||It has been suggested that this article be merged with Jat Airways. (Discuss) Proposed since August 2013.|
|Founded||17 June 1927Aeroput)(as|
|Commenced operations||26 October 2013(as Air Serbia)|
|Hubs||Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Etihad Guest|
|Fleet size||19 (15 on order)|
|Destinations||41 (3 seasonal)|
|Parent company||Government of Serbia (51%)
Etihad Airways (49%)
|Key people||Dane Kondić (CEO)|
|Revenue||€121.53 million (2012)|
|Net income||-€32.15 million (2012)|
|Total assets||€202.87 million (2012)|
Air Serbia (stylized as AirSERBIA) is the flag carrier and largest airline of Serbia. The airline was formerly known as Jat Airways until it was renamed in 2013. Air Serbia commenced operations under its new name on 26 October 2013 . The airline is based at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport.
On August 1, 2013, Jat Airways and Etihad Airways entered into an agreement of strategic partnership. Under the agreement, Etihad acquired a 49% stake in Jat Airways and management rights for a period of five years. The Serbian government will retain the remaining 51% and hold five of nine monitoring committee seats in the company. Jat Airways was reorganized and renamed to Air Serbia in October 2013 and launched its first inaugural flight under its new name on October 26, 2013, from Belgrade to Abu Dhabi.
Air Serbia's logo is a stylized double-headed eagle inspired by the Serbian coat-of-arms. The airline's branding was based on work undertaken by Tamara Maksimović, a 25-year-old graphic designer from Novi Sad.
Serbian tennis player Novak Đoković gave his name to the first Airbus, and will be part of the series titled Living legends of Serbia which will appear on the new fleet of the airline. However, since no other plane has been named since, it can be assumed that the company might have given up on this practice.
The first flight under the new Air Serbia brand operated for promotional purposes on 26 October 2013 initiating the service to Abu Dhabi, with the first revenue flight taking place the following day from Abu Dhabi to Belgrade. They also switched operations to Sabiha Gökçen Airport on 27 October 2013 from Istanbul Atatürk Airport after failing to gain additional slots for planned increase in operations there.
Since the launch Air Serbia have introduced services to Banja Luka and Prague on 1 December 2013, Ljubljana and Bucharest on 10 December 2013. Beirut, Budapest, Sofia and Varna are due to launch on 30 March 2014 with Kiev and Warsaw to follow on 29 May 2014, while Cairo has been postponed until further notice due to the continuing turmoil in Egypt. On 28 February 2014 it has been announced that the launch of Beirut will also be postponed. On 7 March it has been announced that the route will start on 1 June 2014. At the same time the airline confirmed the lease of a third Airbus A320 up from two planned for the 2014 summer season. Talks were ongoing between Turkish and Serbian aviation authorities for a possible return of Air Serbia to Istanbul Atatürk Airport with licences to Turkish charter carriers including Turkish Airlines being under threat. However they were delivered at the very last minute and the outcome of the negotiations still remains unclear.
Air Serbia has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
On October 22, 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić said that the possibility of Air Serbia transatlantic flights were discussed, claiming the first flight could be in three years time or earlier, to two destinations in North America, referring to Chicago and Toronto, or possibly New York City specifically.
|Airbus A319-100LR||—||2||—||8||120||128||To be delivered by June 2014.|
|Airbus A320-200||—||3||—||8||156||164||All three in Air Serbia colours, undergoing cabin reconfiguration, and to be delivered by March 2014.|
|Airbus A320neo||—||10||—||-||-||TBA||To be delivered between 2018 and 2020.|
|ATR 72-202||3||—||—||0||66||66||YU-ALO and YU-ALN in Air Serbia colours, others featuring old livery.|
|ATR 72-500||2||—||—||0||70||70||YU-ALU on painting at LEY.|
|Used for charter services, will be replaced with A319s by April 2014 on scheduled routes; 2 are leased from Bulgaria Air|
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- AirSerbia Fleet
- Air Serbia leases second A320
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