Air Serbia to start flying, marking end of JAT
Published: October 25, 2013 08:21AM
Updated: October 25, 2013 08:21AM
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A new cabin crew member prepares for the inauguration ceremony of the first Airbus A319-100 aircraft in Air Serbia livery at the Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport, Serbia, Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. Officials say that Air Serbia, Balkan country’s new national carrier partly owned by Etihad Airways, formally starts flying this weekend, spelling the end for the old loss-making JAT Airways. Air Serbia’s chief manager Dane Kondic said Friday that the company’s inaugural flight will take place on Saturday to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He says that “it is an important flight that will mark a crossroads.” Kondic and Serbia’s deputy prime minister Aleksandar Vucic unveiled at a ceremony at Belgrade’s airport an Airbus A319 plane bearing a double-headed eagle logo in Serbia’s national, red, white and blue colors. Vucic says Air Serbia hopes to become the leading regional airline. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Belgrade, Serbia • Air Serbia, the Balkan country’s new national carrier partly owned by Etihad Airways, formally starts flying this weekend, spelling the end for the old loss-making JAT Airways.

Air Serbia’s chief manager, Dane Kondic, said Friday the company’s inaugural flight will take place Saturday to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He says that “it is an important flight that will mark a crossroads.”

In a ceremony at Belgrade’s airport, Kondic and deputy prime minister Aleksandar Vucic unveiled an Airbus A319 plane bearing a double-headed eagle logo in Serbia’s national, red, white and blue colors — the first of the company’s future fleet.

Etihad Airways acquired 49 percent in JAT Airways in August and will manage the company over the next five years.