Final curtain call for Jat
Etihad Airways plans to immediately launch the new look Jat Airways, to be named Air Serbia, the country’s state run news agency “Tanjug” reports. Air Serbia’s visual identity will be revealed at the planned press conference on Thursday when the Emirati carrier will take a 49% stake in Serbia’s national airline. According to news reports, Etihad will immediately provide two Airbus A319s for use this summer. The aircraft, which will feature the Air Serbia livery, will be operated by Etihad pilots and cabin crew until Jat’s crew is formally trained for the new aircraft in time for the 2013/14 winter season. From late October, Etihad will provide a further eight A319s and retire the aging Boeing fleet.
Alongside Jat’s existing destination network, Air Serbia will launch a further fourteen new routes this winter, Siniša Mali, the finance advisor to Serbia’s Deputy Minister says. EX-YU Aviation News has revealed eleven destinations the airline will launch this winter. They are Abu Dhabi, Banja Luka, Beirut, Budapest, Bucharest, Cairo, Ljubljana, Prague, Sofia, Varna and Warsaw. The preliminary schedules, as requested at a recent slots conference, are now being published by EX-YU Aviation News and can be found on the right hand side in the new route launches section. As is visible from the schedule, Air Serbia’s aircraft will be operating continually with many flights running during the late night and early morning hours. Furthermore, the airline will operate double daily flights to Paris, Athens, Vienna and Zurich over the winter.
Etihad plans to immediately invest forty million dollars into Air Serbia, which does not include the price of the two leased A319s. The Serbian government will name five members of the Managing Board, while the remaining four will be named by Etihad Airways. In addition, Etihad will name a CEO and its own head of finance for Air Serbia. All details will be revealed on Thursday.