerly known as Jat Airways until it was renamed in 2013. Air Serbia commenced operations under its new name on 26 October 2013 (2013-10-26).[3][4] The airline is based at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport.

History[edit]

On August 1, 2013, Jat Airways and Etihad Airways entered into an agreement of strategic partnership. Under the agreement, Etihad acquired a 49% stake in Jat Airways and management rights for a period of five years.[5] The Serbian government will retain the remaining 51% and hold 5 of 9 monitoring committee seats in the company.[6] Jat Airways was reorganized and renamed to Air Serbia in October 2013 and launched its first inaugural flight under its new name on October 26, 2013, from Belgrade to Abu Dhabi.[3]

Air Serbia's logo is a stylized double-headed eagle inspired by the Serbian coat-of-arms.[7] The airline's branding was based on work undertaken by Tamara Maksimović, a 25-year-old graphic designer from Novi Sad.[8]

Serbian tennis player Novak Đoković and filmmaker Emir Kusturica[9] gave their names to the first two Airbuses, and will be part of the series titled Living legends of Serbia which will appear on the new fleet of the airline.[10]

Destinations[edit]

The first flight under the new Air Serbia brand operated for promotional purposes on 26 October 2013 initiating the service to Abu Dhabi,[11] with the first revenue flight taking place the following day from Abu Dhabi to Belgrade. They also switched operations to Sabiha Gökçen Airport on 27 October 2013 from Istanbul Atatürk Airport after failing to gain additional slots for planned increase in operations there.[12]

Since the launch Air Serbia have introduced services to Banja Luka and Prague on 1 December 2013,[11] Ljubljana and Bucharest on 10 December 2013.[11] Beirut, Budapest, Sofia and Varna are due to launch on 30 March 2014 with Kiev and Warsaw to follow on 29 May 2014, while Cairo has been postponed until further notice due to the continuing turmoil in Egypt.[5]


Codeshare agreements[edit]

Air Serbia has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Long-haul plans[edit]

On October 22, 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said that the possibility of Air Serbia transatlantic flights were discussed, claiming the first flight could be in three years time or earlier, to two destinations in North America, referring to Chicago and Toronto, or possibly New York City specifically.[15]

Fleet[edit]

Air Serbia's first Airbus A319

Air Serbia's short-term plan is to lease 8 Airbus A319s and 2 Airbus A320s and retire its fleet of 10 Boeing 737s.[16] The current fleet of 5 ATR 72s will remain in service.[16]

The leased Airbus A319 and A320s will be replaced in the long-term with ten new Airbus A320neo.[17]

Air Serbia fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersOptionsPassengersNotes
JYTotal
Airbus A3194[18]3[18]8120128Six will be delivered between October and December 2013 and two by March 2014.
Airbus A319-133LR1[19]0--TBA[20]
Airbus A320-200[21]28150158To be delivered in March 2014.[21]
Airbus A320neo10--TBATo be delivered from 2018.[22]
ATR 72-2023—06666
ATR 72-5002—07070
Boeing 737-3004
2
——8
12
126
110
134
122
Will be gradually replaced by May 2014 with A319s. Six in service. 2 leased from Bulgaria Air.[23]
Total1615

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Air Serbia Etihad Guest". 
  2. ^ Hadeel Sayegh (26 October 2013). "Etihad Airways’ part-owned Air Serbia targets profitability". TheNational. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Air Serbia: A New Dawn for Serbia as Revitalised National Airline Takes to the Skies". Centre for Aviation. 28 October 2013. Archived from the original on 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Air Serbia: New Route Network Gives Best Ever Choice for Serbian Travellers". Centre for Aviation. 28 October 2013. Archived from the original on 28 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Etihad Airways and Government of Serbia unveil strategic partnership to secure future of Serbian National Airline". Etihad Airways. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jat Airways to be renamed to Air Serbia in August". B92. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Air Serbia first Airbus A319 appears from paint shop
  8. ^ "New name and new look revealed for Serbia's National Airline". Etihad Airways. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Drugi avion kompanije "Air Serbia" će se zvati "Emir Kusturica" at ekapija.com, 29-10-2013, retrieved 30-12-2013 (Serbian)
  10. ^ Novak Djokovic accepted that Air Serbia’s aircraft bears his name at inserbia.info, 25-10-2013, retrieved 30-12-2013
  11. ^ a b c Air Serbia new destinations
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ http://atwonline.com/airports-amp-routes/air-berlin-jat-airways-agree-codeshare
  14. ^ "Air France i Jat ponovo sklopili kodšer sporazum". 
  15. ^ "Vučić: Da Er Srbija bude najjača avio-kompanija u regionu" (in Serbian). Tanjug. 25 October 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "Staff Briefing Air Serbia". Etihad. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 17 November2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dubai-air-serbia-to-take-10-a320neos-from-etihad-order-393262/
  18. ^ a b Air Serbia Fleet of A319 (Active) Airfleets aviation
  19. ^ http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Air%20Serbia-planed-a319.htm
  20. ^ Airbus A319-133LR Seat Map at SeatGuru
  21. ^ a b Air Serbia to introduce A320s next summer
  22. ^ http://tangosix.rs/2013/19/11/bomba-iz-dubaija-air-serbia-narucila-10-erbasova-a320neo/
  23. ^ http://www.gdeinvestirati.com/ostale-teme-124/sektori/saobracaj/15073-jat-uzima-na-lizing-dva-aviona

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