|Parent company||Genex Group|
|Key people||Bojan Nikolić|
Aviogenex (literary Serbian: Aviogeneks / Авиогенекс) was a Serbian charter airline based at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport. It operated regular and ad hoc charter flights as well as wet-lease services. Prior to the break-up of Yugoslavia, Aviogenex was the busiest charter airline in the country, handling over half a million passengers per year in the late 1980s.
Aviogenex had more than 40 years of experience in flying under charter, sub charter and wet lease agreements. Aviogenex was founded on 21 May 1968 as an air transport division of Generalexport, an enterprise for foreign and domestic trade, tourism and air transport. On 30 April 1969 Aviogenex operated its first flight from Belgrade to Düsseldorf on a Tu-134 aircraft.
In 1990 the airline flew 633,932 passengers, with 10 aircraft (5 Boeing 727 and 5 Boeing 737) reaching 17,000 flight hours per year. Since 1991 Aviogenex has oriented to leasing of aircraft and crews, and achieved more than 40,000 flight hours. In this period Aviogenex operated in Europe, Africa, the Middle and Far East, and South America. In 2010 they restarted flights under their own name using a Boeing 737-200 Advanced.
Aviogenex services included:
- International and domestic charter operations
- Aircraft lease with or without crew and technical personnel ("wet" or "dry" lease)
- Transfer of technology/know-how and logistic support
- AGX Engineering Dept maintains Boeing 727-200 and Boeing 737-200 Adv aircraft, to "B"-check level, and operates maintenance facilities (workshops) for its own needs and for the needs of others
- Aviogenex has a Training Center approved by the Ministry for Transportation of the Republic of Serbia for the education and training of its flight and ground staff, cockpit and cabin crew.
- Carriage of cargo and special cargoes
- Ad-hoc transport arrangements for special purposes (artistic tours, football matches, VIP flights etc.)
Aviogenex operated charter services to the following leisure destinations:
- Corfu – Corfu International Airport
- Heraklion – Heraklion International Airport
- Kos – Kos Island International Airport
- Rhodes – Rhodes International Airport
- Skiathos – Skiathos Island National Airport
- Zakynthos – Zakynthos International Airport
Incidents and accidents
- On 23 May 1971, an Aviogenex Tupolev Tu-134A (tail number YU-AHZ) crashed on approach to Rijeka Airport located on the island of Krk, because of rough landing in bad weather conditions, killing 78 people and leaving five survivors. Among the victims was the Croatian poet Josip Pupačić with his wife and daughter.
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- The end of Aviogenex at EX-YU Aviation News, 3-5-2015, retrieved 1-12-2015
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- Aviogenex Rises From Dead
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- ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 134A YU-AHZ Rijeka Airport (RJK) — 2 photographs
- Авиакатастрофы самолётов Ту-134 (Russian)
Media related to Aviogenex at Wikimedia Commons