Air Serbia takes delivery of former Adria jets


Air Serbia took delivery of two Airbus A319 aircraft (pictured), formerly operated by Adria Airways. The jets arrived from Toulouse this afternoon. They were initially to be delivered in March, however, their arrival was delayed due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. The aircraft, both manufactured in 2010, are owned by Carlyle Aviation Partners. They will be registered YU-APL and YU-APM. They were delivered new to Adria ten years ago and operated under the registrations S5-AAP and S5-AAR until the company declared bankruptcy in September of 2019. Air Serbia added its ninth A319 last year. 

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, Air Serbia returned an Airbus A320 jet (registered YU-APG) and one ATR72 (registered YU-ALV) to their owners as their lease with the company had expired. Furthermore, one of the remaining three Boeing 737-300 aircraft in Air Serbia’s fleet (registered YU-AND), and Europe’s oldest jet of the type, has not been in operation since the pandemic started and is unlikely to return to service. The other two Boeing jets continue to be utilised, primarily on charter services, but are also regularly deployed on flights to Podgorica and Dusseldorf. 

Since the onset of the pandemic, the airline has renegotiated leasing terms for its aircraft, with power by the hour contracts concluded, where leasing costs are accounted based on the number of hours the aircraft has been utilised rather than a fixed rate. It previously noted, “The company is actively following the situation and will respond effectively as the impact of Covid-19 evolves. This will depend on a number of factors, including the further spread of the virus, measures and restrictions imposed by countries, as well as passenger behaviour. None of these can be predicted with a high degree of certainty”. It added, “The management has discussed a number of potential scenarios keeping in mind the aviation sector has been faced with a significant decline in demand”.




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  1. Anonymous09:03

    Thank God one Boeing is gone. Waiting for the other two to be scrapped!

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    1. Anonymous09:46

      They should be rather given to the museum than scrapped

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    2. Anonymous10:50

      This is a good indication to me that the two A319s will replace the two remaining B737s. Operating those old B737s must be costly.

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    3. Anonymous11:03

      ^ I agree. I think the B737s will be returned on Oct. 28 and after that these two A319s will join the fleet.

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    4. JATBEGMEL11:29

      @ 11,03

      B733's are owned by JU, not leased.

      @ 10,50

      I guess now the situation justifys retiring the B733's. Reduction of flights and cheaper leasing rates for newer A319's means investing into keeping the B733's airworthy isnt worth it anymore.

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    5. Anonymous12:05

      The B737s were to be retired in 2020
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2018/11/air-serbia-to-retire-boeing-fleet-by.html

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    6. Jatovac16:20

      i think AND should be given to the museum. I just want to know how will they do it. But I am expecting also the 727 in the museum and ATR which are standing at the apron next to Jat tehnika

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  2. Anonymous09:03

    Wonder what they are going to do with these planes.

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    1. Anonymous12:05

      Fly them?

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    2. Nah, too obvious.

      But jokes aside, is there really a need for further two jets?

      A long haul could work wonders in near future. But I guess they know the situation better then us.

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  3. Anonymous09:05

    I thought they would never come

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    1. JATBEGMEL11:31

      I guess they couldnt get out of the agreement.

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  4. Anonymous09:06

    I assume these planes won't have wifi?

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    1. Anonymous09:41

      I doubt it. It's very expensive for the airline. We will see.

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    2. Anonymous09:46

      All the Airbus planes others except YU-APK have it, don't they?

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    3. Anonymous09:48

      Yes but YU-APK has been in the fleet for over a year and they didn't install it. So my guess is that they won't install them on any upcoming planes.

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    4. Anonymous15:12

      We can see that from the photo they don't have the wifi antenna. But maybe they fit them in BEG.

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    5. Anonymous15:56

      "It's very expensive for the airline."

      No it's not. Panasonic paid for it.

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    6. Anonymous15:57

      No, Air Serbia paid panasonic for it.

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    7. Anonymous16:22

      Panasonic got all revenues from it for providing equipment for free.

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    8. Anonymous16:24

      Doesn't work that way at all... if that was the case, most airlines across the world would have installed wifi.

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    9. Anonymous17:00

      Yes it works like that.

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    10. Anonymous17:03

      No it does not

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    11. Anonymous17:54

      Anon at 16:24 you are not only wrong but also not very capable of looking back at comments when Panasonic deal was made. Onboard wifi pricing was high because Panasonic, no Air Serbia, set those prices. Revenue went to Panasonic. That would not have been the case if Air Serbia paid for the equipment. It was all published before.

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    12. Anonymous18:00

      Just because some anonymous people make comments about something does not make it true.

      It doesn't cost the airline anything to provide wifi however it does cost them to install the equipment. The airline's contractor provides the wifi service and pays sharing the fee with the airline for the privilege. The airline will have to pay the cost of installing the wifi equipment on the planes. That is why Air Serbia has not installed wifi on any plane it got in the last 5 years - because it costs money. If you used a little common sense (since you know nothing about the actual matter) you would realise why most airlines still don't provide wifi.

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    13. Anonymous19:22

      You are anonymous too.

      That is why Air Serbia has not installed wifi on any plane it got in the last 5 years - because it costs money??? No, because it does not bring expected return. Wifi was not expected to be a revenue stream but to be an advantage for Boutique airline concept. That concept is thing of the past for Air Serbia.

      New target customer does care for wifi when making purchasing decision. If Air Serbia could have attracted more customers and made money as it did with other aux services you bet your a** they would have continued with wifi.

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    14. Anonymous19:31

      Again you don't know how the wifi concept on board a plane functions and are under the illusion Panasonic was charitable with Air Serbia and gave away their antennas for free and everything is free for Air Serbia. You clearly don't know anything about this subject matter. But keep believing whatever you want.

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    15. Anonymous20:51

      Love Air Serbia!

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  5. Anonymous09:07

    Bravo JU!

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  6. Anonymous09:08

    Won't these come as burden at this point in time?

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    1. Anonymous09:12

      JU seems to be doing fine right now. Charters are going strong and they extended SPU to the end of October.

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    2. The article is pretty clear:

      Since the onset of the pandemic, the airline has renegotiated leasing terms for its aircraft, with power by the hour contracts concluded, where leasing costs are accounted based on the number of hours the aircraft has been utilised rather than a fixed rate.

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    3. Anonymous09:18

      I understand they renegotiated leases but do they really need two extra planes for the winter?

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    4. Anonymous09:21

      I think it's better for the leading company to give them the planes than to risk losing the contact.

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    5. Anonymous09:22

      It seems they only pay for them if they fly, so presumably whether they sit in TLS or BEG makes no difference to Air Serbia and will cost them nothing/very little.

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    6. Anonymous09:26

      Seems like JU IS weathering this storm quite efficiently.

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    7. Anonymous10:04

      The charters are booming, there will be work for them.

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    8. Anonymous14:03

      Dont worry, nobody can weather this storm in less then 2 months.

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    9. Anonymous20:52

      Buddy they are weathering it just fine for now.

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  7. Anonymous09:08

    Finally

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  8. If it's not a Boeing, I am not going.

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    1. Anonymous09:22

      Unless it's the MAX

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    2. If it's Boeing, I'm not going.

      I wonder what the impact of pax perception will be on airlines operating Max.

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    3. Anonymous15:58

      Unknown I saw you board another airline from the region and it was an Airbus. You are going even when it's not a Boeing.

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  9. Anonymous09:12

    Will these be the youngest Airbuses in the fleet?

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  10. Anonymous09:14

    So YU-ANJ and YU-AND have been retired.

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  11. Anonymous09:17

    Yep arriving this afternoon :)

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  12. Anonymous09:23

    Nadamo se da ce prvi inauguracijski let biti do LJU.

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  13. Anonymous09:26

    I miss JP.

    :(

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    1. Anonymous09:45

      Not me.

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    2. Anonymous09:46

      It would just be a burden on taxpayers pockets.

      Nothing else.

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    3. Anonymous10:48

      actually the planes will just change the livery and the tax payer :D

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    4. Anonymous12:04

      This livery gives much more bang for the buck.

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    5. Anonymous16:14

      "Nothing else."

      Nothing else for you will be hundreds of thousands of new passengers for someone else once crisis is over.

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  14. Anonymous09:34

    This can only mean JU IS doing well and is being optimistic and future demand especially as many airlines they compete now will go bankrupt.

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    1. Anonymous14:05

      Which JUs competitors will be bankrupt?

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  15. Anonymous09:40

    How come these former Adria planes have Austrian registration?

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    1. Anonymous09:41

      They were returned to the lessor, which transferred them to Austrian register. But now they have Serbian registration.

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  16. Anonymous09:40

    It's interesting that these planes were first meant to be going to Turkish Airlines.

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  17. Anonymous09:40

    Crazy how there are six flights to Zurich today, one of them on JU A320!

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    1. Anonymous09:51

      School holidays are ending in most of the cantons

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  18. Anonymous09:41

    Do these aircraft have the Air Serbia cabin?

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    1. Anonymous15:11

      Would be interesting to see if the Adria cabin and layout lives on :D

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  19. Anonymous09:42

    Considering the money poured in JU, it is good they at least used it to expand its fleet.

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  20. Anonymous09:43

    The former Adria planes look great in their new livery :)

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  21. Anonymous09:43

    Good move by JU.

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  22. Anonymous09:45

    These planes used to have overhead screens in the passenger cabin. I wonder if they removed them or if JU will use them?

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    1. Anonymous09:48

      I wonder too. Would be nice if they showed the moving map at least. The crew does the safety demo on all planes except A330 where they have a video.

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    2. Anonymous09:51

      My guess is they will just keep them folded. Maybe they even removed them.

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    3. Anonymous09:55

      I think they will be removed.

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    4. Anonymous10:29

      Other A319s that arrived to Air Serbia also used to have overhead screens but they were removed.

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    5. Anonymous11:07

      Why is it important for them to have a couple of overhead screens?

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    6. Anonymous11:14

      It isn't, I was just wondering.

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  23. Anonymous09:47

    I just hope the extra capacity won't lead to wider losses.

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  24. Anonymous09:49

    So YU-ALV is flying now for Air Corsica, for which airline is YU-APG flying for?

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    1. Anonymous09:51

      Doesn't seem to be flying for anyone at the moment.

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  25. Anonymous09:56

    New planes are definitely welcome, looking forward to see them fly.

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    1. Anonymous12:06

      At 10yrs, they are not exactly new ;)

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    2. Anonymous12:12

      I meant new as in new additions to the fleet.

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  26. Anonymous10:16

    Too bad for YU-ALV, it was the ATR in the best condition in JU's fleet. I hope that we see after corona time new ATR's

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    1. Anonymous10:26

      They were supposed to get 4 ex-Air New Zealand ATR72s in April but corona...

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    2. Anonymous10:51

      I am not sure. I think that only one ATR was planned and do not know what happens with it now

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    3. Anonymous10:52

      No, it was four. Which was written here before. Same way it was written that those ATRs have been cancelled. So they are not coming.

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    4. Anonymous11:01

      It was 2. The Serbian carrier is also expected to lease two ATR72 turboprops, with the airline’s mechanics recently dispatched to inspect the aircraft.
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2020/02/ex-yu-airlines-prepare-for-fleet.html

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  27. Anonymous10:26

    Excellent news :)

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  28. Anonymous10:59

    Well at least some expansion.

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  29. Anonymous11:24

    Is the entire JU fleet currently in use?

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    1. Anonymous11:58

      Yes, all of them are being used at the moment.

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    2. Anonymous12:06

      Good!

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  30. Anonymous12:05

    Is the lease for any other Airbus jet expiring soon?

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  31. They just departed Toulouse, you can follow them on FlightRadar24

    OE-IKE and OE-IKF

    https://fr24.com/OEIKE/25b98dca

    https://fr24.com/OEIKF/25b9949a

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    1. Anonymous15:08

      Arrived :)

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    2. Anonymous20:54

      New era in Serbian aviation is about to begin.

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  32. Anonymous15:05

    They look nice!

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  33. Anonymous15:08

    Also good to see from the photo work on the new B apron coming along nicely at BEG :D

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    1. Anonymous16:18

      That's new E apron. B is closer to the runway(s).

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    2. Anonymous01:17

      Where is D apron?

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  34. Anonymous16:55

    Let's see if they use them or just store them.

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    1. Anonymous17:59

      Let me read the article for you: leasing costs are accounted based on the number of hours the aircraft has been utilised rather than a fixed rate.

      Even if they just store them it won't hurt the bottom line. If travel restrictions are removed and demand picks up, they have aircraft ready to use right away.

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    2. Jatovac18:31

      I think he said nothing bad for JU, he was just curious to see if they would use them or they will be parked at the apron. I think most of us understands it is better for JU to pay them when they are in BEG not TLS(in every leasing which is paid by hours of flights there is a ,,small" fixed amount air line should pay, i think that is logic) so they can fly them if there is need for that

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  35. Right now (friday evening) all nine a319 are in the air and being utilized. So two new ones will be used as well.

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  36. Can somebody tell me how many aircrafts AirSerbia have and their ownership status (leased or owned) including Aviolet? Thanks!

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  37. Anonymous07:15

    These two lovely birds are expected to start flying from 20.10.

    :)

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  38. Anonymous07:19

    For me the most interesting part are the remote stands being built in the background of the two A319s parked. Seems like planes won't need pushback as they could park and leave without any help. That's pretty cool and will definitely save time and money. I think they will board those planes from the new gates around A7

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