Adria expected to lease two jets
Adria Airways, which plans to lease its two Airbus A319s to Jat Airways, will replace the aircraft so as not to affect its operations this summer. As EX-YU Aviation News learns, the Slovenian carrier plans to lease two older A319s to replace its jets which were delivered new to Adria in 2010. Due to their older age, the aircraft would be more affordable while Adria would receive payments from Jat for the two jets it plans to lease out until 2016. The Serbian carrier has already deposited 450.000 dollars with the aircraft expected to arrive in Belgrade early next month. Adria’s A319s operate flights from Priština to Germany but are also utilised on services from Ljubljana to Moscow, Zurich, Istanbul and several other popular European destinations.
Adria Airways currently boasts a fleet of twelve aircraft. Two of the carrier’s Bombardier CRJ200s are currently grounded in Ljubljana with one stored and expected to be sold in the coming months. However, Adria does have one CRJ900 on order, although no delivery date has been specified.
Meanwhile, the search is on for Adria’s new CEO. Mark Anžur’s six month reign as the acting CEO of Adria will come to a close at the end of the month. There are a total of fifteen candidates vying for the position of CEO including Anžur himself. Some candidates are believed to be from previous management teams, who have recently been embroiled in a free ticket giveaway scandal. A new CEO will have a tough ask as the airline plans to end 2013 breakeven. Furthermore, the European Commission is set to rule later in the year whether state aid provided to the carrier between 2007 and 2011 breached European Union competition laws. If the Commission finds that aid was given contrary to EU regulation, the Slovenian carrier will be forced to pay back more than 85 million euros. However, current trends show Adria is on the right path with increasing passenger numbers and declining expenditures and losses.