Air Serbia

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Air Serbia
Air Serbia.png
IATA
JU
ICAO
ASL
Callsign
AIRSERBIA
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]
Subsidiaries
Fleet size18 (+13 orders)
Destinations41
Parent companyRepublic of Serbia (51%)
HeadquartersBelgrade, Serbia
Key peopleDane Kondić (CEO)
Employees970
Websitewww.airserbia.com
 
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Not to be confused with Air Srpska.
Air Serbia
Air Serbia.png
IATA
JU
ICAO
ASL
Callsign
AIRSERBIA
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]
Subsidiaries
Fleet size18 (+13 orders)
Destinations41
Parent companyRepublic of Serbia (51%)
HeadquartersBelgrade, Serbia
Key peopleDane Kondić (CEO)
Employees970
Websitewww.airserbia.com

Air Serbia (stylized as AirSERBIA) is the flag carrier and largest airline of Serbia.[5] 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).[5][6] The airline is based at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. The results from the first quarter of 2014 indicate that Air Serbia is the leading airline in the region of former Yugoslavia by the number of passengers.[citation needed]

History[edit]

On 1 August 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.[7] The Republic of Serbia will retain the remaining 51% and hold five of nine monitoring committee seats in the company.[8] Jat Airways was reorganized and renamed to Air Serbia in October 2013 and launched its first inaugural flight under its new name on 26 October 2013, from Belgrade to Abu Dhabi.[5]

Air Serbia's logo is a stylized double-headed eagle inspired by the Serbian coat-of-arms.[9] The airline's branding was based on work undertaken by Tamara Maksimović, a 25-year-old graphic designer from Novi Sad.[10]

Air Serbia's first Airbus A319 landing at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport

Serbian tennis player Novak Đoković gave his name to the first Airbus A319, and will be part of the series titled Living legends of Serbia which will appear on the new fleet of the airline.[11] Also Serbian professional basketball player Vlade Divac gave his name to the first Airbus A320.[12]

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,[13] with the first revenue flight taking place the following day from Abu Dhabi to Belgrade. Since the launch Air Serbia has introduced services to Banja Luka and Prague on 1 December 2013,[13] Ljubljana and Bucharest on 10 December 2013[13] Budapest, Sofia and Varna on 30 March 2014. with Warsaw to follow on 29 May 2014, and Beirut from 1 June 2014.[14] Plans for Cairo and Kiev have been postponed until further notice. On 5 June 2014 the airline announced the opening of a line to Tirana in the near future.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Air Serbia has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Long-haul plans[edit]

On 22 October 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.[16] On 16 May 2014 Serbia and China signed a new ASA opening the way for future long-haul flights between the two countries.[17]

Turkish Airlines conflict[edit]

Air Serbia switched operations from Istanbul Atatürk Airport to Sabiha Gökçen Airport on 27 October 2013, after being given unfavourable slot timings at Atatürk Airport.[18] The move was seen as protectionism by the Turkish government of their national carrier Turkish Airlines.[19] Talks are ongoing between Turkish and Serbian aviation authorities ever since for a possible return of Air Serbia to Atatürk Airport, with licences to Turkish charter carriers and Turkish Airlines being under threat. However they were delivered at the very last minute and the outcome of the negotiations still remains unclear.[7] On 27 March 2014 the Turkish carriers flying to Belgrade, including Turkish Airlines, have been issued only a 2 months temporary permit by the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate, thus being at risk of having their rights revoked right in the middle of the summer season unless a compromise can be found.[20]

Fleet[edit]

An Air Serbia Airbus A319-100 at Frankfurt Airport in 2013.

As of June 2014, the Air Serbia fleet comprises the following aircraft:[21]

Air Serbia fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengersNotes
JYTotal
Airbus A319-100681201282 wet-leased from Etihad Airways[citation needed]
Airbus A319-100LR2[22][23]8120128
Airbus A320-20011[24]8147155
Airbus A320neo10--TBATo be delivered between 2018 and 2020.[25]
ATR 72-200306666
ATR 72-500206666Leased until 2017[citation needed]
Boeing 737-30060144144Operated for new charter brand Aviolet [4]
Total1813

Subsidiaries[edit]

Air Serbia Ground Services[edit]

Renamed from SU-Port and shortened as ASGS, Air Serbia Ground Services was the first officially certified supplier of ground handling services in the Republic of Serbia, which has obtained a ground handling certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Directorate. ASGS has been certified to provide ground handling operations which include handling of passengers, baggage, aircraft, cargo and mail. Since its foundation in 2002 and up to the present day, Air Serbia Ground Services annually provided ground handling services to more than 1 million passengers, on 8500 flights, on behalf of the national air carrier – Air Serbia and other companies.[26]

Air Serbia Technical[edit]

On 28 May 2014 Air Serbia announced the creation of its technical division, providing services of line-maintenance at Belgrade Airport to Air Serbia and its partner airlines.[27]

Aviolet[edit]

In May 2014 Air Serbia launched a new charter brand called Aviolet,[28] which uses former Jat Airways Boeings 737-300 fleet under Air Serbia's JU code with a four digit flight number. Their first service operated on 24 May 2014 to Antalya.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Air Serbia Etihad Guest". 
  2. ^ "Air Serbia Technical". 
  3. ^ "AirSERBIA Ground Services". 
  4. ^ a b c "Aviolet - novi brend Air Serbije za čarter letove". Aviokarta.net. 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ 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 20 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Air Serbia: New Route Network Gives Best Ever Choice for Serbian Travellers". Centre for Aviation. 28 October 2013. Archived from the original on 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Jat Airways to be renamed to Air Serbia in August". B92. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Air Serbia first Airbus A319 appears from paint shop
  10. ^ "New name and new look revealed for Serbia's National Airline". Etihad Airways. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Novak Djokovic accepted that Air Serbia’s aircraft bears his name at inserbia.info, 25 October 2013, retrieved 30 December 2013
  12. ^ Er Srbija: Drugi avion je Vlade Divac
  13. ^ a b c Air Serbia new destinations
  14. ^ "Air Serbia pomera početak letova za Bejrut na jun". Aviokarta.net. Retrieved 7 March 2014. (Serbian)
  15. ^ http://atwonline.com/airports-amp-routes/air-berlin-jat-airways-agree-codeshare
  16. ^ "Vučić: Da Er Srbija bude najjača avio-kompanija u regionu" (in Serbian). Tanjug. 25 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Serbia and China sign new ASA" (in Serbian). Embassy of Serbia in Beijing. 17 May 2014. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ [2]
  20. ^ [3]
  21. ^ "Our Fleet". Air Serbia. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. 
  22. ^ Air Serbia Airbus A319-132LR, YU-APD (Ex D-APAC), cn 1727
  23. ^ http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-a319-2650.htm
  24. ^ http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-a320-2587.htm
  25. ^ "Dubai 2013: Šta novo donosi Airbus A320 NEO?". Tangosix.rs. 4 December 2013. 
  26. ^ [4]
  27. ^ [5]
  28. ^ Air Serbia’s charter brand takes off[unreliable source?]

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