Thursday, November 5, 2015

Montenegro - Etihad ink strategic partnership

Montenegro Airlines and Etihad to begin commercial cooperation

Montenegro Airlines and Etihad Airways have signed a long awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Strategic Commercial Cooperation. The deal gives Montenegro Airlines access to Etihad’s global network of destinations and will allow the airline to use the Emirati carrier’s resources in order to improve fleet utilisation during the slow winter months. Furthermore, Montenegro will forge closer ties with Etihad's partner airlines, while the Abu Dhabi-based carrier will also assist in overhauling Montenegro Airlines' organisational structure which will, in turn, lead to greater efficiency. The new partnership is also set to boost synergies between the two carriers, providing Montenegro Airlines access to benefits enjoyed by Etihad and its partners on the market, the Montenegrin carrier said, adding that the MoU marks the first step towards a full strategic partnership .

Despite the agreement, Montenegro Airlines, which has been shortlisted for privatisation this year, will remain in state hands. The airline expects for the commercial cooperation to boost its passenger numbers and lead to profitability. Montenegro Airlines has been facing financial difficulties for years. It reported a net loss of 6.5 million euros during the first half of 2015, with its accumulated debt at 71.5 million euros. It handled 409.906 passengers during the first eight months of 2015, up 3.4% compared to the same period last year. Earlier this year, media reports suggested Etihad was looking to support growth in its two equity partners - Air Serbia and Alitalia - through Montenegro Airlines. As a result, the development of the Montenegrin carrier would be complimentary to that of its partners in the region. Furthermore, it was reported Etihad had proposed to transfer one of Montenegro's four Embraers to Alitalia, although these claims have not been confirmed by either side.

Talks regarding Etihad’s involvement in Montenegro Airlines have been ongoing for over a year. Initially, the country’s Foreign Minister, Igor Lukšić, met with Etihad’s CEO, James Hogan, in Abu Dhabi in May 2014 after which he announced that the Emirati carrier would screen the Montenegrin airline. Discussions were again held in Abu Dhabi earlier this year where Serbia’s Deputy President for Cooperation with the UAE, Mladjan Dinkić, credited for finalising Etihad’s takeover of Air Serbia, headed the talks. “This partnership [with Etihad] is important and will further stimulate Montenegro’s openness and accessibility, serving as the foundation of the country’s transport network”, Ms. Pejović said earlier this year.

69 comments:

  1. I wonder if JU/YM will coordinate their flight times better now between Belgrade and Montenegro. Most of their flights drpart within 5 minutes of each other.

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  2. Interesting. There is probably something bigger behind this. We will find out with time.

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  3. Why? Etihad can barely handle what they have now. Air Serbia is not in a great shape, neither is Alitalia or Air Berlin. Do they really need another failing airline to be added to their portfolio?

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    1. Air Berlin is in a really, really bad shape and is getting worse, not better.
      Alitalia is improving fast and expanding with new transcontinental routes.
      Maybe EY should let go of the Air Berlin disaster and concentrate on the other airlines of the alliance.
      It's attention to AB has taken resources away from others including JU.
      JU should had continue to expand instead of reducing flights this winter and abandoning destinations.
      It needs 5-6 regional aircraft and the replacement of the 737s in order to reach the critical mass in passengers numbers that would justify PROFITABLE transatlantic expansion.
      But I am afraid that all the attention to the AB disaster is harming the other airlines of the group.

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    2. The thing with AZ is that even though their performance might be improving they are still deeply in the red. In my opinion they should have waited for it to go into back before going on another adventure.
      As far as AB goes, in my opinion they are as good as dead, especially now when Ryanair enters the German domestic market and when they open their Berlin base.

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    3. The biggest hit to Air Berlin will not be Ryanair, which for sure will harm Air Berlin hard, but Lufthansa which
      - starts Eurowings with base in Cologne, but also in biggest Air Berlin bases (Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Vienna), with future bases in Berlin and Stuttgart
      - in same time starts with LCC long haul flights, mostly from Berlin Tegel (not Shonefeld what would be normal concerning Shonefeld is LCC airport) what is direct attack to Air Belin long-haul flights

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    4. With all the strikes, immensely high cost base vs. competition and an unclear strategy, LH better concentrate on saving itself before trying to destroy someone else.

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    5. Eurowings is the answer to all that.
      The LH unions know it and that's why they strike.

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    6. If Eurowings is answer to all that, it would have to prove itself in the market and replace not only Germanwings, but also CityLine/Jump, LH mainline, SunExpress, Austrian, Swiss, Edelweiss etc plus go against competitors. Good luck with that...

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  4. Yesterday I was reading some Montenegrin news when I saw an article where it said "The State Secretary Daliborka Pejovic was speaking at the press conference". I thought what a coincidence that someone has the same name and surname then I checked and realized that Daliborka Pejovic is not only the CEO od MGX she is also the state secretary for tourism and sustainable development. What the hell!?! How can you do two jobs of such big importance at the same time.

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    1. Wasn't she also the one to fire all the Serbs from the airline?

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  5. Iako je ovaj sporazum tek načelne prirode jasno je da je to gotova stvar i da Montenegro odlazi u ruke Etihada, tj. da podebljava Air Serbijinu ekpanziju. U doglednoj budućnosti je za očekivati slijedeće:

    - daleko jače povezivanje, code-share i sinergija na letovima Beograd-Tivat i Beograd-Podgorica
    - povečanje frekvencija prema Rimu i Dusseldorfu
    - uvođenje letova prema Berlinu
    - uvođenje letova prema Abu Dhabiu
    - unifikacija flote (vjerovatno izbacivanje F100)
    - korištenje dijela flote za letove preko BEG, primjerice TGD-BEG-WAW

    Još u lipnju 2013. (sam početak projekta Air Serbie) sam predvidio da će Air Serbija surađivati sa Air Bosnom (nažalost u međuvremenu bankrotiralom), te žestokom ekspanzijom i dumpingom prisiliti Montenegro na najbližu suradnju (ili prodaju Air Serbiji), dok će udariti na Adriju i Croatiju. Udarac na Adriju je bio žestok i rezultirao povlačenjem sa linije BEG-LJU samo dva mjeseca nakon formiranja Air Serbije i dumpinga na liniji (ovo se ostvarilo i daleko prije nego sam predvidio), a udarac na Hrvatsku je bio godinu dana kasnije (predvidio sam proljeće 2015, a ostvarilo se tri mjeseca ranije) otvaranjem dva dnevna leta za ZAG, te povečanjem letova za PUY, SPU i DBV. Mislim da je ovime ekspanzija Air Serbija došla do vrhunca i da će se kompanija sada posvetiti boljoj organizaciji sustava (povečanju LF, kvalitetnijim konekcijama, prirodnom povečanju frekvencija i linija umjesto dosadašnje nagle, rizične i skupe ekspanzije, kvalitetnijoj floti, kvalitetnijem proizvodu...), a jedini izuzetak nagle ekspanzije će biti politička linija prema SAD-u.

    Naravno, ostaje i nezavršeni posao "udara" na Croatiju Airlines kojoj je već opako naštetila ekspanzija Air Serbije, a sudanja sa Montenegrom, linija prema New Yorku i kvalietniji sustav Air Serbije će samo dokrajčiti posao u udaru na preslabu Croatiju, koje uz svoju slabost nije iskoristila niti jednu jedinu mogućnost odgovora Air Serbiji. Sjetit ćete se koje sam moguće odgovore pisao ovdje, a najbliža moguća suradnja sa Monenegrom je bio prioritet. Croatia spava i pritom rapidno umire. Što ovo ide dalje, to je manje mogućnosti odgovora, manje opcija i to je Croatija još slabija, a Air Serbija jača. Nažalost, mjesta za dva lokalna igrača nema. A tu je Croatija izgubila bitku koju je još prije samo dvije godine dobivala. Ekstremno jaka reklama koja se vrti na hrvatskim TV postajama (već dva tjedna spot Air Serbije je daleko najviše emitirana reklama u Hrvatskoj, bitno više od bilo koje druge reklame, nema dana da ga ne vidite bar 10 puta) samo je dokaz u korist ove teze.

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    1. Pretpostavljam da nema nista of YM letova za ZAG posle ove vesti...

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    2. Ne vidim te mogućnosti. Bojim se da je to bila samo patka kojom se pokušalo utjecati na Etihad i ubrzati pregovore ili pojačati pregovaračke pozicije.

      Još u lipnju 2013 jedan od mjera Croatie kao odgovor na Air Serbijinu ekpanziju koje sam naveo je bila vezana uz Montenegro i to:
      - dati Montenegru apsolutno sve što traži
      - motivirati ih na pokretanje letova Podgorica-Zagreb i Tivat-Zagreb koji bi se letjeli isključivo YM metalom
      - kako za takvu liniju nema mnogo potencijalnih putnika isto povečati time da se Montenegru omoguči letenje za treće destinacije u code-share sa OU (primjerica TGD-ZAG-DME-ZAG-TGD). Tako bi putnici iz Crne Gore letjetjeli sa 1 stop za niz destinacija, imali mogućnost konekcija preko Zagreba, a veći dio aviona na legu ZAG-TGD i ZAG-TIV bi bio sa tim putnicima, dakle bilo bi potrebno bitno manje putnika da letovi budu break-even. Istovremeno Croatia bi dobila niz destinacija isplativijim avionom (100-seater) koje do sada nije imala.
      - staviti OU code-share na letove iz Podgorice za treće destinacije na jug (potencijalno: Bari, Ancona, Atena, Niš, Priština, Skopje)
      - prepustiti Montenegru kompletnu prodaju za to tržište čime bi se njih motiviralo, a smanjili bi se troškovi poslovanja
      - u ugovoru definirati da se Montenegro koristi kao prva alternativa u slučaju potrebe za kratkoročnim ili dugoročnim iznajmljivanjem aviona (povečanja prometa, ad hoc charteri, avioni izvan uporabe...)

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    3. Smesan si ako mi mozemo da kupujemo u Idei mozete i vi da letite sa Air Serbiom iz Zagreba i sa ostalih vasih aerodroma. LH nije resenje njima ste samo za poigravanje.

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    4. Iz čega ste vi zaključili da sam ja smiješan?

      1. Apsolutno nigdje nisam rekao da ne mogu putnici iz Hrvatske letjeti sa Air Serbiom.

      2. Ja osobno sam u prošloj godini letio sa Air Serbiom više nego sa Croatia Airlinesom.

      Ovdje se ne radi niti o nacionalističkim idiotarijama, niti o nacionalnom kvazi-ponosu, nego o čistom buisnessu. Dakle, što je Croatia mogla i trebala napraviti kada je vidjela da kreće ekspanzija konkurentske kompanije koja se zove Air Serbija i koja radi na istom tržištu, a znalo se da će u kratko vrijeme napasti i na domicilno, bazično Croatijino tržište. Isto bih napisao i da se radi o nekon trećoj kompaniji (TAROMU, Adriji, Aegeanu...).

      3. Zašto pobogu vi u svemu vidite nacionalizam?

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    5. Bravo purger iz beograda

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    6. Purger
      Vasa analiza i procene su izuzetno tacne i , po meni, vrlo profesionalne. Svaki profesionalac bi se postavio tako na trzistu kako ste Vi postavili. I mozda, kazem mozda je to tako trbalo da bude.
      Ipak, ima tu jedna ,,sitnica,,. Takvu viziju treba neko i da sprovede u zivot. Na srecu konkurencije,u ASL kadrovsku politiku vodi osoba koja sistematski i uporno uklanja bukvalno SVE koji pokazu da nesto hoce,znaju i mogu da urade. Tako da na nivou opertivnog managmenta,dakle onom koji bi takvu viziju trebali da realizuju, nema nikoga, a sa ovakvom politikom unutar ASL, nece ih ni biti. Prema tome, svi koje brine uspeh ASL,mirno spavajte. Imamo mi ovde ko se zestoko trudi da od nas opet napravi nista. I za to cak prima i platu od koje boli glava.

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    7. AnonymousNovember 5, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      +100 i to je sve tako perfidno sprovedeno. Problem je u tome sto ne samo da su oterali neke jatovce (sto i nije tako lose bilo) vec i veliki broj novih zaposlenih koji su bili vise nego sposobni da pozitivno doprinesu razvitku firme. Na kraju krajeva, ono sto se trazi je poslusnost, ne sposobnost.

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    8. Impresivno je koliko posetilaca ovog bloga je sposobno da od ASL napravi svetskog giganta ali, eto, Hogan i Kondić su u firmu postavili osobu sa specijalnim i jedinim zadatkom da se takav uspeh nikada ne dogodi. I sve to ekskluzivno možemo da saznamo na ovom blogu. Impresioniran sam.

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    9. Bice vrlo razocarani sledece nedelje. Ne znam kako ce preziveti :)

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    10. @12:32 Ko prica o "svetskom gigantu"? Ocigledno imate vi problem sa samom cinjenicom da ASL postoji. Isti ste kao i ono dete..

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    11. Cinjenica ostaje da veliki broj sposobnih ljudi je napustilo ASL zbog lose radne atmosfere i mobinga. Mozda ti se svidja, mozda ne ali to je cinjenica.

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    12. @1:30 Nema sta tu meni da se svidja ili ne, kompanija je korporatizovana, ima ko je placen da o tome misli i kome da polaze racune..

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    13. Da, da i vidimo kako im taj korporatizam lezi. Ovaj zimski red letenja je najbolji dokaz da nesto mora da se promeni.

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    14. He he Purgeru videcemo ako CA bude prsla kako su krenuli, a ASL preuzme i deo njenog trzista pored Eurowingsa.

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    15. @2:33 Ocigledno im lezi, posto su uspesna kompanija. Sto se tice zimskog reda letenja, sta vas sa njim iznenadjuje? U prvih godinu dana, ASL je krenuo svom silinom, pucao je iz svih oruzja.. za tim vise nema potrebe. Ni konkurencija ne pojacava.. konstantno se podize LF. To ze zove domacinsko poslovanje gospodine.

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    16. Etihad could help Croatia Airlines the same way as with Montenegro Airlines if there is willingness from Croatian side.

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    17. Kako da ne. Nije se krenulo iz svih snaga vec se krenulo u napad bez dobre organizacije, LCA i BUD su pravi primeri. Isto tako, ovaj zimski red letenja je osakatio mogucnost presedanja, nije to dinamicno poslovanje vec nesposobnost visokog menadzmenta kao i cinjenica da se jos nije nasla zamena za Stamenkovica i onu likusu iz PR-a, kako god da se zvala.

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    18. @4:10 ooou, konačno ste se indentifikovali ;) Šta da vam kažem, vi već imate trasiran pogled, prijatan dan vam želim :)

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    19. Sve geniji za vodjenje aviokompanija. Treba im dati banjaluku i mostar na upravljanje.

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  6. OT: ZAG

    oct 2015: 239147 (226182)
    + 5.7%

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    1. So only BEG had lower number of passengers this October compared with October 2014?
      Have all airports reported their traffic numbers?

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    2. Mostar recorded big decline in October.
      No.

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    3. That 5.7% growth came with a 3% reduction in operated flights.

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  7. OT: Not sure if anyone has already published these figures here yet, nevertheless PRN has released its October 2015 figures as follows:
    Oct 2015: ~125,000 or up ~13% vs Oct 2014

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  8. Ako iz partnertva Etihada naravno i Air Serbia sa MGX, moze da ispadne nesto dobro i za Nis to je super..
    Mogao bi MGX uz podrsku Etihada da otvori nekoliko linija iz Nisa, prvenstveno do Beca.

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    1. Mapa Destinacija iz BEG nije razvijena kako treba a vi ovde pricate o uvodjenju linija iz INI.
      INN-NS

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    2. Decko, sta si ti ovde sve pisao pa moramo da trpimo.. Jel covek nema pravo da napise svoja ocekivanja? Vezbaj toleranciju mladi gospodine..

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    3. Ne jedan od tih E190 se moze bolje iskoristiti u BNX nego u INI.
      INN-NS

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    4. Etihad je jos u februaru rekao da bi jedan E190 dali Italijanima a drugi vratili lizoru.. toliko o tome.

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    5. Pa koliko vidim letovi iz INI su krcati sa W6, a JU ne moze da napuni AT72 iz Banja Luke! Ja da se pitam pre bih taj AT72 stavio da leti INI-VIE, al ko mene pita! Politika je cudo

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    6. Ako jedan E190 planiraju dati italijanima, drugi vratiti lizoru, a fokere izbace iz saobracaja, cime ce onda oni leteti?

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    7. @4:16 e, to verovatno zna par ljudi.. plan je bio da otpuste 2/3 firme, centralu prebace u Beograd.. a za avione.. videcemo

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    8. Treba prebaciti 3 E195 u BEG a ostale ostaviti u TIV i TGD .
      I jos 4-5 uzeti na leasing i eto resen je problem RJ aviona ali cisto sumnjam da ce se desiti ja sto sam cuo je da ce biti iznenadjenja :)
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    9. MGX:E90/95 will stay at TIV/TGD.Reason:add flights to DME and LED for S16.LGW will be cnl:EZY starts from 27MAR daily flts to LGW and MAN(june/july 2x daily).ASL/MGX flts TIV-BEG,TGD-BEG(under same hat):W6 is first in line..still waiting.

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    10. Naravno da se jedan E195 moze 100 puta bolje iskoristiti u BNX nego u INI.
      INN-NS

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    11. @ INN-NS i BNX i INI imaju isti potencijal. Veliku dijasporu!

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    12. U INI se ne isplati ulaziti u trku sa W6 to bi dovelo do jos veceg gubljenja para.
      INN-NS

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    13. O kakvom gubljenju para ti pricas...
      Wizz ne leti do Beca, tako da ne znam o kakvom gubitku pricas.
      Drugo Nis ne daje subvencije tako da je stvar vrlo prosta.

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  9. OT: Posto živimo u vremenu kada svi mediji prepisuju jedni od drugih, sa kojim je Boingom doputovao Saudijski princ?

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    1. Боинг Каравела.

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    2. Vazduhoplovni Predmet pod tim imenom ne postoji pokusajte kasnije

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  10. JU and AZ are in their second round of codesharing:

    JU code will appear on AZ flights from FCO to:
    - Abu Dhabi
    - Athens
    - Berlin
    - Bilbao
    - Dusseldorf
    - Istanbul
    - Malaga
    - Malta
    - Marseille
    - Nice
    - Perugia
    - Pescara
    - Tel Aviv
    - Tirana
    - Toulouse
    - Valencia

    From MXP:
    - Abu Dhabi

    AZ code will appear on JU flights from BEG to:
    - Abu Dabi
    - Athens
    - Berlin
    - Istanbul
    - Stutgart
    - Thessaloniki
    - Tirana
    - Vienna

    JU will codeshare on AZ to 37 destinations, whilst AZ with JU to 20.

    http://tangosix.rs/2015/05/11/er-srbija-i-alitalija-ponovo-prosirile-kod-ser-sporazum/

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    1. Seems as well that Air China has added a new codeshare with JU.

      CA5593 and CA5994 codes are now loaded for flights JU530 and JU531 between BEG and FCO. Air China now codeshares on 2 JU destinations - VIE and FCO.

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    2. ^^^

      Make that 3. MXP is there as well as CA5595 and CA5596.

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    3. Thank you. Can you tell us more about the codeshare, why let's say Madrid and Barcelona are not included from AZ side and Moscow, Bucharest, Sofia from JU side?

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    4. ...or Warsaw. How is that route doing by the way?

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    5. Unless I am mistaken, ASL has their code on AZ's flights to MAD and BCN already.

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    6. @ anonymous

      FCO-BCN with AZ carries JU8412/8413 whilst FCO-MAD carries JU8414/8415. This was in their first round of code sharing.

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    7. Ok, what about codeshares on the JU side, any more in plan? Is Warsaw gonna be suspended next year?

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    8. Odlican napredak zar nije bilo logicnije da putnici lete sa AZ za USA umesto AB?
      INN-NS

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    9. AB postaje ruzno pace Etihad alijanse.

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    10. Many of those (including Warsaw) are implemented, BEG.aero isn't doing a good job in updating them.

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  12. Jos kedna Aviokompanija u Evropi je propala a to je Interksky steta ali ASL bi mogla preuzeti njihove ATR72-600.
    INN-NS

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    1. +1
      INN on top of the news :D

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