Prompt lease of two 737-800s for JatThe TangoSix portal has reported that on Wednesday Jat Airways began procedures for the lease of two Boeing 737-800s, as the government plans a ten million euro cash injection into the carrier. According to the portal’s sources, the airline will resume services to Dubai, a profitable route suspended without explanation last year. The leased aircraft will also be deployed to other popular routes, including Paris. The French Civil Aviation Authority has come down on Jat in recent months, unhappy that the carrier is sending old aircraft to the French capital. Only two of Jat’s youngest B737-300s in operation are sent to Charles de Gaulle.
The Serbian national carrier, which will use 2.5 million euros for the lease of the aircraft, originally intended to lease one jet of the type, currently based in Romania, which was to arrive by May 1. However, ultimately the jet did not satisfy the airline’s needs. According to TangoSix, Jat has now requested a broker house, which it cooperates with, to find two available aircraft of the type for an immediate dry lease.
It is not the first time the Serbian carrier has wanted to lease aircraft in recent years. In 2009, all was set for the lease of two Boeing 737-700 jets from AeroMexico. However, in the end the then CEO, Srdjan Radovanović, inexplicably cancelled all plans. Since politics plays an integral part in the running of Jat, the airline might not have received the all clear from the government at the time. However, with elections less than a month away and the current administration’s two failed attempts to privatise the carrier (2008 and 2011) there is much to gain from good publicity.