Air Serbia announced (19-Nov-2013) it will receive ten A320neo aircraft, as part of parent carrier Etihad Airways' order for 117 Airbus aircraft announced on 17-Nov-2013. The ten aircraft will replace eight A319 and two A320s from Air Serbia's current fleet, which are currently being leased in order to facilitate the retirement of ten Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The ten A320neos are scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2020. Air Serbia CEO Dane Kondic said: "The new fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft is a key part of the strategy to re-position the airline as best in class with the most modern and comfortable single aisle aircraft. These aircraft will offer our guests the best cabin in the sky. With these A320neo aircraft we will set the benchmark in both product and service excellence as we extend our network to more destinations across Europe." Serbia's government's advisor for economy and finance Sinisa Mali added: "This is good for Air Serbia and the people of Serbia, because both have benefited from economies of scale resulting from Etihad Airways’ very significant order with Airbus. With the delivery of these ten new aircraft between 2018 and 2020, Air Serbia will be the first airline in the region to have a modern fleet of new Airbus aircraft. Furthermore, through our partnership with Etihad Airways, a previous deposit payment made by Jat Airways, has been credited against the pre-delivery payment for these aircraft." [more - original PR]
Air Serbia to receive ten A320neos between 2018 and 2020
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