Regulators likely to grant Air Serbia approval by September 1
Etihad Airways has announced it expects Air Serbia to be granted regulatory approval soon, most likely by September 1. The move will allow the new look Serbian national carrier to launch ticket sales for its new routes and begin the process of phasing out the Jat Airways brand. “The expected date is September 1 but it will depend on all regulatory bodies which have to grant their approval by that date”, Etihad told the state news agency “Tanjug”. The approval will also allow Air Serbia to change its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC). Once all approvals are granted, the new management team, headed by CEO Dane Kondić, will take over running the airline.
This week employees at Jat Airways have been offered redundancy packages for those wishing to voluntarily leave the carrier. Some 400 employees are needed to leave the airline. The redundancy packages offer 300 euros to employees for each year they have been employed at Jat. In addition, Etihad has announced it will be hiring new cabin crew as the airline’s fleet and destination network will grow. On September 2, the first batch of pilots will begin training for the Airbus A319 aircraft in Berlin. Etihad adds it has launched an internal website for all Jat employees in order to better inform them of the transition process taking place in the company. “It is important that during the entire process the principles of transparency, fairness and dignity are respected”, Etihad says.
Meanwhile, work on setting up Air Serbia and its brand are ongoing. A design team in Abu Dhabi is finalising the airline’s on board product. In Belgrade, both Etihad and Jat Catering are finalising the carrier’s on board menus. “The size and shape of Air Serbia will allow for a stable and profitable company with high service standards in all sectors”, Etihad added. It has been confirmed the first new destination Air Serbia will launch this winter is Abu Dhabi with the other eleven to be introduced progressively throughout the winter months as new aircraft arrive.