Aeroflot to start wide-body operations to Belgrade

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Russian carrier Aeroflot will commence regular wide-body operations to Belgrade as of this Saturday, which are to be maintained for a month. The airline, which currently runs two weekly rotations between Moscow and the Serbian capital, will deploy its 296-seat Airbus A330-300 aircraft each Saturday from December 12, 2020 until January 16, 2021. Its Thursday flight will be operated by the 183-seat Airbus A321 jet for the remainder of the winter season. Aeroflot’s A330-300 features 28 seats in business and 268 seats in economy class. Serbian citizens are permitted to enter Russia with a negative PCR test, although they must travel on either Aeroflot's or Air Serbia's nonstop service.

Aeroflot A330-300 business class cabin

Aeroflot A330-300 economy class cabin

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  1. Anonymous10:38

    Is the reason higher demand or what.

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  2. Anonymous10:46

    With EU being closed or limited to Serbs, Russia is opening its doors. Kinda reminds me of the Israeli and US scenario. I hope the Sukhoi is considered as well with additional frequencies.

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    1. Anonymous10:54

      But why add capacity and not frequencies?

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    2. Anonymous10:56

      Because Russian government currently only allows two flights per week by each national airlines because of corona.

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    3. Anonymous10:58

      That's indeed a true shame. They should increase it to more flights so that we can have more flexibility though it's pretty cool we get to see widebodies in BEG besides JU which runs scheduled JFK flights.

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    4. Anonymous15:26

      On Saturdays BEG airport will now have two passenger widebody flights, to JFK and SVO. ExYu leader in widebody flights.

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  3. Anonymous10:53

    Meanwhile on 28.12 JU will be deploying its B733 to SVO. :D

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    1. Why on Earth are they sending B733?

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    2. Anonymous12:27

      Because they are broke and because while sending the B733 there is no leasing cost to be paid (they renegotiated leases to payment by the hr).

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    3. Anonymous12:47

      Which airline is not broke?

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    4. Anonymous14:14

      Ryanair.

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    5. Anonymous15:17

      Crew needs hours to maintain their licence and there are no B737 Classic simulators.

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  4. Anonymous11:08

    The cargo capicity is pretty big too. Vaccins are coming ??

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    1. Anonymous11:10

      Actually Russian vaccines do not require -70 degree storage so they can be transferred through road transport cold storage. Also first Russian vaccines are expected in January.

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  5. Anonymous11:22

    Guys let's be realistic, this was just a matter of time. Serbian tour agencies get subsidies for Russian tourists (I think €20 per tourist) and these A333 are around New Year. I am sure Russians will be coming en masse for holidays here. This is great for our hotels as it will be a nice little boost after Israelis.

    Hotels outside of Belgrade had a fantastic year due to locals. It's the ones in the Serbian capital that are struggling.

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    1. Anonymous12:02

      Are those Russian routes subsidised?

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    2. Anonymous12:06

      No, the routes are not subsidised. Tour agencies get money if they bring Russian tourists to Serbia.

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    3. Anonymous17:42

      Number of Russian tourists was growing in doubt digits last year. What's interesting a friend of mine flew on WZ a few times and it was mostly filled with Serbs from Moscow. I guess tourists flew mostly on JU and SU.

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  6. Anonymous11:27

    Premium cabin looking very good

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  7. Anonymous11:48

    Wow. Nice.

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  8. Anonymous12:31

    Flew BEG-SVO on 05 Dec and the A321 was packed to the last seat in Y and only 1 seat was vacant in J class. Service onboard was very good and landing in SVO ahead of schedule. Overall good experience but they tend to be pricier than competition. For the NY holidays (critical dates) they have crazy fares i.e 670e return in economy light (no luggage).

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    1. Anonymous13:03

      Nice. You should do a trip report if you have photos :)

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  9. Anonymous12:48

    I'm reading this:

    Serbian citizens are permitted to enter Russia with a negative PCR test, although they must travel on either Aeroflot's or Air Serbia's nonstop service.

    My question is:

    Can Serbian citizens enter Russia for tourism and leisure too? Most other nationalities can't.

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    1. Anonymous12:53

      Yes, Serbian citizens can enter Russia with negative PCR test taken 72 hours before departure. Condition is that you MUST travel on nonstop Air Serbia or Aeroflot flight to Moscow. If you are transiting via third country (for example Istanbul) then you must have special permission from Russian authorities. But if you are on the nonstop flight you can enter for whatever reason without any additional documentation (just the PCR test).

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    2. Anonymous13:12

      Wow that's great!
      I can't imagine that something like this would be for real.

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    3. Anonymous13:18

      It is :) you have information on Serbian Ministry of foreign affairs website in the section about covid entry requirments for Serbian citizens by country. They update it daily.

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  10. Anonymous15:18

    Guys we need Red Wings back.

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  11. Anonymous15:33

    Love this.

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  12. No word in msm about free travel to russia

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    1. Anonymous06:27

      Because it's Russia, they are too busy hysterically reporting on corona. This is great news about SU and A333. Goes to show what potential Belgrade as an airport has.

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  13. Anonymous23:02

    When will entry be possible for other Balkan countries to Russia, it's really not fair. :( I haven't seen my girlfriend since 2019 because of Covid-19 restrictions to travel. I'm from Bosnia and Herzegovina

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