Air Serbia schedules official launch for October 26
Air Serbia has brought forward its launch date by one day and will now inaugurate operations on October 26. The airline is planning a major event in Belgrade that Saturday with the Air Serbia Airbus A319 to operate its maiden flight to Abu Dhabi. State officials as well as the Etihad Airways managing team will take part in the launch. Tickets have been put on sale to the general public for Air Serbia’s inaugural flight. Flight JU800 will leave Belgrade just after 17.00 CEST and will arrive in Abu Dhabi at 00.25. The Serbian carrier will use Etihad Airways’ dedicated terminal three at Abu Dhabi Airport.
In the week leading up to Air Serbia’s launch, the aircraft featuring the Air Serbia livery, its interior as well as crew uniforms will be revealed to the public. The newly refurbished sales offices, featuring the Air Serbia branding, will also be opened in Belgrade and throughout Serbia during that week. The airline’s hub, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, is also preparing for Air Serbia’s launch. Airport CEO Velimir Radosavljević says, “The airport is simultaneously carrying out several major investments in order to increase capacity and improve its services but also to fulfil the higher standards requested by Air Serbia”. He adds, Air Serbia will be the busiest carrier operating up to three major departure waves per day from the airport.
Meanwhile, the Serbian carrier has revealed the full list of destinations that will be served by its new Airbus A320s next summer. In addition to the already announced Skopje and Podgorica, the A320s will be utilised on flights to Larnaca, Amsterdam, Moscow and Paris. As EX-YU Aviation News learns, the airline will keep several Boeing 737-300 aircraft in its fleet over the summer, which are to be used exclusively for charter flgihts in a high density all economy class layout. Charter flights are one of Jat Airways’ most profitable sectors and Air Serbia plans on maintaining them. Furthermore, EX-YU Aviation News learns the airline will add another new destination next summer, its eighth, in addition to the previously announced Beirut, Budapest, Cairo, Kiev, Sofia, Varna and Warsaw.