|Air Serbia to lease CRJ900 and launch Ohrid, Hamburg and Kiev flights|
Air Serbia has signed an agreement for a short-term lease of a Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft from Adria Airways in a bid to expand its network. The 86-seat jet will be leased between the busy summer months of June and September and will allow for Air Serbia to commence flights to Hamburg and Kiev on June 15 and June 16 respectively, while services to Ohrid will operate with the ATR72 turboprop from June 15. In addition, the aircraft will be deployed on the existing Belgrade - Sofia route, which is currently operated by an ATR turboprop aircraft, increasing capacity from 66 to 86 seats. While services to Kiev were announced by Boryspil Airport earlier this month, flights between Belgrade and Hamburg will be resumed after nine years and to Ohrid after three years. The services were last run by Air Serbia's predecessor Jat Airways. It is believed that Adria will lease out the five-year-old CRJ900 aircraft registered S5-AAV, currently on a short-term lease to CityJet. In a statement, Air Serbia noted, "The aircraft will not be painted in our livery".
Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić, said, “We are delighted to strengthen our cooperation with Adria Airways to support the fleet requirements of our growing network and offer guests exciting new travel options for the summer holidays and potentially beyond. The Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft offers excellent performance and passenger comfort levels, and is a great match for our planned network expansion to two popular European cities this summer holiday season". He added, “Whether flying to Hamburg, which lies on the river Elbe and has a rich maritime heritage, or travelling to the richly cultural cities of Kiev or Sofia, our guests are sure to have a memorable experience with Air Serbia this summer". Commenting on the lease agreement with Adria, Mr Kondić said, “This arrangement with Adria Airways is a perfect example of the growth opportunities that can be created when small, like-minded airlines work together for a mutually beneficial outcome”.
|Adria CRJ900 cabin|
Air Serbia’s history of commercial cooperation with Adria Airways dates back to 2010, when its predecessor, Jat Airways, established a codeshare agreement with the Slovenian carrier. Adria Airways currently places its “JP” designator code onto Air Serbia's flights between the Slovenian and Serbian capital cities, as well as on services from Belgrade to Athens, Bucharest and Sofia. Air Serbia will run four weekly flights to Hamburg, becoming its fifth destination in Germany. The airline will maintain three weekly services to Ohrid and six weekly to Kiev Furthermore, Air Serbia previously announced the launch of its first long haul service to New York, from June 23, which will run five times per week with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft. The carrier is expected to announce more new routes for the summer, with Zadar and Pristina considered as potential destinations.
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