Air Serbia has launched sales for its Belgrade - New York service today and revealed its scheduling and pricing for the route, which is to begin on June 23. Formally, the Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, marked the start of ticket sales today at the Belgrade Tourism Fair. The airline will operate a split schedule for its five weekly service, with a select number of flights departing Belgrade in the morning, while an afternoon departure is scheduled on other days. The full schedule can be viewed here. Flights have been timed so as to connect onto the airline's regional network. The carrier will retain the same flight numbers used by its predecessor JAT Yugoslav Airlines on the route (JU 500/501), which was suspended 24 years ago. To celebrate the new service, Air Serbia is offering travellers special promotional fares, with round trips originating from Belgrade starting at 399 euros for economy class and 2.499 for business class, including taxes and charges. These special introductory fares will be available for purchase from February 18 to 24 and can be booked through the Air Serbia website.
Air Serbia A330-200 product
Air Serbia will lease a Jet Airways Airbus A330-200 aircraft for its first transatlantic service, which will have the capacity to seat 256 passengers - 18 in business class and 238 in economy
Business class cabin includes leather upholstered fully flat beds, with a 63.5 inch length, dine on demand service with a range of a la carte meals made from Serbian produce, turn down service, inflight entertainment with the latest Hollywood movies, TV shows and a broad range of Serbian and international films and a generous baggage policy of 2 X 32 kilograms complimentary pieces of checked luggage.
Economy class cabin includes three meal options, including traditional Serbian dish, inflight entertainment including the latest Hollywood movies, TV shows and a broad range of Serbian and international films and a generous baggage policy of 2 X 23 kilograms complimentary pieces of checked luggage.
Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić said, "We can feel the excitement building around our upcoming flights to New York and are delighted to announce the start of sales on this route. Our flight schedule has been carefully designed to offer guests convenient connections to New York from across the Balkans, as well as great onward connectivity upon reaching New York to popular cities such as Chicago". He added, “This vital air bridge has significant historical importance, which is reflected in the fact that Air Serbia has retained its flight numbers from 1992, the year of the last transatlantic flight between Serbia and the United States. We are pleased to report that our flight approval request with the United States civil aviation authorities is progressing well and we are on track for a successful launch in June 2016”.
|First passengers to book tickets for flight JU500 - Kyle Scott and Marija Gaćeša|
Marking the occasion, the Serbian Prime Minister said, “This is a great and positive symbol for Serbia. There are no originating flights to the USA from any other country in the region, which is why there is such a huge interest in the new offering from Air Serbia. I am very happy that today, at the Tourism Fair, we can announce the start of ticket sales on the Belgrade - New York route”. Proceeds from the sale of the first pair of business class and economy class tickets will be donated to the Blic Foundation, an organisation dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance in Serbia.