Air Serbia said on Wednesday that it is bringing in more ATR aircraft for its regional fleet with plans to complete the renewal by the end of the year.
“Fleet renewal is one of the most significant strategic decisions and Air Serbia is capitalizing on current favourable market conditions regarding aircraft availability. We are starting with our turbo prop fleet and replacing all ATR 72-200s, of which we currently have three in the fleet, as well as two ATR 72-500 airplanes, with state-of-the-art ATR 72-600 during the upcoming period. This will significantly increase our operational efficiency, as well as service provided to passengers. Our ambition is to continue to develop further as a regional leader and upgraded turbo prop fleet is an essential step on this path,” a press release quoted Air Serbia CEO Jiri Marek as saying, writes N1.
The first of those aircraft is due to fly from Toulouse to Belgrade on Thursday, marking the start of the fleet renewal. The aircraft was made in 2015 and is younger than the other ATR planes in Air Serbia’s fleet, the press release said.
“Air Serbia will use the new ATR 72-600 airplanes for scheduled flights from Belgrade to Banjaluka, Vienna, Bucharest, Ljubljana, Podgorica, Prague, Sarajevo, Skopje, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Tivat, Tirana and Zagreb, as well as for seasonal flights to Dubrovnik, Pula, Split and Zadar. The airline will also use the new airplanes for scheduled flights from Niš to Ljubljana, and seasonal flights to Athens, as well as scheduled flights from Kraljevo to Istanbul and seasonal flights to Thessaloniki,” the press release said.