- Joe Breitfeller
Air Serbia to Launch Flights to Hanover, Nuremburg and Salzburg; Takes Delivery of ATR 72-600
Air Serbia will introduce new service from Belgrade to Hanover from June 3rd, Nuremburg from June 6th and Salzburg starting June 7, 2022. Earlier this week, the carrier also announced the delivery of an ATR 72-600 turboprop on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital.
On Friday (January 28, 2022), Air Serbia announced the launch of new service from Belgrade to Hanover, Nuremburg and Salzburg from June 2022. Service to Hanover will start on June 3rd, while flights to Nuremburg and Salzburg will launch on June 6th and 7th, respectively. With the network expansion, Air Serbia will offer service to as many as eight German destinations from including Berlin, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Nuremburg and Hanover from Belgrade, as well as to Frankfurt-Hahn and Cologne from Niš, making Germany the market with the most Air Serbia destinations.
In Friday’s announcement, Air Serbia’s Head of Network Planning and Scheduling, Bojan Aranđelović, said,
“Historically, the German market has been always of a great importance for our airline. By launching routes to Hanover and Nuremberg, Air Serbia will furthermore strengthen its position in Germany, increase the country coverage and complement already existing services. On the other hand, the introduction of flights to Salzburg confirms our commitment to improve connectivity between Serbia and Austria, which represents a significant market for our country due to the sizeable Serbian diaspora, but also offers great opportunities for city break and skiing holidays.”
In an earlier press release on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, Air Serbia announced the delivery of an ATR 72-600, registration YU-ALY, on lease from Nordic Air Capital (NAC). The aircraft arrived in Belgrade from Toulouse on Thursday, January 27th, as part of Air Serbia’s regional fleet renewal. YU-ALY was manufactured in 2015 and is younger than the ATR’s in the carrier’s fleet. The aircraft features Geven’s Prestige 72-seat configuration and is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW127m engines. The ATR 72-600 has a maximum cruising speed of 510 km/h and a maximum range at full capacity of 1,404 km (758 nm).
Speaking on the ATR 72-600 delivery, Air Serbia’s CEO, Jiri Marek, said,
"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.”
Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) is a leading regional aircraft lessor serving approximately 70 airline customers in over 45 countries. The company’s current fleet includes nearly 500 aircraft including ATR42s, ATR 72s, De Havilland Canada Dash 8s, Mitsubishi CRJ900/1000s, Airbus A220s and Embraer E-Jet Family aircraft.
Air Serbia was launched under its current name in 2013, as the national carrier of the Republic of Serbia. The airline operates from three airports in Serbia including Belgrade, Niš and Kraljevo, serving 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Africa. Air Serbia also offers international long-haul service to destinations in Asia, Australia, North America and Africa via their codeshare partners. The airline’s fleet includes one Airbus A330-200, one Airbus A320, 11 Airbus A319s, two ATR 72-500s, three ATR 72-200s and one ATR 72-600.
Source(s): Air Serbia, Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC)