Air Serbia expands fleet and plans for the future
Air Serbia has continued to expand its fleet with the arrival of its fourth Airbus A319 aircraft in Belgrade yesterday. According to the airline’s CEO Dane Kondić, a fifth A319 is expected to arrive in Belgrade at the end of this week while a sixth is scheduled to jet in late in December, or in the first weeks of January, since it must undergo a C check which might push back the delivery date. The aircraft which arrived yesterday is on lease from CIT Aerospace and is six years old. It is registered YU-APE. Some sixty crew members are expected to complete their training for Airbus aircraft in Germany by December 27. Currently, the majority of pilots flying Air Serbia’s Airbus fleet are foreigners, though mostly of Serbian origin, since an insufficient number of pilots have been trained for the new aircraft.
As EX-YU Aviation News learns from unofficial sources, there are also plans for Air Serbia to double its current fleet of four ATR72s to eight, in order to deal with the increase in the numbers of regional flights. Currently, Air Serbia has fourteen aircraft in operation - six Boeing 737-300s, four ATR72s and four A319s.
Furthermore, the airline is still adjusting its 2014 summer season timetable with flights to Beirut, Budapest, Kiev, Warsaw, Sofia and Varna to be introduced. Flights to Cairo are still under consideration due to the political situation in Egypt. The carrier will resume seasonal flights to Dubrovnik, Split and Monastir but seasonal services to Pula are likely to be discontinued. Yesterday, the airline launched flights to Prague and Banja Luka. On its inaugural service, the airline carried thirty passengers from Belgrade to Prague on the ATR72 and 66 passengers from Belgrade to Banja Luka on the Airbus A319.