Jat offered to AZAL

AZAL interested in Jat?
The Ministry of Economic Development of Azerbaijan has confirmed to a Serbian daily that the Government of Serbia has proposed for the Azerbaijani carrier AZAL to create a successor airline to Jat Airways. The Ministry said they are examining Jat Airways’ results and business model and are considering the proposal. Experts say that offering Jat to AZAL, a non European airline, shows the government’s desperation to get rid of the national carrier. On the other hand, some claim that the news story has been purposely planted so as to spark interest from other airlines as there is only eight days left until the tender to find a strategic partner for the creation of a successor to Jat Airways ends. No one has so far shown any interest. Similarly, a few days ago it was reported that airBaltic from Latvia was interested in purchasing Jat, a claim which has since been identified as a political stunt. airBaltic filed for protection yesterday.

Former Jat Airways CEO, Predrag Vujović, says that he doesn’t understand how Azerbaijan would benefit from a potential Jat partnership since the Caucas based airline already operates flights to most major European hubs and is in no need of slots. He also believes that the tender to create a new Jat will fail. Earlier this year AZAL expressed interest to commence flights to Zurich via Belgrade in cooperation with Jat Airways. A delegation from the Azeri Ministry of Economic Development is set to arrive in Belgrade in the next few days. The Azeris have already expressed interest to invest in infrastructure projects in Serbia. Relations between the two states have flourished since 2009.

Jat Airways has some 1.200 employees and recorded a loss of 25 million Euros in 2010. In the first eight months of this year it carried 830.670 passengers, an increase of 14% compared to the same period last year. A total of 12 of the airline’s 14 aircraft are in operation. Most of the aircraft date from the mid 1980s and early 1990s.


  1. Anonymous11:28

    I hope they will get rid of Jat.

  2. Anonymous12:16

    Just kill this joke of an airline and bring Ryan Air in Belgrade

  3. Anonymous12:19

    Learn how to spell Ryanair before asking for them to come to Belgrade. Plus FR is everything but lowcost in areas where they have a monopoly!

  4. Anonymous13:37

    LONG LIVE J A T Airways AND IT'S EMPLOYEES... The anger of those idiots who wish to see JAT dissapear - makes me happy! JAT is not joke of an airline to be killed, kill yourself, you bloody asshole!

  5. Anonymous13:45

    Just like it did with Republic of Kosovo, Serbian government should give up this so called airline.

  6. We don't need to sell everything to foreigners. Appoint professionals and airline industry knowledgeable people that have no political ties and you will see the difference. The government should be out of running any business. Government is there to serve and protect people, not to run airline business. I believe, we have many smart and experienced people at home and abroad working for many other big airlines who would be happy to share their expertise. If we continue selling everything like this, what's going to be left? All those years we worked so hard to build this country (ex YU) and look what has left...ruins and despair. Whosoever goal was to divide us and conquer, I must say, they have achieved it.

  7. crew15:02

    Jat Airways is a perfect example of corruption and money hungry employees and their leaders failing to secure a new victim to provide money for their cosmetic studios, bars and shops... Come on, most of them is simply there to get more and more money, not to save the airline. I'm only sory for maybe 10 people who are there because they are professionals.

    RIP JAT Airways, we won't miss you.

  8. ANONYMOUS15:16

    This government won't "kill it" as it is too close to the coming elections. The next gov't, when they realise what a pain in the a** Jat is, will likely do so. Middle of next year :-)

  9. Anonymous15:19

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  10. The previous comment needs to be deleted as it has no remote bearing on aviation.

    As far as Jat, I agree with Sam. With competent management (and debt forgiveness) this airline can be saved and can prosper. Unfortunately nepotism reigns in the ex-yu.

  11. Also all those nationalist posts on the Sarajevo Airport Expansion need to be deleted as well.

  12. BSL-BEG20:26

    How about Aviogenex?
    To who does it belong to?

  13. Aviogenex is a small charter company which has only one (1!) aircraft Boeing 737 produced in 1987.

  14. Purger22:59

    Croatia Airlines is in finalization of Contract for wet lease two Airbus in Cuba for 6 months starting November 1st

  15. JU520 BEGLAX23:09


    why in Cuba, why not the overflow of JP? They don t need this big A320s

    Hi Sam: fully agree with you. Hope you are doing fine and enjoy life at the other corner of the world.

  16. Anonymous02:52

    Dear BEG-LAX

    I think OU would lease their own Airbus to a cuban carrier not the opposite!It doesnt make any sense for them to lease extra aircraft in winter

  17. Anonymous06:57

    OU should lease the IL-96 from Cubana! Now that would be a sight at Zagreb XD

  18. Purger08:51

    Croatia airlines will fly in Cuba for Cubana all winter (from 1st November till 1st May)

  19. It may or may not be worth pointing out that the Azeris who took over Albanian Airlines have done a very fine job at LV. Not!

  20. JU520 BEGLAX10:21

    thanks guys.

    that s terrific news for OU..

  21. Anonymous19:08

    Teriffic ! With Croatia Airlines you can fly from Havanna to Santiago
    de Cuba and maybe even to Miami !
    So the only place in the world Croatia can not fly is..Belgrade !

  22. Anonymous21:06

    Flying from Cuba to Miami?!? Yeah right!

  23. AirKoryoTU-20404:59

    Cubana's contract for leased Airbus A320-200 aircraft with TACA has fallen ended, they've been flying the Tupolev TU-204-100 on routes to Canada and well they don't have enough of them to serve all their routes, hence the need to lease some other Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Ilyushin Il-96-300 of Cubana is in quite a high frequency use on services from La Habana to Paris, London, Madrid, Buenos Aeries and other destinations with high yeild.

  24. Anonymous16:49

    You are back Air Koryo!
    I missed you !
    : )

  25. AirKoryoTU-20415:33

    @last anon

    Yeh you've gotta love long haul does screw with your normal patterns, but heck I'm not on long haul's for 1 week live it up on ex-yu aviation forum. Thanks for missing me ;)


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