Air Serbia has welcomed its first wide-body aircraft at Nikola Tesla Airport.
The Airbus A330 will be used on Air Serbia’s Belgrade-New York route, which launches on 23 June, reconnecting Serbia and the United States with a direct air service for the first time in 24 years.
After landing in Belgrade, the aircraft was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute and a delegation of airline representatives. Onboard the historic flight was group of VIP stakeholders led by Siniša Mali, chairman of Air Serbia and the Mayor of Belgrade, and Dane Kondić, CEO of Air Serbia.
The aircraft was captained by Davor Mišeljić, COO of Air Serbia, and will now be registered with the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate before returning to Abu Dhabi for the final outfitting of its interior cabins.
Mr Mali said: “This is a massive milestone for Air Serbia and for our nation. Watching our newly-painted Airbus A330 land at its new home in Belgrade for the very first time was a proud moment for us all, showing that Air Serbia is continuing to invest in the future of the airline and Serbia itself.
“Our first wide-body aircraft and the bigger cousin of our A319 and A320 jets, the A330 is a sound investment choice that will reconnect Serbia and the United States in a few short weeks, opening new channels of tourism and trade for the economy.”
Configured with 18 seats in Business Class and 236 in Economy Class, the Airbus A330 will be operated on Air Serbia’s new five-per-week service between Belgrade and New York.