Serbian flag carrier Air Serbia has announced an expansion to its turbojet fleet. On April 12, the carrier took delivery of yet another Airbus A320 aircraft, building Air Serbia’s Airbus A320 fleet to three aircraft. The airframe in question previously belonged to Wizz Air.
Air Serbia operates a mixed fleet of Airbus aircraft and ATR 72 turboprops, with the majority of the fleet being Airbus A319 aircraft.
Air Serbia, the carrier saw an expansion to its turbojet and Airbus A320 fleet this week, when it took delivery of a new Airbus A320 aircraft registered YU-APS (MSN 4716).
The aircraft landed at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Int’l Airport (BEG) after a roughly 1.5 hour flight from the German airport of Erfurt (ERF).
The airframe in question is the 11.9-year-old ex-Wizz Air airframe of HA-LWK. The airframe was delivered to Wizzair back in May 2011, and is powered by two IAE V2500 engines.
The aircraft was withdrawn from use with Wizz Air back in December of last year, and has since been stored, according to Planespotters.net.
The aircraft will operate under Air Serbia with 180 Recaro Slimline seats, designed to take up less space and provide passengers with more comfort during the flight.
It becomes Air Serbia’s third Airbus A320 airframe, as the Airbus fleet of the carrier is mostly dominated by the Airbus A319. Air Serbia took delivery of the second A320 on October 13, 2022, and that airframe carries the registration YU-APO.
Air Serbia statement
Marijan Kocić, Chief Operations Officer at Air Serbia commented the delivery, saying: “With the arrival of the new Airbus A320 YU-APS, our company will have three planes of this type in its fleet.”
“Continued modernization of our fleet, management system, technical support, and crew training are the Serbian national airline’s strategic goals.”
“In the past year, we expanded our fleet by adding eight new aircraft. Our turbojet fleet saw an addition of one Airbus A319 and A320, our regional fleet was rejuvenated with the addition of five ATR 72-600s.”
“As of December, our second Airbus A330-200 has taken flight, bearing the image of the famous Serbian scientist and inventor Mihajlo Pupin. This is the second addition to our fleet since the start of 2023 and we are very proud of it.”
A coming new route
Air Serbia has earlier this year announced a new service between the national capital of Belgrade to Cairo, Egypt, to commence on May 15 2023.
The Belgrade – Cairo service will see a thrice weekly frequency and will be operated by Air Serbia’s Airbus A319 type aircraft.
With the route shy of just one month away at the time of writing, the carrier will operate flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with the inaugural flight commencing in the late evening hours of May 15.
Timetable wise, the first week looks as follows:
|Flt Desg||Date||Freq||Departure||Dep Time||Arrival||Arr Time||Block Time|
|ЈU 0876||15 Маy||Monday, Friday||Belgrade (BEG)||23:15||Cairo (CAI)||02:10||02:55|
|ЈU 0876||17 Маy||Wednesday||Belgrade (BEG)||23:20||Cairo (CAI)||02:15||02:55|
|ЈU 0877||16 Маy||Tuesday, Saturday||Cairo (CAI)||02:55||Belgrade (BEG)||05:55||03:00|
|ЈU 0877||18 Маy||Thursday||Cairo (CAI)||03:00||Belgrade (BEG)||06:00||03:00|