Saturday, May 24, 2014

Air Serbia’s charter brand takes off

Aviolet operated by Air Serbia launches flights

The Serbian national carrier has launched its very own charter brand, Aviolet, this morning. The Aviolet brand name, operated by Air Serbia, will utilise three Boeing 737-300s and will be used on charter services to Greece, Turkey, Spain, Italy and Egypt. The first flight with the new look Boeing 737 took off this morning from Belgrade to Antalya in Turkey. The Aviolet brand will be operated by Air Serbia but will be exclusively used for charter services. It will feature a more leisure oriented product and a relaxed approach to passengers, as illustrated by the blue top / black pants casual uniforms worn by its cabin crew.


The Aviolet branded B737s feature an all economy class cabin with the capacity to seat 144 passengers. Travellers will be offered a complementary snack bag with a sandwich, bottled water and a fruit bar. In addition, passengers will be able to buy extra drinks and snacks from its on board Sky Café. Furthermore, Aviolet will offer duty free products by Dufry such as cigarettes, spirits and perfumes for purchase on board as part of its Sky Shop service. Payments for both the bar and duty free service is cash only in euros and Serbian dinars. Air Serbia’s charter brand also provides dedicated check in desks at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport’s Terminal 1. An Aviolet website has also been set up.


Aviolet’s baggage policy remains unchanged to that of Air Serbia. A passenger can check in one piece of hold luggage not exceeding 23 kilograms and a single piece of hand luggage weighing eight kilograms or less free of charge. Aviolet becomes the only dedicated charter brand operated by a national carrier from the former Yugoslavia. During the 1970s and 1980s, JAT Yugoslav Airlines ran charter flights under the Air Yugoslavia name.

For more photos, click here.

66 comments:

  1. Everything is nice but the name... Who's coming up with those names? Why not AvionStaLeti or LeteciStrojAir...

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    1. A-violet? and matching paint scheme...

      BTW, why is this blog so slow? It brings my fancy i5 laptop to a standstill (IE11 on Win8.1). This reply box is unusable. Other BlogSpot blogs are fine. What's running in the background? Can something be done about this?

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    2. This is actually one of the smoother blogs for me...OSX 10.9.3, but a very old MacBook - Late 2010, i only added some ram to it..

      Cheers

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    3. It's the IE thing, I've switched to using Chrome for this blog on Win8.1, commenting from IE is too painful.

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  2. Napisat ću na ovo na svom jeziku.

    Kao jedan od velikih ljubitelja avijacije i ovog bloga, koji bi trebao predstavljati i biti na ponos svim exyu stanovnicima i državama, SRAMOTNO je da se u gornjem desnom kutu nalazi link za pomoć poplavljenoj Srbiji i BIH, a nema Hrvatske...?!

    Prvog dana nesreće osobno sam uplatio tri puta po 200kn za pomoć Srbiji i BiH i mojoj Hrvatskoj, a da ne spominjem da sam pola ormara ispraznio i poslao sa Maglaj, Županju, pogotovo za Sremsku Mitrovicu jer tamo imam prijatelje... Ne biram zemlje, ljudi su ljudi i tuga je tuga.

    Izvolite to ispravit jer je moja Hrvatska ponudila pomoć Srbiji i BiH prvi dan, u vidu helikoptera, hrane, pomoći, i ovakvim načinom samo pljujete na sve što radimo.

    Podrška svim poplavljenima.

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    1. Very thought provoking.

      "ljudi su ljudi i tuga je tuga."

      I agree very much. Croatia may not have gotten as much attention in the media, but there are still people who are suffering there.

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    2. Fully agree, especially because Croatia sent army from the first day of floods to Obrenovac. Croatia didn't wait anything, help was from the heart, no calculations at all!

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    3. Bravo! Svaka tebi cast prijatelju.

      U ovakvoj katastrofalnoj situaciji svi smo pomagali jedni drugima, bez obzira na to iz koje smo drzave ili koje smo nacionalne pripadnosti, a tako i treba da bude. Zivimo jedni pored drugih, mozemo na politickom nivou da se ne slazemo oko mase pitanja ali kada su zivoti ljudi u pitanju tu ne sme da bude prepreka.

      Podjednako me je pogodilo ono sto se desilo nama u Srbiji sa onim sto se desilo u Hrvatskoj i u Bosni.

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    4. As a Croatian I am proud that Croatia has done as much as possible to help in Bosnia and Serbia but I would like to say I have no problem with the banner because the situation in Bosnia and Serbia is catastrophic where in Croatia its just tragic.

      I too donated money to the Croatian red cross for all the affected areas and although it is nice when people appreciate this, it is not the reason why I did it.

      Also, Croatia has a very bright future with nothing but the peoples attitude preventing the country from moving forward and when they start extracting oil from the Adriatic, well, than it will be OU buying Middle Eastern airlines :) but, for Serbia and Bosnia who are economically struggling already to then have this situation to deal with.... major kick in the nuts.

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    5. Q400, is it you that's actually the delusional Croat? Maybe you have some econ projections as well? :D

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    6. "econ projections" You mean possible environmental impacts?

      None which don't already exist. Italy already has over 200 oil and gas rigs fully operational on their side of the Adriatic alone so if any of those fail....,and I don't think any are visible from the coast.

      Also, apparently the Croatian side of the Adriatic has both shallower ocean and easier geological access than the Italian side making it more efficient and safer.

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    7. Remember though that the floods affected Croatia last, and that this button was put up before then. I remember going on HRT to see if anything was going on in Croatia. All I could find were reports about Serbian and Bosnian flooding, in the "Svijet" section. Which is laughable; as if the floods were in Australia or something, and not from rivers that could easily flood Croatia as well (as they eventually did). And furthermore to me it demonstrates the ever-present efforts of Croatian officialdom to distance the country from the region it is in (i.e. the Balkans), which is quite laughable and sad.

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    8. Anonymous 6:46 PM, we have a stupid prime minister, and a slow government, it has nothing to do with "ever-present efforts" bla bla... On HRT there is EU section, and Svijet section... Neither Serbia nor Bosnia are EU members, so, yes, you belong to Svijet section, but it doesn't mean that people in Croatia are not worried about flood affected areas in Serbia and Bosnia, it was top news in Croatia when it started and we are still collecting money, clothes and food for all three countries affected. My brother works in Ina (Industrija nafte) and they're collecting food and clothes to send to Serbia, many of them have friends in Serbia.

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    9. iskoristio bih i ovo mesto da zahvalim trojici momaka, iz varaždina, zagreba i osijeka, koji su prošle subote u večernjim satima izvukli moju suprugu i sina čamcem iz zgrade u obrenovcu.

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    10. @9A-CRO

      Man, you're pathetic and your reaction is an insult to those who really suffered and perished in those floods in both Serbia and Bosnia (no deaths in Croatia that i heard of).

      If you was so preoccupied in helping people as you say, you would know that those funds are ten times more needed in Serbia and Bosnia than Croatia (which can apply for EU help more easily anyway). Your reaction is selfish and ethnocentric. The events in those two countries had cataclysmic proportions, nothing comparable to what Croatia had experienced. So, if a few drops of water fell on Austria, Hungary, Romania, maybe we should also include them in the list and ask for help? Man - get REAL! Croatia wasn't included in the list in the first place and rightly so. Stop telling the mod what to do. He was kind enough to tolerate your childish outcry and include Croatia eventually, all while ruining the design of the sticker because of you (the only solution now being to simply write "Help the Ex-Yu states" instead of all the countries separately).

      This is just unbelievable. You always feel yourself "damaged" (maybe you really are?) and "in need for attention". No matter whether it's about: articles on this blog, historical recognition and now flood relief. I don't know why do you feel so unimportant all the time that you're seeking for recognition in very wrong ways - maybe it's an inherent question you should ask to yourself.

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    11. Aerologic12.57,
      I am truly ashamed of belonging to the same ethnic group as your self, but at the end of the day I can console my self by the fact that people with such a narrow view, limited knowledge and lack of empaty exist all over the world. ...kad Perica prica o Ivici, to u stvari govori vise o Perici nego o Ivici... childrens saying but I hope that you will be able to grasp it.
      As you said: "as far as I know..." so simple advice will be get to know bit more and than comment, but i am afraid that you are just hopless...
      Dear Administrator once again thank you for your good work and efforts you are putting in this blog as well as the fact that you are willing to help to all people without any discrimination. Most of os appreciate your work and good intentions.

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    12. Sorry, but we are not from the same ethnic group.

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    13. If that is true than I am relieved to some extend. Anyway it does not change the fact that you shamefully throw a loot of B.S. in your previous post to 9A.

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    14. Your highness wouldn't mind to give us any sort of...arguments, maybe?

      Thank you so much :)

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    15. My apology but I will not.
      This is not the place and it will take quiet a lot of space but if you would like to get the obvious argumentation on your nonsense above I will be happy to give it through private mail.

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    16. Man, you are hollow just as a han's brain, but you know that, do you?

      Get lost.

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    17. Hahahaha, you are just digging your self deeper and deeper... try again please.

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  3. Today there are three flights from Belgrade to Antalya. One JU, one TK, and one with Freebird.

    Also there was a JU flight to Sochi this morning.

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    1. Was that Sochi flight a charter? Scheduled flights to there are on Saturday. No idea who hires charter to Sochi this part of the year, i never heard a tourist operator offering Sochi summer vacations here so i wonder who hire charters to that place. Olympics are over and construction workers are back to Serbia.

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    2. @anonym 1034 am
      Hi, so Sochi flights were mainly used for olymp games constr workers? I always thought Serbs might go there for skiing and holidays on the black sea.

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  4. Name, design, just everything leaving the impression as they had 5 minutes to decide and then gave it to some 14 year old to make some samples on his laptop. Name could have been Aeroput in remembrance of the first airline in Serbia.

    A comment to the Croat user regarding flood relief button. True, Croatia is not mentioned, but the effect in Serbia and Bosnia is more then 100 times bigger with millions affected and really land-shape-scraping effect, while in Croatia "just" 4-5 villages are flooded (sad enough). Secondly, the Serbian government and it's organizations and many people individually thanked the Croats for their support and help and this is published everywhere and is honest. Serbia is suffering a billion € damage, it is simply not possible to send money or equipment to Croatia- please understand!

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    1. @Anonymous May 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM
      It is not correct to say damage in Serbia and Bosnia is hundred times larger. You are over-exaggerating: Serbia evacuated 32,000 people from flooded area, Bosnia-Herzegovina 25,000 people, Croatia 16,000 people. It is true that all three countries need help. Please refrain from incompetent posts on delicate topics.

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    2. I am really sorry, you can't compare on the scale of numbers of evacuated people. Please have a look how many larger cities in Serbia have been devastated like Cuprija, Jagodina, Valjevo, Obrenovac, Svilajnac, Smedervska Palanka, areas of Sabac, in Bosnia Doboj, Bijeljina, Tuzla area...... and in Croatia: the largest place is Gunja with some 5000 people the rest very small villages. The land area in Serbia and Bosnia by m2 affected also is by far much larger then in Croatia. That's why all eyes are on Bosnia and Serbia due to a NATIONAL catastrophe, while in Croatia it is a LOCAL event!! As I said, I feel sorry for the Croats affected, by they will receive enough help from non-affected regions in Croatia while in Serbia more or less it is a national catastrophe on scale of a tsunami!

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    3. Comparable or not, Croatia should not be left out. They too felt Sava's rampage, they helped Serbia in Bosnia anyway, they are the first neighbors and there is no sense in leaving them out. This is not a contest on who gets more attention.

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    4. anon.2.26PM, Totally agree.
      Admin will you please put some contact details on how to donate to Croatian Red Cross.
      It would be fair enough and highly appreciated.
      Thanks a lot.

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  5. OT: Today SPU is the busiest airport in ex-yu countries with 150 flights, if I am right, it has few flights more than Belgrade!
    Cheers!

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    1. Nothing new bro. In peak season it goes up to 200 flts on Saturdays and yep that beats all the airport in the region. Amazing to see how they manage 1/4 of ZRH traffic on such limited space. Svaka cast!

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    2. Actually it is around 220 flights on Saturdays in July, this is according to information from their website, but with charters (especially during Ultra Europe event, that number may rise even more)
      To me, this is incredibile :)

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    3. Great job Split, great summer season ahead! Congrats to Air Serbia for using Boeing for charters, keep up the good work!

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  6. A violet.

    (Apparently logo was also nicked)

    I actually think it is ok.

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  7. This is a very smart development by Air Serbia, the flight attendants look great and the uniforms are very presentable and suitable for a holiday / charter company. Although I have to agree that the name is a bit on the crappy side.

    Take note Croatia Airlines, this is something you should have done years ago!

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  8. http://www.flightradar24.com/KAL9913/3679133

    Korean 747 on its way to Zagreb.

    This is 3rd or 4th Saturday in a row now.

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    1. Bravo ZAG. Always good to see the movies on youtube with the big birds landing in Pleso. Hope much more will flw

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  9. Ah well, in the season use it for charters, out of the season make it the ' Last chance to fly the oldest planes in Europe tour ' :D

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    1. If you are really a fan of old jets, you just missed (by a couple of months) an opportunity to fly much older plane flown by a legacy airline. Short hop over the pond and you could have experienced 1978 (!!!) built DC-9 Delta retired on Jan 6, 2014. When maintained well, those birds are a joy to experience for every aviation fan!

      Story and pics:

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/delta-retires-last-dc-9-oldest-plane-us-fleet

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    2. Last year I flew on KLM's Boeing 747 PH-BFA that's only about 3.5 years younger than 737 YU-AND pictured here and it was a fun experience. I will miss old Jumbos once they are gone.

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  10. Sorry about the off topics but one more:

    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Croatia-Airlines/Cessna-402C-Businessliner/2444267/&sid=c4ce900f359ad761b923ba42ec47b59e

    Looks like Croatia Airlines has a retro livery too. :)

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  11. Anybody knows the registrations of the planes?

    I think that both the livery and the name is a crap.

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  12. Saying about names has no sense at all. For charter flights is is only important to be cheap, reliable and well packed transfer. No branding name at all. Livery also means nothing, and I do not know why is that matter to most of bloggers. Besides bigger fuel consumption, 144 configuration may give some profit to the YU, but also cut expediences of storing old birds. I'm positive that YU does not mean to develop charter company with this planes, but to use them until they're safe and productive.

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  13. Today Air Serbia to Dubrovnik with A319.

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  14. Bad name. Unprofessional uniforms. Copied logo. With the money they have, they could have done much, much better.

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  15. BTW, I think that Aviolet actually means Avio (Let)ovanja.

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  16. OT: Neko je na Wikipediji (na engleskoj verziji) obrisao celokupnu statistiku beogradskog aerodroma.... Sramno

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    1. This is not true..
      ..
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgrade_Nikola_Tesla_Airport

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  17. OT!!
    It seems that Air Serbias Beirut sales are going more then fantastic. On certain dates during July and August you cant even buy economy class seats instead they offer you only business. Can somebody confirm whether sales are really great or was it somehow an booking error?

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  18. The perfect name would have been SunSerbia!

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  19. SunSerbia is a really good idea. It reminds me of SunCountry Airlines... That has always been a funky name for an airline. Perhaps, if the charter services remain a viable part of JU business, they will consider rebranding and some proper investment... but we are far away from that point.

    I wanted to share something. It was waiting for baggage the other day at BEG and I saw really poor baggage handling on transfer luggage. It seems that there were approx 30-40 pieces of luggage in the baggage pick up zone noone knew what to do with, mostly connecting between Moscow, Rome and Podgorica, all clearly labeled as transfer and priority... yet one poor chap (AirSerbia ground staff) was left with all of them and just collecting them arround. I pitty all those people waiting for their luggage at their final destinations. I hope Air Serbia will upgrade their ground handling ASAP, this was one sorry sight.

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    1. Just for your info - transfer luggage does not arrive in to the arrival hall at all. Transfer luggage is sorted upon arrival and send directly to departure flight.
      That can be only rush luggage from the previous stations or luggage which missed their connection due to very short MCT and that could not be only Air Serbia's luggage - all carriers transport other airlines' rush luggage which need to be locally cleared/forwarded by Air Serbia or ANT lost and found office.
      The contributing factor could be local infrastructure which cannot cope with peaks.

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  20. Admin, thank you for adding Croatia!

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    1. Smaraš čoveče, prošetaj malo!!!

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    2. Sa pristojnim prismojno, a sa tobom Kizo ma idi u PM papcino neotesana...

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    3. Hahaha! Ti si neumoran!!! Radiš li ti nešto sem što lupetaš gluposti ovde? Što se tiče pristojnosti, ove reči kazuju mnogo o tebi! Takvim prostaklucima nije mesto ovde! Možemo se ne slagati, reći jedni drugima gorke reči, ali prostakluke NE! Zato, prosti čoveče - PROŠETAJ!

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    4. Na moje "hvala" ti kazes "prosetaj" pa onda mene optuzujes da lupetam gluposti te da sam prost!? ...odjebi u skokovima... over and out

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    5. Who is that moron sasa dragic who came to this blog? We didn't have such a bolid in a long while...

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    6. Hahaha, welcome to the blog where Serbian mentalit rules!
      I have been around for a while but was trying to keep my self abowe the mud you are rolling inby hiding your indentiti, atacking anything and everything that has sense, dirty talk, schovinisme, nacionalism.... you name it....

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    7. You are a complete idiot and making yourself know as one. Please keep posting under your name so i know which posts should i ignore or laugh about. It is not that you was trying to keep yourself over the mud, you've been actually beneath it, now you're on the surface, that's why we say "you re-surfaced". It was better you stayed under.

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  21. Such tremendous amount of stupidity I have not seen in a quiet a while. You certainly do not deserve any second of my time and attention. Enjoy in your small dark world from you which you will never see the light.

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  22. "Such tremendous amount of stupidity I have not seen in a quiet a while."

    That must have been because you looked yourself in the mirror.

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    1. Mudri ljudi su davno rekli: "budalu ne mozes pobijediti argumentima. Prvo ce te spustiti na svoj nivo pa ce te onda pobijediti iskustvom."
      ...zato odoh ja porazen, a vi uzivajte....

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