Air Serbia’s Belgrade to New York JFK
Dane Kondić CEO of Air Serbia is presented with a commemorative glass apple, to celebrate the start of the carrier’s non-stop service from Belgrade to New York, by Gert-Jan de Graaf President & CEO at JFK IAT LLC. A ribbon cutting was also held at JFK with Kondić and de Graff being joined by: Zorana Mihajlovic, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and the Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure; Sinisa Mali, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Air Serbia and the Mayor of Belgrade; and Djerdj Matkovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the US. Services on the 7,236-kilometre city pair will be flown on the airline’s sole A330-200 daily.
A ribbon cutting was also held in Belgrade to herald the start of Air Serbia’s first long-haul route to New York JFK on 23 June. The service faces no direct competition.
- Air Serbia commenced service on its first long-haul route on 23 June, a 7,236-kilometre connection between Belgrade (BEG) and New York JFK (JFK). This is the first non-stop connection between Serbia and the US in 24 years. The service was made possible after a series of events: FAA restored Serbia’s category one status in 2014; a bilateral air service agreement was reached between Serbia and the US; and Air Serbia—formerly Jat Airways—was rebranded, re-fleeted and restructured after Etihad Airways took a 49% stake in the airline in 2013. “With the break-up of the country and the decaying of its aviation, Serbia slipped from category one to category two, so that had to be addressed before we could even contemplate service and it was all hand to glove. 24 long years with no direct service is essentially a generation, but Etihad was the white horse. If not for it, there would have been no talks whatsoever of this happening; Etihad was the enabler,” commented Dane Kondić, CEO of Air Serbia, about the direct service to New York. “The touching down of Air Serbia at New York’s JFK Airport is a sign of a vibrant, growing airline, one which represents the very best of modern Serbia,” added James Hogan, CEO of the Etihad Aviation Group and Vice Chairman of Air Serbia. With this historic launch, it will come as no surprise that it faces no direct competition, with Air Serbia operating the route on its sole A330-200, made up of 18 lie-flat business class seats and 236 in economy. See how New York JFK Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.