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Old March 4th, 2017, 07:38 AM   #201
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Air Serbia will roll out a new-look cabin on board its narrow-body fleet later this summer in order to better adapt to changing market conditions and stronger competition. The move will also allow the airline to add extra capacity without introducing additional aircraft. Speaking to EX-YU Aviation News, Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić, said, "The bigger issue is how do we get better utility out of the Airbus fleet and that is something we will shortly be initiating some changes to because our seat density is very low compared to our competitors, so that is something we will be addressing in the very short-term because that is the first pillar of the review we are going through at the moment". Mr Kondić added, "We are looking at slimmer seats, through which you can get greater density without actually changing so much the seat pitch. We have the older generation seats which are heavy as well. The new ones are not only lighter but allow you to put in more without reducing guest comfort".

According to the airline's CEO, the rollout of the slimmer seats will reduce costs. "It is important because the more seats you have on an aircraft type, the more you can lower what's called your CASK (cost per ASK - available seat kilometres). In the airline industry, the critical metric is one of CASK. You have to get as low as possible a seat cost, offering as many seats as possible. That's why low-cost airlines have so many seats. We are not doing that clearly. What the rest of the on board product will look like is something we are looking at", Mr Kondić noted. He added, "We will evolve our product, there is no question about that. What that evolution will look like is something we are working through at the moment". Despite decreasing frequencies on several routes during the summer when compared to last year, the extra seats on its aircraft will in fact allow the airline to offer the same capacity on many of its routes as in the summer of 2016. The changes will not affect the airline's flagship service to New York, operated by the Airbus A330-200 jet, which boasts a separate product to short haul flights.

Air Serbia's A319 fleet currently features eight seats in business and 120 in economy class, while the A320 sees eight business class seats and 147 in economy. Mr Kondić noted that while Air Serbia has strong support from its two shareholders, Etihad Airways and the Serbian government, both want them to do more. "When we started three and a half years ago the world was a different place than it is today so we are constantly looking whether what we do is relevant. We are coming at the end of the first five-year period so as we go into the next five years of Etihad's involvement in the business we have to review our five-year plan and see whether what we saw back then is still relevant or not. The only relevance is that Etihad is still involved and a committed partner and the government has said that as well. From a management point of view, we are happy to have that stability but both shareholders want more so that's the driver of any change not just in business strategy but in sales strategy and all the things that we do".

EX-YU Aviation News will bring you more of Air Serbia's future plans in the coming weeks and how the carrier plans to tackle some existing issues.
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Air Serbia will discontinue its daily flights between Belgrade and Abu Dhabi at the end of the 2017 summer season, on October 29, exactly four years since the route's launch. In a statement, the carrier said the move will "allow Air Serbia to redeploy the A319 currently serving the market on shorter routes to maximise returns". It added, "The carrier will outfit its Airbus A319 and A320 narrow-body aircraft with slimmer seats to increase capacity and better utilise its aircraft by focusing on flying to European markets". Despite decent loads on its Abu Dhabi operations, the service is one of its most expensive with eleven hour retun flying time and crew rest in the Emirati capital.

Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić, said, "After conducting an extensive review of our five-year business plan, we have taken the decision to consolidate our network by focusing on our European routes. As part of this, we will be increasing the seat density on our Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft with seats which are better-suited for our shorter flights". He added, "We will also be suspending our second longest route, Belgrade - Abu Dhabi, which will enable Air Serbia to increase the utilisation of our narrow-body Airbus fleet and maximise returns. These steps will increase revenue and help to balance the seasonal fluctuations in our traffic, enabling Air Serbia to keep up a strong pace of growth and mitigate the escalating cost of fuel and other services in the aviation industry".

Etihad Airways will continue operating daily flights between the two capital cities, which are codeshared by Air Serbia, as well as Montenegro Airlines, Air Seychelles, Jet Airways, Sri Lankan Airlines, Virgin Australia and Oman Air. The Emirati carrier is expected to upgrade its equipment from an Airbus A320 aircraft on the route. Abu Dhabi was the first new service launched under the Air Serbia brand in late October 2013. This year, the Serbian carrier has discontinued flights to Istanbul and has not resumed its seasonal services to Kiev and Varna. On the other hand, it will launch flights to Venice on June 1. In a recent interview with EX-YU Aviation News, Mr Kondić said the airline plans to rationalise its operations prior to any future network growth.
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Air Serbia will shift towards a more "hybrid" business model later this year, which combines the cost-saving methodologies of pure low cost carriers with the flexibility and route structure of a full-service airline, in an attempt to increase cost effectiveness and adapt to the needs of the market in terms of pricing. The development marks the latest structural change at one of Etihad Airways' equity partners. The new model will bring with it a number of changes to the airline's product as it alters its strategy on short haul routes. As previously announced, from June, the carrier will begin charging a thirty euro check-in fee at Belgrade Airport for lower priced tickets (complimentary for online check-in), preferred seating and will begin rolling out new slimline seats across its Airbus A319 and A320 fleet. The carrier is expected to unveil further product modifications on its European network in the coming weeks, which may include pre-paid meals and luggage-free fares.

Air Serbia has announced it will be suspending operations to Abu Dhabi from October 29 in order to focus on its European network. It signals the airline putting a greater focus on attracting more point-to-point passengers, who bring in greater revenue per seat. These measures will not affect the airline's flagship service to New York, operated by the A330-200 jet, which will remain unchanged. Recently, Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić, noted, "With our current business model, while still showing growth, it is growing at a decreasing rate. That means that we have to change something because we are not growing as fast as we need to grow with what we have. Meanwhile, if you look at the growth of low cost airlines, it is significant. So we can continue to do the same thing and grow at a slower rate, or we can look at the ideas that we are reviewing and see which of those we can apply to our business to ensure that we continue to accelerate our growth". He added, "Conceptually, we have to evolve our business model from what it is today, to a model that will allow us to continue to grow and continue to work to lower costs”.

Air Serbia's CEO said last year the airline is preparing for strong competition from low cost carriers on the Serbian market. Speaking to "Business Insider" in 2016, Mr Kondić noted that Air Serbia’s future is framed by the competitive environment of the broader market, which includes significant changes to the airline business in Serbia as well. “Serbia is not part of the European Union and so we don’t have the degree of openness and competitive environment that other countries who are part of the EU would have”, the CEO said. He added, “As a result, we don’t have as much low cost carrier penetration in the market”. However, Mr Kondić warned that the flood of low cost carriers that have waged war on traditional airlines across Europe is on its way to Serbia. “It definitely weighs heavily on our thoughts in terms of our future plans”.

The changes come as part-owner Etihad Airways deals with two fledgling equity partners - Alitalia and Air Berlin. While Etihad let Alitalia slide into bankruptcy after workers spurned a restructuring plan, the Persian Gulf carrier is showing more patience with Air Berlin and has agreed to provide the German company with financial support for at least another eighteen months. Air Serbia recorded a profit in 2014 and 2015, and although its financial results for 2016 are yet to be published, the carrier's Supervisory Board Chairman has said the previous year was also profitable. Saj Ahmed, Chief Analyst at the UK-based consultancy firm Strategic Aero, believes Etihad's unique business model has worked well for Air Serbia and Air Seychelles, unlike some of its other investments, and the duo will unlikely be affected in a future shake-up of Etihad's equity stakes. For its part, Etihad said it is "fully committed" to Air Serbia and that "speculation about a change to Etihad Aviation Group’s investment in and support for its equity partner, Air Serbia, is totally inaccurate and wholly unfounded".
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Air Serbia’s transatlantic service one year on



Today marks a year since Air Serbia launched its first transatlantic service between Belgrade and New York with the carrier upbeat on the route’s future prospects. Over the past year, the airline operated 204 flights between the two cities and says it has witnessed strong and growing passenger load factors. “Air Serbia is delighted to be celebrating one year of successful operations to New York, where we began flying on June 23, 2016. Our flight was widely anticipated in Serbia and Southeast Europe for two reasons: it reconnected Serbia to the US with the first Serbian-operated flight since 1992, and it established the only year-round transatlantic air link to the US originating in the region”, an Air Serbia spokesperson told EX-YU Aviation News. They added, “It is especially satisfying to see that the mix of traffic is balanced, with 47% of guests originating from North America and 53% coming from Europe. The reaction from the Serbian diaspora in North America has been exceptionally positive, as predicted, and the service has also been welcomed with open arms by communities from other countries of the former Yugoslavia”.

The airline has worked hard to market the flights in the wider region, with the service proving particularly popular with travelers from Montenegro and Albania. “The flight has captured strong travel demand from countries neighbouring Serbia, with high volumes of connecting traffic from Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Macedonia and Croatia. This has driven the growth of tourism arrivals from America, and we are particularly seeing a large number of holidaymakers who are combining a visit to Belgrade with an onward trip to the Adriatic coast”, Air Serbia said. Over the past twelve months, the Serbian carrier has concluded partnerships with jetBlue, which allows passengers to connect from Belgrade to major cities across the States with one stop in New York, as well as American Airlines, which has opened up travel options for passengers flying to the mid-West and cities which are heavily populated with people who originate from the Balkans, such as Cleveland.

Ethnic travel agents in the United States have said that following an initially slow response by the flying public to the Air Serbia service, bookings and interest have significantly picked up. Travel agency Axioma Travel, which caters to the ethnic market and diaspora from the former Yugoslavia in the US, told EX-YU Aviation News, “Last year’s launch of New York – Belgrade flights was highly anticipated but at the same time met with quite a bit of scepticism. By the time ticket sales started, many potential customers had already purchased tickets on other carriers. Others waited as they were afraid the flights would be late, subject to government approval, and that the on board service would be poor. For its part, Air Serbia was slow to roll out competitive interline agreements to link JFK with points where ethnic customers live”. However, Fedja Stepanovich, the head of Axioma, noted, “Since the start of flights in June of last year, Air Serbia’s sales team worked with the agent community to develop programs and incentives to raise brand awareness, improve interline links, and, most importantly, listen to customers and agents about what was needed to boost sales. News of the impressive on-time record and great on board service quickly spread through the ethnic community and the phones started to ring”. He added, “In the same period this year, Axioma Travel's sales on flight JU500/501 have grown almost tenfold. Customers from cities like Phoenix, Cleveland and Jacksonville for the first time in several decades now have a one-stop flight to Belgrade. And they started to line up to buy the tickets. On many flights this June we have booked forty, fifty or even sixty passengers on a single flight”.



Questions have been raised as to whether Air Serbia can sustain a large investment such as transatlantic operations, however, the airline says the route is a long-term commitment which will take several years before it reaches its full potential. The carrier has also generated revenue on the route from other streams such as cargo. “Air Serbia's cargo operations are performing above all expectations. The airline's uplift capacity to JFK, which is fifteen tonnes per flight on the Airbus A330, is in high demand. We are transporting a wide variety of goods to the US and onwards to Canada and countries in South America, including textiles from Romania, Italy and Turkey, automotive parts and gaming industry machines from Bulgaria, and Serbian fruits and mushrooms, to name a few. From the other direction, there are even regular shipments of cargo from Ecuador and Argentina being sent to the region on board our service from JFK”, the airline said. Going forward, local agents in the US say areas of improvement and opportunity include more progress in interline connections to other US cities, better timed schedules to Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Podgorica and capturing more passengers from Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and others that already had established one-stop connections (through Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, Turkish Airlines etc) to Belgrade and other cities in the region.



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Air Serbia plans to lease out two of its Airbus A319 aircraft over the 2017/18 winter season, as the airline continues to implement its new business strategy. The two jets, registered YU-API and YU-APD, have been listed on the leasing market, and will be available to potential customers between October 17, 2017 and April 2018. One of the aircraft (YU-APD) is being offered as part of an operational lease and/or an ACMI (where Air Serbia would provide the aircraft, crews, maintenance, and insurance to the leasee), while the other (YU-API) has been put on the market solely for an ACMI lease. Both leasing types indicate short-term arrangements.

Since relaunching as Air Serbia, the airline has, on several occasions, provided aircraft on a wet-lease basis to various carriers, including Montenegro Airlines, Air Berlin, Etihad Airways and Etihad Regional. However, this development marks the first time the airline has made plans to remove more than one jet from its fleet for an entire season. Air Serbia previously said it experiences strong seasonality in its operations, similar to other national carriers in the former Yugoslavia, and records less demand during the winter months. Furthermore, it noted that its focus in the coming period will be on internal consolidation and strengthening of its business, as it deals with growing costs and strong competition from low cost carriers.

Air Serbia is due to take delivery of its first of ten Airbus A320neo aircraft in the second half of next year. However, the arrival of the jets has been put into question as a result of the airline's new business model, which places a greater emphasis on doing more with what the carrier currently has available at its disposal. Earlier this year, the company's CEO, Dane Kondić, said the A320neos were "still on the table", without giving further details. Air Serbia has a fleet of 21 operational aircraft, including eight A319s, two A320s, one A330-200, six ATR 72s and four Boeing 737-300s, which are operated by the airline's dedicated charter brand.
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Air Serbia has put its third Airbus A319 aircraft up for lease over the 2017/18 winter season. The jet, registered YU-APA, will be available to potential leasers between October of this year until April of next year. The Serbian carrier is offering an ACMI arrangement for the aircraft. As previously reported, the airline has also listed two other A319s, registered YU-APD and YU-API, on the leasing market. According to the German magazine “Focus”, Etihad is in negotiations with Lufthansa over the lease of narrow-body aircraft from its European investments, including Air Berlin, Air Serbia and Alitalia, to Eurowings.
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Questions have been raised as to whether Air Serbia can sustain a large investment such as transatlantic operations, however, the airline says the route is a long-term commitment which will take several years before it reaches its full potential. The carrier has also generated revenue on the route from other streams such as cargo. “Air Serbia's cargo operations are performing above all expectations. The airline's uplift capacity to JFK, which is fifteen tonnes per flight on the Airbus A330, is in high demand. We are transporting a wide variety of goods to the US and onwards to Canada and countries in South America, including textiles from Romania, Italy and Turkey, automotive parts and gaming industry machines from Bulgaria, and Serbian fruits and mushrooms, to name a few. From the other direction, there are even regular shipments of cargo from Ecuador and Argentina being sent to the region on board our service from JFK”, the airline said. Going forward, local agents in the US say areas of improvement and opportunity include more progress in interline connections to other US cities, better timed schedules to Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Podgorica and capturing more passengers from Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and others that already had established one-stop connections (through Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, Turkish Airlines etc) to Belgrade and other cities in the region.
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BELGRADE (Serbia), August 29 (SeeNews) - Flag carrier Air Serbia plans to make redundant 100 of its 1,600 employees as part of efforts to cut costs, local media reported on Tuesday.
Air Serbia's management has received from Etihad, which controls a 49% stake in the company, a list of measures that need to be implemented to reduce costs, daily Politika said quoting sources from the Serbian flag carrier.
The flag carrier is also considering an unpaid leave for part of its flight crew members, Politika added.
"The decision on the potential reduction of the number of employees of the company, which can be taken by the supervisory board and the management of the company, has still not been taken," Politika quoted sources from the company as saying without denying the reports on the potential downsizing of the staff.
Last month, the president of the supervisory board of Air Serbia, Sinisa Mali, said the company plans to dismiss around 30 employees under a cost reduction plan.
The introduction of innovations, charter flights during the summer season, the Airbus A330 wide-body twin-engine jet and the Sabre system can also be a reason for a staff downsizing, the sources said.
Air Serbia said in April, it has completed the migration to a passenger reservations system supplied by US technology provider Sabre Corporation, adding new services that allow travellers to personalise their journey by selecting a preferred seat, purchasing additional luggage before their flight, using mobile boarding passes and purchasing a pass to the Air Serbia Premium Lounge.
"It is true that Air Serbia is considering a number of changes that are aimed at achieving a more provident business operation, more cost savings and increase in profitability," Politika quoted the sources as saying.
In May, CEO Dane Kondic said the company has decided to suspend its Belgrade-Abu Dhabi flight in the autumn after an extensive review of its five-year business plan.
The restructuring process at Etihad started after the dismissal of former CEO James Hogan in January due to the poor financial results of European subsidiaries Alitalia and Air Berlin, which filed for insolvency earlier this year.
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Air Serbia plans Toronto service in 2018



Air Serbia intends on launching flights to Toronto as its second long haul service, sources inside the Serbian government have confirmed to the daily "Večernje novosti". It comes after the company said it was mulling its second far-away destination after New York. According to the newspaper, preparations for the new route are underway and in the advanced planning stages, however, there is still a lot of work to be done and the carrier still needs to be granted regulatory approval. Prior to that, the two countries must sign a renewed bilateral Air Service Agreement, which has been in the works for some time. The Serbian carrier is relying on the Serbian diaspora, as well as travellers from the region for the route's success. The airline is expected to continue operating flights to New York, as well as the potential Toronto service, with its sole 254-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Air Serbia itself has not confirmed the exact new destination it is considering launching as part of its possible long haul expansion. In a statement issued earlier this week, the carrier noted, "We are working on a complete analysis and we are seriously considering all aspects. A final decision on the potential introduction of a new transcontinental service will be made in the coming period". The airline added that a large part of the analysis has already been completed, but that the new destination will be made public after it finalises all necessary procedures, which, it says, is "serious and complex". "It is a complex project which takes several months and does not depend solely on us, but also on regulatory authorities since all procedures must be harmonised with the laws and regulations of the country we fly to", Air Serbia said.

Serbia and Canada have expressed joint interest in re-establishing flights between their two countries after almost a decade, with the two finalising an Air Service Agreement which will regulate future operations. The Serbian Foreign Minister, Ivica Dačić, said earlier this year, "The agreement will pave way for negotiations to start between Air Serbia and Air Canada. Their representatives have to determine how many flights there should be and what would be the most profitable solution. However, there is no doubt that the introduction of nonstop flights to Canada would be extremely important for our citizens and country". The outgoing Canadian Ambassador to Serbia, Philip Pinnington, noted, "We have been negotiating a new Air Service Agreement with Serbia for some time and we are very close to signing it. Of course, it will be up to Air Serbia, Air Canada and some other carriers who may or may not be interested in operating this route. With the signing of the agreement, which will hopefully occur very soon, there is potential for this service and the interest is already there". He added, "We would really like for flights to commence and I am certain Canadian Serbs would want it too as they have fond memories of JAT's nonstop service".

Flights between Belgrade and Canada operated during the 1970s and 1980s with JAT Yugoslav Airlines maintaining flights to Toronto and Montreal. In 2007, leisure carrier Skyservice commenced scheduled operations from Canada's largest city to the Serbian capital, but the airline suspended all operations and declared bankruptcy later on. Currently, travellers from Canada to Serbia are transferring through a number of European cities to reach Belgrade. Air Serbia’s predecessor, Jat Airways, conducted a study in late 2005 based on which it estimated it could carry up to 83.000 passengers to Toronto on an annual basis. The airline anticipated an average cabin load factor of 74% on a Boeing 767 and believed the flights would appeal primarily to diaspora travellers, as well as transfer passengers from the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, western Romania, southern Hungary and the Middle East. Presently, Zagreb is the only city in the former Yugoslavia linked with Canada through Air Transat's seasonal two weekly service from Toronto, which will be further strengthened next year with the introduction of an additional new four weekly seasonal flights operated by Air Canada Rouge.

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Air Serbia has continued its consolidation drive by further reducing its headcount and discontinuing its own ground handling services. A total of 340 employees from its handling division - Air Serbia Ground Services (ASGS) - have been transferred to Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport's handling unit upon the request of the majority owner of both companies - the Serbian government. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), conservative estimates indicate airlines outsource more than 50% of the ground handling that takes place at their home airport. However, several of Belgrade Airport's unions have noted, "It is unclear why the best and most successful carrier in the region, Air Serbia, is practically shutting down its subsidiary, a registered handling agent, by transferring the majority of its employees to the airport, who will continue carrying out the same duties". As a result, Belgrade will now be home to two handling operators - Belgrade Airport handling, which provides services to the majority of airlines flying to the Serbian capital, and Sky Partner, which caters for Wizz Air and Transavia.

Air Serbia is next expected to outsource its catering service, with the carrier tipped to introduce pay-on-board meal options for short haul flights in the near future. The airline previously said, "We are working on outsourcing ground handling and catering in order to reduce costs and increase revenue. This is part of a business plan which will boost profitability. All of these measures are standard and part of a process where you try to reduce your losses on one hand, and increase profits on the other. Air Serbia is a stable company. We have improved in all metrics compared to last year, both in profitability and passengers carried". It added, "The consolidation measures will contribute to better organisation, in addition to the optimal use of human resources and savings. The aforementioned measures will in no way affect the timely conduct of business activities and will not impact on the quality of service offered to guests".

According to Serbian media, the Etihad Aviation Group has told its equity partner Air Serbia to make greater savings in its business and has provided a list of cost saving recommendations. Etihad Airways' CEO, Peter Baumgartner, acknowledged that it has been a “quite intense” time and that the group was “redefining its future”. The strategic review, he said, will be completed in a few weeks. “It’s not just what we are doing with our partner airline strategy. Airlines as a whole are at a point where we need to assess where we are going and the trends and their effects on our industry. Transformation forces do not stop at the borders of the Middle East. There are also opportunities and you can't afford to miss them. Customer expectations and behaviours have fundamentally changed”, Mr Baumgartner said. He added, "Low cost carriers have shown how it works when it comes to technology. The definition of a great airline has changed. It's now all about customisation and personalisation. The days are over when it was about the flattest bed". The CEO noted that the carrier's equity investments cannot be compared to Swissair's Hunter strategy, which brought about its demise. "Our intention was different. Swissair's strategy was to consolidate European airlines. Our aim was to expand our route network quickly and comprehensively through partnerships. Both Air Berlin and Alitalia knew that it would be difficult. We did not throw in the towel at the first sight of problems, however, everything has its limits".

As part of its internal consolidation measures, Air Serbia has closed its retail stores outside of Belgrade, suspended several routes, refitted its narrow-body Airbus fleet with slimline seats, reduced its on board catering offer and introduced ancillary revenue streams such as a Belgrade Airport check-in fee and Premium Lounge passes at a fee for economy class passengers or those flying on other airlines. It has also made a number of changes to its frequent flyer program. However, so far, it has been unsuccessful in leasing out an Airbus A319 aircraft over the winter season. The Serbian carrier recently said it was weighing up its options for the introduction of a second long haul service after New York, which the media has since indentified as being Toronto.
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Air Serbia will increase operations on its flagship service between Belgrade and New York to six per week next summer season. The Serbian carrier will add an additional weekly flight each Wednesday morning starting June 20. Air Serbia maintains the route with its 254-seat Airbus A330-200 jet, featuring eighteen seats in business and the remaining 236 in economy class. Commenting on its New York service earlier this year, Air Serbia told EX-YU Aviation News, “It is satisfying to see that the mix of traffic on this route is balanced, with 47% of guests originating from North America and 53% coming from Europe. The reaction from the Serbian diaspora in North America has been exceptionally positive, as predicted, and the service has also been welcomed with open arms by communities from other countries of the former Yugoslavia". It added, "The flight has captured strong travel demand from countries neighbouring Serbia, with high volumes of connecting traffic from Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Macedonia and Croatia. This has driven the growth of tourism arrivals from America, and we are particularly seeing a large number of holidaymakers who are combining a visit to Belgrade with an onward trip to the Adriatic coast". Over the year, the Serbian carrier has concluded partnerships with jetBlue, which allows passengers to connect from Belgrade to major cities across the States with one stop in New York, as well as American Airlines, which has opened up travel options for passengers flying to the mid-West and cities which are heavily populated with people who originate from the Balkans, such as Cleveland.
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