Air Serbia Gets First A330 For Intercontinental Service

Air Serbia welcomed the arrival of its first widebody jet at Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla Airport, as the airline looks to a new era of intercontinental flying from the Balkans.

The jet, an Airbus A330-200, was greeted with a customary water cannon salute and will be used to launch a 5 times weekly Belgrade – New York (John F. Kennedy) service. A delegation of airline representatives and VIP stakeholders joined the assembled media to mark the occasion, the first step to reconnecting Serbia with the United States via a direct air service for the first time in 24 years.

Leased from partner Jet Airways, the aircraft will be configured with 18 business and 236 economy class seats. Using the Indian carrier’s cabin products, the former will be laid out 1-1-1 in a herringbone plan, offering direct aisle access for every passenger for the former, while a comfortable 2-4-2 configuration further back allows for a comfortable cabin.

Air Serbia’s New York service, scheduled to begin on 23 June 2016, will see the A330 depart Belgrade at 0730 hrs as flight JU 500, arriving at 1200 hrs in the Big Apple. Return flight JU 501 takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport at 1455 hrs to land back at Nikola Tesla Airport at 0530 hrs the next morning.

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