Friday, May 22, 2009

New aircraft arriving tomorrow

Montenegro Airlines Embraer E195
Montenegro Airlines will be receiving its new Embraer E195 aircraft this Saturday, May 23. The E195 will be the second aircraft of its type in the Montenegro Airlines fleet, with the airline still having one on order and a further 2 options for purchase available. The brand new E195 is being leased from GECAS (GE Commercial Aviation Services), a subsidiary of General Electrics, which leases new aircraft to airlines around the world. The new aircraft has a total of 116 seats. With its arrival to Podgorica on Saturday, Montenegro Airlines’ fleet will count a total of 6 aircraft.

Meanwhile, the airline has received some more good news. It will become a member of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) in October at a ceremony in Dubrovnik. The AEA is an alliance of 36 of Europe’s largest airlines. Among its members are TAP Air Portugal, British Airways, Air France, KLM, LOT, Tarom, Malev, Turkish Airlines, Iberia, Alitalia, SAS and many others. From the EX-YU region Croatia Airlines, Jat Airways and Adria Airways are all members. Currently, Ivan Mišetić, Croatia Airlines CEO is the president of the association. The membership will allow Montenegro Airlines to be more involved in the process of aviation regulation which is set by the European Union in Brussels.

3 comments:

  1. Congrats to YM. The E195s are beautiful aircraft and will compliment the F100s well, likely forming their replacement in the next 5-10 years. Don't be surprised if this becomes the 'small jet' choice over the next decade in the ex-YU, its only competition being CRJs at this stage (though could the new Sukhoi 100 really become a challenger?).

    Any truth in the rumour that YM will be joining OU in thrice-weekly flights TGD-ZAG in late August or early September as part of its destination expansion this year?

    On a personal note, perhaps it is Mišetić's direct goodwill that YM joins AEA, but given yesterday's post of losses at OU he may have some benefit ensuring his own house is first in order and has full planes running around - a job made much easier if he bit the bullet and pushed for introduction of new flights to BEG (from ZAG and SPU) perhaps with the 4th Q arriving into the fleet, and leasing another 319 each summer for more medium-haul travel to the glorious Adriatic coast.

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  2. It seems that Croatia Airlines will be increasing flights rather than Montenegro Airlines starting up flights to Zagreb. The current 3 weekly service will be increased from the fall.

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  3. The Russian Sukhoi SSJ is far ahead of the Embraer or the CRJ in terms if efficiency per seat mile. It will make its public debut at the Paris air show next month.

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