Struggling Jat Airways is to be revamped, with a new name and fleet.
The airline is to become Air Serbia, and will operate a fleet of Airbus A319 aircraft leased from Etihad Airways.
Etihad has taken a 49 per cent stake in the European carrier, which dates back to 1927.
The first two A319s will join the fleet immediately in order to operate a busy summer schedule. Then, alongside Jat’s existing destination network, Air Serbia will launch a further fourteen new routes this winter, Siniša Mali, the finance advisor to Serbia’s Deputy Minister says. EX-YU Aviation News has revealed eleven destinations the airline will launch this winter. They are Abu Dhabi, Banja Luka, Beirut, Budapest, Bucharest, Cairo, Ljubljana, Prague, Sofia, Varna and Warsaw.
To allow this to take place, the airline’s ageing Boeing 737 aircraft will be retired and a further six A319s leased.