The CEO of Air Serbia, Dane Kondić, says 2015 will be a dynamic year for the airline as it looks to build upon the foundations it set in 2014 and introduce a range of innovations and improvements which will raise the competiveness bar. In a statement, Mr. Kondić said, “Each new year brings new challenges and goals for all of us along with hopes for an even better and more successful year. This year is no exception, as we continue to build on the foundations set in 2014, which for us was a year of considerable growth and changes”. He adds, “Things are never easy at the start and especially not in such a dynamic year in which, despite extremely limited resources, we have achieved a complete transformation of the former company and are now well on our way to creating a new leader in the region“.
The carrier’s CEO says that changes have already begun at the airline, as it recently moved its corporate offices in Belgrade, for the first time since 1989, bringing all of its departments under a single roof. As published by EX-YU Aviation News on December 31, Mr. Kondić confirmed that Air Serbia will put an emphasis on customer services in 2015. “During the year ahead, we will continue to improve our inflight and on ground experience, with new innovations already in development. These will dramatically raise the competitive bar, as we remain focused on becoming the region’s leading airline”, the CEO says.
During 2014, Air Serbia introduced seven new routes, newer Airbus aircraft, refurbished its ATR fleet, founded a new charter brand and employed 300 new staff, as well as forty pilots. It also handled its two-millionth passenger for the year on October 31. In 2015, other companies dependent on Air Serbia are also hoping for a busy year. The CEO of maintenance company Jat Tehnika, Miroslav Musulin, says he expects to conclude talks with the national carrier for the base maintenance of its Airbus fleet. Jat Tehnika lost a significant portion of its business when Air Serbia introduced its own line maintenance last year and chose a different partner for the upkeep of its Airbus fleet. “We expect to finalise talks with Air Serbia early this month and to begin base maintenance of its fleet. We have already been granted necessary permits to work on Airbus aircraft. With the help of Etihad Airways we changed an engine on an Air Serbia A320, marking our first major work on this type of aircraft”. Servicing the airline’s B737 and ATR fleet still amounts to 30% of Jat Tehnika’s revenues.