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Air Serbia

by Giuseppe TovarDecember 9, 2013

Air Serbia is the national airline of Serbia (formerly known as JAT, Yugoslavia’s former flagship company), stationed in Belgrade. It operates routine domestic flights and international and regional services to more than 40 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to charter flights and other leasing services. They are engaged in the transport of passengers and cargo in scheduled flights, crew and airline staff training, office leasing, charter services, and other business activities. Belgrade-Nikola Tesla, is the airline’s hub.

The long-range routes to North America, Australia and the Far East were carried out with Boeing 707 that arrived since 1970. In 1978 the company acquired the aircraft fuselage width of McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 (being the Boeing 747-200 the other option) to create a successor to the Boeing 707 in long-distance routes, while the 707 remained in service in the 80’s as a charter plane and then was replaced by fault.

In 1985 it was the first European airline to own a Boeing 737-300. During those years, the company carried 5 million passengers annually and was flying to 80 destinations across 5 continents (19 domestic, 45 middle-distance and 16 long).

This airline is not a member of any alliance or association although it performs code-share operations on some routes with Air France, B&H Airlines, Lufthansa, Aeroflot, Alitalia and Austrian Airlines. This airline also has arrangements with Emirates on flights to and from Australia. The airline is also launching a campaign to get affiliated to the Sky Team alliance, with Air France and Alitalia as its best promoters.

On October 25th 2013, the airline was officially launched by Aleksandar Vučić, Deputy Prime Minister. The renaming of Jat Airways to their current name coincided with network expansion and a fleet modernization strategy. The airline will serve more than 30 countries in over 40 destinations, over 670 flights a week with 73,000 seats each, by June 2014. This expansion is made possible due to support from their equity partner Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ national airline. As a member of the “equity alliance” of Etihad Airways, which includes another five partner airlines (Airberlin, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Virgin Australia and Jet Airways). This airline will also be able to leverage revenue and cost benefits including new code sharing opportunities, shared training, joint procurement and staff development.

Since August 2013, the airline is established and owned by the Government of Serbia (51 %) and Etihad Airways (49 %).

Air Serbia will play a key role in the nation’s aviation infrastructure and it will also play a fundamental role in the development of Serbia’s travel and tourism industry and the country’s economic growth.

Registered head office and customer service contact details for this airline:

Head Office Contact Information

11000 Beograd, Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 17

Phone:

381 11 32 32 372

381 11 32 31 042

381 11 32 45 005

Fax

381 11 32 32 659

We would appreciate if other passengers of the airline could share with us their reviews and feedback about this airline.

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  • anatovar
    December 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Flew from Istanbul to Belgrade and from Belgrade to Sarajevo. I was extremely surprised. The food was good, but the crew members were the most friendliest that I have met on an airline, the pilot spoke comprehensible English and gave much more information than any of the Turkish Airline pilots that I flew with before and the seats were comfortable. Pilots showed superior skills of airman-ship than in other airlines. Their in-flight review is great and informative. I hate flying but Air Serbia made the experience about as pleasant as flying gets for somebody like me. Would fly with this airline again without hesitation!

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