Friday, May 17, 2013

Serbia and Australia ink air agreement

New opportunities following bilateral air agreement

The Serbian Minister for Transport, Milutin Mrkonjić, and the Australian Ambassador to Serbia, Helena Studdert, signed a treaty level agreement on air services between Australia and Serbia this week. This agreement will allow airlines from both Serbia and Australia to start air services between the two countries either using their own aircraft or via cooperative arrangements with other airlines. Ambassador Studdert noted that “the Agreement should lead to our own airlines being able to properly serve the market between our two countries, rather than all traffic being carried by third country airlines”.

The agreement has now cleared all bureaucratic obstacles for the implementation of the Jat - Etihad codesharing agreement on flights from Abu Dhabi to/from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Jat’s flight numbers will be added onto Etihad flights to Australia from June 15. Furthermore, Virgin Australia International Airlines will add its own code on Etihad Airways’ service between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade, which is to be inaugurated in less than a month. “Aviation links tend to act as catalysts for other economic links, stimulating trade and tourism. I expect this agreement will do just that, and will grow bilateral trade and tourism between Australia and Serbia. The agreement we are signing today is the first air services agreement between our countries, bringing the bilateral relations between our countries to a new level”, Ambassador Studdert said.

Meanwhile, Jat Tehnika, which maintains Jat aircraft, was yesterday granted a license to begin servicing Airbus A320 family jets for the first time in its long history. “After checks which lasted for six months and preparations which lasted for over a year, the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate has found that Jat Tehnika is now fully equipped to service both domestic and foreign airlines operating this aircraft type”. The license is recognised by the European Aviation Safety Agency. Two Airbus A319s are set to join Jat’s fleet in a few weeks.

21 comments:

  1. "the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate has found that Jat Tehnika is now fully equipped to service both domestic and foreign airlines operating this aircraft type"

    Wouldn't Airbus be the people who give this certification? Not the serbian govt.

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    1. No, I think that it's regulator's business to issue such certification for any type of ac. In the case of Serbia, regulator is Direktorat and good thing is that EASA recognizes their licences so that European companies can do maintenance in Tehnika

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  2. Does anyone know why JU360 returned to BEG this morning? It left almost on time, then turned around and landed back at BEG.

    More fleet trouble for JAT?

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  3. Future beginning. Direct flight's hope is the future. B777 or A330 is ferly big aircraft for
    Belgrade hub. Possibility to captivating good parts
    of south Europe have fair chance. Top news and good hope to all Australian and other travellers.
    Rodney Marinkovic, A.M.E (ret.) Kraljevo Sydney

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    1. If there was money to be made flying SYD-BEG it would have been done already. This is another case of wishful thinking.

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  4. So the claims made that we would see the JU code in Australia were lies.

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    1. What are you talking about? It says in the article that thanks to this agreement JU codes can be added. Read more carefully.

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    2. "The agreement has now cleared all bureaucratic obstacles for the implementation of the Jat - Etihad codesharing agreement on flights from Abu Dhabi to/from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Jat’s flight numbers will be added onto Etihad flights to Australia from June 15."

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    3. That is what I mean, when the Etihad deal was announced, it was claimed that JU code would be put on flights to Australia.

      So it was not possible that JU code could be used until this deal was signed. So the announcement of JU on Etihad flights was a lie at the time.

      So was it a deliberate lie? or were they unaware that this agreement needed to be signed in order to make it true?

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    4. Or is it possible that they knew that the agreement was in the process of being signed. Bilaterals are not created over night.

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    5. Why wasn't this indicated in the original story?

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  5. So this is what I call "real aviation news".Keep on goood work.

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  6. Don't get too far ahead of yourselves, a treaty level agreement still has to be approved by the australian government.

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  7. Serbia and Australia ink air agreement

    should be

    Serbia and Australia link air agreement

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    1. No its ink, as in put ink on paper.

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  8. ink air agreement = sign air agreement

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  9. About Jat Tehnika, I think at the end Adria will do Maintanace on Jats A319 and customers is Alitalia doing.

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  10. OT:

    30APR was closing day for applications for new CEO of Adria Airways. The job was never posted abroad until 26apr when they were reminded that also EU citizen have the right to apply for the job. on 26apr officially EU citizens were invited, however in no air international air Magazine the job was posted.
    clear strategy why JP does not wants foreign Management
    btw they posted a loss of almost 6 millions EUR for Q1 2013

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  11. How much were jat's losses the first quarter?

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  12. OT: Sarajevo Airport on rise for the fourth consecutive month, so far 13% rise in the last four months :)

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