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Air Serbia applies for codeshare service to the U.S. via partner Airberlin

Air Serbia (Belgrade) hopes to serve the United States again. Formerly as Jat Airways, the company previously flew to the USA starting in 1970 with Boeing 707s. Later McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30s were deployed on those routes starting in 1978 (below).

Above Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. JAT-Yugoslav Airlines (later Jat Airways) McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 YU-AMA (msn 46981) approaches Zurich.

Now as Air Serbia, the airline has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to serve the U.S. via a codeshare agreement with partner Airberlin (Berlin) using Airbus A330s (above).

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If approved, the Air Serbia code would be shown on Airberlin flights to Chicago (O’Hare), Miami and New York (JFK) via Berlin (Tegel) and Dusseldorf according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin’s Airbus A330-223 D-ALPC (msn 444) approaches the runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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Air Serbia to now operate the last Boeing 737-300 through October 24

Air Serbia (formerly Jat Airways) (Belgrade) will now extend the date of the retirement date of its Jat Airways-painted Boeing 737-300s to October 24, 2014 according to Airline Route. The last routes will be to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Podgorica. Air Serbia is replacing the older Boeing 737s with newer Airbus A319s and A320s.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3H9 YU-AND (msn 23329) arrives in Zurich.

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Air Serbia to retire the last Jat Airways Boeing 737 on April 28

Air Serbia (Belgrade) is currently planning to operate the last Boeing 737-300 flight on April 28. The aging Jat Airways Boeing 737-300 fleet is being upgraded and replaced with newer Airbus A319s. Currently the last Boeing 737-300 scheduled service is now scheduled for flight JU 415 from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Belgrade on April 28 according to Airline Route.

This will also be end of the Jat Airways (JAT) brand and name.

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Because of the imminent retirement the former Jat Airways Boeing 737-300s are not being repainted in Air Serbia’s colors. Boeing 737-3H9 YU-ANJ (msn 23714) completes its final approach to the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport in the current 2004 livery.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. JAT was the first airline in Europe to order and operate the new Boeing 737-300 in 1985. The new type entered revenue service after the first (YU-AND) was delivered on July 31, 1985. The pictured 737-3H9 YU-ANL (msn 23716) displays the original 1963 livery worn by the type.

 

Jat Airways is replaced by Air Serbia

Jat Airways (Belgrade) is no more. The national carrier of Serbia was succeeded by replacement carrier Air Serbia (Belgrade) yesterday (October 26). Air Serbia is the result of a new strategic partnership between the Government of Serbia and Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). The majority 51 percent of the shares of new Air Serbia are now owned by the Serbian Government and the remaining 49 percent by Etihad Airways which has been on a spending spree to to partially acquire and transform underperforming national carriers to feed its own operations.

Jat Airways is now defunct.

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Air Serbia’s inaugural flight departed Belgrade yesterday for Abu Dhabi.

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Here is the history of troubled Jat Airways (from their website):

Jat Airways’s predecessor, the Society for Air Transport AEROPUT, was founded on June 17, 1927. This date marks the beginning of civil aviation in our country. The first aircraft to fly under the company name Yugoslav Airlines took off 20 years later, on April 1, 1947.

In mid-January 1947, the civil aviation traffic administration became part of the Transport Ministry, thereby confirming its civilian status. On March 17, 1947, pilots, navigators, radio operators and flight mechanics were transferred from the Transport Regiment to the newly formed company. In the meantime, the company acquired modified aircraft and the first flying season was launched on April 1, 1947.

After weathering the winds of war, AEROPUT pilots and mechanics joined Yugoslav Airlines crews in JAT’s earliest days.

Yugoslav Airlines kicked off with two Douglas C-47 aircraft modified into a DC-3 and two JU-52 Junkers. In the course of the year, the fleet grew by another JU-52, four DC-3s and one unmodified C-47 intended for cargo transport. These aircraft maintained regular traffic on domestic lines: Belgrade-Zagreb-Ljubljana and Zagreb-Sarajevo, and on international lines: Belgrade-Prague-Warsaw.

The first three Sud Aviation Caravelle airplanes joined the JAT fleet in 1963, and the fleet continued to grow six years later with the addition of the first Douglas DC-9, and seven years later with the first Boeing 707. At the same time, the last of the piston-engine veterans – the DC-3 and Convair – were withdrawn from the fleet. The introduction of jet engine aircraft enabled more comfortable and affordable flights – far exceeding the characteristics of piston engine aircraft. With increased capacity and range, these planes served as a basis for expanding the flight network, enabling the company to appear in third markets and make a bid for genuine air traffic growth. This was the main course of Yugoslav Airlines development through the early 1970s, a period tentatively termed by the company as “the beginning of jet aviation”.

Just as the beginning of the 1960s was decisive due to the introduction of the first jet-engine aircraft, so were the 1970s with the introduction of the “big Boeing” – the Boeing 707, after which the first charter lines were established to North America with regular traffic. In addition to the introduction of the Douglas DC-10-30, the first wide-body aircraft, in 1978, this period represented the beginning of one of the most important stages in JAT’s evolution.

Persistent investment in modernization and the acquisition of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 guided Yugoslav Airlines to yet another phase of development, the so-called wide-body stage, which was followed several years later by the purchase of a medium-range aircraft – the Boeing 737. This acquisition, among the first in Europe, established a basic pre-condition for further expansion of traffic in nearly all directions. Also, existing lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were significantly extended, followed by network expansion to the US, Canada and Australia.

During those “golden years”, as some JAT chroniclers have dubbed the period, Yugoslav Airlines opened many offices abroad, carried five million passengers annually, continued to develop and modernize its technical operations parallel to developing service activities such as general aviation, hotel commerce, operating its own training centre and investing in infrastructure. JAT also constructed a large hangar to accommodate wide-body aircraft and a jet-engine test stand, which enabled the company to master the technique of examining engines and other components for modern fleets. Furthermore, the company proved excellent in business skills, successfully negotiating contracts with several third world companies.

Meanwhile, JAT developed its information system and introduced automatic ticket sales. In short, the company made a bid to meet its competition by responding to the growing demands and expectations of its passengers while continuing to satisfy regular passengers by living up to the famous company slogan – JAT is MORE THAN FLYING.

Yugoslav Aerotransport changed its name to Jat Airways on August 8, 2003.

Top Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. A fine taxiway study of Jat Airways’ Boeing 737-3Q4 YU-AON (msn 24208) in the last color scheme at Zurich. The Jat Airways Boeing 737-300s are being replaced with newer Air Serbia Airbus A319s, another narrow body customer loss for Boeing.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Former TACA AIrbus A319-132 N473TA (msn 1140) has become A6-SAA on lease from Etihad Airways to Air Serbia.

Jat Airways brings the first Air Serbia Airbus A319 to Belgrade

Jat Airways (Belgrade) yesterday (October 19) celebrated the arrival at its Belgrade base of the first Airbus A319 painted in the new Air Serbia (Belgrade) livery.

The first Airbus A319 to arrive in Belgrade was welcomed by the airline’s CEO Dane Kondic with a traditional water cannon salute according to the Serbian carrier on Facebook.

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) is acquiring a 49 percent share in the Serbian flag carrier. Jat Airways will be renamed Air Serbia later this year.

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-131 YU-APC (msn 2621) is now full painted in the new colors of Air Serbia.

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The first Airbus A319 is painted for Air Serbia at Dublin

Air Serbia (Belgrade) will soon take delivery of the first of ten Airbus A319s as the airline reorganizes under the leadership of new partner Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). The pictured A319-131 EI-EYA is seen at Dublin after emerging from the paint shop and undergoing engine runs on September 27, 2013. EI-EYA is the former VT-KFH of Kingfisher Airlines. Jat Airways (Belgrade) is expected to be replaced by the new Air Serbia on October 27, 2013. EI-EYA will become YU-APC on delivery. Three A319s will initially be delivered with two leased from Etihad Airways.

Air Serbia is the legal successor of Jat Airways (Belgrade) and will receive its own Air Operators Certificate (AOC) although it is expected to retain the JU/JAT codes of Jat Airways.

All 10 A319s are expected to be in service by March 2014.

Etihad will control 49 percent of the stock of the new company.

Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle/AirlinersGallery.com. The new airline also introduces this new livery.

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Jat Airways to become Air Serbia with a new look and Airbus A319s

Jat Airways (Belgrade) is getting a new makeover with a new brand, new name and new aircraft. The airline will be renamed Air Serbia. Etihad Airways is taking a 49 percent share in the Serbian flag carrier. Etihad Airways will wet lease two Airbus A319s to the struggling carrier. A further eight A319s will join the fleet in order to retire the aging Boeing 737 fleet.

Etihad Airways has issued the following statement:

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates(UAE) has unveiled plans to acquire 49 percent of Jat Airways. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier has also been awarded a five year management contract for the Serbian national airline.

• Etihad Airways to acquire 49 per cent of Jat Airways
• Jat Airways to be renamed and rebranded Air Serbia
• Etihad Airways awarded five year management contract for new airline
• Etihad Airways and Government of Serbia both to inject $40 million
• Etihad Airways and Government of Serbia to each provide up to $60 million further funding
• Air Serbia to launch fights to Abu Dhabi from October 2013

These are two of the key components of a wide-ranging strategic partnership agreement, signed by Etihad Airways and the Government of Serbia, which includes a fleet of new aircraft, and a new integrated network of international destinations enabling greater access for business and leisure travellers to Serbia.

The historic agreement follows the launch of Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade in June and will significantly enhance trade and investment relations between the United Arab Emirates and Serbia as well as boosting the tourism sector in both countries.

Economic ties between the two countries, valued at EUR 23.3 million in 2012, three times greater than in 2011, continue to expand with a number of key government agreements signed in recent months which will see investments in agriculture, defence, technology, and tourism.

The strategic partnership agreement was announced by James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways and Aleksandar Vučić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Serbian Government, at a media conference in Belgrade today, Thursday August 1, 2013.

Within the agreement Etihad Airways will make available a $40 million loan facility which will be converted into equity on January 1, 2014, subject to regulatory approval. This will be matched by an equal funding injection by the Government of Serbia.

Etihad Airways and the Government of Serbia will also each provide further funding through shareholder loans and other funding mechanisms of up to $60 million to meet working capital requirements and support network development for the newly created Air Serbia.

 

The rebranding and renaming of JatAirways to Air Serbia is a significant moment in the history of the Serbian carrier which is more than 80 years old. Tail fins on Air Serbia aircraft will feature the Serbian coat of arms and the country’s state colours on both sides.

The new livery was designed by a team in Serbia and the UAE and provides a new look and feel for the national airline. The aim was to make a break with past practice, but not with Serbian heritage and also offer an unmistakeable national identity.

Among other planned developments will be an enhanced flight network, codesharing with Etihad Airways and Airberlin, adding to Air Serbia’s current network of 33 cities another 12 destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

The new destinations are Abu Dhabi (complementing Etihad Airways’ daily service), as well as Banja Luka, Beirut, Bucharest, Budapest, Cairo, Kiev, Ljubljana, Prague, Sofia, Varna, and Warsaw.

Among the first new destinations to be launched by Air Serbia will be a four flights a week service between Belgrade and Abu Dhabi.

Complementing Etihad Airways’ current daily flights, the new Air Serbia service will start in October 2013 and will move to daily when the new fleet grows to facilitate an increased service.

The new A319 aircraft will be in Air Serbia livery, with a stylish cabin trim and product of a standard never seen before operating out of Belgrade.

The current Ja tAirways fleet of 10 Boeing 737-300 aircraft will be retired from scheduled operations, and in the short term will be replaced by leased narrow body aircraft. In the longer term, an Air Serbia order will be made for 10 new narrow body aircraft.

The strategic partnership agreement will also offer unprecedented career development opportunities for Air Serbia cabin and flight deck crew, who will have access to Etihad Airways’ world class Training Academy and facilities in Abu Dhabi.

Air Serbia will become Etihad Airways’ sixth equity partner following investments in Airberlin (29.21 percent), Air Seychelles (40 percent), Virgin Australia (10.5 percent), Aer Lingus (2.99 percent) and most recently Jet Airways (24 percent – subject to regulatory approval).

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Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3Q4 YU-AON (msn 24208) taxies past the camera at Zurich, displaying the current name and 2004 livery.

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