Air Serbia announced that 10 next generation A320neo aircraft have been confirmed for its fleet. The deal is valued at more than US$1 billion at list prices. The deal forms part of the major fleet order by its equity partner Etihad Airways, for up to 117 Airbus aircraft.
The A320neo will replace the eight A319 and two A320 aircraft, which are currently being leased in order to progressively retire the aging fleet of 10 Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The new A320neo aircraft are expected to be delivered between 2018 and 2020.
Dane Kondić, chief executive officer of Air Serbia, said the airline had moved rapidly to introduce the more modern Airbus A319s and A320s in order to immediately improve the experience. “The new fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft is a key part of the strategy to re-position the airline.”
The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 Family and incorporates efficient engines and large ‘Sharklet’ wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15% in fuel savings.
Air Serbia also plans to launch another 12 new routes to 11 countries between January and April 2014, in addition to rescheduling existing operations to optimize connections via its hub in Belgrade. By June 2014, Air Serbia will serve 39 destinations in 30 countries, offering 73,000 seats on more than 670 flights per week.