Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Southeast Europe Aviation Summit



SUMMARY

- Germania Flug to launch Niš flights
- Etihad looking for new investment opportunities in Serbia
- Air Serbia handles almost 60.000 passengers on its New York service
- EX-YU nations implement joint air control project
- easyJet to launch Milan - Zadar service
- Adria Tehnika looks at servicing new Bombardier C-series jets
- Rijeka Airport closes for runway repairs
- DAY 2 COVERAGE HERE

More below

17.40: Rijeka Airport has closed its doors for runway repairs as it prepares for a busy 2017. The move comes several days after Pula Airport did the same to overhaul its runway. More details can be found here.

16.55: Air Serbia is in the process of developing a mobile phone app, which will give it a possibility to offer additional services to passengers. The carrier’s Head of Direct Sales, Veljko Ristić says, “Air Serbia is looking to become much more customer-centric where we can engage and communicate with our guests throughout the whole journey and meet their expectations”.

16.30: Adria Tehnika is building on its partnership with Bombardier and is looking at extending its services to the aircraft manufacturer's C-series line of jets.

16.20: Adria Tehnika’s Deputy CEO, Mirjana Tratnjek Čeh, says Adria Airways now accounts for only 30% of its revenues, compared to 60% several years ago. According to Ms Tratnjek Čeh, Adria Tehnika is seeking long-term partners with its focus being on low cost carriers. “We need to build stronger relationships with budget carriers and so far we are succeeding”, Ms Tratnjek Čeh says. Adria Tehnika recently secured a deal to maintain easyjet aircraft. The service provider does work on narrow-body Airbus jets and regional Bombardier aircraft. Ms Tratnjek Čeh notes that this is good for seasonality as Airbus jets are more commonly serviced during the winter, while Bombardiers during the summer.

14.05: Dubrovnik Airport General Manager notes that conditions set by Ryanair to fly to the city were “unacceptable”. “Everyone has the same conditions and treatment at our airport”, Mr Tolić says. Earlier this year, Ryanair and Dubrovnik Airport entered talks over future flights, however, plans for the low cost airline to launch services to the city never materialised.

13.55: The Deputy General Manager of operator TAV Macedonia, Alper Ersoy, notes that subsidies enjoyed by Wizz Air in the country are in line with European Union regulation. Mr Ersoy said that there is always a risk when dealing with no frills airlines as they can leave the market if they see no profit. However, Mr Ersoy adds that subsidies in Macedonia were offered in order to create a market. “If Wizz leaves, another will come even without initial subsidies”. The Deputy General Manager also believes there needs to be a balance between legacy and low cost carriers at any airport.

13.40: The General Manager of Dubrovnik Airport, Roko Tolić, says the airport is happy not to be part of a concession arrangement and can support its own growth. “There will be no changes to the ownership structure at Dubrovnik”, Mr Tolić said.

11.55: easyJet will launch flights from Milan Malpensa Airport to Zadar next summer season, marking its fourth city of operation in Croatia following Dubrovnik, Pula and Split. Further details can be found here.

12.40: The Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services Agency (SMATSA), Croatia Control and the Bosnia and Herzegovina Air Navigation Services Agency (BHANSA) have implemented a new air control project which offers airlines the chance to plan and execute free route flights around the clock. More details can be found here.

11.30: Next week, Air Serbia will hit close handling 60.000 passangers on its Belgrade - New York service since its launch in late June. Mr Kondić said the results have surpassed the airline's estimates, considering regulatory hurdles and the late start of ticket sales. "We will be much wiser and smarter next year after we have one summer and one winter behind us. I am very proud of what we have built and what we offer". On the other hand, the Chief Financial Officer of Aegean Airlines, Michalis Kouveliotis, says the airline has no plans for long haul flying in the next few years.

11.10: Air Serbia CEO, Dane Kondić, says the airline is competing "pretty good" against low cost airlines. "Over the next two days we will surpass the number of passengers we carried last year and there is still three weeks to go. If we were struggling we wouldn't be continuing to grow", Mr Kondić said. He added, "The business is evolving and changing. What's relevant today can become irrelevant tomorrow. You have to look what's happening around you and adapt or die. What's happening in Niš is good for Niš but I'm not sure that nine euro fares is what you end up with. People forget that we fly to primary airports, which is more convenient for passengers. If you have to travel three hours to Niš and then travel to secondary airports.... Most write about what we take, but not about what Air Serbia gives to the Serbian economy". Mr Kondić noted that the airline is supporting local industry and contributing significantly to the local economy.

10.40: The Etihad Group is currently in talks to open a call centre in Serbia to service its European partners. Etihad is also reviewing MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) opportunities in Serbia as well.

10.35: The President and CEO of the Etihad Aviation Group says the legacy model must be reworked. He adds, "Air Serbia is on the right journey and is the right shape and right size. We are totally committed to the future of Air Serbia. While on the one hand there are some challenges, on the other there are huge opportunities".

10.10: The Head of the Air Serbia Supervisory Board and the Mayor of Belgrade, Siniša Mali, has announced the Serbian capital will see one or two new direct flights to China in the next few months.

09.55: Zurich-based carrier Germania Flug will launch flights between the Swiss city and Niš next summer season, competing directly against Swiss International Air Lines on the route. More information can be found here.



The first Southeast Europe Aviation Summit (SEAS) begins in Belgrade today, bringing together a number of airports, airlines, regulators and other key stakeholders in the industry from across the region. EX-YU Aviation News will be following today's Summit live and will bring you the latest as it happens. The two-day event is set to begin at 10.00 CET with an address from the President and CEO of the Etihad Aviation Group, James Hogan. It will be followed by a discussion on the Southeast European aviation market by Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić, and the Chief Financial Officer of Aegean Airlines, Michalis Kouveliotis.

During the afternoon, Jakob Funkenstein from Boeing will present a regional market outlook from the aircraft manufacturer. Boeing has seen its presence in the former Yugoslavia decline significantly among commercial carriers over the past decade. Croatia Airlines retired its Boeing jets by 1999, which saw it move to Airbus. The airline has four aircraft from the European manufacturer on order. Following Etihad's part-takeover of Jat Airways and its subsequent rebranding into Air Serbia, its once ten-strong Boeing fleet has been reduced to four, operated by the airline's charter brand Aviolet. Instead, the carrier opted for ten Airbus jets for its fleet renewal and has a further ten on order. On the other hand, both Adria Airways and Montenegro Airlines operate a mix of different types of aircraft, but none from the American manufacturer.

Airport privatisations and concessions in Southeast Europe will be another topic of discussion during today's Summit, with the General Manager of Dubrovnik Airport, Roko Tolić, the General Manager of Brać Airport, Tonči Peović, the Deputy General Manager of TAV Macedonia, Alper Ersoy, as well as the Advisor to the General Manager of Belgrade Airport, Aleksandra Stanisavljević, and the airport's Director of Investment and Development, Marko Marković, set to speak. Later on, the Deputy CEO of maintenance company Adria Tehnika, Mirjana Tratnjek Čeh, and the Head of Marketing and Sales at Jat Tehnika, Vladislav Stajić, will discuss Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul organisations in the region. In the evening, the travel technology company, Sabre, which runs an air travel reservations system, will host a panel on the application of high tech solutions in air transport, which will include officials from Air Serbia, Alitalia and Etihad. The Serbian carrier will be switching to the Sabre reservation system early next year, which it says will allow it to introduce a number of innovations which will signal a "step-change" in its business.

The second a final day of the Summit on Wednesday will focus on aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer and Mitsubishi at a time when both Croatia Airlines and Air Serbia are looking at expanding their regional fleet. Furthermore, a greater focus will be put on airports, with officials from Zadar, Pula, Niš, Užice and Mostar airports set to take part, as well as those from airport operators TAV Macedonia, Airports of Montenegro and Airports of Republika Srpska.

A full agenda can be found here. This news will updated throughout the day.

105 comments:

  1. Nice. I'm glad there is an event like this happening. Will there be any big announcment planned?

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    1. JU fleet expansion maybe?

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    2. But probably not

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    3. Would be about time they do something with their ATRs...

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    4. You never know. Hogan is there, all the plane manufacturers are there. We will see...

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    5. Whuch aircraft do you think they should go for for regional expansion?

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    6. They should go for the SSJ, they would get a great price for it and it has proven to be a reliable aircraft.

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    7. Is boring still committed to the 717?? Could be an excellent option for the region. All 717 operators seem to love them.

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    8. Oops (Boeing) not boring. Love boeings so I didn't mean to write that! Lol

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    9. I think the program is dead, I don't think it can compete with Embraer and others.

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    10. Nemjee stop the SSJ nonsense. Superjet gave up on attending the summit, they are no longer on the list. SSJ is not going to happen.

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    11. Because others will happen? lol
      I didn't imply that they will order something today or tomorrow but I was speaking in general terms as in what aircraft would suit them the most.

      You are more than welcome to use facts when claiming otherwise.

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    12. It is a fact that Superjet was listed when summit was announced but they dropped out. All the others are still around. What does it tell you?

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    13. We are talking of two different things. You are speaking about attendance at the event while I am sharing my opinion on what regional jet would suit JU the most.

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    14. Let's hope rich daddy (etihad) will put his hand in his pockets and pay for some regional jets for JU otherwise don't expect anything from the company by itself.

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    15. Way SSJ cancelled its attendance, any info?

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  2. Big hopping for new development of services, parts productions in aero space industry... in this part of Europe. Chance to renewing aircraft fleets... This is unique chance for begining of transformation of aviation business in Serbia and Balkan, generally. Present of Boeing, Airbus and four regional aircraft projusers. From Canada, France, Japan and Russia. Belgrade must be happy city today. Include all of as, entusiast in comercial aviation and airports...
    Today is suny day for Serbian and South East European civil aviation. Good luck to all!.
    Rodney & Globtrothers.
    Kraljevo + Sydney.

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  3. OT: LJU +5,5% in November

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  4. OT
    (sorry if it was already announced here, but)
    besides Swiss also Germania will offer two weekly flights - on Monday and Friday, first flight on 23rd June - between INI and ZRH

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    1. Wow! Great news!

      One way ticket is around 65€

      Idemo Niiiš!

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    2. Great news for Nis, Germania seems to be quite competent when it comes to the ex-YU market. Let's see if they end up adding more destinations in the future.

      Seems like both Swiss and Germania will operate flights on Sundays.

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    3. I hope this will make Swiss reschedule their flying times to INI to allow better connectivity, in order to battle Germania on that route.

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    4. Does Germania charge for luggage? Will they fly year-round?

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    5. Flights are currently scheduled until the end of the summer season, highly likely to be extended.

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    6. Let's just hope that all this competition works out for pax, airport, and the airlines.

      Don't forget that at one point we had 3 (three!) airlines competing on the BEG-GVA route. Today? Just one remains.

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    7. Not sure if they fixed it yet but last week it was showing Niš as being in the 'country' of Kosovo...

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  5. Very nice news from Niš. Seems like we will have big announcments from this summit :)

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  6. Wow great news about China! Shanghai and Beijing?

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    1. That would actually be pretty neat!

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  7. Opening a call center in Serbia should be a huge news for any EY customer... Their current service is abysmal, does not understand simple English, painfully slow and in all honesty serves no purpose. The (lack of) customer service is number one issue for EY frequent flyers and J/F pax.

    One company in BEG has a particularly good track record, they are running the Amazon.com customer service center, which is no easy task.

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    1. To je najbedniji posao za radnike odlican za gazde. Fakultetski obrazovani rade za sicu. Ziveo AV.

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    2. Znam ljude u NCR-u koji sa srednjom školom i pristojnim znanjem engleskog imaju početnu platu 70.000 RSD. Ne znam na koji način je to sića u Srbiji. Sitel isto zapošljava gomilu svršenih studenata Filološkog fakulteta koji u suprotnom nikad ne bi našli posao u struci. To su činjenice.

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    3. Ti sto rade za 70.000 obicno rade u menadzmentu dok oni smrtnici sto su dole u kol centru zaradjuju 30.000
      Ne mislis valjda da su dosli u Srbiju da bi sve placali 70.000 lol

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    4. Druže, ljudi koji dobro znaju francuski, skandinavske jezike, poljski itd ne prihvataju da rade za manje od 55, najčešće traže 60ak. Verujem da za još ređe jezike (češki, slovački) ide plata još više. Pričam iz iskustva.

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    5. Kakav AV, svi oni su tu od pre 2012. - ne prave se ti biznisi preko noći... Takođe, ne traže oni fakultetski obrazovane, nego one koji dobro govore jezike, e sada, što su to kod nas (samo) oni sa fakultetom, to je naš problem. I da li je 30, 60 ili 70 - kada je youth unemployment preko 50%, usudio bih se da kažem da je svaki posao dobar. Iskorisi ga kao experience placement, ostani godinu dve i nađi nešto bolje. Niko ne počinje od 5.000 evra i courtesy car.

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    6. Tako govoris jer ocito ne zivis u Srbiji. Brate dodji ovde pa onda tako motivisi ljude.

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    7. u Srbiji ne zivim ali da mi neko da posao od 30,000 prihvatio bi dok je nadjem nesto bolje. U inostranstvo se takodje pocinje od neke 'sice'... primer Australija posao koji placa $60,000 godisnje je 'prosek' od toga odbijes jedno 18% na porez. Izlazak na kafu $5, cigare $30+ za neki prosek, nedeljna kirija u garsonjeri u centru grada $400, udalji se jedno sat vreme od centra i imas dvosoban stan, a gde su racuni, hrana. Nije nista razlike u drugim zemljama od Srbije. Samo sto su ljudi na zapadu prihvatili te uslove i znaju to je sto je i rade, a ti koji cekaju za nesto da padne s'neba nece to ni docekati.

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  8. This meeting is a great way to promote Belgrade as an aviation capital east of Germany and Austria.

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  9. Kondic taking a swipe at INI :D

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    1. Haha yeah, hilarious. He was furious when W6 announed the expansion of the base in Belgrade.

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    2. highly unprofessional comments of the CEO. why does he interfere in politics of any airport in serbia? his JU is not even paying the airport fees in belgrade. this guy has failed totally!!!

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    3. What's the issue? He just said what he thinks about LCC, which is normal that he won't endorse them. Same as Wizz will never say anything positive about full fare airlines. BTW Air Serbia pays BEG airport. Look at BEG's financial report for 2016.

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    4. I think the issue here is that he shouldn't be trashing the LCCs when it seem JU will be moving in that direction, even Hogan indirectly hinted at that. Just look at what they are doing with Alitalia. I am sure Air Serbia will become some sort of an airBaltic kind of airline.

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    5. "JU is not even paying the airport fees in belgrade"

      Wizz is not paying airport fees in Belgrade.

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    6. They have been paying for the past two three years.

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    7. JU has been paying fees in Belgrade.

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    8. What was it that he supposedly said that amounted to taking a swipe at INI and LCCs ? I ask, because i was there and didn't hear anything that was remotely offensive. Either that, or i completely missed it !

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    9. He said that INI's growth has no impact on BEG and then he mocked the €9 fares. Maybe he expects FR to have the same brilliant pricing policy like JU where they charge €170 to SJJ, same amount they charged for BUD. lol

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    10. Fares over 170 eur can be found on FR for routes not much longer than BEG-SJJ. Typical Ryan spin.

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  10. Lol! No potentials passengers for INI. Good job Mr.Kondic!

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  11. What struck my eye is the comment that in next couple of days JU will get the pax numbers equal to last year ... With so many new flights / routes in 2016 how come they have not done better? Something is fishy here.

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    1. They had just 2% more flights actually. Remember January-March period saw massive decline in operations.

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  12. Can someone please explain to me what the air traffic deal actually means? Will they remove some charges? Will it become cheaper to operate flights within the region?

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    1. Avioni ce uglavnom leteti najkracim rutama.

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    2. To je onda usteda za aviokompanije, zar ne?
      Da li to znaci da hoce da privuku da vise saobracaja ide preko ex-yu?

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    3. Mada ja koliko sam video JU leti dosta direktno unutar ex YU. Mozda ce sada evropski saobracaj kao beg cdg ici preko HR s ne preko HU

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  13. OT: EasyJet to start Zadar Flights from 27 June 2017 to MXP!

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    1. Didn't someone also announce their arrival to ZAG?.I guess ZAD is because SPU is too busy

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    2. Shame that SPU is overcrowded, this was supposed to be their link. :/

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    3. Step by step U2 is becoming the leading airline on the coast. OU's demise will only be felt by ZAG.

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  14. Zadar is a new easyjet destination
    Flights from 27.6. to MXP

    And a lot of new destinations from PUY
    (SXF, BRS)
    And from Dubrovnik
    (BFS, BRS, MAN, NAP

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  15. Well Zadar has its own demand and is touristically well developed. It is not because SPU is overcrowded. Due to the proximity of the two however there will always be some overlapping.

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    1. There's no demand for Zadar, it is stimulated artificially. If there would be demand, tourist board wouldn't be funding carriers.

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    2. hahaha that one is good! stimulated artificially :) That is obviously the task of an airline or airport to do that.

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    3. Stimulate artifically as in there is demand in ZAD because there is no room in SPU

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  16. Israir will extend their BEG flights until the end of the winter. They had on average 163 passengers per flight while JU carried 3.300 pax to TLV last month.

    I hope Israir establishes normal airlinks with Srbija.

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    1. You think I am lying? The information is out there on the internet.

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    2. Israir are unsustainable. Last year they announced year-round service to SOF and they cancelled it 1 month later.

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    3. So just because they failed in SOF it means they will fail in BEG? They have been flying here for several months now.

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  17. B92, Sinisa Mali speech at the Summit: "Er Srbija trenutno doprinosi bruto društvenom proizvodu oko 100 miliona dolara, a da se očekuje da to učešće do 2024. godine bude oko 1,8 milijardi dolara."

    That's 18 fold increase in 8 years?!!?!?

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    1. Did he really say that or was it a typo? If true, Air Serbia would need to grow fleet by dozens of planes and add large cargo and MRO operations.

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    2. A malo da ponovite puckoskolsku matematiku?

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    3. Novinari su stoka po običaju, nesposobni da tačno prenesu informaciju. Gledao sam video snimak njegovog govora i rekao je da Air Serbia sada direktno doprinosi sa 200 miliona dolara godišnje plus 800 miliona kroz turizam, a da će 2024 direktno doprinositi sa 1,8 milijardom dolara. Dakle nije 18 puta već "samo" 9 puta više nego sada.

      Da je takvu izjavu potkrepio nekim realnim planom kako planira da ostvari takav astronomski rast pa još nekako, ali ovakvom praznom izjavom je zaslužio najžešće uvrede.

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  18. Odlicno je da se takav samit odrzava u BEG.
    Nadam se da ce biti neka porudzbina od strane ASL ostvarena sto bi bilo odlicno.
    INN-NS

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  19. Nice to hear about a mobile app for ASL...

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  20. OT:
    Easyjet will fly once a week (each Saturday) from GVA to TIV, witch an A320. It will be operated from 01.07 to 02.09
    Easyjet will also fly from BSL to DBV twice a week (each wednesday and sunday), with an A319. It will be operated from 28.06 to 03.09

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  21. Since JUN,23rd Air Serbia carried out 114 flights to JFK vv. Overall capacity have been exactly 57912 seats. So if Air Serbia have managed to transport "nearly" 60.000 passengers, that was unbelievable success. Congratulations on magnificent fantasy.

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    1. What about flights from JFK?

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    2. The capacity for JFK-BEG flights was 114 times 254 seats that equals 28.956 seats, the same as for BEG-JFK flights.

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    3. He said 60,000 bookings, not 60,000 passengers ... i was there today at the conferemce and heard him say it

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    4. Među ključnim momentima u razvoju Er Srbije, Dane Kondić je istakao uvođenje direktnih letova do Njujorka, na kojima je od 23. juna 2016. godine prevezeno više od 60.000 gostiju (Gost = airline passenger in Araboserbian)

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    5. I was about to post the same figures. Kondic is childishly trying to manipulate the public. Does he think we all lack aviation basics. JFK flight has difficulties, LF is still low, but the potential is there. My view: dk is one of the Hogan's largest mistakes.

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    6. Well he might meant the available overall seat capacity.....gosh what a clown !!!

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    7. Anon at 10.10pm - i agree - let's bring back Vlajisavljevic... he is doing such a super job at BEG airport and has learnt how to run a profitable business since his time at JAT

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    8. Dane is actually worse than Vlaisavljevic. At least back then there was no mass exodus of employees from JU. Funny thing is that in the end only 'jatovci' will remain. LOL

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    9. Ofcourse, it is much harder when you have to work for your money instead of receive a pay check and deliver nothing .... you must have been one of those people working for Vlajisavljevic and others before him

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  22. I'm just curious what was the point of Boeing and Airbus being there, if no orders have been made?

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    1. Maybe they came just to hang out, or maybe, quite possibly, to try to sell.
      Hmmm...

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  23. So far Air Serbia has seen 42.100 guests on Belgrade-New York service and it's not too far from some 60.000. And the 60.000 figure was given quite approximately. It's not polite to insist on details.

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    1. Are you dk's troll? He is not polite when intentionally misleading the public. And, yes, 42,100 is far below 60,000. It's 70%. Even the figure you are offering is overestimated because the LF on JFK route hovers around 60%.

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    2. Not correct: it's below 60. Wrong pricing policy.

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    3. Not sure i follow you .... what was/is misleading ?

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    4. 42.100 passengers is official and exact rather than overestimated figure.

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    5. Where has this number been published ? If it is official, it should be somewhere on record

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    6. It is recorded in the airline's official data. If you don't believe me ask anyone else who works in this department.

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    7. How can i ask someone who i don't know ? So the statistics are not published externally, which means that what you are writing is total B.S.

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  24. Još uvek vas boli JFK..vi me najviše nasmejati koliko patite da je ta linija više nego uspešna i prevazišla sva očekivanja..za sada samo toliko

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    1. Opste je poznato da leti mogu lako da napune avion ali zimi jedva da ima preko 110 putnika u ekonomskoj klasi, uglavnom oko 80. Biznis je apsolutno prazan i jedino kada ima putnika to je jer su dobili upgrade, cak i sada zimi. U proseku ima dva putnika koja su platili punu kartu.

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    2. A zašto uopšte daju nekome upgrade ako je Y kabina prazna?

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