Air Serbia to take delivery of ten A320neos from 2018
Air Serbia has announced it will receive ten Airbus A320neo aircraft as part of a massive 199 aircraft order made by its part owner Etihad Airways at the Dubai Air Show on Sunday. The ten aircraft will be delivered to the Serbian carrier between 2018 and 2020. They will replace the airline’s fleet of eight leased A319s and two A320s which should be in service by April 2014. On Sunday, Etihad Airways CEO, James Hogan said, “The structure of the order allows us to move aircraft between our equity alliance partners”.
Speaking in Dubai, the CEO of Air Serbia, Dane Kondić said, “The new fleet of A320neo aircraft are a key part of our strategy with which we intend to redefine our position on the market, with the most modern and comfortable single aisle aircraft. As we expand our destination network throughout Europe, we will set new standards with the A320neo both in comfort and quality of service". He added, "This aircraft is the best option from the A320 family of aircraft and features new engines as well as sharklet technology, allowing added efficiency”.
On Sunday, Etihad Airways placed the largest ever aircraft order for 199 aircraft at a price of 67 billion dollars. It announced firm orders for 87 Airbus and 56 Boeing aircraft, with a further 56 options and purchase rights. The order, for 25 next generation Boeing 777X aircraft, thirty Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, one Boeing 777 freighter, fifty Airbus A350 XWB, 36 Airbus A320neo family aircraft and one Airbus A330-200F, are all set for delivery from 2018. The new A320neo, which is currently in development, has less fuel consumption, lower operating costs and less noise production then other aircraft of its size. In addition, the jet offers a brand new cabin for passengers with larger baggage storage, a quieter cabin, LED lighting and a new air purification system which reduces toxins in the cabin.