New Airbus training centre in BelgradeJat Tehnika and Airbus will set up a new training centre in Belgrade ahead of the maintenance company receiving necessary certificates to service jets from the European plane manufacturer. A training centre for some 200 local mechanics and 50 engineers for the Airbus A310 and A320 aircraft will be opened in the Serbian capital following the agreement signed last week in Toulouse.
Between October and December this year Jat Tehnika will receive the necessary certificates to service Airbus jets after which the training centre will become Airbus’ regional centre for training both local and foreign mechanics and engineers. “This will open up a big market for us because some 60% of air traffic in the region in south eastern Europe is carried out with Airbus jets”, Srdjan Mišković, Jat Tehnika CEO said. The new Airbus license is expected to see Jat Tehnika’s revenue rise by 30%. The maintenance company already services Boeing and ATR aircraft.
Simultaneously, the largest of three Tehnika hangars at Belgrade Airport will finally be completed after more than two decades. While the hangar is in use, it’s construction has never officially come to an end. Two hangars are used for medium sized aircraft and can fit three jets each at one single time while the third hangar is for larger aircraft and can fit two Boeing 747-400s. Besides Jat, the company currently provides maintenance to airlines such as Jet2.com, NordStar Airlines, Astraeus Airlines and Transaero. Earlier this year the Serbian government approved a five million euro loan to finance the completion of the facility.