Air Serbia leases A320 from Jetstar
Air Serbia has leased its first of two Airbus A320 aircraft from Australian low cost airline Jetstar Airways. The jet is set to enter revenue service on behalf of the Serbian carrier on March 30, with its inaugural destination expected to be Moscow that Sunday morning. The aircraft was delivered new to Jetstar in November 2005 and entered commercial service on November 25. The A320 is currently in Singapore where it is performing test flights and wearing the full Air Serbia colour scheme prior to its delivery to Belgrade. The aircraft will have the capacity to seat 164 passengers with eight business class seats.
Air Serbia’s A320s will operate to Athens, Paris and Moscow as well as Zurich on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Skopje on Saturdays and London Heathrow on Sundays. The two aircraft, coupled with the airline’s A319s and ATR72s will replace the Boeing 737 fleet which will retire from scheduled service on Monday, March 31 after spending more than 25 years as the staple of the airline’s fleet. The last scheduled B737 service is currently planned for the afternoon Podgorica flight. In the coming month, Air Serbia is to take delivery of an additional two A319s, joining the existing five in the carrier’s fleet.
As EX-YU Aviation News exclusively learns, Etihad Airways’ A319, which operates the scheduled Abu Dhabi - Belgrade service and arrives in the Serbian capital in the early morning hours, will be utilised on behalf of Air Serbia until its afternoon return flight back to Abu Dhabi. As a result, the aircraft will operate an additional rotation until its return home to the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Air Serbia took delivery of its first ATR72 aircraft wearing the airline’s new colour scheme following its repaint in the Netherlands. A second ATR72 left for Lelystad on the same day to receive fresh paint. The entire ATR fleet is expected to wear the Air Serbia livery by the start of the 2014 summer season.