November 20, 2013
Air Serbia plans to take 10 Airbus A320neos from an order just placed by its soon-to-be shareholder Etihad Airways.
The aircraft will be added to Air Serbia’s fleet between 2018 and 2020.
Etihad this week during the Dubai air show announced an order for up to 117 Airbus aircraft, included a commitment for 26 A321neos and 10 A320neos.
Etihad CEO James Hogan has said that part of the order could end up being used by one of the carrier’s “equity alliance” partners.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline has agreed to acquire a 49% stake in Air Serbia in a transaction that is expected to be completed in January. Etihad also signed a five-year management contract with the carrier.
Air Serbia is to cover the Balkans for Etihad, and is to be used as a feeder for Etihad’s long-haul network out of Abu Dhabi. Air Serbia started Abu Dhabi services on Oct. 26.
The Serbian carrier is in the process of replacing its fleet of 10 Boeing 737-300s with eight current generation A319s and two A320s.