Montenegro Airlines

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Montenegro Airlines
Montenegro Airlines logo.jpg
IATA
YM
ICAO
MGX
Callsign
MONTENEGRO
Founded24 October 1994
HubsPodgorica Airport
Tivat Airport
Frequent-flyer programVision Team
Fleet size9
Destinations13
HeadquartersPodgorica, Montenegro
Key peopleDaliborka Pejović (CEO) [1]
Net incomeDecrease € -5.5 million (2011)[2]
Websitewww.montenegroairlines.com
 
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Montenegro Airlines
Montenegro Airlines logo.jpg
IATA
YM
ICAO
MGX
Callsign
MONTENEGRO
Founded24 October 1994
HubsPodgorica Airport
Tivat Airport
Frequent-flyer programVision Team
Fleet size9
Destinations13
HeadquartersPodgorica, Montenegro
Key peopleDaliborka Pejović (CEO) [1]
Net incomeDecrease € -5.5 million (2011)[2]
Websitewww.montenegroairlines.com

Montenegro Airlines a.d. (Montenegrin: Монтенегро ерлајнс / Montenegro erlajns), operating as Montenegro Airlines, is the flag carrier of Montenegro,[3] headquartered in Podgorica. The company is currently completely state-owned and enjoys financial and protectionist support from the government.[4] It operates scheduled services in Europe, as well as charter flights throughout Europe during the summer months. Its primary hub is Podgorica Airport, and a second base is maintained at Tivat Airport. There are no domestic flights because the two airports are too close to each other, with only 80 kilometres (50 mi) keeping them apart.[5]

History[edit]

Montenegro Airlines Fokker 100

The airline was founded on October 24, 1994 by the government of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.[6] The first aircraft, a Fokker 28 Mk4000 (nicknamed "Lovćen"), was purchased almost two years later in 1996.[6] The first commercial flight took place on May 7, 1997, at exactly 10:30 between Podgorica and Bari, Italy.[6]

In April 2000, Montenegro Airlines became a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).[6] In June 2000, the first of five Fokker F100 aircraft was delivered to Podgorica Airport.[6] The airline joined Amadeus CRS on March 5, 2003.[6] In 2004, Montenegro Airlines' pilots were the first in the region to be granted the IIIA certificate. On July 2 of the same year the airline carried its millionth passenger.[6]

Expansion after the Montenegrin referendum[edit]

After the Montenegrin independence referendum, Serbia became an international market for Montenegrin companies. Montenegro Airlines had to cease international flights from Serbia to countries other than Montenegro, thus losing the profitable Niš - Zurich line, due to lack of Seventh Freedom policy. In an effort to circumvent this, Montenegro Airlines registered a separate airline in Serbia called Master Airways, but it was denied an operating license allegedly due to Serbian Government protectionist policies. On July 23, 2007, Montenegro Airlines ordered 2 Embraer 195 in order to grow its fleet and destination network. The aircraft being leased from GECAS for a period of 8 years. The first of the two Embraer E-195s arrived at Podgorica Airport on 5 June 2008.[7] The delivery of the first Embraer was followed by introduction of regular flights to London-Gatwick and Milan-Malpensa International Airport.

On April 17, 2009, El Al and Montenegro Airlines issued a joint statement reiterating El Al's keen interest in buying 30% of the stock,[8] but the plan failed.[9] The airline remains a government-owned company.

Destinations[edit]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Montenegro Airlines has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet[edit]

The Montenegro Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of June 2014):[11]

Montenegro Airlines Fleet
AircraftIn FleetOrdersSeatsNotes
Embraer E-190LR10106Delivered on May 18, 2014; leased.[12]1
Embraer E-195LR30116
Fokker 10020102
Total60

Incidents and accidents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First female CEO for an EX-YU airline". Ex-YU Aviation News. 2013-07-06. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Blic Online | "Montenegro erlajns" u minusu 17 miliona evra". Blic.rs. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Flag carriers of the former Yugoslavia urged to unite". Centre for Aviation. 10 April 2012. Archived from the original on 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Montenegro erlajns na izdisaju, država jedini spas - Vijesti online". Vijesti.me. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 52. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "Istorijat". Montenegro Airlines. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ By Reuters (2009-04-16). "El Al conducting talks to buy Montenegro Airlines stake - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  9. ^ "EX-YU aviation news: El Al dumps Montenegro plans". Exyuaviation.blogspot.com. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  10. ^ http://www.aviokarta.net/vesti/2534-air-france-i-montenegro-airlines-napravili-kodser/
  11. ^ "Flota". Montenegro Airlines. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  12. ^ a b "M.Erlajns dobio novi avion". Radio Televizija Crne Gore. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  13. ^ "EX-YU aviation news: Montenegro Airlines changes aircraft order". Exyuaviation.blogspot.com. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  14. ^ "Photos: Embraer ERJ-190-200LR 195LR Aircraft Pictures". Airliners.net. 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  15. ^ "Dan online - Ekonomija: Đurišić naručio četvrti "embraer" - 2011-05-12". Dan.co.me. 2011-05-12. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  16. ^ 05:59:41 AM October 03, 2012 (2012-10-03). "Naručen četvrti Embraer". Aviokarte.Hr. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  17. ^ "Aviation Safety Network > News > News selection". Aviation-safety.net. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  18. ^ "All Balkans Home". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 

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