Jat Airways also touched on its looming privatisation process saying that it is now clear that there will be no new and old Jat. Jat Airways will stay as is and the Government will look for a potential buyer which would invest millions into the airline. The Serbian carrier believes that through privatisation it will be able to significantly increase its number of passengers and flights and, as a result, aid its hub, Belgrade, as well as its other partners such as Jat Catering, Jat Tehnika and SU-PORT (Jat’s handling company). Turkish Airlines continues to be the most interested buyer. The Turkish national carrier is being enticed by the fact that Jat has extremely respectable slots at many European airports (many of which it doesn’t even use), in particular London Heathrow. Turkish is also attracted to Jat due to its highly trained and skilled pilots and the fanciful geographical location of Belgrade Airport. Jat believes that with a strong national carrier, Belgrade could handle 10 million passengers per year.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Jat tops world's safest airline list
Good news for passengers and potential buyersIATA has listed Jat Airways within the top thirty safest airlines in the world as a part of its operational safety audit program, Serbian media reported yesterday. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA's quality audit principles are designed to conduct audits in a standardised manner. IATA is an international trade body, created over 60 years ago by a group of airlines. Today, IATA represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. The organisation also represents, leads and serves the airline industry in general. According to the B92 business portal, Jat has welcomed the news and says its sends a good signal to potential buyers.