Monday, March 12, 2018

Summer 2018 - Air Serbia


The 2018 summer season begins on Sunday March 25, with Air Serbia set to make several changes to its network as it continues to implement wide-ranging restructuring in an attempt to boost its key performance indicators. The Serbian carrier will make frequency cuts to several destinations this summer, primarily those in Germany, from which it can no longer provide onward connections with its former major codeshare partner Air Berlin. As a result, the airline will operate one weekly flight less to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Stuttgart. Furthermore, the carrier will discontinue its seasonal summer service to Ohrid, while flights to Abu Dhabi will not resume following their suspension at the start of the 2017/18 winter season last October. Regional operations to Sofia and Skopje will be reduced by one weekly flight. Starting May 19, the airline will also amend its Prague operations from ten weekly on the seventy-seat ATR72 turboprop to daily services, with five flights to be maintained by the 144-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, thus providing more overall capacity on the route compared to last year. It comes in response to Hainan Airlines which has been running flights between the two cities with its wide-body Airbus A330-300 jet since last September.

On the other hand, Air Serbia will add an additional weekly service to Athens for a total of fifteen per week, with three flights per day to run each Thursday. Similarly, an additional flight will be added on the airline's Milan and St Petersburg service for a total of eight and four per week respectively. The Serbian carrier will respond to Swiss International Air Lines' growth on the market by introducing an additional three weekly departures to Zurich for a total of seventeen per week. The airline will also strengthen its flagship service to New York by adding a sixth weekly flight during the peak summer months. This year will also mark the first full summer the airline will operate services with its retrofitted narrow-body Airbus fleet, which has resulted in added capacity.

Air Serbia will maintain a significant number of charter flights this summer which will be operated by its dedicated leisure brand Aviolet, as well as one Airbus aircraft from its mainline fleet. Please note that the changes listed below are preliminary and based on current availability in the GDS (Global Distribution System). Air Serbia is prone to making additional changes mid-way through the season. The table below displays the peak weekly frequency on each route during the course of the summer season. Increases in frequencies to a number of destinations do not come into effect until mid-June. Seasonal flights to Split, Dubrovnik, Malta and St Petersburg will run until the end of the summer season, while services to Pula will operate until mid-September. EX-YU Aviation News will also bring you summer season changes for Croatia Airlines and Adria Airways during the course of the month. Meanwhile, you can review modifications Montenegro Airlines will be making to its network this summer here.

DestinationFrequency S2017Frequency S2018Change  Notes
Abu Dhabi70▼ 7-
Amsterdam1010--
Athens1415 1-
Banja Luka55--
Beirut77--
Berlin87▼ 1-
Brussels44--
Bucharest88--
Copenhagen66--
Dubrovnik66-resumes MAY14
Dusseldorf76▼ 1-
Frankfurt77--
Hamburg43▼ 1-
Larnaca77--
Ljubljana1212--
London Heathrow99--
Malta33--
Milan78 1-
Moscow1010--
New York56 1-
Ohrid40▼ 4-
Paris1313--
Podgorica2121--
Pula44 -resumes JUN11
Prague107▼ 3-
Rome77--
Sarajevo77--
Sofia76▼ 1-
Split66-resumes MAY07
Skopje1413▼ 1-
Stockholm66--
St Petersburg34 1-
Stuttgart76▼ 1-
Tel Aviv55--
Tirana99--
Tivat2121--
Thessaloniki1414--
Venice44--
Vienna1414--
Zagreb1010--
Zurich1417 3-


173 comments:

  1. All in all they have fewer cuts this summer than last.

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  2. Effect of Air Berlin bankruptcy visible on German reductions. Surprised Milan is going up!

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    1. I'm surprised over any increase :D

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    2. Logical. They codeshared on almost every Air Berlin route, including to the US.

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  3. Interesting a month ago they had in the system one flight less to Tirana but it now seems Tirana is back to same ops as last year. Instead they reduced Skopje by one.

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  4. A lot of demand to Greece. 29 weekly flights to Athens and Thessaloniki combined. That's not including Aegean flights from Athens and Aviolet charters.

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    1. and Ellin Air scheduled flights from Heraklion and Thessaloniki too.

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    2. Just HER flights, no SKG

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    3. And to add to that, Air Serbia has increased capacity on Thessaloniki flight with the daily night flights (which were all ATR operated) now operating 5x per week with A319s

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  5. Not the complete disaster I was expecting.

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    1. It's not all gloom and doom at all but one has to ask themselves how the airline ended up here just four years after relaunch.

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    2. 13 less flights, with last year it is 59 less flights then two years ago!!!!!

      In my book that is gloom and doom!

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    3. No, doom and gloom is when you have to start selling assets to maintain operations. Until that day comes, tweaking the schedule to maximise revenue and reduce losses or increase profit is the smart thing to do. BTW cut the drama with endless exclamation points.

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    4. What assets have left for JU to sell?
      3xATR from 1991 and 2xB737 from 1988...and LHR slots... anything else?

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    5. We do need to add that JU retired 2 x B733 recently. Charter traffic brings JU good revenue. Considering the drop in capacity, I was honestly expecting more reductions.

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    6. @JATBEGMEL
      So you are saying that there is not much to sell left as planes are to retire/go to scrap and all left is LHR slots?

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  6. Prague is down but capacity is up. They obviously had to respond to Hainan and its jet engine operations. Shows how much people dislike turboprops in general.

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    1. Well the prices were more or less the same during the winter. If I had the option of choosing an A330 and an ATR I would choose the wide body, especially since it's quicker than the ATR. No braine really. And at least I will get a glass of water for free.

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    2. No you won't...now you have to pay 2 euros for water!!!

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    3. I meant on Hainan airlines.

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  7. So basically these reductions should free up an Airbus so it can fly charters?

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    1. Note that some ATR routes will be operated with Airbuses like SKG, which is confusing as four 733's are retiring this year. Even if they really stretch out the utilization it seems unlikely for 10 aircraft to operate flights formerly operated by 14 aircraft with only 13 flights being cut

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    2. Aircraft used for Abu Dhabi can do two charter flights for the same time. Plus overall reduction is around 60 flights a week compared to three seasons ago. Would they actually have a reserve aircraft like years ago?

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    3. @kraspeed

      Only 2 x B733 have so far been retired. YU-ANJ was retired mid January, while YU-ANI was retired begining of February. The other 2 is expected by the end of the summer, if I’m not mistaken. By then, JU should be taking 2 x A320 neo.

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  8. Good to see LED back up. Any plans to make this route year round? They do fly it all summer season and then in December and January.

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    1. With better marketing they could keep it 2-3 a week for the whole year.

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  9. Nice to see they are keeping Venice which they launched last year.

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    1. I think it might become seasonal from this year. Not sure they will keep it next winter too.

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    2. I think they got airport subsidies for the first winter of operations.
      These flights are terribly scheduled and should be moved to middle of the day to allow for people traveling to/from other Italian cities to use it.

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  10. whenever I hear about Air Serbia passenger experience everyone clas plane is full regardless the season. I hope they will make a succesful hybrid transition and start introducing new routes in 2019. I also hope the neo's WILL arrive.

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    1. Their LF has improved but still they are not packed on every flight which is normal. Lets wait and see whether they managed to improve finances in 2017.

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  11. Mostar airport CEO said they were in talks with JU over route from Belgrade. Seems like that won't be happening...

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    1. I don't see the demand for this route. Anyway you never know with JU. They have a tendency to announce a new route or major frequency changes mid season.

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    2. That's true. Couple of years ago in the middle of the summer season they announced new routes to Tirana and Pula and increased frequencies to Dubrovnik and Split.

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    3. A "couple of year ago" is a life time away for Air Serbia.

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    4. Brac airport is in talks with JU over route from Belgrade to..

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    5. JU has spare capacities. If OMO steps in with state aid - why not.

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  12. Good luck JU this summer!

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  13. short trip report JU651 SVO-BEG from 09.03

    Flight departed on time from SVO at 11:50 sharp. LF was about 98%. It is really surprising that Moscow is performing this well, because the BEG-SVO flight some days before was completely full as well.
    Since i bought my ticket before the implemented changes, i was give a sandwich and a bottle of water without the additional charge. The sandwich was sealed in an air bag, fresh and very tasty, something you would expect to buy in good bakeries. Some people did not know about the additional charge because they bought tickets through other web sites that dont point this out but just provide you with the cheapest ticket, so there was a little confusion. Also a big issue is that they did not accept card payments yet (they said it will be implemented soon).
    Passenger composition - there were a lot of transfers from different nationalities, many Serbians and Russians.
    Flight was overall pleasant, friendly and professional crew. However the new slim seats are not that comfortable and a flight that lasts longer than two and a half hours would be a problem, at least for me

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    1. Thanks. Nice to hear about the healthy load factor.

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    2. Well, Moscow is traditionally performing great. Good to hear that.

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  14. I'm still wondering when do they plan to retire those B737s. I know they will be flying only charters but they must have a use by date.

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    1. This year. Two out of four were retired in January and February and the other two will probably go after summer ends.

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    2. What will they use for charters then?

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    3. Hopefully cut unnecessary routes/frequencies depending on low yealding transfer pessangers and they will have enough capacity to operate money making charters.

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    4. By the end of the year should arrive 2 x A320 neo. If they do arrive, they should have aircraft for scheduled and charter traffic by the summer season.

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    5. @JATBEGMEL Don't they have sufficient capacity to fly both charters and regular flights with existing aircrafts? After all they have cut 60 departures per week.

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  15. Overall it's good to see that the majority of the network has been kept in tact. No major reductions this year (if we exclude Abu Dhabi).

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    1. It's not all gloom and doom at all but one has to ask themselves how the airline ended up here just four years after relaunch.

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    2. Sorry comment above was meant as response to another comment farther up.

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  16. Spain is glaringly missing from their route map.

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    1. And North Africa in my opinion. Jat a couple of years ago used to have scheduled flights year round to Monastir in Tunisia. Air Serbia also planned to start Cairo too, before the revolution. I think there are generally opportunities there especially for getting transfer passengers.

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    2. Jat also flew to Libya before the war, first via Malta and then shortly via Athens.

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    3. Would be great to see CAI in the network. Great way to use an aircraft for the midnight bank, extra feed for JFK, and the flight should allow for transfers in the early morning.

      When JU began, the schedule was supposed to be:

      BEG 2355 CAI 0350 - 2 - 4 - 6 A319
      CAI 0435 BEG 0640 - - 3 - 5 - 7 A319

      All planned routes opened except for CAI.

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    4. Good old Jat was making money on this route. Really do not understand why they have not returned to Cairo?
      Remember they even used to operate this with stop in Damascus.

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    5. Jat cut Cairo in 2008. It never resumed since then.

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    6. Ah yes, I remember. Egypt was so popular 0 years ago. Jat was making money on charters to Cairo (for tours) and Hurgada/Sharm that they stopped the regular flights.

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  17. Not too bad actually. I think they will perform well this summer, the network is very realistic, nothing is too optimistic. Zurich is crazy, but the demand is there. Also Greece ... crazy :)

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  18. So routes they will operate double daily or more are Athens, Podgorica, Tivat, Thessaloniki and Zurich.

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    1. Before there used to be also Zagreb, Ljubljana, Skopje, Paris and Moscow.

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    2. ZAG and LJU were reduced when they began VCE.

      Im surprised CDG dropped considering its their 2nd most popular route by pax numbers.

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  19. Not bad.I tought there will be more cuts but this is very good considering their fleet shortage.

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    1. They have a fleet shortage?

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  20. Let's wait few more weeks to see if they would introduce some new line.

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  21. What I'm happy to see is that there are some routes that will actually organically grow. For the past few years pretty much the only routes we saw in "green" were completely newly introduced routes. Now we have some routes which have been sustained over last couple of years increasing like Athens, Milan, St. Petersburg.

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  22. Until they start adding planes to their fleet we are not going to see any real growth. This is just reshuffling, rearranging the chairs.

    That said, I think it's great they are adding a morning departure to Athens. It will be good both for those coming in from Moscow and New York but also for locals.

    Thursday

    JU 510 07.30-10.00
    JU 511 10.45-11.25

    Ever since Aegean changed their schedule, BEG was left with a very awkward timetable to Athens.

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    1. Agree about Athens. Also they will have morning and evening flight to Milan now on Mondays with this increase.

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    2. Nemjee you mentioned a while ago some change to Larnaca although flights seem to be staying daily. Or was it that they are increasing it to daily later in the season?

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    3. Yup, daily flights are moved to July in stead of June as was the case in the past. That said, flights are back from next week so at least there will be more options.

      Cyprus seems to be rather hot this summer as far as package holidays go. Unfortunately for JU, most agencies have concluded deals with Wizz Air. One is even offering a week in Agia Napa (Saturday to Saturday) for as little as €300.

      I wouldn't be surprised if Wizz Air ends up adding a third flight during the busy summer period. LCA is full all the time, this Sunday there were around 155 passengers.

      JU needs a morning flight to LCA similar to the ones to TLV and ATH.

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    4. I flew to LCA 2 years ago with JU and the biggest issue is that the flight times are really awkward. Getting into Larnaca at 2/3 in the morning isn't ideal. The entire operation is basically for transfers (from LCA to Europe) although my flight was full of Greeks going to the US.

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    5. It is even worse from LCA to BEG. Especially since most hotels require check out at 2pm and in August very few will give you a late check out option even for a fee because they are full.

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    6. Any chance they will keep LCA next winter? Is the route seasonal again or did I get something wrong?

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    7. The situation is good now because there are buses at 04.00 to both Nicosia and Limassol. Up until two years ago you had to sit and wait until 05.15 unless you had someone picking you up in the middle of the night.
      They just added a departure to the airport at 01.15 while until now the last one was at 23.30 meaning you had to sit at the airport for four hours.

      Still, even with these changes the schedule is unattractive for locals when there is Wizz Air that departs to LCA at noon from Belgrade (from the end of this month).

      That's why JU needs a morning departure out of Belgrade. It could get feed from both SVO and JFK and it would be really attractive for locals as well.

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    8. Anon 11.08

      I think it will stay seasonal.

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  23. I still think that they could´ve considered at least 1 Aviolet aircraft to "help" them cope with summer schedule. It´s sad to see OHD not receiving flights this summer after the crazy grwoth.

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    1. But they do not need additional aircraft with some 320 weekly departures! One airbus can even step in for charters.

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  24. Should keep an eye on Berlin next winter/summer to see the effects of easy jet's new route.

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    1. I think JU has a much better timetable to Berlin but the P2P prices are ridiculously expensive, unless they are targeting mostly transfers on this route.

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    2. All point to point passengers will migrate to Easy Jet on this route, especially now with Air Serbia's low cost service and product.

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    3. Well, TXL is on promotion now with JU, 79 euros for a return ticket (no bags). That's completely fine, given the flexibility/frequencies. EasyJet might be able to dump fares for some time, but will retire the route if these are the yields they can expect - the same thing happened to their MXP route.

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    4. And having in mind that they offer exact same service, why would anyone migrate to easyJet if JU fares are competitive? Also, take note of frequencies. With JU, one can choose their schedule (flight almost every day, with interchangeable morning and evening flights), while with EZY, they would need to adapt to theirs.

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    5. Good luck to both JU and Easy. Hope we have both left on the route and prices reasonable to visit lovely Berlin more often.

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  25. U tekstu nije receno da je 5 nocnih letova za Solun pojacano sa A319

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  26. Last summer they cut 46 weekly flights so this is great.

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    1. Yes, that is so great whan you cut 59 flights and 4 routes in two year.

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  27. I honestly think this will be the last summer of Air Serbia's consolidation and in 2019 we will finally see some real growth.

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    1. Let's just hope it's not their last summer.

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    2. LOL no I don't think it is.

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    3. Hopefully next year we see Toronto introduced.

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    4. If they stabilise their finances I just don't see why they would destiblise them with another long haul route.

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    5. The JFK route hadnt destabilised them as much as their poor management. Just take a look at the rising numbers of pax from Turkey to Serbia yet JU suspended IST. Same with Israel where JU has decreased TLV which used to be daily. Not to mention that Air Serbia more than doubled the staff count compared to Jat Airways, pays EY expensive leases, paid EY to retrain crew from the B737 to the A320 family, as well as a premium (boutique) model that has slapped them in the face.

      Fact is, JU has an A330 parked in BEG during the winter most of the week and could send it somewhere. JU apprently attained 4 slots in YYZ. Starting in the winter when JFK is reduced (3 pw) would be a good way to use the aircraft (2 pw). A second A330 could join in April to boost both JFK (6 pw) and YYZ (4 pw). Im sure the A330 would be great for a charter during the season as Jat had the DC10 do charters when then had them. Its common to see 2 ac depart one after the other on charter flights (AYT for example).

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    6. JU has an opportunity to send the A330 to BKK during winter once weekly. I am sure there is enough demand for that.

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    7. BKK is very very competitive from Europe. Tickets are cheap as it is considering the length of the flight. Plus the need for Serbians to get visas for Thailand doesnt help. I believe JU have looked into it and Dane even commented on it.

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    8. @JATBEGMEL
      Don't you think the second plane would make even more trouble for finances? JFK and YYZ are both very well served from all over Europe, demand from/to Belgrade is very seasonal and business passengers are scarce - where would profit come from? Charters with A330 - really do not get why they are not using it. I also do not get why JU does not employ A330 on some of busiest profitable routes. We used to have DC10 flying to Zurich even in 2000.

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  28. Good to see Tel Aviv staying put despite competition from Arkia and Israiar.

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    1. Demand is growing each year. I think eventually we will see El Al on this route.

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    2. Don't they codeshare on the JU flight?

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    3. please no LY! They have crazy security procedures and half of the terminal is blocked off for them.

      Arkia and Israir are much better.

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    4. They also block half of check in at BEG when there are Arkia and Israir flights :D

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    5. haha yeah but at least they don't require x-rays and military vehicles to escort the planes :D

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    6. @10.27 yes they do. I only see El Al coming if Air Serbia suspends Tel Aviv and that won't happen.

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    7. JU used to fly daily to TLV until 2015, from then it went down to 5 weekly.

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    8. That was too much and back then they were the only airline flying the route. I think 5 pw is respectable. During JatAirways time they used to fly this route via Larnaca.

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    9. And very often Jat used to cancel the flight (probably because of bad loads). They were very inconsistent in their scheduling in the last few years of operation.

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    10. They also used to cancel a lot of flights because of a fleet shortage, They would make a timetable for 14 planes and in reality come summer they had 6 operational planes.

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    11. This story of timetable for 14 planes and only 6 flying keeps returning. When was that exactly?

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    12. 2011, 12, 13 (13 was the worst)

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    13. I really do not remember having just 6/14 planes operational. I never had cancellation during those years, maybe I was lucky but remember they occured. The fleet back than was aging and those planes needed a lot of maintenance. I remember there was a huge media campaign against JU towards the end in order to promote AS project. Even politicians speaking about planes "that are about to crash" and yet that same planes keep flying 5 years after.

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  29. Such a disappointment they did not bring OHD back.

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    1. It just wasn't making enough money.

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    2. It was the worst performing route. No point in keeping unprofitable routes ...

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    3. Anon 11:32 Really? The reason JU is sinking today is one single unprofitable route, and it is still kept :/

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    4. The reason JU is sinking is because they have a humongous back office, not because of any route.

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  30. Tuning their timetable in order to maximize yield is a smart move.

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    1. They seem to tune it every year with fewer and fewer flights.

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  31. Why has JU never flown to Oslo? Have they tried it before?

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    1. JU did fly to Oslo some 10 years ago.

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  32. Every other airline in Europe has anounced their 2017 passenger numbers, when will JU do it too?

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  33. When will Pristina start? Why is taking so long?

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    1. When a political deal is reached on Brussels on a range of other issues that have nothing to do with aviation.

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  34. Why are they reducing SKP and SOF? Weird

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  35. Ex-Yu - correction, Hainan uses an Airbus A330-300.

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  36. The map of routes say it all. Only 3 destinations east of Bucharest. Not sure if transfer model is sustainable thia way.

    my2cents

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    1. I'm not not sure they are still going after the transfer concept.

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    2. They are not sure either.

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    3. IST is coming back in 2019.

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    4. Where did you get that from?

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    5. There are actually 5 destinations east of OTP.

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    6. I realise, but not on above map. Two more is still too few. Map is a totally lopsided.
      If they are not going for transfer pax, they can't compete with LCCs. If they do go fir transfer pax, they need to build the network.

      my2cents

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    7. They have tried transfer concept and failed, hence scheduling reductions year after year. They should either shrink to around 10 planes and 1.5 passengers (and try to find a profitable way to operate) or try to open number of new routes, double the fleet and increase frequencies (but do not know how they would finance that).

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    8. Strategy is fuzzy, they may cut costs in the short term, but when people realise that nothing set JU apart from LCCs, they won't be able to command the premium prices and will fall into another cost cutting cycle. Death by thousand cuts and soon we'll be back at JAT scenario.

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    9. They should finally focus on domestic market and O&D passengers, maybe some lucrative transfers. With tourism on rise in Belgrade they should also focus on trying to get slice of that market.

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    10. I can't see how that will work out, competing with LCCs. Croatia Airlines struggles in domestic market with over 10+ million tourists. How can JU will rely on fraction of that number for its survival. All 'legacy' have LCC subsidiaries, which feed the parent. JU is a 'legacy' with shrinking network connectivity. Not sure what niche they can find, as they certainly don't have the size.

      If they could somehow join OneWorld or SkyTeam it would be helpful. There are certainly some gaps that opened with the demise of Air Berlin and never ending saga with Alitalia.

      With the cuts i imagine that there would be some capacity to deploy in order to improve JFK route since it won't be cut? Although that could be throwing 'good money after bad'

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    11. Right staff size (crews/administration ratio), flying all possible/reasonable non-EU routes where they do not have LCC competition, concentrating on domestic customers (not ripping people off on direct routes and prioritizing transfer passengers), offering transfers at high but competitive prices to improve yields but not to have LF/routes depending on them, working with tour operators to bring people to Belgrade, developing charter operations off the main season... there is such a room for improvement.
      Why Skyteam? All that JU seems to be doing is flying people to Paris and Amsterdam for low revenue and filling their planes.

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  37. Keep up the good work air Serbia , but once again please stop this route to New York . Don't you see it's been almost two years and still unprofitable . Just strengthen your regional network along with north Africa and middle East . Thank you.

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    1. Good joke :D

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    2. They will keep it till the end. It is a political decision/route.

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    3. If it's such a killer then why is it going up this summer?

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    4. Because there is a market 6x weekly during peak summer months and prices are very competitive for transfer passengers.

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    5. Lets wait and see they 2017 financial report to
      judge. While I dont think JFK is making money, I dont think it is losing as much money as before.

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    6. once again please stop this route to New York

      So funny. I think we all know where that message is coming from, every time. Not the "concerned taxpayer".

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  38. I think next time this year VIE might fly away...

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    1. They might first go from double daily to daily and then give up altogether. But that is wizzair on the route scenario.

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    2. The earth does not revolve around Nis.

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    3. Somebody mentioned Nis? :)

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    4. And on what do you base your assumption. You have their passenger numbers on this route? Yields? The fact that they have kept Vienna double daily for 4 years in a row? Do tell us.

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    5. @last anon
      again, anybody mentioned Nis? :)

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    6. My only conclusion is that your baseless comment can only be related to Wizz opening Nis as you have no data and no insight into any of their metrics on the Vienna route. And neither do you seem to be using common sense either.

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    7. I was actually referring to Wizz potentially opening Belgrade - Vienna route. :)
      Austrian will be hit but still has transfers. Yields might be worse but still they could keep it and maybe downsize.
      JU would see most of direct passengers go to Wizz, there is no more codeshare with Austrian. Keeping one daily in that scenario is not bad.

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  39. They need to open BWK for summer. Three weekly flight on ATR would fill OHD for tourist destination. Would be a good alternative to OU flight

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  40. Airpink is soon starting to fly for Air Serbia. Protection on Serbian market

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  41. Few years ago, the map of destinations of Air Serbia, compared to one of Croatia Airlines, looked much better, more widespread and more powerful. Today, with Croatia adding St.Peterburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo, Prague, Milan, Dublin and Lisbon from Zagreb, and Venice, Nice and Lyon form the coast, and continuing Tel Aviv, Barcelona, and Air Serbia stopping flying to Abu Dhabi, Varna, the maps look almost the same, actually the one of Croatia Airlines looks even better and stronger. The only service which still makes Air Serbia better is the one to New York. However, with all the cuts and savings, and low yields on JFK, I wonder if it will remain there or not

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    1. Yes, I heard JU was really harmed by all those seasonal routes you mentioned. OU really affected them to SKG, TIA, SOF, SVO, MXP, FCO, VCE, BNX, LCA, BEY ...

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    2. We should stop comparing JU and OU.
      Completely different markets. Croatia is 60% the size of Serbia but has much greater purchasing power, as big diaspora as Serbis and it is effectively tourist powerhouse. Serbia on the other hand is struggling economy, with national airline which tried to be a major transfer player but failed. On the bright side, tourism is also on the rise in Belgrade and elsewhere in the country so there is room for optimism.

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    3. @ both posters above
      You both obviously haven't understand me. I wasn't comparing JU and OU, but the impression their routemaps give. Routemaps are always part of the articles with topic as today is. And today it's about summer timetable, or seasonal routes. But if you feel offended by the fact that summer season routemap of OU is growing, and JU one reducing, or at least stagnating, I do apologize

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    4. It's such a bizzare thing you are focusing on.

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    5. @last anon
      I am the second post. Sorry, I misunderstood. Actually you are right but I am trying not to sound negative about JU too much. Even though I am worried where the project ended.

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    6. Yes, I bet you are 'worried.'

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    7. Primarily I am interested to have good offer with lots of frequencies and reasonable prices from Belgrade. But I am not happy about AS failure.

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  42. Pravi potez u krivo vrijeme.
    Tako nekako bi ja okarakterizirao dogadjaje vezane uz AS.
    Ethiad je na koljenima. Na njega se AS vise ne moze osloniti.
    AS je ostala sama na vjetrometini.
    2 su nacina kako se izvuci iz nezavidna polozaja.

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    1. Koja dva nacina?

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    2. Pravi i krivi :-)
      Sala mala.
      Ono sto bi ja napravio, napominjem kako ne znam kakav je ugovor izmedju AS i Ethiada, je otkazao suradnju i pronasao mjesto u nekoj od aliansi.
      Ukinuo JFK i ta sredstva preusmjerio na razvoj mreze prema istoku i jugu.

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    3. @last anon
      Zapravo, to je u sustini ono sto je potrebno :)

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  43. Admin, you should add "resumes+date" besides HAM, LED and MLA ops. Only HAM starts at the very beginning of the summer timetable, the latter starts on March 25 and 31 respectively.

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  44. I always thought much, much better about Air Serbia than most of people posting here. I guess most of it comes of your Balkan's people nature (and I truly love all of you. To me it doesn't matter whether you are a Croat, Serb or Bosniac a/o Bosnian). You simply enjoy criticizing and that's okay with me. I love you the same. Flew several times with ASL last couple of years. Clean planes, good food (especially in C class), decent service. I truly never ever had any issues. And I used to love all YU fare deals but *NOW*?? Sorry to say but airserbia is going absolutely nuts with the prices. They call $1300 economy saver to BEG a *deal*??

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