Jat pays upfront for Adria’s A319s
Jat Airways has deposited 450.000 dollars for the lease of Adria Airways’ two Airbus A319s over the next three years. The two jets are expected to arrive in Belgrade in the last week of May and the first week of June, entering service later next month. The aircraft, which are still operating for Adria, are in excellent condition and were manufactured only three years ago. After their move to Jat, the aircraft will continue to be maintained by Adria Airways Tehnika in the Slovenian capital. The two aircraft are still featured in Adria’s schedule after June, mostly on flights from Priština to Germany, though the equipment on these flights is expected to be revised in the coming weeks.
Jat is continuing to battle with a chronic fleet shortage. Aviogenex’s recently refurbished Boeing 737-200 is expected to begin operating on behalf of Jat soon. The aircraft, manufactured in 1987 (and once nicknamed Zadar) is younger than most of Jat’s B737 fleet. The Serbian carrier plans to lease a further two Airbus A320s and one ATR72. According to the airline, a turboprop in good condition is currently difficult to find on the market while the A320s are to be taken from an aircraft leasing company.
Meanwhile, Etihad Airways has completed its screening process of Jat’s business operations. The carrier will now compile a report on Jat prior to a takeover offer expected in mid June. The two airlines are soon to begin codesharing on each other’s flights. National aviation authorities from each country where the two airlines are set to place their codes are in the process of approving the codeshares. Furthermore, Etihad’s equity partner, Air Berlin, has agreed to implement its codesharing agreement with Jat from September. The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has announced the opening of its representative office in Belgrade. The airline was previously present in Serbia through a general sales agent.