Three A320s to opearte for Air Serbia this summer
Air Serbia has leased a third Airbus A320 for the summer season, EX-YU Aviation News learns. The Serbian carrier has leased two former Jetstar Airways A320s and a Bingo Airways aircraft of the same type. The additional A320 is being leased as a result of the late arrival of the A319s, which have been delayed due to bureaucratic procedures. The first A320 which will operate on behalf of the Air Serbia fleet will be the Bingo Airways jet (formerly registered SP-ACK). Following test flights in Shannon in Ireland, the aircraft recently arrived in Munich where it will undergo cabin reconfiguration. The jet has now been registered YU-APH and was recently issued permits by several countries to operate on behalf of the airline.
Another two A320s have been leased from Jetstar and are currently in Singapore. They too are set to fly to Germany soon where they will be fitted with the new cabins. All of the aircraft are wearing the Air Serbia livery. The three A320s are all eight years old. The former Bingo Airways jet was first delivered to Air Deccan in 2006 while the two Jetstar aircraft were delivered new to the Australian airline. On the other hand, Air Serbia’s sixth A319, a former Belle Air aircraft, now registered YU-APA, is set to enter commercial service on behalf of the Serbian carrier soon. During the weekend the aircraft was ferried to Munich to be fitted with the new cabins. It also recently received permits from various European aviation authorities to operate flights on behalf of the Serbian airline.
The delay in the arrival of the A319 jets has forced Air Serbia to push back the retirement of its aging Boeing 737-300s from scheduled service. Originally planned for March 31, the last Boeing 737 is now set to operate its final scheduled flight for the airline on April 28 between Belgrade and Stockholm, though further changes are possible.