Air Serbia set to take delivery of its first Airbus jet
Air Serbia is set to take delivery of its first of ten Airbus A319s on Monday October 21, the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has confirmed. Speaking during a session of Parliament, Mr Vučić outlined the arrival date saying that, “This is a good move”. He added the airline would allow Serbia to improve its business environment and for its citizens to be served by a reliable carrier with destinations throughout Europe and beyond. Mr. Vučić also noted that Air Serbia will have ten Airbus aircraft in its fleet in 2014.
Air Serbia’s first Airbus A319 is set to make its inagural revenue flight on October 27 from Belgrade to Moscow. The aircraft will also be used on the service to Abu Dhabi later that day. According to earlier reports, the aircraft will have a business and economy class section with personal television screens in each seat, a first for the region. Next week, Jat Airways pilots will begin a month long course in Berlin to train for the aircraft. During last week, employee unions at Jat threatened to launch industrial action if they were not included in the transition process and the planned reduction of administrative staff. Following immediate talks with government officials, the unions announced they have been included in the process.
Meanwhile, preparations for the launch of Air Serbia are continuing to progress. During this week, the price structure for the airline’s new destinations is set to be finalised. Furthermore, despite much speculation, Air Serbia recently bought the local aviation website airserbia.com, allowing it to use the domain name for its future website. The domain is currently redirecting visitors to the Jat Airways website. Regulatory approval for Air Serbia, granting it successor status to Jat Airways, is expected within the next few days. Etihad Airways hopes to take complete control of Jat Airways in early September.