|Hubs||Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport|
|Key people||Predrag Vujović - Founder|
Centavia (Central European Aviation) was a short-lived Serbian low cost airline. Its hub airport was Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport in Serbia while its technical base was in Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany. The airline declared bankruptcy on November 8, 2006.
Centavia was established in 2005 and received its first aircraft, a BAe 146-200, on 15 June 2006 from Meridiana. Its founder and CEO, Predrag Vujović, had previously attempted to set up an airline company called Air Maxi, but those plans had been abandoned due to a lack of funding.
Centavia's first (charter) flight took place on July 8, 2006, to Belgrade from Corfu; and for the initial period, only charter flights were operated. The airline's second aircraft arrived on August 17, 2006 and has been registered as YU-AGM 12_3.
Centavia was to be the first airline to operate flights from Belgrade to Zagreb since the dissolution of Yugoslavia. However, the Croatian Authorities rejected the airline's application, saying that no bilateral agreements existed between the two states and that the European Open Skies Agreement, ratified by Croatia, would not be applicable in this case. Similarly the Montenegrin government denied the airline landing rights due to Serbian withdrawal of the AOC of Montenegro Airlines' daughter company - Master Airways, this rejection dramatically deteriorated the economic ties between the two former Yugoslav Republics. It was later confirmed that the European Commission requested detailed explanation from both the Croatian and Montenegrin Authorities over their rejection of landing rights. The airline demise was seen as collateral damage of the unresolved issues and disputes between the Republics of former Yugoslavia. Only Slovenia approved Centavia's operations request without any difficulties. Centavia was to code share on the Belgrade to Ljubljana flights with Adria Airways of Slovenia.
Centavia had received permissions and landing rights from Slovenia, Germany, Italy and Switzerland and planned to start flights to these states in Winter 2006.
Centavia also held informal talks with Wizz Air of Hungary to jointly operate certain flights.
Centavia's two leased aircraft were returned to the lessor, BAE Systems, on November 9, 2006.
- Centavia Fleet Details
- (Serbian) Ovog leta počinju jeftini letovi
- (Serbian) Centavija dobila dozvolu za letenje
- (English) BAE SYSTEMS LEASES TWO BAe 146s TO NEW SERBIAN OPERATOR – CENTAVIA
- (English) BAe 146-200 msn E2210 (Meridiana I-FLRE)
- (English) BAe 146-200 msn E2210 YU-AGL. First comercial flight of new airline! Charter flight from Corfu. Landing on Rwy 12. Belgrade - Nikola Tesla (Surcin) (BEG / LYBE), Serbia, July 8, 2006
- (English) Centavia's BAe 146-200 YU-AGL landing at Warsaw-Okecie - EPWA, September 4, 2006
- (English) BAe 146-200 msn E2220 (Club Air I-FLRI - last BAe 146 series 200s built before production switched to the Avro RJ85)
- (English) Centavia's BAe 146-200 YU-AGM at Norwich - NWI (Second Centavia BAe 146 ready for delivery), August 15th 2006
- (English) First photo of YU-AGM on Belgrade (Surcin) Airport - BEG, August 23rd 2006
- (English) BAe 146-200 msn E2220 YU-AGM. Still all white - arriving from Belgrade. Kerkyra (Corfu) - Ioannis Kapodistrias (CFU / LGKR), Greece, September 16, 2006