Friday, September 20, 2013

Adria and Air India continue cooperation talks

Air India and Adria still hope for flights between India and Ljubljana

Air India is currently in talks with Adria Airways to enhance bilateral cooperation with the Slovenian carrier, which is waiting to be privatised. Talks between the two airlines come more than a year after it was announced the two would cooperate in order for Air India to reroute some of its flights to the United States via Ljubljana. Air India Chairman and Managing Director, Rohit Nandan, has been in Ljubljana holding talks with Adria’s management last week. "Air India continues to engage with major airlines in order to enhance bilateral cooperation and also continues to maintain dialogue with Star Alliance in an effort to expand its global reach and connectivity", Mr. Nandan said in a statement.

In 2011, Air India and Adria Airways signed a Memorandum of Understanding which was to see Air India codeshare on Adria’s regional flights, while in return the Indian national carrier would operate some of its services to the United States via the Slovenian capital. Plans were set for flights to be launched either during the 2012 summer season or the 2012/2013 winter season. However, Air India requested lower fuel prices at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and an exemption from paying fees in order to launch services to the Slovenian capital, all of which were denied. In 2012, the Slovenian government, together with the petrol provider, Ljubljana Airport, Adria and Air India announced their willingness to get back to the negotiating table and discuss possible cooperation.

Last year a major obstacle for the establishment of flights between India and Slovenia was overcome after the two countries signed a Scheduled Air Services Protocol. At the time the head of Ljubljana Airport, Zmago Skobir, commented on the issue, “I stress that this project could be beneficial for both the airport and Adria but it must be approached on an intergovernmental level”. Adria Airways is posed to be privatised soon with China Southern Airlines currently the only airline expressing interest in the Slovenian carrier. Air India, which was linked to a possible joint venture with Jat Airways several years ago, has not been associated with a possible purchase of Adria.

34 comments:

  1. How would we say it? Adrovanje?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Memorandum of Understanding
    Scheduled Air Services Protocol

    many signatures like this nothing out of them

    Indians are not crazy.
    Stay away from mafia people in Slovenia.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Dont let you fool people!
    Air India is more incompetent and corrupt than all Ex-Yu airlines together.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Exactly. It's also funny how Japan banned their B787 because the airline could not provide all the necessary paperwork.

      Delete
  4. OT:

    Belgrade - Budapest 149 € (Belavia) . Fudeks (the bus line) drives you twice a day to Budapest for 30 € for students and youth and 40 € for adults. They are not getting anywhere with those prices if you ask me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And soon Air Serbia, with prices around 120 EUR.

      Delete
    2. Yup...and you can also take bus to: Vienna, Zurich, Athens, Podgorica...etc

      (Did anyone tell you that plane goes a little faster than the bus?)

      Delete
    3. I am sorry but your argument is not valid BA888. Budapest is different from the examples you have mentioned simply because the highway is in decent condition and you can travel between the two cities in less than four hours.

      Athens is like 1,000 kilometres away (BUD is 360) while the road to Podgorica is horrible and dangerous. That's why it makes sense to fly to these other cities and not to Budapest.

      Delete
    4. Drive time to Budapest is 4 hours without border crossing...

      You missed my point mate...it is time that counts (for some people) and not the price.



      Delete
    5. Still, four hours is not a lot. Furthermore, those for whom time matters will not use a flight which operates two times per week. They need at least a daily flight- hence why they will not be interested in Belavia.

      In the past when Malev used to operate this route, they saw almost no O&D passengers.

      Delete
    6. I cant agree more with you Nemjee. First of all, you cant compare Zurich route which takes 20 hours to get there, or Podgorica with 8 hours of dangerous ride, with Budapest that takes only 5 hours including waiting at the border (my personal experience). Plus, the most of the people heading to Budapest are from Vojvodina. If you live in Subotica or Sombor, it takes almost the same time to get to Belgrade as if you were heading to Budapest. If you live in Zrenjanin for example, it takes 1.5 hours + 1 hour at the airport + 45 minutes would be the flight duration. So it is at least 3 hours you spent. And you gave 120 euros more than you could if you took the bus. Hello? You people seem to forget that although you are aviation maniacs, general folks arent. Cheers.

      Delete
    7. So you basically just saved 2 hours. And gave 120 euros for that. Really economic haha ;)

      Delete
    8. there is something which is called cultural path.. people are not fully rational when making their decision.. nobody in Belgrade will ever consider to book a flight from Temishvar or Osijek, but people are ready to be stuffed in those mini-buses and be trasfered to Budapest. that´s not due to a rational choice, it´s because the high frequency of traveling by the roud to budampest during the 1990s. It was also a time when all flights were forbidden - so for people´s thinking Budapest is "a road destination". Eventhough it would be far mor logical that people fly.

      Delete
  5. Why cancelled FlyDubai todays flight to Belgrade?
    Does anybody know...

    ReplyDelete
  6. ^ FlyDubai is reducing its frequency to Belgrade and Skopje.
    3x weekly BEG-DXB and 2x weekly SKP-DXB till October 2014

    They (for now) will not increase frequency for summer 2014.

    ReplyDelete
  7. ^ FlyDubai is reducing its frequency to Belgrade and Skopje.
    3x weekly BEG-DXB and 2x weekly SKP-DXB till October 2014

    They (for now) will not increase frequency for summer 2014.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What was their previous frequency to Belgrade and Skopje and why was today's flight cancelled?

      Delete
    2. 4x weekly BEG
      3x weekly SKP.

      Delete
    3. 4x weekly BEG
      3x weekly SKP.

      Delete
  8. Air Serbia cabin crew will have a salary worth €1,400. That's actually not bad at all.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Where did u get that info?

      Delete
    2. From a friend whose sister was accepted as cabin crew.

      Delete
    3. 1400 € before or after tax? (Gross or net?)

      Delete
    4. No clue, all I know is that it's €1,400. My guess is after.

      Delete
    5. Hm.. that would be more than Etihad is paying for crew in Abu Dhabi. I suppose 1400 Euros is a tom sellary for pursers.

      Delete
    6. .. or probably 1400 Euros before taxes and social security charges.. = 900 euros netto.

      Delete
    7. Like I said I do not know but let's not forget that Etihad is considered a foreign investor hence they should get all the benefits foreign investors do in Serbia. This means reduced taxes and subventions for each employed person. This is what Dinkic gave to others (FIAT, those Koreans etc.) so I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing was done for Etihad. Naturally, the contract was not presented to the public so all we can do is speculate.

      Delete
    8. Subventions are financed by taxes...
      Bad move as usual.
      Tax reduction should be priority !!!

      Delete
    9. Of course it's a bad move, it was introduced by Dinkic.

      Delete
  9. Good so let them earn right money. Cheers on all Air Serbia

    ReplyDelete
  10. Pretty good salary even if it's 900 net if you ask me. For that much cash, Air Serbia FAs will have to offer superb service to pax a la Etihad style ;-)

    ReplyDelete

Before posting a comment be mindful of other participants and readers. EX-YU Aviation News does not tolerate insults, excessive swearing, racist, homophobic or any other chauvinist remarks or provocative posts with the intention of creating further arguments. Such comments will be deleted as soon as possible. The opinions expressed by those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of EX-YU Aviation News. Thank you for your cooperation.