November 19, 2013
Air Serbia receives ten Airbus A320NEO aircraft for its fleet from 2018
Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, announced that ten next generation A320neo aircraft have been confirmed for its fleet. The deal is valued at more than US$1bn at list prices. The deal for Air Serbia, unveiled at the Dubai Air Show, forms part of the major fleet order by its equity partner Etihad Airways, for up to 117 Airbus aircraft. The A320neo will replace the eight A319 and two A320 aircraft, which are currently being leased in order to progressively retire the aging fleet of 10 Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The new A320neo aircraft are expected to be delivered between 2018 and 2020. The Airbus A320neo announcement follows the inaugural flight of the first Air Serbia-liveried A319 from Belgrade to Abu Dhabi on 26 October. The deal for Etihad Airways to acquire 49% of Air Serbia and manage the airline under a five year management contract was announced on August 1st.