Air Serbia's newly leased wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft has operated its first revenue service. The jet, which seats 254 passengers, was deployed on this morning's 35-minute flight from Belgrade to Podgorica with fifty (visibly surprised) travellers on board. It replaced the 66-seat ATR-72 turboprop this morning and was used primarily for crew familiarisation purposes, prior to its use on the Belgrade - New York route from June 23. The A330 is the first wide-body passenger aircraft to be operated by a Serbian-registered airline since Jat Airways retired its DC-10 in June 2005.
Air Serbia will utilise the A330 on three regional routes. According to a preliminary schedule, the jet will be sent to Banja Luka and Zagreb, in addition to Podgorica. Banja Luka will greet the aircraft tomorrow, with return fares from Belgrade starting at only 54 euros at the time of this publication. The jet will then be sent to Zagreb from June 12 through to June 21, on both the morning and evening service, with additional flights to Banja Luka to operate throughout the week as well. The jet will then be taken out of service until its inaugural flight to New York on Thursday, June 23 in the morning.
|Banja Luka||11, 12, 16, 19|
|Zagreb||12 - 21 (double daily)|
* This is a preliminary schedule based on GDS availability, changes are possible
Commenting on the new addition to the fleet, Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić, said, "The excitement surrounding the arrival of our A330 aircraft in Belgrade was incredible and many people are naturally interested in experiencing our new flagship product first-hand". He added, "To cater to this interest and as part of preparations for our transatlantic flights, we will operate our new wide-body aircraft on special flights to three important cities in the region, providing the perfect opportunity for aviation enthusiasts and regular commuters to fly on one of the biggest jets in the Balkans".
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